County, village to hear petitions for annexation

Larry Limpf

A meeting of the Ottawa County commissioners is scheduled for April 8 to consider the annexation of 63.6 acres from Clay Township to the Village of Genoa.
A petition for the annexation was submitted to the county on March 10 – two days after the township trustees approved a resolution supporting the annexation.
The resolution notes the township trustees have a memorandum of understanding with the village “finding that growth would be positive for the community and real estate tax revenues; …it is believed that said annexation will in fact promote growth in the form of shopping, housing and food service, all of which are desired and needed in the community…”
The acreage is located between State Rt. 51 and Holt Harrigan Road. Dallas Paul, a broker with NAI Harman Group, is listed at the petition circulator.
Isomer Genoa, LLC, Bitter Family Ltd., Millbury, Janet Trask, Rossford, and Kenneth Shields, Rossford, are listed as the property owners.
The mailing address on the county auditor’s website for a 7-acre parcel owned by Isomer is 211 Commerce Dr., Medina, Ohio, - the corporate office location of Discount Drug Mart.
Genoa Mayor Thomas Bergman said the company has been exploring the possibility of opening a store near the village for a few years and filed a Community Reinvestment Act application with Clay Township. But a disagreement between the developer and the Ohio Department of Transportation over the number of curb cuts along Rt. 51 for the property wasn’t resolved.
Village council will consider an ordinance at its April 5 meeting to accept the annexation, the mayor said.
The ordinance will also include any needed change in zoning to accommodate a business, he said.
An email message left for comment with Discount Drug Mart wasn’t returned.


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