Grove City wants to know what its businesses need from the local workforce.
At its meeting Jan. 21, Grove City Council voted 4-0 to establish a workforce study group to learn what local businesses need from their workforce and to make recommendations to council for action to take. Council President Ted Berry was absent.
The study group will be comprised of Councilman Jeff Davis and Councilwoman Laura Lanese along with a member of the city administration, a member appointed by the South-Western City School District, two members appointed by the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce and no more than two members from institutions of higher learning appointed by Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage.
Davis said it's incumbent on the city to try to foster an environment that gets its businesses the skilled workers they need. Other communities across the state and country are conducting similar studies, Davis said, and what they're finding is there are jobs out there but the workforce lacks skills to fill them.
"It's timely, and we're not the only community talking about these issues," he said. "The key to this resolution is everyone is invested."
Davis said the rest of the study group's appointments are expected by the end of this week with formal recommendations from the study group expected by July 1.
"We'll get started right away," he said. "We can get a nice outcome from this."
In other council business Jan. 21:
* Another piece of the Gemini Synergy Center at the county landfill received the go-ahead when council voted 4-0 to approve a development plan for the Center of Resource Recovery and Recycling , referred to as "COR3," at 3395 London-Groveport Road on the southwest corner of Interstate 71 and state Route 665, property owned by the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio.
According to a staff report from the city's development department, the COR3 will be a waste transfer and sorting facility approximately 290,000 square feet in area. The facility will sort waste, transporting what is usable to a proposed biomass plant to be located north of London-Groveport. Other waste will either be processed on site or transferred to the landfill.
The biomass plant will require a separate development plan as will the proposed conveyor system consisting of five to eight above-ground tubes approximately 5 feet in diameter, extending 1,000 feet north to the plant via a future limited access two-lane bridge crossing London Groveport Road, according to the report.
* Council also approved 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.
Council was originally scheduled to vote on the permit at its Jan. 6 meeting, but the vote was postponed.