City council approves purchases of land
Dublin last week got final approved to purchase about 24 acres of land off Riverside Drive.
Dublin City Council members last week approved the purchase of the land, bordered by Riverside Drive on the west and south of Wyandot Woods Reserve, for $910,000.
Sara Ott, a city senior project manager, told council members the city has been negotiating for the vacant land for some time and the land "is a good compliment to land masses owned by the city or school district."
"This piece of land has nice features to it in terms of topography that will be good for conservation," she said.
The land was purchased using funds from the city's parkland acquisition fund, but there are currently no plans for the land.
"Staff will examine the development options, including connectivity with neighborhoods and other public lands, in future years through funding from the capital improvement program," the staff memo to council stated.
Council members also approved the purchase of less than one acre of land off Hyland Croy and Mitchell Dewitt roads for $47,363 Sept. 24.
City Engineer Paul Hammersmith said the purchase includes permanent right-of-way and easement land as well as a temporary easement for the construction of the Hyland Croy and Brand Road roundabout.
The land acquisition is the last needed for the roundabout project, Hammersmith said.
"We will be in position to move to construction (and are) anticipating that for next year," he said.
The acquisition of a little more than 2 acres was also approved last week.
The land is needed for the eighth and final phase of the Emerald Parkway extension, Hammersmith said, and will be purchased for $390,000.
The Sawmill Parkway extension will add to the road between Riverside Drive and Hard Road.
2013 meetings set
In other news, council members approved a meeting schedule for 2013.
Dublin City Council has scheduled meetings for Jan. 14 and 28, Feb. 11 and 25, March 11 and 25, April 8 and 22, May 6 and 20, June 10 and 24, July 1, Aug. 12 and 26, Sept. 9 and 23, Oct. 14 and 28, Nov. 4 and 18 and Dec. 9. Council meets at 7 p.m.