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This week the Unalaska City Council is expected to pass a new local ordinance prohibiting retail marijuana shops from opening on the island.

On Tuesday, city staff will present a second reading of the law that narrowly passed a first round on January 26. At that meeting, the vote was three for the ban and three against. When there is a tie vote among the six council members, the mayor casts the deciding vote; the mayor broke the tie by voting in favor of the ban.

If the vote is the same this week, the ban will go into effect immediately.

Courtesy of belmarstore.com

The Unalaska City Council is moving forward on enacting a total ban on retail marijuana stores on the island.

After considering three possible local ordinances regulating legal pot sales, the one the council approved for a second reading calls for prohibiting all commercialization of marijuana.

 

Council members Johnson, Kelty, and Rowland voted in favor of the ban ordinance and Gregory, Leclere, and Tungul voted against. Mayor Shirley Marquardt broke the tie with a vote in favor of the ban. 

 

Holman Named Public Safety Director

Jan 12, 2016
Greta Mart

The city's former deputy police chief is now the head of the entire public safety department.

Unalaska's city manager announced Tuesday Michael Holman has been promoted to public safety director.

He takes over for Jamie Sunderland, who is retiring. Holman says that now he's director, Unalaskans shouldn't expect any radical changes in leadership.

Greta Mart

City officials are asking Unalaska residents to stop by City Hall Monday evening to speak their minds on the topic of commercial sales of marijuana. Council members want the public to weigh in on whether to allow one or more retail marijuana stores to open on the island.

Unlike the structured, informational format of the town hall hosted by city employees in early November, Monday's meeting will be more of a listening session for council members.

The city council met Tuesday for its last session of 2015. With a relatively light agenda, and no controversial hearings or ordinances in the line up, council members breezed through the meeting in less than 40 minutes. 

The council approved an ordinance to allow local bars to start serving food at 8 a.m. on Sundays.

On the consent calendar was a vote on a new method for divvying up next year's shared fisheries business tax program.

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