DELPHOS — There won’t be any growing, processing or selling of medial marijuana in the city limits of Delphos any time soon.

An ordinance calling for a moratorium on the granting of building permits or certificates of occupancy for any building, structure use or change of use for the cultivation, processing or retail sale of marijuana for a period not to exceed two years from the effective date of the ordinance was passed on emergency Monday evening.

Legislative Committee Chair Scott Wiltsie brought the marijuana moratorium ordinance to the floor and told fellow councilmen many other neighboring entities had also put a moratorium in place and he felt the city needed time to review Ohio statues, federal regulations, criminal codes and the planning and zoning codes relative to such use.

Wiltsie also brought for several amendments to the payroll ordinance for salary and non-union personnel heard on second reading Monday.

Salaried employees stayed at a three-percent pay increase and Wiltsie asked for the compensation for volunteer firefighters and volunteer rescue and intermittent firefighter/EMT be raised to be more competitive with other area departments, naming Van Wert and Lima as two he looked at.

“We need to be more competitive with other places so we can fill those positions,” he said.

The pay for an EMT-Basic was amended from $25.50 to $30; an EMT-Intermittent $30.60 to $35; an EMT-Paramedic $35.70 to $40; volunteer firefighters from $11.22 per hour per call to $15 per hour per call; and rescue personnel $11.22 per stand-by status or non-transport to $15.

In the intermittent firefighter/EMT sections, he asked and received amendments for a 36-hour firefighter/EMT-Basic from $9.69 to $10; 36-hour firefighter/EMT-Intermediate from $9.95 to $10.25; 36-hour firefighter/EMT-Paramedic from $10.20 to $10.50; Level 1 firefighter/EMT-Basic from $10.20 to $11; Level 1 firefighter/EMT-Intermediate from $10.20 to $11.25; Level 1 firefighter/EMT-Paramedic from $10.71 to $11.50; Level 2 firefighter/EMT-basic from $10.71 to $12; Level 2 firefighter/EMT-Intermediate from $10.97 to $12.25; and Level 2 firefighter/EMT-Paramedic from $11.22 to $12.50.

The hourly pay for auxiliary patrolman was also amended from $11.22 per hour to $12.50.

Wiltsie’s last amendment to the clarification section noting hourly pay and classifications for bargaining unit members of the fire department are listed in the bargaining unit contract and includes three platoon chiefs and three firefighters was voted down 4-3. Wiltsie had asked the number of platoon chiefs and firefighters be decreased by one each.

Those casting “no” votes were Tom Grothous, Mark Clement, Jeff Klausing and Andy Daley.

City Law Director Andy Knueve addressed the issue, stating that Wiltsie could make the amendments but the legislation was titled for non-bargaining unit employees and how many platoon chiefs and firefighters the city employed would not be determined through that piece of legislation. He also said that not much more could be said about the bargaining unit employees in open session per the union agreement.

Coleman added that reducing the number of employees in the department could not be taken lightly and many things had to be considered before moving forward on such an act.

Wiltsie noted that there were only four employees at the present time.

“Yes there are,” Coleman agreed. “But they are working 48 hours on, 48 hours off and we can’t continue to expect that from them.”

Wiltsie then asked about intermittent employees being used. Mayor Josh Gillespie fielded that question.

“The union made a concession to allow that to happen when the city was in financial distress,” he said. “We aren’t now. The money is there. We have no basis for the request.”

Council quickly disposed of three other new pieces of legislation, suspending the rules on each.

One ordinance was to amend the city tax code to bring it in line with the Ohio Revised Code and new mandates set forth with Sub. House Bill 49 which authorizes the state to collect and administer net profit taxes.

Language in the bill gives the state the authority to collect certain income taxes for the city and then remit the collections to the city, minus a fee for the collection.

The ordinance included sections noting the city was currently in a lawsuit with numerous other municipalities to find the income tax provisions in HB 49 violate the Home Rule Amendment and to “seek declaration that HB 49 provisions and other provision of Ohio law the usurp the power of local self-government are unconstitutional.”

“We have to pass this or we can’t collect any of our income tax,” Safety Service Director Shane Coleman said. “We’ll continue fighting it in court. The case is in Columbus and I believe a group from Cleveland has joined us as well.”

Other legislation passed on first reading included an ordinance to advance $250,000 from the General Fund to the ODOT Paving Fund for the upcoming State Route Paving Project; and a resolution appropriating $342,594 for the ODOT State Route Paving Project.

Council also heard the 2018 Budget ordinance on second reading with the changes implemented from last week’s Finance Committee Meeting, including $50,000 for the widening and paving of Colletta Way off Gressel Drive for the new business, Hydrofresh; and the payroll ordinance for season employees, who also received a 3-percent raise; and passed the internet auction policy guiding city management on how to sell unneeded city equipment.

Coleman reported city crews have been out 18 times to salt, using 260 tons since Dec. 9.

“We are down to under 30 tons of salt so we reached out and found 50 more from ODOT District 1,” Coleman said.

Crews also plowed 10 times and laid down 4,100 gallons of brine in five outings.

Council also approved John Nomina and Denise Buettner as their representatives on the Income Tax Review Board.