New bank in town? Well, sort of …
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
On Monday, January 28, Sylvia Weber, Weber Architecture, approached members of the Village of Sunbury Planning & Zoning Commission and received zoning’s nod of approval to place a freestanding Fifth/Third Bank ATM in the Sunbury Mills Plaza parking lot.
“Banking centers are becoming smaller,” Weber said. “People are banking on the Internet and with cell phones. ATM’s are the wave of the future.”
Weber said Fifth/Third Bank has an agreement with plaza owner Vince Romanelli to place the ATM in the parking lot.
Members of the zoning commission approved the request, sending it along to Sunbury Village Council where the request appeared as Ordinance 2013-04 and is subject to three readings and a 30-day statutory waiting period until, if approved, the ordinance would become effective.
The other Weber in the Weber Architecture partnership, Jerry Weber, represented Fifth/Third Bank at council during the first reading of 2013-04. He noted that the nearest full serve Fifth/Third Bank is eight miles away in Westerville.
“The ATM would take up six parking spaces in the area of the parking lot that’s the last to fill up,” Jerry Weber said. “It sits on a 4-foot by 12-foot concrete pad, is bolted down with high-strength steel, and is surrounded by multiple bollard’s.”
He said the upright ATM unit has a pre-engineered canopy built for high wind loads; there are security lights in the canopy, and no landscaping that would pose a security risk.
Sunbury’s consulting engineer Wes Hall, CT Consultants, said he reviewed the construction drawings and the ATM’s construction, lane width and curbing all look fine; that he would issue a letter noting engineering approval.
In other business, Hall also noted that the town hall roof inspection is complete and he asked about a possible combined meeting of the Services Committee and the Parks & Safety Committee to discuss town hall roofing options.
It was also reported that three temporary speed bumps would soon be installed on Fairland Drive to slow traffic in the neighborhood leading into Big Walnut Middle School.
Council members also reappointed Tim Gose to another three-year term on the zoning commission.
Sunbury’s website is located at < sunburyvillage.com >. Sunbury Village Council meets the first and third Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m., third floor council chambers, Sunbury Town Hall. Council committees meet one hour before regularly scheduled council sessions. All village council and council committee meetings are open to the public.