Centerville moves forward with boundary adjustment with Kettering

Centerville City Council voted Monday night to approve a boundary adjustment between the cities of Centerville and Kettering.

The move involves a portion of Pondview Park as well as 12 residential parcels.

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The area is in the vicinity of Bigger Road and Interstate 675. The adjustment clarifies a boundary issue for the historic Pondview Park, which Kettering has maintained for years, although some of the property falls into Centerville’s jurisdiction.

“This action corrects several instances where the jurisdictional boundaries did not align with property lines,” Centerville spokeswoman Kate Bostdorff told the Dayton Daily News. “The city of Centerville worked in partnership with the city of Kettering for several months to make this happen.”

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She added that, in total, 12 residential parcels will be impacted and 11 will transfer to Centerville, while one will transfer to Kettering.

“In most cases, the existing boundaries bisect the backyards of these properties,” Bostdorff said. “Also, a portion of Pondview Park – which is currently in Centerville – will transfer to Kettering, which maintains and operates the park.”

Centerville staff conducted multiple interactions with the affected property owners and none of them had objections to the boundary adjustment.

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According to the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office, any two adjoining municipal corporations may agree to change a boundary line.

Pondview Park, at 2320 Pondview Drive, has an accessible trail system consisting of six learning pods, scenic overlooks and observation points for individuals using wheelchairs, walkers, canes and strollers.

A forest-growth learning site, prairie restoration programs and a butterfly garden are part of the park’s outdoor learning experience.

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