Marysville City Council members heard updates about a number of notable projects, including a major business expansion and the new trash collection system, at its last meeting of 2013.
Mayor John Gore delivered the reports at the Dec. 19 council meeting.
In the economic development arena, the expansion of Sumitomo Electrical Wiring Systems is not moving along as quickly as expected. Sumitomo is building a 350,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on approximately 27 acres along Honda Parkway.
The company wants to open the facility by August. A company manager told council in October that they hoped to break ground in 2013. But Eric Phillips, executive director of the Union County Economic Development Partnership and CEO of the Union County Chamber of Commerce, said the company and the developer are still working out a lease agreement before construction can begin.
The developer, Sumary Investment LLC, will own the facility and lease it to Sumitomo, which plans to invest $10 million to expand its operations.
Marysville City Council and Union County commissioners approved a 75-percent, 10-year tax abatement for the project. In return, Sumitomo agreed to invest $10 million, retain 123 jobs with an annual payroll of $6.2 million and create 15 additional jobs with an annual payroll of $675,000.
Gore said $222,000 in grant funding was received for the Sumitomo project: $100,000 from JobsOhio and $122,000 from the Ohio Department of Transportation to widen a portion of Industrial Parkway and install sidewalks adjacent to the site.
Another hot topic in Marysville is the new trash-collection system that will take effect Monday, Jan. 6.
Gore said the transition to an automated system operated by Republic Services Inc. began with the distribution of new trash containers.
Some residents have expressed concerns about the large size of the containers, called "toters." The standard size is 96 gallons, though a smaller 65-gallon toter is available by calling the city's utility billing office at 937-645-7350. Both sizes are on display in the City Hall lobby.
Republic, which was also the previous service provider, will collect all receptacles currently in use.
"For residents who have rented toters and those that have recycling bins, the refuse contractor will be collecting these on the last day of the current refuse collection service," Gore said.
Residents' bills will remain the same ($21 per month, $15 for seniors) under the new five-year contract. The pact, which expires in 2018, has five one-year renewal options.
In other business:
* The Marysville Fire Division picked up a new medic unit Dec. 19 and had it stocked and in service Dec. 22. The unit cost $168,000.
"This will be the first time the fire division has had four medic units. It will assist us in providing care during multiple calls for service at the same time," Gore said.
* The city earned a little extra cash with an auction of items from the former City Hall. The auction held Dec. 7 was conducted by Harley Jackson Auctions. Gore said the auction generated about $13,000.
* Gore presented Amanda Morris, recreation/event coordinator, with the Employee of the Quarter Award. Morris organized a visit by a delegation from Yorii, Japan, to Marysville.
"She worked tirelessly, planning for their visit and accompanied them almost 24/7 while in Marysville," Gore said. "I can't say enough about what this young lady does for our city."
The 12-person delegation visited from Dec. 1-4. Members included the Yorii mayor, members of the Yorii Town Council, a Yorii chamber of commerce chair, a board of education member and others.
Yorii Mayor Makoto Shimada and Gore signed a sister city agreement at a Dec. 2 ceremony.
* Council will hold its first meeting of the new year at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at Marysville City Hall, 209 S. Main St.