Canal Winchester Village Council approved emergency legislation Monday, March 21, to hire South Central Power to relocate and extend power lines for the first phase of Gender Road improvements.

Canal Winchester Village Council approved emergency legislation Monday, March 21, to hire South Central Power to relocate and extend power lines for the first phase of Gender Road improvements.

Public works director Matt Peoples said there are some large overhead power lines and a utility pole at the intersection of Gender Road and Fox Hill that need to be moved. The contract allocates up to $20,000 for South Central to complete the work.

As part of the project, the village is installing new mast-arm traffic signals at the Gender Road intersections with Fox Hill, Winchester Boulevard and Prentiss School Drive.

South Central Power will remove some of the lines at Gender Road and Fox Hill Drive so they don't conflict with the line of sight for the signal directing traffic coming from Winchester Trail and Indian Trail elementary schools, Peoples said.

The cost of the utility relocation was factored into the project cost and the Ohio Public Works Commission grant the village received, Peoples said.

He said the ordinance needed to be passed as an emergency so the work on Gender Road can proceed right away. He said there is a preconstruction meeting scheduled for April 4.

Construction services manager Bill Sims said Canal Winchester will issue a "notice to proceed," with the project to the contractor on March 25.

"You will see some activity there the third week of April," Sims said.

On March 7, village council voted to award a contract for almost $1.4-million to Strawser Paving Inc. for the first phase of Gender Road improvements. The village received a $2-million OPWC grant for intersection improvements.

In other business Monday, council approved legislation prohibiting vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds from traveling on Elm Street and an ordinance banning right turns from southbound High Street to westbound Waterloo Street for vehicles weighing over 26,000 pounds.

Council President Marilyn Rush-Ekelberry was concerned about access for trucks owned by the Dysart Corp. and about how the legislation would affect the company.

"We had a discussion with Dysart and they are in favor of this," Peoples said.

He had said previously it is very difficult for trucks headed to the Dysart Corp. building on Elm Street to make the turn from Waterloo Road to Elm Street. Global positioning systems are taking drivers down the shortest route, which is Elm Street, but that isn't the most logical route for trucks, Peoples said.

Council also passed legislation authorizing the mayor to enter into a health services contract with the Franklin County Board of Health.

As a city, Canal Winchester can no longer be a member of a general health district and must provide health services to its residents by its own means. The Franklin County Board of Heath was selected to provide health services to the community.

Council approved a resolution proclaiming April 16 as "Scouting for Food Day." Boy Scout Troop 103, Cub Scout Pack 103 and the Girl Scouts of Canal Winchester will conduct their annual "Scouting for Food" drive from 10 a.m. to noon that day. All donated food will benefit the Canal Winchester Food Pantry.