Six-Month Ban On Marijuana Related Processes, Sales Approved In Wauseon

The Wauseon City Council approved a six-month moratorium on marijuana cultivation, processing or sale.

The legislation takes immediate effect.

The action came at the council’s Nov. 7 meeting.

Thomas A. McWatters, Director of Law, said the administrative agencies haven’t passed their regulations and it probably won’t take place for another five or six months. The city has the option to extend that six-month moratorium.

Ordinance 2016-13 will prevent any zoning or building permits or any of those endeavors relating to the medical marijuana.

Several pieces of legislation were also approved for first readings.

Resolution 2016-22 – Authorizing the Mayor to Enter into a City-County Dog Services Contract with the Board of Commissioners of Fulton County

Resolution 2016-23 Authorizing the Mayor to Enter into an Amendment to the Agreement for the Indigent Defense Services in County Court with the Fulton County Commissioners

Resolution 2016-24 – Authorizing the Mayor to Enter into a Contract with Fulton County For Bail Bondsman for Fulton County Court, Western District

In new business, council did not express and concerns or objections regarding liquor permit applications from the Upper Crust LLC, 206 N. Fulton St., and did not request a hearing.

The “Use of Force, You Make the Call” class held Nov. 3 went very well, Police Chief Keith Torbet said

The class had 28 people attend. The average rating of the class was 4.7 on a scale 1-5.

The city has a waiting list for a second class. The department received great coverage from the local media, Torbet said.

Mayor Huner attended the Use of Force class and said it was very good.

“The time went very fast and no one got bored,” Huner said. “It was the perfect way for the public to learn.”

She likes the idea more people want to take this class.

Torbet introduced the new intern in the department from Defiance College, Kayla Clute. She will be with the police for this semester. Kayla introduced herself and said she is a senior.

Mayor and Council welcomed her to the department.

Halloween Trick or Treat went very well with few incidences, Torbet said

In other news:
Council member Rick Frey said the Tree Commission talked about memorial trees at its Oct. 12 meeting.

The commission also discussed a tree that was struck by lightning at Reighard Park. It will be removed this winter.

There are five trees that were planted at Homecoming Park that did not survive. They will be replanted this fall.

Four of the Tree Commission members recently attended a Tree Workshop at Bluffton College.

Mayor Huner asked about creating a foundation that was mentioned in the Tree Commission minutes. Frey replied it was discussed as it is something the commission wants to do but no action was taken.

Council member Shane Chamberlin said the Street Committee discussed Oct. 17 about restricting parking on the 400 block of Marshal Street

Questionnaires were sent out to the residents on that block whether they want parking or not. Not all of them were returned yet at the time of this meeting.

One of the residents came to the meeting and spoke out against the idea. There will be another committee meeting immediately following this council meeting and possibly have a recommendation at the next council meeting.

Sandy Kerr had contacted Police Chief Keith Torbet about making a handicap spot in front of the Congregational Church on Clinton Street.

The committee asked Dennis Richardson to have his Public Works staff evaluate whether there is a spot in our municipal parking lot that could be converted to a handicap spot.

Mayor Huner asked why Kerr is asking for the street versus the parking lot. Torbet said if you look at the actual parking lot there is a 3-inch curb all around the parking lot. A person would literally have to go much farther to get back to the church than to put it out in front of the church. This will also be discussed at their next committee meeting.

Council President Jeff Stiriz said that there is a “no parking from here to corner” sign; but you would have to be parked in the wrong direction to read it. Stiriz asked if Torbet would take a look at it.

Fire Chief Rick Sluder said October was a busy Fire Prevention month with the Fire Department conducting several station tours and programs at the schools.

The department participated in the FFA fundraiser (donkey basketball) Nov. 11 at Wauseon High School.

Sluder wanted to remind everyone that the next three months are the prime months for home house fires because everyone is starting up their furnaces for the heating season and to take special care and monitor their heating choices.

The city received some cost recovery though the efforts of the County EMA office and efforts of the EMA Director from the turnpike incident in June.

The department will celebrate the centennial of taking possession of the Segrave Fire Truck March 19. The city is still planning the activities for that day.

The Fall Sportsman’s Raffle will begin at 5 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Jr. Fair Building.

Leaf collection has begun, Dennis Richardson, Director of Public Service, said

“We are now assessing the specifications for the annual chemical bids for the Water and Water Reclamation plants,” he said.

Richardson has been working on putting together the findings of the Bio Solids study into a package that will be proposed for next year’s budget.

Council member Shane Chamberlin asked if the city has received any complaints about the left turn arrows at the intersection of Linfoot and Shoop.

Richardson said he is aware of that and is working with U.S. Utility and they are scheduled to come out. Mayor Huner said she noticed that quite a few semis are going through the yellow lights on Oak and Elm at Shoop Avenue and asked if the timing of the lights have changed. If not, then it may be something the city needs to look at.

Richardson said he was not aware of any changes to those lights.

Council had a moment of silence in memory of former Mayor Jerry Matheny who died Nov. 3 Matheny served as mayor from 1992-2003.

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