Racine Council hears proposal for cannabis grow facility

Staff Report

RACINE — Racine Village Council approved a resolution in support of an application which could bring a medical marijuana growing facility to the village.

Council heard from John Haseley, of Athens County, during Monday’s meeting. Haseley was representing Ohio Therapeutics LLC, one of the groups filing an application for a state permit to operate one of the 12 Level 1 medical cannabis growing facilities recently authorized by the Ohio General Assembly. He provided council with information on the group’s proposal for establishing a grow facility in the area.

Haseley explained that a proposed 25,000 square foot greenhouse facility would employ 40 to 50 full-time employees with full benefits and average starting salary of $15 per hour. It could potentially employ more than 100 full-time staff.

While the cannabis would be grown at the facility, it would be shipped to another facility for processing and later sold at a state licensed pharmacy through a doctor’s prescription.

The application for the proposed facility must be filed with the state by June 30, with an answer anticipated by mid-September. Should it be approved, construction and production would be expected within a year.

“Due to the anticipated jobs and economic benefit to the area” and that it would be for “medical use” rather than “recreational use,” council approved a resolution to support the application.

In other business, Councilman Ian Wise reported that the fire department had received a $10,000 grant with no matching funds required, from the State Fire Marshal’s Office for five sets of turn out gear. The department may purchase two additional sets. It was also reported that tires were needed for the brush truck, with the current tires having little miles, but being in bad shape. Better grade tires will be looked into.

Mayor Scott Hill reported that the slide and the fire chief spring car had been removed from the park. The slide was at least 50 years old and had various safety violations, leading the insurance company to want it repaired or removed. One of the springs on the fire chief car was damaged and beyond repair. He also reported that in July the Health Department will be installing a new spring rider and climbing cubes from a grant.

Hill also reported that the recently attended a meeting in regards to the $399,000 sidewalk project from the area of the Racine United Methodist Church to Dollar General. He believes that the village will be getting help with regard to its five percent share of the cost. The Ohio Department of Transportation funding is to be announced around July 15.

The waterline replacement project is winding down, Hill told council. The contractor is finishing the sidewalk repair, patching streets and will be paving around the water treatment plant and doing work at the corner of Third and Vine streets.

Council authorized sending out a couple notices of properties which needed grass/weeds cut or cleaned up. Minutes of the previous meeting and the paying of the bills were approved.

All council members were present for the meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for July 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Information submitted by Councilman Robert Beegle.

Staff Report