WAYNESBURG -- Village Council on Monday took the first step toward declaring a moratorium for six months for medical marijuana distribution and cultivation in the village.
Council had the first reading of an ordinance creating the moratorium.
"It isn't as much an ideological statement as it is a measure against the unknown," Solicitor John Anthony said. "Nobody knows how the law is going to go."
Over the summer, Gov. John Kasich signed House Bill 523 into law. The measure made medical marijuana legal in the state of Ohio. However, its use is restrictive and may take up to two years before it is operational.
State legislators have not laid out any rules on the production of medical marijuana or how it will be sold. As a result, there is no medical marijuana that can be sold in Ohio at this time. State agencies are still working on how to implement and regulate the new law.
Anthony said the village can enact further restrictions, if necessary, as the legal process unfolds on the state level.
Council considered approving the measure as an emergency, but a vote to suspend the rules failed by a 4-2 vote. Five votes are needed to suspend the rules.
Council also approved the application of Adam Mohler as an auxiliary police officer.
Mohler is a graduate of the Start State Law Enforcement Academy and is a member of the National Guard. He was sworn in by Mayor Doug Welch.
Council also approved an ordinance setting rates for lots and opening and closing of graves in Sandy Valley Cemetery.
Openings/closings are $450 for residents and $1,275 for non-residents. A lot is $400 for residents and $500 for non-residents. Lots for infants are $275 for residents and non-residents. Crematory rates are $275 for residents and $300 for non-residents.
There also is an additional $100 charge for holidays and funerals held after 2 p.m.
Funeral directors also are required to contact the cemetery sexton to provide a 48-hour advance notice for a funeral.
In other business, council:
SET trick or treat times in the village for 3-5 p.m. Oct. 30.
LEARNED Welch and the Street and Sidewalks Committee will tour the village with Police Chief William Bath and Road Supervisor David Sickafoose to review streets in the village.
AGREED to send a police officer to Tiffin for Taser training. The officer will then be certified as an instructor and can train the other members of the department. Bath said the department is working on getting funding to purchase Tasers.
HEARD Mayor's Court collected $2,390 in September, with $480 going to the state and $1,910 to the village's general fund.
OFFERED thanks to everyone who attended and participated in the village's bicentennial celebration.
AGREED to seek a price for someone to purchase the wood from several trees in Roosevelt Park.
AGREED to apply for a Municipal Road Fund Grant for 2017.
APPROVED the purchase of six one-way signs, four children at play signs and four no soliciting signs at a cost of $450.
AGREED to allow Sickafoose to attend an ODOT ice control seminar on Oct. 25.
APPROVED a continuing education course for the fiscal officer.
HEARD the Mohawk Valley Joint Fire District has responded to 93 calls as of Oct. 10.
PAID bills totaling $144,962.75.
The next meeting of Waynesburg Village Council is 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in village hall.