Delaware News

Sunbury group will mull master plan's details


Sunbury Village Council took another step at its meeting Wednesday, Sept. 19, to complete a comprehensive master plan to help guide growth and development in the village.

Council members, at the urging of Mayor Tommy Hatfield, approved a motion of support to create a steering committee that would meet for at least the next six months to hammer out details of a master plan.

"This is going to take some time," Hatfield told members of council, who must approve any master plan.

The committee will hold its first meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1. The committee will be composed of two council members, two members of the village planning and zoning committee, the mayor, two at-large resident members and representatives from the chamber of commerce, the library, the historical society and the school district.

The Delaware County Regional Planning Commission also will help with the plan under a $6,000 contract approved by council in June.

The village prepared a draft master plan about eight years ago, but it was never formally approved. That draft plan is being used as a guide for the final version.

During a break in the Sept. 19 meeting, Village Administrator Dave Martin said the village's growth is a guiding force to get a plan completed.

Sunbury had an estimated 4,389 residents as of the 2010 census.

"So many communities grow so fast ... We need to address some of the issues," he said.

It's likely Sunbury will have more than 5,000 residents by the 2020 census and will be eligible to become a city.

Also at the Sept. 19 meeting:

* Council approved a resolution authorizing the village to seek a grant and a loan from the Ohio Public Works Commission for Sunbury's 2013 street-repair program.

The village hopes to receive a $200,000 grant and a $50,000 loan. Sunbury would kick in $150,000 in matching funds.

Oct. 5 is the deadline to submit applications for grants and loans from the commission.

At least six streets are being considered for repairs next year at an estimated cost of $388,000. They are Sedwick Avenue, Crowl Drive, McGill Street, Case Street and parts of South Vernon Street and Rainbow Avenue.

* The village will pay $5,983 to the Delaware County Engineer's Office for road salt.

The village had contracted with the engineer's office for 156 tons of salt last year at a cost of $9,643. Part of that bill was paid when about half of that salt was delivered. Much of it went unused due to the mild winter.

The payment approved Sept. 19 is for the remainder of the salt, which means the village should have more than 100 tons on hand for the 2012-13 winter, officials said. More salt can be purchased, if needed, once the winter months arrive.