Batavia refiles annexation petition

The village of Batavia has filed a new petition to annex 286.46 acres. The area includes the Clermont County Jail, the County Municipal Court, the Middle East Fork Water Reclamation Facility, and the Glen Wiedenbein farm.

The village withdrew its original petition for the same territory Sept. 19. The village had obtained a petition request from Glen Wiedenbein II instead of his father, Glen Wiedenbein.

The village filed the new petition with the Clerk of the Clermont County Board of Commissioners Monday, Oct. 3, and served notice to the Batavia Township Fiscal Officer and the Batavia Village Fiscal Officer Tuesday, Oct. 4.

The Batavia Township Board of Trustees may review the petition and have 25 days from the petition date, or until Oct. 28, to raise objections if the petition is deficient in any of the requirements of the law. The trustees objected to the Aug. 11 petition, noting that the petition bore the signature of the wrong Glen Wiedenbein.

If the trustees and village approve the request or take no action, the county commissioners must then approve the annexation at its next regular meeting after the 25-day period expires. The village then must accept the annexation by ordinance, and the annexation takes effect 30 days after the effective date of the ordinance. If the township raises a new objection, the county has 45 days from the petition date to review the documentation and decide whether it conforms to the law.

The process is likely to take until December or January.