City approves fourth medical marijuana dispensary

HURON — The Huron City Commission approved the fourth and final available medical marijuana dispensary conditional use permit available within the city while convened as the board of adjustment during the commission meeting Monday evening.

Genesis Farms LLC, which is a partner to one permit in town at 2021 Dakota Ave. S., the north half of the Jimmy John’s building, petitioned for a permit for 2369 Old Hwy 14 W, to operate on the west side of the gas station.

Emmett Reistroffer explained the division of the building that will come with the remodel of the current facility, including closing off current access points within the building that connect the area in question to the convenience store for the gas station.

Reistroffer also offered an update on the previous application, which was approved on Mar. 7. He stated that converting the space alongside the restaurant has been difficult due to issues finding contractors to do the work.

Glenn Jungemann spoke on behalf of Humphrey’s THC LLC of Huron, with concern that Humphrey’s owner Jeff VanWinkle received his conditional use permit on June 13, faced legal challenges to the permit, and completed all needed work to obtain his licensure from the state and get the license approved by the city on Oct. 17.

With this being the final available conditional use permit, Jungemann expressed concern that outside companies could come into Huron with floor plans, apply for and receive conditional use permits, and then not act on those permits, which would not be right for the industry and certainly not be what the city intended with its process.

Commissioners discussed potential solutions for the issue but tabled further discussion to address the application at hand. The commission voted 4-1 to approve the permit, with Commissioner Mark Robish voting nay.

City planner Barry Cranston also presented a conditional use permit to the commission from K&J Holdings LLC regarding the building at 259 Dakota Ave S. The permit is to construct eight apartments in the second floor of the building in an area currently zoned as a central business district.

Robish asked Jordan Stricherz of K&J about fire inspection. He stated that all that would be done before the units would be certified for occupancy. The commission approved the permit unanimously.

Mayor Gary Harrington brought a proposed letter of support for the RCPE railroad, which is planning to construct a new roundhouse at the cost of $23 million. The letter is to encourage federal funds to be utilized for the project. Harrington reported to the commission that representatives from the railroad assured him that they would retain the old roundhouse. The letter was approved unanimously.

Cranston explained a memorandum to request an appraisal committee for the Spain outlots. Roger Chase, Danny Hofer, and Schaun Schnathorst were approved as members of the committee to bring a recommendation to the Dec. 5 public hearing.

Commissioners also:

  • Approved a correction to the travel authorization form.
  • Approved a special event on-sale alcoholic beverage license filed by Thunderbird Liquor for the Center For Independence’s Christmas Party on December 2 at Campus Center.
  • Set the public hearing date for December 5 to consider a property exchange between the City of Huron and Lloyd and Jean Spain for Spain Outlots 3, 4 and 5.
  • Approved a wage increase for Amy Gamby in hockey/skating.

City offices will be closed on Nov. 24 and 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The solid waste department submitted the following notification regarding the Thanksgiving holiday:

“The Solid Waste Department rubble site will be closed from Thursday, Nov. 24, through Saturday, Nov. 26, in observance of Thanksgiving.

Garbage and recycling for Thursday and Friday will be collected on Wednesday, November 23. Please have containers out Tuesday night as trucks will not be rerouted.

Solid waste will do a final city-wide collection of green containers on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Place containers out on Tuesday evening as collection will begin at 7 a.m.”

The commission finished the evening in executive session regarding contractual information and negotiations.