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Hancock Confirms Public Marijuana Meeting – City Council Wrap

Hancock officials want to hear your thoughts on allowing the sale of recreational marijuana in the city.

At last night’s meeting, council members confirmed that they will host a public meeting November 7th at 6:00 at the Finnish-American Heritage Center. Members of the city’s marijuana task force will share their findings and preliminary recommendations. Other presenters may also be included. Local residents and business owners will also have the opportunity to share their thoughts.

Former mayor John Haeussler encouraged the council to make sure multiple viewpoints are presented…

Within the next few days, a summary of the issue will be prepared and posted on the city’s website, along with a survey that can be filled out in advance of the meeting.

No decisions about recreational marijuana will be made by the council at the public meeting.

Acting City Manager Mary Babcock told the council that the city’s campground turned a $34,000 profit this summer, $2,000 more than last year. The campground closed October 15th.

The city is looking to hire a heavy equipment operator. Applications are due October 24th.

The city will begin contract negotiations with the unions that represent employees within the next several weeks. They include the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the Teamsters Union, and the union that represents police officers.

The city will own a little more property soon, after the city council agreed last night to accept a gift of two lots on Roberts Court. Owner Charles Weber inherited the lots, which are located behind the Northland Veterinary Clinic. He does not live in the area. The lots include a steep grade, which would make them difficult to build on. The city has no immediate plans for the lots, but could look to sell them.

The council also addressed a number of complaints received from residents on Prospect Street. All of them said that two homes in the neighborhood appeared to be housing many unrelated residents, in violation of the city’s zoning code. More than a dozen vehicles have been observed parked overnight at the homes. Acting City Manager Mary Babcock told council members that she has contacted the owner, who was receptive to dealing with the problem. The owner faces an end-of-the-month deadline to bring the homes into compliance with city rules.

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