December 6, 2016 PH Columbus

HARRISON TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE PUBLIC HEARING

December 6, 2016

PUBLIC HEARING CALL TO ORDER:

Vice-Chairman Joe DeFelice called the public hearing of December 6, 2016 to order at 6:00pm at the Harrison Township Building, 2746 Weigand Road, Lockbourne, Ohio.  Attending were Trustee Joe DeFelice, Trustee Bill Welsh, Trustee Doug Clark, Fiscal Officer MaryAnn Elliott and Zoning Inspector Doug Czako.  Also attending were Lee Weber from Black & Veatch Corporation, Jeremy Cawley from the City of Columbus and residents Adam and Deb Peters. Residents Dave Smith and the Matt Rayburn family were present but left when they learned it was a public hearing and not a regularly scheduled meeting.

Trustee DeFelice read the Rules of Order for the meeting.

The Clerk read the Legal Notice of Public Hearing published in the Circleville Herald on November 4, 2016 and mailed to surrounding property owners.

The Clerk read the recommendation of the Pickaway Planning Commission.

The Clerk read the recommendation of the Zoning Commission.

Jeremy Cawley, The City of Columbus Department of Public Utilities Project Manager, explained that this project is to build an air quality treatment facility for the Intermodal Facility and the JEDD area.  Construction is anticipated to begin in the Spring of 2017 but could be 15 to 25 months from now.  Mr. Cawley explained the construction and the process of this facility and presented drawings and plans.  There will be a small brick building with gravel around it and surrounded by a fence.  All recommendations of the Zoning Commission have been added to the project.

Lee Weber, Black & Veatch Corporation, Engineering Manager addressed the lighting issue.  Cut off LED light fixtures will be used.

Deb Peters expressed that her family’s biggest concern is any odor that would be present in the area from this facility.  She also asked if there is anything that can be done if the odor is offensive to neighbors.

Mr. Cawley explained that there may be a small amount of odor noticeable during the first month, but once the system is up and running the only odor from the facility should be similar to damp mulch.  If there is any sewer odor the facility will be shut down until the bark is replaced or the problem is corrected.

Deb Peters asked if a contractor for the construction of this project has been chosen.

Mr. Cawley stated that it is a multi-million dollar contract and there are many EPA and other requirements.  It’s possible that Michael’s Excavating of Wisconsin who has done other similar projects in the area, will do the project, but the contract has not been awarded at this time.  Because of the nature of the work, there is not a local contractor who can do it.

Adam Peters asked about the height and material for the fence and access to the field.

Mr. Cawley stated that an 8 foot security chain link fence would be used.  He also stated that there will be access to the field during and after construction.

Doug Czako asked if an offensive odor is present and the mulch needs to be replaced, how long would it take for the issue to be resolved. 

Mr. Cawley stated that it could take a week or longer to get the mulch here, but the fans and the unit would be shut down until the issue was corrected.

RESOLUTION 16-83

A RESOLUTION TO ACCEPT THE APPLICATION TO RE-ZONE .435 ACRES (PARCEL D1200030027803) FROM FARM RESIDENTIAL TO PLANNED BUSINESS WITH THE FOLLOWING MODIFICATIONS:

  • PLANTING ON WEST SIDE FOR VEGETATIVE SCREENING
  • DRIVE ON THE SOUTH SIDE TO BE EITHER GRAVEL OR PAVED
  • PERIMETER FENCE AROUND PROPERTY
  • MINIMAL LIGHTING FOR SECURITY PURPOSES (POLE) AND ENTRANCE LIGHTING
  • BUILDING TO BE CONSTRUCTED TO A RUSTIC BARN/BRICK SIDING
  • SECURITY SIGN – NO TRESASSING SIGN ON FENCE

Mr. Welsh made the motion and it was seconded by Mr. Clark.  The Trustees voted as follows:

Mr. Clark:  Yes

Mr. DeFelice: Yes

Mr. Welsh:  Yes

Resolution 16-83 was approved.

ADJOURNMENT:

With no further comments and all scheduled matters attended to, Mr. DeFelice moved and Mr. Welsh seconded the motion to adjourn the December 6, 2016 Public Hearing for The City of Columbus.  All were in favor and the meeting was adjourned at 6:28pm.