Bid for plot rezoning heard by Cardington Council


By Evelyn Long - for the Morrow County Sentinel



During their regular meeting on July 6, Cardington Vlllage council gave the first reading of an ordinance approving the requested application to rezone 0.648 acres on Gilead Street from the existing single family residential district (R-1) to (B-1) General Business. As a result, a public hearing was scheduled for the July 20 meeting during which the ordinance will be reviewed.

Tim and Patricia Hack, owners of the property at 123 Gilead Street, applied for rezoning of their property to B-1 General Business. The Village’s Planning and Zoning Commission was unable to make any recommendation with respect to the rezoning application.

Danny Wood, village administrator, explained some of the plans for the property noting the existing drive would be used which would alleviate any problem of traffic backup. There would also be a privacy fence. Council was given a detailed drawing by the Hacks. Wood said this would be an advantage of having the business in Cardington. “He is asking for a two inch water and sewer tap – there would be $37,000 tap fees alone and 2-inch water and sewer service would be double sewer and water base usage. One of the things we have talked about in the past is that our village is surrounded by Delco and we don’t have much opportunity to expand – this is an opportunity to expand within our limits.”

Prior to the regular meeting, Mayor Susie Peyton conducted an open public hearing to review an ordinance adopting a budget in tentative form for 2016. There was no one in a attendance for this hearing so it was closed. A final reading was given this ordinance and it was adopted. This is the village’s estimated resources for 2016.

Deb Fry, Fiscal Officer, explained some of the items in the outstanding accounts payable. She pointed out the payment of $575 to Brian L. Shook Electric for repair of the traffic light. He will conduct an inspection annually. Another item was $455 to Buckeye Pumps for pump repair at the WWTP; $924.96 to Jenkins Diesel Repair for bob cat repair and $130 to Ohio Peace Office Training for J. Wallace. Council approved payment of bills totaling $16,076.89.

She said the village received a refund from RITA of “our 2014 retainer totaling $3,810 on June 20, 2015. “Each year they do an analysis of the retainer amount based on a formula,” said Fry.

A second reading was given an ordinance establishing compensation for certain village employees.

Under Personnel and Insurance, Sherry Graham, chairman, said there have been 15 applications received for the full time police officer position. She said that when they have narrowed the applicants to four or five, the police and fire committee and the personnel and insurance committees will be included in the interview process.

Fry said the ad for the full time street worker had been placed in the newspaper and also placed on the village web site. Applications were to be received until July 17, 2015.

Police Chief John Hinton said his department had taken 536 calls for service this year and at this time last year had taken 548.

He said the police department is teaming up with the Morrow County American Red Cross to collect items for the Military Care Packages.

The collection runs from July 1 to September 30. He distributed information on the details of the collection.

He noted the police and fire departments and the Sheriff’s office and EMS had welcomed children in the Cardington Public Library’s summer reading program and spoke to them during the event. The children had visited the Cardington Fire House for this event.

The police department had helped with the Cardington Street Fair. He said the 2010 Cruiser was taken to Wheels for Work for maintenance.

Fire Chief Gary Goodman said the department had responded to 98 runs this year. He also reported on the library program’s visit.

During the Cardington Street Fair the department conducted a raffle of two bicycles – the girl’s bike was won by Kim Hines and the boy’s bike by Larry Hartley of Marion. Winner of the 50/50 raffle was Chris Thomas. The department donated $84.50 to the Cardington FFA pie auction. Goodman also commented that the fireworks “were very successful.”

Fry and Mayor Peyton said the library was so pleased with the use of the building for their reading program visit that a donation was being sent to them from the library.

Council approved a resolution authorizing the written return to the Morrow County auditor regarding the village ordinance related to the removal of noxious weeds. This is for the mowing of weeds and grass on six different properties.

Village Administrator Wood said the village had patched pot holes, chipped brush, sprayed mosquitoes and weeds and trimmed trees. They had mowed the properties that were cited for tall grass, cleaned the downtown area in preparation for the street fair and replaced a relay and motor at the WWTP. He said the village was approved for the CBDG money at the county level for sidewalks and are trying for more at the state level.

Ray Jenkins had replaced the lift pump on the JCB. Wood had attended a pre construction meeting with Mid-Ohio Paving.

The Water Street paving has been completed and paving on East Williams was in progress. A water leak had been repaired at 131 E. Second Street. Grinding and repairing was taking place on West Second Street.

Fry thanked the village employees for their donations to the gift basket that was raffled at the Street Fair.

Cathy Stemen, a resident of Gilead Street, voiced her concerns about the proposed placing of a sidewalk on the east side of Gilead Street. She was thanked for attending and making her concerns known.

Mayor Peyton thanked Friends of Cardington for the Street Fair and she extended appreciaton to the fire, police and street department employees for their work in preparing the village and their work during the event.

She noted repair has begun on the log cabin. Funds for this repair are coming from the balance left from the Cardington Historical Society, which is no longer active.

Excused from this meeting were council members John Nippert and Vicki Wise.

Evelyn Long is a correspondent with the Morrow County Sentinel and can be reached at wlong2@columbus.rr.com.

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By Evelyn Long

for the Morrow County Sentinel