Medical pot centers on New Britain City Council agenda

Published on Monday, 10 June 2019 17:42
Written by Michelle France


NEW BRITAIN – City officials will decide on several issues Wednesday night including the enforcement of blight and zoning ordinances around medical marijuana dispensaries.

Alderman Robert Smedley and Alderwoman Katie Breslin are requesting to revise and create sections within the Code of Ordinances provisions to provide expanded authority for the enforcement of blight throughout the city. Some issues proposed in the blight ordinance focus on abandoned inoperable motor vehicles or marine vessels and changing the length of uncut grass allowable from 1 foot down to 9 inches in height.

A report from the Planning and Zoning Subcommittee will be recommending an amendment to the Zoning Ordinances defining and establishing controls on locations and operations of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries and Medical Marijuana Production facilities. The amendment was spearheaded by Breslin and Alderman Daniel Salerno.

Several council members are requesting the purchase order of a pole vault landing pad for Veterans Stadium in Willow Brook Park. According to the resolution, the current landing pad is unsafe, torn and beyond repair.

Alderman Brian K. Albert put forth a resolution to improve the effectiveness of an ordinance that relates to trash and recycling containers including defining the liability for damaged trash or recycling containers.

Also on the agenda is the purchasing order of $50,000 for consulting engineering services through the Public Works, Utilities Division fund. The resolution states that in 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued the city an administrative order on consent requiring compliance by the City on several issues related to maintenance and capital improvements to the City’s sanitary sewer collection system.

Four resolutions have been proposed to dedicate some or all of the month of June to recognize different causes.

Alderman Richard Reyes and Alderman Don Naples want to see June 14, 2019 recognized as Flag Day.

Emmanuel Sanchez wants the month to be recognized as National Immigrant Heritage Month.

Sanchez, Alderwoman Iris Sanchez, Alderman Kristian Rosado and Salerno, are requesting the month also be recognized as national Caribbean-American heritage month.

Alderwoman Eva Magnuszewski, Alderman Carlo Carlozzi and Robert Smedley are requesting the month be recognized as City pride month and the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

The council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 27 West Main St.

Michelle France can be reached at 860-801-5087 or at

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News on Monday, 10 June 2019 17:42. Updated: Monday, 10 June 2019 17:45.