July 29, 2014

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Brunswick council to vote on grocer’s plan

BRUNSWICK — City Council is expected to vote tonight to allow a 922-square-foot expansion of the Giant Eagle supermarket, 3440 Center Road.

City Manager Jim Lukas said the grocery chain wants to enlarge its cafe area to provide outdoor seating for customers.

Jim Lukas

“The cafe has been really popular, so popular they want to make it bigger,” Lukas said.

The store would have to eliminate eight parking spaces to make room for the expansion.

Council is expected to waive the three-reading rule and approve the request so it can go on to the city’s planning commission. If approved, the proposal would come back to council for final approval.

So long as there are no objections, Lukas said he’d like to see the project approved as soon as possible so the store can move forward with the renovations.

Also at today’s meeting, Council is expected to vote on a proposed ordinance that would put the city on record opposing state laws that give the Ohio Department of Natural Resources the sole right to issue oil and gas drilling permits, including wells employing the controversial hydraulic fracturing process better know as “fracking.”

Council members said their biggest concern with the state rules was that they override local zoning ordinances and take control over where wells are placed out of the hands of city officials.

Council was ready to vote on the ordinance at its meeting two weeks ago, but agreed to a postponement at the request of Mayor Gary Werner, who said he feared the resolution would be a “deterrent” to economic development.

Werner asked that the vote be delayed to allow council to consider information he would provide about the history of hydraulic fracturing and oil drilling in Ohio.

The mayor said the state laws were aimed at encouraging oil and gas exploration by establishing uniform rules throughout Ohio.

Council meets at 7:30 p.m. today in Council Chambers at 4095 Center Road.

Contact Loren Genson at (330) 721-4043 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.