- The territory sought in the annexation is "shaped as a balloon on a string" and is not contiguous, as defined by the Ohio Supreme Court, to the city's boundary;
- Insufficient evidence that the map and legal description in the annexation petition is accurate;
- Insufficient evidence that the map and legal description in the petition satisfies the state's legal requirement that the municipality be contiguous with the territory sought for a continuous length of at least 5 percent;
- The proposed annexation creates a road maintenance problem because it divides a street or highway between the township and the city, which does not align with state requirements.
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An official hearing on the matter with the county commissioners is expected next week.
Both township and city officials are expected to provide statements during the hearing.