Reynoldsburg council OKs Truro land annexation, water and sewer projects

KELLEY YOUMAN
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Reynoldsburg City Council's last meeting before its annual August recess was a busy one.

Council approved more than $600,000 worth of infrastructure improvements and accepted a 130-acre annexation on Waggoner Road in a series of ordinances voted on July 27.

Waggoner Road development

Reynoldsburg will grow by 130 acres to make way for a new M/I Homes development.

Council voted unanimously to annex the property along the east side of Waggoner, near the intersection with Rodebaugh Road, from Truro Township into the city.

Reynoldsburg's planning commission unanimously approved plans in May for M/I to build 354 single-family "Smart Series" homes.

According to information from the planning commission and M/I Homes, the houses will range from 1,500 square feet to about 3,000 square feet, with prices ranging from $290,000 to $400,000.

M/I will finish engineering and surveying work this year, with plans to break ground next spring.

The new community will be called Spring Hill Farms, a nod to the site's agricultural past.

A white house and about 10 acres surrounding it will remain, with the neighborhood built around it. M/I expects to take about five years to complete the community.

Water, sewer projects

Council also voted unanimously to spend $691,887 on two projects below ground this summer.

Work to rehab the sewer lines in the Rosehill Road and Kaiser Drive area will cost the city $290,633. Council unanimously approved a contract with Insituform Technologies and a related $24,635 contract with EMH&T for administration and inspection services.

A $345,714 contract was awarded to Columbus Asphalt Paving to replace a water line on Roselawn Avenue between Stouder Road to Kaiser Drive. The project is the second phase of work that started last summer.

Council also approved a $30,905 contract with EMH&T for construction inspection services on the project.

Both construction projects are expected to take about 150 days to complete.

Third K-9 unit

Council voted to approve a $68,701 expenditure to purchase a 2020 Ford Explorer police cruiser from Lebanon Ford.

The vehicle will be used for a third K-9 unit, which is expected to begin training this fall, police Chief Curtis Baker said.

Two Belgian Malinois -- Raider and Summit -- became the department's first K-9 officers in 24 years when they started last June.

Council will recess for the month of August. The next regular meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14.

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