Waldport finalizes med marijuana regs – Concern over hunting in Lint Slough area – Promotion Video on Horizon
Finalizing Waldport regulatory “add ons” for medical marijuana
Waldport City Councilors this past week finally enacted their final regulations for medical marijuana businesses operating within their city limits. There are two such operations in Waldport – one next to the Waldport Flea Market, the other at 101 and Range Drive, just south of the downtown.
The only change the council made was to harmonize its regulations with state law when it comes to minors on the premises while an adult picks up a marijuana product. Under no circumstances can a minor – someone under 18 – be in an area where unpackaged products are stored – basically plants or infused products. Another aspect is that a minor cannot be on the premises without an adult.
With that, the motion was made to approve the final version of the regulations. There was only one dissenting vote – Councilor Greg Holland the lone no vote. When asked why he voted no Holland said he believed the regulations on the books at the state level were enough. The last legislature authorized local cities and counties to enact further regulations as long as they were reasonable.
Old high school open space update – hunting in the mix?
City Councilors also got an update on the town’s open space status, City Manager Kerry Kemp saying the city’s open space consultant is doing soils analysis to ascertain what might be done with the old high school acreage. But when he also mentioned a trails plan, City Councilor Dann Cutter piped up with a concern that while hunting in and around Lint Slough used to be a traditional use in the area, in light of new trails and heavier public use of the area, the city should engage Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to examine whether hunting should be further regulated or signs be erected in the area indicating hunting boundaries or perhaps all hunting be outlawed due to encroaching urban congestion and/or use.
Manager Kemp pointed out that the slough itself is operated by ODFW – the slough including 8′ above mean high tide. He said ODFW and the city will have to sort all that out. He said he’ll report back to the council at their October council meeting.
Replacing the old bakery downtown
Manager Kemp also reported to the council that the old Bakery down on 101 has been removed. “Down to bare dirt,” Kemp said. When asked what might take its place, City Clerk Recorder Reda Eckerman mentioned that a new building will be added on – a real estate office.
Council may commission two professionally produced promotional videos for the area
And the council learned from Kemp that he and Mayor Woodruff chatted recently with local video producer Howard Shippey, owner of Digital Video Designs, with an eye to engaging his services to produce two videos for the area – not just Waldport but also to include Seal Rock and Yachats. One video would emphasize business opportunities for new commercial enterprises – the other a glamour video featuring the beauty and recreational opportunities of the area. Kemp was asked by the council to move ahead with the idea but to try to enlist financial support from local chambers and/or government agencies that would also benefit from the project. Shippey has done a number of local promotional videos for Newport, the Port of Newport and Depoe Bay, all of which have been met with high praise for its stunning visual content and professional quality.