An ordinance for declarations of intent brought about some discussion as to the total cost of an infrastructure project for a proposed hotel at the corner of Ohio 598 and Brandt Road during the regular meeting of the Galion City Council Tuesday evening.
Galion Law Director Thomas Palmer said the ordinance is necessary to move the project along since it only allows Galion Auditor Brian Treisch to sign important documents for the project without further approval from council.
“Council is not authorizing any expenditures with this ordinance,” Palmer said after council member Susan Bean asked for clarification.
Bean said the project to provide infrastructure-related items such as sewer lines and widening the roadway in the area of the proposed hotel was originally slated to cost less than the price that is currently being quoted.
“First we were told it would be a $200,000 project and now it is a $750,000 (project),” Bean said, directing her comment at Mayor Tom O’Leary.
O’Leary denied stating that the project would only be $200,000. The matter was then dropped as Palmer reiterated that the proposed ordinance needs to be passed as an emergency to allow Treisch to sign necessary documents in relation to bonds for the project. Council voted to pass the ordinance as an emergency.
A public hearing was held during the last council meeting for a proposed ordinance to rezone an area of Hesby Drive from residential to general commercial. Council voted to approve the first reading of the ordinance.
Council also approved final readings on an investment committee motion along with appointments to the design review for various projects.
Council heard presentations from Terry Gribble and Jeff Sheerer. Both men are Republican candidates running for two Crawford County Commissioner seats.
The next council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on March 8 at the municipal building.
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