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Angels Camp, CA – The fate of a conditional use permit for a medical marijuana dispensary near the historic Altaville Schoolhouse sits atop this week’s Angels Camp City Council agenda.

Tuesday the council is expected to either deny or uphold the planning commission city’s decision not to approve a conditional use permit submitted by Catherine Hancock of Calaveras Health Nexus for a dispensary at 206 N. Main St., Suite B. The business would be located in a complex next to Angels Mexican Kitchen and the Sierra Tattoo parlor.

While Hancock’s proposal for a retail storefront was determined to be consistent with the city’s general plan and zoning requirements, the commission has twice denied the application on the grounds that the business is located within 1,000 feet of the school and public park area; also that both are predominately youth-oriented establishments.

Also on the regular agenda are two action items involving approval of two agreements with Caltrans. One is for a cooperative project identification and study/report relating to improvements in the works at the intersection of Highways 4 and 49. The other is a relinquishment agreement to Caltrans for the intersection as well as the Angels Creek Bridge and a 90-meter section east of the bridge along Vallecito Road. The council is also likely to send out a new request for proposal relating to Greenhorn Creek Landscape & Lighting District maintenance services.

Probing Planning Commissioner Prospects 

In other business, council members will potentially fill the seat on the city planning commission that became vacant upon Commissioner Susan Rudolph’s resignation, effective Jan. 1. Two candidates were forwarded by staff for the members to interview at the meeting. They are Randy Davis, a general building contractor, and Rayleane Dias, who has a background in real estate.

The council also anticipates approving letters of support to state legislators, as recommended by the League of California Cities, regarding AB 1. Described as a comprehensive state and local transportation network funding proposal, the bill seeks to make efficiency reforms and raise revenues through various means that include a 12 cent increase in the gas tax and a $38 increase to vehicle registration fee.

Ahead of the public meeting, which begins at 6 p.m., the council will, in a 4:30 closed session, discuss a handful of potentially pending legal matters and a liability claim filed against the city by former City Administrator Michael McHatten.

The meeting is scheduled to take place at Angels Fire House (1401 Vallecito Road) in Angels Camp.