Search for CWJRD leader continues; plus other CW news

By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

The Canal Winchester Joint Recreation District is hitting the ground running in hiring an executive director after Canal Winchester City Council approve a multi-year funding plan earlier this month.

During council’s Nov. 15 meeting, Councilman Will Bennett reported on the hiring process and said interviews have begun.

“As of now, we have interviewed five candidates and have two more this week,” said Bennett. “We’re beginning the second interview with finalists on Friday. We’re already moving very fast with this process.”

Bennett said the first five candidates had extremely qualifying experience and already worked in a leadership role in a recreational program or have extensive experience, such as an athletic director at the school or college level. Two candidates have experience in a levy campaign, which is one of the items the recreation district is looking for in a potential director.

“I’m excited to see what’s coming next for the joint recreation district,” said Bennett. It’s an exciting time for our city.”

Other CW news
•Mayor Mike Ebert said activity is progressing well at McGill Park. A shelter house was erected, playground equipment and playground features are under construction, electric lines were run to the site, paving on the trails and parking areas continue and trees have been planted.

“The park is really taking shape now,” said Ebert. “We have had numerous people tell us how nice it looks and how they are looking forward to official opening.”

•Calls for service by Madison Township Police in October within the city limits numbered 82 out of 2,225 total department calls for service for the month. Officers issued no tickets in Canal Winchester in October and have only issued three so far for the year. Madison Township Police spent 27 hours within the city’s corporation limits last month and 337 hours overall in 2021.

•Waterloo Eastern Road resident Carrie DeHoff sent an email to council voicing her concerns about warehouse development.

“As a concerned community member, I am writing to voice continued opposition to rezoning proposals tied to development plans for additional warehouses in Canal Winchester,” wrote DeHoff. “It is past time for the city of Canal Winchester to invest in itself by creating a development plan. As a community, the idea of further traffic, movement in our community, and the environmental impact of these decisions is short sighted and disturbing.”

•An ordinance to rezone approximately 51 acres on Hill and Basil Western roads owned by Weiser Development and Sonya and Mark Poff to limited manufacturing was tabled at the request of the applicant.

•A second reading to rezone approximately 70 acres of land owned by Teresa and Dale Schacht and others along Bixby and Rager roads from rural township land to limited manufacturing was heard at the Nov. 15 meeting.

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