By Linda Dillman
A new contract for water tank services in Canal Winchester will help keep service, renovation, and inspection costs stable for the next decade for the trio of water tanks servicing the needs of city residents.
Located on North Gender Road, South Gender Road and on Jenkins Drive, the city will pay $3,999 the first year for service on all three water tanks. For years two through 11, the cumulative annual cost is $58,521 because of the extent of maintenance provided in the contract.
During the course of the 11-year contract and due to their age, both Gender Road tanks will receive interior and exterior renovations, washout,s and visual inspections. The Jenkins Drive tank is newer and will receive visual and washout inspections.
Due to the small number of companies nationwide offering tank services, competitive bidding was waived and the contract was awarded to Utility Service Company, Inc., who currently services the city tanks. The multi-year contract allows the city to maintain the three tanks on a regular rotating basis.
“It helps us even out our expenses,” said Law Director Gene Hollins.
Finance director/clerk of council
Mayor Mike Ebert thanked Finance Director Amanda Jackson—who is preparing to go on maternity leave and also served for two years as the city’s clerk of council—for her service as clerk. When Jackson returns from leave, she will continue as finance director, but no longer as clerk.
“I thank Amanda for everything she’s done as clerk of council,” said Ebert. “I applaud her hard work and believe me, it’s been hard work in addition to her duties as finance director. I can’t say enough about her and all she did to get this done.”
Council President Bruce Jarvis said no timeline or plans were established in replacing Jackson, but added, “She’s set a pretty high bar for anyone who follows.”
On Aug. 5, a lengthy public hearing was held for a planning and zoning appeal by Panda Express regarding a potential site east of the Walgreen store along the south side of Winchester Boulevard.
City Zoning Administrator Andrew Moore said the Planning and Zoning Commission denied the company’s request for a conditional use permit for their drive-through design and request to change the site setback from 25 feet to 47 feet because development standards were not met.
“The way this drive-through is designed is not compatible,” said Moore. “This location creates approximately seven access points in a three access area.”
Moore said the site does have a “unique” ability to come into compliance and if a wrap-around patio was included in the design, staff would approve.
“There have been multiple iterations of this plan,” said Moore. “There are a lot of issues that were ignored.”
However, before introducing nearly a half dozen professionals offering testimonials on behalf of Panda Express, attorney Joseph Miller called the design as presented safe, efficient and optimal.
Senior design manager Brian Kan said the site was selected, as opposed to other available out parcels, because it is “in a very optimal location due to street visibility.”
Company engineer John Gallagher said the access points on the property will aid in dispersing traffic for what he called a “pretty typical site layout.”
City council is expected to take action on the appeal at their next meeting in August.