City Council Meeting Highlights
June 20, 2017
Council approves ordinance to temporarily prohibit left turns at Four Corners
Several temporary measures were taken by Powell City Council to help traffic move more safely and timely through downtown Powell during the closure of SR 315.
City Council unanimously approved an ordinance to temporarily prohibit left turns from Liberty Street to Olentangy Street from 4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday. Officers from the Powell Police Department will also temporarily direct traffic during peak hours at Bennett Parkway and Liberty Street, Bennett Parkway and Powell Road and Olentangy Street and Liberty Street. Local detour signage will be posted at Murphy Parkway and Bennett Parkway to help motorists detour to Powell Road.
SR 315 closed in both directions between SR 750 and Jewett Road for slope stabilization on Monday, June 12. The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to reopen the roadway by Tuesday, Aug. 1.
Tobacco 21 ordinance unanimously approved
An ordinance to amend the Powell Codified Ordinances to prohibit the sale or other distribution of cigarettes, other tobacco products or alternative nicotine products to persons under 21 years old was unanimously approved by City Council.
Tobacco products lead to the deaths of nearly 500,000 Americans each year and nearly all adult smokers began smoking before the age of 18. Studies have shown that many children under the age of 18 who smoke obtain their cigarettes from acquaintances who are 18-20.
Proposed medical marijuana prohibition approved
City Council unanimously approved an ordinance to prohibit cultivation, processing and retail distribution of medical marijuana within the City.
The Ohio General Assembly passed Substitute House Bill 523 (H.B. 523) in May 2017, which allows individuals with a qualifying medical condition, on the recommendation of a physician, to apply to the State, and upon approval of their application receive an identification card allowing them to obtain, possess and use medical marijuana.
As part of H.B. 523, municipalities may adopt restrictions, including prohibiting or limiting the number of cultivators, processors or retail dispensaries of medical marijuana within their corporation limits.
Final development plan for office, warehouse buildings approved
Powell City Council unanimously approved the final development plan for Margello Development Company to construct two vehicle storage buildings and two or four office/warehouse buildings. The proposed buildings are on approximately 4.49 acres located at West Sawmill Road at Zion Drive.
The next Powell City Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 5 in the Municipal Building Council Chambers, 47 Hall Street.