By Megan Alley
The village of Amelia council met on Nov. 21 to handle a variety of business matters.
– In a public hearing held directly before their regular meeting, the council approved a zone change request for a 21-acre property at the end of South Kline and Floral Avenues, from an R-1 district to a R-Planned Unit Development.
The zone change permits Floral Kline LLC, the owners of the property, to increase the density of their proposed 74 single-family residential – all ranch homes – development named Kline Station. Instead of a 0.5-acre minimum lot size, the PUD allows for a 0.18-acre minimum lot size, and instead of a 100-foot minimum lot width, the minimum lot width can be 60 feet, according to, Nick Selhorst, project manager for Choice One Engineering, the firm that handles the village’s general engineering services.
Bill Dye, of Amelia and a resident on Floral Avenue, spoke in opposition of the zone change.
“I’m against that; if I had a right to vote, you wouldn’t get my vote,” he said.
The development still needs to come before the council for approval.
Ryan Homes is the homebuilder, and construction of the first phase of development is planned for Spring/Summer 2018, according to Selhorst.
– A number of holiday events will be held in Amelia on Dec. 2.
The Amelia Police Department will hold its annual Stuff the Cruiser event at Kroger Market Place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the Union Township Fire and Emergency Medical Services department, which services the village, will hold its boot drive.
Also, the village will host its annual Christmas parade at 2 p.m.
– The police department recently received $2,377.34 in grant money to use towards the purchase of bulletproof vests.
– The council approved the $15,500 purchase of a used 2011 F-350 turbo diesel truck with 300,000 miles from Clay Autos.
The truck will be used as a fleet vehicle, replacing a couple of trucks that were damaged during a tornado last year.
– The council approved the purchase of – not to exceed $2,500 – mechanics’ tool sets and other hand tools.
– Village officials are continuing to work through the process to have the “blighted” property at 36 Chapel Road demolished.
– The village held its tree lighting ceremony with Santa present at the administrative building on Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. Pictures are on the village Facebook page.