2013-11-16 / News

Announcement delayed on new Hebron manufacturer

By Charles Prince

HEBRON – It will be a couple more weeks before Southgate Development can identify the firm moving into their 50,000 square foot building on Integrity Drive, south of McDonalds, Rob O’Neill told village council members Wednesday night.

The well known automotive supplier needs to complete some intra-company communications before making a public announcement, O’Neill explained. He expects 30-50 highly skilled employees over the next couple of years. It is a highly skilled, technical manufacturing process that was attracted to Hebron by its ‘small town feel’ and proximity to Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University, O’Neill said.

In other business Wednesday night, Village Administrator Ralph Wise said Neptune Technology Group representatives are ready to start taking appointments to install new water meters. All Hebron water customers will receive a new meter that will be monitored regularly and read via radio signals. Significant increases in usage will be quickly detected and passed onto customers immediately. Village officials believe the quick detection and notification will eliminate large, unexpected bills caused by a leak or open faucet. Six industrial meters have already been changed.

Wise also reported that the village’s new skid-steer loader with a sweeper attachment has already removed nearly 35 tons of gravel and other debris off village streets.

Wise said the wastewater treatment plant passed its Ohio EPA inspection last month. There have been no violations since a minor violation in March 2012. The plant’s pre-treatment report has been complete. A total of 18 industrial customers are in the program. There were just four violations out of the 109 monitoring reports this year.

Fire Chief Randy Weekly reported that the department has made 1,009 runs (732-EMS and 273-Fire) through the end of October.

Council members previously cancelled their regularly scheduled meetings set for Nov. 27 and Dec. 25. December’s combined committees meeting set for Monday, Dec. 16, has also been cancelled.

Mayor Clifford Mason said he will wait until the election results are certified on Nov. 25 before appointing the write-in candidate winner to the few remaining weeks of the late Pam DeVaul’s term. The winner will also serve a full four-year term starting Jan. 1.

Planning and Zoning Board member Tom Marietta currently has a one-vote lead over former council member Erin Finkes (42-41) for the final council seat. Amalia Hubbard received 15 votes.

Council’s next regular meeting is set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11.

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