Grove City is looking to finish the extension of North Meadows Drive.

Grove City is looking to finish the extension of North Meadows Drive.

At its meeting on Monday, April 15, City Council voted 3-0 to appropriate $4.4 million from the city's general fund for part two the widening and extension of North Meadows Drive

Councilwoman Maria Klemack-McGraw and Councilman Steve Bennett were absent.

"This ordinance allows us to complete the North Meadows extension," said City Finance Director Mike Turner.

As part of a development agreement with Mount Carmel Health Systems, the city is improving and expanding North Meadows Drive from its current intersection at state Route 665 to the intersection of Hoover and Holton road.

Mount Carmel is currently building a new emergency care center and medical offices at 5525 Hoover Road, and the improvements are intended to support the development.

Other improvements to North Meadows include curbs, gutters, trail connectivity, a new street lighting system and public utilities.

While the city is appropriating funds for the project, the money itself for this portion of the project is coming from three different sources, Turner said.

Mount Carmel, as part of its development agreement with the city, is contributing a payment of $3 million, and the city has received grants of $750,000 from the Ohio Department of Transportation and $674,986 from the Ohio Department of Development to complete the extension.

The development agreement requires that the city complete the project by Oct. 31.

The total cost of expanding and improving North Meadows Drive is estimated to be $12.5 million

Council previously authorized $5.8 million worth of bonds in January to pay for the project and in September appropriated $1.5 million for engineering and land acquisition expenses.

Little League return

Also at council's meeting Monday, the return of official Little League baseball to Grove City after 35 years was heralded with a mayoral proclamation by Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage.

"We're re-enacting history here," Stage said. "We are re-engaging Little League in Grove City."

Grove City was one of the first Ohio cities to receive a Little League charter in 1950, and the program operated through 1978, according to the city.

The program will be operated through the Grove City Parks and Recreation Department and run by an all-volunteer board of directors.

The members were introduced at the meeting. They are: President Jay Pozz, Vice President Jimme Harris, Secretary Larry Thomas, Treasurer Jack Widner, Rob Gabriel, Gary Haugh, Sam Clark and Don Walters.

With 730 players signed up, Stage said Grove City's Little League district will be the largest in the area operated by a single board of directors.

Opening day is scheduled for Saturday, May 4, at Windsor Park. For more information, visit

Stage also made a mayoral proclamation to mark National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, April 14-20.

The proclamation was accepted by Grove City Police Chief Steve Robinette, who said the week recognizes emergency services dispatchers.

"They're always the unseen folks you call in," Robinette said. "They're vital to what we do. ... They've helped deliver a number of babies, they helped people perform CPR and that's on a day-to-day basis."