Marion council split 3-3 on marijuana

August 29, 2019

By John Raffel
Correspondent

The Marion Village Council is set to take a final vote at its monthly meeting on Tuesday on whether or not to opt out on recreational marijuana.

“It was a 3-3 vote the last time with medical marijuana,” council president Don Gilmore said. “This is recreational marijuana.”

After the August meeting, Gilmore made the following comment:
“The village has done nothing on that yet. With the new laws on the recreational marijuana, you have to opt out or just do nothing.”

If the village opts out “it means they can’t have any facilities in the village,” Gilmore said. “If you do nothing, it’s possible but there’s still more steps. We don’t have anyone interested but the deadline is coming to opt out.”

The millpond project is proceeding at an impressive rate, Gilmore said.

“We’re putting in a larger overflow south of the Marion Dam,” village trustee Roger Pritchard said in previous comments. “We’re looking to make that a little bigger and deeper so we can be prepared for the so-called 200-year flood they say is coming. The DEQ demanded we have the capacity for 2,700 cubic feet of water per second. We met with them and came to the agreement this would help alleviate the problem.”

Tuesday’s meeting date is being changed from Monday because of Labor Day.

Also at the meeting, Gilmore said the council will discuss a new contract for village trash pickup.





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