“I think it gives us additional leverage with Butler County,” Campbell said during the two-hour public hearing and negotiation.
The deal was reached after Jon Sams, a trustee in Turtlecreek Twp., which provides fire and emergency management service in the area, expressed concern that the homes proposed would not create enough tax revenue to support the services or the cost of children from Glenmore Park attending Lebanon City Schools.
In 2017, the two counties debated how to provide sewer service to the area along the county boundary where development has boomed, creating traffic issues, as well as new homes. Butler County continues to study how much sewer capacity to take on there and in areas it serves outside the county.
On Tuesday, Warren County Sanitary Engineer Chris Brausch urged the commissioners to agree to turn over the area to Butler County for sewer service, since his department “struggled to break even” by serving the area through rates paid to Butler County for sewage treatment. In 2016, Brausch opposed to the previous plan, under which Butler County would provide water service.
Under the new plan, water service was undesignated, although Brausch said afterward he would push for Warren County to provide this utility.
In 2016, the commissioners agreed to a 245-home plan, also including 38 acres for commercial development, at Glenmore Park. Campbell said there was no market for commercial development there.
The commissioners debated among themselves and with Campbell before reaching the new deal.