SPECIAL MEETING: Calaveras County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m. Tuesday, board chambers, at 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas.

Calaveras County leaders will continue talks about a proposed ordinance to ban cannabis cultivation at a special study session scheduled for Tuesday.

According to the meeting agenda, the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors will focus the discussion on comments to a draft environmental impact report detailing the possible effects from banning cannabis cultivation and commercial activities in the county.

The county received 64 letters to the draft EIR’s findings during a 45-day public comment period from May 1 to June 14.

Some of the letters included simple statements in support of a ban or support for regulations, while others were in-depth critiques of the report consisting of “dozens to hundreds of pages,” the agenda materials stated.

Comments included concerns about hydrology, water quality, traffic, biological resources, air quality, land-use compatibility and housing. There were also comments about the economic impacts of both approaches, as well as other effects.

Such reports are intended to provide information to the public and elected officials about the ways in which a project or decision could affect the environment.

Tuesday’s special meeting is billed as a study session only, so the board will not make any decisions with regard to funding.

The board previously held study sessions about the proposed ordinance on May 30 and June 6.

At Tuesday’s special meeting, the board will receive a report from the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office regarding discussions about the 2017-18 fiscal year budget with District 1 Supervisor Gary Tofanelli, District 4 Supervisor Dennis Mills and County Administrator Timothy Lutz.

Sheriff Rick DiBasilio gave a presentation at a budget hearing last Tuesday that was critical of a proposed hiring freeze that he said would hamstring his already understaffed department.

The board is expected to consider approving a preliminary budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year at its next regularly scheduled meeting on June 27.

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