Referendum challenging Mad River Twp. rezoning to appear on Nov. 2 ballot

At least 17 issues are on the ballot in Clark and Champaign counties.

Mad River Twp. residents concerned about how a proposed housing subdivision could affect their community filed petitions through the Clark County Board of Elections to add a referendum on the November ballot to challenge the rezoning for the development.

The Clark County Board of Commissioners moved to certify the referendum petitions Wednesday meeting.

The residents needed 308 valid signatures to add a referendum to the ballot, and 585 were filed, according to the Board of Elections.

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The commissioners voted in June to approve the rezoning of 42 acres in Mad River Township from an agricultural district and a rural residence district to a planned district residential to be used for a housing development proposed by Hillside Creek Farms LLC, a development company, on the corner of Stine and Enon-Xenia Rd. for 160 new homes.

Michael Baer, a Hillside Creek Farms development partner, did not return a request for comment on the development.

Kathleen Baber, who helped spearhead the initiative to file petitions for the referendum, noted a few major concerns that community members have in regard to the project deal with stormwater drainage, the overall density of the proposed development and increased traffic to the area that would result from the new housing.

Drainage issues in particular created from previous developments have been ongoing for years, she said.

Baber and other Mad River Twp. residents gathered in early July to discuss the development project, with more than 60 people attending the meeting. Out of the pool, Baber said, 42 people said they would like to see a referendum on the rezoning on the ballot this fall, while five opposed the inclusion of a referendum, with the remaining portion of attendees being unsure.

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In under a week’s time, Baber and other volunteers gathered more than 600 signatures by setting up petition stations and canvassing the area.

“Not everyone who signed the petition has made up their minds about how they will vote in November,” Baber told the News-Sun, “but they all wanted a voice in the matter.”

Baber warned that she and others who led the petition filing are unsure of what language the referendum will include, and thus she and others are waiting to create signage and other materials alerting residents of the area to the referendum.

Several other communities in Clark and Champaign counties also have issues on the ballot. They include issues for both counties’ health districts, school renewal levies, money for fire and EMS, roads and bridges and operations.

Issues on Clark County ballot. List may be updated

JurisdictionPurposeTypeLength Increase Millage Notes
Harmony TownshipEMSRenewal5 years no1 mills 
Southeastern Local School DistrictSchoolRenewal 5 years no3.69 mills 
Tecumseh Local School DistrictSchool Renewal 5 years no 2.13 mills 
Clark - Shawnee Local School DistrictSchool Substitute   12.5 mills 
Clark County Combined Health DistrictHealth Replacement 5 years  1 millsExcludes the city of New Carlisle
Village of EnonPolice Renewal 5 years no 2.5 mills 
Village of DonnelsvilleOperating Renewal 5 years no7 mills Including the Village of Clifton
Green TownshipEMSRenewal 5 years no 1.5 mills 
Green Township Fire District #2 FireAdditional 5 years  2 mills 
Bethel TownshipFireRenewal 5 years no2 millsUnincorporated Area. Including the Village of Donnelsville

Issues on Champaign County ballot. List may be updated

JurisdictionPurposeTypeLength Increase Millage
Champaign County Health DistrictHealthRenewal 5 yearsNo 0.4 mills
Northeast Champaign County Fire District Fire and EMSReplacement 3 years 4.5 mills
Mechanicsburg Exempted Village School DistrictGernal permanent improvements Additional Continuing  3 mills
Mad River Township FireRenewal 5 yearsNo 0.5 mills
Rush TownshipRoads and Bridges Renewal 5 yearsNo 1 mills
Salem TownshipFire and EMSRenewal 5 yearsNo 3 mills
Wayne TownshipRoadsRenewal 5 yearsNo 2.5 mills

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