Delta Swears in Re-Elected Council Members, Discusses Nature Fresh Expansion

Three incumbent Village Council members, Michael Tanner, Ashley Todd and Art Thomas, were sworn into office by Village Solicitor Kevin Heban at the first Council meeting of the year on Monday night.  Mr. Tanner and Ms. Todd were re-elected after appearing on the ballot in November.  Mr. Thomas, who was filling a vacancy on Council, was elected as a write-in candidate.

Mr. Tanner was then nominated to fill the position of Council President.  He accepted and was elected unanimously by Council.  As Council President, Mr. Tanner will assume the duties of Mayor Wilton in his absence.

With the approval of Council, Mayor Frank Wilton appointed Andy Welch to the Planning Commission, Tony Chiesa to the Board of Zoning Appeals, Jannel DeBacker to the Income Tax Appeals Board and Chad Johnson to the Fulton County EMA Board.

Old Business:  The Third and Final reading ofOrdinance 21-21 Amended, to place on the ballot of the next general election the issue approving the cultivation, processing and/or wholesaling, retailing and dispensing of medical marijuana in the Village of Delta was approved.

The Third and Final Reading of Resolution 21-21, authorizing the Village Administrator to advertise for bids and enter into contract for the capital improvement projects for 2022 was also approved.

New Business: The First reading of Resolution 22-01, authorizing the Village Administrator to advertise for bids and enter into contract for the construction of the Fulton County water connection passed.

The First Reading of Resolution 22-02, authorizing the Village Administrator to bid and enter into contract for the construction of roadway with utilities to support the expansion of Nature Fresh Farms Distribution Complex also passed.

Village Administrator Brad Peebles sent a letter to Mayor Wilton and the Council regarding the two new Resolutions.  The letter read, in its entirety:

With the planned expansion of Nature Fresh Farms and the need to construct a Packaging/Distribution Complex, the extension of roadway with utilities is required.  The design of these facilities will also serve land directly to the north of this complex and be postured to serve property to the west once annexed.

The estimates for the work with design total just under $1M dollars.  Currently, there bare commitments to assist with these costs totaling $736,000.  They include Community Development Block Grant $485,000, Ohio Department of Transportation (Jobs and Commerce) $100,000 and Jobs Ohio $151,000.

With an estimated shortfall of $200,000 to $250,000, it is proposed to create a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District over the property being developed as well as the adjacent properties, redirecting 75% of the property tax for a period of 10 years that would have been paid to a fund for debt service, both current and future, should these facilities require extension to serve other projects.  The TIF would be in place of tax abatement for these designated specific areas.

With the next Council meeting scheduled to fall on Martin Luther King Day, the meeting will be held one week later on January 24, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall.

Pictured:  Council members Michael Tanner, Ashley Todd and Art Thomas being sworn into office by Solicitor Kevin Heban

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