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January 10-23, 2021 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLI, No. 24

First responders vaccination clinic

Photo courtesy of Franklin County

In alignment with Governor Mike DeWine’s state strategy, Franklin County Public Health hosted its first

COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Dec. 28 by vaccinating the area EMS first responders who provide critical

services in communities and are routinely involved with the care of COVID-19 patients. In addition to the

EMS personnel, 11 area fire chiefs also received their COVID-19 vaccination, including Madison Township

Fire Chief Derek Robinson (standing at right) and Madison Township Assistant Fire Chief Chas Adams

(seated at left).

Valuation changes not a windfall for schools

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

A property valuation update by Franklin County could

mean more dollars in Canal Winchester Local Schools’

coffers, but despite an average 20 percent jump in valuation,

it is not a windfall for the district due to rollbacks.

“The district is going to see their largest valuation

increase in the history of the school district once the valuations

are released,” said Canal Winchester Schools

Treasurer Nick Roberts, who reported the increase

could be nearly $80 million. “There’s going to be a lot of

challenges from commercial properties and industrial

and business properties because there are a lot of value

discrepancy disputes that are going to happen. The

Board of Revision is going to be very busy.”

While the increase looks massive, because of potential

discrepancy disputes and property rollbacks, the increase

for the district will be measured in hundreds of

thousands of dollars.

“It’s (still) a pretty significant increase,” said Roberts,

“because of millage. That’s the good news. The bad news

is the state budget has not been passed. It seems like

everything they can do to throw a hurdle up in the public

education way, they seem to try to do. Hopefully

(they can) get fair funding for schools moving forward.”

For property owners, despite an increase in valuation,

they could see a decrease in school taxes because a

district can only collect what they ask for from voters.

The valuation increase is spread

among a growing number of taxpayers,

which further spreads out

the levy collection.

“People are going to see a

break in their taxes,” said

Roberts, “which hopefully helps

with the increase in valuation.”

Under state law and department

of taxation rules, real property

in all counties is reappraised

every six years and property values

are updated in the third year following

each sexennial reappraisal.

Franklin County fell under the

2020 three-year update guideline.

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Council considers

charter changes

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

The Canal Winchester Charter Review Commission, charged

with reviewing the city’s governing document every 10 years, finalized

their recommendations in November and the ball is now in the

city council’s court.

It is up to Canal Winchester City Council to determine which, if

any or all of those recommendations, will make it to the ballot for

approval by voters. During the first work session of the year Jan.

4, council discussed a handful of the recommendations.

“We spent many hours educating ourselves on the current charter,

the various forms and options of local government in Ohio and

discussed what is in the best interest for Canal Winchester,” said

the review committee–chaired by Michael Stobart and vice-chaired

by Marilyn Rush-Ekelberry–in a Nov. 13 report.

The committee discussed and debated term limits for both the

mayor and council members. They voted 7-4 against a term limit

for the mayor and 10-0, with one abstention, against term limits

for council.

While committee members explored other structures of local government,

they voted 9-2 to keep the current strong mayor-council

form of government.

Recommended changes to the charter as proposed by the Charter

Review Commission include: A one-year residency requirement for

anyone seeking a position on council or the mayor’s office, prohibiting

the council clerk from holding other employment/position within

the city, and clarification that council has the ability to assign other

duties to the clerk.

“I personally don’t see an issue with this one,” said Councilwoman

Jill Amos when the council discussed the residency requirement.

“Several cities require a one-year residency.”

However, Amos wanted clarification on how residency could be

verified. One of the suggestions was to require a candidate to be a

registered voter for one year.

“A one-year residency requirement is reasonable,” Councilman

Will Bennett said. “You should get to know the community you live

in before you represent it.”

Additional suggestions include gender neutral language, allowing

required copies of the code of ordinances kept at various locations

within city hall, a requirement to have ordinances and res-

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Obetz history

The village of Obetz’ population was

4,532 at the 2010 U.S. Census. The community

was originally known as Obetz

Junction, in honor of settler Charles Obetz.

The village formed in 1838 as a stagecoach

junction and incorporated in 1928.

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Life during winter on an 1880s Ohio farm

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Work on an Ohio farm does not slow down during the cold of

winter, which is as true now as it was in the 1880s.

For the staff at Metro Parks’ Slate Run Living Historical Farm

- a working farm depicting farm life in the 1880s and located near

Ashville at 1375 State Route 674 North - that includes work in the

farmhouse and barnyard during the changes in seasons.

“While most of the food preservation was complete for the year,

except butchering and maple work, the daily routine of cooking,

cleaning, mending and laundry did not change that much for the

women,” said Ann Culek, farm program manager at Slate Run

Living Historical Farm. “Inspection of the root cellar and other

storage spaces to make sure the food there stayed fresh could take

up some time for a housekeeper trying to make food last until the

next growing season.”

Culek said this included checking the jams and pickles for

mold, scraping the mold off or using those items first, and making

sure rotting apples or potatoes did not spoil what was touching


“There was also more time in the winter for extended projects

like sewing family clothing and quilting,” said Culek. “Much of

farm life is and was based on seasonality.”

In the 19th century, without modern central

heating, keeping oneself warm in the

winter was a big task on the farm.

“Weather impacts humans then and

now,” said Culek, who noted many farm

diaries mention the temperature and

weather daily, as it dictated much of their

lives. “Keeping warm was a constant battle.

Hauling and splitting wood or arranging

for coal to be delivered cost money and

time. Most families relied on cast iron

stoves, and some even had a furnace in the

basement, but there was no constant supply

of heat once the occupants of the household

retired for the night and no forced air to circulate

through the house. Many houses had

grates cut through the floor to allow the

Douglas, Ed, Jim

and Kip Malek

Ben Churchhill

heat to rise to the bedroom areas.”

Houses got cold enough that the water in

the kitchen could freeze overnight.

“There are lots of written examples of

advice for how to thaw the inside and parlor

plants slowly in an attempt to save them

when they froze,” said Culek. “Jack Frost, a

common visitor to the single paned windows

of the houses of the time, rarely makes a

visit to our homes of today with their insulated

glass. Most modern children have

never drawn patterns in the frost on their

windows for amusement. Layering was

essential for warmth inside and outside the


No matter the cold weather, activity in

the barnyard continued throughout the

winter. For many farmers hog butchering

was a necessary chore for the cold months.

“Without a modern source of artificial

refrigeration, an 1880s farm family relied

on Mother Nature and the cold weather she

provided to keep meat from spoiling,” said

Culek. “Hogs provided hundreds of pounds

of meat. Most often pork was brined in salt

in a barrel or crock or rubbed with salt for a

dry cure. Eventually the salt travels

throughout the meat, such as with ham and

bacon, thus once the meat is well salted, it

no longer needs to be refrigerated to keep

from spoiling.”

Photo by Vicki Sherman and courtesy of Metro Parks

People cannot help but smile when they see the new piglets at

Metro Parks’ Slate Run Living Historical Farm, located at 1375

State Route 674 North, near Ashville. For information on the

park, visit metroparks.net.

The salting process can take weeks to get into every part of the


“The naturally cold weather preserves the meat while that happens,”

said Culek. “Once salted, the meat was often smoked.

Families and neighbors regularly helped each other out on

butchering day as they might do a few hogs in a day, which was a

lot of work. They helped each other out, but also got a chance to


Other jobs for the winter were fence building, mending equipment,

husking shocked corn, and hauling wood. As late winter

arrived, those with access to maple trees would collect the tree sap

to boil into syrup or sugar for not only their family, but also to be

sold as a cash crop.

“Maple syrup time was another chance to visit your neighbors

at the ‘sugar camp,’ talking around the fire and tasting taffy-like

maple syrup poured over snow,” said Culek.

When asked how the farm animals were cared for to keep them

warm in the winter, Culek said most farm animals grow thicker

winter coats.

“Besides offering shelter from the wind, and adequate food and

keeping water sources open, there was little an 1880s farmer could

or would do for the animals,” said Culek. “They generally did not

need exceptional care and this part of Ohio is fairly moderate for

winter temperatures.”

When asked if winter was a time of isolation for 1880s farmers,

more so than the rest of the year due to the weather, Culek said it

depended, but many families and neighbors still got together for

taffy pulls, popcorn and nutting evenings, social or fraternal group

meetings and lectures, or theatrical or musical performances at a

local “opera” house, within reach of anyone near a town. Plus, freezing

temperatures actually made some things easier and even fun.

“Often the frozen roads made hauling and traveling a bit easier

in winter than in the constant mud that roads became in the

spring,” said Culek. “Ice cutting and skating happened on local

canals and creeks and coasting was a favored sport if any hill

could be found. When there was enough snow, many residents

seemed to enjoy getting a sleigh out and, although it could be a

frigid mode of transportation, sledding parties and races were a

winter pastime with the proper conditions.”

For information about Metro Parks’ Slate Run Living Historical

Farm, visit metroparks.net.


Enjoy history & nature on winter hike

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

Feeling housebound or want to work off some extra

holiday fluffiness?

You can get a dose of fresh air and exercise while

enjoying an historic hike around old canal towpaths in

Lockbourne during the village’s winter hike series.

“We like to showcase the historic pieces of the trail

as well as the natural beauty you find along the

Magnolia Trail,” said village of Lockbourne Deputy

Administrator Rachel Ricker. “It’s also good to get out

and enjoy a cool, brisk walk in the winter.”

The first in a pair of hikes will step off on Jan. 23

between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at 154 Commerce St. in

Lockbourne. The second hike takes place at the same

time, rain or shine, on Feb. 20.

There is no cost for the hikes, which are open to

everyone and for all ages.

According to Ricker, hikers can either park down

the hill in Locke Meadow Park or up on the street. The

entrance to the park is next to the village’s Veterans

Park. The starting point is to the left side of the parking


“We started the hikes two years ago,” said Ricker

who said previous hikes, on average, attracted approximately

30 individuals from Lockbourne and the surrounding


The Magnolia Trail ambles along Big Walnut Creek

and past historic Ohio and Erie Canal locks remaining

from the 1800s.

While the village of today may be a small community,

in the heyday of Ohio’s canal system, Lockbourne

was the closest point to Columbus from the main canal

route. A 12-mile-long feeder canal was constructed

from Lockbourne to Columbus in 1831 to provide

access to the capital city in transporting people, livestock,

and produce.

Entering Hamilton Township from the Groveport

area, the canal followed a path now paralleled by the

railroad along Canal Road in Lockbourne, where a few

stone locks still stand from eight that serviced the area

starting in the 1830s.

Locke Meadow Park is home to the start of the

Magnolia Trail and Lock 30, which prevented flood

water from the creek from entering the main canal. A

By Rick Palsgrove

Managing Editor

Upgrades are being planned for the

busy Bixby Road/Groveport Road intersection.

“The plans are being designed now and

construction should start in spring 2021

and end in fall 2021,” said Michael Corbitt,

village of Obetz deputy administrator and

director of engineering. “This is a village of

Obetz project.”

According to Corbitt, the estimated cost

for the improvements is approximately

$1.6 million and the project will be funded

“by the village of Obetz and partially funded

by nearby development.”

Improvements to the intersection will

include left turn lanes and more.

“Groveport Road will have a new eastbound

and westbound left turn lane constructed

onto Bixby Road with associated

signal modifications,” said Corbitt. “This

Photo courtesy of the village of Lockbourne

Winter hikes will be held on the village of

Lockbourne’s Magnolia Trails, 154 Commerce St.,

Lockbourne, on Jan. 23 and Feb. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1

p.m. See views of Big Walnut Creek as well as wildlife

including deer, herons, hawks, and ducks. Also on

the hike see the historic Ohio and Erie Canal locks in

Lockbourne and Columbus feeder canal remnants.

lock tender’s house was once located adjacent to Lock 30.

“Along the creek, there is plenty of wildlife,” said

Ricker. “I have seen herons, hawks and ducks. In other

seasons, you can find our paw paw grove and buckeye

trees. The trail is not very difficult at all. It would be

rated easy.”

For information, call 614-491-3161, Monday,

Wednesday or Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, or visit


Intersection to be improved

project will also consist of improving the

current condition of Bixby Road south of

the intersection to the village corporation

line. A multi-use path will be constructed

along Bixby Road.”

Corbitt said the turns lanes “will provide

a safer intersection while providing

additional capacity to Groveport Road.”

The intersection handles a large traffic

flow, especially on Groveport Road during

peak morning and afternoon rush hours.

The intersection’s current configuration

often sees traffic back ups on Groveport

Road when drivers attempt to turn left

onto Bixby Road. Residents of nearby

Fairchild Estates have also noted it is difficult

at times to access Groveport Road

from their subdivision due to the traffic.

“The highest a.m. peak hour is approximately

1,100 vehicles and the highest p.m.

peak hour for traffic is approximately

1,200 vehicles,” said Corbitt.

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Lifeguarding classes

The Groveport Recreation Department

will offer lifeguard certification classes beginning

in January. Persons must be age 15

by the last day of class. The normal classroom

portion of the class will be held online

(eight hours). The in-water portion of the

class (20 hours) will be held at the Groveport

Recreation Center’s indoor pool, 7370


Kaitlyn Gossard and Ethan, 2, pose after having a snowball fight and building a

snowman. Central Ohio saw six days of snow fall in December 2020.

Groveport Road. Cost is $50 for Groveport

residents and $60 for all others. Free skills

training sessions are available to get persons

acclimated to the pre-requisites. For

information call Aquatics Manager Seth

Bower at 614-836-1000 or email

sbower@groveport.org or visit www.groveportrec.com.

Register either in-person at the

Groveport Recreation Center or online at





Township police jobs updated


Continued from page 1

Requests to delay the process based on

COVID-19 related economic uncertainties,

a rising unemployment rate, and unpredictability

among residential and commercial

property owners were denied by the

state in May 2020.

A property tax levy is the collection of

taxes charged on the value of property.

School boards propose additional local tax

revenues by board resolution. School districts

can place a levy on the ballot up to


Continued from page 1

olutions published on the city’s website, and

a recommendation to reduce the time between

charter reviews from 10 years to five


Other CW news

•Mayor Mike Ebert and Councilman

Mike Coolman responded to a comment

emailed to the city questioning the space in

the new community center and a potential

need for more discussion before construction


“When we had a public meeting for that,

I don’t think anyone showed up,” said Ebert,

who reported the new space is larger than

the current community center. “They're

waiting until now when we’re close to construction

to speak up. There’s going to be

more floor area than the hall we have now.”

Ebert said the senior center contains a

single large room where tables are stored

and cabinets line walls; whereas the new

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

The Madison Township trustees ended

2020 with agreements and changes to leadership

positions in the township’s police department.

Via a conference call, the three trustees

amended a pair of 2018 resolutions for descriptions

for the administrative commander

and patrol commander and

reclassified the positions with no changes in


“The reclassification of the status will

provide the police chief with the ability to

provide better coverage for patrol, by placing

both commanders on the schedule,

adding officers to the overall patrol of the

township,” said Madison Township Police

Chief Gary York.

The administrative commander supervises

administrative office staff, the detective

bureau, makes suggestions and

recommendations to the police chief as to

hiring, firing, promotions.

The commander acts as the department

information technology specialist, troubleshooting

technical issues with department

computers, in-car and body-worn

cameras, and other duties as assigned by

the chief.

In addition to the patrol commander, the

administrative commander can also serve

as the public information officer for the police

department and, in the absence of the

chief, may serve as acting police chief.

The patrol commander supervises the

patrol bureau, including sergeants and patrol

officers. They also make suggestions

and recommendations to the police chief as

to hiring, firing, promotions and ensure that

staffing is maintained for coverage on each

shift and other duties as assigned by the


Thomas Schleppi, who previously served

as a sergeant, is the department’s administrative

commander and former patrol officer

Darrell Breneman is the patrol commander.

The trustees also agreed to set base pay

rates for non-bargaining employees effective

Dec. 12, set salaries and benefits for elected

officials and non-bargaining employees and

legislation splitting the salaries between

the general, police and fire department


Madison Township

community center closed

Madison Township is not taking 2021

reservations for the Community Center at

this time. Any updates will be posted on the

township’s website, emailed through its

subscriber list, and posted to social media.

Intersection improvement

The village of Obetz engineer is working

on plans for improvements to the Bixby

Road/Groveport Road intersection. The improvements

will be completed in 2021.

three times a year on specified election

dates. If a majority of voters in an election

approve the tax, county officials charge and

collect the tax under the terms specified in

the tax levy proposal.

Property subject to taxation includes

buildings and land held by individuals or

businesses and divided into two classes: residential/agricultural)

and commercial/ industrial

and all other real property.

building contains a hall, along with a

smaller, separate meeting room and the capability

to hold larger meetings in council

chambers. In addition, when the library

eventually moves out of its space in the east

end of the new building, that area can accommodate

a larger community center.

“You have a banquet space, a private

clinic room and still meeting room,” added

Coolman. “They'll have more usable square

footage (in the west end of the building).”

•Since it is an odd numbered year, a new

president or vice president of council need

not be elected. Mike Walker remained president

and Coolman remained vice president.

Committee positions also remained the

same. However, Bennett said he will not be

seeking re-election this fall and asked for

the council to consider appointing another

council member to the Joint Recreation District

board later this year.


It’s just the routine turn of the calendar every 12

months but, unlike other times of the year, the change

from December to January triggers a sense of nostalgia,

reflection, and thoughts of change in our minds.

Why does the simple changing of a calendar page hold

such importance to us at this time of year?

The fading of a year represents endings and beginnings.

The winter solstice on Dec. 21, which brings us the

shortest amount of daylight for the year, is the end of the

sun’s cycle to the south. The next day the sun begins its

journey back north bringing with it more daylight minute

by minute each day. It is the death and then rebirth of the

light in an instant.

Christmas generates warm feelings of gatherings and

good cheer, but also a bit of melancholy nostalgia for the

past. New Year’s Day calls out for thoughts of pressing

ahead and making changes anew while New Year’s Eve

makes us pause and look back at what the past year has

wrought and a re-evaluate what we have done with our


The holiday season and the winding down of the year

can bring us conflicting emotions. We can count both satisfactions

and regrets this time of year. With the new year

and a fresh calendar comes promises of changes for the

better or for just something different.

The desire for change and being on the move - literally,

spiritually, and mentally - is ingrained in the American

spirit and gains strength with the arrival of a new year.

This is best expressed in that most American of literary


Looking backwards and forwards

Editor’s Notebook

characters, Mark Twain’s Huckleberry

Finn, who said in the book,

“The Adventures of Huckleberry

Finn,” “All I wanted was to go

somewheres; all I wanted was a

change, I warn’t particular,” and

“But I reckon I got to light out for

the territory ahead of the rest, because

Aunt Sally she’s going to

adopt me and civilize me, and I

can’t stand it. I been there before.”

While we ponder our existence,

time - which in reality is a conceptual

structure, an illusion of sorts,

created by humans to define and

measure the circle of life - relentlessly

spins by as it always does.



So we stand together this time of year, looking backwards

and forwards, craving change while embracing the


Let us make the most of the illusion of time that we


Rick Palsgrove is the managing editor of the Messenger


January 10, 2021 - MESSENGER - PAGE 5

Groveport Community Garden

Interested in gardening, but don’t have enough space at your residence?

If so, you may want to consider gardening at the Groveport

Community Garden. The garden is in Heritage Park, 551 Wirt Road,

Groveport, just a one mile drive from the Groveport Recreation Center.

Dozens of plots available. On-site water available as well as fertile

soil. Cost is $10 per plot. Groveport residents and persons who had a

plot in 2020 may register beginning Feb. 1. Non-resident registration

begins March 1. Planting begins in early April. The garden closes on

Nov. 1. For information, visit www.groveportrec.com/259/Community-

Garden or call Kyle Lund at 614-836-1000.

Property valuations complaint process

Franklin County Auditor Michael Stinziano launched two initiatives

to make the Franklin County Board of Revision complaint

process easier for homeowners challenging the value of their homes

as determined by the auditor’s office.

The office added an e-filing option for homeowners to file their

BOR complaints about the value of their homes electronically. E-filing

allows homeowners an efficient way to file a complaint via the

BOR website at www.franklincountyauditor.com/real-estate/boardof-revision.

It applies to filing the DTE-1 form, which is used to challenge

home value. Complaints can also be filed by email, mail or fax.

Additionally, the new Franklin County BOR Pro Bono Assistance

Program is designed to help low-to-moderate income homeowners

file complaints about the value of their homes. The program consists

of a clinic, where volunteer attorneys and real estate professionals

provide guidance about whether to file a complaint, and help completing

the complaint form. Homeowners with qualifying incomes

may also be able to get legal representation at the BOR hearing.

The initiatives come as the auditor’s office has completed the triennial

update, which updated the property values of every parcel

in the county to keep them in line with the current real estate market.

BOR complaints can be filed now through March 31. Once a

complaint has been filed, a hearing will be scheduled before the

board where evidence about a home’s value can be presented. Due

to public health concerns, all BOR hearings are being held via Zoom.

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Our Pictorial Past

by Rick Palsgrove

Map from George Bareis’

“History of Madison Township”


While Canal Winchester and Groveport

grew as the principal settlements in

Madison Township in the 19th century,

they weren’t the only towns to appear on

the landscape. In 1817 Isaac Decker laid

out the town of Middletown on the

Columbus & Lancaster Pike (along what

is now Lithopolis Road near Gender and

Oregon roads). The name was changed

in 1830 to Oregon. The town did not take

hold and faded away. Other communities

that did not form permanently in Madison

Township were the Stevenson settlement

along Winchester Pike near

Ebright and Shannon roads; and Asbury,

an area located around Noe-Bixby Road

and Winchester Pike near Asbury

Methodist Church (the area is still

known as “Asbury” today).


The grace of art

Messenger photo by Theresa Garee

Artworks are in place that harken back to a time when the city of Canal Winchester

was a town bisected by a canal and CornerSmiths, located at High and Waterloo

streets, was Gayman’s Department Store. “The (three) murals are approximately 6

feet wide and 10 feet tall,” said Karen Stiles, executive director of Destination Canal

Winchester. “They look like windows where one can look inside the shop to see

what might have been happening at a much earlier time in Canal Winchester’s history.

We chose that site because the side of the CornerSmiths building is a huge

wall begging for something like this. Waterloo gets a lot of traffic, so high visibility

and the scenes from the past are a nod to the history of the building and to the history

of our city.” The project was funded by Destination: Canal Winchester. Stiles

said members of the Canal Winchester Art Guild submitted sketches from which

three were selected.

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Franklin County Auditor Michael

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other states.

The checks, dated Dec. 23, are all for the

amount of $2,950.99, appear to be more

than an isolated effort to defraud unwitting

individuals and the county.

A coordinated effort between the

Franklin County sheriff, treasurer and auditor

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As there are multiple security measures

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is currently no risk to county funds.

Individuals receiving an unexpected

check from the Franklin County Auditor’s

Office are encouraged to call (614) 525-7346

to verify the validity of the check.

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