Fort Loramie says no to pot

By Patricia Ann Speelman -

FORT LORAMIE — The village of Fort Loramie has prohibited the cultivation, processing and retail dispensing of medical marijuana in its districts, effective Oct. 9.

That’s when, during a regular meeting, the village council gave third reading to the ordinance that concerned the prohibition and passed a motion unanimously.

In other action, the council also voted to approve an addendum to its interagency wastewater agreement with Shelby County. The addendum addresses maintenance of sewer lines that will soon begin to carry waste from the village of Newport as well as from Fort Loramie.

The council tabled a discussion about participating in a consortium of cities and villages that may mount a constitutional challenge to Ohio House Bill 49, which concerns the collection of local income taxes. The city of St. Marys currently handles collection for Fort Loramie. House Bill 49 would move collection responsibility to the state. Council plans to discuss the issue at its next meeting.

The council passed a new credit card policy, which all village employees will sign.

From committee reports, council learned that income tax receipts so far this year have exceeded those of the same period in 2016 by 8.3 percent; that design decisions have been made concerning a concession stand in the park; that an application for a grant to fund repairs to Greenback Road may be filed in 2019; that Main Street repairs are nearing completion; and that a meeting to discuss a master plan for the village has been tentatively scheduled for Nov. 7 at 6:15 p.m.

A resident voiced concern that traffic other than the allowable DP&L vehicles has been using an access drive and that zoning enforcement has been lax at a property behind his, where trash and weeds have accumulated.

By Patricia Ann Speelman

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.