Plain City Prepares For Zoning Code Changes, Discusses Updates To Wastewater Treatment Plant

PLAIN CITY – Following the meeting with the Madison County Commissioners and a work session last week, the Plain City Village Council had an abbreviated meeting Monday.

A resolution was passed on the second reading giving permission for the village administration to sell impounded vehicles and while another resolution, which had its first reading Monday, was the introduction to update the Plain City branding program and the implementation of the guidelines for the same.

In other news, the Environmental Protection Agency has signed off and given a permit to increase the wastewater treatment plant to handle up to one million gallons of water per day. It was noted that the current configuration of the treatment plant is designed to handle 750,000 gallons per day and the additional 1,800 homes that are expected to be built in the Plain City area may perhaps cause the wastewater plant to exceed that limit. However, in the agreement that was reached with the Madison County Commission, that problem should be eliminated once the new lines are installed as planned along the U.S. Route 42 corridor that runs from the Union County line in Plain City to West Jefferson and that many of the new additional homes will be served by the new line.

Mayor Jody Carney announced that the American Red Cross will be conducting a Blood Drive in Plain City, Wednesday, Nov 9 at a site to be determined and that the village’s Beggar’s Night, or Trick or Treat Night, will be conducted Monday, October 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. Mayor Carney also announced that the Madison County cities and villages are having a competition for a food drive of non-perishable food items with other municipalities in Madison County, with the city or village which brings in the most items winning bragging rights, and more importantly, it will help feed those who are in need of an extra meal. For those who wish to contribute non-perishable food items and help Plain City win the competition, a food collection box will be available at the Plain City offices until Friday, at which time the food items will be counted to name the winner before the food items will be distributed to those in need.

Budget talks for the 2023 Village budget are underway and the Village is looking to adopting new zoning codes for the rapidly expanding area. It was suggested that a new land use map for the village also be implemented as soon as possible after the new zoning codes are agreed upon, possibly at the same meeting, to expedite the process. Property maintenance code updates will also be discussed at the meeting

The public hearing for the zoning code updates is scheduled to be conducted November 14 and the next regular meeting of the Plain City Village Council is slated for Monday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m.

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