BOTKINS — For the Botkins community, the defining word for 2016 is growth.
“Over the last year, Botkins has grown its community, increased recreational opportunities, developed its businesses, and even expanded its boundaries,” said Village Administrator Randy Purdy.
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In just one year, the new Woodland Subdivision has sold nine of its first 10 lots, and begun construction on four new homes. The budding neighborhood on the north-east corridor of the village is set to expand again in 2017, with phase two of the development scheduled for this summer. Ten more lots will be available, providing additional opportunities for families to join our community.
The Woodland Subdivision is only part of the Village Council’s vision for the future of Botkins. This fall, the village agreed to purchase the remaining 60 acres of the Hagemann farm that borders Botkins’ corporation limit to the north. Bordering the Community Park, the new Botkins Local School, and the Woodland Subdivision, the acquisition of this ground ensures our community will have room to grow for decades to come. In the months to come, this property will be annexed into the village, and prepared for future development.
Besides external expansion, 2016 has provided the village another opportunity to improve recreation and quality of life. Keeping with the Botkins tradition, it was a true community-wide effort that made these investments possible. The most notable improvements can be seen at the Botkins Memorial Pool. New fencing, paint, concrete and sod were installed, and the pool area was expanded to create a new recreational yard for other summer activities. At the Community Park, Botkins further invested in recreational assets by rebuilding the tennis courts. A new batting cage and volley ball nets are scheduled improvements to the park in 2017.
Of course, the engine that drives our community is business, and business has been good! Over the course of the past year, several of Botkins’ businesses have experienced growth. Brown Industrial has expanded its campus to include three additional buildings. Buckeye Electrical Products is in the process of doubling its facility. Boomerang Rubber is adding another production line. Meyers Tavern is expanding its parking capability. Botkins Electric has renovated several of its storage facilities. These developments have combined for record breaking year of income tax collection for the village.
Looking ahead, 2017 is set to be another fantastic year for Botkins! Several projects are already lined up for the new year. The Botkins Historical Society is set to proceed with $70,000 of renovations this spring. Also, this summer marks the first year of the village’s sidewalk installation program. Infrastructure investments are highlighted by a comprehensive renovation of the water treatment plant which is scheduled for late summer.