The city also offered preliminary approval on its consent agenda to zoning rules for medical marijuana dispensaries and manufacturers, which state neither can be within 1,000 feet of an existing school, among other rules. The measure requires a final approval on April 2.
The city drafted the rules to implement the medical marijuana ballot measure passed in 2016.
“Regardless of where you stand on this issue … the Legislature has been dragging its feet on a law that was approved by the people,” City Council member Bret Weber said. “We need to take a close look at it, but we should have been addressing these things a long time ago.”
City leaders offered final approval to change the length of time a car may be parked on the street. Previously 24 hours, police officials said it drained police time spent impounding cars in violation. In a 5-2 vote, the City Council increased the parking time limit to 48 hours, with City Council President Dana Sande and colleague Danny Weigel dissenting. The ordinance takes effect April 1.
“I still don’t think it’s necessary to go from 24 to 48 (hours),” Sande said, noting that he’s heard from residents with concerns about “snow removal and other things.”
The City Council also voted 7-0 on its consent agenda to approve a $22,000, two-year purchase of route-planning software that will help Cities Area Transit calculate future bus routes. The move comes months ahead of expected changes to bus routes that will eliminate sections of bus lines that go unused.