Circleville Council Hears About Zoning, DBA

With no legislation on the agenda Tuesday evening, Circleville Council discussed other issues. 

Councilman Tom Spring criticized a recent decision to allow a new bank building downtown to have a parking lot in front.  He said there are 7 or 8 downtown bank buildings with no parking in front. 

But Kingston National Bank requested, and got, an 80 foot setback...even though only 40 feet is allowed in highway commercial areas like south US 23. 

He said the recent new Savings Bank headquarters was a good neighbor, and did not request a variance.

Now that Circleville has a Tree Commission, they're working on filling it.  Spring says they have three applications to serve on it so far, out of five. 


Julie Strawser's Judicial Committee decided to not act on a proposed ordinance to prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries...and just wait to see what the state will do in September. 


Council heard the second quarter update from head of the Downtown Business Association. 

Sue Lumley said the Pickaway County Visitors Bureau is changing the format for their "Third Thursdays."  Instead of a regular musical event, their musicians will be a part of the DBA's sidewalk events, such as Antiques festival, Arts & Crafts Festival, and Sidewalk Sale. 

And Lumley said the downtown Halloween event will move to a Saturday night, instead of Tuesday. 

She also said the Christmas parade will probably move back to a 1pm time, instead of 5pm. 

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Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils and local culture

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