Original article from The Review: FarmaceuticalRX to host medical marijuana job fair

EAST LIVERPOOL — Those interested in working in the medical marijuana industry were invited Monday night during the city council meeting by Mayor Ryan Stovall to a job fair from 12-5 p.m. Wednesday at the East Liverpool Area Community and Learning Center.

The job fair is being put on by FarmaceuticalRX, the company which has been granted licenses for processing and dispensing medical marijuana in the city.

According to Stovall, among the positions available in the field include propagation technicians, organic chemists, social media marketers, security and delivery specialists, lawn and building maintenance, analytical chemists, lab technicians, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and receiving/shipping clerks.

The company has earmarked the former Ferro Corporation building on Harvey Avenue for its processing operation, while the dispensary will be located on Dresden Avenue in an existing building which is currently undergoing renovation and expansion.

The Community and Learning Center is located at 110 Maine Boulevard, in the former Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Also during the meeting, Stovall reported he expects the city to be 100 percent funded for the $1.6 million Fourth Street Historic Preservation Project, which entails removing the brick pavers, laying down a new base and replacing the brick, along with other improvements, between Washington and Market streets.

In addition, Stovall said the project has been moved up to fiscal year 2020, meaning engineering work should get underway in July of next year.

The grant application seeking up to $500,000 in funding to turn Devon’s Diamond into Ceramic City Park will be submitted Nov. 15, according to Stovall, who said he is close to securing the city’s 50 percent match through in-kind services.

Stovall re-emphasized that no tax dollars will be used for the park project and commended OMEGA for its assistance in preparing the application.

In regard to efforts by the U.S. Postal Service to relocate the post office from its current building, Stovall said his administration has been in discussion with the postmaster, trying to find a suitable building downtown.

Asked why the post office needs to be relocated, Stovall said it is his understanding the owner of the current building “doesn’t want to make improvements,” and also the postal service is looking to downsize from that 16,000-square-foot building to one closer to 7,500 square feet.

He encouraged anyone with suggestions for possible locations to call his office.

Stovall also addressed the recent settlement announced by the Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with Heritage Thermal Services, saying it came after more than two years of discussion which included his administration lobbying for the community receiving any penalty assessed.

The settlement includes more than $300,000 earmarked for replacing lead water lines in homes within 25 miles of the hazardous waste incinerator, which Stovall called “a huge environmental win for the city.”

A public meeting has been called by the two federal agencies at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers during which written comments about the settlement will be accepted.