City Council Wrap-up

MMA
Council members unanimously approved to regulate full-contact Mixed Martial Arts or MMA as a major special event, meaning in order to hold an event within city limits, they need to apply for a special permit.

They also approved to prohibit the sale of alcohol from all MMA events.

The discussion came after American Predator Fighting Championship approached council to borrow city property for parking for a future event back in September. Council denied the request and considered banning MMA overall, but placed heavy restrictions instead.

Medical Marijuana
They also approved an ordinance regarding medical marijuana.

Dispensaries will be allowed to open in industrial districts and have a drive through.

Council originally discussed limiting retail sales to 10%, but after hearing the state law regulates that only medical marijuana cardholders can purchase paraphernalia, they dismissed the limit.

Food Vendors
Finally following a brief discussion, council approved seven to one to extend the current contract to food vendors Johnny’s Rib House and Joey’s Red Hots to December 31st, 2014.

“I don’t relish the amount of time we’ve spent on this but we were in a pickle,” said Councilman Robert Fieseler. “We needed to catch up to the reality of the situation, and I do think Councilman Hinterlong’s proposal cuts the mustard. Frankly we’re now on a roll, so let’s pass it.”

Councilman Grant Wehrli was the only no vote.

“I still fail to see the benefit they bring to the downtown when you look at the downtown merchants, the brick and mortar businesses competing with these guys on an on again, off again basis,” he said.

The bid process for mobile food carts will begin again January 1, 2015 and allow two vendors instead of four. The permits will be good for two years.

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