Orange Township trustees plan to decide Nov. 7 whether to approve a reduced number of condominiums in a development plan.

Orange Township trustees plan to decide Nov. 7 whether to approve a reduced number of condominiums in a development plan.

Newbury Builders wants to build 41 detached, single-unit condominiums at its Slate Creek Condominiums project.

Trustees Rob Quigley, Chris Masciola and Nelson Katz on Oct. 24 seemed inclined to agree to the changes, which would result in 81 condominium units instead of 95 units on the property at Overland Trail and Slate Creek Drive. The 95-unit plan had all the condos in two-, three- and four-unit buildings.

“Obviously, the economy changed,” Steve Newcomb of Newbury Builders told the trustees. “The demand for detached units is much greater than for attached these days.”

Some of the buildings have been built. All units will have prices ranging from $360,000 to $450,000 each. Having fewer condos would result in a lower density of units per acre on the 30-plus-acre site, he said.

No members of the public spoke during the half-hour administrative hearing Oct. 24, even though the township had mailed out announcements of the hearing to about 80 nearby residents and announced the hearing in a newspaper legal notice.

Also at the meeting, trustees heard from a township resident opposed to any plan to build a community recreation center.

“I’m not in favor of it at this time. ... We’re going through the worst recession in my lifetime. I’m 51 years old,” said Kevin Woods of Lewis Center.

Another resident earlier voiced opposition to a recreation center, estimated to cost between $12 million and $14 million.

Trustee chairman Quigley told Woods no decision has been made.

The township will have a company conduct a feasibility study, which could include a random telephone survey of township residents, to determine local interest.

A survey several years ago indicated residents favored a recreation center.

The feasibility study is expected to take six to nine months. If the township decides to build a recreation center, a site would have to be found and trustees would have to decide how to pay for it.

Trustees also:

• Discussed what should happen with a private portion of Riverbend Avenue.

When a gate to the Riverbend community at Riverbend Avenue and Highmeadows Village Drive was removed several years ago because of vandalism, an assumption apparently was made that the road had become public, said Beth Hugh, township maintenance and parks director.

The road is still private and owned by the Riverbend Homeowners Association.

Many motorists from nearby subdivisions use the road to reach U.S. Route 23.

The township is studying the matter with the Delaware County Engineer’s Office.

A decision on whether to make it a public road will be made later by township and county officials. Officials with the homeowners association on Oct. 24 told trustees they do not oppose making the road public. Another section of Riverbend Avenue near Highmeadows Village Drive remains gated.

• Heard Steve Hedge, executive director of the Delaware-Morrow Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, discuss the agency’s three-year, 1-mill property tax levy on the Nov. 8 ballot. Hedge said it is a renewal of an existing levy and costing $30.63 a year per $100,000 of property valuation.

The agency helps support a network of mental health and substance abuse treatment and prevention services.

• Heard Fire Chief Tom Stewart say a private fire department in Marion County is interested in buying an out-of-service 1991 fire engine for $24,000. No one bid on the truck during a 2007 auction.

Trustees told Stewart to meet with township solicitor Michael McCarthy to work out details of any sale.

If the truck is sold, proceeds would go into the fire fund.

• Decided to use an Internet auction service, GovDeals Inc., to auction obsolete or unneeded township property, including vehicles, road machinery and equipment.

• Announced that the township website — www.orangetwp.org — is being revamped and should be running in about two weeks.