The Plain Township trustees have scheduled a public hearing for 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, to consider the Plain Township zoning commission's recommendation on Dan Smucker's rezoning request.

The Plain Township trustees have scheduled a public hearing for 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, to consider the Plain Township zoning commission's recommendation on Dan Smucker's rezoning request.

The commission Oct. 19 unanimously rejected Smucker's application for exceptional use after both the Rocky Fork-Blacklick Accord and the Franklin County planning commission also recommended denial of the application earlier this month.

Smucker, who lives at 7530 Bevelhymer Road, submitted his application in hopes to rezone his domelike barn, which he wants to use for recreational purposes rather than for its current agricultural zoning specification.

A group of Smucker's neighbors who filed a lawsuit against him have asked Plain Township trustee Don Shoemaker to recuse himself from the trustees vote on Smucker's rezoning application. An Oct. 15 letter from Nelson Genshaft of Strip, Hoppers, Leithart, McGrath & Terlecky, the firm representing the neighbors, cites Smucker's deposition testimony that Shoemaker had worked as an electrical contractor on the barn.

The letter states Shoemaker's participation in the vote would be a violation of ethics laws in Chapter 102 of the Ohio Revised Code.

In September, Smucker told ThisWeek he had completed all of the wiring himself.

Shoemaker said he had advised Smucker on "a couple of things" and that Smucker did "99 percent" of the work himself.

Shoemaker said he did not work as a contractor on Smucker's barn and is not considering recusing himself at this time.