CW Council wants your opinions

By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer
Canal Winchester City Council hopes efforts to pave the way for better communications with citizens will direct the best ways to share news and information with the community.

Council’s communication committee is creating and distributing a survey seeking input on improving communications.

“What do we want to accomplish? What do we want to learn,” said Councilman Will Bennett, “to ensure we provide residents with the information they find valuable and not create an additional burden on city staff. Identify the level of methods that currently exist and also identify what channels of communications will reach the most significant amount of residents as well as the topics residents want to know the most about.”

Proposed survey questions are: Do you follow what is happening in Canal Winchester? What sources do you use? What department do you seek information from? And Do you feel the city currently does a good job of communicating with residents?

Three open-ended survey questions under consideration are: What are we doing right? What can we do to better communications and what other ways the city can improve communications.

Survey participants can provide their name or remain anonymous.

As to the method of survey delivery, council discussed various avenues including online, social media, door drops, mailings, cold calls, utility bills, and voice method systems.

“It’s a huge opportunity to learn what people desire to learn more about,” said Bennett. “To really guide the type of communications were creating. We’re going to regroup (the communications committee) on the 14th and finalize the survey and our approach on the delivery methods.”

Library update
After more than three hours of testimony and deliberations on Feb. 20, the fate of three appeals filed against planning and zoning recommendations for a new Columbus Metropolitan Library crossed another milestone.

The library is asking to move ahead with their plans to build a 30,000 square-foot building on Groveport Road. They are asking for a conditional use permit, site development plan and setback variances, including slicing a west setback from 150 feet to 73.3 feet.

At the end of the March 4 regular meeting, council adopted the Findings and Facts of the Feb. 20 public hearing as prepared by the city’s law director Thaddeus Boggs.

“This is just to accept what accurately reflects what went down (during the hearing),” Boggs said. “The timing for any further administrative appeal would start running tonight.”

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