UTICA — Village Council took the initial steps Monday night to place a renewal of the village’s 2.5-mill levy for street lights on the May ballot. Council gave first reading to the resolutions declaring the necessity for the levy and to place it on the ballot.
Council also gave first reading to an ordinance updating procedures for water and wastewater billings and disconnections. Village Administrator Glenn Richards said the procedures have not been updated since they were written in the 1990s and the village has since moved from quarterly billings to monthly billings. Billings will become delinquent after 60 days.
Council voted unanimously to elect Council Member Cyle Hughes to serve as council president for a third year.
In response to a question from Mayor Lester Grennell, council generally expressed opposition to any marijuana dispensaries being located in the village. However, because several questions arose about the situation, the village solicitor will research the subject, including getting information from the Ohio Municipal League, and report back next month.
Police Chief Cameron Dailey opened the meeting by swearing in Joshua Abshire as the village’s newest auxiliary police officer.
Dailey also reported that the department is in the process of updating some of its radios so all can communicate with Knox County departments. Dailey said their newer MARCS radios have the necessary encryption codes to talk to Knox County but some older ones have to be updated. This is not costing Utica additional money.