BY T.J. HUBBARD
Members of the West Liberty Planning Committee conducted the third in a series of informational meetings Wednesday evening seeking input from officials and the public about the impact of a medical marijuana dispensary potentially being located in West Liberty.
Mayor Jill McKelvey, who was present at the meeting held in the Opera House, previously detailed at the Logan County Mayor’s Association meeting in October that she had been contacted by a firm interested in establishing a dispensary in the village. The name of the company or its principals was not disclosed at the meeting.
Other officials in attendance at Wednesday’s meeting included Patty Kauffman, village council member, Mitch Lingrell, president of West Liberty Business Association; Sgt. Tom Watson, Logan County Sheriff’s Office; Cecilia Yelton, director of School and Community-based Prevention for the Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Services Board of Logan and Champaign Counties; Chris Jones, chief of the Macochee Joint Ambulance District; Brad Bodenmiller, director of the Logan-Union-Champaign Regional Planning Commission; Shane Oelker, West Liberty police chief; Shannon Maier and Jeremy Hankins, planning committee chairperson and member, respectively.
Bodenmiller gave an overview of how the village could regulate a potential dispensary through zoning laws.