Greenville council reviews Items for Accomplishment

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From focusing on additional “walkability” throughout the community to improving various parks, city streets and parking lots, city officials have begun the process of outlining their goals for the upcoming fiscal year.

Members of the Greenville City Council met during a special meeting Tuesday evening to review the annual Items for Accomplishment list — a list of items outlined by members of the council, presented to City Manager George Bosanic, as potentially being focused on in the year to come.

4 men sentenced on greatly reduced charges for illegal marijuana grows

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Four of six co-defendants who were arrested as part of a multi-jurisdictional police investigation involving alleged illegal marijuana grows have been sentenced on greatly reduced charges.

Detectives from the Central Michigan Enforcement Team (CMET) executed search warrants and arrested the six men in mid-March at what police called “residential commercial marijuana grow locations” after a 10-month investigation. More than 3,000 marijuana plants, 150 pounds of finished marijuana, vehicles and grow equipment were seized. The crimes are alleged to have occurred at six locations, including at properties on Lake Montcalm Road near Six Lakes, South Stevenson Road near Sheridan and North Crystal Road near Vestaburg.

Criminal charges greatly decreased for 2 of 6 marijuana grow co-defendants

Two of six co-defendants who were arrested as part of a multi-jurisdictional police investigation involving alleged illegal marijuana grows are seeing their multiple felony criminal charges dismissed and decreased — one to a misdemeanor and one to a civil infraction.

Attorneys plan to use Michigan marijuana law defense at prelim for 6 defendants

The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act is expected to be used as a defense for at least some of the six defendants charged with multiple illegal commercial marijuana grows in Kent, Montcalm and Newaygo counties.

The six defendants — Fen Chen, Feng Chen, Zhi Hui Chen, Hong Liang Lin, Binbin Weng and Yuliang Wu — are all scheduled to go to a preliminary examination on April 22 in Montcalm County District Court; however, at least two of them have been offered a plea deal by the Montcalm County Prosecutor’s Office which they may accept before the prelim.

Edmore Village Council approves vacant building rules

The Edmore Village Council has given final approval to a proposed ordinance aimed at reducing habitually vacant buildings in the business districts.

By a unanimous vote Monday night, council members approved Ordinance 2022-01, which requires owners of vacant buildings in the B1 General Business and B2 Highway Business districts to register their properties and pay an annual fee of $200 for the registration. The fee will double each subsequent year, not to exceed an amount of $600 per building for the registration.

Greenville council sets municipal marijuana license fees at $5,000

Application process to be completed in ‘first part of May’

Two months after paving the way for medical marijuana dispensaries to open, members of the Greenville City Council have taken another step toward finalizing the process.

On Feb. 1, the council approved a set of five ordinances that will allow medical marijuana dispensaries to operate in a designated area called the “North Lafayette District” on M-91, while also allowing industrial processing, growing, transporter and compliance facilities for both medical and adult-use marijuana in industrial-zoned districts.

Howard City man allegedly crashes minivan downtown while under influence of marijuana

A Howard City man allegedly crashed a minivan downtown while under the influence of marijuana and then fled the scene.

Jonathan Joseph Knight, 38, was allegedly driving a Ford Windstar when he crashed around 6 p.m. on Jan. 24 at the intersection of Edgerton and Ensley in downtown Howard City before driving away.

Ionia Planning Commission hears update on marijuana business with new owners

A proposed medical marijuana business in Ionia has changed hands and the new owners are hoping to be approved for adult-use sales as well as medical.

Greenville Council OKs medical marijuana biz

Adult-use marijuana dispensaries will continue to be prohibited at this time

After more than two years since a request was made to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to operate in the city, the Greenville City Council voted to officially add some additional “green” to Greenville on Tuesday evening.

In reviewing five separate recommendations from the Greenville Planning Commission — three zoning ordinance amendments and two regulatory ordinances aimed primarily toward legalizing medical marijuana dispensaries — the council voted in favor of all five, thus legalizing such provisioning centers in the city.

Edmore council approves staff holiday bonuses

Council also renews two marijuana grow licenses

In the spirit of the season, the Edmore Village Council approved Christmas bonuses for village employees.

Village Manager Justin Lakamper recommended at the Dec. 13 meeting that council members approve the same bonuses as they did last year: $150 for each of the five full-time employees, for a total of $750.