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Planning Commission to take up pot issue

Oak Creek Town Board declines to take action on dispensary

Zach Fridell

— The Oak Creek Town Board on Thursday declined to institute a moratorium or take other action regarding a potential medical marijuana dispensary in the town. The town's Planning Commission is slated to take up the issue at 7 p.m. Wednesday and can make recommendations to the town board after the hearing.

Trustee Chuck Wisecup started the discussion about medical marijuana by saying he also is a member of the Planning Commission and that he wanted to either limit discussion or remove himself and another commission member from the room so the discussion Wednesday would not be colored by the Town Board discussion.

The Town Board members then said they would like to have guidance from an attorney before making any decisions.

About a dozen people were in the audience and stayed until the end of the medical marijuana discussion.

Planning Commission member Chad McGown said the town may want to consider acting as a licensing authority for dispensaries, much like Steamboat Springs and other towns. To do that, the town would have to pass an ordinance regulating the dispensaries. Towns also can pass temporary moratoriums, but under Colorado law they cannot ban dispensaries.

Town Board members considered their options and decided to end discussion, pending a recommendation from the Planning Commission.

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The four South Routt residents who want to open the dispensary, led by Jacob Wise, hope to open the business at Sharp Avenue and Nancy Crawford Boulevard.

Service officer let go

Wisecup announced that Community Service Officer Wendy Finley was let go about a week ago. Wisecup said Finley, who was hired in mid-August, still was on a probationary period and was dismissed without cause.

The position will not be filled immediately, and Oak Creek Police Department officer Lance Dunaway and Public Works Director Bob Redding will take over the duties until the job is advertised in the spring, Wisecup said.

New Town Board member

Bernard Gagne was appointed to the Oak Creek Town Board on Thursday night to fill the vacancy created when Gerry Greenwood stepped down in December. Gagne ran for the position in a 2008 election but was not among the top four vote getters appointed to the board. He also applied for previous vacancies but was not chosen.

In his letter to the town, Gagne said he lost by only a few votes in 2008 and is prepared to make the commitment to the town. Gagne was the only applicant for this vacancy and will serve until the next election in April.