New roles for GC council members

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Grove City Council is making some changes.

At an organizational meeting on Jan. 3, council members were appointed to their new seats and committees.

Councilman Ted Berry will take over as board president replacing Richard Lester. Maria Klemack-McGraw will be the service committee chairwomen. The service committee covers all city services including utilities, parks and recreation, rates and fees for services and road improvements.

Some of the issues Klemack-McGraw will take on in her term will be park development, the State Route 665 expansion project and neighborhood safety. This committee chair is also a non-voting member of the Grove City Park Board.

Larry Corbin will serve as head of the safety committee, which takes on issues and policy concerning the Grove City Division of Police, traffic control, public safety, building codes and inspection fees.

"In the shadow of 9-11, our city must be prepared and ready to deal with the unknown – making this position key to guaranteeing the safety of our citizens," said Berry.

Corbin will help to ensure that city officers are prepared to deal with disasters. This committee will also work closely with the Jackson Township Fire Department.

New Council Member Gregory Grinch will be the chairman of the lands committee. The lands committee has the task of dealing with all the development that happens in the city as it relates to land use; residential, commercial, and recreational. All development and building plans, plats, and annexations originate through this committee.

Berry explained that Grinch will have the task of balancing commercial and residential growth while preserving open spaces in the city.

Grinch will also be appointed as a non-voting member of the Grove City Planning Commission.

Michael Uhrin will take Richard "Ike" Stage’s place as the finance committee chairman. The finance chair has the responsibility of the city budget, appropriations, taxation, bonding and notes, assessments and the financial oversight of the city. Stage was voted in as Grove City’s new mayor.

Some key issues Uhrin will take on in his new role would be to ensure the city has the proper process in place when dealing with city spending.

"Over the next two years, this council and Grove City will meet many challenges," noted Berry. "The decisions we make here will shape our community for years to come. Our city faces many of the same issues concerning growing communities across Ohio, but together, we will face these issues and succeed."

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