SIDNEY — Sidney City Council voted to extend the current medical marijuana moratorium until Oct. 9, 2017, at Monday evening’s meeting.
Council adopted the ordinance for the extension of the existing 270 day moratorium for any permits for retail dispensaries, cultivators or processors of medical marijuana within the city. Law Director/Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey Amick said he believes the only changes that have occurred since council implemented the current moratorium is number of allotted dispensaries in Ohio has been increased from 40 to 60.
Sidney Parks & Recreation Director Duane Gaier presented council with information gathered on new recreational opportunities for Sidney. Gaier said council made this one of their main goals while at their 2016 retreat. He said in Ohio, outdoor recreation generates $17.4 billion in consumer spending and produces $1.3 billion in state and local tax revenue.
Potential recreation opportunities presented included: river recreation, to hopefully draw business into Sidney; trail development; improvements to Sidney Water Park, to create a renewed interest/increased attendance; a park development in the Stewart subdivision, for keeping with Sidney’s standard of a park within a half mile of every person; and the creation of a dog park, skate park and a disk golf course.
At the end of the parks and recreation presentation, Sidney resident Jan Helman voiced her concern over the public use of a sludge-pit area of land Sidney bought from her husband near Tawawa Park. She said she has seen several people using the path and doesn’t think people know what the area is because there are no signs posted. Sidney Utilities Director told her the city is currently preparing new signage, and typically there is four to six “Do Not Enter” signs posted, but they were recently removed during sludge removal.
Council also adopted an ordinance for assessments of weed