UPDATE: Ravenswood City Council approves leasing agreement for dispensary

Published: Feb. 4, 2020 at 6:26 PM EST
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Ravenswood City Council unanimously approves a leasing agreement for a medical marijuana dispensary. That's if it gets approval from the county.

It also unanimously approved letting voters decide term limits. That will be on the May ballot.

Two hot-button issues are expected to be discussed Tuesday night during a city council meeting in Ravenswood .

The city wants to leasing its former city building at 212 Walnut Street to a medical-marijuana dispensary, if the company, Mountaineer Integrated Care, receives licensing by the county.

Mayor Josh Miller said medical-marijuana companies look for former banks to use as storefronts. Ravenswood’s former city hall was formerly a bank.

“It has vaults and security. It fits their needs. It’s one of the few buildings in Jackson County that fits their needs for a dispensary,” Miller said.

Another issue on Tuesday night's agenda concerns term limits for city officeholders, something city residents could a change to vote on in the May Primary Election.

Miller said he has always opposed two-year terms like the ones voters decided on in 2016.

“I’m not a fan of two-year terms in any level of government. I think it creates an atmosphere where you’re constantly running for re-election. And you’re not focused truly on what you want to do,” he said.

However, some community members have concerns. Connie Dunlap is running for mayor in 2020.

“I don’t believe a sitting council, this late in term, should be able to vote on anything like this. I believe a two-year term, if a mayor and a council are doing a good job, then they will be voted back into office,” said Dunlap.

Miller said he wants the issue back on the ballot this year because 2016 was a different time and there needs to be more discussions.

“That was the first time I was running for office. I went to probably 15 or 16 of the meetings, when I was running for office and I don’t remember any thorough discussions on this matter,” said Miller. “At the end of the day, it’s up to the people. It’s going on the ballot, if it’s approved by council.”

If the issue reaches the ballot, Dunlap doesn’t think Ravenswood voters are interested in four-year terms.

“Two years you can give an idea of what you’re going to get done and the people will know what you’re going to get done,” said Dunlap.

Miller said anyone with questions or concerns about the topics should come to the city council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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