Dec. 2, 2015
Attendees: Carol Waterman, Buck Steen, Sandy Richards, Pat Steen, Ernest Sluter, Bruce Courrtain, Gabi Carnivali
The meeting was called to order at 6:05pm
The reading of the 5/20 minutes was dispensed with. There was no old business. There was general discussion about STCs. No new business other than STC renewals.
Gabi Carnivali sat on the Marijuana Task Force Committee, led by Mike McCallister and Jennifer Hughes. She shared some of her notes on the findings of the committee. Zoning issues: Keeping with the current rules for growing re, sound, Gabi’s recommendations was to enforce the current zoning rules for agriculture and home business.
General discussion about the surge of growers in the area,Bruce Courtain, Estacada Fire Dept. discussed concerns from a fire safety perspective..citing heat lamps as large cause for building fires. The task force made recommendations to the planning commission. Public hearings continue. The question of enforcement was brought up.
Ernest Sluter voiced a concern that marijuana plants spread like weed and is worried about contamination of neighboring property. Gabi shared that this is already an existing problem with growers who drop pesticides via helicopter.
Sandy moved to make a recommendation to the county that existing ZDOs are adequate to cover marijuana growing and there needs be no updates or new ZDOs. Furthermore, violations will be as unenforceable as STC violations and a further waste of taxpayer money.
There was a vote and it was unanimous.
Sandy Richards spoke on the Estacada community center, The center was given a gift of 16 acres. The current board has decided to sell the property. There are members who believe the acreage should be used to build a new community center. She was wondering if there is interest in fighting for a new community center.
There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 7:00
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