Mosquito Spray Scheduled in Gahanna – Tuesday, July 17

Mosquitoes found in the traps located in the north quadrant of Gahanna have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.  As a result, Franklin County Public Health has scheduled that area to be sprayed on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, starting around 9 pm (weather permitting).  See the map below of the scheduled spray area (highlighted in orange on the map).  For more information visit the Franklin County Public Health’s Mosquito Management Program website: www.myfcph.org/environmental-health/mosquitoes/.

 

 

ODOT to Perform Maintenance to Hamilton Road Bridge over I-270 Beginning Friday, July 13

Beginning Friday, July 13 through Monday, July 16, ODOT will be performing maintenance to the Hamilton Road Bridge over I-270 and the Big Walnut Creek.  Weather dependent, the work will take place between 9 am – 3 pm and will consist of resurfacing the bridge decks with a new asphalt wearing surface.  Traffic will be maintained during this work, however, motorists should expect some minor delays.  For more information, contact ODOT at 614.466.7170 or visit www.ohgo.com for updates.

City of Gahanna to Address Streets and Safety with Nov. 6 Ballot

Gahanna City Council unanimously voted on July 2, to place a one percent earned income tax increase on the Nov. 6, 2018 ballot. The funds will be used to repair the City’s streets and maintain a safe community.

Despite nine years of economic growth, the City of Gahanna currently faces a potential $2.6 million shortfall for 2019. Council finance committee chairman, Michael Schnetzer, states that “I’ve heard loud and clear from residents that the condition of their streets and curbs is unacceptable and traffic congestion is too much to bear. Seventy-five percent of the additional revenue accumulated will be legally restricted for use toward necessary capital projects and maintenance of the City’s core infrastructure so that residents can be assured that capital needs are met for the next twenty years. The remaining twenty-five percent of the revenue will be used for operations to keep safety a priority and the City of Gahanna competitive and vibrant.”

“The City of Gahanna operates fiscally lean,” stated Brian Larick, Gahanna council president. “We’ve thoroughly reviewed how the annual budget is built. We’ve carefully taken into consideration wages, projects, economic development, history and future assumptions to validate if the annual budget is appropriate, reasonable and logical. Based upon these considerations, we believe it is critical for our community to vote on a one percent earned income tax on November 6, so we may fix our aging streets and keep our community safe.”

If the proposed tax increase passes, Gahanna would be at the same income tax rate as nearly half of the surrounding communities.

“Few things weigh on property values like crime and deteriorating infrastructure. In order to maintain Gahanna as the community where people want to live and businesses want to locate, it is essential we fix our deteriorating streets and remain a safe community. The November 6 issue is critical for Gahanna,” said Mayor Tom Kneeland.

Plan to Make Olde Gahanan Bell Tower Glow Takes Off

Original Story by Marla K. Kuhlman, ThisWeek Community News

A historic bell tower in Olde Gahanna might be a beacon for various celebrations in the future.

The Gahanna Foundation is in the process of being formed as a 501c(3) organization, with the lighting of the bell tower of the Olde Gahanna Sanctuary, 82 N. High St., as its first community project.

John Michael Spinelli, treasurer-secretary of the Olde Gahanna Sanctuary Board, is leading the campaign to raise $7,700 for the project. Any funds raised in excess of that amount will go toward other Olde Gahanna Sanctuary or community projects, he said.

Spinelli and his wife, Kathy, hosted a pledge party June 19 with friends and city leaders at their residence to start the initiative.

“We’re going to light up the bell tower on the historic sanctuary with some really unique lighting,” he said. “It will be exterior and circular. We think it will be a new landmark for Gahanna.”

Chris Apfelstadt, who is with Light Up Columbus, is expected to handle the project.

“It’s something we have experience doing around Columbus and in the Chillicothe area,” he said. “I showed (John) a couple projects we’ve done in the past, including the Ross County Courthouse.”

Light Up Columbus also has worked with the city of Dublin to light its city hall for the holidays.

“We’re super excited to light up the architectural features of the Old Gahanna Sanctuary,” Apfelstadt said. “We will use LED fixtures that are controllable. We can make it green for St. Patrick’s Day; red, white and blue for the Fourth of July; orange for Halloween; and everything in between.”

He said the plan is to put 12 fixtures on the tower, with one on each lower-level window, pointing up to highlight the architecture on and above the window.

Four more fixtures are planned on the second level.

“It’s fully programmable, not only for holidays but weddings,” Apfelstadt said. “If a bride chooses lavender, we can make the tower lavender. We’re taking one of the most beautiful architectural features and highlighting it.”

The Olde Gahanna Sanctuary has rented its space for decades, becoming a sought-after venue thanks to its location, affordability and flexible food-service rules.

The structure was built in 1895 as Peace Lutheran Church, although its congregation later moved to Clark State Road.

Spinelli said a single light on a telephone pole was erected last year and that illuminates half the tower.

“Now we’re really going to light this thing up — the arches and the crown,” he said. “It will help business at the Sanctuary. It will be a destination point for Gahanna.

 “We think it will be really, really popular,” he said.

Apfelstadt said he’s looking forward to turning an enthusiastic vision into a reality.

“We want to make it a focal point for the Gahanna, downtown area,” he said.

Tim and Vickie Kapp have pledged $100 for the project.

Vickie Kapp’s mother lives in Gahanna.

“I grew up in Columbus and moved to Hawaii in 1981,” she said. “This is so American and shows pride. As Tim heard the story, he pledged $100 before the story ended. It’s a win-win. It’s tax deductible. Tim is very patriotic. He was in the Marine Corps.”

Gahanna Mayor Tom Kneeland said it’s a neat project.

“The Sanctuary has been a landmark that has been very unique,” he said. “I applaud John and his wife for getting this going. With a lot of new development in Creekside, this will help with the ambiance of the area.

“I can’t wait to see it finished. It’s a huge icon for Olde Gahanna. It will be awesome,” Kneeland said.

Pledge forms are available at in the lobby area of Gahanna City Hall, 200 S. Hamilton Road or you may click here to download a copy.  For more information about this initiative or about the Olde Gahanna Sanctuary contact 614.475.9265.

City Service Expo Returns to Gahanna

The City of Gahanna’s Department of Public Service & Engineering is excited to announce the return of the Service Expo & Touch-A-Truck event. The event will take place on Saturday, August 25, 2018, at Hannah Park, 6547 Clark State Road from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event is FREE and open to the public.
Attendees will have the opportunity to touch, see and sit on the big equipment that helps make the city run. They will also have a chance to get up close to a backhoe, bucket truck, tractor, fire truck, police cars, snow plow and a garbage truck, just to name a few. In addition to Touch-A-Truck, visitors will be able to visit public-service related exhibits, speak with City officials and staff and learn more about City services.  Kids can explore the Fun Zone which includes customizing their own hard harts, coloring and participating in fun outdoor games.  Food trucks will also be on site to sell lunch items, cold beverages, and frozen treats.
GRIN will be on site accepting donations of non-expired canned goods, non-perishable food, toiletries and monetary gifts to help support residents in the Gahanna-Jefferson School District during their times of need.  Canned fruit and peanut butter are particularly in high demand at this time.  Raffle tickets will be given to attendees who donate items.
For more information about this event, contact the Public Service & Engineering Department at 614.342.4005.

CCTV & Sanitary Sewer Cleaning Project Update

The City has contracted with Pipetek Infrastructure Services to televise and clean various sanitary sewers in our system as part of the Capacity Management Operation and Maintenance (CMOM) program. The project will focus on both residential and industrial areas. The residential areas include Rathburn Woods, Farm Creek, and Foxwood Subdivisions. The industrial areas include parts of Taylor Road, Eastgate Parkway, and Deffenbaugh Court. A 48-hour notice will be given prior to cleaning the sewers on your street. For maps of the project areas click here.

City Surplus Items Available for Live Bid Beginning June 20

City surplus items will be available for live bid beginning Wednesday, June 20, on the GovPlanet Equipment auction site.  For additional questions about these items, contact Fleet Superintendent Greg Knoblock at greg.knoblock@gahanna.gov.

Online Utility Bill Pay Option Now Available

Beginning with the next bill, Gahanna customers will now have the option to pay their utility bill’s online.
The new online portal is user-friendly and will feature paperless billing and payment history. The e-Check option offers customers a way to pay their bill online without a processing fee. For customers who prefer pay online using a credit or debit card or by telephone a fee will be applied by the payment processor to offset credit card company fees. Telephone payments using a credit or debit card can be made by calling 1.888.272.9829, option 3, jurisdiction code 8459.
Customers will also notice a new, easier-to-read bill format when they get their next statements. The new format features a graph to show customer usage and history. Additionally, payments and other adjustments will also be listed on the bill, making it easier to understand changes as they occur.
To access the Customer Portal:
  1. Click here or go to https://gahanna.authoritypay.com to access the myGahanna Account page.
  2. Click on “Set up online access.” 
  3. Enter the Account Number and CID that are printed on the upper left side of the bill.
  4. Enter your email address and a password of your choice
  5. Click ” Create Account.”

For more information, click here. 

Take the PUP Pledge and Help Us Protect Our Waterways

Did you know that during rain events, dog poop left on the ground can wash away through the sewer systems and end up in our lakes and rivers, polluting our freshwater supplies? The water that goes through these storm sewer systems is not treated, so what goes into a drain exits into our waterways.

The City of Gahanna is partnering with the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District to help protect our waterways through its PUP campaign.  The Pick Up Poop (PUP) campaign encourages residents to clean up after their pets to protect our waterways and promote a healthy community.  To help keep our waterways safe, visit our Stormwater Management page to watch a short video about the initiative and do your part by taking the Gahanna PUP Pledge!