Sunbury Village Council on July 20 agreed to annex about 0.562 acre from Berkshire Township.

Sunbury Village Council on July 20 agreed to annex about 0.562 acre from Berkshire Township.

Council annexed the land owned by Jeffrey and Deborah Gibson on an emergency 5-0 vote, making the action effective immediately.

Council member David Linnabary was absent from the meeting.

The property essentially was an island surrounded by parcels of village land. The village needed the property owners' consent to annex, village attorney David Brehm said.

The Gibsons petitioned for annexation when they bought the property earlier this year.

"In this case, the property owner came to us and said, 'I'd like it to be in the village,'" Brehm said.

Village council approved a pre-annexation agreement earlier this year, and Delaware County commissioners approved the annexation on July 18.

The ordinance was passed on an emergency basis because the pre-annexation agreement said council would expeditiously accept the annexation.

Council's vote sets the ball rolling for the Gibsons to petition the planning and zoning board to split the lot and sell part of it, Brehm said.

In addition, the annexation allows Sunbury to eventually connect sidewalk on the property to a nearby trail.

In other business, council voted 3-2 to purchase four picnic tables for the town square.

The eight-foot picnic tables are made of recycled plastic and cost $1,126 each, council member Sean Currie said.

Currie came to council with the recommendation to buy two tables, but council member Tom Zalewski proposed purchasing four. Council members Tommy Hatfield and Bill Metzler agreed.

Currie and council member Jennifer Witt voted against purchasing four tables.

"I think four is a great idea but I want to see how these (two) work," Witt said.

No decision was reached on whether to secure the tables, which weigh 344 pounds each, this year.

"Even at 344 pounds, there's no guarantee that somebody's not going to walk off with them," Metzler said.

Council also heard a plea from Sunbury resident Warren Owen, who asked that the village consider saving money now for Sunbury's 150th anniversary - its sesquicentennial - in 2016.

"I think we should try to put on the biggest celebration Sunbury has ever seen," Owen said.

"It seems like a long way off, but time keeps moving on."

The next council meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, in the Town Hall, 51 E. Cherry St.