Wauseon extends marijuana moratorium


By David J. Coehrs - dcoehrs@civitasmedia.com



Wauseon’s six-month moratorium on processes related to medical marijuana was extended by City Council on Monday to allow members more time to determine city policy.

The council passed on emergency an ordinance that adds another six months to the city’s moratorium on growing, processing, and selling marijuana within the city for medicinal purposes. The moratorium was passed in December after a voter-approved state medicinal marijuana law went into effect last September.

“We’ll get to work rather quickly and decide what council wants to do with that. This will give us a little bit more breathing room to do that,” Law Director Tom McWatters III said.

In other business, the council authorized Finance Director Jamie Giguere to reallocate $45,000 intended for a delayed city project to allow the purchase of a street sweeper and additional paving at Dorothy B. Biddle Park.

Finance Committee member Jon Schamp said both items were budgeted in the 2017 Capital Fund but need additional funding to complete. The street sweeper being considered for purchase costs $164,324, or $20,000 more than was budgeted. Including another section of the park for cold process paving would require an additional $8,000.

Schamp said the committee recommended reallocating $45,000 budgeted for construction of a storage building behind the Public Works Department. The project was taken off the table for this year. Schamp estimated that $17,000 of the reallocated funds will remain after adding to the the street sweeper and paving projects.

And the council passed on emergency a resolution to accept a recommendation by the Revolving Loan Fund Committee authorizing Mayor Kathy Huner to apply to the state for a waiver for RLF use. The waiver would approve the actual use of RLF funds to compete the city’s downtown Americans With Disabilities Act ramp project.

“It will keep the fund at a level more conducive to what the state would like to see,” McWatters said. “They like to see the money being used, and right now we have a fairly hefty or generous amount in the fund.”

Tree Commission member Rick Frey reported that poplar trees were planted at the city’s primary and and middle schools on Arbor Day on April 21. The trees were donated by the Woody Warehouse Nursery in Lizton, Ind.

Frey said the commission planted five trees in Homecoming Park, and Wauseon will again be recognized as a Tree City USA during an upcoming awards program.

In department reports:

• Fire Chief Rick Sluder said the department has school tours scheduled.

• Public Service Director Dennis Richardson said the department is cooperating with the Fulton County Health Department and the Fulton County Health Center in securing a government grant to fight mosquito infestation this summer.

Richardson said Health Commissioner Kim Cupp has completed a grant request that would fund more compact mosquito spraying equipment. The equipment would allow spraying in areas the city’s full-sized equipment has difficulty reaching.

The grant money would also fund mosquito traps that can monitor the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

Richardson also said construction bids for the city’s community pool project were scheduled to open Tuesday. “I’ve got some good, respective bidders for that,” he said.

• Finance Director Jame Giguere said city tax revenue for April was up $80,000, or 5.1 percent, over the same time last year.

The council also approved the first reading of a resolution authorizing the mayor to advertise for and accept the lowest bid for street resurfacing.

By David J. Coehrs

dcoehrs@civitasmedia.com

Reach David J. Coehrs at 419-335-2010.

Reach David J. Coehrs at 419-335-2010.