Waldport has jumped aboard the marijuana tax train, the City Council voting to put a 3% sales tax on all retail marijuana products – whether smoked or ingested with infused products like gummy bears, chocolate candies or other edibles.
Should the tax pass at the polls this Fall, the funds collected are expected to go into the city’s general fund – not targeted for any particular use except as ordered by the city council. There are now three marijuana outlets in Waldport – two medical and one more medical just now opening up for business. All three sell not only medical but retail/recreational marijuana as well.
In an effort to give Waldport’s local economy a little boost, the City Council has paved the way for a new tourist oriented business to open up shop off Crestline Drive, just southeast of the old high school site. It’s where the city’s public works department used to be based. The council got some feelers from some folks who might want to use the old buildings to brew craft beers, open a restaurant and have an outlet to the Alsea River for kayaks and canoes.
The council obligingly changed the zoning of the property from R-1 single-family residential which was placed on it decades ago and which everyone agreed was probably not the best zone to put on it. The council changed the lot’s zoning to C-1 commercial with the an enhanced ability to use 80% of the facility’s square footage for manufacturing – in this case craft beer. A restaurant would also fit nicely within the footprint. City Manager Kerry Kamp said a launching platform for kayaks and canoes would also be possible. So now that the zoning is complete, they await plans for what they hope will be a new gathering place for young and old alike within a beautiful scenic area of Waldport.
And before they called it a night selected their top for legislative priorities for the Oregon Legislature that starts next February. Out of a long list of possible legislation the council picked as their number one legislative preference is making it easier for those needing affordable housing to have it built and live in it without spending most of their paychecks to pay for it. The second priority is the promotion of green energy – wind, solar, geothermal and others. The third legislative priority was investing more in mental health programs. And the fourth priority of the council is to make it easier for veterans to get some added consideration for getting a job.