Guidelines for Proper Leaf Disposal

It’s that time of year where we enjoy the fall colors in Gahanna’s beautiful parks and in our neighborhoods. It’s also a time where residents and businesses can help pitch in to keep our streets clean and prevent flooding by raking up fallen leaves and pine needles. Proper disposal of leaves is through the City’s yard waste collection service that occurs every Monday. Leaves need to be put in a paper bag or plastic bin and placed curbside prior to 6:00am. The weight cannot exceed 50 pounds. Yard waste may also be dropped off in the yard waste dumpsters located behind the Service Complex at 152 Oklahoma Ave. Access to the dumpsters is available Mon-Fri from 8:00am to 3:00pm.

As a reminder, The City of Gahanna does not provide curbside vacuuming of leaves and needles. It is important that leaves and any other yard waste not be raked or blown into the street. This helps to prevent stormwater drains from becoming clogged. It is a violation of City code (Codified Ordinance of the City of Gahanna 941.02) to intentionally rake or blow leaves into the street. Below are best practices to keep in mind when disposing of leaves in order to protect water quality and the local infrastructure:

  • Keep leaves out of the street and away from storm drain inlets. Leaves left in streets get blown by wind and carried by rainwater to the nearest storm drain. They form thick mats that prevent water from flowing into stormwater system which in turn causes street flooding.
  • If you use a professional landscape company to maintain your yard, request that leaves blown off sidewalks or driveways is directed back into the yard and not into the street.
  • If you live along a ravine or stream, do not dump leaves over the edge. The leaf piles will form thick mats that will not decompose over the winter. The vegetation under the leaf piles will then die, leading to erosion of the ravine or streambank.
  • An excess of leaves that enter the stream pose water quality concerns. Bacteria use dissolved oxygen within the water to decompose organic matter. Increased levels of organic matter from leaves result in depleted oxygen levels and consequently kill fish and other aquatic organisms.
  • Leaves can be added to a composting bin; however, other high nitrogen ingredients may be needed for optimum results (due to the high carbon to nitrogen ratio).
  • Leaves will decompose faster if they are cut with a mulching lawn mower first.
  • Leaves can also be used as mulch around trees, shrubs, flower bushes and vegetable gardens. They help retard the growth of weeds, retain soil moisture, maintain lower soil temperatures in the summer and protect against temperature fluctuations. Leaves will eventually decompose, adding their nutrients to the soil and improving soil structure.

UPDATE: Heil Drive closed to all traffic until Friday November 22, 2019

The Heil Drive bridge replacement over Sycamore Run was originally set for a 60 day closure.  Due to unexpected delays in the fabrication and delivery of the new concrete structure, the opening date has been extended to Friday November 22, weather permitting.

 

Contractor Work Expected Around the City Over the Coming Weeks

Several contractors will be working throughout the city over the coming weeks to finish the street pavement program. Strawser Paving, Decker Construction and Shelly & Sands will be working on curb replacement, turf restoration, utility valve box adjustment and assorted other tasks associated with recent street repair and rebuilding contracts. If you have any questions about this work, please contact City of Gahanna Project Administrator, Jason Collins at 614-342-4019.

2020 Proposed Budget Presented to City Council for Review

Gahanna’s annual budget is one of the most important and informative documents City officials, staff and citizens will use. It is the financial plan for the year, identifying the City’s priorities and policy environment, and reporting department activities and performance. The 2020 proposed budget document was submitted to the Gahanna City Council on October 14, 2019. The entire 2020 Proposed Budget document is available here.

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The City of Gahanna Partners with the U.S. Census Bureau to Ensure Accurate Representation

The City of Gahanna is excited to announce that we’ve partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau to support the 2020 Census!  As a partner, the City will be working to ensure that our community is accurately represented. The census is much more than just a headcount. It provides a picture of our nation that helps determine where to build new schools, hospitals, and businesses; how federal funding is distributed; and how congressional seats are apportioned. It also helps us see how our communities have changed over time. That’s why an accurate count is so important. To learn about the upcoming census, visit 2020census.gov.

Gear Up for Fall with The Current!

Don’t miss the great content in The Gahannna Fall Current. Click here to get all of the details about your favorite Fall events, activities and classes.

 

City of Gahanna Receives GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for 6th Consecutive Year

Award presented to entities that meet the highest principles of governmental budget

For the sixth consecutive year, the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has presented the City of Gahanna with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2019 budget.  The award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting and represents a significant achievement by the organization.

“This award affirms our continued commitment to being transparent and fiscally accountable to our taxpayers,” said Gahanna Mayor Tom Kneeland. “The fact that our city has received this award for six consecutive years is a testament to the tremendous effort made by our Finance Director, Joann Bury and her team. I commend them for the great work they are doing to help us achieve these standards.”

In order to receive the budget award, the City of Gahanna had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation.  These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as:

  • a policy document
  • a financial plan
  • an operations guide
  • a communications device

Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and in the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.

When a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is granted to an entity, a Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation is also presented to the individual(s) or department designated as being primarily responsible for having achieved the award. This has been presented to the City of Gahanna Finance Department.

“I am very pleased that we have been able to produce a budget document that extends beyond the basic requirements for budget preparation,” said Finance Director Joann Bury. “It reflects our continued commitment to provide Council and other decision makers of the City with a document that conforms to best practices and guidelines established by the GFOA and National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting.”

There are more than 1,600 participants in the Budget Awards Program. The most recent Budget Award recipients, along with their corresponding budget documents, are posted quarterly on GFOA’s website.  Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America.

The Government Finance Officers Association is a major professional association servicing the needs of more than 19,000 appointed and elected local, state and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners.  To learn more about the GFOA, click here.

Income Tax Update

As a reminder, the passage of the income tax increase, Issue 12 in May, also changed the credit from 83.33% to 100% effective July 1, 2019. Upon receiving your 3rd and 4th quarter statement to pay your estimated income tax, you may want to contact your tax preparer or RITA customer service to determine if your estimate needs to be adjusted based on the credit change. You can reach RITA customer service by calling 1-800-860-7482.

New Online Rental Property Registration Forms

The City has adopted Ord 0053-2018 which requires all owners of residential rental properties located in the City to register each rental property annually. You can find the new registration forms on Gahanna’s website: https://www.gahanna.gov/zoning-and-code-enforcement/.  Please contact the Zoning Clerk at 614-342-4025 or via email for assistance in the application process.