City Council to discuss marijuana, electrical vehicle charging May 21



ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth City Council will meet on Monday, May 21, to discuss adoption of an ordinance prohibiting medical marijuana primary caregivers from operating outside the home.

Councilors also will discuss the possible installation of an electric vehicle charging station, the fiscal year 2019 school budget and the allowance of alcohol during events at Knowlton Park, among other business.

The city’s medical marijuana moratorium on primary caregivers operating outside the home is set to expire in June. The proposed ordinance change, if it is approved by the council, would supersede the moratorium, essentially “immortalizing it,” said City Planner Michele Gagnon in a prior interview.

“It’s not changing anything,” Gagnon said.

Gagnon stressed that the ordinance change was likely to be “short-lived” and was to “hold us over while we wait for the next phase of medical marijuana.”

Earlier this month, the state Legislature voted to override Governor Paul LePage’s veto of legalization legislation, moving one step closer to implementing the sale of recreational marijuana. Rules for implementation are still under consideration by the Legislature.

The city also will hear a proposal for an electric vehicle charging station on Franklin Street. The proposal is being introduced by Climate to Thrive, a Mount Desert Island-based nonprofit, which would also provide funding for the venture. City Manager David Cole referred to the proposal as a “pilot project.”

Councilors also will vote on the school budget, which will be sent to voters for approval on June 12, and discuss whether to allow alcohol during events at Knowlton Park.

“They’ll be looking to clarify and set policy,” Cole said.

The agenda for the meeting, which will take place at 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers, can be found at www.ellsworthmaine.gov/notices.

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