BRUNSWICK, Ohio – After months of discussions and a nearly two-year moratorium on granting building permits to small discount stores, the City Council has approved an ordinance conditionally permitting such businesses in the General Business District (CG) of the city.
The ordinance both defines the term “small discount store” and differentiates them from grocery stores and other similar businesses, Ward 2 Councilman Nick Hanek said.
He added that the CG District’s requirement, as well as limits on each store’s proximity to other stores, will help prevent such businesses from proliferating in the city.
Additionally, as a conditional use, approval from the Brunswick Planning Commission will be required, similar to rules for tattoo parlors and vape shops, he said.
Storm sewer project receives $500,000 state grant
Also at the January 10 meeting, the board approved entering into an agreement with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) for the Healey Creek-Magnolia Storm Relief Flood Mitigation Sewer Program. .
City Engineer Matt Jones said the ODNR deal frees up $500,000 in state grants, less a $10,000 grant administration fee to the ODNR, for the estimated $800,000 project.
Jones said the city had received construction bids for the project, but needed to formalize the ODNR agreement in order to move forward with awarding the project to the lowest and highest bidder.
He added that the remaining costs will be paid for by the city’s capital improvement fund. The project is expected to begin in the spring and end June 30.
The Council also approved a resolution authorizing the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to complete the replacement of light fixtures and the replacement of a light tower on Interstate 71 within the city limits. Jones said it was entirely an ODOT project and was free to the city.
Software support costs have increased slightly this year
A $25,978 contract with Software Solutions Inc. for annual software support – including various software support services for receipts, accounts payable, payroll, garbage billing and stormwater billing – was also approved. .
Chief Financial Officer Todd Fischer said the contract, effective from Feb. 1, 2022, to Jan. 31, 2023, has traditionally cost the city just under $25,000 a year.
“It’s the first time it’s topped $25,000,” Fischer said. “Compared to other software (programs), it is very inexpensive. It doesn’t do everything, but you could say that of any software.
Donut Land honored for 50 years in business
Mayor Ron Falconi paid tribute to the owners and staff of Donut Land on the 50th anniversary of the Pearl Road company on January 29.
“Donut Land has been a part of Brunswick for almost as long as there has been a Brunswick,” Falconi said before presenting a proclamation to owner Amanda Rienerth (whose late grandfather, Bill Rienerth, founded Donut Land in 1972) and Donut Land for 30 years. employee Marci Steinke.
“Thank you very much,” Rienerth said. “I really hope my grandfather is looking down at this time and seeing what we are doing. We plan to carry on his legacy for as long as we can.
To which Steinke added: “Another 50 years.”
The council authorized City Manager Carl DeForest to enter into a Housing Revolving Loan Fund Administration Agreement with the Ohio Department of Development (ODOD). DeForest explained that the ODOD administers a number of federal programs for the state of Ohio, including the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
The Housing Revolving Loan Fund Administration Agreement is required to allow grant repayments to be accepted, he said.
An ordinance prohibiting the use of the City of Brunswick logos, the City of Brunswick seal, and approved Security Service emblems was also passed by council.
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