A Licking County community with only one traffic light in it is facing a big vote on May 8th. The people of Alexandria will vote whether to dissolve the village.
Three-hundred-forty registered voters will decide the fate of a village made up of about 540 people.
“To un-incorporate the village, no I think it’s a terrible idea,” said Mayor Jim Jasper.
This is Jim Jasper’s second round as mayor of Alexandria and with a new term, brings a new set of challenges, like whether to say goodbye to the village or leave it as it is.
“My concern is that there is a lot of property for sale right on the other side of the corporation limit and an outside municipality taking over that sewer plant they would take it over and make money with,” said Jasper.
Jasper believes this sewage plant would be an investment for surrounding areas with New Albany expanding daily. If Alexandria dissolves and potentially becomes a part of St. Albans township — how soon will that township be the next to go?
“Nobody wants to build in our perimeter because they don’t want to annex into the village. And if they did they can’t get water because we can’t supply water,” said Stan Robinson.
Former mayor Stan Robinson led the petition to dissolve the village that got the issue on the ballot.
He says there is no need for the village to pay $85,000 a year for a government when it already struggles financially and neighboring towns like Granville supply water.
Robinson thinks South West Licking County should take over but doesn’t see a yes vote happening.
“We don’t need all these village officials to get what needs to be done. All we get is a plowing the streets and some street lights and that’s $85,000. I can do that much better by myself,” said Robinson.
Whether a vote no to keep the village in place and stand their ground against a growing city or a vote yes for economic reasons, the fate of Alexandria will soon be known come election day.