Whitehall's vicious-dog law now changes that were made in the state law, for the most part.

Whitehall's vicious-dog law now changes that were made in the state law, for the most part.

Whitehall City Council on Aug. 20 approved an ordinance dissolving the city's Dangerous and Vicious Dog Appeals Board. Legislation was adopted to amend other sections of code pertaining to vicious dogs to align with amended laws the state had adopted last year.

Gov. John Kasich last year signed legislation amending Ohio law concerning the criteria for which dogs are deemed vicious.

"We are marrying Ohio Revised Code with our local code," Whitehall Mayor Kim Maggard, who requested the legislation, said previously. "Ohio Revised Code puts a different definition (on vicious dogs) than Whitehall does, and we want to be the same as Ohio's law."

Ohio law was more specific than Whitehall's codes, setting apart definitions in three categories: nuisance dogs, dangerous dogs and vicious dogs.

Whitehall will maintain its own policy concerning the harboring of dangerous or vicious animals. State law requires that owners maintain liability insurance and a minimum-height fence.

Whitehall will continue to require a 6-foot fence, in excess of the minimum state law requirement.

Lubell Laboratories moving to Whitehall

A little-utilized public parking lot on South Yearling Road will be used to build a new office for a business that is moving from neighboring Bexley.

Lubell Laboratories Inc. is expected to relocate its corporate offices from North Stanwood Drive, Bexley, to South Yearling Road by the end of the year, Whitehall development director Zach Woodruff said.

"Small business is the backbone of the economy, and we are excited to have Lubell coming to Whitehall," Woodruff said.

Woodruff said Lubell had approached the city about eight months ago about finding a suitable site in Whitehall.

With little open land available, the city first considered finding an existing structure that could meet the needs of the small company that manufactures underwater speakers and acoustics.

When no such facility could be identified, the city was able to find another solution: a parking lot the city had acquired in the early 1990s, Woodruff said.

The lot is on the east side of South Yearling Road, just south of Langley Avenue, and the city had purchased the parking lot to provide public parking for businesses in the Olde Towne Square district of South Yearling Road.

In the late 1990s, Whitehall refurbished a portion of South Yearling Road, between Langley Avenue and Doney Street, with new curbs, gutters, brick features and streetlights, to create an "Old English" appearance inspired by Whitehall Street in London, England.

"But we don't think most people even knew it was a city parking lot," Woodruff said.

City officials determined the parking lot would better benefit the city as a home for a new business and an opportunity to capitalize on a rare opportunity for new development in the city.

The city took the first step toward the project during the Aug. 20 Whitehall City Council meeting, when legislation was introduced to transfer ownership of two parcels from the city to the Whitehall Community Improvement Corp.

The two parcels will be joined and sold to Lubell Laboratories for $20,000, Woodruff said, an amount a member of the Community Improvement Corp., and a Realtor deemed a fair market value.

Three full-time employees will move to Whitehall with a combined annual payroll of about $200,000, Woodruff said. Two additional full-time employees are expected to be added.

No incentives were offered or are tied to the opening.

Lubell Laboratories does not manufacture any equipment on site. The new office will serve as a corporate office, Woodruff said.

The parcel is zoned to allow for the intended use.

In other action Aug. 20, first readings were also made for an ordinance approving a special permit to allow Advance America, 3739 E. Broad St., to purchase gold and an ordinance to prohibit eastbound motorists on East Broad Street from making left turns into a parking lot on the north side of East Broad Street, just east of Defense Supply Center Columbus.