Licking County News

Fouras property to remain in Pataskala’s firearms-discharge zone


Pataskala City Council on Feb. 3 voted to keep 175 acres on Summit Road in the city’s legal firearms-discharge zone.

Last year, resident Evangeline Fouras asked City Council to remove the land, part of which she owns. The rest is owned by her children through a trust set up almost two decades ago, according to recent City Council proceedings.

After several months of deliberations and debate, City Council voted 3-3 on an ordinance to remove the property from the discharge zone, with Melissa Gibson, Bryan Lenzo and Pat Sagar voting in favor of it and Todd Barstow, Mike Fox and Tim Hickin voting against it.

Mayor Mike Compton broke the tie by voting against the ordinance.

City Council President Dan Hayes was not present during the vote. He said at a previous meeting he would recuse himself from the issue since his brother worked with the Fouras family on a trust issue two years ago.

Fouras said after the meeting she has not planned her next step.

For more on this story, read the Feb. 9 edition of ThisWeek Licking County News.