The rescheduled North Sioux City City Council meeting (moved from Sept. 6 to Sept. 7 because of Labor Day) had a long agenda and lasted just over three hours. Many items were discussed, including the medical marijuana ordinance and application fee, requests for the Fiscal Year 2022 budget requests, plats, insurance and the water tower project.

Second reading of Ordinance 2021-15 – Medical Marijuana was approved. The highlights are as follows: the type of facility, the number of licenses allowed and annual fee – Cannabis Cultivation Facility, 2, $10,000; Cannabis Testing Facility, 2, $10,000; Cannabis Product Manufacturing Facility, 2, $10,000; and Cannabis Dispensary, 4, $10,000. Dispensaries will be allowed to operate between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

The council approved Resolution 2021-10 – Medical Cannabis Application Fee, which is referred to in the aforementioned ordinance. They decided to set this at $1,500. The fee is to defray the costs with background checks, application reviews, code inspections and any other costs or labor associated with processing the application. The fee is non-refundable.

Along with medical cannabis were the application form and procedures for council’s approval. The form looks like any other form required by the state of South Dakota and the procedure was a checklist of items such as “research and retrieve application packet, applicant submits a complete application, background check, reviews by city council and state, etc." The council approved the form and procedures.

The first reading of Ordinance 2021-16 – Alcohol ordinance was held. It was tabled for a second time due to lack of information. This ordinance could effect the way the Community Center (owned by the Dakota Valley Emergency Services District) receives its alcohol licenses for events.

Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Requests

Every year, the city donates money to the Dakota Valley Recreational Council (DVRC) for helping with upkeep to the ball parks next to the Dakota Valley Elementary School. However, every year, the DVRC has to spend the funds and ask for reimbursement from the city. This year, they asked that they be given the money up front so they don’t have to be reimbursed every time. The council moved to donate $25,000 to the DVRC.

The McCook Lake Association requested the same amount of funding they have received over the last few years – $25,000. The council took no action as it was already in the 2022 budget.

The first reading of Ordinance 2021-17 – FY2022 Budget Ordinance was approved.

See full story in this week’s Dakota Dunes / North Sioux City Times.