County approves Creekside developer’s agreements

By D. Anthony Botkin - [email protected]

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Delaware County Commissioners have approved a developer’s agreements for the county’s first shovel-ready commercial site in Orange Township.

“It includes eight new lots at the Creekside Industrial Park,” said Rob Riley, chief deputy engineer. He told commissioners the plats had been approved by all the required agencies for conformance to local codes.

The agreement is with Highdev II LLC, the developers of the new Creekside Industrial park off U.S. 23 just east of Menards in Orange Township.

Director of Economic Development Bob Lamb said in an earlier report, “This would be one of the first shovel-ready sites within the county targeted towards key industry we believe will grow jobs as well as the tax base within the county.”

Lamb said the developer’s proposal requested both a 20-year, 75 percent Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and a Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) exemption to assist in preparing the site.

County commissioners authorized the county administrator Aug. 14 to give notice of the proposed TIF and CRA exemptions to the Olentangy Local School District and the Delaware Area Career Center. Commissioners also entered into an intergovernmental agreement for the TIF with Orange Township on Sept. 25 for the purpose of the development.

Riley also asked for approval of a developer’s agreement between the county and Orangepointe LLC for four new Orange Point parcels and the extension of Graphics Way, also off of U.S. 23.

Director of Sanitary Engineering Mike Frommer asked for commissioners approval of an agreement with Orangepointe LLC for sanitary sewer in the subdivisions.

In other business, commissioners approved a services agreement with MJL Resources LLC for the completion of an operations assessment at the Alum Creek Water Reclamation Facility, Olentangy Environmental Control Center, and the Lower Scioto Water Reclamation Facility.

“The assessment is a follow-up to our master plan,” Frommer said. “This going to take a real fine look at our daily workflow and our operation and how we’re staffing. I think this will provide a lot of input on things we’re doing very well and some things we could tweak to do better.”

Chief Mike Schuiling, director of Emergency Medical Services, presented a donation from the Berkshire, Sunbury, Trenton, and Galena Fire District.

“This is the acceptance of CPR equipment that is used for education and training,” he said. “BST&G Fire Department bought this some years ago and had found they had little use for it and decided it be better appropriated to Delaware County where we do a lot of CPR training.”

Schuiling said the county’s equipment was aging due to a lot of use.

Director of Job and Family Services David Dombrosky asked commissioners to approve the donation of five bicycles and five skateboards to the Department of Job and Family Services from United Parcel Service. He said the bicycles and skateboards will be given to foster children.

“The total value of the donation is over $500,” he said.

Superintendent Kristine Hodge from the Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities requested a transfer of funds and supplemental appropriations for a capital improvement project.

“Our roof needs to be completely replaced,” she said. The total cost of project is $469,500.

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By D. Anthony Botkin

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D. Anthony Botkin may be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @dabotkin.

D. Anthony Botkin may be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @dabotkin.