(By Jared Arnold/Chewelah Independent)
Lady escorted out to begin public forum…
Last Wednesday’s open public forum of the Chewelah City Council got off to a rough start when a Chewelah-area resident had to be escorted from the meeting room by police. Mary Fossum was one of the first to speak with lengthy comments about the city’s swimming pool and flight patterns over her home near the Sand Canyon Airport before Mayor Dorothy Knauss had to ask Fossum repeatedly to take a seat in order to allow others a chance to speak. Fossum did sit down briefly, but continued speaking and appeared disoriented. Sergeant Ryan Pankey then asked Fossum to leave and escorted her from the room.
The rest of the meeting proceeded smoothly with approximately 40 people in attendance to voice their opinions on a variety of issues including utility rates and nuisance properties. The major topic, however, was recreational marijuana sales in the city.
The city has had a ban on recreational marijuana production, processing and retailing since 2014 but in recent months several people have requested that the council reconsider and reverse that ban. More