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Getting organized

Renner elected City Council president, Jolley vice president

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Gahanna City Council has elected Ward 1 representative Stephen Renner as its president for 2013.

Renner, who works as director of Franklin County Sanitary Engineers, has served on council since January 2012.

"Thank you, colleagues, for electing me as your council president," he said during the Jan. 2 organizational meeting. "This is going to be an interesting year. We have a lot of work ahead of us."

He served as chairman of council's committee of the whole in 2012.

The 15-year Ward 1 resident said he loves living in the city, and he definitely loves serving it.

At-large councilman Ryan Jolley has been elected vice president. He also began serving on council in January 2012.

Jolley lost his bid against state Rep. Anne Gonzales in November for Ohio's 19th House District.

The private-sector manager was elected to the Gahanna-Jefferson Board of Education in 2001, when he was only 18 years old.

Other council assignments include the following: Community Improvement Corp., Renner and Brian Larick; Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, Karen Angelou; Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau, Jolley; Office & Industrial Incentive advisory committee, Renner and Beryl Anderson; Parks & Recreation Foundation, Brandon Wright; Tax Incentive Review Council, David Samuel; Hamilton Road corridor study committee, Samuel.

Standing committee assignments have Jolley as chair of the committee of the whole; Wright as chairman of development and parks, with Angelou and Samuel as members; and Larick as chairman of finance, service and safety, with Anderson and Jolley serving as members.

Three-year appointments made during the meeting include Cid Canter to the Board of Zoning & Buildings Appeals; Stephen Patterson on the Civil Service Commission; Matt Winger to the landscape board; Vince Tremante on the parks-recreation board; and Joe Keehner to the Planning Commission.

Mayor Becky Stinchcomb made the following three-year appointments: Asa Benjamin Winkler to the Board of Zoning & Building Appeals; Jan Ross to the parks-recreation board and Jennifer Tisone Price to the Planning Commission.

Regular council meetings will be held on the first and third Mondays of each month unless Monday falls on a holiday; then it would be held the following Tuesday.

Council committee meetings will be held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month unless the Monday falls on a holiday; then it would be held on the following Tuesday.

In council discussion, Samuel made predictions for 2013 as "the eldest statesman" on council.

"You will hear 'financial tipping point,'" he said. "Most cities are at that point. We're lucky we have detailed financial reports. We're transparent."

He said another word people likely would hear this year is consolidation.

"We have exciting times of ahead of us," Samuel said. "Hold on."

As one of the longest-serving council members, Anderson said, it's great to see so many eager to serve in leadership positions on council.

"I took my name out (for consideration)," she said. "I hope we can work together collaboratively and work for the good of the city. There's important work to be done."

One item scheduled to be discussed during the first committee meeting of the year on Jan. 14 is stop-sign and traffic control at Johnstown and Stygler roads.

"I think that it is a good approach that the city of Gahanna starts the conversation of looking at the traffic design and flow on the west side of Gahanna," Wright told ThisWeek. "The intersection of Johnstown and Stygler is a good first step in trying to see if there is any new idea or methods that we can use to help the traffic development."

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