HICKSVILLE — On Monday evening the Hicksville Village Council passed an ordinance prohibiting the establishment and operation of medical marijuana facilities within the village limits.

This is in response to previous sessions in which the possibility of such facilities coming to town was addressed, although no definite plans had been revealed to council by any such entities. Council had received strong support against these facilities by Police Chief Mark Denning and pastor Steve Eyers; no one has spoken out in their favor at any recent council sessions.

Council also heard from Eric Art of the Hicksville American Legion; Art announced the Legion plans to tear down a building next to its own property. The house next to it will also likely be torn down after the Legion’s investigation about getting a grant for the project is completed.

In other business, council:

• approved a resolution to submit an application to take part in the Ohio Public Works Commission’s state capital improvement programs. These improvements would be used on a water main reconstruction project on West High Street.

• passed a motion placing John Elwood on the fire department.

• discussed making improvements to the Rotary park pavilion. An engineering study for such a project would cost $5,000. Local resident Susan Mack plans to speak to the group about the study, as well as the possibility of upgrading the kitchen and other areas. Village employee Jessie Elston also spoke of a recent Hicksville Chamber of Commerce outing in which members toured the water treatment plant.

• heard a village representative will go door to door on Saturday, April 27 inspecting residents’ smoke alarms.

• heard a public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in the zoning inspector’s office. The application is for a request to rezone part of Oak Street from heavy industrial to multi-family.

• heard cemetery clean up went as planned with no difficulties.

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