A land deal for a new electric substation was approved by Dublin City Council members Dec. 10..
Council approved the transfer of 2.73 acres to American Electric Power near land they currently own in the West Innovation District near Houchard Road that is expected to hold a new electric substation.
The city transfered 3.68 acres to AEP in 2008 under similar circumstances, but the substation was never built. During following negotiations, the city suggested moving the substation to the south and agreed to transfer 2.73 additional acres to AEP.
In return, AEP will give Dublin back about 1.6 acres and build the electric substation on about 4.9 acres in the area.
The new substation will provide, "high-quality, high-capacity and redundant power to the West Innovation District," a staff memo to council states. Business in the area that could benefit include the future Ohio University medical campus and Nestle Quality Assurance Center that is currently expanding.
AEP is expected to put almost $19 million into the new substation.
In other news, council accepted about 0.136 acres of land needed to install a right turn lane on Riverside Drive at Hard Road.
"This is a generous donation from our colleagues over at Washington Township," Dublin Senior Project Manager Sara Ott told council Dec. 10.
The land donation is outside the fire department's Station 92 and will give Dublin needed right-of-way for the project that will add a northbound right turn lane at Hard Road.
The project could disrupt the multi-use path that runs in front of the fire station, but Ott said it would be reconstructed if needed.
"Our intent is to ensure the shared-use path stays," she said.
Council members last week also approved the 2013 budget.
Two budget workshops were held last month to go over department budgets with council members and Angel Mumma, director of finance, said a few things in the budget were changed after receiving council comment.
Changes included an increase in funding for Memorial Tournament badges for council members, a $10,000 to be a sponsorship for a concert benefiting Nationwide Children's Hospital, an additional $10,000 to advertise in the local newspaper and an increase of $62,500 for entertainment for the Independence Day concert.
Dublin is planning to take in $69.1 million in revenue next year and spend $71.2 million.
The first reading of a $204,250 land purchase was heard Dec. 10 as well.
If approved by council next month, the city will pay $204,250 for 1.8 acres and a 0.395 utility easement for the eighth and final phase of Emerald Parkway.
Once this property is purchased, economic development director Dana McDaniel said, only two more pieces of land will be needed for the road extension.
City Manager Marsha Grigsby said the city will work on the relocation of utilities for the road extension at the beginning of the year and plans to start construction by mid-year or fall.
"It's one of those projects we've talked about for many, many years," she said.