MONROE TOWNSHIP — Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis and Safety-Service Director Dave Glass received a warm welcome on a cold evening as the Monroe Township Trustees held their first meeting of 2014 Monday night. In addition to routine business, the trustees were briefed by Mavis and Glass on possible annexation by the city of 84.6 acres in southwest Monroe Township.
Under relatively new administrative procedures, it is likely that an Ohio Expedited Type 2 Annexation petition will be drawn up for legal review by Law Director Chip McConville on behalf of the city and the Knox County Prosecutor’s Office as township counsel. The land would come within Mount Vernon city limits, but under what Mavis called a “best of both worlds” scenario it would also remain part of the township.
The land is owned by Dr. Rodney Beckett and lies north of Coshocton Road along Upper Gilchrist Road. A preliminary zoning proposal from Beckett identifies 29.1 acres to be used for general business purposes, 28.1 acres for planned neighborhood development, 13.8 acres for public use and 13.6 acres for office or institutional use.
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