Sublette board bans sale of recreational marijuana, medicinal marijuana sales remain legal


SUBLETTE — The Village of Sublette board voted to prohibit the sale of recreational marijuana in the village limits at its meeting on March 9 at the Ellice Dinges Center. All board members were present except for trustee Jeff Myers.

Sublette Village Attorney Dana Considine prepared an ordinance for the village prohibiting the sale of recreational marijuana. Considine told the board that they cannot prohibit the sale of medicinal marijuana. She also told the board that if future boards wanted to reverse the ordinance, they had the option to do so. The ordinance was approved 5-0.

Informational Meeting

Acting Sublette Village President John Stenzel said he has been approached by some organizations about having a public information event. He said KSB Hospital is interested in presenting on their new program KSB Care Anyware. He said ComEd and the Lee County Sheriff’s Department would talk about scams going on. He said Republic Services would be interested in talking about the correct way to recycle. Don Dinges, economic development for the village, said the Illinois I-Cash program expressed interest, too.

Considine said title company e-mail scams are a big thing right now, and she may be able to get someone from her office to come to the event to speak on it.

Sublette Village Trustee Julie Kessel said the village should have booths set up where the speakers could address concerns from the residents individually.

Board members will look into options for the future event.

Other News

The village’s water, garbage and drainage committee met with a representative from Republic Services and discussed options available to the village at the end of February. Stenzel read the minutes from that committee meeting into the public record.

He said that Option 1 is a three-year contract extension with a monthly increase. Option 2 saw a seven-year contract extension with set pricing over different time frames. Stenzel said the representative recommended the residents opt for the 95-gallon totes or carts over the 65-gallon container.

Stenzel said the rep also recommends all residents have their garbage set out by 6:30 a.m. on Thursday morning. Stenzel said the rep also said that if a resident has more than three 30-gallon containers, the resident needs to call Republic to pay for the extra pick-up and to arrange for the pick-up.

At the end of the meeting under new business, Considine said she read over the village’s current garbage contract that was made with Illinois Valley Waste before they were purchased by Republic Service, and that the village can only extend their contract by five years. Stenzel said he would contact Republic about a five-year extension option.

Upcoming Dates

March 14-15 – Sublette Toy Show

April 13 – Monthly Village Board meeting

April 18 – Sublette Village Clean-Up

May 29 – Sublette Cruise Night

The Village of Sublette Board will next meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 13 at the Ellice Dinges Center.

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