Why the wait?
That’s the question we have for Emergency Manager Cathy Square when it comes to allowing medical marijuana dispensaries to open up and operate.
Square has put the brakes on allowing dispensaries to open until she appoints a city manager. She wants the city manager to handle the matter.
That’s fine, but it’s been months since two city managers have interviewed for the job. Square admitted she is having a hard time coming to contract terms with a person being considered for the job.
And while we wait and wait, Hamtramck is losing out on collecting taxes from new businesses.
We have heard from several would-be operators who are confused about the delay. After all, the city has an ordinance on the books regulating the business, and voters statewide previously approved allowing medical marijuana dispensaries.
Hamtramck has too many vacant storefronts to justify holding off from allowing this type of business to move in.
Emergency Manager Square has told The Review that her role here is limited mainly to fixing the financial crisis. That’s certainly the main focus of her job.
She has suggested we read the law regarding emergency managers and we did.
According to Act 436, Section 141.1549, here are the duties of an EM:
“Upon appointment, an emergency manager shall act for and in the place and stead of the governing body and the office of chief administrative officer of the local government.
“The emergency manager shall have broad powers in receivership to rectify the financial emergency and to assure the fiscal accountability of the local government and the local government’s capacity to provide or cause to be provided necessary governmental services essential to the public health, safety, and welfare.
“Following appointment of an emergency manager and during the pendency of receivership, the governing body and the chief administrative officer of the local government shall not exercise any of the powers of those offices except as may be specifically authorized in writing by the emergency manager or as otherwise provided by this act and are subject to any conditions required by the emergency manager.”
In our reading of this, it’s clear that the power of running a city rests solely with the emergency manager.
Square has delegated economic development to an appointee, Kathy Angerer. Let Angerer handle this job, and allow the dispensaries to open up.
Hamtramck needs all the tax dollars it can get, now.