Worthington appears to be moving forward with plans to build two electric-vehicle charging stations.
David McCorkle, economic-development manager for the city, said legislation for the stations will be the subject of a Worthington City Council public hearing Monday, Oct. 7. The legislation could be approved the same evening.
The legislation will appropriate funding for two charging stations at the Worthington Community Center, 345 E. Wilson Bridge Road, and in a municipal parking lot at 48 W. New England Ave., behind the closed Worthington Inn.
McCorkle said the cost for the two charging stations would be just under $165,000, and the appropriation will be for $165,000.
He said both chargers would be "fast" 240-volt or 480-volt chargers, and parking spaces in the lots would be identified for the placement of the chargers.
"It should be a draw for people," he said.
McCorkle said a cost to use the chargers has not been determined.
Lee Brown, director of planning and building for the city, said Worthington's architectural-review board approved the locations and general design for the two charging stations Sept. 26.
"The one we have that we showed the board will have our logo on it eventually," he said.
He said some other details for the charging stations need to be determined.
"We'll still need to figure out what the signage looks like," he said.
McCorkle said he is not sure on the timeline, but EV United, a company that installs charging stations for commercial and residential uses that the city has secured as a contractor, said delivery could take up to a month.
He said he estimates the chargers would be in place by November.
"The goal is to have them installed before the end of the year," McCorkle said.
On July 8, council approved a motion to start an application for an American Electric Power Ohio reimbursement program for up to $150,000 to install two charging stations.
Worthington spokesperson Anne Brown said Worthington was approved for the reimbursement grant.
McCorkle said the city will use ChargePoint as a hardware vendor and EV United as the contractor to install the chargers.
The city had partnered with Clean Fuels Ohio, a nonprofit organization that focuses on transportation energy and efficiency, for options on how to get the chargers installed.
Andrew Conley, fleet-services director for Clean Fuels Ohio, said for the city to be eligible for the grant, the hardware had to come from one of two companies: ChargePoint or Greenlots.
Because it is a reimbursement program, the city would be funded after the chargers are installed, Conley said.
McCorkle said he had no updates for a third charging station that previously was mentioned for the Worthington Gateway project, which has a working address of 7007 N. High St. Witness Group's Gateway mixed-use development is on the site of the former Holiday Inn that used the same address.
"We'll discuss the opportunity when the project advances," he said.
Conley said the goal is to work in partnership with Witness to commit to installing a station early in the building process. He said this would make it cheaper because no retrofitting would be required.
The developer would have to apply for a reimbursement because the city does not own the property, he said.
Conley said the AAA Ohio Auto Club office at 90 E. Wilson Bridge Road is the only location in Worthington that has an electric-vehicle charging station.
He said in July the number of electric vehicles registered in Worthington has increased from 66 in 2016 to 119 in 2018.