Resident wants city to remember Steube

By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer
Before Canal Winchester moved its city offices and community center into the former McDorman auto museum building on East Waterloo Street, the Trine Street community center was named in honor of Frances Steube, a former council member, community activist, and author.

The name did not follow the center when it opened in its new location.

Resident Kathleen Vasko wants the city to change that.

“Frances Steube was an important citizen and served on council for several terms,” said Vasko during the April 15 Canal Winchester City Council meeting. “She co-wrote two Canal Winchester books. She was an active member of the historical society and was one of those people who gave away much more than she took.”

Vasko said when the community center was demolished to make way for additional parking for the new municipal building, the Steube named did not follow the community center move.

“It should have been transferred and it bothers me a lot,” said Vasko. “The name should have been the Frances Steube Community Center. I don’t think the name should have been dropped and I think you should have looked into re-instating it.”

The issue will be discussed at the next meeting after follow-up information is studied.

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•Construction Services Director Bill Sims reported finishing touches are underway at the three-seasons shelter house at McGill Park. He expects construction to be completed by May 1.

Pickleball courts site work is underway, as is the 2024 street program and the High Street revitalization project was awarded to Decker Construction.

According to Sims, a fair amount of phasing is involved on High Street that affects businesses and sidewalks along the project corridor. He said his goal is to meet with everyone impacted by the endeavor to discuss specific concerns.

“We’re in the midst of that process now,” said Sims.

•Sims also discussed the parade of Intel superloads moving through the city on a regular basis and said the process has gone smoothly and without major issues.

“You’ll probably see a little deviation coming up in the next couple of loads with one on Saturday and one on Sunday coming through town,” said Sims. “They’re trying to move two up during the week and then get both through and up to their destinations on the weekend. It’s amazing this weekend how quickly that moves compared to the first trip. I’ve not heard or seen any negative impact other than brief issues for 10 to 15 minutes.”

When asked by Councilwoman Jill Amos what recourse the city could take if property is damaged by the move of loads of up to more than 900,000 pounds along Canal Winchester roadways, Sims said the city is holding a cash bond from the moving company.

The company is insured and the city is holding a million dollar insurance policy as well. Sims reported Gender Road is a heavy roadway that was built to accommodate a lot of truck traffic.

“Even though the load’s gross weight is tremendous, the actual axle weight is pretty much at the legal limit,” said Sims. “There’s very little impact to anything else other than the pavement. We didn’t have to relocate traffic signs or signals.”

•Council members Patrick Shea and Richard Moore swapped committee positions. Moore is now the council representative to the JRD and Shea will serve as a Human Services council representative.

“I’m not able to meet the commitment that is needed to give the JRD the attention and love that it deserves with my present workload,” said Shea. “I feel I would be doing a disservice to the community to sit in that chair and not be able to attend meetings due to my professional career.”

•A resolution extending the agreement with the Fairfield County Sheriff’s office was extended under emergency language to prevent a lapse in a jailing contract.

•The first reading of an ordinance updating pool rates for the JRD was also passed under emergency language due to the upcoming season.

However, the discussion on the update raised concerns about the $80,000 deficit from the 2023 season and a potential review for the 2025 season offering differential rates for residents.

•Council also canceled its Committee of the Whole meeting on April 29 due to a lack of topics.

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