THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
County Board Supports Anti-Marijuana Resolution
Issue Date: April 18, 2019
After nearly an hour of intense discussion on Tuesday, April 16 Marinette County Board by a 20 to seven vote margin supported the idea of a resolution that will oppose legalization of recreational marijuana in Wisconsin. Sheriff Jerry Sauve had requested the resolution because he is concerned "about the direction Madison appears to be heading," and he sees recreational marijuana as a gateway drug that will by itself increase traffic and other problems.
The issue had been discussed at length a week earlier by the Public Services Committee, and ended in a 3 to 3 tie vote, so it came to County Board without a recommendation. The committee discussions had leaned quite heavily in favor of a county-wide referendum on the marijuana issue, by numerous supervisors at the County Board meeting argued that by asking the public to decide they would be abdicating their responsibility to make decisions.
The motion approved authorized Corporation Counsel Gale Mattison to work with Sheriff Sauve to draft a a resolution for the board to consider at its May meeting.
Most of those opposed were either in favor of the referendum or wanted to be sure they would not be opposing medical use of marijuana. Voting against the resolution were Board Chair Mark Anderson, who was strongly in favor of giving the public an opportunity to vote in a referendum, plus Supervisors Mike Behnke, Glenn Broderick, Gilbert Engel, Tom Mandli, Jillian Schutte and Dave Zahn. Supervisors Chris Gromala, Ken Keller and John Guarisco were absent.
County Administrator John LeFebvre announced that the Parks and Forestry Department is moving back to the Courthouse this week, and will be located on the third floor near the new office for the Facilities Maintenance Department. He showed slides of metal removal being done in the old jail section of the Ella Court Building and the still older and long unused jail on the fourth floor of the courthouse. County Board by unanimous vote approved an addendum to to the agreement with Henry Malke and Son LLC and A & P WI LLC to remove of the fourth floor steel in connection with the Ella Court Building work, at an additional cost of $200 per hour, including all labor, materials and equipment, and a total cost not to exceed $10,000.