I hope that everyone is having a great start to the summer. It always seems to come and go very quickly. I would like to encourage everyone to be sure to utilize all of the great facilities that we have to offer in our community and region. Hanna is a great place to have a “staycation”.
I would like to give a huge shout out to the community services staff for once again putting on an amazing Canada Day celebration, and as always the fireworks were tremendous.
There are bylaws that council is working on that I want to bring to your attention. One being the Land Use Bylaw for cannabis retail sales and a second one is the bylaw regarding where cannabis will be able to be consumed within our municipality once it is legalized on October 17th of this year.
On the retail sales locations within the town limits council approved third and final reading to amend the Land Use Bylaw identifying areas of Town where retail sales will be authorized to locate. A copy of the bylaw is available on the Town of Hanna website. You will find a map of the locations that have been approved to establish cannabis retail sales in this newsletter.
The next step is to approve a bylaw for public consumption. While this might appear to be a contentious issue, I can assure you that council is taking this decision very seriously and will be bringing first reading of this bylaw in the next couple of months. On both cannabis issues - the retail sales and the public consumption - every attempt has been made to gauge public opinion whether it was the cannabis open house held on May 16th or the on-line survey which had 247 responses.
In addition, Council has passed a Public Tree Bylaw which is intended to regulate the types and placement of trees as well as the maintenance and removal of trees on public property such as boulevards. The intent of this bylaw is to ensure a healthy tree canopy as well as prevent unnecessary removals of trees.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to myself or any of your elected councillors.
Mayor, Town of Hanna