Seligman bans synthetic drugs

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The City of Seligman has passed an ordinance prohibiting the possession or sale of products containing synthetic cannabinoids and alternative drugs. The action was taken during the board's September meeting.

The ordinance bans products made of natural or synthetic materials, compounds, mixtures or substances that can act as a hallucinogen or psychedelic stimulant.

Aldermen also approved the purchase of a 2005 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor at a cost of $3,900. The agreement is contingent upon the sale of another vehicle.

In closed session, aldermen voted to terminate Marion Jacobson, police chief. The vote was split between aldermen Eric Freeman and Danny Hendrix, who approved the measure, and aldermen Gerald Harling and Kelly Payne, who were opposed. The tie was broken when Mayor Jason Raucstadt voted in favor of termination.

Gary Thornton, acting police chief, reported 24 traffic stops for August, resulting in 37 citations and one warning. Three arrests were made.

Aldermen set a public hearing for Oct. 8 regarding a liquor license application by White Oak Station.

In preparation for the hearing, aldermen approved an ordinance change increasing the number of liquor licenses for the city to five.

In other business, aldermen:

* Reiterated the need for a new chairperson and members for the planning and zoning board.

* Set Oct. 12 as the date for Fall Fest 2012. The event will be held at Elsie Corn Memorial Park.

* Voted to seek additional bids for the Village Blockade street project.

* Scheduled a stranger danger and women's self defense class for Saturday, Nov. 3.

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