Tonight, the Neosho City Council will review two proposed ordinances banning the sale or distribution of synthetic stimulants and synthetic cannabinoid herbal incense in Neosho City limits.
The council meets at 7 p.m. this evening at the Neosho City Hall Council Chambers, 203 E. Main St.
Council members will not take a vote on the matter, but are instead scheduled to discuss the two proposed ordinances, one prohibiting the sale or distribution of synthetic stimulants, while the other prohibits the sale or distribution of synthetic cannabinoid herbal incense.
The council voted in June of last year to approve a resolution opposing the sale of "synthetic cannabis products" in town, however, Neosho Mayor Richard Davidson said the city currently does not have an ordinance on the books to prosecute the sales of those products.
"This would be an ordinance that would allow the city to prosecute anyone selling the synthetic drugs," Davidson said. "Not just the synthetic marijuana, but any other synthetics that are mimicking illegal drugs."
Synthetic stimulants are packaged and legally sold as products such as incense or bath salts, though they are marketed as a legal alternative to cannabis. While the state of Missouri has banned the sale of some synthetic marijuana products, including K-2, makers have changed the chemical compounds to get around the state law.
The City of Neosho, along with county officials, held a roundtable discussion in July 2012 to discuss what area officials could do to respond to an increase in incidents involving synthetic stimulants.
In that roundtable discussion Davidson said city attorney Steve Hays would study ordinances passed by the city of Miami, Fla. and by Dade County, Fla., banning the sale and distribution of synthetic marijuana.
"Mr. Hays talked to some city attorneys down in Florida that were writing city ordinances similar to what we were looking for and these are mirrored off of those ordinances from Florida," Davidson said on Monday.
The proposed ordinances state that, "Despite claims related to safety, these substances often are many times more potent and dangerous than the illegal drugs that they mimic."
If approved, the ordinance dealing with synthetic stimulants, such as bath salts, would prohibit "the sale, offer for sale, purchase with intent to sell or public display for sale of synthetic stimulant bath salts, synthetic cathinones, synthetic amphetamines and other synthetic stimulants that mimic illegal drugs," while the second ordinance, dealing with synthetic cannabinoid herbal incense, would prohibit "the sale, offer for sale, purchase with intent to sell or public display for sale of synthetic cannabinoid herbal incense."
Davidson said so long as there are no objections or changes brought forth by council this evening the ordinances will go before council for a first reading vote at the next Neosho City Council meeting.
Page 2 of 3 - In other business:
• Council is scheduled to consider approval of an agreement with Mike Maier of Turf Management for consulting services at the Neosho Municipal Golf Course. The agreement would be for a nine-month period, beginning today and totaling $20,000, with nine monthly installments of $2, 222.22.
• Council will consider several bids, including a $550,624 bid from Precision Fire Apparatus for a new pumper truck, to replace the Neosho Fire Department's 1979 pumper; a bid from Neosho Box and Wood to supply mulch for the city's parks and flowerbeds; a a bid from First Community Bank to handle the city's banking services; a bid from Clean Uniform Company, of Webb City, for uniforms for full-time employees in the Public Works Department; a $78,302 bid from International Truck and Engine Corp. of Fenton for a 2013 International Cab and Chassis for public works; and a $25,328 bid from Mid Continent Truck Sales of Norman, Okla. for a new vacuum tank for public works.
• Council will review the city's annual audit report for fiscal year 2011-2012.
• Council will consider on first reading a request to amend the budget to allow for a $5,000 increase for animal control, following an increase in the number of animals being picked up and transported to the Carthage Humane Society.
• Council will consider on first reading a request to amend the budget to allow for the purchase of four new ladders for the city's swimming pool, at a cost of $1,450. 95. That would be paid for with remaining funds left over from last year's pool house renovation project.
• Council will consider on first reading a request to amend the budget to allow for the costs associated with supplying uniforms for employees at the Neosho Recycling Center. Total weekly cost for uniforms is $8. City staff is recommending funding for the recycling center be increased by $250 to cover that expense.
• Council members will mull a request, on first reading, to amend the city's budget to allow for $13,776 in additional charges at the Hugh Robinson Memorial Airport, for repair of the airport fuel truck, fuel storage systems and pumping system.
• Council members will consider on first reading a request to amend the city's budget to allow for $2,448 in work at the Lampo Center's south entrance door and kitchen.
• Council will consider on first reading amending the city's budget to allow for $4,000 to be added for the removal of the large hangar at the airport, which is located to the south of the terminal.
• Council members are scheduled to consider using $2,000 from the city's hotel/motel fund to sponsor the Roughrider Scholarship Rodeo, scheduled for Aug. 16 and 17 at the newly acquired Crowder Rodeo Arena.
• Council members will consider approval of A.M. Pyrotechnics to provide the city's fireworks show for the annual Celebrate Neosho event, at a cost of $2,653.73.
Page 3 of 3 - • Council will consider approving an agreement with Global Software, for maintenance of the Neosho Police Department's reporting system software programs.
• Council will consider accepting a grant from the Missouri Police Chief's Association, which would provide the Neosho Police Department with three additional complete systems for the mobile computer network, with no city match required.
• Council members are set to consider approval of an agreement with Allgeier, Martin and Associates to provide engineering services for the STP-3397 project, which is a trail running from the Neosho National Fish Hatchery bridge to the former Benton School site.
• Council will consider approving Strukel Electric Inc as contractor for the lighting replacement project at the Neosho airport.
• Council will consider approving H.W. Lochner, Inc. to provide engineering services for the construction phase of the lighting replacement project at the Neosho airport.
• Council members are scheduled to consider approval of an agreement between the City of Neosho and the Little League, stating the city and the little league's responsibilities and terms in providing a ball program for the children of the Neosho area.
• Council will announce vacancies that exist on the airport industrial development board; board of adjustments/zoning; economic development sales tax committee; parks, recreation and golf course board, and the planning and zoning commission.
• Council is also scheduled to meet in closed session to discuss legal issues.