City Council Recap for November

By Tiana Goegebuer

The November 9th, 2016 meeting was attended by Council members Clint Lorimore, Adam Rush, and Richard Simmons, as well as Mayor Pro Tem Joseph Tessari and Mayor Ike Bootsma. The invocation was led by Pastor Mark Lee from Vantage Point Church, and the Pledge was led by Clint Lorimore. There were no Presentations or Announcements, so student Liaison Natalie Diaz gave her report, and then the meeting moved to the Public Comment section.

On the Consent Calendar, all Items were approved, with a few Councilmembers having abstained due to previous absences. In the Public Hearing portion of the meeting, Item 7.1 was passed 4-0, and Item 7.2 was approved 4-0. In the City Council Business section, Item 8.1 was passed 4-0, Item 8.2 was discussed, and the Council provided direction to the Staff.

The meeting adjourned with closing statements by the City Manager, City Staff, and City Councilmembers.

On Monday November 28th, 2016, the Eastvale City Council held a special meeting, which was attended by Council members Clint Lorimore, Adam Rush, and Richard Simmons, as well as Mayor Pro Tem Joseph Tessari and Mayor Ike Bootsma. Mayor Bootsma led the Pledge, and then the meeting moved directly into the City Council Business portion of the meeting.

The special meeting was called in order to discuss a 45-day ordinance previously put in place by the Eastvale City Council that would help to regulate the personal indoor cultivation of marijuana, as well as ban its cultivation outdoors.

According to the November 28th, 2016 City Council Agenda, “The Ordinance became effective when Proposition 64 passed on the November 8, 2016 statewide general election. Ordinance No. 16-09 will expire on December 10, 2016 unless extended by the City Council.” Thus, the purpose of the meeting was to determine whether or not to extend the ordinance.

City Staff recommended that the Council extend Interim Urgency Ordinance, thus “regulating personal cultivation of marijuana and banning outdoor personal cultivation” for 22 months and a number of days. After that period of time, the Council would revisit the ordinance and consider extending the ordinance for another year. The extension of the ordinance would not limit the Council from creating a permanent ordinance at any given time.

There is a permit process through the City that a person must go through in order to grow personal marijuana, and the maximum number of plants allowed per household is six.

The Council motioned to approve the Staff recommendation, and it passed 5-0.