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South Hamilton and Etna roads

Back taxes paid, abandoned lot cleared for sale

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Now that Whitehall officials have paid $2,600 in back taxes on an abandoned parcel, they should have the ability to control its use.

The taxes were paid for the site of a former gas station on the northeast corner of South Hamilton and Etna roads.

"It's a good deal for the city," Whitehall City Council President Jim Graham said.

The gas station was in operation about three years ago.

An ordinance transferring ownership of the parcel from the city to the Whitehall Community Investment Corp. was introduced and received as first reading during the April 2 Whitehall City Council meeting.

The city already has entertained offers for the parcel, Graham said, and could accept a bid of $80,000 from a developer who intends to build a gas station and convenience store at the site. The parcel is zoned to allow for such use.

Four other ordinances and two resolutions received a final reading and were adopted during the April 2 meeting. Seven ordinances and two resolutions, including that transferring ownership, were introduced and received a first reading.

Legislation introduced April 2 included an ordinance allowing a special permit to operate a child care center on the ground-floor suite at 225 Fairway Blvd.

The application has been referred to the Whitehall Planning Commission for consideration. A public hearing is scheduled for May 7.

In other April 2 legislation:

* Mayor Kim Maggard was authorized to accept a general grant from the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio and honor the Whitehall-Yearling High School wrestling team for its performance at the Ohio High School Athletic Association state tournament.

* Council members passed three ordinances as an emergency measure following a first and only reading, including legislation transferring $50,000 from the Workers' Compensation account to the audits and fees account and transferring $7,000 from the community development trust fund to the economic development trust fund.

* Legislation adopted after a third reading included ordinances vacating a 60-foot section of right of way of Link Road, just south of Fairway Boulevard, transferring $260,890 from the bond retirement account to the debt service fund, and affirming contributions to pension funds for the Whitehall divisions of fire and police.