GAYLORD — Proposed changes to Gaylord’s marijuana ordinance have been referred to the city planning commission.
The commission will consider changes to the zoning ordinance over what types of marijuana operations will be allowed in the city following action by the city council Monday night.
“(The commission) will look at a recommendation to allow growers, processors, transporters and laboratories to also handle medical-grade marijuana in addition to recreational marijuana,” said city attorney Paul Slough.
In other matters before the council:
The panel approved a new labor agreement with city employees in the department of public works (DPW), water department and the wastewater plant.
The new three-year contract will cover seven employees at DPW, two at the water department and four at the wastewater facility. Similar to the new labor pact for police officers, the contract calls for a pay increase of 5 percent in the first year and 4 percent in the second and third years.
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Finally, councilman Mike Ryan suggested that council adopt a protocol for public speakers when the panel is considering a contentious issue. Back in February, the council listened for almost two hours as speakers commented on a proposal to allow a marijuana transport company to operate in a building next to Gaylord St. Mary School.
Many of the speakers spoke several times and talked about issues that didn’t pertain to the matter before the council.
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Eventually, the council turned down a special use permit for the building and the operator of the transport company found another building in the city for his business.
Ryan said he wants a process to maintain order when there is an abundance of speakers. City manager Kim Awrey and clerk Jennifer Molski will look at how other municipalities handle meetings with a lot of public discussion and report back to council.
Ken Glasser, chairman of the Otsego County Board of Commissioners, has formed an ad hoc committee to assist in the search for a new county administrator.
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Glasser said at Tuesday’s board meeting that commissioners Paul Liss, Brett McVannel, and Rob Pallorito, along with Otsego County Judge George Mertz and current county administrator Rachel Frisch, will help to narrow the field of candidates and report back to the board.
In April, Frisch said she would leave the post after five years to relocate from the area and be closer to family.
Pallorito will serve as chairman of the committee.