CW distributes bed tax grant funds

By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

The new year brings welcome news for some Canal Winchester organizations hoping to tap into receipts from the city’s bed tax fund to financially support their efforts.

During the Dec. 19 Canal Winchester City Council meeting, requests were granted for groups including Boy Scout Troop 103, Friends for Life Animal Haven, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10523 and David’s Way.

Other organizations receiving funding include: BrockStrong Foundation, Canal Winchester Area Historical Society, Art Guild, High School After Prom, Human Services, JRD, Labor Day Festival, Indians Cross Country Boosters and Miss Canal Winchester Pageant.

Except for a $500 request from David Lutheran Church for food and supplies for a Thanksgiving meal and an application from the local Chamber of Commerce received after the Nov. 30 deadline, all 13 requests for $2,000 were granted.

“Councilman Patrick Shea and I reviewed the applications and didn’t see anything wrong,” said Councilman Steve Buskirk.

The list includes the Boy Scout troop’s request to expand, replace, and repair camping gear and equipment; a City Kitty Round Up event to trap-neuter-return-adopt program; supplies and advertising for the 2023 Veterans Day Celebration and basic needs kits for 48 older adults at David’s Way.

A Bed Tax Grant Committee previously reviewed applications and made their recommendations as to how the grants should be distributed.

CWAHS funding support
Council held a second reading on legislation providing up to $20,000 in financial support to the Canal Winchester Area Historical Society, which preserves artifacts, buildings, etc. and provides education covering Canal Winchester historic and cultural resources.

Society operations include the O.P. Chaney Elevator –which is undergoing renovation—Queen of the Line Depot, Prentiss Schoolhouse and the National Barber Museum housed in the school district’s education center.

CWAHS President Bruna Brundige said the organization is not asking for anything new because of a $10,000 agreement already in place that expires at the end of the year.

However, the historical society is asking council to consider doubling the amount due to increasing insurance and utility costs for all buildings.

“In 2023 we’ll start paying for the utilities for two floors in the school we’ll use for the museums,” Brundige said. “We’ll pay $300 per month per floor. The total will be for over $24,000 and we’re asking for $20,000 with the reapproval of the agreement. We did a very quick count of how many visitors we had to the historical complex and it’s at least 10,000 a year.”

The society is in the process of creating a Canal Winchester Museum in the same wing and on the floor above the barber museum, which will house a growing collection of artifacts and provide community space for meetings and programming.

“Right now, we are enjoying a $300,000 grant from the state of Ohio that is for the renovation of the O.P Chaney grain elevator,” said Brundige when asked about other funding sources. “Additionally, we have a $300,000 donation from the Wood Foundation, which was given to us last week.”

Brundige estimated the total cost for renovating the historic structure between $4 and $5 million.

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