ST. MARYS — Members of the St. Marys City Council approved a measure regarding the zoning of recently annexed land Monday night.
The legislation, which councilors approved under its first reading, called for 6.285 acres of land owned by the St. Marys Missionary Baptist Church be zoned R-5 (multi-family residential) and 19.5 acres of land owned by New Community Church and 6.615 acres of land owned by John Hirschfeld be zoned I-I (industrial). The approximately 32 acres of land sits along County Road 33A, south of Omni Source and Parker Hannifin. Members of the St. Marys Planning Commission made the recommendation to councilors following a meeting last week.
“We had a public meeting held back in February and there was some concern with property owners to the south, who are outside the city limits, who had some reservations about us proposing the industrial zoning,” Interim Safety-Service Director Craig Moeller said. “The property owners were not at that first meeting so we tabled it until March so we could bring the property owners in of the property that was in conflict.”
Moeller said Hirschfeld and New Community Church asked for the industrial zoning because of the possibility of selling the parcels. During a previous planning commission meeting, Moeller said it was easier to change zoning from industrial to another classification than going from another classification to industrial.
“Both those properties are up for sale at this point,” Moeller said. “They didn’t want to go to a residential or commercial zoning for that.”
Moeller said the St. Marys Missionary Baptist parcel had no other option than R-5 because under current zoning regulations, all churches in the city carry an R-5 designation.
In other business, councilors:
• Approved the third and final reading of an emergency resolution authorizing the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce to obtain a liquor permit for K.C. Geiger Park during SummerFest.
• Approved the second reading of an ordinance requesting the cooperation of ODOT for the resurfacing of Ohio 66 into the city.
• Approved the first reading of an emergency ordinance regarding wages for seasonal and temporary positions and swimming pool personnel.
• Approved, under suspension of rules, an emergency ordinance providing for the issuance of bonds to cover property owners’ share of the 2011 street program in the amount of $59,000.
• Heard a presentation from members of Kidz Drama Klub regarding an anti-bully campaign and the group’s upcoming play and 5K fundraiser.
Councilors entered executive session to discuss land acquisition. No action was taken when councilors reconvened in regular session.
The next meeting of the St. Marys City Council is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 9 at the city building located along East Spring Street.