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TALLMADGE -- With a six-month moratorium on the cultivation, processing and sale of marijuana slated to expire near the end of the month, Tallmadge City Council will conduct a public hearing April 13 on whether to extend the moratorium.
By unanimous vote Sept. 22, 2016, Tallmadge joined other Ohio cities spending months evaluating whether to prohibit or limit medical marijuana businesses here.
Mayor Dave Kline and Law Director Megan Raber recommended the moratorium in light of House Bill 523, which took effect on Sept. 8. That legislation allows people in Ohio with certain medical conditions to use physician-recommended medical marijuana.
Tallmadge's current zoning regulations don't address the production or dispensing of medical marijuana. Under the new state law, municipalities may establish their own regulations to prohibit or limit the number of marijuana operations.
"All of the regulations surrounding this issue are still in the development stages at the state level," Raber noted March 2, adding, "Those regulations are required to be adopted at the state level by Sept. 8, 2017. It is very reasonable and necessary to see what those regulations are and have an opportunity to review and understand them before making a decision about what is in the best interest of our community."
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Whether it's a tornado warning or a boil notice, the city of Tallmadge uses a free system called CodeRED to notify its residents of emergency situations and to disseminate community alerts.
Approximately 3,400 residents have registered for CodeRED alerts to date; notifications may be delivered via text, phone call or email. City officials say "our goal is to get another 5,000 because multiple people in the same household can be signed up." More information about opting in for the service will be available at the Tallmadge Community Expo on April 8 at the Tallmadge Recreation Center, or visit: https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/A33028CD8C14.
OTHER CITY NEWS
City officials expect to spend $200,000 on the purchase of new LED (light-emiting diode) lamps for the Tallmadge Recreation Center, 46 N. Munroe Road. According to the mayor, the city averages a $10,000 per month electric bill at the 14-year-old facility, with about $6,000 of that for lighting. "We should cut that in half (with LED lighting)," Kline reported. The city will receive a $19,000 rebate from First Energy for making the transition, says Service Director Bryan Esler.
City Council has also authorized the mayor to enter into a contract with Johnson Controls for an updated access control system for various municipal buildings, including City Hall, the police department, fire stations 1 and 2, and 210 Osceola Ave. Finance Director Mollie Gilbride reported $90,000 was budgeted for the improvement. City employees will be issued an access card. The door security system records the date and time each secured door is opened and which card was used to open the door. The system also monitors for unusual activity.
Council is considering the issuance and sale of bonds in the maximum principal amount of $830,000 for the North Avenue reconstruction project. A stretch of North Avenue was closed approximately 210 days by a $4.5 million reconstruction project. The improvements, about .75 miles from Tallmadge Circle to just north of Heritage Drive, include the installation of a new storm sewer system, as well as new sidewalks, curbs, lighting, signage and roadway surface. The project got under way in mid-May 2016 and finishing touches like landscaping and lighting will proceed this spring.
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