With the recent announcement from the Washington State Liquor Control Board that limits the number of individual marijuana producer licenses to one and initially limit production at 70 percent, clears a path for the agency to begin issuing producer and processor licenses to happen within the next few weeks.
After a greeting to City Council member Ray Robinson returning to the group by Mayor Bob Jungar, the agenda was attacked with earnest.
Limited communication items came in and no public members were present to speak, so the agenda went straight to the vote of accepting the conditional use permit for the Port of Willapa Harbor. Prior to the actual vote council member Ian Farrell mounted some discussion. Concerned that the application was too broad and questioned why the process might be better served as a “permit” as opposed to a “conditional use” the council members batted around the point of Farrell, but in the end the majority believed that the Ports request to implement a conditional use permit was a valid step in advancing the community to ready themselves for the inevitable.
“The Liquor Control Board will still have to issue a proper license to anyone wishing to operate in the Port,” noted Raymond Clerk/Treasurer Hester Gilleland.
Willapa Port Manager Rebecca Chaffee was in the audience to provide clarification for the council and reminded the council how much work had to be done just to get to this point.
“We have made all the arrangements for all three facilities under port management,” Chaffee said. “We held public hearings and provided notifications to those in the surrounding areas. We have received no comments or arguments opposing this request,” said Chaffee, “This ‘Conditional Use Permit’ sets up the operation (production and processing) of agriculture and horticulture on Port property.”
Taking the item to a vote only one member objected, Farrell, the item passed.
Though no business has been provided a license to operate from the State Liquor Control Board, the Port does list that it has several buildings already under contract for the future business; five at the Raymond Port Dock, two at Taylor Industrial Park and one at the South Fork Industrial Park facility. The number of buildings does not reflect the number of licenses that will be requested from tenants.
With the matter of future business completed there was a second reading of City Ordinance No. 1822, $5 sewer rate adjustment, No. 1823, All Terrain Vehicle and Off Road Vehicle Regulations and a first reading of ordinance No. 1824, Senior Utility Discounts. All items were unanimously approved by the council.
Department head reports were short and positive with Fire Chief Todd Strozyk excited about new equipment becoming available due to a grant, a thermal imaging camera and multi-gas detector, allowing his crews to better serve the community.
Police Chief Chuck Spoor spoke of a new program for the area that will heighten Police presence in area schools.
Public Works Director Dean Parson gave updates to the Water treatment plant that things were progressing nicely and City Clerk-Treasure Gilleland noted that the vacant City Council Position of Jason Dunsmoor, whose resignation became effective Feb. 3, will be posted soon.
The meeting adjourned with no further comments or reports.
The next scheduled Raymond City Council meeting is set for March 3 at 6 p.m. at city hall.