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Annexation must help residents

Published 12:16am Sunday, April 28, 2013

Supporters on both sides of the debate over annexation in Chesapeake argue that they simply want what is best for the residents, yet it certainly appears that the primary point of contention comes down to one thing: money.

Officials who voted in favor of the plan to incorporate about two miles of property west of the village that includes about 500 residents contend this will allow for better police protection, infrastructure improvements and pave the way for economic development. Opponents, which include the Union Township Trustees and at least some of the residents, say things are working fine just the way they have been for years.

Both sides have valid points but neither have publicly offered enough clear evidence that their position is the correct one. With tens of thousands of tax dollars at stake, both entities are understandably going to fight for their position.

But that means these West Chesapeake residents are left to decide on their own with biased information from both sides.

Regardless of the actual outcome, the best scenario may be for village officials and township trustees to seek some middle ground.

If the Chesapeake Police Department is already responding to 15 to 20 calls per week then the township should certainly help foot the bill for that service. If road projects are a priority, the two government entities should find a way to address these together.

Simply growing — or preserving — the tax base isn’t justification for annexation.

There is really only one question: What is best for the residents? Finding the answer to that won’t be easy but it starts with an objective approach.

  • Poor Richard

    Any expansion of Chesapeake must benefit citizens or it will receive no support. Benefits of services, police and fire protection and other amenities should be substantial to citizens. Expanding the citizen base also expands the candidates for elections.

    Chesapeake and Proctorville are the only two villages left in the county with a noteable village landscape including a business section on main street, residential areas, police officers, etc.

    Chesapeake has, in my opinion, a much nicer layout. No floodwall blocking the river, businesses within walking distance of housing, clear housing areas rather than a mishmash of haphazard development so prevalent in Proctorville. Chesapeake has an opportunity to be much more for its citizens with the proper leadership, something the village has not had in ages.

    Chesapeake should check into becoming a sales tax free area, should look at tax breaks for businesses, should look to grants to replace the outdated and decaying sewer system, should expand the park, should clean up the junk houses and yards – espcially that mess along Symmes Creek. The village should expand parking in the downtown, get rid of the check cashing joints, get rid of the filthy apartments, build a new fire department with township offices, ban ugly billboards from within the village, plant more trees, have a small trolley to take senior citizens (and others) to the shopping center and library (multi seat golf cart), put the library in the downtown and let the fire department and township have the old library building, print tourism brochures. Chesapeake was once called Frampton, it has a long history.

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