West Jeff council approves annexation request

(Posted Sept. 6, 2017)

By Sandi Latimer, Staff Writer

The village of West Jefferson is looking to the future. Council members handled legislation at their latest meeting that deals with annexation and zoning.

Council members adopted a resolution that accepts the application to annex 43.108 acres in Jefferson Township. This land is on the northeast corner of U.S. Route 40 and State Route 142. Property owners are seeking village services, including water and sewer, and police and fire protection.

Paperwork for this process has gone through the Madison County commissioners since May 16.

Property owners are TH Midwest Inc. of Columbus and Sky Ranch Properties LLC of Galloway.

The zoning issue came in the form of an ordinance that received a first reading. This concerns amending the zoning ordinance of April 2003 by adding a new zoning designation known as a planned mixed-use district.

Planned mixed-use has been discussed at previous council meetings. Such a zoning designation would allow for developers to create a community that includes businesses and residences.

A public hearing will be held Oct. 2 after which the ordinance will receive a second reading and possible vote.

In other business, Public Service Director John Mitchell received the go-ahead to add a pump to the village’s swimming pool. He estimates the project will cost $30,000 plus 10 percent for contingencies.

“This needs to be done and I’d like to get it done now,” he said. “Trying to get it done in the spring puts us under the gun to get the work done before the pool opens.”

Because the cost exceeded the $7,500 purchasing limit, Mitchell sought bids and will select the one he feels can do the best job.

Council also accepted the bid of Danis Construction of Miamisburg for construction services on the water treatment plant improvements project. This is not to exceed $4.38 million.

In a related resolution, the village will contract with AECOM of Columbus for the inspection and construction administration of the water treatment plant improvements project. This is not to exceed $297,232.

The village is entering into a new communications agreement with Spectrum. Finance Director Debbie DiLeo says the agreement repeals one made in September 2014. The new one is a five-year agreement and includes fiber Internet access.

Council accepted a $2,000 donation from Joe Craft, owner of The Happy Druggist, for use toward the cost of the electronic message sign on Main Street across from the administration building.

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