LeRoy in running for medical marijuana facility
LeROY — The city council learned this week that LeRoy is one of two communities in its state police district in which a medical marijuana producer may build a production facility.
"We are talking about $38,000 in property taxes for the city and $235,000 for the school district," said council member Greg Steffen, who chairs the economic development committee.
The facility plans to employ 100 people and have a $3.8 million payroll its first year.
City administrator David Jenkins, who made the announcement, said the $13 million facility would include a three-acre greenhouse and two 40,000-square foot warehouses.
Some details remained hazy.
"I was elated," Jenkins said about being contacted by the company, which he refused to identify.
"It's between us and another community," he added, again refusing to name the other community.
Under the state's Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, which is scheduled to go into effect later this year, up to 22 "cultivation centers" will be licensed statewide — no more than one per state police district.
LeRoy sits within District 6, which includes McLean and Livingston counties and a portion of Dewitt County. It is headquartered in Pontiac.
Jenkins said the facility would be under round-the-clock electronic surveillance by state police and always have an off-duty officer on duty to handle security.
Other communities that land similar facilities "do the happy dance," Mayor Steve Dean said.
"All of this, quite possibly, is going to happen relatively quickly," said Jenkins, who expects a decision as early as sometime this month.