Sewer tap fees lowered for smaller apartments

By Lenny C. Lepola -

An ordinance that would lower sanitary sewer tap fees for multi-family units of two bedrooms or less was approved by Sunbury Village Council on June 1.

The village’s current sanitary sewer tap fee for a single family home is $7,132. Sunbury Solicitor David Brehm explained that smaller apartment units typically do not have the water use or wastewater load of a single-family home.

The ordinance stipulates that a two-bedroom apartment sewer tap fee be 75 percent of the single family fee, or $5,349; and a one-bedroom or efficiency apartment sewer tap fees be 60 percent of the single-family rate, or $4,279.20. Three-bedroom apartments or above, because of more occupants in each unit, would pay the full single-family sewer tap fee.

With Sunbury Pointe Apartments ready to break ground on a 148-unit complex at the intersection of South Miller Drive and Fairland Avenue, and developer Vince Romanelli considering locating a multi-family complex north of Sunbury Meadows East, multi-family tap fees have become an important development issue.

Brehm said the last time that tap fees were adjusted for multi-family units was in 2001 when the Lifestyle Communities apartment complex was built.

Council members suspended the rules, approved emergency language, and approved the ordinance.

Stan Hildreth was in chambers representing Arrow Industrial Supply. Members of the Village Planning and Zoning Commission approved that firm’s zoning application – with several contingencies — to build a warehouse and office building on Kintner Parkway in Sunbury Industrial Park.

Arrow Industrial Supply repackages nuts, bolts and other hardware for resale. The company has 13 employees — five of them work in sales on the road. The Westerville business has outgrown its 4,000 square-foot facility, and plans to build an 11,000 square-foot facility in Sunbury.

Because Arrow Industrial plans to build a new structure, the zoning commission’s approval came to council as an ordinance.

The zoning commission’s approval specified natural materials on the building’s front, and curbing throughout the parking lot and along driveways. At the June 1 meeting, Hildreth asked that those requirements be eliminated from the zoning certificate.

“There’s only one building back there with natural materials on front,” Hildreth said. “And nobody in the area has curbing totally around their parking lot. That’s a big issue with trucks backing into docks; and at $45 a foot for 600 feet of curbs, that becomes expensive.”

Hildreth asked for curbing around the front office parking lot, but not along driveways and in the loading dock area where curbing would quickly be damaged by trucks.

Brehm said Arrow Industrial would need a variance approved by the zoning commission for eliminating curbing and/or changing building materials. He recommended approving the ordinance, and having Arrow Industrial return to zoning commission with any variance requests.

Council members approved the ordinance with a suspension of the rules and emergency language.

Council members also approved an ordinance — with a suspension of the rules and emergency language — allowing Pulte Homes to proceed with Sunbury Meadows sections 9 and 10 infrastructure; and held a first reading of an ordinance that, if approved, would allow Scott Fodor to build a Sure Signs facility on the former Ellis Concrete property at 142 Granville St.

By Lenny C. Lepola

Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093

Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093