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City considers K-2 ban

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An ordinance being considered by the Highland Village City Council will prohibit the possession or sale of K2, otherwise known as synthetic marijuana or fake pot.

Council members viewed a presentation Tuesday from Police Chief Ed O’Bara and approved the first read of an ordinance prohibiting the use, purchase, possession and sale of the synthetic cannabinoid known under such names as “Spice”, “Genie”, “DaScents” and “K-2.”

The product is smoked to produce a marijuana-like high and is packaged and sold as incense with no age restrictions for purchasers.

Those who are found to be in violation of the ordinance will be subject to a fine up to $500.

The council will meet in regular session to vote on the second read of the ordinance on Tuesday, August 24.

Council members also approved the first read of an ordinance renewing the city’s franchise agreement with electric co-op CoServ.

The new agreement will increase the franchise fee paid to the city by 1 percent, making the new fee 5 percent of Coserv’s gross revenues paid to the city. Officials sais that the increase puts Highland Village in line with other cities where CoServ provides electricity. 

CoServ officials have not yet agreed to the new fee and the co-op has been negotiating with area cities for several months on franchise agreements. 

Also at the meeting, council members approved the final plat, tree plan and site plan for the construction of a house of worship for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to be located on a 4.52 acre tract on Chinn Chapel Road adjacent to the Highland Oaks subdivision.

During the City Manager’s report, Mike Leavitt invited residents to attend the 23rd Annual Lions Club Balloon Festival at Copperas Branch Park on August 20-22. 

More information on the Balloon Festival is available at www.hvballoonfest.org.

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