After a long legal battle and a process that both sides considered frustrating, the case between newly elected trustee John Sadinsky and Monroe Township was settled Jan. 27 after a mediation session between the two sides.
Sadinsky owns and operates A-1 Reliable Towing at his home at 7707 Green Mill Road. In 2013, the township alleged that his business had been violating the property's conditional-use permit by exceeding the number of vehicles that were allowed on the property.
The permit, Sadinsky said, allowed for an unlimited number of vehicles in a fenced-in area behind his house, but not in the front of the property visible from the road.
According to Licking County Clerk of Courts documents, the settlement left Sadinsky's initial conditional-use permit largely unchanged. He still is allowed six vehicles in an impound lot and as many vehicles in his barn as he wants, and he and his family are permitted eight vehicles on the property and in the open.
The biggest change, however, is a new limit of 50 vehicles in Sadinsky's fenced-in area. Though he did not confirm the number, officials claimed Sadinsky had more than 100 vehicles within the fence at any given time.
Sadinsky's fence also must be "screened so as not to be visible from the road" by planting "four- to six-foot-tall pine trees every four to six feet along the open end of the fenced-in area," according to the court documents.
The agreement also allows Sadinsky nine months to become compliant, and the parties involved agreed to dismiss all claims and counter-claims.
According to both Sadinsky and trustee Jack Hatton, a portion of the settlement that isn't listed in the court documents was an agreement that would keep all involved from discussing the decision publicly.
"They had asked for a gag order," Hatton said. "(Sadinsky) asked us not to say anything until he puts something in the paper, and we agreed to that."
Despite Sadinsky's request to be first to speak publicly, the trustee said he was not willing to speak on the issue at this time.
"I want to sit down with my attorney and sit down with my wife and talk about it," said Sadinsky, who said he didn't want to "stir up any more trouble."
Sadinsky did, however, echo his earlier sentiments of frustration at the process.
"We ended up somewhere we should have gotten to at the very beginning," he said.