Council Votes No on Utility Service Requests

<p>Mary Alice Reporting:

(Wednesday, May 16th) New Philadelphia, Ohio – For the third time, New Philadelphia City Council voted to decline utility service access to a development plan in Goshen Township.

A1 Developers is trying to gain approval for water and sewer connections for a possible development on SR 416.

Safety, Health, and Services Chair Kelly Ricklic says they voted on a recommendation due to, once again, lack of information about the proposed site.

“As far as, drawings, engineering study on the runoff of the water, the actual size of the roads, and curbs, and everything that’s going to be in this development that they want. One of the things, during our committee meeting, they were asking for some other properties that are not even there’s to build on and they had no binding agreement.”

Mayor Joel Day notes that the city Service Director has requested detailed information multiple times from the company.

“We never received the information that he was asking for. This is the third time m [and] based on that, the fact that these developers were withholding details of the plans that the Service Director was asking for, he had no choice but to say that my recommendation is to deny.”

Ricklic adds that the committee takes recommendations into consideration, particularly when it comes to a development that does not want to annex into the city since city taxpayers would cover the burden by them receiving city services.

A1 Developers has also asked County Commissioners to provide services but so far, there has not been an outcome.

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