In an interview last January, Melanie Bowen, a Lake Township trustee, expressed confidence a Joint Economic Development District agreement between the township and City of Toledo would soon be completed.
“We’re this close to finalizing,” she said, holding her fingers about an inch apart.
She can now hold her fingers a little closer.
The township board of trustees Tuesday approved a resolution to split the cost with the city for survey work and a title search and to prepare a legal description and map of Metcalf Field which the JEDD will overlay.
The resolution authorizes Perrysburg Title to obtain the deeds and perform the title search needed by the surveyor at a cost not to exceed $500. The township will also pay half the cost, up to $1,000, for NSS Toledo, Inc., to prepare the legal description and map.
Tom Hays, township solicitor, said Toledo’s law director has agreed to pay for half of the costs.
“Hopefully this is the final step before making the plan available for the public to comment on,” he said.
For nearly two years the city and township have been trying to patch together an agreement that would allow for sharing of tax revenues from business that locate in the district.
Mr. Hays said once the documents have been prepared the township and city will each be required to hold a public hearing on the proposed JEDD. The documents will also be available for public review and comment for 30 days after the hearing.
The JEDD must also be approved by a vote of the trustees and city council and filed with Wood and Lucas counties’ board of commissioners.
Ms. Bowen and Mr. Hays interviewed business owners with property adjacent to the air field, offering them a chance to be included in the JEDD, but none accepted.
The Toledo Lucas County Port Authority, which leases the property from Toledo, has preliminary plans for new access roads to the air field property along Ayers and Drouillard roads and hopes to attract business to sites along the perimeter of the field, according to Ms. Bowen.
Mr. Hays described his meeting last Monday with Toledo’s legal department as a “very nice productive meeting.”
The township and city have been discussing forming a JEDD for the site for nearly two years.
In other business, the trustees waived an offer to assume ownership of three parcels of property in the Woodville Gardens subdivision near Royer Road that had been forfeited to the Wood County Common Pleas Court.
After discussing the notice from the court, the trustees decided to not have the township take ownership and let it revert to the state.