Paving to begin in CW; plus other CW Council news

By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer
The arrival of spring has Canal Winchester gearing up for street, sidewalk, and park improvements across the city.

During a March 18 Canal Winchester City Council work session, Construction Services Director Bill Sims said work continues on a three-season shelter at McGill Park.

“We anticipate it to be complete by May 1,” said Sims, who added he anticipates physical work to begin on the park’s pickleball courts by April 1.

Bids recently opened on the remainder of the High Street and Waterloo Street intersection improvement project, which includes paver removal, new crosswalks and sidewalks. Sims expects to have legislation awarding the contract to Decker Construction for the first meeting in April.

Decker was also awarded the 2024 Street Program project. Initial notices to residents on affected streets were recently notified.

“We’re going to be resurfacing Sarwell Drive North, Franklin and Elizabeth streets, West Columbus Street from High Street to Washington and previous parking areas will now be permeable pavers. We’re going to resurface Clinton Street from Columbus Street to Groveport Road as well. We’ll be doing curb and gutter repair on Old Creek Lane and we have some bike path work as well, so the Diley Road bike path will be resurfaced and the bike path in Westchester Park will be resurfaced.”

Sims said as part of the street program, a small portion of the South High Street project at 20 S. High St. will be improved as well.

“We need to make that happen pretty quick,” said Sims.

Council was updated on their Communication Working Group, spearheaded by committee representative Will Bennett. He said the survey is ready and the next step is determining the best way to distribute it to the citizens of Canal Winchester.

“We’re looking at postcard mailings. We’re looking at doorhangers,”said Bennett. “We talked about press releases. We want to make sure we are hitting all of the channels, digital alerts, but also print materials that hit a different demographic. We’ll have surveys available at the city office to pick up. Then we can synthesize the information and areas of opportunity if a shift is needed. It’s an opportunity to learn.”

Anti-prostitution operation
Fairfield County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Strong reported on a recent anti-prostitution operation in the Gender-Waterloo corridor.

“A few weeks ago, we set up a John sting at a local hotel,” said Strong. “I think we nabbed nine arrests in a matter of six hours. It’s not going to be tolerated as long as we provide police service to the city. We are going to set up similar stings in the future. Some of the city staff got a bird’s eye view of what goes on. I think it was an eye opener for some of them.”

CWJRD and Tomahawks
Councilwoman Jill Amos, who also sits on the Canal Winchester Joint Recreation Board said,

“The Tomahawks attended the school board meeting last week (March 11).”
The Tomahawks organization was asked to schedule a meeting with district representatives and to present a proposal to the school board.

“We received a note the next day saying they did not want to pursue football with the CWJRD any longer and did not plan to run football at all this upcoming season,” said Amos.

The CWJRD plans to host football for the 2024 season and is currently seeking volunteers to help with the program. (See related story on the Messenger website.)

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