Meijer's is coming to Marysville.

Meijer's is coming to Marysville.

Mayor John Gore broke the news at the Marysville City Council meeting on Thursday only to have his announcement dialed back by city engineer Valerie Klingman.

"They have made an application and will go before the Board of Zoning Appeals in June," she said of Meijer's interest in purchasing property at Coleman's Crossing between Home Depot and Crazy Burritos.

"The process has just begun. Meijer's hasn't purchased the property. They will go through the BZA process and then determine whether they want to follow through with their plans."

Gore proved again that he's a glass half-full kind of mayor, asking Klingman, "But it's a good sign that they have applied to the BZA, isn't it?"

"Yes, it's a good sign," she agreed.

In other council news:

City planner Greg DeLong gave a presentation to council about how the city intends to spend this year's $54,000 Community Development Block Grant.

CDB grants are allocated to improve low to moderate income areas, which can lead to some peculiar projects.

"We'll be replacing over 900 linear feet of sidewalk on Fifth Street between Chestnut St. and Cherry St.," DeLong told the council. "But only the south side of the street is considered by CDBG regulations to be situated in a low to moderate income area."

DeLong told council that planning has already looked into paving the north sidewalk of Fifth St. will money requested from the general fund. He estimated that it would cost $35,000 to replace the sidewalks on the north side of Fifth St.

After the meeting, DeLong told ThisWeek: "I guess we all have our rules and the CDBG is no different. They define a boundary for the purposes of calculating low to moderate income areas as the center of the street. So you will have quirks like our only being able to replace the south sidewalk with this money."

DeLong said the city also plans to resurface approximately 340 linear feet of 11th St. between Plum and Walnut Sts.

He said construction should begin and conclude during 2013.

New 35 MPH speed limit signs (increased from 25 MPH) went up this week at several locations including: W. Fifth St. between Grove and the City Limits at Oakdale Cemetery; on Columbus Ave. from Five Points to Dunham Drive; and, on Cherry St. from Five Points to northern City Limits; on Milford Ave. 400 feet south of Stockdale Drive to Kenny Lane.

"If you've already been driving those streets at 35 MPH the signs have caught up with you," Gore said.

Council had four first readings on proposed changes to the city's zoning code with the intent of simplifying it and making it more business friendly.

Martin Pratt, the chair of the planning commission, said revisions included a change from "useable floor space," which was ambiguous, to "total floor space." He said the new code would require parking spaces that were 9 feet wide.

"We were asked to investigate whether that was wide enough given how big cars are getting," he said. "But we found that the average new car was 6 feet wide, so a 9 foot space should provide ample room."

The new code can get quite specific: it requires four parking spaces for each lane of a bowling alley plus one additional space for every 100 square feet of gross floor area used for restaurants or bars, plus one space for each employee on the largest shift; golf courses require four spaces per hole plus additional spaces for food and beverage services.

Councilwoman Deborah Groat urged Pratt to contact local businesses and solicit input before asking the council to vote on the proposed amendments.

Council will next hear readings on the zoning code amendments at its June 14 meeting.