Council to consider moratorium extension

2017 annual budget also on agenda

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — Council on Monday will consider an ordinance to extend the city’s moratorium to prohibit permits for the dispensing, cultivating or processing of medical marijuana for an additional 180 days.

Council will meet for its regular meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Medical marijuana was legalized with House Bill 523 and became effective on Sept. 8. The city’s 180-day moratorium will expire on Jan. 14. The 180-day moratorium ordinance will be designated as an emergency.

On Nov. 21, Troy City Council failed to pass its complete ban on medical marijuana, sending the ordinance back to the Troy Planning Commission for review.

Council members Brock Heath, Robin Oda, John Twilliger, Bill Twiss, Tom Kendall voted in favor of banning medical marijuana from being dispensed within Troy city limits.

John Schweser, Bobby Phillips, Doug Tremblay, Lynne Snee voted against the amended ordinance.

Since the ordinance differed from the Troy Planning Commission’s recommendation allowing five dispensaries, council needed seven affirmative votes to pass the ban of medical marijuana.

The ordinance will go back to the Troy Planning Commission for further action.

Council will also review its 2017 budget, including appropriations for Troy Main Street, $55,000; Troy Rec, $29,000; and the Troy Development Council, $125,000.

The city’s 2017 budget includes major equipment and vehicle replacement: $175,000 for a replacement ambulance; $240,000 for a replacement sweeper; $46,500 for specialized digging/dumping equipment for the Cemetery Department at a less cost than a dump truck replacement; replacing safety equipment of cardiac monitors, Tasers and safety masks; continuing the rotation schedule of three cruisers; replacing a fire department staff vehicle; replacing a Street Division dump truck; replacing mowers at Miami Shores Golf Course as well as the Park and Cemetery departments; replacing the sewer camera truck and camera assembly; and replacing five golf carts.

Funds are also budgeted to purchase two automated packer trucks ($482,000) and purchase refuse carts similar to those used in the recycling process. The new refuse collection system would be implemented approximately mid-year, and would have a savings offset associated with temporary personnel.

2017 annual budget also on agenda

By Melanie Yingst