New Franklin Council updates zoning code
New Franklin City Council
City to share road responsibilities
By Mike D’Agruma
As was expected, New Franklin City Council unanimously voted to accept an ordinance amending sections of the city’s zoning code at the Oct. 4 regular meeting.
The amendment added a conservation subdivision overlay option accidentally omitted from the R-3 and R-4 Residential zoning designations. The overlay provides for 40 percent green space in developed property. According to Zoning Director Barry Ganoe, the overlay is only an option, not a requirement.
Councilwoman Judy Jones, a member of the city’s Planning Commission, and Ganoe discovered the overlay omission at the Commission’s Sept. 11 meeting.
As a result, Council tabled a resolution changing the zoning classification of 38.6 acres on Eastern Road from R-2 (Residential) to R-3 (High Density Residential) at its regular meeting Sept. 20. The legislation will be considered inactive until Council votes to bring it back to the agenda.
Council has indicated it would like one more reading after voting to bring the ordinance back so that city officials could contact interested individuals who would like to be present for the final vote. A public hearing regarding the change will take place at the Nov. 15 meeting.
Also at the meeting, Council unanimously passed a resolution to enter into an agreement with the city of Green for shared maintenance of South Main Street.
According to Road Superintendent Jeff Olson, the agreement covers snow and ice removal, pavement maintenance, guardrail repair, repair of traffic control devices and berms, vegetation control and other general road maintenance.
New Franklin will be responsible for electric costs of traffic signals at the intersection of West Nimisila Road and South Main Street; snow removal from East Caston to Yager Road and Clement Drive from South Main Street to the western corporation limit; and all general maintenance responsibilities on the west side of South Main Street.
Green will be responsible for all maintenance work at the aforementioned intersection, snow removal from Mt. Pleasant Road to Yager Road and general maintenance on the east side of South Main Street.
Both cities will share costs on future upgrades, major repairs and resurfacing or striping projects.
“The shared maintenance comes in if there’s major reconstruction that needs done,” Olson said. “We’ll get together and decide how to go about it and share the costs.”
In other business, Council:
unanimously approved a resolution to endorse the creation of the Ohio Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park and expressed a desire to have the monument constructed in the city;
unanimously approved a $17,100 then/now purchase order for an outstanding invoice from Anderson Drilling and Pump Inc.;
unanimously approved an agreement between the city and Mobile Meals Inc. on behalf of the Franklin Park Civic Center;
unanimously approved an agreement with Noreast Construction Co. for the grading of the George Sisler Memorial Baseball Park. The cost for the grading will be $21,000; and
announced that copies of the proposed New Franklin Charter, which residents will have the opportunity to vote on during the Nov. 7 General Election, were mailed to all residents. Call the Administration Building at (330) 882-4324 if you did not receive a copy of the charter. [See related story on Page 1.]
The next regular New Franklin City Council meeting will take place Oct. 18 at the Administration Building, 5611 Manchester Road, with committee meetings at 6 p.m. and the regular meeting at 7 p.m.