Pot ordinance could pass in Jacksonville tonight

By Jim McCabe on June 9 at 7:17am

The second reading of an ordinance that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in Jacksonville is on the agenda for tonight’s city council meeting.

The first reading was held at the final May meeting and passed by a narrow 5-4 vote with one alderman not present.

Another second reading tonight is for an amended ordinance regarding coin-operated amusement devices. Aldermen approved the first reading of an increase of fees for the installation of video gaming terminals to $100 last meeting.

The current fee is $35. Other coin-operated amusement devices such as pool tables will remain at the current fee.

There’s also a resolution this evening to approve a Tax Increment Financing Redevelopment Plan and Project Grant Agreement between the city and Mark Schierl for Mulligan’s Restaurant at 5 Central Park Plaza.

Also, what’s your reaction to the recent decision to make the traffic lights at the downtown intersections of Church Street flashing red? That will be discussed tonight, but no vote is scheduled to be taken.

Things get underway at 6:30 with the workshop session in the mayor’s conference room.