Galion City Council discussed a land annexation during its Sept. 26 meeting related to the development of a Valero gas station. Three items of legislation were related to a four-acre annexation located south of the US 30-State Route 598 interchange, including the road right-of-way owned by the Ohio Department of Transportation.
An annexation petition was submitted by ODOT to the Crawford County Commissioners last week. As part of the annexation process, City Council approved a consent to annex, an agreement to extend municipal services to the annexed area (including police and fire protection, utilities, and snow removal), and, if the city’s zoning classification for the property is inconsistent with zoning for surrounding property in Jefferson Township, there will be a buffer zone such as open space, landscaping, fences, etc.
“This is the fastest way to do an annexation and get the Valero project moving forward,” Mayor Tom O’Leary said. “It’s very rare that ODOT signed off the way it did, but they understood its importance to Galion. This puts the city in the driver’s seat in working with developers and ensuring safe traffic conditions.”
All three ordinances passed unanimously as final readings.
2017-53 was a biannual review of the Power Cost Adjustment, which is one variable for electric bills. It is currently set at $0.0040 and the legislation recommended changing the amount to $0.0057. The second reading passed 6-1 with Councilman Jim Hedges dissenting.
2017-54 was an adjustment to the annual appropriations for several line items within the Health Department and the Storm Water Fund. It passed unanimously as a final reading.
Ord. 2017-55 authorized a contract with GovDeals, Inc. for internet auction services. Law Director Thomas Palmer explained the auction would be utilized to get rid of unneeded city property. For items estimated at $1,000 in value or more, the city is required to bid the sale or have an internet auction. All sales and payments will be online only. The first reading passed unanimously.