Northland News

Sperlazza ‘excited’ about post as assistant city attorney for area


William A. “Bill” Sperlazza, the new assistant city attorney assigned to the Northland area, introduced himself at last week’s meeting Northland Community Council meeting.

Sperlazza, who was previously with the prosecutor division, was on hand for the Northland Community Council’s annual awards banquet on March 23, and was introduced that evening by his boss, City Attorney Richard C. Pfeiffer Jr.

The new Zone 1 assistant city attorney succeeds Brandon Shroy, who has gone into private practice.

Admitted to the state bar in 2007 after attending the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, the 32-year-old Sperlazza told NCC members he plans to attend a variety of community meetings to get to know people. He said Shroy was a good friend and had been helping him prepare for the new assignment.

“I’m excited about this job,” Sperlazza said. “I am learning on the fly, ... and I’m planning to get up to date.”

Sperlazza said he had specifically asked that Pfeiffer consider him for the Zone 1 post after Shroy announced his plans because he resides in the area.

“This is something that I sought, I want to do,” Sperlazza said. “You’ll get my best effort.”

The legal update for the April meeting, however, was provided by the NCC’s immediate past president, Dave Paul. The code violation case involving Club Escape, located in the former Dockside Dolls building at 2210 E. Dublin-Granville Road, will come before the Board of Zoning Adjustment on Tuesday, April 24, Paul said.

Club Escape’s owners are charged with offering adult entertainment in an area not zoned for that sort of thing. Zoning regulations now in place limit adult entertainment venues to manufacturing locations.

The BZA hearing is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. in the I-71 North Complex, 757 Carolyn Ave.

Residents who have been less than thrilled that a strip club has once again opened in the middle of the community probably will probably not be allowed to speak at the quasi-judicial proceedings, but Paul said a strong showing from concerned citizens would show BZA members how much they care about seeing the place put out of business.