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City Council Hears Reports on Cannabis Regulations and Apartment Complex Project in Artesia

Artesia’s City Council met to discuss new requests for city facilities, special reports, and public hearings. First on the agenda was the request of New Hope Baptist Church replat. 
Next, before the council was the request of the Pecos Running Club to use Hermosa Street and Jaycee Park for the 2nd Annual Haunted Hustle scheduled for October 30th. Councilors approved the request and the request of the Aquatic Center and the Pecos Running Club to co-host the Turkey Trot Triathlon November 2oth at the Aquatic Center. 
After these approvals, Rob Wachter, the Economic Development Director, gave a special report regarding the City acting as Conduit Bond Issuer for an apartment complex project at the proposed location between the new Haven of Hope complex and Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. The type of bond, the conduit bond, is new to New Mexico. Terry Hill and Kent Brachter both expressed how they went back and forth when they considered the City becoming the issuer of the bond. The consideration ultimately led to more questions about bonding. Jeff Youtsey weighed in that he would like to see the City focus more on projects within the City’s direct control. The councilors then made a motion to defer the apartment complex project to another entity, the MFA. The motion passed 7-1. 
Jim McGuire, the Community Development Director, went before the council to go over the state regulations regarding cannabis. The laws changed this past year and the City Code needs to be updated to reflect the repealed subsection of laws. Cannabis is legal for those over the age of 21. The councilors asked questions regarding consumption on private property to better understand how the new state regulations will affect the day to day operations of law enforcement and residents of Artesia.

Check out how to attend the Eddy County Hearings regarding licenses and ordinances for medical and recreational cannabis in the snippet below from the Artesia Chamber of Commerce’s weekly email update: Chamber Chat. 
October 5 at 8:30 am – Medical and Recreational Cannabis & Business License Ordinance Public Hearings. These are open to the public. Here and here   are the links to the ordinances.   

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