Personnel changes at Marion-based Fahey Bank led Delaware City Council to cancel a public hearing and table two ordinances Jan. 14.

Fahey earlier filed plans to build a two-story bank building at 75 W. William St., the longtime site of the DeVore Snyder Funeral Home.

City Attorney Darren Shulman told council Fahey notified the city earlier that day it was not ready to move forward with the hearing because of "major, high-level personnel changes in their department" and asked that the project be tabled until council's Feb. 11 meeting.

"They're going to know by the end of the week ... what their plan is to proceed, so they'll let us know if they do want to move forward with Feb. 11," Shulman said.

Coleman Clougherty, Fahey's executive vice president and chief operating officer, told the city planning commission Dec. 5 that Fahey planned to demolish the former funeral home and construct a 5,300-square-foot brick-and-limestone building with three drive-through bays and 31 parking spaces.

However, John Ferguson, Fahey's vice president of sales and marketing, said Jan. 15 that Clougherty is no longer with the bank. Also gone is longtime Fahey CEO Carl F. Hughes, Ferguson said.

Ferguson declined to comment on a Jan. 12 story in the Marion Star that reported Hughes and 12 other Fahey executives were either fired or resigned during the annual meeting of the bank's shareholders.

Council had been scheduled Jan. 14 to give third readings to ordinances approving Fahey's development plan and granting a conditional-use permit. The 0.81-acre site is zoned community business.

Clay Snyder of DeVore Snyder Funeral Home on Dec. 5 told the planning commission the existing building at 75 W. William is difficult to maintain and "obsolete for public use" because of steps at its entrances.

Devore Snyder Funeral Home operates at 637 state Route 61, Sunbury, and in Marengo. It is affiliated with the Snyder Rodman Funeral Home, 101 Valleyside Drive, Delaware.

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