Commissioners approve Racine annexation

By Sarah Hawley - [email protected]

POMEROY — The Meigs County Commissioners approved a resolution on Thursday which will ultimately allow the Village of Racine to annex 59.8512 acres of property from Sutton Township.

Racine Village Solicitor Doug Little presented the commissioners with the resolution and accompanying paperwork, as well as explaining the process being taken by the village and township for the annexation.

Under Ohio Revised Code laws, if all effected land owners sign a petition and there is an agreement between the village and township then no hearing is required and the commissioners can approve a resolution. After the resolution is delivered to village officials there is a 60 day wait before the village could move forward with the annexation.

The entire parcel of land is currently owned by RPG Ohio Properties, LLC, and is located off of Yellowbush Road, connecting with current village land.

Little said the property is to be used for residential and commercial uses.

The commissioners unanimously approved the resolution allowing the annexation to move forward.

In other business, Maureen Burns-Hooker, a local business owner, addressed the commissioners regarding the status of the old hospital building on Second Avenue in Pomeroy. Burns-Hooker said that she had approached Pomeroy Council regarding the property and was referred to the commissioners.

Commissioner Randy Smith stated that he had spoken with Council President Don Anderson following that meeting, and assured Anderson that the county is not the owner of the property and does not have an interest in it at this time.

The property is owned by multiple heirs of the Brown family.

Burns-Hooker expressed concern over the state of the building which has many broken windows and may be a risk to those waking in the area. It has also become home to many unwanted bugs and animals.

Smith stated that the building would be a matter for the village’s code enforcement or building inspector to address and possibly condemn.

The Commissioners approved a pair of resolutions as presented by Director of Job and Family Services Chris Shank.

The first extended a current contract with Gallia Meigs Community Action Agency for referrals to the Help Me Grow program.

The second resolution approved modification of hours for DJFS to become 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., effective July 31.

Appropriation adjustments, bills and previous minutes were approved as presented.

By Sarah Hawley

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