Obetz development plans ongoing; plus other news

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By Katelyn Sattler
Staff Writer

Obetz City Council approved a preliminary development plan it hopes proves to be inspiring.

Council approved the preliminary development plan tentatively named, “Inspiration Obetz,” on the Youngkin Farm, located near the intersection of Lockbourne and Rathmell roads. It is a proposed upscale development of 242 single family houses with 14 to 15 acres of open space, and a playground.

The development would have walkable paths, a swim club that will be available for all Obetz residents to use, and a park.

When finalized, the plan will also go before the Planning and Zoning Commission for approval.

Development news
•Council approved the final plat of Darling Estates in Mulberry Grove subdivision was approved by council.

“It’s approximately 1.39 acres,” said Stacey Boumis, community services director/council clerk. “This is the house that you would see on Metcalf Avenue in the Mulberry Grove subdivision. They’re going through the planning process to divide that up, so it will be five lots. The large lot is the existing house, and then there will be four lots that will be available for sale. It’s been through review by the Planning and Zoning Commission and the city engineer for approval,”

•Council approved 2.2 acres to be annexed into Obetz from Hamilton Township at the northeast corner of Rathmell and Lockbourne roads.

Fire department news
Hamilton Township Fire Chief Martin Hafey gave a summary his department’s activities of 2021 to council.

The fire department completed 5,736 runs last year, with 4,700 of them being EMS runs and 1,036 being fire runs. Obetz had a total of 1,165 runs from the township fire department, 257 were fire runs and 980 were fire runs.

It appears that the COVID peak is starting to go down, said Hafey, with 20 percent lower hospital admissions and 10 percent drop in reported cases over the last 10 days.

He also said residents wishing to get four free at home COVID test kits can go to www.covidtests.gov to order them.

Obetz Police news
Obetz Police Chief Michael Confer said the department in 2021 took 32,342 calls for, averaging three calls an hour or 89 calls a day. Officers drove 100,000 miles patrolling the streets. Five hundred arrest warrants were issued resulting in 299 arrests. The department worked 522 crashes.

Other news
•Council authorized the mayor to modify Obetz Law Director Gene Hollins’ employment agreement.

“We negotiated this in a different economic climate where inflation was much lower,” said Obetz City Administrator Rod Davisson. “So we had Hollins locked in at a maximum 2.5 percent raise. That’s not commensurate with the current raises that we’re giving our other employees. And we want to treat Hollins fairly, like we do the remainder of our staff. So, we’re going to remove that clause from his contract and then treat him like the rest of our employees,”

•Obetz has plans to hire additional employees for the service department, both for operations of that department and support for the Fortress.

“We’re one COVID case and one broken truck away from barely hanging on,” said Davisson.

•The Obetz Ice Rink is open is open for the season. Weekday hours are 5-8 p.m. and weekend hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Residents can skate for free and non-residents can buy a $5 day pass. Closures and ice conditions will be posted on the Facebook page.

•Information about youth baseball, the softball team, or registrations will be put on the city’s website at obetz.oh.us.

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