Carrollton council temporarily halts marijuana shops from opening in village limits

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by Thomas Clapper

CCM Reporter

Carrollton Village Council passed an ordinance creating a moratorium against medical and recreational marijuana dispensaries within the village at its Dec. 19 meeting.

“This (Ordinance 2023-50) is a temporary ban so council can look into zoning and have time for more guidance in something new to our state,” said Solicitor Clark Battista.

This will allow council to be more selective of where to allow a dispensary, such as away from schools, churches or other institutions. 

“We don’t want someone coming in and setting up and then we have to shut them down,” said Mayor Bill Stoneman. “This prevents any inconvenience in that way.”

In an unrelated matter, Councilwoman Brittany Tangler asked council to consider untabling the third reading for a three percent increase for the treasurer/clerk position. Tangler said that position has not had any form of raise in 11 years. Tangler said to keep it in mind for a future meeting in 2024. 

In other business, council: 

-HEARD Councilman Tom White state when residents install a fence, they should provide a photo of what the fencing looks like. Village Administrator Mark Wells spoke with White and confirmed it can be a manufacturer’s photo of the fence.

-APPROVED Ordinance 2023-48 authorizing the Village of Carrollton to pick up the statutorily required contribution to the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System for the village of administrator pursuant to IRC Section 414(h)(2) and declaring it an emergency. 

-APPROVED resolution 2023-49 which allows temporary appropriations for payroll for the Village of Carrollton since the meeting schedule has been changed due to holidays. This allows payroll to be covered during that period and the month of January 2024. Resolution 2023-51 was also passed which amends original appropriations ordinance. 

-PAID bills of $112,868.11 in vendors and $58,322.99 in payroll; also payment of bills without prior certification $3,824.02.

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