CAPAC — And the survey says...a slight majority of respondents are in favor of allowing medical marijuana facilities in the village.
At a special council meeting on Monday, village council members and volunteers from the public tallied 684 completed surveys. There were a total of 355 "yes" to 329 "no" votes.
"That's pretty doggone close," said council member Joe Nemecek.
The exact question put to registered voters through the mailed survey was "Should the Village of Capac adopt ordinances and regulations to allow medical marihuana growing and/or processing facilities to be located within the Village of Capac as permitted by the Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, Michigan Public Act 281 of 2016?"
Clerk Lisa Lulis said 1,258 surveys were sent to registered voters who reside in the village. Approximately, 110 of those surveys were deemed "undeliverable" by the post office, she said. Names and addresses were obtained from the St. Clair County Clerk's Office.
The council has asked Lulis to confirm there are no duplicate forms in those submitted. Each survey had an identifying number in the upper right hand corner.
The surveys were mailed out on May 1 and had to be postmarked by May 10 to be counted.
Council members decided to survey residents on the matter after area residents expressed concern over a proposed medical marijuana growing and processing facility that King Midas wants to build on Capac Road.
At their next regular meeting on Monday, May 21, the council is due to discuss a proposed ordinance to allow for medical marijuana facilities that's been under revision by their attorney and planner. Capac's Planning Commission drafted the document at the council's request but their attorney Al Francis identified five areas in the draft document that required further clarification or additions.
The ordinance would allow for commercial grow and processing facilities as a special land use. The council has asked that the revised document be returned to them by tomorrow, May 17, so they have time to review it before Monday's meeting.
In September, King Midas CEO Matt Roman brought his proposal to the council and late last year village leaders voted 5 to 1 to begin the process by drafting an ordinance. President John Grzyb cast the lone "no" vote.
Those in opposition to the King Midas proposal have expressed concerns over public safety, drug use, environmental effects and local utilities. Others who support the concept believe the business would give the local economy a boost through tax revenues and new jobs.
Maria Brown joined the Tri-City Times staff in 2003, the same year she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Calvin College. Born and raised in Imlay City, she and her family reside in the Capac area where she enjoys gardening and reading.