‘Voters have spoken’


Berlin Twp. zoning amendment voted down

By Gary Budzak - gbudzak@aimmediamidwest.com, - D. Anthony Botkin - abotkin@aimmediamidwest.com, - and - By Glenn Battishill - gbattishill@aimmediamidwest.com



Further back on the property of the old junkyard in Berlin Township sits some abandoned speedboats. According to Michael Shade, attorney for Savko Brothers Properties, even though the referendum failed Tuesday to rezone the property to Planned Industrial, Savko is committed to keeping his promise of cleaning up the property.

Further back on the property of the old junkyard in Berlin Township sits some abandoned speedboats. According to Michael Shade, attorney for Savko Brothers Properties, even though the referendum failed Tuesday to rezone the property to Planned Industrial, Savko is committed to keeping his promise of cleaning up the property.


D. Anthony Botkin | The Gazette

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Statewide Issue

There was one statewide issue on the ballot May 8, which received bipartisan support. Gerrymandering reform overwhelmingly passed, 1,158,492 Yes to 389,731 No; with 99 percent of precincts reporting. The margin was roughly 75 percent Yes to 25 percent No. This means that after the 2020 Census, Ohio will attempt to redraw its congressional district lines. Ohio is considered “one of the most pro-Republican-gerrymandered states in the country,” according to the Vox website.

Berlin Township

Voters in Berlin Township swiftly defeated a referendum Tuesday, overturning a rezoning measure approved by trustees that went against the wishes of many residents.

The referendum received 32.77 percent of the vote in the affirmative, with 67.23 percent voting against the referendum, causing the rezoning of the 24 acres of property owned by Savko Brothers Properties X LLC located at 5427 State Route 37 E., Delaware, to fail.

Trustees had approved rezoning the property to Planned Industrial from Farm Residential back on Oct. 9, 2017.

At the time, Savko proposed building Savko Commerce Park on the property, which included plans for the construction of a concrete batching plant. Township residents opposed the plant, citing that the added traffic of the 80,000-pound cement trucks would only add to the already congested highway problem, and the possibility of cement dust in the air being harmful.

According to Savko, the plan was to have a state-of-the-art facility that is self-contained that would not allow particulates to escape to the outside.

Graeme Quinn, the Berlin Township resident who led the opposition against the rezoning, said he would probably get some sleep, finally.

“I’m in awe in how well the community banded together,” he said. “We certainly achieved what we set out to do.”

Quinn said the effort was a grassroots movement that worked with an out-of-the-pocket budget.

“Everything was out of our pockets,” he said. “It is really a shoestring budget.”

Quinn added it was amazing to see amounts in the budget for $5.98 to print flyers, completely opposite of a big corporate budget, or the sight of people sticking stamps on envelopes with no automation. He said it showed the resolve of the community to defeat the rezoning.

“It’s a testament to how seriously the township sees itself as a normal residential township and zoning plan,” he said. “We don’t want to be told where to put things. We want to stick to the zoning plan.”

Attorney Michael Shade said he had not talked to his client, Marty Savko, of Savko Brothers Properties, about building the concrete plant on the corner property Savko owns next door to the site where the plant was to be built prior to voters overturn the rezoning amendment, but assumed the plan would go forward. Savko purchased the property recently as the backup site for the plant if the referendum was defeated.

“Build it there please,” said Quinn in an earlier report. “The threat is muted, because he is threatening us with a safer alternative.”

Shade said it will take time and that Savko plans to work with Evolution Ag, the tractor company that leases the property, to satisfy the company’s needs and Savko’s needs. He said Evolution Ag has a good business there and helps the community.

“They will look at it very hard,” he said. “Marty is convinced that there is a need for a cement plant. The plant will be built.”

However, Shade said by the time Savko works through the process, it would be late spring 2019 before construction would start.

“Marty said there is no malice toward the residents of Berlin Township, and the voters have spoken,” Shade said. “Marty enjoyed working with the township officials and is prepared to live up to his commitment to cleaning up the junkyard and donating property for the water tower for the betterment of the community.”

In a recent report, Berlin Township Fire Department officials said the biggest problem with the U.S. Route 36/state Route 37 corridor is insufficient water pressure from the hydrants.

“One of the problems up here in Berlin Township is the water pressure is not really great from Del-Co Water,” said Fire Chief Craig Hall. “It’s not their fault because the closest tower is in Leonardsburg. The most it flows now is around 350 gallons a minute. When we go into a house fire, we would like to have at least 1,000 gallons a minute.”

Shade said in the same report that until the tower is built, Savko will have an interior tank of 10,000 gallons with exterior hookups that the fire department could use in case of an emergency.

Shade said he didn’t know what Savko would do with the property since the referendum was defeated.

“We still think it was a better place for the concrete plant,” he said. “We don’t know where the plant will be located on the new property. There is a lot of work ahead to do.”

SourcePoint

The Delaware County senior services levy passed by more than 72 percent of the vote during Tuesday’s primary election.

The levy, which was a renewal of an existing five-year, 1.2-mill levy with a .1-mill increase, will cost homeowners approximately $35.63 per year for a $100,000 of property valuation.

According to the Delaware County Board of Elections, the levy passed with 23,730 “yes” votes, approximately 72.21 percent. The BOE reports that 9,134 voters, or 27.79 percent, voted against the levy.

“Obviously, we’re thrilled with the results,” said SourcePoint Executive Director Robert Horrocks. “We’ve been blessed by the community, and we’d like to thank voters for their support.”

According to SourcePoint, its services and programs like in-home care services, Meals on Wheels, medical transportation, insurance counseling, caregiving support programs, and the Enrichment Center are funded in part by the levy, corporate and private donations, sponsorships and federal grants.

Horrocks said this is the seventh SourcePoint levy passed by Delaware County voters, and SourcePoint was a little concerned this year because several townships passed tax levies last year. Horrocks was worried they would get sticker shock.

Horrocks added the levy’s 72 percent vote in favor of is a new record for SourcePoint.

“It just shows the level of support the community has given us,” Horrocks said.

Looking ahead to the next five years, Horrocks said, SourcePoint is aiming to improve its services while keeping its promise of no waiting list for home care services. Horrocks said other goals for the next five years are to take more education programs into the community and to make SourcePoint and its programs more visible and accessible.

“We are known for our services and those couldn’t be done without community support,” Horrocks said.

Horrocks noted in a letter to the editor to The Delaware Gazette that this levy would be his last before he retires.

The levy will take effect in January 2019.

Unofficial Results

State Issue 1

(Process for drawing congressional districts)

Yes — 24,039

No — 7,967

Delaware County

(Senior citizens levy renewal & increase)

For the Tax Levy — 23,730

Against the Tax Levy — 9,134

Berlin Township

(Zoning amendment for 5427 SR 37 E., Delaware)

Yes — 462

No — 948

Village of Ashley

(Tax renewal for current expenses)

For the Tax Levy — 85

Against the Tax Levy — 67

Tri Township Joint Fire District

(Tax renewal for fire equipment)

For the Tax Levy — 901

Against the Tax Levy — 347

Delaware Township

(Tax renewal for roads)

For the Tax Levy — 246

Against the Tax Levy — 311

Local Liquor Option – Delaware 4-B

Sunday sales D-6

(Mezzaluna Winery, 29 N. Sandusky St., Delaware)

Yes — 296

No — 55

Local Liquor Option – Galena C-2

(Sambuca’s, 577 N. Walnut St., Galena)

Yes — 67

No — 61

Local Liquor Option – Galena

Sunday sales D-6

(Sambuca’s, 577 N. Walnut St., Galena)

Yes — 62

No — 66

Local Liquor Option – Liberty B

Sunday sales D-6

(Swan Lake, 5900 Liberty Road, Powell)

Yes — 150

No — 68

Local Liquor Option – Orange G

Sunday Sales D-6

(Aldi, 8156 Orange Centre Dr., Lewis Center)

Yes — 146

No — 51

Local Liquor Option – Trenton B

Sunday sales D-6

(Rattlesnake Ridge Golf Club, Sunbury)

Yes — 142

No — 96

Further back on the property of the old junkyard in Berlin Township sits some abandoned speedboats. According to Michael Shade, attorney for Savko Brothers Properties, even though the referendum failed Tuesday to rezone the property to Planned Industrial, Savko is committed to keeping his promise of cleaning up the property.
https://www.sunburynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2018/05/web1_IMG_0239_1.jpgFurther back on the property of the old junkyard in Berlin Township sits some abandoned speedboats. According to Michael Shade, attorney for Savko Brothers Properties, even though the referendum failed Tuesday to rezone the property to Planned Industrial, Savko is committed to keeping his promise of cleaning up the property. D. Anthony Botkin | The Gazette

Ohio’s Congressional districts map, with Republican-controlled districts in red and Democratic in blue.
https://www.sunburynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2018/05/Ohio_Congressional_Districts_with_party_colors__2013_2015__unlabeled.svg_.pngOhio’s Congressional districts map, with Republican-controlled districts in red and Democratic in blue. Courtesy map | Vox
Berlin Twp. zoning amendment voted down

By Gary Budzak

gbudzak@aimmediamidwest.com,

D. Anthony Botkin

abotkin@aimmediamidwest.com,

and

By Glenn Battishill

gbattishill@aimmediamidwest.com

Botkin wrote about Berlin Twp., Battishill wrote about SourcePoint.

Contact D. Anthony Botkin at 740-413-0902. Follow him on Twitter @dabotkin.

Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.

Botkin wrote about Berlin Twp., Battishill wrote about SourcePoint.

Contact D. Anthony Botkin at 740-413-0902. Follow him on Twitter @dabotkin.

Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.