By ERIC SCHAADT
STAFF WRITER

NORTH BALTIMORE — North Baltimore and Fostoria officials are exploring the possibility of a connector road between the two municipalities.

North Baltimore Council on Tuesday agreed to apply for a state grant that would examine the feasibility of a connector road between Ohio 199 in Fostoria and Interstate 75 near North Baltimore.

Fostoria officials are considering the project, too.

Grants from the Local Government Innovation Fund would finance a study of the economic development potential of such a connector road.

“Your chances (for this grant) are better if you collaborate with another municipality,” North Baltimore Village Administrator Allyson Murray told Village Council.

Separately, North Baltimore joined other Ohio cities and villages by approving an ordinance to enact a six-month moratorium on a state law, set to go into effect this week, to legalize medical marijuana.

The state law permits the cultivation, processing and sale of medical marijuana.

Findlay, Fostoria and Bowling Green are also considering moratoriums on the opening of medical marijuana dispensaries in their cities.

Village Solicitor Chet Marcin said some of the state regulations won’t go into effect until May 2017.

“We need to determine what the state parameters are,” Marcin said.

Also, the roof over the municipal building has been replaced.

Murray said the project cost $197,264, including engineering and design fees.

In 2015, the project was estimated at $230,000.

“We’re very optimistic this roof will be the fix we’ve needed for a long time,” the village administrator said.

Leaks had sent water cascading into the police and fire departments inside the municipal building.

Separately, trick-or-treat will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 27. The annual downtown Halloween parade will start at 7 p.m. Oct. 29.

This year’s parade theme will be “Hometown Heros” to honor police, fire, emergency and military personnel. Signup sheets for the parade are available at the municipal building.

Separately, council gave the first of three readings to allow a zoning change at 399 Central Ave. from residential to business for Sisters Junction Antiques Retail to legally continue to operate at the address. The zoning change was approved by the village planning commission last month.

The property has been the site of a few different retail operations, according to village officials.

In other business, council:

  • Will pursue more funds from the Ohio Public Works Commission for downtown Main Street improvements.
  • Heard a rough draft of the 2017 village budget is being prepared.
  • Said the annual repaving of some roads is underway.

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