The vote cements a deal between the village and the Ohio Department of Transportation for construction to begin next spring on a one-mile path that will run along Groveport Road from the municipal pool to Gender Road. Construction is expected to be completed in fall 2009.

The vote cements a deal between the village and the Ohio Department of Transportation for construction to begin next spring on a one-mile path that will run along Groveport Road from the municipal pool to Gender Road. Construction is expected to be completed in fall 2009.

The village has spent more than $400,000 on bike path costs thus far.

Councilman Victor Paini has in the past objected to the bike path because of costs and because of a property dispute with resident Richard "Pete" Stebelton.

"The reason I went along this time was that it will cost significantly less and there are no eminent domain issues," Paini said after the meeting.

Councilman Bruce Jarvis said the path represents a "quality of life amenity" for local residents.

"It falls in line with parks and recreation and gives (residents) something to do, to stay in town and to play here," he said.

Councilwoman Leah Turner said she is glad the path is getting built.

"We have been promising the people of Canal Winchester to have this done for a long time now," she said after the meeting. "Let's get this done."

In other business Monday, council voted unanimously to approve employee salary ranges for 2009.

Council also voted to set village employee salary ranges for 2009.

Positions recommended for salary range adjustments were: street manager, $48,984 to $67,547; public works director, $61,150 to $86,157; and senior citizen coordinator, $34,757 to $48,651.

The ranges were based on an annual Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission assessment of salaries paid by central Ohio municipalities.

Finance director Nanisa Osborn said Canal Wincester will spend $1,973,000 in 2008 for all employee benefits and payroll.

Jarvis said that council does a salary adjustment annually."We try to maintain somewhere in the middle" of the average of local municipal wages, he said. "We want to be competitive. A direct result is that we have little turnover."