Heath City Council last week referred a zoning request for 185 Heath Road to the planning commission for review.

Heath City Council last week referred a zoning request for 185 Heath Road to the planning commission for review.

The request is to change the 3-acre property's zoning from single-family residential to general business.

"The reason is, everything around there is commercial," property owner Rex Masterson said.

Masterson said the property for years was the site of Felumlee Mobile Home Court, once housing 52 mobile homes. Since August 2007, the trailers have been removed, and only one old house and a garage remain.

Masterson said the property has been in his wife's family since the early 1800s, when the property was a family farm. Masterson's wife is Nancy Felumlee Masterson.

Masterson said he's selling the acreage at 185 Heath Road and adjacent property at 157 Heath Road, where the Felumlee Monument Co. was. The tombstone business was started by Nancy's grandfather and was operated by the couple's son until more than a year ago.

According to Heath's zoning ordinances, general business would allow retail and service businesses, dining establishments, wholesale and warehouse, schools, entertainment uses and hotels.

Masterson said currently he does not have anyone interested in buying the property, but he has had several inquiries on the land.

"We hope to have it used for commercial," he said. "With the other businesses there, we didn't feel anyone would want it to be residential."

The Bob Evans restaurant and Taco Bell have moved from 30th Street to the north side of Heath Road, directly across the street. The land Masterson wants to rezone is on the south side, between the Heath Fire Station and Duke & Duchess Shoppe.

Council heard a first reading on the zoning request Jan. 20 prior to referring the item to the planning commission.

Council president Jeff Crabill said the commission could give a recommendation to council on the zoning request.

In other business, council tabled the zoning request to change 15 acres between 986 and 1018 Thornwood Drive from agricultural to manufacturing.

Council on Jan. 5 held a public hearing on the zoning change. One person spoke in favor of it, but four spoke against it.

More people spoke against it Jan. 20, but the property is designated in the city's land-use plan as a manufacturing site.

Crabill said council would consider the issue again during the economic-development committee's workshop prior to the Feb. 2 council meeting.

Heath water-park rates rising

Heath City Council on Jan. 20 voted to increase rates for the Heath City Water Park.

The rates will increase to $190 for a household membership for a city resident and $230 for a household membership for others; $90 for an individual resident and $110 for others; and $55 for a senior-citizen resident and $70 for other senior citizens.

Those rates will be in place through May 1. After May 1, the rates will increase to $200 for a household membership for a city resident and $240 for a household membership for others; $95 for an individual resident and $115 for others; and $60 for a senior-citizen resident and $75 for other senior citizens.