Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Township allows Mason to annex


City takes campground acres

By Erica Solvig
The Cincinnati Enquirer

DEERFIELD TWP. - Township trustees aren't going to fight the annexation of the campground at Paramount's Kings Island into the city of Mason.

The deadline for the township to file opposition to the annexation of nearly 75 acres passed without action Friday. Warren County commissioners will vote on the issue today.

The township had retained a Columbus-based attorney to look into a challenge, but did not find that any of the procedural points had been done incorrectly, according to Deerfield Township Administrator Greg Horwedel.

"Basically, the advice that she provided was that there was little, if anything, we could do to contest it," Trustee Randy Kuvin said. "While we are disappointed that Kings Island wants to annex that piece of property, there's not much we can do. ... We certainly would like them to stay in the township and think we could service them just fine."

Kings Island had originally approached Mason for the annexation in an attempt to get its entire property within city limits. Mason City Council has already voted in support of the annexation.

The majority of the theme park was annexed into Mason in the 1990s after a showdown between the city and township in the courts.

The nearly 75 acres at issue are also being looked at by the Wisconsin-based Great Lakes Companies, which is hoping to build a $60 million hotel and indoor water park there. The theme park and Great Lakes are still negotiating and there are no new details on a possible deal, Kings Island spokeswoman Maureen Boothe said Monday.

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