The City of Beavercreek prevailed in a three-year lawsuit against Beavercreek Township and Greene County regarding an annexation application for approximately 118 acres of land in the township. The desired land includes that of Rine Landscaping, Rotary Park, Phillips Park, and Fire Station 61.
The City of Beavercreek presented the application of annexation to the Beavercreek Township in 2012, which caused friction between the city, township and the county. The Township felt the city could have discussed the issues with them before presenting them with the application. This rift forced all parties into a long costly lawsuit, for which in the end, the City Commissioners were told to approve the annexation.
“I am proud to say that I live in Beavercreek,” said Frank Rine of Rine Landscaping. “It was my decision to pursue an annexation with the City of Beavercreek. That didn’t come lightly on my mind to do that. I fought a 7-year battle with the township before I even approached the city about an annexation. If what I did triggered something bigger, so be it. But, the township had plenty of time to make things right for me.”
Township Trustee, Tom Kretz was present during the city council meeting and voiced his thoughts during the public comments time. “Some politicians argue that the city, the township and the county should not have fought the action. The residents I spoke to share my feelings about valuable tax dollars the city was spending fighting to take lands that held no real estate tax benefit since they were owned by the township or the county,” he said. “I was even more upset when I brokered a settlement with the Rine family only to have the city threaten additional legal action to recover hundreds of thousands of dollars due to a pre-annexation agreement with the city that they made with the Rine’s. All in all, it was a great waste of the city’s tax payer’s money.”
Recently, Beavercreek city council took the first steps to approve the annexation. As part of the annexation agreement and after negotiations with the land owners of Rine Landscaping, it was agreed that the Rine property would be re-classified and rezoned as a small industrial property. The Rine Landscaping is located at 2200 Dayton-Xenia Rd., on the north side of Dayton-Xenia Rd., approximately 600 ft. west of the intersection of Orchard Lane and Dayton-Xenia Rd. The City Council did approve the re-classification with a stipulation that the property could be re-classified if ever sold. This issue was approved and will move to the third reading for final approval.
“I am happy for the Rine family and that their small business will be able to move forward,” said Kretz. “They do great work and I’m sad to see them leave the township.”