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April 30, 2013

Pot shop delay sought

Moratorium would give officials time to research and plan

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Councilor Dick Sullivan, who is running for mayor, said he favored a moratorium so that municipal leaders can weigh the zoning issues that could be involved in the approval of such a business.

Councilor Greg Earls, who has also announced he is running for mayor, said, “We need to hear more, and zoning is a big factor.”

He said that it is unclear whether the council can keep such a business out of town even if it wanted, so councilors should be ready to learn more.

Holaday was not present at the City Council meeting last night.

In their discussion to schedule the hearing, several councilors had trouble avoiding the lingo of the day while considering the measure.

Jones, the Ward 4 councilor, said that he hoped it would not be considered a “joint meeting” of two boards.

Ward 4 councilor Bob Cronin said, “I guess we will be reefering this to the appropriate committee.”

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