Two years after getting the bill, Grove City likely will pay all of a $30,832 debt that American Electric Power says it owes.

Two years after getting the bill, Grove City likely will pay all of a $30,832 debt that American Electric Power says it owes.

A dispute arose from a utility relocation conducted in 2007-08 for work on Old Stringtown Road.

AEP initially estimated the city would pay $18,120 to move utilities in connection with the road work. In October 2009, AEP sent the city an invoice for $48,952, adding another $30,832 to the original estimate.

In a letter to AEP, dated Nov. 3, 2009, the city referenced the original AEP estimate and paid only $18,120.

City administrator Phil Honsey previously said the city would not pay AEP the additional cost unless it could provide the city with justification.

City attorneys and the service director have since met with AEP.

"They did find the necessary documentation," Honsey said.

City council on Jan. 17 gave a first reading to an ordinance that would appropriate $30,832 from the capital improvement fund to pay AEP.

Also at the meeting, three people spoke to council in opposition to a silo height variance sought by Entire Energy and Renewables for its planned tire recycling facility.

Council previously postponed a vote on the variance until Feb. 6.

Speaking against the silo height and recycling facility were Teresa Long, Roy Steinhoff and Bill Purdy.

"This is going to be part of your political legacy," Purdy told council.

Long said concerned citizens will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Jackson Township administration building, 3756 Hoover Road.

Chief city building official Mike Boso told council he still hasn't received a development plan from Entire Energy.

Council also:

• Heard city attorney Steven Smith say the city drafted a complaint which it will file as a civil action against former Grove City payroll specialist Jacqueline Kincade for the amount specified in the Ohio Auditor's Office special audit of the city.

The city's insurance company is reviewing the draft.

The audit's results included a finding for recovery against Kincade for "public monies illegally expended in the amount of $67,799."

• Recommended that Dublin receive a seat on the Franklin County 911 Planning Committee. A vacancy opened up after Grove City became the second-largest city inside Franklin County. As the two largest cities inside the county, Grove City and the city of Columbus have automatic seats on the committee.

• Authorized the city to enter into an agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation for the resurfacing of U.S. Route 62.

Route 62 would be resurfaced from the Pickaway-Franklin County line north to the Columbus corporation limit north of Interstate 270.

Grove City would pay 20 percent of right-of-way and construction costs.

• Gave a first reading to an ordinance that would authorize the city to enter into a five-year, $3,160 contract with Pitney Bowes for a postage machine for the police department.

The current $3,024 contract will expire April 1.

Council must approve contracts lasting more than a year.

• Gave a first reading to an ordinance that would authorize the payment of $41,496 for prisoner housing costs.

During the meeting, Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage recognized:

• Honsey with a proclamation. He will retire Feb. 2, and this was his last council meeting. "It's been an honor to serve," Honsey said.

• Recreation superintendent Ed Merritt for his seat on the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association board.

• Dave Rosa as a former eight-year city parks board member, and presented him with a key to the city.