Waterline Requirements in Ballville Township

It has come to attention of the Board of Trustees that many residents of Ballville Township have concerns in regard to waterlines being extended into the unincorporated area of Ballville Township.  In addition, some people have stated that they believe that the Board of Trustees may be sponsoring new waterlines being extended into the Township.  Also, these residents are worried about having their property annexed into the City of Fremont.  This article is to clear up any concerns or misconceptions that the citizens may have regarding information you may have received.

No waterline will be brought out to service your home in the unincorporated area of Ballville Township unless 60% of the residents in that area request it in writing by a petition to the City of Fremont. At the present time, it is not the policy of the Board of Trustees to initiate the construction of a waterline within Ballville Township whether it be for residential, commercial or industrial land uses.  This petition requirement was established by the City of Fremont and Ohio law.  In the event residents request a waterline to be installed in their area of the Township, there will be an assessment against their property, on a pro rata basis, for the entire cost of the waterline, including the materials and labor for its installation.  Thus, the only way a waterline could come into the unincorporated area of Ballville Township, would be if citizens request the service or if the Ohio EPA would mandate it due to some health hazard in that area.  The Trustees will not and cannot extend waterline services directly.  The Trustees receive no compensation or fees for any waterlines located in the Township and pursuant to Ohio law, the Board of Trustees cannot own waterlines for either a potable water supply or fire protection purposes.

In 2004, a resolution was passed by County Commissioners and the City of Fremont that water service would be provided to the unincorporated areas of Ballville, Rice, Riley and Sandusky Townships.  Section 2 of this agreement states that: “The Parties agree that residential water service to the townships under this agreement shall take place without the City of Fremont requiring annexation, nor the requirement of signing a water covenant.”  This agreement between the County, City of Fremont and the above-listed Sandusky County Townships will allow any resident of Ballville, if they request it, a water service connection without fear of having their property annexed into the City of Fremont.  A copy of this resolution is attached for your review.

We hope this addresses any questions you may have regarding water service to Ballville Township. If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail the Trustees.

RESOLUTION 2004-131

RESOLUTION___CREATING AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE SANDUSKY COUNTY

COMMISIONER AND THE CITY OF FREMONT TO PROVIDE WATER SERVICE TO VARIOUS UNINCORPORATED AREAS OF BALLVILLE, RICE, RILEY AND SANDSUKY TOWNSHIPS.

The Board of Commissioners, Sandusky County, Ohio met in regular session on the 18th

Day of March 2004, at the office of the Board with the following members present:

Terry T. Thatcher                                   Daniel Liskai                                          Bradley J. Smith

 

_______________________________moved the adoption of the following resolution

 

Whereas, pursuant to R.C. Chapter 6117 and 6103, Sandusky County has created water districts that included the entire county, and

Whereas, under the powers created by the Constitution and laws of Ohio, the City of

Fremont has created a separate water district, and

Whereas, under the powers granted by the Constitution and laws of Ohio, the City of

Fremont may extend, maintain and operate water distribution system beyond the geographical borders of the municipality, and

Whereas, pursuant to R.C. Section 307.15, counties may contract with municipalities and townships to exercise any power, perform any function, or render any service, on behalf of the contracting subdivision, that such subdivision may exercise, perform or render.  The legislative authority of any municipal corporation may be authorized by the county to exercise any power, perform any function, or render any service, on behalf of the county, that the county may exercise, perform, or render, and

Whereas, the City of Fremont historically has, and currently is, providing water to various areas of the neighboring townships, and

Whereas, the City of Fremont has consistently participated in all cooperative planning efforts regarding water service in the County, dating back prior to the 1997 Sandusky County Comprehensive Water and Sanitary Sewer General Plan, on through to the more recent Sandusky County Water Task Force Meeting, in an effort to effectively and economically serve the adjacent townships, and

Whereas, areas in the townships adjacent to the City of Fremont need public water service, including water for fire protection, and

Whereas, the City of Fremont has surplus water service capacity and is willing and able to provide water, including water for fire protection, to citizens in the townships adjacent to the city, and

Whereas, no areas within Sandusky County is within any R.C. Chapter 6119 water district, an

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Whereas, the public water service that the City of Fremont is able to provide to the citizens in

the townships adjacent to the city is considered superior to that which might, at some time, be made available by a R.C. 6119 water district, and

Whereas, a comprehensive plan and continued coordination by locally elected officials to provide water services to the citizens of Sandusky County is determined to be in the best interests of the persons served or to be served.

RESOLUTION 2004-131                                                                                   Page 2 of 2

 

THEREFORE:   Be it Resolved,

Section 1.  The Board of County Commissioners of Sandusky County and the City Council of   Fremont hereby agree that the City of Fremont is authorized to provide surplus water for domestic    use and fire protection services to various unincorporated areas of Ballville, Rice, Riley and   Sandusky Townships located within the water district of Sandusky County, as requested by the residents of those townships.

Section 2.   The Parties agree that residential water service to the townships under this agreement shall take place without the city of Fremont requiring annexation, nor the requirement of signing a water covenant.

Section 3.  The Parties agree to work cooperatively to attempt to develop necessary and requested water service projects within the allocated areas of Sandusky County on an expedited basis.

Section 4.  The Parties agree further to work cooperatively to apply for and obtain the funds required to construct the necessary water service projects within the allocated water service area within Sandusky County.

Section 5.  Copies of this resolution shall be certified to City of Fremont;  Ballville, Rice, Riley and Sandusky Townships; Dick Sargeant; and Steve Shiets, Sanitary Engineer.

Section 6.   It is found and determined that all formal actions of this Board concerning and relating to the adoption of this resolution were so adopted in an open meeting of this Board, and that all deliberations of this Board and of any of its committees that resulted in such formal action, were in meetings open to the public, in compliance with all legal requirements, including Section 121.22 of the Ohio Revised Code.

____________________________seconded the above resolution and the vote upon its adoption resulted as follows:

________________________________, ________.

________________________________, ________.

________________________________, ________.

Motion carried.

Attest: ________________________________________

Clerk to the Board

File City of Fremont – Agreement for Water Service

 

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