Pickerington/Violet annexation agreement on hold

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After months of negotiations, Pickerington City Council and the Violet Township trustees have almost reached an agreement regarding the city’s plans to annex 3.3 acres from the township.

The land is located near the northwest corner of Wright and Diley roads. Construction of a planned office park there remains on hold while the city and the township discuss an annexation agreement.

Council twice tabled its version of the agreement because it did not match the township’s version.

Pickerington Mayor David Shaver said the financial terms of the agreement have been reached, but that lawyers for both entities need to attend to procedural details.  The agreement should be complete by council’s Oct. 2 meeting, where it will be put to a final vote.

According to the proposed agreement, Pickerington would pay $5,000 to reimburse Violet Township for costs associated with rezoning the land.

Originally, Pickerington offered to reimburse the township $2,500.

Pickerington would also give the township 20 percent of the income tax collected from the property until the city collects $500,000. The city would then give the township 15 percent of the income tax collected from the property until the city collects $1 million.  Once Pickerington collects income tax in excess of $1 million, the township would receive 10 percent.

Originally, Pickerington offered the township a flat 10 percent of the income tax.

Working the polls

Also at its Sept. 18 meeting, council tabled the second reading of an ordinance that would pay city workers to take-off Election Day from work to serve as judges at Fairfield County polls.

Council passed the first reading of the ordinance under the assumption that other cities and townships had agreed to do the same.

Councilman Jeff Fix said Pickerington has since learned that the other municipalities refused the request of the Fairfield County Board of Elections.

At the first reading, Councilman Ted Hackworth said the board of elections lost many of its aging poll workers because they did not understand the new computerized machinery.

The county is trying to recruit enough people to work the polls. If the Pickerington ordinance passes, the workers would receive pay from the board of elections in addition to their paid day-off from Pickerington.

Councilman Brian Wisniewski said city workers may work the polls, but they would need to take a vacation day to do so.

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