A Briarwood Road resident reached out to Council members two days after Ohio voters legalized marijuana and requested that growing facilities and dispensaries be kept from the city.
“I just don’t think it’s a good fit,” Mike Hawkins told Council during the public comments portion of its November 9 meeting.
Hawkins admitted he was not happy with Issue 2, which will legalize the cultivation and sale of cannabis.
“I’m not a Marijuana fan,” Hawkins admitted.
Hawkins said he has tried to research the cause and effect of dispensaries on neighborhoods; however, he added that there is not a lot of information available.
“The data is just kind of here or there,” he said.” And, when you start reading through it-it doesn’t really mean much I guess.”
Hawkins confessed that he had not been to the MGM Casino but suggested a way the city could make some needed cash- by combining marijuana and gambling.
“If you get the ice shanties in Hudson, I think we could do the ‘Walking Tall’ remake movie,” Hawkins said.
“It just doesn’t belong,” Hawkins again said of cultiva- tion and dispensaries.
Hawkins sent an email to each Councilor and a city official and is awaiting their response, he said.
Mayor Nick Molnar said he remembered legislation that passed when he was on Council which regulated cul- tivation and dispensaries.
“The one thing I can remember from that is that they had to be pretty far away from churches and schools and such,” Molnar remembered.
Council may be asked to place moratoriums on culti- vation and distribution facilities at their next meeting, Molnar said.
Law Director Mark Guidetti is studying the 62-page information manual dealing with Issie 2, Molnar said.
“It’s obvious that it’s going to change, we know that,” Molnar said of the information. “There will be more to come on that. Right now, nothing is happening.”
However, Molnar said the city has been approached by one business dealing with the cultivation and or dispens- ing of marijuana in Macedonia.
“I have been approached by one business,” Molnar said. “I think we are meeting with them next week just to talk about it.”
Mayor Molnar said the city will take its time on any decisions about Issue 2.
“l want Council to make a good, educated decision on what they would like to see moving forward,” Molnar said. “There’s going to be more to come in that.”
Santa To Visit The City Of Macedonia And The Nordonia Hills Area
•Santa will make a few stops in and around the Nordonia Hills area as he prepares for his massive December 24 trip with Rudolph and other reindeer.
•The first stop for the present laden Jolly Old Elf will be December 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. a.m. at the Saga- more Hills Fire Station, 1150 Valley View Road.
•The next appearance for St. Nick will be December 11 through 13, where he will pass out presents at the Macedonia Fire Station, 9691 Valley View Road.
•And just before Kris Kringle rushes back to the North Pole on December 14, he will open his satiny red sack and pass out his presents at the Northfield Center Administra- tion Building, 8484 Olde Eight Road.
Oath Issued To Sergeants And Rookie
Mayor Molnar promoted Dan Matejka and Bryan Vince to the rank of sergeant during the Council meeting. Molnar also issued the oath of office to recently hired patrolman Travis Connor.
New Businesses Open
TJ-Maxx and Crumbl Cookie opened earlier this month, according to Mayor Molnar.
•AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE 2024 ANNUAL APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE CITY OF MACEDONIA, OHIO was placed on second reading.
•AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING THE CURRENT COMPENSATION SCHED- ULE FOR
THE NON-UNION EMPLOYEES OF THE CITY OF MACEDONIA, OHIO, passed. •AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO ENTER INTO AN AGREE- MENT
WITH WADSWORTH SOLUTIONS FOR THE PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF A
NEW WATER TOWER AT MACEDONIA CITY HALL THROUGH THE OMNIA PARTNERS COOPERATIVE PURCHASING PROGRAM, passed.
•AN ORDINANCE ORDERING THE DEMOLITION OF DANGEROUS BUILD- INGS
LOCATED AT 8334 SHEPARD ROAD & 1250 TWINSBURG ROAD IN THE CITY OF
MACEDONIA, OHIO, AND CAUSING THE COSTS OF DEMOLITION TO BE CERTIFIED FOR PLACEMENT ON THE RESPECTIVE TAX DUPLICATES, passed.
•AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO PURCHASE THE REAL PROPERTY
LOCATED AT 8481 PARK AVENUE IN THE CITY OF MACEDONIA, passed.