City Council Meeting Highlights – Dec. 19, 2017

Jim Hrivnak recognized for his tenure on Powell City Council

Councilman Jim Hrivnak brought the gavel down one last time during the Dec. 19 City Council meeting. Hrivnak has served on City Council from 2008 through 2017, serving as Vice Mayor from 2012-2013 and Mayor from 2014-2015.

During his tenure, Hrivnak has served on multiple committees and commissions, including the Planning & Zoning Commission, Council committees, Powell Community Improvement Corporation and the Zoning Code Diagnostic Committee. He has also been involved in the Powell Area Chamber of Commerce for several years.

Mayor issues proclamation to #SavetheCrew

Mayor Brian Lorenz issued a proclamation to #SavetheCrew in response to the Columbus Crew’s announcement that they would be leaving Columbus after the 2018 season. Powell residents were encouraged to stand united with other fans and work together to save the Crew by writing their elected officials, the Commissioner of the MLS, Don Garber, and the owner of the Crew, Anthony Precourt.

Members appointed to various boards and commissions

Several community members have been appointed to boards and commissions.

Board of Zoning Appeals – Robert Hiles III, Randy Duncan and Gregory Short (term expiring 12/31/2020)

Historical Downtown Advisory Commission – Erin Wesson (term expiring 12/31/2020)

Powell Community Improvement Corporation – David Betz, Don Emerick, Michael Linehan, Brian Lorenz and Jim Hrivnak (term expiring 12/31/2019)

Personnel Board of Review – Sandy Crnko (term expiring 12/31/2020)

Board of Tax Appeals – Peter Splawnyk, Chris Connelly (term expiring 12/31/2019) and Richard Cline

Planning & Zoning Commission – Trent Hartranft, Ed Cooper & Shaun Simpson (term expiring 12/31/2021)

City Council also voted 6-1 to disband the Arbor Advisory Commission.

Zoning Code Update approved by Council

City Council voted 6-1 to approve updates to the City’s Zoning Code. The Zoning Code Diagnostic Committee was established in 2016 by City Council to perform a comprehensive review of the zoning, subdivision and development requirements in Powell. This review was one of the land use policy recommendations from the City’s 2015 Comprehensive Plan Update.

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The next Powell City Council meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2 in the Municipal Building Council Chambers, 47 Hall Street.