Ottawa Council November 22 – Putnam Sentinel


OTTAWA – While the issue of green space is nothing new to the Ottawa People’s Council, during its regular meeting Monday, members took the discussion in a whole new direction: medical marijuana dispensaries.

“It looks like someone is looking at us to potentially open one of these places,” town attorney Joe Schroeder advised the council.

Currently, the state of Ohio has allowed 57 of these dispensaries, grouped primarily in more urban areas. However, plans to double that number were released last April, and the state went on to authorize 73, bringing the total to 130 statewide. The almost duplication of authorized dispensaries not only created competition, but also a lot of dispensary applications in more rural communities.

As with other neighboring municipalities, legislation was introduced in the city council that prohibits the permission of cultivation, processing or retail distribution of medical marijuana within the boundaries of the village. At the first reading of the ordinance, council members debated its appropriateness.

“Is there anything in this that we should discourage?” Asked Council President David Michel. “We’re not talking about recreational marijuana here. What’s the real bad thing here if it’s medically prescribed?”

Councilor Jo Deskins echoed Michel’s sentiment.

“If it comes already packaged, you have the cultivation and processing and all that before hand,” Deskins said. “I’m a bit like you. I wonder why it would be prescribed by a doctor “.

Mayor Dean Meyer questioned the legal difference between medical marijuana and CBD oil when used as a palliative. He then addressed Police Chief Rich Knowlton with a completely different question about the legal ramifications of the issue.

“As for a medical marijuana dispensary, or something like that, do you have any statistics on high crime or petty crime?” Meyer asked.

“It’s pretty new, so I have no idea. I can look at it,” Knowlton replied.

Councilor Troy Yant, addressing the reality and practice of the issue, offered his opinion.

“We may not want it as our‘ Welcome to Ottawa ’Main Street store, but maybe we should try to zoning it,” added Councilor Troy Yant. “If it were convenient to go and get it on the street, I think it’s a benefit to our people who might need it, instead of having to travel to downtown Lima.”

Instead of closing the door to the potential of a dispensary within the village, Michel recommended further research on the issue.

“This is just the first reading, but I think everyone should do their own research and we can discuss it again,” Michel concluded.

On other issues, the council heard a proposal from the Park Board proposed for the installation of speed reducers in the Water Park. Village administrator Jack Williams questioned the effectiveness of the measure.

“If you put the speed reducers in there, they’ll go around,” Councilman Jack Williams said.

In another issue related to the park, the city council advanced with the construction of a sprinkler in the village Memorial pool.

With the implementation of a rare suspension of the rules, the council heard and approved in its first reading an ordinance accepting a Rain Drop proposal for an amount not to exceed $ 199,999.60 for the construction of the splashpad . The installation will take place during the winter months, a period of time that Meyer suggested will be used to benefit the aesthetics of the site.

“It will take a while, but here I have a vision. With this decorative fence, I would finally like to see it around the pool and remove the link from the chain. I think it would really dress the place,” Meyer said.

In other matters, the City Council:

• urgently approved an ordinance authorizing the execution of a municipal lease-purchase agreement between Santander Bank, NA, as lessor, and La Vila, as lessee, with the aim of to jointly acquire motorized vehicles and equipment, including a dump truck with a plow. with the necessary accessories, for the use of the Villa.

• passed a resolution of the Ottawa People’s Council, Putnam County, Ohio, approving a community reinvestment area agreement with J. Anthony and Constance Lehman

• passed a resolution authorizing the mayor’s signature on the $ 5,025 computer network support agreement between Justice Data Solutions and the people of Ottawa

• Authorized signatures on the Notice of Procedure for the Water Treatment Plant Improvement Project.

The next regular meeting of the Ottawa People’s Council is scheduled for Monday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building.

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