Marysville City Council Takes First Step Toward Another Annexation



MARYSVILLE – The Marysville City Council took the first step to again expand its borders Monday as it approved a resolution that indicates that the city will be able to provides services – utilities, police, fire, etc. – to approximately 243 acres in Paris Township as the owners of this property have asked the city to annex the land into Marysville.

This resolution is but the first of several measures that must be taken prior to annexation, and only states that the city is capable of supplying services to the areas and is not, as yet, under any obligation to do so. On the resolution’s passage Monday – Council Member Steven Wolfe cast the lone “no” vote on the measure – it will now be forwarded to the Union County Commission for action before being brought back to Council for a debate, public hearing and a final decision on the proposed annexation.

Another resolution which passed Monday will allow City Manager Terry Emery to submit an application on behalf of the city for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Small Cities Program for an amount not to exceed of $150,000 for 2024 for improvements to sidewalks and new drive approaches along E. 4th St. (east of Leon’s Garage) and also updating the old brick sidewalks along Walnut St. between 5th and 6th St.

A third resolution accepted the renewal application for placement of farmland in an agricultural district within the city limits along Weaver Road.

Interestingly, all of the ordinances that were up for second readings and public hearings Monday had the third readings waived by Council and were all passed on their final vote.

Included in those ordinances which the third reading was waived passed on the final reading were the authorization of a municipal tax credit for Nestlé, USA, Inc., which is expected to invest $30,000,000 and bring 200 new jobs to the facility. Another was authorization of supplemental appropriations for street paving program for 2024, and another was to approve amendments to General and Traffic Offenses sections of the Marysville City Code, amendments that were described at the first reading at the last council meeting as “housekeeping” measures.

The Council also waived the third readings and took a final vote following hearings and second readings for six different ordinances, all of which will accept public infrastructure for the following locations: Pioneer Crossing, Phases 1 and 2; Pioneer Crossing, Phase 3; New California Hills, Phase 13; Glacier Pointe, Section 3; Chestnut Crossing, Phases 1 and 2; and The Enclave at Mill Valley, Phases 1 and 2. All of the public infrastructure measures – and the waiver of the third readings for each – passed without a dissenting vote.

Another ordinance which would better define the use of local streets for large vehicles, to include allowing municipal maintenance trucks, garage trucks and other vehicles contracted by government agencies including both Marysville and ODOT, to use the streets while banning other large vehicles (tractor/trailers and the like) which are just “passing though” Marysville, rather than stopping and making deliveries to Uptown businesses. Council Member J.R. Rausch voted against suspending the third reading on this ordinance, the only member of council to do so, but voted yes on the final reading.

The only ordinance that was up for a third and final reading Monday – authorize the sale of real property by the city in the 33 Innovation Park development – passed unanimously and without further comment from the administration or Council.

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