Mayor Sue Langdalen, right, swears in Rikki Schwab as the new town marshal. Photo by Don Nelson

Mayor Sue Langdalen, right, swears in Rikki Schwab as the new town marshal. Photo by Don Nelson

The Winthrop Town Council decided Wednesday (May 21) to consider creating a conditional use permit process that could allow the retail sale of marijuana in the Horizon Flats area.

The council directed town planner Rocklynn Culp to come up with proposed language that would permit a retail marijuana outlet in what is now a light industrial zone, under specific operational guidelines. The action came after a public hearing on how the town should deal with the siting of marijuana retail sales shops.

Wednesday’s public hearing had been postponed from an earlier date while the council considered an appeal of Culp’s previous decision to prohibit the retail sale of marijuana in the Horizon Flats area. Austin Lott, who is seeking to operate a retail marijuana outlet at a Horizon Flats location, had appealed planner Culp’s determination that the area’s current light industrial zoning doesn’t permit such a retail use. The council rejected that appeal in a 3-2 vote.

For more information, see the May 28 issue of the Methow Valley News.

In other business, Mayor Sue Langdalen swore in Rikki Schwab as the new town marshal, the first woman to hold that position. Schwab had been an officer in the Norfolk, Va., police department. She replaces David Dahlstrom, who resigned late last year.