The problem of medical marijuana dispensaries will be put to the vote on May 3
TWINSBURG – City residents will have the opportunity to decide in the May 3 primary election whether to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to locate in commercial/business zoning districts C-2 and C -3 as a conditionally permitted use.
On January 11, Council approved the planning commission’s recommendation to amend Consolidated Ordinances Chapter 1151, which would permit these facilities as a conditionally permitted use in these districts.
After a public hearing, Council also agreed to ask the Summit County Board of Elections to place the zoning issue on the May 3 ballot, as required by the city charter.
The wording of the ballot will read, “Will Ordinance 93-2021 Amending City of Twinsburg Consolidated Ordinances Section 1151.05 be amended to permit medical marijuana dispensaries in commercial districts C- 2 and C-3 by means of a conditional use license? be adopted and approved?
Mayor Ted Yates said a few people/businesses have expressed interest in setting up dispensaries here and the state is making 73 more licenses available.
Yates said his concern about licensing dispensaries is that it could lead to facilities selling recreational marijuana if Ohio ends up legalizing it, and the city could find itself in legal battles if it chooses. to prohibit sales for recreational purposes.
He added that the state gives cities the ability to ban all marijuana sales if they choose.
The board approved a memorandum of understanding with Teamsters Local 436, representing wastewater treatment plant employees, to establish a compensation pathway for newly hired members and lock in the annual salary adjustment for 2023 and 2024 at 2%, plus add June 16 as an official holiday.
In the meantime, the mayor has been authorized to enter into a contract with the Summit County Legal Defenders Office to provide representation for indigent defendants. The city will pay $170 per box opened in 2022.
The council allowed retired police chief Christopher Noga to keep his Glock service pistol as honorarium for his 24 years of service to the city. He retired in September 2021.
Sheila Williams was reappointed for a four-year term as the city’s representative on the Summit County Combined General Health District Board of Directors. The mandate expires on December 31, 2025.
Yates read a proclamation acknowledging David Maistros for his 24 years as chief legal officer, and several council officials congratulated him and wished him well in his new position as city manager in California. Matthew J. Vazzana will succeed Maistros.
Police Chief Tom Mason said the department handled 2,438 calls, cited or arrested 62 people and responded to 32 traffic accidents (one death) in December. For all of 2021, calls totaled 29,294 and citations/arrests totaled 773.
Mason said overall call volume in 2021 was about 150 less than in 2019 before the pandemic.
Fire Chief Tim Morgan reported his crews responded to 379 calls in December. The total number in 2021 was 3,417, an increase of 15% from 2020.
The city was recently chosen as the winner of the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council’s 2021 Green Ribbon Award, which recognizes the city’s efforts to promote energy efficiency.
The city will receive $2,500 to fund energy efficiency initiatives. Out of 14 communities considered for the award, the City Windows and Doors project stood out to the judges for many reasons.
Community involvement and the city’s clear understanding of environmental, economic and social aspects were cited as key reasons.
While presenting the award at a recent Council meeting, NOPEC Community Liaison Officer Caitlin Albright said, “This award is given to a community that has demonstrated its efforts to create a green community.”
City officials gave special thanks to city planner Lynn Muter for her work on the project.
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