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Meeting Held About Medical Marijuana

Mount Joy Borough scheduled a public meeting to answer questions residents may have about a proposed local site for growing medical marijuana.

The developer, Laurel Harvest Labs, had presented a plan for the growing and research facility to the Borough Planning Commission in November. The meeting was scheduled at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Gathering Place catering hall at 6 Pine St., Mount Joy.

The grower is affiliated with Temple University’s School of Medicine and wants to build a facility costing $8 million to $10 million in Mount Joy Borough at a 10-acre site at 249 S. Barbara St. According to Borough Manager Sam Sulkosky, the facility may ultimately occupy up to 100,000 square feet and employ up to 100 people.

Under other business at the Borough Council meeting on Monday, Dec. 4, council established the policy that any recipient of discretionary donated borough funds, in the amount of $20,000 or more annually, shall submit reports to the borough including an annual audited financial statement.

The 2017 budget was amended to allow $40,000 to be transferred from the police salary fund to the Police Capital Reserve Fund with Councilor Hans Seidel dissenting.

Resident Wendy Sweigart expressed concern that an Amtrak crew had cut down trees she had planted eight years ago along the railroad right of way, despite assurances she had received that the trees would remain. With the trees removed, she reported, a steep bank is now exposed creating an unsafe situation. Stacie Gibbs, zoning, codes and planning administrator, responded that the borough had not been informed of this work by Amtrak but it will be investigated.

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