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Medical marijuana dispensary interested in Shorewood location

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 10:17 p.m. CDT

SHOREWOOD – The village received its first public interest in a medical marijuana dispensary at Tuesday’s board meeting.

Villa Park-based Midwest Compassion Center offered a presentation that detailed the company’s interest in 301 Amendodge Drive.

Mayor Rick Chapman said the Amendodge Drive area is generally used for industrial purposes, but it also is zoned for retail.

“They’re looking to lease some floor space in the industrial area and open up a [dispensary],” Chapman said. “The board had a lot of questions and apparently this outfit answered the questions very candid and open.”

The company wanted to gauge interest in a dispensary and gave the board a chance to discuss and learn about medical marijuana dispensaries.

“We appreciated the opportunity to meet with the Shorewood Village Board,” said Will Hollander, co-founder of the Midwest Compassion Center.

“We believe this facility could be an important opportunity for the local community and give nearby doctors the freedom to determine more options in treating their patients,” he said.

Chapman said the company hasn’t applied for a business license yet.

The presentation was informational, so no action was taken by the board.

Salt contract approved

Trustees approved a contract for road salt for the 2014-15 season, with Elgin-based Central Salt LLC.

“We’re hoping we don’t have as bad a winter as last year,” Chapman said, adding that the harsh weather caused a salt shortage in the village and drove prices up.

The contract is for 1,000 tons of salt at a price of $92.15 a ton, or $92,150 total. The price was less than the state’s program for salt, Chapman said, but the village is still looking for its best option for a second 1,000 ton order of salt.

Outdoor warning siren purchased

The village board also approved the purchase and installation of an outdoor warning siren from Fulton Technology for $19,500.

The new siren will be used in conjunction with existing sirens, according to a memo by Shorewood Police Chief Aaron Klima. The siren will be maintained by the village.

Klima said in the memo that the new siren is needed because existing sirens don’t perform as well and cover enough ground under less than ideal outdoor conditions.

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