UTICA — Village Council took the first step Monday in prohibiting the cultivation, processing or dispensing of medical marijuana in the village, giving first reading to an ordinance prepared by Village Solicitor Sara Light.

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Light said she borrowed an ordinance enacted in another municipality and included penalties as a third-degree misdemeanor. She said council should consider the level of penalties they want, describing penalties in other towns as ranging from zoning violations to third-degree misdemeanors.

Council also gave second reading to resolutions placing the paving and street lighting levies on the November ballot. Village Administrator Glen Richards said they are waiting for the county auditor to let them know what millage will be required to keep revenue at the present level.

Council also gave second reading to an ordinance updating procedures for water and wastewater billing and disconnections. Richards said the procedures had not been updated since the village switched from quarterly to monthly billing.

Richards also reported that the parts finally came in for repair of a rotator arm at the wastewater treatment plant and work has begun. The cost is estimated tag $56,000. He also reported a change in the weather has finally allowed work on the Main Street lift station to begin. The cost is expected to be about $20,000 and should take about three days.

The administrator reported the village has used 12 tons of cold mix asphalt to patch potholes in the village already this year.

Mayor Lester Grennell issued a proclamation recognizing the contributions of people with disabilities in Utica, proclaiming March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and enclosed urging residents to work alongside the Board of Developmental Disabilities to “continue to build on our legacy of support.”

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