City plans for phone tower

By Christine Bryant
Staff Writer

The city of Reynoldsburg is considering allowing Verizon Wireless to construct a new tower off Truro Avenue just south of downtown.

City council’s service committee discussed an ordinance at its June 6 committee meeting that would authorize the mayor to enter into a lease agreement regarding the construction of a telecommunications tower on the water department’s property.

The 31-by-50-foot parcel of land is located on the northwest corner of the property, behind the city’s greenhouses and as far away from nearby houses as possible, said Eric Snowden, planning administrator for the city.

Service committee members voted to send the ordinance to city council for review at its next meeting on June 13.

Tomato Festival beer garden

The Community Development Committee voted to refer to council a resolution that will waive a section of city code that will allow the Tomato Festival to once again hold a beer garden.
This year’s festival is scheduled for Aug. 19-20, with the beer garden open from 5 to 10 p.m. and noon to 10 p.m., respectively.

Festival organizers will completely enclose the area, which will allow patrons to be inside and still see the stage and entertainment.

Other news

•The Finance Committee voted to place before council a resolution that would adopt the tax budget for the city of Reynoldsburg for the fiscal year beginning Jan. 1, 2017. Council president Doug Joseph said council will set a date for a public hearing during the June 13 regular session.

•The Service Committee voted to extend a business owner’s permit to operate while he makes repairs required under the city’s code to his property.

The committee voted to give Jason Goss, owner of Business Auto Direct Columbus, 6366 E. Main St., six months to make improvements to the property while still retaining his city permit to do business. As of the June 6 meeting, some of the improvements had not been made, and the Board of Zoning and Building Appeals had recommended to revoke Goss’ permit.

Goss told committee members he had experienced unforeseen setbacks and asked for an extension to ensure all improvements are made.

Council members expressed their concern, though stated they did not want to see his company go out of business. The committee agreed to give Goss until the Sept. 6 meeting to complete the improvements.

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