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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 07-11-2018

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4 PAWTUCKET JULY 11-17, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION facilities must first be accepted by the Department of Business Regulation, and then may be issued a license based on compliance with a variety of requirements such as security, odor control, seed-to-sale tracking, interior renovation, and fire and building code compliance. "None of these facilities are cur- rently cultivating or producing medi- cal marijuana at this time," he said Monday. Addresses are not listed on the state website, but Mother Earth Creations received its early Pawtucket approv- als for a facility at 125 Esten Ave. Gardening for Good's application for a special use permit was also approved last year, for a facility at 50 Patterson Ave. Rosa declined to release the addresses of other approved facilities. A number of other companies still have applications outstanding to oper- ate centers in Pawtucket. The City Council's ordinance sub- committee, at its June 20 meeting, approved a new ordinance governing growing and sales of marijuana within city limits. That ordinance must still go before the City Council, and there was no word this week on when that will happen. Ordinance Committee Chairman Terry Mercer said it was smooth sailing for the measure through ordi- nance, as there's little the city can do about marijuana growers outside state control, and he expects a similar path before the full council. Growers will be allowed to operate "as long as they fit within the guidelines," said Mercer. The ordinance subcommittee approved a measure passed by the City Planning Commission in January. The Pawtucket ordinance allows marijuana growers an opportunity to do business if they receive a special use permit from the city. Companies are seeking to become suppliers to Rhode Island's three medical marijuana dispensaries, which provide marijuana to more than 15,000 patients. The General Assembly last month shot down Gov. Gina Raimondo's plan to expand the number of medi- cal marijuana dispensaries in the state, and also passed a hike in their annual licensing fee from $5,000 to $250,000. Pawtucket will likely allow compas- sion centers in industrial open (MO) and industrial built-up (MB) zones, with special use permits. Licensed cul- tivators and marijuana testing facilities are also allowed in those zones, with special use permit, and testing facili- ties also allowed in commercial gen- eral (CG) zones with special permit. MO zones are intended for light industrial uses that accommodate a variety of manufacturing, assembly, storage of durable goods and related activities. MB zones are intended for exist- ing high-density industrial structures used for manufacturing and storage purposes. All marijuana facilities are required to: • Comply with state regulations on cultivation, distribution and storage of medical marijuana. • Comply with city building and fire codes. • Have extensive security, safety and odor mitigation precautions, as spelled out. MARIJUANA From Page One New company obligated to fulfill Link's trash duties PAWTUCKET – Waste Connections US Inc., the company that purchased Grotto Avenue transfer facility opera- tor Link Environmental, is obligated to fulfill Link's responsibilities through Aug. 31. In a letter to the City Council, on the docket for the council meeting on Wednesday, July 11, Mayor Donald Grebien noted that the council voted to extend the contract with Link through Aug. 31, and the city then signed a "consent to assignment" agreement with Waste Connections obligating the company to fill in for Link on all work. "Please be assured that this is pro- cedural and does not go beyond our current agreement," said Grebien in his letter. "As we continue our con- versations regarding the future of our waste needs and the associated costs, the administration will set up a meet- ing with councilors and WCI." A previous plan to move and expand the waste transfer facility at a new loca- tion on Concord Street is dead, after the council unanimously passed a reso- lution opposing it last month. Grebien's letter to the council on the pact with Waste Connections was writ- ten prior to the council's resolution. Other options include completing massive upgrades to the existing trans- fer facility or shipping the city's waste to the Central Landfill in Johnston. CITY OF PAWTUCKET TAXES FIRST Quarterly Payment of Real Estate, Tangible & Motor Vehicle Taxes are due JULY 16, 2018 Taxes unpaid after the due date will be subject to a (13%) thirteen percent penalty Don't have your account information? Email us: FAILURE TO RECEIVE A TAX BILL DOES NOT EXCUSE ANYONE FROM PAYING TAXES AND ANY INTEREST PENALTY Send your payment NOW or Pay Online CITY OF PAWTUCKET- COLLECTIONS 137 Roosevelt Ave., Pawtucket, RI 02860 Or to the P.O. Box indicated on your Bill FINANCE DIRECTOR TREASURER JOANNA L'HEUREUX SHAUN STROBEL

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