Grove City officials plan to fight the renewal of a liquor permit for what some this week described as the city's most troubled tavern.

Grove City officials plan to fight the renewal of a liquor permit for what some this week described as the city's most troubled tavern.

City council, at the request of Police Chief Joe Wise, voted unanimously Dec. 21 to oppose renewal by the state's Division of Liquor Control of a liquor permit for The Derby, 2209 Stringtown Road, and to seek a public hearing.

City law director Stephen Smith told council that the more than 100 times police have been called to The Derby this year is "greatly disproportionate" to calls from similar establishments and has become a "significant drain on police resources."

Wise told council his department started working with the owners of The Derby nearly a year ago to curb problems there. The situation improved for a while, he said, but the number of calls again has escalated.

About 80 of the calls to the police department about The Derby were related to fighting, Wise said. That is more than four times the number of calls received from the establishment next most frequently visited by officers, he said.

Derby owner Steven Starrett on Dec. 22 disputed the allegation that the bar has 80 fights a year. "We don't even have one a week," he said.

He also said one neighbor of the bar "makes noise complaints all the time. ... We did all we can to accommodate her." That included eliminating live music and limiting the volume of recorded music, he said.

Starrett said no one from the city warned him the recommendation would be made to council.

He said he will follow up by contacting city officials.

In other business Monday night, city council voted unanimously to appropriate $15,0000 from the city's senior nutrition fund to the local Meals on Wheels program.

Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage told council money in the fund consists of donations made during citywide fundraisers and wasn't from tax receipts.

Council also voted to renew its agreement with the Central Ohio Health Care Consortium, a joint self-insurance program, to provide health care benefits to city employees.