Petitions filed over Greenfield City Council’s vote on new library

Franklin County

Petitions have been filed over Greenfield City Council’s vote to approve a new library.

At this time, Greenfield’s attorneys are doing just that, investigating whether or not these petitions are valid.

The Greenfield City Council approved commercial zoning changes in a compromise for a new library, mid-March.

And following the library vote, a petition had been filed to delay the zoning changes, which would allow for more commercial development on the French King Highway in Greenfield.

According to Greenfield Mayor William Martin, as of right now the petition on zoning changes is “illegitimate” because it lacks the required number of signatures.

And with regards to another petition on the new library vote, he said, it may also be invalid due to the nature of the vote, which was a “revenue loan order.”

“So, we’re waiting for a final legal opinion on that. In the meantime, the clock is ticking on the grant for $9.3 million on the library,” said Martin

Martin told 22News, he’s been in touch with state lawmakers to consider the option of accepting the grant, then isolating the funds until a final decision is made.

If not, the money will be returned to the state with interest. Martin said, “the city is considering the council’s votes to be valid until there is evidence declaring otherwise.”

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