WHEREAS, on February 12, 2011, the Clerk-Treasurer of the Village received correspondence from the Deputy Director of the Franklin County Board of Elections that included copies of a petition filed with that Board of Elections expressing a desire that the territory of the Village of Riverlea be annexed to the City of Worthington, Ohio, an adjacent municipality thereto, and requesting that the Council of the Village of Riverlea appoint commissioners to discuss with such City the conditions of annexation; and
WHEREAS, such correspondence included an assertion by the Deputy Director of the Board of Elections that the petitions were circulated pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Section 709.24 and that the Board of Elections had determined that such petitions contained the number of signatures required under such statute; and
WHEREAS, Council of the Village of Riverlea has determined to treat such correspondence as the filing of a petition under Ohio Revised Code Section 709.24, and to consider such petition as filed in accordance with such statute and to proceed in response thereto as required by applicable law, including specifically Sections 709.23 to 709.33, inclusive, of the Ohio Revised Code.
Now, therefore, be it ordained by the Council of the Village of Riverlea, State of Ohio:
Section 1. Declaration of Intention; Appointment of Commissioners. That Council of the Village of Riverlea, Ohio, hereby declares its intention to enter into negotiations with the City of Worthington, Ohio, regarding annexation of the entire territory of the Village of Riverlea to the City of Worthington. Council of the Village of Riverlea does hereby appoint the following three persons as commissioners, pursuant to Section 709.24, Ohio Revised Code, to represent the Village in such negotiations:
Such commissioners are authorized to perform all the duties required of commissioners under Sections 709.23 to 709.33, inclusive, of the Ohio Revised Code, including specifically to arrange the conditions of any proposed annexation and to report the results of their actions to the Council of the Village of Riverlea within 120 days from the date of the appointment of commissioners to represent the City of Worthington, if so appointed, or by such other date as required by law. Each commissioner shall continue in office until resignation or the earlier completion of the duties required by law.
Section 2. Submission to Worthington. That the Clerk-Treasurer of the Village is hereby authorized and directed to submit a certified copy of this Ordinance to the City Council of the City of Worthington, Ohio, within 30 days after its effective date and the completion of the publication hereof as required by applicable law.
Section 3. Emergency; Effective Date. The Council of the Village of Riverlea hereby determines that it is necessary that this Ordinance take effect at the earliest possible date in order to provide for the operation of the municipality, and for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, safety and general welfare of the municipality. Such emergency exists in that applicable Ohio law requires actions by the Clerk-Treasurer of the Village be authorized and taken at a time before which this Ordinance would otherwise be effective, but for this emergency provision. Accordingly, this Ordinance shall be in full force and effect immediately upon its passage.
Section 4. Open Meetings. This Council finds and determines that all formal actions of this Council concerning and relating to the passage of this Ordinance were taken in an open meeting of this Council and that all deliberations of this Council that resulted in those formal actions were in meetings open to the public in compliance with law.
Section 5. Publication. That pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Section 731.25, the Council of the Village of Riverlea hereby determines that publication of this Ordinance in a newspaper is unnecessary and does hereby determine that this Ordinance shall be published by posting copies hereof in the five following places which are determined to be the five most public places in the Village of Riverlea, Ohio:
Mary Jo Cusack, MayorATTEST:
Pamela M. Colwell, Clerk of CouncilI hereby certify that on the the 23rd day of February, 2011, I posted a copy of the above Ordinance in each of the five places heretofore designated by Council as the most public places in the Village of Riverlea and that the same remained there posted continuously for fifteen (15) days.
Pamela M. Colwell, Clerk of Council