City of Perry

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Medical Marihuana Notice

May 3, 2022

To:  The Residents of the City of Perry

This communication is to make you aware that an outside organization, Shiawassee Cares Coalition, is taking steps to circulate a petition for another proposal on the November 2022 election ballot regarding the City’s medical marihuana regulations.

We want to ensure that all of you are aware of the City’s recent history and current status on this topic.

As many of you know, in November of 2021, the Shiawassee Cares Coalition was successful in having a medical marihuana proposal to amend the City of Perry’s charter placed on the ballot.  The actual ballot proposal read as follows:

“This proposed charter amendment, if adopted, would assist patients in need of medical marihuana for conditions such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, colitis, arthritis, crohn’s disease, cerebral palsy, chronic pain, parkinson’s disease, post traumatic stress disorder and other medical conditions for which marihuana is an approved medical use by the State of Michigan, end the City’s prohibition of medical marihuana facilities, and create a City Department of Medical Marihuana responsible for overseeing the local regulatory structure for such facilities.”

The proposal passed with: 230 – Yes   222 – No

The actual charter amendment details authorized multiple medical marihuana facilities (8) within the City of Perry.   (1) Marihuana Safety Compliance Facility; (1) Marihuana Secure Transporter; (2) Marihuana Provisioning Centers – Dispensary; (1) Class A (500 Plants) Marihuana Grower; (1) Class B (1000 Plants) Marihuana Grower; (1 ) Class C (1500 Plants) Marihuana Grower.  It also defined a number of other specific requirements and timelines for the City that would place an undue burden on a city of our size.

To quote Leslie Abdoo in the March/April 2022 magazine; The Review, “One of the biggest challenges facing Michigan cities and villages as it relates to marihuana regulation is the newest wave of ballot initiatives sweeping across the state. In both the 2020 and 2021 November election cycles, nearly identical petitions were filed in small communities across the state. The newest petitions have largely involved charter amendments under the Home Rule City Act which have raised many questions regarding the appropriate process for placing these amendments on the ballot. Many charter amendment petitions, particularly targeting small communities, have very similar language and provisions.

After significant review and advice by legal counsel, the Perry City Council voted to challenge the legality of the charter amendment.  (The results of that legal challenge are pending).  However, given that the medical marihuana vote was positive and the fact that the City of Perry residents supported two prior Michigan marihuana ballot proposals in 2008 and 2018, the Council voted to develop and adopt the necessary medical marihuana ordinance(s) to allow for one (1) medical marihuana provisioning center (dispensary) within the City.  Those ordinances (360 & 361) have now been completed and approved by the City Council. The approach by the Perry City Council is a gradual one, starting with one medical marihuana dispensary license being awarded via lottery involving all qualified applicants. This approach will allow the administrative burden of handling applications to be limited to an amount we can process properly. The risk of future lawsuits created by subjective scoring processes would be lessened. Management of this type will prevent the process from being crippling for a city of our size.

We ask that you support our efforts to do what we believe is in the best interest of the City and its residents and not allow our City to be “controlled” by an outside interest group.  We encourage you NOT to support the petition to rescind our new medical marihuana ordinances.

 

Mayor Sue Hammond 
Mayor Pro-Tem Larry Lambert   Council Mindy Galbavi
Council Bob Porter          Council Steve Wallace    
Council Mike Connell      Council Chad Fuller 

Interested in running for Mayor or Council? Now is the time to get your petitions. Deadline April 19, 2022 at 4pm

NOTICE:

Nominating petitions are now available at Perry City Hall for anyone interested in running for the following offices:

(3) Four-Year terms for a COUNCIL seat, term expiring Dec. 1, 2026

(1) Two-Year partial term for a COUNCIL seat, term expiring Dec. 1, 2024

(1) Two-Year term for MAYOR, term expiring Dec. 1, 2024

Persons desiring to qualify as candidates for any elective office shall file a petition therefor with the City, signed by not less than fifteen nor more than thirty registered electors of the Clerk, not later than the date and time for the filing of nominating petitions for State and County offices.  The form of the petition shall be substantially as that designated by the Secretary of State for the nomination of nonpartisan judicial officers.  A supply of official petition forms shall be provided and maintained by the Clerk.

The last day to file petitions is Tuesday, April 19, 2022, 4:00 p.m. for the August 2, 2022 primary.

Note:  A primary election will be held on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, if more than two nominating petitions are filed for one of the above seats.  If no primary is needed, the election will be November 8, 2022 general election.

The polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 pm.

For more information regarding elections, visit the City Clerks page.

Devin Miller, City Clerk
clerk@perry.mi.us

City Wide Clean Up Week May 23-27, 2022

City residents wishing to participate in the annual City wide clean up may do so May 23rd through May 27th.

The FREE pick up of miscellaneous bulk items (items that are too large to place in your trash receptacle) and extra trash will be Monday, May 23rd.

Residents MUST place items curbside by 7 am, on Monday, May, 23rd.

  • All items that will fit, must be bagged or boxed.
  • Trash bags cannot be heavier than 35 pounds.
  • Boxes must be broken down and duct taped or tied.
  • All heavy bulk items must be at the curb by 7 am, Monday, May 23rd.

All items must be preregistered.  Preregister all items (other than the regular household trash) for pick up by noon Friday, May 20th. Items not registered will not be picked up.

Wednesday, May 25th through Friday, May 27th pick up will be as follows:

NOTE:                                                                                                                                                                    

  • There is a FEE for items picked up Wednesday through Friday.
  • All items need to be registered. Call City Hall for pricing and registration.
  • Wednesday – May 25th – South of the railroad tracks.
  • Thursday – May 26th – North of the railroad tracks.
  • Friday – May 27th – Final sweep of the city.

Items not accepted:  batteries, sewage, yard trimmings, tires, hazardous waste, liquids, radioactive materials, drum/barrels that are not empty, compressed gas cylinders (including propane), ignitable, corrosive, reactive or toxic materials, medical waste, asbestos, demolition materials or wood.

Call City Hall to register items at 517-625-6155 ext. 226 or email to cityofperry@perry.mi.us.