By Linda Dillman
The city of Canal Winchester is moving forward with an agreement sending citations issued by the Madison Township Police within the city to the local mayor’s court.
Canal Winchester City Council approved a resolution of intent with the township during council’s Nov. 4 meeting.
Under the resolution, the city expressed its desire to address citations under the codified ordinance in mayor’s court and acknowledged the township police department “requires express consent from Canal Winchester to begin the legal process to obtain authority” by Franklin County.
Madison Township always had authority to issue citations in Canal Winchester, however, township tickets currently go to Franklin County for processing instead of the city’s mayor’s court.
While under discussion for quite some time, on Oct. 21, Madison Township Police Chief Gary York and Madison Township Administrator Susan Brobst helped clear the air regarding the status of services provided by township law enforcement.
Brobst said they discovered the prosecutor was not working on any documentation until the township and city came to them with agreements and asked the county to draft official language sealing the agreement.
“It (resolution of intent) has gone through review by Madison Township and Mr. Hollins (Canal Winchester law director),” said Peoples. “This is the official beginning of the process.”
Peoples said he had no idea how long the prosecutor’s office would take to draft the language before returning it to the city for final approval.
Although the city contracts with the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office for primary service, with a sub-station housed in the basement of Town Hall, Canal Winchester property owners collectively pay more than a half a million dollars in taxes to the township police department.
Hollins previously said the main purpose of the agreement between the city and township is to provide a means for township officers to write charges under city code in order to go to mayor’s court.
“The amount (of revenue) is minimal,” said Hollins, “but it allows us to have control and a little more say about what happens with the charges.”