Civic Auditorium

The Hanford City Council meets inside the Hanford Civic Auditorium.

Sentinel file photo

HANFORD — Cannabis will once again be the primary focus Tuesday night when the Hanford City Council meets during its regular open session.

First, during a public hearing, Council will discuss establishing annual permit fees for commercial medical cannabis business permits.

After Council awarded 21 cannabis permits to three companies at the Nov. 21 meeting, staff prepared a proposed budget for the remainder of the fiscal year to support future operations and ensure full cost recovery.

Staff will also be asking Council to change a position in the planning division so the city can recruit an applicant to the high level management position that will be involved in the cannabis operation.

Under general business, Council will discuss allowing the two companies that were not recommended for cannabis permits at the Nov. 7 meeting to repeat the second and third phases of the application process.

This discussion will take place because Councilman Justin Mendes suggested giving the companies that weren’t recommended a second chance.

At the end of the night, Council will also undergo its annual reorganization, where a new mayor and vice mayor will be chosen for next year.

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