By Lenny C. Lepola
When Sunbury Council members held a first reading of Resolution 2014-08 Aug. 20 – a services availability resolution for an Expedited Type II Annexation request to bring an additional 247.471 acres into the village – the only comment before a vote was Sunbury Solicitor David Brehm saying the language was similar to the Walker/Dye Annexation Services Resolution.
The property in question is bordered by South Galena Road on the west, adjacent to 128.285 acres recently annexed into the village. The east side of the property borders the I-71 right-of-way. To the north is property owned by Fallon Gilbert LLC; Estates at Cheshire are to the south. A stub road in Estates at Cheshire, Oak View, terminates at the property to be annexed.
For want of a better term, and with multiple property owners filing for the annexation, it would likely be called the Tanaka-Sivad Annexation after the two largest landholders.
When an Expedited Type II Annexation request is filed with the county, the request is sent to the village where council members, by statute, have 20 days to approve a resolution outlining the availability of services for the property to be annexed.
Council members suspended the rules, approved emergency language in Resolution 2014-08 and approved the resolution.
The annexation request will be placed on a subsequent Delaware County Commissioners meeting agenda for an up or down vote. Typically, it’s a pass through Yes vote.
The annexation request will be returned to the village where it must sit in limbo for 60 days, another Ohio Revised Code requirement, before it is placed on a council agenda for discussion.
Several maps have been circulating showing annexation requests into Sunbury extending west to 3Bs&K Road, and one written document mentioned Africa Road, but none of those scenarios have materialized on a filed annexation request at this time.