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Council debates Lime City Road rezoning for truck driving school
By Beth Church
Rossford City Council is continuing to debate the merits of a zoning change to allow a truck driving school to operate on Lime City Road.
At its August 8 meeting, council heard a second reading of the ordinance changing, from A agricultural to PI planned industrial, two parcels on the west side of Lime City Road, south of Buck Road, that were annexed into the city last year.
Planning commission recommended approval of the zoning change at its July meeting.
The site is proposed for a truck driving school by Trainco, which now operates on Oregon Road. Previously the company was located in the Hunger complex on Superior Street, but outgrew that site.
The 30.73 acres are owned by Bonnie J. Brossia and Carol Brossia Stephens.
Attorney Lane Williamson, representing Trainco, said a preliminary site plan for the project was submitted to the planning commission.
Councilman Greg Marquette asked whether it is reasonable to limit truck traffic coming out of the site to only traveling north.
“That way it’s not heading down toward the [Glenwood] school,” he said. “And we could ask the developer to upgrade the road in that direction.”
Several council members and area residents have expressed concern about the poor condition of the road, which already is traveled by school, police and fire vehicles.
“We understand traffic is an issue of concern,” Mr. Williamson said. “And this could involve a traffic study.”
Tiffany Densic of Birch Drive told council she opposes the zoning change.
Noting the plans for two shifts of truck driver training, she believes the noise from trucks shifting gears would be obtrusive in the neighborhood.
“This was not a planned industrial site–there’s farming, a school and a church,” Mrs. Densic said. “There are more appropriate places for this to go.”
Council is scheduled to hear a third reading of the zoning change ordinance at its August 22 meeting.
Industrial Park Zoning
A zoning change request from PC planned commercial to PI planned industrial was approved by council for the new industrial park in the Crossroads.
NAI Harmon Group, a Toledo commercial real estate firm, is purchasing 87.7 acres from the carpenter’s union with a plan for warehouse, distribution and light manufacturing users.
The land is on the west side of Lime City Road between Bass Pro Boulevard and Deimling Road, and it will be known as the Harmon Business Park.
For the first phase of development, NAI Harmon Group is looking to attract at least 10 end users, on about 15 acres.
There will be light industrial and distribution firms with some semi traffic.
The main drive for the property is proposed to be off Bass Pro Boulevard, and it would have three entryways off Lime City for emergency use.
Developer Dallas Paul of NAI Harmon Group told council that one client already has been signed and “we have several in the wings.”
“We’re honored to be here, and we’re excited about the Rossford development,” he added.
Council President Larry Oberdorf said the city appreciates the firm’s investment in the local economy.
“We’re very glad to have the Harmon Group with us,” Mr. Oberdorf said.
Colony Road Project
Mayor Neil MacKinnon III updated council on the Colony Road pump station abandonment project.
Colony Road continues to be closed, but the work has progressed across the creek, he said.
It is expected to take two more weeks to finish the piping, then about three weeks to remove the pump house.
After that, the road will be repaved, the mayor added.
In other business, council:
•Re-appointed Leonard Michaels to the Northwestern Water and Sewer District board. He has served for six years.
•Appointed architect Kevin Brown of Jennings Road to the board of zoning appeals.
•Declined to request a hearing before the Ohio Division of Liquor Control for a new liquor license permit for Total Sports Center, 10020 South Compass Drive.
•Re-appointed Edward Pavuk of Belmont Farms Road to the Rossford Transportation Improvement District.
•Authorized the disposal of a 1993 street sweeper as surplus property.
•Heard from Mayor MacKinnon that fire and EMS calls continue to increase.
There was a total of 87 calls in July, compared to 78 last year and 58 in July of 2014, he said.
For this year, there have been 575 calls, compared to 536 last year at this time.
•Heard from the mayor that the police department is experiencing some manpower shortage issues.
Chief Glenn Goss is expecting a retirement in February 2017 and another possible in August 2017.
Another officer will be leaving on a 14-month national guard duty deployment, and yet another is off on medical leave.
“Overtime is up this year,” the mayor said, adding that council’s safety committee needs to discuss the manpower.
Mayor MacKinnon also noted that in light of the violence against police officers around the nation, new bulletproof vests are being ordered and are in the budget.
Council’s next meeting is 7 p.m., Monday, August 22, at the municipal building, 133 Osborn Street, and is open to the public.
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Rossford lies at the heart of the Crossroads of America, an area experiencing tremendous economic growth, located at the crossroads of Interstate 75 and the Ohio Turnpike. The city's population of approximately 6,000 is primarily a mix of descendants of Polish, Czechoslovakian, German and Ukrainian workers who came from Pennsylvania to work at the glass plant, now Pilkington.
Rossford was incorporated as a village in 1939 and as a city in 1971. The City is a municipal corporation which operates under its own charter and is governed by a mayor and seven-member City Council. Rossford is served by full-time police and part-time fire departments, dispatched from the neighboring Village of Walbridge.
The City maintains a Community Recreation Center and three parks, one of which,Veterans Memorial Park, features a seasonal marina along with picnic areas and diamonds and courts for baseball, tennis, basketball and volleyball.
Rossford has three elementary schools, Glenwood, Indian Hills and Eagle Point, a junior high and high school and All Saints parochial school for grades pre-kindergarten through eight.
The city boasts a public library and many service and community organizations such as the Rossford Business Association, Lions Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Its Rossford Community Service League sponsors annual activities such as a Valentine's Day Dance, Easter egg hunt, Halloween, Memorial Day parades and their Christmas tree lighting.
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