Pot vote, budget talks face Olympia City Council this week

Olympia City Council moves meeting to Monday to avoid conflict with elections

5433lpemberton@theolympian.comNovember 2, 2013 

In order to avoid conflicts with Election Day, the Olympia City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 601 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia.

Agenda items include:

 • A discussion of the city’s preliminary $117 million operating budget for 2014.

“The budget review will focus on impact fees, general facility charges – the amount it costs to hook up to utilities – lodging tax recommendations and utility rates,” said City Manager Steve Hall.

A representative from the Olympia School District also will be at the meeting to discuss an error in the school impact fee calculation that was factored into the budget, according to a staff report in the agenda packet.

 • A preview of the city’s new online survey tool, known as Oly Speaks, which will be used to gather input on a new bike map.

 • A final vote on a proposed ordinance to partially repeal a moratorium for state-licensed marijuana producers, processors and retailers in the city. The ordinance would allow recreational pot businesses under certain conditions. However, new medical marijuana enterprises would still be part of the one-year moratorium passed in May.

The City Council unanimously approved the recreational pot regulations as part of its consent agenda Oct. 22, but the proposal requires two readings for passage.

 • A final vote on a proposed ordinance that brings up-to-date terminology and practices to the city’s reclaimed water rules and regulations.

“The amendments clarify the rules and regulations governing reclaimed water use and address polices associated with fees, charges and rates,” according to a staff report in the City Council’s agenda packet. “The ordinance does not fully or clearly address current reclaimed water use, nor does it include fees, charges and rates to cover the city’s cost of providing this service.”

 • A presentation and public hearing on the city’s Community Development Block Grant annual report.

The funding helped support the Smith Building Family Housing Project and installation of audible traffic signals at 14 intersections, and represents federal expenditures of $537,818, according to the report.

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433lpemberton@theolympian.com

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