Bethel Twp. trustee Beth van Haaren, who is up for reelection this fall, said she is worried about additional traffic from more people moving into the area. Bethel Twp. is very spread out, she noted, and doesn’t have the same four-lane major roads that Huber Heights does.
She said while she doesn’t speak for the schools, she believes Bethel Schools have struggled to keep up with the increased flow of kids to Carriage Trails.
“That school district is struggling to keep up with that additional overflow of additional students in all grades, and it’s a strain on school district,” she said. “I think that people move to Carriage Trails because Bethel schools is a draw, because it’s such a phenomenal school district.”
This annexation was initiated by the landowners, which officials said means it is easier for the annexation to continue forward.
Recently, Huber Heights City Council voted to say they could handle the additional services required if the annexation goes through. Two council members - Glenn Otto, who is running against current mayor Jeff Gore for mayor, and Richard Shaw, who is running for an at-large council seat against current member Nancy Byrge - voted against the ordinance.
This is not the first time that part of Bethel Twp. has been annexed to Huber Heights. A prior annexation occurred in 2003.