MATTOON — The city may establish a moratorium on issuing any permits for recreational or medical cannabis businesses.

The Mattoon City Council will consider voting on this proposed moratorium when it meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in City Hall, 208 N. 19th St. The council also will vote on the proposed fiscal 2020 property tax levy.

City Administrator Kyle Gill said the moratorium would apply to medical cannabis cultivation or dispensing sites, as well as to business growers, cultivators, processors, infusers, dispensers, and transporters.

Gill said Mattoon will work with the Coles County Planning & Regional Development Commission after the holidays to develop city zoning regulations for cannabis businesses that are consistent with other local regulations and with the latest state statutes.

"We are just not ready to decide how we are going to deal with the zoning and we want to see what other changes the state might make," Gill said. Mattoon's proposed moratorium, like the one Charleston enacted, is set to be effective until May 31.

Regarding the levy, City Finance Director Beth Wright said the previous levy brought in $4.46 million in revenue after the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL) that is effective in Coles County was applied to this funding request.

Wright said the proposed levy will seek $4.79 million in revenue, 7.45 percent more than last year's revenue. However, she estimated that the city will only receive $4.56 million after PTELL is applied. She said 80.44 percent of this revenue will go to pension costs.

"It continues to take a bigger and bigger part of our tax levy," Wright said of pension costs.

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Other actions that the council is scheduled to take during this meeting include:

— Amending city storm water detention requirements to specify that shall be considered cumulatively when evaluating the storm water requirements for successive phases of development at the same site.

— Approving the plans and specifications for the water and sewer main extensions for the second phase of the Coles Centre subdivision.

— Ratifying the re-appointments of Jeff Collings, Mark Cox and Kirk Miller to the Public Works Advisory Board.

— Appointing Melissa Harden to the Mattoon Arts Council.

— Approving a water and sewer billing adjustment in the amount $2,313 on behalf of Richard Daniell due to a water leak at 3501 Powell Lane.

— Declaring city property as surplus and authorizing the sale or disposal of this property, including a 2015 Ford Taurus with 92,838 miles and a 2007 Chevrolet Impala with 85,196 miles. Both vehicles are in running condition.

The full agenda and related documents for the meeting are posted at https://mattoon.illinois.gov/government/citycouncil/upcomingmeetings/.

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Contact Rob Stroud at (217) 238-6861. Follow him on Twitter: @TheRobStroud



Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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