On Monday, October 7th, the Florence Town Council met at the regularly scheduled Town Council meeting to discuss, among other items, changes to Chapter 152 of the Town Code related to Medical Marijuana, the acceptance of a donation of the Cuen building, a contract with Pinal County Division of Animal Care and Control and a contract with the State Fire Marshal.

By unanimous vote, the Florence Town Council voted to table action on changes to Chapter 152 and set up a work session to discuss the matter in more detail.  Possible changes to the Town Code would impact the location where a medical marijuana dispensary could locate in Florence.  The date for the work session is to be determined. 

Also by unanimous vote, the Town Council voted to accept a donation of the Cuen building in the downtown.   The Cuen building, sometimes referred to as the Qwest building, is located at 145 North Main Street.  The building is in immediate need of repair.  The Town Council directed staff to investigate the possibility of soliciting donations or private investment to assist with the repairs.  The Town Council will discuss the options available in more detail at an upcoming work session, which include the restoration of the building, estimated at $175,000, or the demolition of the building. 

The Town Council voted to renew its contract with Pinal County Division of Animal Care and Control for animal control services.  The contract allows for Florence residents to contact the Florence Police Department if they are in need of animal control services.  The Police Department then works with Pinal County to resolve the problem.  Pinal County then bills the Town of Florence.  No fees are paid by the resident. 

The Town Council also voted to enter into a contract with the Arizona Department of Fire, Building and Life Safety Office of the State Fire Marshal.  The contract will give the Florence Fire Department the authority to inspect and review plans for all state and county owned buildings and public and private schools.  It also provides the Fire Department the authority to schedule inspections of state and county owned buildings and all public and private schools.  The Town of Florence’s recent hiring of a Fire Marshal now provides the Town with the ability to effectively handle these responsibilities. 

Other items approved by the Town Council include the appointment of Shawn Gibson to the Parks and Recreation Board, a favorable recommendation to the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for a Special Event Liquor License for the November 7th First Thursday Event hosted by the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce, and authorization for the Town to enter into an agreement with Water Works Engineers, LLC for professional engineering services.