In a split vote at its meeting Oct. 1, the Isanti city council granted a special event permit for the grand opening of The CBD Joint – mayor Jeff Johnson and council members Paul Bergley and Dan Collison voted in favor of the permit, and council member Jimmy Gordon voted against the permit; council member Steve Lundeen was absent.
After Gordon voted “nay,” Johnson stated, “You had me going there, because I don’t want to approve it either, to be honest with you. But I was going to go with the majority here, and with me saying ‘nay,’ then we have a two-two vote.”
City Administrator Josie Wood told the council that the business had gone through all the proper procedures in order to obtain the permit.
“They did their due diligence and went through all the proper channels here. There’s no gripes in this whatsoever,” Johnson said, noting the “rocky start” between the city and The CBD Joint. “If you’re going to tell me they did this the correct way, then I’ll vote ‘yay’ as well.”
During discussion, Gordon stated his concern was with the traffic during the event. However, The CBD Joint manager Matt Carlson stated they had a plan to route traffic to decrease congestion coming into and out of the parking lot, and the business does not foresee a huge rush of traffic that day.
Police Chief Travis Muyres stated the department had reviewed the business’ plans and signed off on them.
Carlson explained the event will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. A catering company will provide 200 pork sandwiches for those in attendance, and the radio station 93X will be broadcasting live during the event.
Collison asked about the commercial promoting the event currently airing on 93X which states adult toys will be given away during the event. Carlson explained the commercial was incorrect, and gift cards for other locations are to be handed out during the event. He noted adult toys are not sold at this location.
Gordon stated that he stopped into the store earlier in the day, and it does have adult toys. When Carlson asked what Gordon saw that he considered an adult toy, Gordon stated there were massagers there that specifically reference a female body part.
Police Lieutenant John McCarty sworn in
John McCarty was sworn in as police lieutenant at the council meeting. He has 17 years of law enforcement experience, starting his career in Lincoln County in 2002 and spending four years as a K9 handler for Rock County. He was with Isanti County Sheriff’s Office for 13 years, and is now with city of Isanti.
“I, myself, and the chief wanted to build a very, very good structure to our police department,” mayor Johnson said. “With Chief Muyres at the realm and Lieutenant McCarty backing him up and all the great officers that we have on this police department, we are going forward and up, as the chief says, in a positive direction.”