Hilliard City Council members are expected to vote on legislation Monday, April 8, that could lay the groundwork for the opening of a recovery court as soon as May 1.

Council members are expected to approve a measure to accept a $60,000 grant from the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County, commonly known as ADAMH, and appropriating $40,000 for the eventual operation of a recovery court designed for drug offenders who are selected to participate in the program.

The recovery court would afford others the opportunity to put their lives back on track that he received in Franklin County’s drug court, according to Steve Barlow, a Columbus resident who appealed to Hilliard City Council on March 18 to accept a grant and, if necessary, provide additional funding necessary to establish a recovery court in Hilliard Mayor’s Court.

Barlow had been arrested for the second time in three months 12 years ago for driving while impaired.

Legislation for the recovery court received a first reading March 18.

City Council is being asked to establish the court by emergency vote to meet a deadline for the grant, and it could be up and running by May 1, said Dawn Steele, a Hilliard staff attorney and prosecutor in Franklin County Municipal Court.

Steele said she would identify and recommend participants if a recovery court were established in Hilliard.

A treatment team that would include Steele, a defendant’s attorney or public defender, representatives of treatment centers, a program coordinator and the magistrate, would discuss a person’s eligibility and, if necessary, the magistrate would make the final decision.

Council’s meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Hilliard Municipal Building, 3800 Municipal Way.

Other items on the agenda include proposed amendments to the city charter and times and dates for the 2019 Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area, or DORA, for Station Park.

Check ThisWeekNEWS.com for updates and read the April 11 edition of the ThisWeek Hilliard Northwest News.