A public hearing that was held during the regular Galion City Council meeting Tuesday evening is the first step in the creation of a Tim Hortons restaurant in the city.
Mark Zelnik of Tim Hortons attended the public hearing to change inlot 1940 located across the street from Riverside Drive-Thru on Harding Way East, from residential office to general commercial.
“We want to make room for a drive-thru area,” said Zelnik.
Sharon Baldinger of the city’s planning commission said the zoning change has been approved by the commission.
“This is the first hurdle with many more steps to come,” said Mayor Tom O’Leary.
There was no opposition to the zoning change and council later approved the ordinance as an emergency to get the ball rolling sooner rather than later on the project.
Council also approved, as an emergency, a change to the Galion codified ordinance to allow the sale and consumption of alcohol in outdoor areas in the Uptowne area.
“This includes businesses that want to serve alcohol in an outdoor dining area as well as non-profit organizations that want to apply for a temporary permit to serve alcohol at certain events, in the uptowne area only,” said law director Tom Palmer.
Palmer said private businesses located elsewhere in the city are allowed to serve alcohol outdoors since it would be served on private property.
An ordinance to allow permanent outdoor dining and retail space was also approved as an emergency with the stipulation that all planters, chairs, etc. are secured during the hours each business is closed.
Other ordinances approved include the authorization of the city service-safety director to allow bidding for an OPWC paving project, a road salt contract, bidding for the Depot pavilion project, a U.S. Bank custodial account agreement and a change to a staffing ordinance.
Rural Galion resident Nancy Bittner invited council members and the public to a Pray for Peace event that begins at 7 p.m. Friday at Seventh Day Adventist Church on Zimmerman Avenue.
“In light of what happened in Orlando, we need to come together and pray for the protection of our children and grandchildren,” said Bittner.
The next council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on June 28.
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