Marysville officials are working to install an electric vehicle charging station at the northwest corner of Sixth and Plum streets. A pair of parking spots next to the station will dedicated for electric vehicles. Officials hope to have the stations in and operational soon. (Journal-Tribune photo by Kayleen Petrovia)
Electric vehicle charging stations also in the works
Marysville City Council member Donald Boerger has said he would like council to consider a noise ordinance.
Earlier this year, Leon’s Garage, 326 E. Fifth St., announced it plans to expand the existing restaurant and add a new microbrewery at 129 N. Oak St. The project is owned by Daniels Garage LLC.
The expansion to Leon’s would include facilities for live music inside the building and outside.
There is also a proposed terrace at Leon’s and a proposed patio at House of Spirits, 318 E. Fifth St.
While the entire project is located within the city’s Uptown Commercial zoning district, it is bordered by homes.
Residents in those homes have said they are worried about noise, trash, parking, lights, traffic and people from the businesses interfering with their quality of life.
In June, Boerger, who represents that area of the city, said he is “opposed to this development.” At the time he explained that the city does not have the necessary legislation to protect residents nearby.
Monday, he said he would like to see the city move forward with a noise ordinance.
“I do believe a noise ordinance is definitely wanted,” Boerger said.
Other city officials have stressed they do not want an ordinance to fix a problem that doesn’t exist yet. Additionally, they have said a noise ordinance will apply to all businesses, not just the proposed Leon’s expansion. Boerger, however, said he would rather be “proactive, not reactive.”
“Just because there isn’t complaints coming yet, doesn’t mean we should wait until there is complaints,” Boerger said.
Public Service Director Mike Andrako said the city is working to create a pair of charging stations in the Uptown. Charging stations allow electric and hybrid vehicles to recharge while they are parked. Andrako said the city will create two parking spaces, on the northwest corner of Sixth and Plum streets. He said the conduits have been run and the electrician needs to install the cabinets and the actual charging station. Officials said they hope to have the stations in and operational, “in the next week or two.”
Andrako said Economic Development Director Eric Phillips and others have told him some time there needs to be a charging station in the Uptown.
“I have reminded him that to get one, we have to give up a parking space and those are a commodity in the town,” Andrako said.
Council member J.R. Rausch said the biggest problem could be keeping gasoline powered cars out of the spaces.
Council member Deb Groat asked if users will pay to park in the spots.
Andrako said they wouldn’t, at least initially. He said the city will pay for any electricity used and will evaluate the cost. If the city does move to eventually charge users, they will be able to pay through an app on their phone.
“Those who use this are pretty tech savvy,” Andrako said.
He added that, “if we see they are getting a lot of use, we can add more.”
He said many other cities already have the ports because American Electric Power has a program that will pay for the charging stations. Dayton Power and Light does not have a grant program and the city paid for the actual station.
“We are a little behind,” Andrako said. “I was waiting for the grant program to come in, it just never did.”
City officials are considering adding another day to the Marysville Outdoor Refreshment Area (MORA).
Each Friday and Saturday this summer, residents have been able to buy an alcoholic drink from an event or restaurant and carry it throughout the Uptown. Residents can take that drink into participating businesses, but not into other alcohol-selling establishments.
Monday, City Manager Terry said he would like to see the option added for Thursdays as well.
Emery said he “may ask and approach council about the possibility of adding another day” but wants to get through August before making the official request.
The MORA covers Fifth Street, from Court to Oak streets; Main Street, from Seventh to Fourth streets; and Partners Park.
Police Chief Floyd Golden said the police department has had “no problems” with the MORA this year and would be supportive of adding Thursday.
Emery said the MORA has been so successful, communities like Dublin, Bellefontaine and Marion have contacted the city about copying the local program.
Emery said there will not be fireworks this year. He said the annual fireworks program is offered by the local American Legion, not the city. He said that when July 4 fireworks were canceled, Legion officials hoped to have them for Labor Day. Emery said the city offered police, fire and other support in an effort to help the show.
“Ultimately, through communicating and researching, they have decided it is best to cancel for this year,” Emery said.
Mill Valley Pool
The Marysville Public Safety/Public Service Committee voted unanimously to sponsor legislation returning the Mill Valley North pool to Pulte Homes.
In 2018, Pulte Homes deeded 1.97 acres of the Mill Valley North subdivision, where the pool is located, to the city. The transfer was done without city council or city administration’s knowledge and the city never accepted the land.
A conflict between the homeowners and the homeowners association and its management company has complicated the matter. Committee members said they need to limit the discussion to the land issue and not the conflict.
Council and committee member Groat asked how the matter would be handled without “the bugaboo.” City Law Director Tim Aslaner said the city has prepared an affidavit of facts denying the transfer. Once that affidavit is filed, the city can work to have the deed reverted to Pulte Homes, but not before.
“This transfer back to Pulte Homes needs to happen sooner rather than later,” Aslaner said.
Council and committee member Aaron J. Carpenter, who represents the Mill Valley neighborhood, initially opposed transferring the land back to Pulte, though he ultimately voted to support the legislation. He said he understands the issue and homeowners have been unable to meet to form a new homeowners association.
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