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Giant Eagle requesting permit to expand beer, wine department

12/5/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

During the Dec. 2 Fairlawn City Council meeting, city officials discussed a request from the owners of the Giant Eagle located at 3750 W. Market St. for the transfer of new liquor permits.

According to Fairlawn Law Director Ed Riegler, that Giant Eagle location currently holds C2 and C2X liquor permits and the company is looking for D1 and D2 permits.

“Those specific permits are not available in our area, but there are permits that are out there in other areas in the state, and they can apply to the liquor commission to transfer those permits to our area for their use,” he explained. “This deals with the expansion of their beer and wine department into a wine-tasting, beer-tasting, food-preparing type of atmosphere. This is not for any sit-down dinners, but just to taste wine that would go with certain foods. In order to do that, they would need to transfer a liquor permit from another area, and that’s called a TREX (transfer/exempt) application.”

Before granting the transfer to Giant Eagle, Riegler said, the Division of Liquor Control is requiring the city to acknowledge in writing the liquor permit transfer would constitute an “economic development project.”

Councilwoman Barbara Potts (Ward 2) asked Riegler how the transfer would qualify as an economic development project.

“Well, it adds to their bottom line,” the law director said. “And they did indicate that they were going to hire five additional people.”

Riegler said Giant Eagle provided additional information regarding the economic impact of the expansion, but said he did not bring it with him to the meeting.

Council President Russ Sharnsky (at large) asked whether there was any urgency to vote on the matter. After Riegler said the matter did not need to be decided at the Dec. 2 meeting, Sharnsky recommended holding the issue until the members of Council had a chance to see any necessary information regarding the expansion.

Also during the meeting:

  • On Nov. 25, Fairlawn officials met with Valerie De Rose from the Summit County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) to review the city’s emergency management plan.
    “Like all cities, we have an emergency management plan that we’ve put together through the years, and periodically we update it,” said Mayor William Roth. “It’s for things like a weather emergency, for example, a tornado or a flood, and it’s a plan where everyone is assigned a role.”
    The mayor said De Rose met with city officials primarily to coordinate the county’s plan with the city’s plan.
    “We reviewed our plan, and they reviewed part of their plan,” he said. “It’s always good to look at the plan and go through it. You hope you never need it, but it’s always good to be familiar with it.”
  • Fairlawn Housing Commissioner Christopher Randles said the house on the property at 2821 Ridgewood Road was demolished Nov. 27.
    “They completed demolition work today [Dec. 2] on the driveways and everything was removed. The only thing they have left to do is to seed the lawn,” he said. “Once that’s done, we’re going to apply for the grant money from the county to get reimbursed for half of the cost.”
    The grant money would come from the Moving Ohio Forward program, Randles said.
  • Ordinances establishing a reconciliation budget for 2013 and a temporary budget for 2014 received second readings during the Dec. 2 Council meeting.
    The ordinances were held in committee with no further discussion.
  • A heavy snow right before completion of the city’s leaf pick-up program put a halt to the program, and Sharnsky asked Deputy Service Director Ernie Staten about its status.
    Staten said a decision was made to have residents take any remaining leaves to the compactor.
    “With the snow come and gone, we did look around a little bit, and there are some areas that have quite a few leaves,” he said. “But we’re still going to recommend bringing them to the compactor.”
    The Andrew E. Sombati Compactor and Recycling Facility is located at 3525 S. Smith Road (across from the Fairlawn Fire Department).
  • Fairlawn officials will host a get-together Dec. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, 3180 W. Market St., to celebrate the volunteers who have helped the city during the year.
    “It takes place at the Hilton and Council has been invited, as have the department heads,” the mayor said. “It’s our time to show the appreciation we have for our boards and commissions and the people who volunteer for the city all around. All of these people volunteer their time — they aren’t paid anything by the city — so every year we host this event in recognition of that. This is basically to say thanks.”
    Roth said the annual get-together, which is by invitation only, is “always a good time to kick off the holiday season.”
    “Replies to the invitations are going very steady, so we should have a good attendance Sunday night,” he stated. “It’s a nice event.”

The next Council meeting is set for Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 3487 S. Smith Road. The next Committee-of-the-Whole meeting will be Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. in City Hall.

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