HEADLINE: CITIZEN’S REFERENDUM, 5G, & MARIJUANA DISPENSARY

WHAT: Summary of February 6, 2024 Town Council Meeting

Another long meeting with many attendees and public comment

1] In response to a recent vote by Council to allow a zoning change for the Four Peaks (Target) Center on Shea Blvd., an effort is underway to authorize a referendum to seek approval or rejection of the Council vote.  The majority of comments shared during Call to the Public questioned the vote of the Council and how such a major decision was rushed to a vote and failed to address questions raised by the Planning & Zoning Commission.  Councilmember McMahon (who voted to approve the rezoning) alleged that some petition signers were being misled into signing.

2] Town Council previously had approved a moratorium on installation of above-ground small cell towers for 5G broadband service.  That moratorium expired at the end of 2023.  Town Staff is currently developing a proposed ordinance to address this issue.  After discussion, Council voted to extend the moratorium until any new ordinance could be reviewed and put to a vote.

3] There is one marijuana dispensary in Fountain Hills and current ordinance limits its hours of operation and a prohibits deliveries to customers.  The attorneys for the owners of the business (Phoenix Cannabis) have requested a change in current ordinance to allow an expansion of business hours and permission to deliver.  After public comment and Council discussion, there was a vote to table the matter until the March 5 meeting to allow further consideration and scheduling of a meeting between the Fountain Hills Coalition and the attorneys for the dispensary owner.

WHY:

Citizen awareness and participation in local government is a primary strategy to monitor the performance of elected officials, to assure that those officials are serving the public, and to recognize when this fails to occur.  Council meetings in Fountain Hills typically include dozens of residents in attendance and several comments at Call to the Public.

CALL TO ACTION:

  • Write letters to the editor to the Fountain Hills Independent on issues facing the Town. 300 words or less to rwinslett@iniusa.org
  • Attend Council meetings to learn & show your support. 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 5:30 PM fountainhillsaz.gov/673/Meeting-Agendas
  • If you can’t attend meetings in person, view the videos on the Town web site.
  • Express your views – send emails to the Mayor& Councilmembers.

www.fountainhillsaz.gov/308/Town-Council or mayorcouncil@fountainhilsaz.gov

 

 

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