Emerson adopts ordinances for purchases, synthetic marijuana
by Neil B. McGahee
Nov 26, 2013 | 896 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Emerson City Council adopted two new city ordinances at Monday night’s meeting.

The first established a policy regulating the way that purchases are made on behalf of the city. Although purchasing is ultimately the responsibility of the city manager, the operational responsibility falls to the city clerk. Some of the goals of the ordinance are:

• to assure the public that money provided to the city is spent wisely and effectively;

• to provide guidance to city personnel engaged in the purchasing process;

• establish ethical standards to assure the procurement is made without favoritism or inappropriate vendor inducements;

• establish and maintain internal controls over purchasing and vendor payments that deters misappropriation of city resources.

The second ordinance bans the sale, manufacture, transport, use and delivery of all so-called synthetic marijuana and unregulated marijuana substitutes. The ordinance, a duplicate of the ones passed by Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor and adopted by every Bartow municipality, closes a loophole in state law, which targets specific chemical compounds.

The first generation of synthetic marijuana was banned by the state in 2012. That law targeted specific cannabinoid compounds, but the industry found a loophole and began changing the compounds, sidestepping the law to keep their products on store shelves.

This ordinance closes that loophole by identifying the main compound and outlawing it and any derivative.

Violators may expect to pay a fine not to exceed $1,000, serve 60 days in jail, or both.

Both ordinances were approved by the council.

The mayor and council also;

• approved resolutions affirming the 2013 election results.

• awarded a $107,302 contract to C.F. Kilpatrick Co. to pave the Old Alabama Road sidewalk extension.

• approved waivers allowing the LakePoint South Campus to use 90-inch drainage pipe instead of the state mandated 84-inch pipe.

“Eighty-four-inch pipe is the maximum diameter allowed by the state, but because this is on private land, they can use a 90-inch pipe as long as we grant a waiver,” said assistant city manager Todd Heath. “They will also be in charge of maintaining it since it is on private property.”

• appointed Michelle Dover to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

The Emerson City Council will meet on Monday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. at Emerson City Hall.