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City Council: Athens Mayor Steve Patterson proclaims September 20 as the start of National Clean Energy Week in Athens

Athens city council discussed at its Monday night meeting the establishment of Clean Energy Week in Athens and the first medical marijuana dispensary to open in the city.

The meeting began with an announcement from Councilor Sam Crowl of Ward D-3 that he is Pollution prevention week in Athens. Throughout the week, Ohio University and the Soil and Water Conservation District of Athens will host activities around Athens to promote pollution prevention, including a tasting challenge of water, a cleanup of the Hocking River and more, he said.

Later in the meeting, Athens Mayor Steve Patterson hosted Harvest of Ohio, the medical marijuana dispensary, which held a grand opening on Monday. The Athens location is called Harvest of Athens, which is in addition to its Columbus and Beavercreek locations, according to a previous To post report.

“I was behind (this) 110% because as a former professor of health psychology and researcher at OU, I know there are benefits for some people with certain conditions,” said Patterson said. “So I’ve been involved in this for a long time. ”

Patterson then read a proclamation declaring that September 20-24, 2021 is National Clean Energy Week in Athens. He encouraged OU, Athens businesses and citizens to implement clean energy technology where possible

An ordinance was approved by the board to use a community grant from the Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council to purchase an electric bus for the Hocking, Athens and Perry community action program. This goes hand in hand with the mayor’s goal of reducing emissions, and council believes this is a step in the right direction.

“The city administration, the mayor, really wants to electrify the city’s fleet, so he really wants to move to have electric vehicles for the police department, the engineering department and the public works, because the transport is a big part of that, obviously, problem emissions. In many ways, the city is trying to move us forward towards a cleaner future, “Crowl said.

City Councilor Jeff Risner, D-2nd Ward, introduced an amendment to an ordinance that would allow citizens a day in court to argue their case for minor misdemeanors. Risner mentioned that it is important to give citizens a chance for small quotes, and the ordinance was approved.

A motion by Crowl to approve the purchase of $ 35,000 of road salt deemed necessary for winter 2021 has been approved by Council.

Subsequently, Patterson asked to suspend the rules of the Council to hire a new Director of Arts, Parks and Recreation in a timely manner. However, the motion was defeated. Risner believed there was no public emergency to suspend the rules. Patterson disagreed and said that because the post had been vacant since August 13, it took a long time not to have a manager.

The council suspended the rules to approve an order to purchase a $ 61,200 dump truck for the city. The ordinance was in first reading again as the previously approved dump truck model is no longer available for purchase. The new dump truck costs an additional $ 1,200.

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