CW sets road work program; plus help with local taxes offered

By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

The 2020 Canal Winchester street program will cost the city approximately $40,000 less than expected to renovate streets and extend the pool parking lot.

After reviewing five bids, EMH&T Engineer Shane Spencer recommended the city award a contract to Columbus Asphalt Paving. The agreement for $889,709 was approved by Canal Winchester City Council on March 2.

“Columbus Asphalt Paving did a great job for us last year and I look forward to working with them this year,” said Public Works Director Matt Peoples, who added the city worked at least four times in the past with the company.

Road work includes a portion of West Waterloo Street near the cemetery, Williamson, Hilliard and Saylor in Ashbrook; Hemmingford Drive in Westchester; expansion of the pool parking lot to the west and a path along the Tussing Ditch.
“It will be at least a month before they start,” said People, “and it’s usually about a 120-day contract.

Assistance with local taxes
Finance Director Amanda Jackson discussed a taxpayer assistance event sponsored by RITA (Regional Income Tax Agency) at the Frances Steube Community Center, 22 S. Trine St., on March 12 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Anyone who is required to file a local income tax in Canal Winchester and/or other local municipalities including Amanda, Carroll, Pleasantville, Baltimore, Lithopolis, Sugar Grove, Bremen, Millersport and Thurston, is invited to attend.

Agents will be on-site to answer questions and assist with RITA municipal income tax return preparation.

According to the agency, in order to receive assistance preparing a municipal income tax return, bring all of the following applicable information: Social Security Numbers for yourself and your spouse, W2(s) from all employers and Form 1099(s), Federal Schedule(s) C, E, & F, Federal forms K-1, 2106, & 1040 and addresses and dates for each location in which you resided during 2019.

RITA agents will work with taxpayers on a first come, first serve basis. Depending on the number of people attending, wait times may occur; please plan accordingly. For more information regarding this event, please contact RITA Customer Services at 1-800-860-7482.

Bumpus steps down
Long-time Street Tree Advisory Board member Gary Bumpus resigned from the board due to a move and was replaced with Pat Burks.

“It was a luxury with Mr. Bumpus and his extensive background (in landscape architecture),” said Peoples. “Mr. Bumpus shared quite a bit of knowledge with the board.”

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