Hilliard City Council members have taken the next step to annex Homestead Park from Washington Township into Hilliard.
Council passed an emergency ordinance June 10 authorizing Public Services Director Butch Seidle to waive water capacity fees and tap fees for the extension of water lines.
In exchange for waiving such fees, Washington Township also will annex to Hilliard 30 feet of additional right of way along a 1,600-foot section of Cosgray Road.
No residents spoke during a public hearing for the ordinance and there was no discussion among City Council members or the administration prior to the 6-0 vote to approve the ordinance. Councilman Jim Ashenhurst was absent.
Washington Township sought the annexation of the park into Hilliard after the township learned from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency that tests of the water wells at the park indicated they were contaminated.
Multiple tests administered since October 2012 have largely been negative, but several were positive for fecal matter in the water, township officials said, prompting the decision to seek annexation into Hilliard for the purpose of obtaining city water and sewer services.
The park currently has no water service.
Washington Township would continue to own and operate Homestead Park.
Annexing the additional right of way would allow Hilliard to widen Cosgray Road as well as regulate the speed limit.
The city also would annex a 2-acre parcel that is part of the 124-acre tract the Hilliard school board is in contract with to sell to Rockford Homes.
The school district bought the 124 acres in 2003, but a 2-acre sliver was inadvertently left in Norwich Township when the rest was annexed into Hilliard.
The city also will provide the opportunity for two private property owners in Norwich Township, adjacent to the park, to annex into Hilliard.
The ordinance requires that the annexation be complete by Dec. 31, 2013, or the waiver of fees is rescinded.
In other business at the June 10 meeting, City Council members adopted legislation appointing or re-appointing Ed Cheshire, Jonathan Hsu, Beverly Marsh and Christopher Warner to the Environmental Sustainability Commission; accepting the annexation of 10.4 acres from Norwich Township into the city of Hilliard; and authorizing a contract for the city's 2013 street maintenance and rehabilitation program.
Because of its pending summer recess, Council agreed to adopt emergency legislation at the request of an attorney for Darby Oaks Family Farms, expediting the annexation of 10.4 acres.
The parcel will be zoned restricted residence, the city's closest zoning classification to the land's existing township zoning classification. The land is on the south side of Hayden Run Road, about 1,300 feet west of Avery Road.
The city's 2013 street maintenance and rehabilitation program is an annual project improving roads identified as those most in need of improvement.
Strawser Paving Co. was awarded the $1.05-million contract.
Roads to be crack sealed, resurfaced or otherwise improved include. but are not limited to. the Davidson Road Bridge over Interstate 270; Bryant Street; Crandon Drive from Jennydawn Place to Lacon Road; all of Swenson Street; Grant Street from Winterringer Street to Morning Drive; Morning Drive from Winterringer Street to Wayne Street; Winterringer Street from Grant Street to its terminus; and Honeysuckle Lane from Turner Lane to Bohlen Drive.