LEWISBURG — The Village of Lewisburg has two issues on the Nov. 6 ballot. The first is a Fire and EMS renewal, while the second is a referendum on Ordinance No. 2017-06.
The renewal is for five years and will see no new taxes at all, according to Lewisburg Village Manager Jeff Sewert. It is a 2.25 mill levy that brings in approximately $50,000 a year, plus or minus. This is the third or fourth time it has been renewed.
“This is essential for fire and EMS services for our citizens and businesses within the Village of Lewisburg,” Sewert said. “We utilize it for fire and EMS operations, personnel and so forth. The citizens have always been very receptive to renewing this levy. We really appreciate that our citizens support our fire and EMS.”
The second issue was put on the ballot by referendum petition to repeal an ordinance village council had previously passed.
The issue is to approve Ordinance 2017-06, which will amend Section 1147.02 of the zoning ordinance within the codified ordinances of Lewisburg and will change car washes from a conditionally permitted use to a permitted use in the Neighborhood Business District.
“This was a zoning change that the village council approved late spring or early summer. Planning Commission met earlier this year at request to allow the verbiage car wash to be a permitted use in the Neighborhood Business District. At that time, it was a conditionally use in that district. A conditionally use takes a Zoning Board approval,” Sewert explained.
“Planning Commission recommended to village council to set a public hearing for the purposed change. There was a first reading and it was the second reading that the public hearing was held. Citizens were there and they voiced their concerns about noise and traffic. They spoke and I respect that.
“The third reading was held after that and it was approved by village council to adopt the ordinance. When we pass an ordinance, it is required that it lay for 30 days and that is a referendum period. The citizens had enough signatures to issue a referendum.”
Sewert added, there was a car wash looking to move into the neighborhood district, but he is not sure if they are still interested in coming to the village.
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