Orange Township trustees on Monday approved an agreement with Westerville to permit the city to annex 32 parcels along County Line Road, west of Worthington Road.

Orange Township trustees on Monday approved an agreement with Westerville to permit the city to annex 32 parcels along County Line Road, west of Worthington Road.

The agreement states the property owners have asked to be annexed, a requirement before any annexation proceedings can begin.

The parcels are on about 47.5 acres in southern Orange Township, adjacent to the city.

"I believe the residents down there are very much in favor of this," trustee James Agan said. No residents spoke at the meeting.

Township attorney Mike McCarthy said after the meeting he doesn't know if Westerville has acted yet on the agreement.

Twenty-seven parcels are in the Cardinal Park Subdivision on the south side of County Line Road. About half of that property runs off Taylor Way, a connecting street to County Line Road. The remaining property fronts County Line Road.

The other parcels are in the nearby Alumwood residential section. Caldwell Drive is the connecting street from County Line Road.

Terms of the agreement call for the land owners to continue to pay property taxes to Orange Township until their land is annexed.

The city and township earlier had two agreements covering other locations.

Trustees also heard an update on how work is progressing on the township's efforts to update its parks master plan.

Trustee Nelson Katz said the township, in conjunction with POD consultants of Columbus, is preparing to survey township residents. Officials will use the survey to gauge interest in things such as the kinds of parks people want and if they want to spend money to upgrade existing parks or establish new ones.

Trustee John Cassady wants the survey to be all-encompassing.

"There are many different groups within our township. ... We want to find out what they want and what they will pay for."

The community-wide parks and recreation needs survey will be sent out to residents the week of May 19. Trustees hired POD consultants earlier this month. At a meeting on April 7, Katz praised POD.

"We found POD to have lots of former experience in our township, so they know the lay of the land," he said at that meeting. Officials hope to have the master plan update completed by July 31.

A Web site -- www.OrangeTwpParks-RecUpdate.org -- has been set up to provide information for residents and other people interested in what is happening with the parks and the master plan, officials said.

In another matter, fiscal officer Joel Spitzer said the township's investment policy needs to be updated. The policy was last changed in January 1997.

"We have about $18-million in unencumbered funds," Spitzer said after the meeting. "We've lost, in the past couple of years, about $152,000 a year because of the (outdated) investment portfolio."

Trustees took no action Monday night. Spitzer and the trustees decided they want to study the matter thoroughly.

The trustees also will study the checking account the township has with Delaware County Bank.

The existing checking account has an average balance of about $2-million monthly and earns 1 percent interest.

Changing to a different account classification could earn more than twice as much interest at current rates, an official with Delaware County Bank told the trustees Monday night.