Election of Mayor Pro Tempore, Marijuana, Payday Lenders Headline Tonight’s Council Meeting

The first meeting of the “new” Springfield City Council takes place tonight at the Council’s chambers in Historic City Hall starting at 6:30 p.m. and will name Springfield’s new Mayor Pro Tempore.

The position is currently held by Councilwoman Jan Fisk.

Marijuana will also again be on the agenda in several ways.

The public will be able to let the council know their feelings on an amendment that would allow marijuana dispensaries to be open 24 hours a day.

Councilmember Craig Hosmer announced his intention during last week’s Council Lunch to make a motion to require a 1,000 foot buffer between marijuana businesses and schools and childcare centers.

The same motion by Hosmer failed at the April 8th council meeting on a 4-4 vote. Councilwoman Jan Fisk was not in attendance at that meeting and it was also the last meeting before new councilmember Abe McGull joined the Council.

Councilman Richard Ollis said at the same luncheon that he will also prepare an amendment that would propose a 500 foot buffer space between the businesses and schools.

Two proposal involving payday lenders are also going to be on the agenda and the public will be allowed to comment to Council about those proposals.

Items to be considered include a $5,000 fee every year for a license to operate in the city (or $2,500 if they apply after six months of a year has passed) and a requirement for the lenders to provide to any customer who asks a listing of alternatives to short-term loans.

Under both proposals, the businesses would also be forced to post a sign near their counter reading “NOTICE” in bold, capital letters and with the following information:

  • This establishment is a short-term establishment and is not a federally chartered bank, savings and loan association or credit union;
  • The interest rates and fees charged;
  • The annual percentage rate equivalent of the aggregate of those interest rates and fees charged per $100 borrowed;
  • A computation of the amounts that would be paid on an
    324 original loan renewed or rolled-over after the expiration of
    325 its original term without any payment of either principal or
    326 interest each time, up to six times;
  • A warning that default may result in loss of property used as
    329 security for the loan and garnishment of wages and
    330 checking and savings accounts; and
  • Notice and clear explanation of any state or federal rights to rescind the loan agreement.

If that isn’t enough city government excitement for one Council meeting, the nuisance laws are also up for vote including changes to the length of time the City Manager has to wait to take action and the height of weeds.