Grove City Record

Berry will remain at helm of City Council

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For the next two years, Grove City Council will retain much of its 2012-13 setup.

In the first council meeting of 2014 held Monday, Jan. 6, incumbents Ted Berry and Steve Bennett along with newly elected Councilwoman Laura Lanese were sworn into office. Council members also voted unanimously to re-elect Berry as council president.

The president works with the city administration to set agendas and runs council meetings.

Council committee chairmen also were set for the next two years at the meeting, and remain mostly the same with Bennett as the chairman of the finance committee, Councilwoman Maria Klemack-McGraw the chairwoman of the lands committee and Councilman Jeff Davis the chairman of the safety committee. Lanese will be chairwoman of the service committee, previously held by former Councilwoman Melissa Albright.

Council also designated their representatives to different community organizations: Bennett to the Grove City Visitors & Convention Bureau, Lanese to the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce, Davis to Grove City Town Center Inc. and Klemack-McGraw to South-Western City Schools and the parks and recreation board.

In other news from City Council's Jan. 6 meeting:

* Council approved a development plan for a new Central Ohio Transit Authority Park and Ride parking lot at the end of Meadow Park Court, near the northeast corner of the new Interstate 71 and state Route 665 interchange.

The COTA lot will have a projected 133 parking spaces, including five handicapped accessible spaces.

Originally, council was scheduled to vote on the development at its last meeting in December, but the vote was postponed.

* Council postponed its vote on a special-use permit to allow A Great Place Early Learning Academy, a child care facility, at 3131 Broadway.

According to a staff report from the city's development department, the facility will offer child care services for children from infants through school age, between 6 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Between 18 and 22 employees will look after up to 70 children in four classrooms.

The delay came at the request of the applicant, Kimberly Bradford.

The permit is now scheduled to be voted on at council's next meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 21, because Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls on Monday, Jan. 20.

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