After months of discussion and debate surrounding its proposed practices, a tire-recycling facility will be allowed to operate in Grove City.

After months of discussion and debate surrounding its proposed practices, a tire-recycling facility will be allowed to operate in Grove City.

Grove City Council on April 16 voted unanimously to grant a zoning use to Entire Energy and Renewables at 3570 Sunshine Park Place. The company will use 48 tons of shredded tires per day to create such products as a pigmentation medium, scrap steel and synthetic natural gas.

Prior to council's decision, the city planning commission on March 15 voted 3-1 to recommend that council reject the zoning proposal.

"I think it caught the planning commission off guard," Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage said, adding that city administrators supported the ordinance's approval.

Council passed a modified ordinance that city attorney Don Plank called "streamlined" as a result of a meeting with Entire Energy representatives.

Council member Jeff Davis on April 2 proposed that city administrators meet with Gary Curry and his attorney to discuss the ordinance and return with an agreed-upon draft for the second reading and public hearing April 16. Curry owns the building at Sunshine Park Place and is part of the Entire Energy joint venture.

City officials said the company hadn't met the city's zoning code after Entire Energy sent a zoning analysis to the city on Jan. 11. In a Jan. 20 letter to Curry, the city responded that the proposed use - the reclamation of carbon black - doesn't meet current zoning requirements and doesn't fall under the city's acceptable-use classification of refuse systems.

Bruce L. Ingram of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, the law firm representing Curry, recently filed a lawsuit against the city, stating that Entire Energy's proposed operations are a permitted use that falls under collecting and disposing refuse. Disapproval of this use violates Curry's rights, according to the lawsuit.

Council also:

• Had a first reading of an ordinance to appropriate $918,756.50 from the capital improvement fund for the current expense of the Phase 3 I-71/state Route 665 improvements.

• Approved the development plan for Fusion Japanese Steakhouse at 4124 Buckeye Parkway.

• Approved an ordinance to rezone 0.654 acre at 3722 Grove City Road to allow for the construction of two duplexes. Grove City resident Paul Cook spoke in opposition of the ordinance and submitted a petition with eight signatures to council.

• Had a first reading of an ordinance that would give employment preference to those who have been honorably discharged from armed services. The preference means a veteran would receive an additional credit of 20 percent of the individual's passing grade on the civil-service test.

• Had a first reading of an ordinance that would combine existing code regarding charitable solicitations, canvassing, vendors and peddlers. Soliciting and peddling require a $20 license from the city safety director. Those who are selling goods first must obtain permission from the landowner of any public or private city property.

• Had a first reading of a zoning-change ordinance for the 110 acres west of Hoover Road. Mount Carmel Health System purchased the site for a 24-7 emergency facility. The property, at the former Grovebrook Golf Course, is vacant. The zoning would be changed from SD-3 Recreational to M-1 Medical. According to a narrative submitted to Grove City by Mount Carmel, the development on the site would be conducted in phases. The initial phase would include a medical-office building, emergency department and ancillary parking.