Olentangy Valley News

Orange trustees push ‘pause’ on rec center to focus on levy


Plans for a community recreation center in Orange Township have been shelved indefinitely as township trustees concentrate on getting a levy passed to save the fire department.

Trustee Chairman Rob Quigley said during the board’s meeting Monday, Dec. 17, that his main priority is the fire department following the defeat of a three-year, 7.8-mill levy Nov. 6. Trustees will try again next year with a three-year, 7.5-mill levy being sought for the Feb. 5 special election ballot, although the Ohio Supreme Court holds the fate of that levy in its hands.

Earlier this year, plans called for moving forward on a recreation center that was estimated to be about 89,000 square feet and to cost as much as $29 million. A bond issue likely would be needed to pay for the center.

“There have been a lot of questions about the community center,” Quigley said. “One of the things (to do) is to table it indefinitely. ... My focus is strictly on the fire levy. We need to focus on the priorities.”

Trustees Lisa Knapp and Debbie Taranto also thought postponing the recreation center is a good idea.

“I do agree with that completely ... I don’t want to spend another dollar (on this),” Knapp said. “Have we stopped work on the next phase?”

The Delaware County Board of Elections has ruled the February levy off the ballot because it was filed two minutes late by hand-delivery and didn’t have all the necessary paperwork.

Township officials sent email filings prior to the 4 p.m. Nov. 7 deadline and have gone to the Ohio Supreme Court seeking to have the issue ordered back on the ballot.

For the complete story, read the Dec. 20 edition of ThisWeek Olentangy Valley News