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A municipal charter is a legal document created by residents that establishes how a municipality is organized and operates. It is often described as a constitution for a municipality.
A charter provides a municipality with maximum control over its organizational structure, administrative procedures and other matters of local concern. Municipalities without a charter operate in the generic framework imposed by state law, thus are limited in using Ohio’s municipal home rule authority. By adopting a charter, residents can tailor the structure and procedures of their municipal government to address the specific needs and preferences of the local community.
Subjects typically covered in a charter include:
As a result of population growth, Sunbury will officially transition from a village to a city following the release of the 2020 U.S. Census results. Because cities without a charter are organized differently and have a different statutory legal framework than villages, changes to Sunbury’s government will occur when Sunbury becomes a city. Adopting a charter is a way for Sunbury’s residents to better control those changes and determine how Sunbury’s government will operate in the future versus being forced to accept the de facto statutory framework.
Sunbury’s voters. In fact, successfully adopting a charter requires two different approvals from Sunbury’s voters. The first opportunity is this November, when voters get to decide whether or not to establish a charter commission and who gets to serve as members of the charter commission. If the charter commission is formed, Sunbury’s voters get the final approval of the charter that is proposed by the charter commission.
Correct. Voting “yes” to forming a charter commission this November merely gives the charter commission an opportunity to propose a charter for Sunbury. The proposed charter will be mailed to all Sunbury residents, who will have the opportunity to vote to adopt or reject the charter at the November 2019 election.
A charter commission is an elected group of 15 Sunbury residents that will meet for approximately 10 months (from early December 2018 to late September 2019) to frame Sunbury’s charter. Charter commission meetings are open to the public.
The charter commission will meet 1-2 times per month for approximately 10 months. Each meeting will last 2-3 hours. In addition to attending meetings, charter commission members will be expected to review material in between meetings so that they can be prepared to participate at the next meeting.
With a couple exceptions, any Sunbury elector (i.e., Sunbury resident that is registered to vote) is eligible to serve on the charter commission. State law prohibits the village administrator and current village council members from serving on the charter commission.
Eligible Sunbury residents must file a nominating petition with the Delaware County Board of Elections by August 22, 2018, to be placed on the ballot for the charter commission. The nominating petition must be signed by at least 25 registered Sunbury voters. (Tip: signatures on petitions are occasionally invalidated by the Board of Elections for technical reasons, such as the signature or address being unreadable, the signator is not actually a resident of Sunbury and registered to vote, etc., so it is advisable to collect more than 25 signatures to ensure that at least 25 signatures are valid.)
The Delaware County Board of Elections can be contacted regarding petitions at:
Address: 2079 US Highway 23 N, PO Box 8006, Delaware OH 43015
Candidates that have successfully filed their nominating petitions with the Board of Election will be placed on the November 6, 2018 ballot for the charter commission. The 15 candidates receiving the most votes on November 6, 2018 will be elected to the charter commission.
Allen Rothermel, Administrator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathy Belcher, Fiscal Officer, email@example.com
Office Phone: 740-965-2684
In order to rent space in the Town Hall or at the Lion’s Building, it is necessary to complete an application. You can rent either the first or second floor of the Town Hall. View the guidelines (PDF) for renting these locations.
The cost is $25.00 each hour (up to 3 hours for a total of $75) or all day for $100, plus a $50.00 refundable deposit. The Town Hall is equipped with restroom facilities and fully equipped kitchen.
In addition, Freedom Park, J.R. Smith Park, and the Shelter House at General Rosecrans Park are available on a first come, first serve basis at no charge. Please check the calendar for availability. Reservations can be made by calling the Municipal Building at 740-965-2684 or on the website.
You can report concerns to us using our Report A Concern.
Use this interactive map to determine if you live in Sunbury.
You can also check the Ohio Department of Taxation Online Services at Ohio Department of Taxation by entering your address and hitting the Lookup button.
If you live in within the corporation of Sunbury, you are responsible to pay 1% income tax. Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) provides services to collect income tax for our municipality.
Use our staff directory to find contact information.
Visit our Cemetery section to learn more about buy a plot.
Visit our Zoning Department for more information about permits.
Check out our New Resident Information for utilities.
In order to retrieve your vehicle from impound, you must come to the police department located at the:Municipal BuildingLower Level9 E Granville StreetSunbury, OH 43074
View more information about the release procedure.
Traffic tickets may be contested by appearing in court on the date and time specified on the traffic ticket. Please make sure as to which court you were cited into before appearing:
Copies of all reports can be picked up in person or emailed to you upon request. We are located on the corner of Columbus Street and Granville Street at:Municipal BuildingLower Level9 E Granville StreetSunbury, OH 43074
The Sunbury Police Department will no longer complete the Civilian Background Check Fingerprint Cards. These will have to be done electronically at the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.
Background checks can be done for local area residents only. If you live outside the jurisdiction of Sunbury you will have to have your background check signed by another agency.
The Sunbury Police Department offers a vacation check / house watch program for residents who will be gone for any extended period of time. While this service doesn't guarantee you from loss, theft, damage or mischief it does offer a deterrent to persons who may be looking to access your home. Please stop by the Police Department to complete the proper paperwork to make this request.
Learn how you can take steps on your own to help prevent your residence from becoming a target of criminal activity.
We are located at:
Sunbury Utilities Billing Department9 E Granville StreetSunbury OH 43074
The mailing address for the department is:
Sunbury Utilities Billing DepartmentP.O. Box 508Sunbury, OH 43074
Our hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with the exception on holidays.
Customers are billed for sewer every month. Sewer bills are prepared and ready on the second Tuesday of each month.
Payment for your sewer bill is due on or before the 4th Tuesday of each month. The actual due date is printed on the sewer bill.
Any sewer bill not paid by the due date shall incur a penalty of 5% of such charge, which will be added to the next month’s bill.
When setting up your sewer service, you will need the following information:
You will need to do one of the following to establish your account:
If you have not done so, you will also need to call Del-Co Water at 740-548-7746 to setup your water account. Del-Co water reads the meters in Sunbury, forwards us the reads, and we produce sewer bills based upon water usage. You must have a Delco water account in order to have a Sunbury sewer account.
When terminating sewer service, you will need the following information:
You will need to do one of the following:
If you have a higher sewer bill than normal, it could be you that you used more water consumption for the billing cycle. If you did not use any more water than normal, then you may have a leak somewhere.
Leaks can cause dripping of hundreds of gallons of water down your drain. Not only does a leak waste water, it causes you a higher water bill each month, which in turns reflects a higher sewer bill as well. If you have a leak, get it repaired as soon as possible.
Check for leaks. The most common culprit is the toilet.
Note: The above items listed are just some common plumbing items we suggest to check for water leaks. Sunbury is not responsible for your plumbing beyond the valve at the street, nor are we at any way obligated to investigate leaks in your plumbing or to offer any advice on how to fix them. Sunbury is not responsible for any damages or expenses due to your plumbing leaks.