Banquet hall ceasing operations

A banquet facility in Clinton Township is ceasing operations, at least until an occupancy permit is obtained.

Clinton Township trustees filed a civil lawsuit against Thomas Gibson and Tilly’s Banquet Room, 2878 N. CR 41.

The parties appeared in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom Thursday and agreed Gibson immediately should cease the business or commercial use of the premises, court records state.

Kelbley would reconsider the terms upon notice an occupancy permit is obtained, according to court records.

The lawsuit alleges there are three buildings in use for the public, including a pavilion, house and tent.

Gibson and the banquet hall have not received required plan approvals and do not have an occupancy certificate for any of the buildings, which is required by state law to operate the commercial property, it states.

Richland County Department of Building Regulations issued a letter to Gibson and Tilly’s Banquet Room July 1, 2016, that included findings that the property was not in compliance with Ohio Building Code, the lawsuit states.