Orange Township has selected a new person to lead its zoning department.
Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to hire David Hray to serve as the director of planning and zoning in the township. In the newly created position, he replaces Tom Farahay, who was fired after allegations of theft surfaced.
Hray begins his employment with the township on Sept. 14. He will make $70,000 per year.
He currently works in the Franklin County Economic Development and Planning Department.
Farahay, who worked for the township for about 15 years, is accused of “falsification of records, stealing cash for personal benefit and submitting false reports and receipts to the fiscal officer,” according to a an Orange Township pre-disciplinary report.
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office has concluded an investigation into the matter and handed its finding over to the Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office.
Julie Datko, a spokeswoman in the prosecutor’s office, said there is not a time line for the review of evidence.
Bale Kenyon Road Improvements
Trustees voted unanimously to approve a grant application that would help cover a portion of the cost of widening Bale Kenyon Road from Orange Road to Lewis Center Road.
The grant, through the Ohio Public Works Commission, will provide the township with $487,000 toward the $2.1 million project, if awarded.
In addition to widening, the project will also include a trail along the roadway.
Delaware County plans to cover $50,000 of the costs.
The project will be done in conjunction with other road improvements the county plans to make in the area, according to Beth Hugh, the county’s maintenance and parks director.
Aquatic center vandalism
Two juveniles who admitted to causing a little more than $1,100 in damages at North Orange Park Aquatic Center personally apologized for their actions Tuesday.
The apology was court ordered. Each juvenile has also been ordered to cover half the cost of the damages.
“It does take a lot to come in front and own up to it,” Trustee Rob Quigley told the juveniles.
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