CW awards bed tax grants

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By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

A baker’s dozen of applications for 2019 bed tax grants from the city of Canal Winchester received thumbs up from city council on Dec. 17.

While not every applicant received the full amount requested, all applicants received funding ranging from $750 to the maximum allowed of $2,000. No one was turned down.

“We had funds to at least partially fund every grant,” said Councilman Will Bennett.

Organizations receiving $2,000 included CW Area Historical Society (Barber Museum), CW After Prom Committee, CW Human Services, CW Labor Day Festival, CW Lacrosse Association, CW Performing Arts Boosters, Friends for Life Animal Haven and Indians Cross Country Boosters.

The Brock Strong Foundation received $1,000 for umpire fees for a baseball tournament and the Miss Canal Winchester Pageant received $750 for expenses for a Queens’ luncheon on Labor Day.

The Chamber of Commerce was awarded $1,000 for marketing for a Running Scared 5K race.

The CW Art Guild received $1,250 for its 2019 mural project, which includes the purchase, signage, installation and removal of murals. The CW Senior Citizens Club plans to use its $1,200 grant for a Veterans Day pancake breakfast for veterans and their families.

According to a report compiled by Canal Winchester Finance Director Amanda Jackson, $15,875 was awarded to organizations in 2018. For 2019, the recommended funding reached $21,200.

In addition to the bed tax grants, the city also is committed to budget line items for Destination: Canal Winchester, $35,000; CW Historical Society, $2,000 and Dr. John Bender Scholarship, $2,000.

In other action, council approved resolutions appointing Joseph Wildenthaler and Joseph Donahue to four-year terms on the Planning and Zoning Commission and Jamoya Cox and Richard Dobda to four-year terms on the Landmarks Commission.

The council will hold its organization meeting for 2019 on Jan. 7 at 6 p.m., prior to their first work session and council meeting of the year.

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