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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
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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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
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-
See CHARTER, page 4
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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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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
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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
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
“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
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
Feeling housebound or want to work off some extra
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,
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
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
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
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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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
WINTER PHOTO CONTEST WINNER
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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
email@example.com 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
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
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
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.
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
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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• Strong computer skills including a working knowledge of Microsoft Office
and data entry capabilities are a must
• The desired candidate will have strong communication skills, both verbal
• Must be dependable and punctual
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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.
County auditor warns of fake checks
Franklin County Auditor Michael
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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
As there are multiple security measures
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Individuals receiving an unexpected
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