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119 houses on 67 acres

Council OK's annexation pact for Home Road land

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Powell City Council approved preliminary plans for a new residential subdivision at its meeting last week.

At its Nov. 7 meeting council voted 6-0 to approve a pre-annexation agreement of about 67 acres of land just south of Home Road and west of Steitz Road. Councilwoman Sara Marie Brenner was absent.

The resolution agrees to extend city services including police protection and street repair to the land if it is annexed at an upcoming meeting.

The unincorporated plot currently straddles the line between Liberty Township and Concord Township.

Preliminary plans divide the land into 119 lots for single-family homes, according to Powell Development Director Dave Betz.

"We're pleased that the property owner has decided to work with the city of Powell and help us expand our tax base," said City Manager Steve Lutz.

A timeline for construction hasn't been established but Lutz said preliminary infrastructure improvements for the subdivision likely will begin in 2013.

Betz said the lots will be similar in size to those in the nearby Scioto Reserve subdivision north of Home Road.

And he said the city is working with adjacent landowners, who are on board with the project.

The pending annexation will be reviewed by the city's Planning and Zoning Commission this month, which might make revisions before sending the plan back to council for approval.

In other action Nov. 7, council voted to appropriate $12,500 from the city's reserve fund to pay for unforeseen costs.

About $4,500 will go to help pay for a wellness program for city employees. The city has received a grant to be reimbursed up to $15,000 over the next three years for starting the program.

It already has been budgeted into the city's 2013 budget.

And $8,000 will go to pay for energy costs that were not part of the 2012 budget. Officials had planned to secure savings from solar panels installed at the city's Municipal Building throughout the year, but the panels were not installed until June.

It was estimated the city could save up to $20,000 a year in utility costs thanks to the panels.

"We have been receiving our savings, but not for the whole year, so we need to put some money back in the budget," said city Finance Director Deborah Miller.

In other business, council passed a proclamation in recognition of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, and it also voted to approve a new contract with City Attorney Eugene L. Hollins.

Mayor Richard Cline capped off the meeting with thanks to voters for approving a capital improvements levy on the Nov. 6 ballot.

"I think we did a good job of providing factual information to the voters and I think it showed in the vote," he said.

 

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