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April 16 Council update: Council starts its discussion to determine the community’s priorities for 2020 Budget

Since the beginning of the year, staff has held a series of informational study sessions to discuss topics like water, public safety, roads and development. At its session Tuesday, Town Council started its discussion to determine the community’s priorities for the coming 2020 Budget.
As part of that discussion, Council was presented with preliminary results from the 2019 Community Survey. The survey is conducted every two years to allow residents to provide feedback on how the Town is performing. Survey questions covered the quality of life in Castle Rock, the quality and value of services in the community, and how well the Town keeps the public informed. Results from this survey will continue to be reviewed, and staff will provide recommendations on Town priorities and future budget responses later this spring and summer.
Watch the study session discussion.
Following the study session, Council discussed several items including direction for a possible ordinance regulating the sale of kratom to minors. Kratom is an unreglated herbal substance found in the leaves of a Southeast Asian tree. The active ingredients have effects similar to an amphetamine and have been used for various purposes such as pain relief.
The potential regulation would in no way criminalize the possession nor consumption of kratom for any age group. Instead, the proposed regulation would require businesses selling kratom to ensure a customer is at least 18 years old. A draft ordinance is planned to be presented to Council in May 21.
Watch the discussion.

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