Stryker Village Council Passes Ordinance Prohibiting Synthetic Drug Lookalike Substances

Stryker Village Council 12-09-2013 MM 012By: Mark Mercer

STRYKER. The Stryker Village Council on Monday, December 9 held their monthly meeting, and passed an Ordinance amending chapter 513 of the codified ordinances of the Village of Stryker prohibiting the manufacture, sales, distribution and possession of synthetic drugs and synthetic drug look alike substances by a 6-0 vote.  The passage of Ordinance 2013-14 was made in an effort to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the Village of Stryker and to attempt to address the ever changing chemical composition of synthetic drugs, including those commonly referred to as “bath salts” and “spice.”  The passage of the ordinance also declared an emergency, addressing the dangerous nature of the sale and manufacture of these “look alike” substances.  Ordinance 2013-14 will take effect immediately.
In other council business, the council passed by a 6-0 council vote the renewal of Resolution 2013-9R, authorizing the village to execute a lease agreement for agricultural land owned by the village.  The renewal was for 34 acres of land owned by the village and is located on the south end of Stryker.  The lease was awarded to Rodney Buehrer, who bid $208.57 per tillable acre.  The lease will run from the date of passage, through December 31, 2016.
The council also addressed fiscal issues for the village, passing Ordinance 2013-15, adopting the 2014 permanent annual appropriations measure for current expenses and other expenditures during the fiscal year 2014.
The Village Administrator also submitted his report, outlining efforts to prepare for snow removal tasks, as well as ongoing maintenance of equipment.  It was also noted that leaf collection conducted during November was completed.  Additionally, the Administrator announced that the Main Stop Store in Stryker will be breaking ground soon for a new and larger store, replacing their current facility.
Prior to closing December’s meeting, Mayor Dan Hughes spoke about the service of the outgoing members of the Village Council; Dan Boetz, Tom Horton, Carol Feehan and Joan Ruffer.  Mayor Hughes presented each with a small gift and a heartfelt “thank you” for their tireless service to the Village of Stryker during their terms on the council.

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