By Rick Palsgrove
The city of Groveport has added more greenspace to its parks system.
Groveport City Council approved designating 21.599 acres, located along the west side Little Walnut Creek in a stream corridor protection area near Hayes and Pontius roads, as park land.
“It’s a sliver of land along the creek,” said Groveport Assistant City Administrator Jeff Green. “It won’t be developed in any way. Given its location, it will be left in its natural state.”
Groveport Law Director Kevin Shannon said the city would have had to pay $80,000 in property taxes on the acreage if it had not converted the property to park land.
Sewer rates increased
Council approved raising the city’s sewer rate from $5.88 per 1,000 gallons to $6.23 per 1,000 gallons effective April 1.
Groveport contracts with the city of Columbus for sewer service
“Columbus has increased their sewer rate every year since 2008 totaling 25 percent through 2014,” said Groveport City Administrator Marsha Hall. “We are only increasing the sewer rate by 6 percent in order to maintain a positive fund balance at the end of the year.”
173 Front Street sale
The city sold the property it owned at 173 Front St. to a private individual for $75,000. The sale price includes the house and yard at the front of the property. The sale does not include the parking lot, located at the rear of the property, because the lot was split off from the plat and is now owned by the city.
“The new owners will use the property as an owner-occupied, single family home,” said Hall. “It’s their first house.”
The city originally purchased the house and land at 173 Front St. in 2013 from the Southeast Mental Health Center, Inc., for $125,000. The property sits directly south of the municipal building. The original purchase included the two-story, 2,716 square foot brick home facing Front Street and the municipal building’s existing 4,700 square foot parking lot along the alley at the rear of the parcel.
Hall said the primary reason why the city bought the property was to acquire ownership of the parking lot at the rear of the property. Once the city owned the Front Street property, it split the lot so that the parking lot became part of the municipal building parcel (655 Blacklick St.) and the remainder of the property could then be sold.
Income tax revenue
The city’s income tax revenue for January is up 33.6 percent over last year, according to Green.
“We’re holding our own and keeping our head above water,” said Green.