Grove City has updated its Internet service. City council on Feb. 21 approved an ordinance that would authorize the city administrator to enter into an agreement with Time Warner Communications for internet access.

Grove City has updated its Internet service.

Grove City Council on Feb. 21 approved an ordinance that would authorize the city administrator to enter into an agreement with Time Warner Communications for internet access.

The agreement consolidates the city's existing services into one contract, said Todd Hurley, information systems manager. The city previously had paid $1,526 per month for existing internet service. After consolidation, the city will pay $1,383 per month. The $143 cost reduction is a product of both consolidation and the ability to offer services more cheaply.

The city also upgraded its internet speed with Time Warner through the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. The city had paid $1,000 per month for 10 megabytes of fiber optic cable. They will now pay $1,500 per month for 50 megabytes of fiber optic cable.

Council appointed Allen Houk to the Income tax board of review. Ben Brace and chair Ritchie Wilson are the other two members. The volunteers, appointed by Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage, hear appeals from residents on local income tax questions.

Also at the meeting, council heard resident Dick Rutherford ask council hold to hold caucus in a bigger space. Council held a caucus session at 6:30 p.m. prior to the meeting in an adjacent room, broadcasting the discussion to council chambers. Several attendees had to stand. Rutherford said it was still hard to hear what was going on within the caucus.

"I think it's very sad that we as a city can't accommodate the citizenry of the city to an open meeting," he said.

At the caucus, city attorney Stephen Smith said the city on Feb. 15 filed 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.

For more on this story, see the March 1 edition of the Grove City Record.