Grandview adds marijuana possession to city code

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council voted to add misdemeanor possession of marijuana to its list of illegally controlled substances.

"This was a real oops," Grandview City Attorney Jack Maxwell said at Monday night's council meeting.

In a letter written by Grandview Police Chief David Charvet, he explained that Judge Kimbrough told him the city doesn't have a municipal code that allows police officers to cite offenders for possession of marijuana under 40 grams in Grandview's municipal court.

Apparently some time back, the city revised many of the municipal codes and failed to include a misdemeanor code for possession of marijuana under 40 grams in the code modifications.

Grandview does have municipal codes to cite for drug paraphernalia and possession of drug paraphernalia, but not for the drug itself, Charvet wrote.

Maxwell told the council the offense could be enforced with state laws but not by city laws. No one could say when the ordinance was taken off the books or if it had ever been on the books, but Maxwell said this shouldn't affect any past cases.

Also at last night's meeting, the council approved a change in the elevated steel water reservoir rehab project.

The city had contracted with Purcell Painting, Inc. to rehabilitate the Hillcrest Reservoir for an amount of $261,522.63. During the initial work at the reservoir it was discovered there is serious corrosion damage to the roof trusses of the reservoir.

Purcell Painting, Inc. will fix the roof and detail, supply and install 28 external split wide flange rafters, remove 12 sets of internal roof trusses and supply and install a new center roof vent.

The estimated cost of these new repairs is $142,050.35, which brings the total cost of the project to $403,572.98.

The council also announced that at the next council meeting, Monday, Aug. 21, a decision will be made to determine who will replace Rick McLean on the council.

Five applicants have signed up for consideration. Lawrence Bolan, Pat Bratton, Carlos Diaz, Andrew Hamil and Jan McDonald will be the choices.

The council set a process to select the new council member. The council will meet the applicants, then hear them and ask any questions they feel are needed. Then the council will go into executive session to make its decision.


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