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Sunbury looks at gas to wastewater plant:


Zoning meeting moved to April 3


After Sunbury Village Council members sorted through the concerns of visitors who were in chambers because of the annexation services resolution that was on last Wednesday’s (March 19) Council agenda, very little business remained on the floor.


In his report to Council, Village Administrator Dave Martin said he had contacted the New Business Department at Columbia Gas to discuss the possibility of installing a gas line to service the Village of Sunbury Wastewater Treatment Plant.


During the March 5 Services Committee meeting, wastewater treatment plant supervisor Rich Felton said the treatment plant had been using more propane than it typically has in the past to keep equipment from freezing during the exceptionally cold winter weather Central Ohio has been experiencing.


“We’ve been hit pretty hard this year with propane; we’ve already passed our blanket PO amount,” Felton said at that meeting. “There’s a shortage of propane and the price has gone up all winter. The last bill was over $4, it’s been up as high as $4.65 a cubic foot.”


During the March 5 Council meeting Council members asked Martin to contact Columbia Gas about running a natural gas line from the South Columbus Street gas main to the plant, or from the gas line servicing Big Walnut High School to the plant.


During that discussion Martin noted that homes on Southview and Middleview do not have gas service. Council members asked Martin to inquire if Columbia gas could route lines to also service homes on those two streets.


“Columbia Gas said they would research the possibilities of running a gas line to the wastewater treatment plant,” Martin said. “That would involve getting the gas from Old 3C (South Columbus Street) to the plant. They said they would only tap into the main; that the lateral running to the high school is sized for the high school’s usage requirements and they would not tap into that.”


Martin also noted that he asked if lines could be routed in such a way that homeowners along Southview and Middleview could tap into the line and switch to heating with natural gas.


“I talked to them about the possibility of making gas available to those houses, and they will be looking into that as well,” Martin said.


While he had the floor, Martin reminded everyone that because of a late variance request filing and spring break the March meeting of the Village of Sunbury Planning & Zoning Commission has been moved to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 3.


The meeting will be preceded by a public hearing about an American Showa request for variances for a construction project at the plant’s West Cherry Street location.


“American Showa wants to double the size of their research and development facility,” Martin said. “They’re asking for five variances - parking space size, number of spaces, elimination of landscape islands in the parking lot, tree replacement and parking lot lights.”


Martin also reported that the roots of a willow tree in the right of way on Greenbrier is blocking the sewer. The tree is in front of a foreclosed house, and because it’s in the ROW Martin said Village crews would remove it.


In other business, Council members approved spending $3,894 to replace both of the Village’s zero turn mowers. Martin said the old mowers have excessive hours on them; they will be used as trade-ins. One additional $6,000 mower purchase has been put on hold.


Council members also approved Ordinance 2014-07, an ordinance establishing a board of review to approve amendments or changes to tax regulations and to hear taxpayer appeals; and approved a motion to allow the Big Walnut High School Music and Marching Boosters to use Sunbury Village Square to hold their Monday, May 26, Memorial Day Flea Market on the Square.


Parks Committee chair Joe Gochenour reported that this season’s Vineyard Church Concerts on the Square would be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on June 8, July 13 and August 10, and on September 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


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.


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