By Andrea Cordle
Grove City Editor
In August 2021, Grove City joined the state of Ohio, and many other municipalities, in litigation to hold pharmaceutical supply chain participants accountable for the damages caused by the opioid epidemic.
To receive those settlement funds, Grove City will now have to create a fund.
At the March 21 meeting, council approved a resolution to create the ONEOHIO Opioid Settlement Fund.
A settlement was reached with AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson to pay over $800 million to the state of Ohio and its communities over the next 18 years.
According to Michael Turner, Grove City’s finance director, the city is required to set up the ONEOHIO fund to receive the money from the settlement.
“Grove City will get less than $200,000 over 18 years,” he said.
Most of the money will be restricted in use and earmarked to combat the opioid epidemic.
Ohio was one of several states to share in the $26 billion national opioid abuse settlement. More than 4,000 entities nationwide are part of the overall settlement.
In other news, council signed off on three separate resolutions to waive the city’s open container law for events this summer.
“This is standard,” said Stephen Smith, the city’s law director. “We do this each year for special events. Normally, you cannot walk around with an open container. This legislation allows it to occur.”
Council waived the rule for the Wine and Arts Festival, which will be held June 17-18, the Tacos and Tequila Festival, which will be held July 16, and the Craft Distillers Festival, which will be held on Aug. 13. All three events will be held in the city’s Town Center.
Council also approved amendments to the development plan for Chick-fil-A, located at 1696 Stringtown Road.
According to Kyle Rauch, development director for the city, this should help alleviate some of the traffic that backs up into the shopping center’s drive isle. The amendment creates a second drive-thru lane that would wrap around the eatery and get the traffic off the roadway and into the site.