GALION — The construction of a new hotel at the corner of Ohio 598 and Brandt Road is one step closer to being completed after several resolutions were passed during the Galion City Council meeting Tuesday evening regarding easements in the construction area.
The resolutions grant property easements to the city as a gift from Daniel and Brenda Niss and Jeffrey Kocher to allow the city to begin the construction of the infrastructure for the hotel area.
Mayor Tom O’Leary said the approval for new waterlines in the Crew Avenue area will be needed soon.
“There is an issue in that area with rusty water. We have used the new vactor jet truck, but while it is a great piece of equipment and has helped the problem some, we need to replace the water lines,” O’Leary said.
An ordinance to vacate an east-west alley extending west from Portland Way South will allow traffic flow for the Tim Hortons restaurant that is planned in that area.
Linda Chambers, of the city’s Design Review Board, came to the meeting and offered to a tape recording and provide minutes from a meeting of the board in May for the benefit of Ann Heimlich, who has a long-standing disagreement with the board after not being allowed to install the new windows she wanted in her Harding Way East property. The tape was not played because Heimlich was not present for the meeting.
Auditor Brian Treisch said that he and his staff are heading to Columbus this week for training on a new computer system so that reconciliations for the past several months can be presented to council in the near future.
A public hearing was held in regard to a zoning change for 25 N. Market St., as the new resident would like to work from her home as a mental health counselor and employ one to two people. The R1-C Zoning Conditional use amendment was approved by the planning commission on July 27 and will now be considered by the laws and ordinances, zoning and permits committee for legislation.
O’Leary also stated that an executive session of council will be needed at the next council meeting to discuss contract negotiations with city employees.
The next council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 27 at the city’s municipal building.