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Council puts pot on hold, rolls through meeting.

By JOE CENTERS • Apr 11, 2017 at 10:00 PM

No pot, no problem.

Norwalk city council met Tuesday night with little fanfare and barely anybody in the crowd for its work session — a far cry from the last couple of weeks when the council chambers were packed with people.

And the meeting took just seven minutes.

The topic the last couple of weeks was a medical marijuana cultivating facility coming to town. Last week council voted 4-3 in favor of changing the city ordinance which would have opened the door for a facility to come to town. After the vote, however, Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan said he would veto the vote.

Action on the veto will take place at council’s next meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

As for the work session, a number of new legislations were discussed:

• An ordinance granting a taxicab franchise to Tijuana Taxi LL, and authorizing the mayor to enter into a franchise and license agreement.

Tijuana Taxi let its franchise lapse, but with a taxi shortage in town decided it would add one driver in the Norwalk area to start out. “Everything looks good in the process,” Norwalk Safety-Service Director Dan Wendt said.

• A resolution authorizing the mayor and public works director to advertise and receive bids for the Wooster/Marshall sewer separation project phase VI and authorizing a contract after bidding.

How many more phases will there be? public works director Josh Snyder was asked.

“We’re anticipating one more,” he said. “This is phase VI of our never-ending project. There have been a lot of complaints of basement backups in the area.”

The estimate for the job is $208,000.

• A resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into a Natureworks Grant agreement with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Parks and Recreation Superintendent Joe Lindenberger said he’s hoping to get an $18,586 grant to replace the shelter house at Baines Park. Norwalk’s match would be $4,400 in labor, which Lindenberger said is in the budget.

• A resolution authorizing the mayor, on behalf of the city of Norwalk, to enter into an enterprise zone compensation agreement.

This is part of a tax agreement with Borgers Ohio.

• An ordinance amending and supplementing the 2017 annual budget and appropriation ordinance and declaring an emergency.

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