The Kenton City Council met in regular fashion Monday evening at the City Building.
Brian Wingfield, an entrepreneur in partnership with several local businesspeople, spoke to council about a proposed medicinal marijuana dispensary in Kenton. Ohio House Bill 523, legislation legalizing the sale and distribution of medicinal marijuana, passed by a majority vote in 2016. According to Wingfield, there will be 60 dispensaries permitted to be licensed in the state of Ohio. Hardin County is part of District 6, which also includes Crawford, Marion, and Wyandot counties. In the Northwest Region, there will be 10 dispensaries total, with only 1 being in District 6. There are currently 30 people applying for the solo dispensary license in the district, Wingfield said, and the application deadline is Friday, November 17.
“We’re looking at the building at 718 West Lima Street, and we want this to be a nice building, not a negative spot in the city,” Wingfield told council. “We would be bringing up to 20 jobs to the area.”
City Law Director, John Schwemer, explained to council that as part of the application process, Wingfield would have to submit a letter from the city verifying whether any legislation had been introduced that would preclude the dispensary from operating in the city. Since no current legislation exists specifically prohibiting the operation, Schwemer said, a letter stating so would be prepared and included in the application. Schwemer confirmed to WKTN news that this letter is not a letter of direct support for the dispensary; rather, it states only that there is no current ordinance or law prohibiting its existence.
Also during the meeting, the council:
-Passed one piece of old business, an ordinance authorizing the Safety Service Director to advertise for bids for materials and supplies for the year 2018;
-Voted to suspend the three-reading rule for three pieces of new legislation, all of which passed unanimously. The first was an ordinance authorizing the city to enter into a highway improvement project with the Ohio Department of Transportation; the second provided for additional appropriations for repairs to the sewer plant and system; and the third provided for transferring funds;
-Heard from City Law Director John Schwemer that representatives from both American Electric Power and Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative will be at the next meeting to discuss a proposed revision to an existing contract between the city and the energy suppliers;
-Learned of the “Bowling for Blaze” event that will take place on Sunday, November 19 at the bowling alley in Ada. Children 12 and younger can bowl for $5, with adults and youth age 13 and up able to bowl for $10. The proceeds will benefit Blaze, a 10-year-old battling childhood leukemia. Also, on December 16, citizens are encouraged to participate in “Light It Up For Blaze”, a community support event where orange lights can be shone outside the home beginning at dusk to show support for Blaze.
-Heard from Cheryl Buckland, a Republican candidate announcing her plan to run for the 83rd Ohio House Seat in the spring primary election.
The council also voted to hold their second meeting in December on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 7:00pm in Council Chambers. The meeting date change is to accommodate the Christmas holiday, which falls on the regularly scheduled meeting date.
The next scheduled meeting for the BKP Board will be Monday, November 20 at 6:00pm, and the Parks and Recreation Board will meet on Tuesday, November 14 at 4:30pm.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be held on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 7:00pm in Council Chambers.