Council OKs medical marijuana moratorim

Prescription drug banned for another 6 months

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — Troy City Council on Monday unanimously voted to extend its 180 day moratorium to prohibit permits for the dispensing, cultivating or processing of medical marijuana for an additional 180 days.

President Marty Baker was not present at the meeting. Tom Kendall presided over the meeting as president pro-tem.

Kendall clarified that the moratorium would take place following the expiration of the first in mid-January. The first moratorium went into effect July 18.

Bobby Phillips made the motion and John Schweser seconded the motion to suspend the rules, which passed all council members. Schweser then Phillips moved to adopt the moratorium.

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 unanimously approved the city’s 2017 budget, including appropriations for Troy Main Street, $55,000; Troy Rec, $29,000; and the Troy Development Council, $125,000.

City auditor John Frigge thanked city staff and heads of all of the departments for their help in assisting him with his first annual budget since replacing John Stickel as auditor last January.

“As I moved into the auditor’s position this past January, Mr. Stickle warned me the budget season would be the most time consuming part of the year — he was correct,” Frigge said.

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.

Council also approved to vacate the alley between West Main Street and West Water Street adjacent to the county Safety Building.

In other news:

Mayor Michael Beamish noted the city of Troy made’s list of Best Small Cities in America in “WalletFitness.”

The website offers free credit scores and full credit reports, along with financial products. The website analyzed more than 1,200 “small cities” ranging from 25,000 up to 100,000 residents. The city of Troy ranked 394 out of the 1,268 cities. The survey ranked the cities according to affordability, economic health, education, quality of life and safety features.

Housing costs and unemployment rate and even cultural centers were also part of the survey. Beamish said only seven Dayton regional cities made the list, with Beavercreek finishing ahead of Troy throughout the list.

Director of Public Service and Safety Patrick Titterington reminded the public City Hall will be closed on Dec. 23 and 26. Trash pick-up will remain on its regular schedule.

Prescription drug banned for another 6 months

By Melanie Yingst