There are two significant items on the agenda for the next meeting:
- Discussion regarding whether the City should purchase additional hours for Clayton library.
Historically the City has paid for costs associated with owning and operating the library, and the County provided a base number of hours of library services which was 35 hours per week. In addition, the City has exercised its option to purchase additional hours through the County and has done so at a rate of nine hours per week bringing the total to 44 for an additional cost of $12,554 per year. The cost has been unchanged for approximately 10 years and we have been paying a lower rate than other cities in the County. This was also supplemented with volunteers which was coordinated via the Clayton Community Library Foundation.
We have been informed that the base hours will rise to 40 per week. Beginning with the next fiscal year (July-21), the purchase of additional hours will be required to be in set increments of either 6, 12, or 16 additional hours per week at a cost of $58,653, $99,686, or $187,875, respectively.
- Consider amending City ordinance in order to allow the outdoor cultivation of cannabis.
State law allows for cultivation of cannabis for recreational use up to six plants. Cities are allowed to regulate how such cultivation takes place and the city has chosen to prohibit outdoor cultivation. We will discuss whether this should be changed to allow for outdoor cultivation, or any other modification to the city ordinances regarding cannabis.
Please let me know if you have any thoughts or questions on the items above.