04-26-2018 Marijuana on Main Street? Watervliet planners seek public comment on issue Monday night;

Huffman’s Furniture building demolished


GOING, GOING, GONE… What some may call icon and others call eyesore fell to the wrecking ball (claw), as the former Huffman Furniture Building at 1 East Main succumbed to the City’s demolition order on Tuesday, April 24. The crew from Pitsch Company of Grand Rapids brought the building down with minimal effect on traffic or debris, with Center Street and Main reduced to a single lane adjacent to the work site. Hundreds of spectators gathered to watch the workers articulate dismantling of the structure that dates back to the mid 1800s. Those who might romanticize the condemnation of the structure should understand multiple attempts to rehab the building were met with cost estimates nearing $1 million coupled with the inability to finance such a project. The severely distressed condition of the structure left the City no choice but to call for its demolition for sake of public safety. (TCR photos by Jon Bisnett)


Marijuana on Main Street? Watervliet planners seek public comment on issue Monday night

By Annette Christie Opt in or opt out will be the question for the Watervliet City Planning Commission as they discuss which direction they would like to go on medical marijuana facilities. City Commissioner and Planning Commission member Luke Strunk announced at the last Watervliet City Commission meeting that medical marijuana will be on the agenda for the Planning Commission meeting being held on Monday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall. Public Act 281 of 2016, the Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act is intended to license and regulate medical marijuana growers, processors, provisioning centers, secure transporters, and safety compliance facilities. It provides power and duties to state and local officers, one of those powers being that local elected officials can choose to opt in or opt out. The Act allows that a state operating license shall not be issued unless the municipality in which the proposed marijuana facility will operate has adopted an ordinance that authorizes that type of facility. A municipality may adopt an ordinance to authorize one or more types of marijuana facilities within its boundaries and to limit the number of each type of marijuana facility. A municipality may adopt other ordinances relating to marijuana facilities within its jurisdiction, including zoning regulations, but shall not impose regulations regarding the purity or pricing of marijuana or interfering or conflicting with this Act or rules for licensing. Strunk said there has been some interest in a possible location within the city for that purpose. He is very interested in people’s opinion on the matter so that the Planning Commission can make an informed decision that could ultimately end up with the City Commission. “I want the public’s input. I know how the Planning Commission feels about it. I think I know how some of the City Commission feels about it and I need public input. I want to know so we can make an informed decision,” Strunk stated in a plea. Strunk urged everyone to do their research and really hopes that many members of the public will attend to provide their view on the subject. The Planning Commissi