Grove City voters Nov. 7 approved all five ballot measures to amend the city's charter.

The most substantial amendment will increase the number of council seats from five to seven, creating a fifth ward for the city and adding a second at-large seat.

Terms for at-large seats also would be increased from two to four years.

With all precincts reporting, the amendment was approved 3,446 votes to 1,983, or 63 to 37 percent, according to unofficial final results from the Franklin County Board of Elections

The current at-large seat will change to a four-year term beginning with the 2021 election. The second at-large seat will be added with the 2023 election.

The council member representing the new Ward 5 will be elected first to a two-year term in 2023. The seat will then be on the ballot in 2025 for a full four-year term.

Voters also approved an amendment to allow City Council to go into executive session to discuss issues as allowed by state law. A motion to go into executive session will require a two-thirds vote.

Voters approved this ballot measure 3,478 votes to 1,928, or 64 to 36 percent.

Other amendments and their votes totals were:

•Allowing public meeting announcements to be posted in public locations or online but not requiring them to be published in a local newspaper, 3,456 votes to 1,976, or 64 to 36 percent.

•Removing the mayor as a voting member of the planning commission and replacing him with a resident and stating that the mayor cannot veto resolutions adopted by city council, 3,411 votes to 1,997, or 63 to 37 percent.

•Making a variety of minor housekeeping changes to clarify language in the charter, 3,350 votes to 2,150, or 61 to 39 percent.

In another ballot measure, Grove City voters in precinct 1-A approved a liquor option to permit Sunday sales of wine and liquor at Venue 62, 3995 Broadway.

The liquor option was approved 133 to 49 votes, or 73 to 27 percent.

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