Plain City is considering a partnership with the City of Marysville to provide water and wastewater services — a move village officials see as proactive as the area continues to grow.
It’s something officials first discussed 10 years ago, said village administrator Kevin Vaughn, and has come back to the table as development increases.
Vaughn said Marysville already provides the water and wastewater services to the new Dublin Costco, located just three miles from Plain City at the intersection of State Route 161 and Industrial Parkway. Pipes could then be run to the west, tying into Plain City’s existing infrastructure.
Businesses which build in the area and are serviced by the Marysville utilities could be required to annex into the village, funneling dollars into Plain City coffers.
Studies show the population of the Columbus area is expected to grow by a half million by the year 2030, and the State Route 161 corridor between Dublin and Plain City will be highly desirable for both residents and businesses, he said.
“[State Route] 161 is going to develop whether it’s with the assistance of Plain City or any other organization,” Vaughn said Thursday. “We want to make sure we can control what that looks like. It gives Plain City an opportunity to have an increased revenue string.”
Village council on Wednesday authorized Vaughn to begin putting together a request for proposal (RFP) for a third-party to conduct a feasibility study, as well as work with Marysville to create a user agreement. Cost estimate for the study is not to exceed $50,000.
The study would evaluate the village’s system and answer several questions: What are costs to improve the village’s current facilities? What is the cost to increase the capacity with the current facilities, and what is that capacity? Is it feasible to partner with Marysville, and what would the rate differences be for residents? And, what happens if the village does nothing?
Ideally, the new residents and businesses would bear the cost of the new development, Vaughn said.
“We want to have as little impact as possible on existing residents and community,” he said.
The study is expected to be put out for bid within the next 30 days.
Vaughn emphasized there is no major business or development “waiting in the wings.” Officials have received interest from one home builder interested in a small residential development, which the current system could accommodate.
“We’re hoping to be in front of [the development] and plan for it — not be reactive to it,” he said. “Plain City can either succeed from it or suffer from it.”
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