Tonight was the first regular council meeting of the new council and they had a full plate. But first, they had photographer Ted Amsden (no longer Poet Laureate) take photos of the Council and a second one of Council and senior staff. Thanks to his setup, I managed to get one of him with the council and staff – see below. Mandy Robinson then gave a presentation on the history of Town criers and how they were important in distributing news from the monarch. Her presentation was followed by reports on some transactions for businesses coming to Lucas Point, an agreement on the draft procedural bylaw to go to the public meeting on January 28, some routine motions and then the hot one – the decision to “opt-in” on retail Cannabis stores in Cobourg. Given that it was close vote at the Committee of the Whole (4-3), there was a chance that it would not get approved at the Regular Council meeting.
Given the uncertainty, Brian Darling asked for a recorded vote. But before the vote was taken, Suzanne Séguin read out a long rationale on what research she had done in the last week. She established some key facts:
- The amount of the first payment for Cobourg is $11,759.
- The County of Northumberland will also receive $51,199.
- As well as a second payment, only opt-in municipalities will be eligible to receive possible additional payments after October 2020
- FSD Pharma’s on site “store” will dispense medical marijuana only and then only after they get their license for Medical cannabis.
Download Suzanne’s full report in the Link below.
Based on her new understanding, Suzanne changed her vote so it became 5-2 with Mayor John Henderson and Councillor Emily Chorley still voting to opt-out. That means the Town will now advise the Province that it will be opting in and when store licences are available, they may be located in Cobourg.
Meanwhile I note that there are at least two Cannabis stores operating openly on Alderville First Nations land.
Stay tuned for more on Monday’s twin meetings – the regular Council meeting and the Public meeting on budgets.