FREDERICKTOWN — Fredericktown employees will not be able to use or distribute medical marijuana, as per a new addition to the village’s policy.

Council voted Monday to amend its drug-free workplace policy to prohibit medical marijuana use by employees. In explaining the policy, Village Administrator Bruce Snell cited safety reasons related to the use of heavy equipment and motor vehicles by village employees.

The policy states that use, possession or distribution can result in discipline. Any employee in violation of the policy can face discipline up to termination. The village may also choose not to hire anyone who will not be in compliance with the policy.

The policy was modeled after the City of Mount Vernon’s, Snell said.

In other business, Councilmember Rick Lanuzza said lights have been updated for the parks district, including those at Community, Levering and Merrin parks. The updates were paid for in part by a grant through American Electric Power, Lanuzza said.

Snell further reported that the cannon on the square has been moved from its old location near the gazebo across the street to a new pedestal next to the veteran’s memorial. Kokosing Construction donated their share of the work on the project, Snell said, and village crews were instrumental in installing the cannon.

Council further:

•Approved an ordinance moving $13,448 from the general fund to police personnel services;

•Approved an ordinance appropriating $9,840 from the general fund into worker’s comp and $3,280 each from the water fund and sewer fund to worker’s comp;

•Approved an ordinance to amend the capital improvement fund to receive $84,750 from the Ohio Public Works Commission for the Ohio 95 culvert replacement project.


Nick Sabo: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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