Cockrell annexation request gets first reading

By Lenny C. Lepola -

During last Wednesday’s Sunbury Village Council meeting, council members held the first reading of an Annexation Agreement for 78.8 acres in Berkshire Township owned by Margaret Ann and David Bruce Cockrell.

The annexation request has one unusual component. By Ohio Revised Code mandates an Expedited Type II Annexation must have five percent of its border touching existing village property. The Cockrell property is on the east side of Interstate 71, but the village property it touches is on the west side of I-71, also recently annexed.

The Cockrell’s filed an Expedited Type II Annexation request with the county in July, the request was sent to the village where council members, by state statute, had 20 days to approve a resolution outlining the availability of services for the property to be annexed.

Council members suspended the rules and approved the resolution during their first meeting in September.

The annexation request was placed on a subsequent Delaware County Commissioners meeting agenda for an up or down vote.

The annexation request was approved by the commissioners and returned to the village where it sat in limbo for 60 days, another Ohio Revised Code requirement, before it was placed on last Wednesday’s council agenda for discussion.

Attorney D.J. Young, sitting in for village solicitor David Brehm, said a few Annexation Agreement details still needed attention; that those details should be resolved and an up or down vote could be expected during the December 2 council meeting.

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