HUBER HEIGHTS — Will wedding bells be ringing at a proposed wedding and event center in Huber Heights? City council members have a few weeks to decide.
Council heard arguments for and against the proposed event center during a public hearing at Monday night’s city council meeting. They passed the ordinance that would rezone the property for the center onto a second reading, which means they will take up the issue again at their Nov. 27 meeting.
The wedding center would be located at 4259 Fishburg Road at the corner of Endicott Road. Owners Michael and Marsha Griesmeyer have asked for a change in zoning from Agriculture to Planned Public and Private Buildings and Grounds to allow for the construction of the center.
It would include two pavilions and two accompanying buildings along with parking for 120 cars and access to Fishburg Road.
Attorney David Eubank served as spokesman for the Griesmeyers at Monday’s meeting, presenting council with a binder full of information about the proposal. He was accompanied by the Griesmeyers, architect Mike Conway and engineer John Brumbaugh, who took turns explaining aspects of the plan to council.
The proponents for the proposal told how the Griesmeyers had cleaned up the property; how drainage and sanitation would work; how there would be extensive buffer zones around the edge of the property and how they planned to limit noise from the facility.
Brumbaugh was quizzed extensively by Council Member Nancy Byrge about the plans for sanitation and danger of contaminating nearby wells. Brumbaugh said the site would have a mound septic system as opposed to a leach field system. The mound system releases waste in time increments spread over inactive periods of use which would insure the safety of surrounding wells.
In response to a question from Council Member Tyler Starline, Eubank said if all goes well the center would likely open sometime in 2019.
Assurances from the Griesmeyer group didn’t convince residents of the neighborhood who turned out to voice opposition to the plan.
“I am in opposition to this venue coming to a residential area,” Carl Rose of Endicott Road said. Rose went on to say that increased traffic will be a major issue.
Cindy Rose, Rosemarie Schack and Dennis Richards, all residents of Endicott Road, also spoke against the proposal. They cited questions about runoff from the center, potential contamination of local wells, increased noise and consumption of alcoholic beverages along with potential drunk driving problems.
Neighboring homeowners get all their water from private wells. “Our water is our only source of water, Schack said, “and if it goes bad, we’re out of luck. To be concise, I and my neighbors look at the proposed septic system location as a great risk to our water source.”
Richards said neighbors are all opposed to the rezoning.
“This is not a good idea,” he said. “What I see right here is hundreds of people drinking and partying in my back yard in my neighborhood in Huber Heights.”
Eubank replied to concerns about potential well contamination with assurances that the professionally engineered sanitary system will prevent any waste from getting into the local water table. He also said rental agreements for the facility will include provisions that discourage intoxication and prevent drunk driving.
After the hearing ended, council agreed to move the ordinance for rezoning to a second reading. Council will further discuss the issue and its next work session and likely will vote on it at its Nov. 27 meeting.
Reach Dave Lindeman at (937) 684-8983 or on Twitter @HH_Courier.
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