With all the rain that has fallen this spring and summer, one may be surprised to learn that large swaths of Plain City remain dry.
Julie Weaver of the Uptown Plain City Organization (UPCO) visited Plain City village council on Monday evening to discuss how to rectify Plain City’s dry status.
Weaver told council that the Madison County portion of the village has never gone through the appropriate steps, since prohibition, to allow businesses with the proper liquor license to sell wine by the glass.
Weaver said Lee’s, Plain City Pub, and Plain City Lanes would be the first to benefit from the sale of wine by the glass.
Switching Plain City from dry to wet on wine could also potentially attract other businesses to the village, that may be deterred by the village’s dry status.
Weaver is collecting signatures from Plain City residents to put the wine option on the November ballot. She is seeking the signatures of 300 registered voters who live on the Madison County side of the village.
Weaver said she would be collecting signatures through July 31.
To help bring this option to a vote, citizens can email Weaver at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the UPCO Facebook page (facebook.com/uptownplaincity).
In other business Monday night, council woman Leslie Perkins, who sits on the personnel and finance committee, told her fellow council members all the rain that’s come down has put a damper on the aquatic center income, and the pool is not performing as well as projected.
“Don’t boo me,” Perkins said, before adding the committee began to “lightly” explore bringing a tax levy to the May ballot, to help bolster flagging tax revenue.
Perkins told council that the village’s department budgets should be presented at August’s personnel and finance committee meeting, at which point the committee and council could begin to put together 2016’s budget for the village.
Council president pro tem Nick Kennedy discussed a council “retreat,” where the village’s elected officials could go over the data and recommendations made by Rockmill Financial and begin to implement that data and insight into next year’s budget.
“We need to come up with a roadmap for how to allocate Plain City’s resources,” Kennedy said.
Council agreed to meet at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13 in council chambers.
In other business:
• Council agreed to allow village administrator Kevin Vaughn to pursue Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) grants to assist in funding water line replacements along Converse Avenue and at the intersection of Maple Street with Gay Street.
• Mayor Sandra Adkins announced a social media policy draft has been completed, and should be available soon for council members to vote on.
• Council recommended to the mayor to pursue hiring Robert Kavanaugh as the new planning and zoning board member.
• Vaughn told council that long-time village worker Ryan Huff has been promoted to public works supervisor.
“Huff’s been with Plain City for nine years,” Vaughn said. “He’s been a great asset and my go-to guy.”
• Plain City Police Chief McKee told council the July fourth fireworks and parade both went well, with all the village’s departments and the Pleasant Valley Joint Fire District working together to keep residents safe throughout the holiday.
Rob Treynor is a contributing writer for The Madison Press.