City council passes interim buffer for pot shops

Government: Police department honors its officer and support staffer of the year

of the GatewayFebruary 26, 2014 

The Gig Harbor City Council on Monday approved an interim 2,500-foot buffer between retail marijuana stores within city limits.

Senior planner Lindsey Sehmel said the buffer initially was not included when the city laid out regulations for marijuana. That’s because city staff members thought licenses for retail marijuana stores would be distributed based on population size at the time, she said.

Conversations between city officials and the state’s liquor control board spurred the interim regulation, Sehmel said.

The regulation will be in place for 12 months. It will come back to the council in early December, Sehmel said. At that point, the city may redact it, extend it or adopt it permanently.

POLICE AWARDS

Gig Harbor Police Chief Mike Davis presented two awards Monday on behalf of the department.

Det. Mike Cabacungan was named 2013 Officer of the Year for the third time. Davis said Cabacungan is known as “The Closer” in the department. He was the first permanent detective in the department.

Chaplain Roger Roth was named 2013 Support Staff Member of the Year by the police department.

Court administrator Stacy Colberg presented a proclamation for Law Day in Gig Harbor on May 1. It will be a day to recognize the work of the law nationwide.

In conjunction with the day, the city will host a contest for students in Gig Harbor. First place will win $100.

The poster and essay contest centers on the theme of law and American democracy. The contest will open Saturday. Entries are due by 4:30 p.m. April 11 and can be dropped off at the Gig Harbor Civic Center or at the Cheney branch of the Boys & Girls Club.

The city council will meet again at 5:30 p.m. March 3 in a joint session with the planning commission.

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