Dublin City Council approved an economic development agreement this week that will retain and expand the headquarters of a growing company.

Dublin City Council approved an economic development agreement this week that will retain and expand the headquarters of a growing company.

An agreement with Perio Inc. will keep the company headquarters at 6156 Wilcox Road, retain 27 employees and possibly add 15 over the next five years.

According to a staff report to council, Perio was founded in 1903 as a dental business.

"In 2001, the company purchased the iconic Barbasol brand from Pfizer. And in 2003, Perio relaunched Barbasol's sister brand, Pure Silk, a shave cream designed for women," the staff report said.

Although the company is currently building a manufacturing facility in Ashland, the economic development agreement was offered to retain and expand the workforce in Dublin.

"Should Perio grow according to conservative expectation, the city estimates it will pay Perio approximately $35,600 in incentives and net approximately $260,000 in withholdings over the term of the agreement," the staff report said.

The incentives approved by council will last for five years.

In other council news, rezoning that will allow the Midwestern Auto Group, or MAG, to expand was also unanimously approved.

The company requested the rezoning of nearly 16 acres to add Volvo to the car dealership at 6334 Perimeter Loop Road, north of U.S. Route 33 and state Route 161.

"The expansion of MAG's campus to include the Volvo dealership moving from Linworth to Dublin will initially result in 30 new jobs, and $1.2-million in new MAG payroll," the staff report said, adding that the city will receive $24,000 a year in income tax withholdings.

"The intention is to put an end piece on the campus and finishing it," said Claudia Husak, a case manager with the planning and zoning department.

The planned expansion will add a four-story addition of about 4,600 square feet and a 2,000-square-foot car wash.

Council also voted to move forward with finding a magistrate to preside at Dublin's mayor's court. Council members advised staff to advertise for a magistrate for the court, which primarily handles traffic violations.

In the past, the mayor, vice mayor and a magistrate have handled court dates as time allowed, but council recently decided to use a full-time magistrate.

Mayor Tim Lecklider told the Dublin Villager "more progressive cities" are using full-time magistrates and few cities in central Ohio are using a mayor.

Council member Richard Gerber asked if the city would have a few magistrates or just one to preside over mayor's court. Administrative services director Michelle Crandall said the city will have a "primary magistrate" and two others to fill in when needed.

Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher said she would prefer to choose a magistrate from Dublin because "someone in the community has more knowledge of the streets. I think it should be a preference point because they have a more intimate knowledge" of the community.

Council's administrative committee will choose from among the applicants and recommend a magistrate to council, Crandall said.

Council tabled a request for rezoning at parcels on North High Street and North Street that would allow an expansion at Oscar's.

The restaurant co-owner Jack Eggspuehler told council members earlier this month that the rezoning would allow a 1,038-square-foot addition at the Historic Dublin restaurant.

Council members were concerned about adding more space for the Historic District restaurant; parking is already perceived as a problem in the area.

The rezoning was tabled in order to work with Oscar's on the possibility of adding valet parking.