At a regular Grove City Council meeting Tuesday night Ward 3 Council Member Larry Parham used the time allotted for his ward report to speak about the jail tax, which was recently voted down in Delaware County.
“As a city we are disappointed that the jail tax had to fail,” Parham said. “Grove would still like to see the jail tax succeed, but the way it was proposed was inequitable.”
He stated that the proposed sales tax would have placed an unfair burden on the City of Grove.
“We would like to see the Delaware County Public Facilities Authority succeed,” Parham continued. “I believe success builds success and we would love to have a great successful momentum going forward with the whole county.”
Parham said the council would love to visit with the county commissioners.
“We want success for both Delaware County and the City of Grove. The proposed plan made Grove clear losers, but we have ideas that would be more equitable for the whole county,” he concluded.
In other business, the council passed a new ordinance, which requires new commercial buildings to have screens around their dumpsters in order to keep the dumpsters out of sight and to keep trash from spreading.
The ordinance passed four to one, with Ward 2 Council Member Terry Ryan voting against it due to the fact that it grandfathers in existing businesses, rather than holding them to the same standard.
“The purpose of this ordinance is to clean the city up,” Ryan said. “I know it (putting screens around existing dumpsters) would cause financial hardship to business owners. I am one of the ones who would suffer, but if we're going to do this, we should do it.”
Other council members said they supported the ordinance as proposed because they had to start somewhere but they were hesitant to force existing businesses to pay the cost of putting screens around their dumpsters.
In addition, it was noted that some city businesses do not have adequate space to allow for the screens.
The council also tabled a request from Deb Wolek, executive director of the Grand Lake Association, to close Grand Street between 3rd and 4th Streets for a carnival in conjunction with the upcoming Pelican Festival. Wolek was not present, and council members had questions about the length of time the street would be closed.
In addition, the council appointed Eddie Rose to the Airport Trust Authority; authorized a grant application to REC in the amount of $1,800 to assist with the purchase of an automated external defibrillator, and accepted a bid for a one wheel excavator for the street department.