Local residents soon will be able to enjoy new sidewalks along the east side of Olde Ridenour Road, from U.S. Route 62 to the Gahanna Municipal Golf Course.

Local residents soon will be able to enjoy new sidewalks along the east side of Olde Ridenour Road, from U.S. Route 62 to the Gahanna Municipal Golf Course.

Gahanna City Council on March 19 approved of a joint project with Mifflin Township.

The proposal to share the cost to replace 430 feet of retaining wall and sidewalk between the street and cemetery had drawn scrutiny from some council members over the past two weeks. Gahanna's cost is projected to be no more than $29,500.

Council member Brandon Wright voted against the measure but was outnumbered, as Brian Larick, Stephen Renner, Ryan Jolley, Karen Angelou and David Samuel voted for it. Angelou pointed out, though,that her husband works for the township. Beryl Anderson was absent.

Wright last week asked that the legislation be postponed so more information could be gathered.

"You have people like me who live within the township and Gahanna," he said. "It seems like we're paying 100 percent of the cost."

Samuel also expressed concerns about Gahanna helping pay the cost, but he decided to favor the legislation after learning the city owns the sidewalk.

"I walked the area and took pictures," Angelou said. "It's certainly in need of repair. Honestly, it probably should have been on our list of repairs. I think it will be a wonderful joint project."

Service director Dottie Franey previously told council that a lot of consideration had been given to the joint project, pointing out that safety was a priority.

"We looked at the facts," she said. "The wall is necessary for the integrity of the road. If the wall failed, Gahanna would be replacing it at our cost. It stabilizes the road."

She said the township also has plans to replace fencing at a cost of approximately $60,000.

"The fence will improve the aesthetics of the area," she said. "That's why we decided to bring this forward and pay half."

In other council discussion, Mayor Becky Stinchcomb said the CodeRED warning system worked well March 18, when central Ohio was under tornado, flood and thunderstorm warnings.

She was alerted on her home and cell phone of possible flash flooding and a tornado, she said.

Stinchcomb said the city has received many calls within the past few days from residents wanting to receive the emergency notifications.

The program allows residents to opt in to receive notifications via their cell phones or landlines regarding impending severe weather.

Gahanna residents may register for free by going to CodeRED on the city's home page, Gahanna.gov, or by calling (614) 342-4452.

Also, two new police officers were sworn in. They are Michael Shippitka, a 13-year police veteran who came to Gahanna from Arizona, and Adam Buchman, an 8-year veteran who most recently worked for the Defiance Police Department.