Damin Cappel is Sunbury’s newest Village Councilman.
“I want to help shape my community,” Cappel said. “Everyone loves this area, but is worried about growing outside the confines of a small town.”
There were four candidates who were briefly interviewed at the Feb. 6 meeting of Council, and they each had an earlier 15-minute interview with council. After regular business, council met in executive session to make the selection.
“It’s wonderful to have four candidates for one position,” said solicitor David Brehm.
Capell said he has lived in Sunbury for five years. He is the operations manager at the Ohio State University’s Marketplace on Neil, and recently served 20 years in the Ohio Air National Guard. Cappel is married and has two children.
The other candidates were: Michael Charles Smith, a quality engineer at American Showa; Richard A. Ryba, who is on the village’s zoning committee and charter commission; and Michael Thomas, controller at OhioHealth Marion General Hospital.
Each candidate said they were willing to serve the village in another capacity in the event of a vacancy, and there is an opening on the charter commission, which runs into July. Of the commission, Mayor Tommy Hatfield said, “They’re doing a great job. They go around the barn, but end up in a good place.”
Also at the meeting, Delaware General Health District representative Kelsey Kuhlman made her final presentation to council. James Schwaderer, a 1999 Big Walnut graduate who lives in Sunbury, will be the DGHD’s new liaison to council. The district’s satellite office in Sunbury is expected to open this spring.
In other business, Local Waste Services was granted a one-year extension for trash removal in the village. There was also discussion about parking on Heartland Meadows Drive.
Administrator Allen Rothermel told council in his report, “An application for funding under the Delaware County Trail Committee Grant was submitted on January 31. A public open house was held on January 30 with six very interested individuals in the audience sharing their ideas and comments. It is our understanding there were two applicants seeking funding from the County. I will let Council know as soon as we hear about our status. It is hoped work could begin on the 750-foot trail from Granville Street to the bridge at the Fallen Heroes Memorial by the end of this year.”
Prior to the meeting, there was a public hearing for the proposed Sunbury Farms development. The engineer’s report describes Sunbury Farms as a subdivision consisting “of 161 single family lots located between Interstate 71 and S. Galena Road, immediately south of Meadow Chase Drive. The property is currently not zoned and is proposed to be rezoned to Planned Residential District.”
Several residents on Meadow Chase had questions about how the subdivision would affect traffic on their street, and along Galena Road and an extended Wilson Road. There was also a question about what would be on a triangular piece of land in the southeast corner of the development, and the answer was prairie grass/wildflowers. No action was taken on the matter.
Gary Budzak may be reached at 740-413-0906 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.