Council seeks to ban medical marijuana dispensary

Complete Streets policy also delayed for a fourth reading

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — Troy City Council will revisit two agenda items including its “Complete Streets” policy and the city’s potential ban of a medical marijuana dispensary in the business district.

On Monday, both issues were sent for a fourth reading. All members were present.

Last month, the law and ordinance committee agreed to support an amended ordinance to ban medical marijuana dispensaries.

The amendment to ban dispensaries is in response to the current Troy Planning Commission recommendation to allow one dispensary of medical marijuana in the highway business district.

Lynne Snee made the motion and John Schweser seconded it.

Council approved the amendment 8-1 with Bobby Phillips voting against the modification to ban a dispensary.

Aimee Shannon thanked council for many months of discussion and debate regarding the dispensary issue. She also thanked council members who have researched the benefits of medical marijuana.

“I’ve very much looking forward to when it comes to the table again when the state finalizes its rules,” she said.

Resident Cynthia Schaeffer said she supported a complete ban of dispensaries in Troy due to the drug issues in Troy and appreciated the council’s thoughtfulness of the issue.

Complete Streets Policy

Council member Robin Oda asked for a fourth reading of the Complete Streets policy. Council member Brock Heath supported a fourth reading.

Oda said she was concerned the council was adopting a policy that would not be reviewed without public input other than approving project bids.

Titterington said the policy is meant to raise awareness for all transpiration and make the roads more safe for all vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.

Council member Lynne Snee said the policy has been read twice and recommended twice. Council member John Terwilliger also said another reading would be redundant.

The city’s plan includes “Share Roads” and off-street modes of transportation for bikers and walkers to use. One of the performance measure components of the plan includes increasing the number of miles of on-street bicycle routes and increasing the number of bicycle racks. The plan will be revisited every two years to include traffic and population changes and road projects in the future.

If passed by city council, the city will slowly implement the additions according to the Complete Streets policy as projects move forward. On side streets in residential areas, markings for share roads would be added as they are repaved.

Share roads are marked by paint to advise motorists that cyclists may be in the area using the roadway.

President Marty Baker approved to allow the Complete Streets Policy go to a fourth reading without objection.

Jeff Schilling asked if the Complete Streets plan was changed following his remarks to council on March 20. The streets and sidewalk committee reviewed Schilling’s suggestions. Schilling also asked how the city would work with Concord Township to connect the city to outer streets.

“My request to send the plan back to committee again and let’s try to change the plan and get it done right,” Schilling said.

Director of public service and safety Patrick Titterington said Schilling’s points were addressed at a previous committee meeting and was OK’d by committee members once those points were made more clear.

“We will continue to look at the plan as development happens, because the township, Concord, and the city are both members of the Miami Valley Planning Commission, that’s typically our point of contact with these grants. That’s how we will stay connected and coordinate and lengthen our off street rec paths,” Titterington said.

Schilling addressed Titterington again, noting access regarding McKaig Avenue to State Route 718 was poorly addressed and not on the plan.

Resident Lester Conard said he was concerned with the safety of cyclists, especially due to “distracted drivers.” Conard said he wished an issue would have been presented on the election ballot to add more bike lanes and alternative transportation to the city streets.

Resident Dan Dunton said he recently rode his bicycle to downtown Troy to Interstate 75 and counted 63 intersections and driveways in a one-mile stretch. From the Staunton Grange to downtown he counted 46 driveways and intersections.

“I’d like to know if any of you would feel content with a child or grandchild to ride their bicycle in a shared lane and feel safe with traffic traveling at 35 miles per hour — do you really feel safe with that? I wouldn’t,” Dunton said.

Dunton said he felt the city council, mayor and director of public service and safety could be liable if the plan led to cyclists being injured.

Dunton also noted how motorcyclists are involved in several accidents each year as motorists claim they didn’t see them in the roadway.

Complete Streets policy also delayed for a fourth reading

By Melanie Yingst