Package Thefts During the Holidays: What You Should Know

From Gahanna Division of Police Chief Jeff Spence:

On behalf of the entire Gahanna Division of Police, I wish you all a safe, enjoyable and memory-filled holiday season.  Unfortunately, there are those that will take advantage of the gift-giving season by stealing packages.  Online shopping has increased substantially since the pandemic and so too have the number of reported package thefts.  This crime trend is not new and not unique to Gahanna.  Law enforcement agencies in the region are working together to address this trend.  Please see the attached press release from the Franklin County Chiefs Association for more information and helpful tips to help stop package thefts.

 Thank you and Happy Holidays!


~Jeffrey Spence; Chief of Police

Package theft 11-29-21

City of Gahanna Facility Planning Study

Linked below is the Gahanna Facilities Report, which was presented to City Council on October 11, 2021 during the Committee of the Whole meeting.

Four one-hour workshops scheduled in the near future, to discuss this further with the City administration, City Council and the public.



Gahanna Facilities Report – Final -10.22.21

101 Beer Kitchen: Seasonal Fare & a Motivated Staff

101 Beer Kitchen, owned and operated by Jess and Thad Kittrell, is known for its seasonal menus that pair perfectly with a vast array of craft beers. Fall favorites include butternut squash perogies, butternut squash soup, fall grilled cheese and soup and brown butter gnocchi with mushrooms, among other great dishes.  

Gahanna’s 101 Beer Kitchen (397 Stoneridge Lane) is participating in the 24th Annual Taste of Gahanna that runs through November 11, 2021. A $130 value of food vouchers can be purchased from the Gahanna Area Chamber of Commerce for only $75 at 

“I practice servant leadership that is rooted in leading by example. My own crew keeps me motivated, and I stay inspired by listening to podcasts and audio books about business and innovation,” shared owner Jess Kittrell, who has given speeches to Gahanna Lincoln High School students about career planning. 

Operated by a crew of 45 food and beer enthusiasts, 101 Beer Kitchen provides hands-on training events in partnership with its local brewery vendors. To retain a motivated crew, employee bonuses are awarded not only for providing new employee referrals, but they are also given for getting the COVID-19 vaccine. 

“We set-up a clinic for all employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19. We made sure everyone could get vaccinated and that all shifts were covered. This program worked out very well,” explained Kittrell.  

After each shift, the crew gathers at one table to share a complimentary meal and drink, helping the team to build family-like relationships on a more personal level.   

“I love working with 14- and 15-year-old students,” exclaimed Kittrell. “They have such a spark for working in the food industry. It’s great to harness their passion as they perform beginner duties in the kitchen and service floor before eventually working their way up to managerial positions. There are so many multi-faceted jobs in the restaurant industry, from financial analyst to marketing.” 

Bar Manager Cameron H. first started as a busser. “I worked my way up to bar manager after first honing my skills as a server and bartender,” said Cameron. “I learned how to go above and beyond for everyone while training under my first general manager, Erin. She taught me how to be a great leader, and I’m so grateful for her mentorship in this wonderful work environment.” 

101 Beer Kitchen has four crew positions open, including two servers, one server assistant, and one host. To apply for a job, plan a visit, or order a meal, please visit or stop by the restaurant at 397 Stoneridge Lane. 

Now Hiring

City of Gahanna is hiring for positions in Planning, Finance, Parks & Recs, and Public Service & Engineering. Qualified candidates can apply here:

Tax Incentives Hub – Franklin County Auditor

Wednesday, June 16, 2021


Contact: Monica Moran, 614.378.2879

Auditor Stinziano Unveils New Tax Incentives Hub that Provides Transparency, Accessibility for Franklin County Residents

 COLUMBUS, Ohio – Franklin County Auditor Michael Stinziano unveiled a new, one-stop shop website Wednesday that uses innovative GIS technologies to show comprehensive details on every tax incentive in use in the county.

The Tax Incentives Hub, which is available on the Auditor’s office website, features maps that show where incentives are in use, the different types of incentives, data about the incentives, and the local ordinance that created each. The maps can break down the tax incentives by municipality, so residents can see which are in use in their neighborhood.

The Hub also lists the effects each incentive has on government agencies that depend on tax revenue, and it links to specific information about each incentive at the individual municipality’s economic development website. A downloadable spreadsheet listing information on all incentives is also available on the Hub.

“As your Franklin County Auditor I want to ensure that taxpayers know about tax incentives and whether they are providing the benefits promised to our communities – and whether they are working,” Stinziano said. “With this hub we are promoting transparency for the residents and businesses of Franklin County.”

The Hub also features the 2020 TIRC report, a compilation of information from Tax Incentive Review Council (TIRC) meetings that were held from May to August 2020. By law, Auditor Stinziano is chair of those councils.

TIRCs are councils, required by state law, to annually review and evaluate every tax incentive in the county to see if they are performing as well as agreements stipulated they would. Every municipality that uses incentives is required to have a TIRC.

Tax incentives are widely used both in Franklin County and across the country to encourage economic development and improve communities. In 2020, 20 municipalities throughout Franklin County had active tax incentives that required review. The review consisted of 532 abated or TIF projects.  For tax year 2019, there were a total of 4,070 abated parcels in the county, with 447 parcels returning to taxable and 482 parcels becoming abated.

For more information, visit

Columbus Neighborhoods: Big Walnut Country Club

Did you know that Gahanna was once home to the Big Walnut Country Club, one of the first African American country clubs in the nation? Established in the 1920s, this county club was a place African Americans could enjoy recreational activities such as golf, dinners, pageants, and conferences.  Thanks to research provided by the Gahanna Historical Society, interviews and information we have collected throughout the years, the city has been able to gain more insight into the Big Walnut Country Club.  Thanks to WOSU’s Columbus Neighborhoods, we’ve been able to share a bit of Gahanna history with their viewers.