By Linda Dillman
A new Canal Winchester committee with a big name will help the city develop strategies to protect its water sources located in the Lieberman well field along U.S. 33.
“Our utilities department has been working on this for some time,” said Canal Winchester City Administrator Matt Peoples during a Feb. 5 Canal Winchester City Council work session. “This is a plan that is highly encouraged by the Ohio EPA. We wrote up a site specific plan for our wellfields…but we never did the actual full plan for the city. This is a very scripted plan that the Ohio EPA has gone through to approve.”
The utility department completed the assessment portion of the plan for the five- well site. What remains on the agenda is to establish a Source Water Assessment and Protection Committee.
“The next step is the protection plan,” said Peoples. “We need to start a committee with government officials, decision makers at the water treatment plant, businesses, and residents in this area, as well as the fire department. This resolution authorizes the establishment of the committee. The protection side of this is mostly public education and outreach to make sure to keep people aware of what happens; what things should be done.”
There are Ohio EPA laws and regulations that apply to the Lieberman site and the plan does not create any new regulations or enforcement parameters. Peoples said there are 33 businesses located in the well field zone and five indicated an interest in participating in the plan.
During the council’s regular meeting following the work session, the committee resolution was unanimously approved.
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Council held the first reading of an ordinance amending the city’s zoning map in rezoning two parcels owned by Mark and Sonia Poff from exceptional use to limited manufacturing.
The area is designated limited manufacturing in the recently approved community plan and is located in the Basil-Western Road and Amanda Northern Road corridors.