The Russellville City Council voted 5-3 during its June meeting to approve an ordinance that amended the Russellville Zoning Code, Article XIII, Table of Permitted Uses regarding drugstore or pharmacy/medical marijuana dispensary guidelines.
City Attorney Trey Smith told the council that the ballot title of the amendment approved by voters last year stated that medical marijuana dispensaries would be under the same requirements as a pharmacy or drugstore.
The Planning Commission unanimously recommended the action during its May 28 meeting at City Hall.
“We really have to do this,” Mayor Randy Horton said. “Even though it will be limited, it is new and it is going to be controversial.”
Smith said any action to ban such dispensaries from the city limits must be approved by a vote of the people.
“We can require them to have a special use permit to make sure it is going where it is supposed to go,” the mayor said.
Alderman Eric Westcott made a motion to dispense with the regular reading (suspend the rules) and read the ordinance by title only with short description. It was approved 6-2.
The motion to adopt the ordinance changing the zoning code was approved 5-3. Aldermen Larry Brown, Mark Tripp and Phyllis Carruth voted no.
Finance Director Jerry McKaughan reported revenues for May were 6.96 percent above year-to-date projections. The sales tax revenue budget is 3.74 percent above year-to-date projections.
In other business, the council approved:
n An ordinance amending the Russellville Zoning Code in regard to Article XII (Area Requirements); Article XIII (Table of Permitted Uses); and Article II.8 (Central Business District C-1). It was read by title only with a short description and passed 8-0.
n An ordinance to rezone property located in the Bradley Cove Road area currently R-1 to C-2.
n A resolution to