Airport, Marijuana Ban Topics At Council Meet
With Monday, Feb. 20 being observed as the Presidents’ Day holiday, members of the Escalon City Council will have their regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21 instead.
A couple of ongoing topics of concern for the council are on the agenda for that night.
A special City Council Workshop is planned prior to the actual council meeting, with the workshop set from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at the city council chambers, 2060 McHenry Ave.
City Manager Tammy Alcantor said the purpose of the workshop is “to review and discuss potential regulations regarding Proposition 64,” – also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act.
Currently, the city has a moratorium on personal marijuana uses, enacted by the council, pending an update to the city’s Municipal Code.
This workshop will focus on recreational use of marijuana only, not current medical marijuana regulations.
The council is asking for public input regarding personal marijuana cultivations, uses and potential impacts that such land use might have on public health, safety and welfare.
The existing ban, enacted by the council as Prop 64 was being approved by voters statewide last November, has restrictions on marijuana dispensaries, cul
tivations, manufacture and delivery and will remain in place until the council further studies the potential impacts and takes possible action to repeal it.
Discussion of the ban may also continue at the council meeting following the workshop, with the council session slated for 7 p.m.
Also due at that meeting, Alcantor will be providing an FAA presentation regarding the Stockton Airport and some concerns regarding flight paths over the city.
“The Director and Assistant Director of the Stockton Airport will be there to share what the future plans are for the Airport,” Alcantor added.
Concerns primarily focus on the cargo planes that continue to approach the airport directly over the city; councilman Ed Alves has been the driving force in seeking a change in the flight path, directing those planes away from the heart of the city.
Harry Mavrogenes and Ron Elliott from the Stockton Airport have contacted Alcantor and indicated they will be available for the Feb. 21 session to participate in the discussion.
“Council has requested that I also reach out to our local legislators for possible representation at the meeting to understand the ongoing situation and status,” Alcantor said.