Annual Shred Event Scheduled for April 25 from 9am-12pm

WHEN AND WHERE IS THE EVENT?
Saturday, April 25, 2020 in the City Hall parking lot at 200 S Hamilton Rd from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Entrance into the event is only available from S Hamilton Rd.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Gahanna residents.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
There is no charge to residents and no charge to the City. The vendor is donating their services.

HOW MUCH PAPER CAN I BRING?
A limit of five (5) standard-size paper grocery bags or equivalent per vehicle is allowed.

WILL ANYONE BE ABLE TO HELP ME UNLOAD MY CAR?
Staff will be on hand to unload items.

WHAT ITEMS ARE ACCEPTABLE FOR SHREDDING?
Family or household documents (such as financial, legal and medical documents), paper with staples, paper clips and/or rubber bands and manila folders.

WHAT ITEMS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE FOR SHREDDING?
Business records (this includes home businesses), binders, notebooks, newspapers, magazines, books, phonebooks and plastic bags.

WILL THE RECORDS BE TAKEN AWAY OR SHREDDED IN THE PARKING LOT?
NO ON-SITE SHREDDING. Due to logistics and time constraints the City is not able to provide this service at the present time. Records will be taken away to the vendor’s facility to be securely shredded.

CAN I BRING ELECTRONICS TO BE RECYCLED?
NO ELECTRONIC RECYCLING. Due to labor costs and the significant decline in commodity prices for copper, aluminum and steel, the City is not able to provide this service at the present time.

CAN I BRING ANYTHING ELSE?
The City cannot accept anything else but you can visit Gahanna’s website to learn more regarding proper disposal of other items such as household hazardous waste and medications.

WHAT IF I CAN’T COME BETWEEN 9:00AM-12:00PM?
Due to vendor availability, the City cannot accept any items before 9:00am and cannot accept any new cars to enter the event after 12:00pm.

WHAT IF IT RAINS?
The event will be held rain or shine. However, if there is lightning, the event will be suspended for safety reasons. The City is not able to reschedule.

HOW CAN I HELP GIVE BACK?
Gahanna Residents in Need (GRIN) will be collecting canned goods, non-perishable food, toiletries and monetary donations during the event. Meal soups, beef stew and laundry supplies are particularly in high demand for their April drive. GRIN cannot accept expired items.

Rumpke’s Holiday Schedule

The observance of Christmas (Dec. 25, 2019), New Year’s Day (Jan. 1, 2020), and Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 20, 2020) will cause no change to Rumpke’s pickup schedule.

Get Ready for Winter with The Current!

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

 

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.

UPDATE: Heil Dr. Bridge Project

The Heil Dr. Bridge project began in September 2019, and was planned to be completed within 60 days. Unforeseen manufacturing issues resulted in a delay in completing the project in a timely manner. We apologize for the extended inconvenience of the road closure during this process.

Heil Drive will be fully closed from Milan Drive to Lyncroft Drive starting at 8 am on Wednesday, January 8, and will remain closed until the end of the day Friday, January 17, while the contractor finishes necessary work. The bridge is expected to re-open on Friday, January 17 for all traffic, weather permitting. There will be intermittent delays and partial closings over the next several months. We are anticipating full completion of this project this spring.

Again, we apologize for the delay and greatly appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to bring this project to completion. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Department of Public Service and Engineering at 614-342-4050.

 

 

 

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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.

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.

 

New Carts Create Opportunity to Get Recycling Right

Now that you have your new, larger recycling cart, you can put your best environmental foot forward by putting only accepted items in your recycling bin. When you recycle right, you protect the environment, preserve landfill space and help to create and support employment opportunities in Gahanna and across Franklin County.

The amount of waste being generated by Franklin County residents and businesses is staggering. In fact, last year, 2.1 million tons of waste were generated by residents and businesses – enough to fill Ohio Stadium four times. And even though nearly half of that material is being recycled or composted, over one million tons of waste still finds its way to Franklin County’s landfill every year. Recycling has never been more important.

When it comes to using your new blue bin – don’t just recycle. Recycle Right!

There are a number of items, like yogurt cups, plastic and foam food containers, plastic bags and wire hangers that many people think are recyclable in their curbside bin but really aren’t.  And improper items can cause serious delays and added expense to the recycling process.

In Franklin County, only five items are accepted for recycling:

  • Paper and Cardboard
  • Plastic Bottles and Jugs
  • Glass Bottles and Jars
  • Metal Cans
  • Cartons

Everything else should be reused, donated, composted or disposed of safely.

It’s also important that recyclable items are prepared correctly.  Cardboard boxes should be broken down and recyclables should be kept loose in the bin – not bagged.

Why does all of this matter?

Proper recycling helps a lot more than the environment. Fewer resources earmarked for landfills means more resources available for well-paying community jobs.  Reusing and recycling materials also creates opportunities for new product innovations and technologies.

Make a Difference.

Gahanna and SWACO want to make recycling right as easy as possible for you so you’ll be receiving helpful recycling reminders and information in the mail.

If you want more details on our campaign to Recycle Right, you can also visit https://www.gahanna.gov/refuse-recycling-and-yard-waste/

Together, we can improve both the environment and the economy for Gahanna in ways that will pay off for years to come.

 

Tax Update

Update:

Effective July 1st, the city’s income tax rate will increase from 1.5% to 2.5%. The credit will increase from 83 1/3% to 100%.

For more information:

See the Rita Tax & Credit Increase Notification or call RITA Customer Service at the phone numbers below:

Individuals: 1.800.860.7482, ext. 5002

Businesses: 1.800.860.7482, ext. 5003

 
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.