The Standish City Council met for their normal monthly meeting on Thursday night, June 17, 2010. There were two significant issues of public interest to be dealt with at this meeting. The first was the issue of how, if at all, the decision of the State would be implemented with respect to the sale of medically prescibed marajuana in the city. The second was whether to take up a proposal by Rewards for Recycling on how to introduce the practice of recycling to the city.
On the first of these issues, the Council considered whether to introduce a moratorium to allow more time for fact finding and to allow the planning commission time to research what changes to zoning may become necessary. After some discussion it was made clear that the State legislation meant medically prescribed marajuana would be coming into the city; the question was how controls could be designed to keep its sale within the prescribed limits. The council decided to implement a six-month moratorium and to encourage Standish residents to make their views known to the council by contacting the City Manager or the Mayor.
On the matter of recycling the benefits of using the system proposed by Rewards for Recycling were raised. Benefits for residents included coupons which could be earned by recycling. The coupons could then be redeemed by local businesses. Benefits to the city included a refund of money which represented a portion of that gained by recycling and a possible easing of grant application requirements. The latter because cities which can demonstrate a commitment to recycling are treated more favorably than those which do not show such a commitment.
The major disadvantage to the residents was the cost. The council eventually decided that this particular system would be too expensive for the average citizen and that they would seek to find a less-expensive system to put into practice. Again both the Mayor and the City Manager encourage all citizens to make their views on the issue, as well as any suggestions for implementation, known to the council.
A further discussion which has general interest was about setting up a new website for the city. It was pointed out that the present one was way out of date. A quick investigation demonstrated this claim is certainly true since the contact details for the various members of the council were out of date and the latest newsletter was more than a year old.
The reason for this was partly due to the difficulties of altering information which is already up on the site. The present system requires the council to contact the webmaster, giving the information to him which he would then include on the site. This is time-consuming and costly since both the webmaster and the council member would need to work on the changes. It was suggested that a new site could be developed for a reasonable price which would allow appropriate council members to make any changes to the data on-site. This would not require a great deal of programming skill. Information could be kept up to date.
The council website could both share information about, and promote the city. The Council decided to accept an offer from Ohno Design to go with the proposal to create a new site, spreading the payments over 1 years.
For more info: Contact the City Manager at (989) 846-9588 or email [email protected]
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