Council to review medical marijuana ban

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY —Troy City Council will revisit the city’s medical marijuana dispensary stance at its regular meeting at 7 p.m., Monday at City Hall.

Troy City Council rejected the Law and Ordinance Committee’s amendment of three dispensaries related to medical marijuana and where it can be dispensed within the city limits on Nov. 7.

Council, led by Brock Heath, then passed another amendment proposing a complete ban of medical marijuana within city limits.

Robin Oda seconded the motion.

Oda, Twiss, Heath, Twilliger and Kendall, voted for the amendment to ban medical marijuana dispensaries altogether. The amendment passed and will be presented to council on Monday. Schweser, Snee, Tremblay and Phillips, voted against the proposed zero dispensaries.

According to city law director Grant Kerber, council will need a “super majority” of seven votes to pass the amendment banning medical marijuana.

On Nov. 1, Ohio’s medical marijuana committee approved to allow up to 18 growers of medical marijuana. Troy’s proposed zoning amendment would ban the growers or “cultivator” within city limits.

Three members of the public spoke in favor of medical marijuana and one against the over the course of council and committee meetings. The Troy Planning Commission ‘s recommendation to council proposed five dispensaries for the city, not including the downtown historic district. Council member John Schweser proposed limiting the dispensaries to three in the business district only, but the amendment failed. and was replaced with a complete ban.

• R-50-2016 Authorize revised Police Mutual Aid Agreement. The agreement provides police agencies to request additional services from other law enforcement agencies when necessary.

• R-51-2016 Authorize Agreement with RA Consultants for West Milton Water Study Phase 2 for $75,000. This resolution is considered an emergency. The second phase of the study will provide the city with data needed to make a decision related to the West Milton system. The scope of work for the study includes a detailed rate analysis, perform asset inventory and condition assessment, agreement between West Milton and Troy and develop an implementation plan.

• R-52-2016 Authorize Agreement with Woolpert Inc. for a parking and traffic study for $60,000.

According to the committee report, part of the study has been completed at a cost of $37,450. City staff reviewed the initial draft of the study and determined the scope of the consultant’s work should be expanded. The expanded data and study would cost an additional $22,550. The work includes: detailed case study regarding residential parking programs by similar sized cities; perform traffic counts and data analysis of 10 downtown intersections; analysis of video from 24 hours of intersection turning movements; advise conversion from four lanes to three lanes on Main and Market streets; and develop an implementation plan on the traffic analysis.

The committee was advised the traffic analysis boundary is within one block of Public Square in all four directions, while the parking analysis boundary includes beyond the Courthouse area. The additional work will look at further conversion from four lanes on Main and Market streets, noting that the traffic flow on the east side of the public square works well with that pattern.

The cost of the whole traffic study is not to exceed $60,000.


O-48-2016 Amended Ordinance amending zoning code to prohibit retail dispensaries cultivators or processors of medical marijuana. This is the fourth reading.

O-53-2016 Vacate the alley between W. Main Street and W. Water Street adjacent to Safety Building. This is the second reading. The county is the adjacent property owners. A public hearing will be held on Nov. 21 during the council meeting.

O-55-2016 Vacate the alley off of South Cherry Street, south of West Main Street. Troy Planning Commission recommends the action. All property owners signed a petition requesting the vacation. The city states the alley serves no public purpose.

O-56-2016 Salary ordinance scale for temporary employees as of Jan. 1, 2017. Seasonal employees shall be hired at $8.15 an hour, step one of the seasonal pay scale. The ordinance complies with the state minimum wage increase of a nickle.

By Melanie Yingst

Reach Melanie Yingst at or follow her on Twitter @Troydailynews

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