Donlevy says cannabis could help meet budget goals

The outdoor dining area on Main Street will stay a little longer. Photo by Crystal Apilado/Winters Express

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At his last official presentation to the City Council, former Winters City Manager John W. Donlevy Jr. made a suggestion at the Sept. 15 council meeting: cannabis.

Donlevy, who is now the City Manager of Auburn, suggested the city council take another look at the now legal drug saying “(Cannabis) probably can work in Winters.”

It can bring in a little bit of money, money the city will desperately need, Donlevy reported.

In the future, there will be “little funding” for city streets and roadways and there will be “no funding” for needed storm drain upgrades, Donlevy reported to the council.

“The evolution of cannibis as an industry and regulatory structure has been significant since the legalization of recreational use,” Donlevy added. “It is recommended that the City consider a re-evaluation of the prohibition in a measured and strategic manner.”

The Council listened to Donlevy’s report, thanked him, and said they have a lot to think about in the future.

Paying it forward
The council approved giving more than $4,000 to downtown businesses as a way to support their efforts at providing a unique, accessible, dining experience downtown.

A total of $4,500 from the Business Improvement Area Funds (BID) will be distributed to downtown business owners who have expended funds to provide seating and comfort in the downtown eating commons.

The BID account currently has $14,377.

Al fresco dining remains
The Council approved an extension of the closure of downtown Main Street to vehicle traffic.

Main Street, between Railroad and First Street, will continue to serve as community outdoor seating until Nov. 4.

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