Last evening, Cedar Key Water Sewer District Board met for its Final Budget Hearing for Fiscal Year 2016-2017 at 5:01 pm at the CKWSD office at 510 Third Street in Cedar Key. Present were General Manager John McPherson and Board members: Chair Dottie Haldeman, Vice Chair Thelma McCain, Secretary Leslie Sturmer, and Seth Colson. Board member Chris Reynolds was not in attendance.
Resolution 2016 adopted the final levying of ad valorem taxes for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
Resolution 2016-06 adopted the final 2016-2017 fiscal year budget. Included in it are two modest rate Increases.
Resolution 2016-07 authorized the general Manager to sign the necessary documents to apply for a Class V injection well permit. In the CKWMD’s design and construction of a new water treatment plant, disposal of desalination concentrate will be done by deep well injection, hence the need for the permit.
The Levy County Sheriff's Office in partnership with the Levy County Prevention Coalition and the Williston Police Department, will be participating in the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency's National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative.
This year's event will be sponsored by the Levy County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday September 26th, 2015, from 10:00AM until 2:00 PM. Sheriff’s Deputies will be present to accept all medications. There will be 4 collection sites available in Levy County. These will be:
1. The South Entrance to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office complex located at 9150 NE 80 Ave., Bronson, FL 32621;
2. First Baptist Church, 511 North Young Boulevard, Chiefland, FL 32626;
3. Inglis Town Hall, 135 Highway 40 West, Inglis, FL, 34449;
4. Ornan Lodge, 250 NE 6th Boulevard, Williston, FL 32696. This location will be manned by Williston Police, Department.
Participants are encouraged to bring in prescription medications that are no longer used, out of date, or medications from loved ones who have passed away. Medications can be loose or in containers. Participants will be able to drive in and drop medications off into boxes provided without having to exit their vehicles.
Please join us in participating in this important initiative to keep unwanted or unneeded medications off our streets.
POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA INVOLVES LOSS OF A LICENSE TO DRIVE A MOTOR VEHICLE FOR A YEAR.
S.W. of Cross City asks, “Last month, my son was stopped for having the windows of his car tinted too dark and the officer who stopped him smelled marijuana when he questioned him about the windows. The officer then searched the car and found a small marijuana cigarette in the ashtray. My son was then charged with possession of marijuana under 20 grams, which is a misdemeanor. He plead no contest to the charge, was fined $100 and had to pay $350 in court costs, AND he lost his license to drive for a year, which means that I have to drive him around until he gets his license back. Is that right? Is that the law? Possession of marijuana involves the loss of a driver’s license for a year?”
The short answer is YES, that is the law. Please see Florida Statute 322.055 entitled REVOCATION OR SUSPENSION OF DRIVER’S LICENSE FOR CONVICTION OF DRUG OFFENSES. It reads in material part as follows:
…upon the conviction of a person 18 years of age or older for possession or sale of, trafficking in, or conspiracy to possess, sell, or traffic in a controlled substance the court shall direct the department (DMV) to revoke the driver license…for a period of one year …”
So, even though your son had less than 20 grams of marijuana in his possession, he is in the same category as a person who traffics in any and all types of drugs, with no limits whatsoever on the quantity of drugs involved. I agree with you. It doesn’t seem fair that your son could be treated the same as a drug dealer, but that is the law.
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