The five-year capital improvement plan that Canal Winchester Village Council is expected to approve Sept. 8 is a "wish list" for future planning.

The five-year capital improvement plan (CIP) Canal Winchester Village Council is expected to approve Sept. 8 is a "wish list" for future planning.

The list has been tempered by reality for 2010, however. Lower income tax revenue has reduced the list of CIP projects for next year, village finance director Nanisa Osborn said.

Also, if Waste Management closes its Canal Winchester operation because of possible changes by the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO), the potential loss of $800,000 in annual municipal revenue could affect CIPs, she added.

Beyond 2010, the proposed CIP includes several big-ticket items that carry estimated costs of up to $20-million. Two of those projects -- a $20-million High Street overpass and a $15.5-million extension of Winchester Boulevard -- have been included in the village's CIPs at least since 2006.

Canal Winchester prepares a five-year CIP every year. It's not required by state law, but must be done in order for the village to be eligible for Ohio Public Works Commission funding.

Using state revenue and gasoline tax receipts, the OPWC provides grants, loans and financing to Ohio municipalities for roads, bridges, water systems and other improvement projects.

The proposed five-year CIP is a "planning tool," and it must be approved and filed to seek outside aid for local projects, Osborn said."If you want federal or state dollars for these (projects), they have to be on your five-year plan," Osborn said.

Capital improvement projects include "anything for us that's a major expense where we are doing something to the infrastructure of the village," she said.

Projects on the CIP for 2010 include $260,000 for work on Old Creek Lane, $150,000 for Hocking Street reconstruction, $100,000 for pavement reconditioning, $100,000 for parks improvements, $50,000 for work on the Interurban building, $50,000 for repairs to the storm water system, $30,000 to plant trees, $25,000 to replace sidewalks and $15,000 for curb ramps.

There is no set sum the village plans to spend annually on the CIP because each year the village faces different projects. Osborn also noted that the cost figures are "best guesses."

"These are tentative costs. For most of these projects, we haven't done the engineering," she explained. "We're trying to put together a plan. We know where we think we may need to do work for major dollars in the next few years."

Beyond 2010, there are larger projects listed on the CIP, but they may never come to fruition.

Again, these projects must be listed now in case the village in the future wants to seek outside dollars from the state and federal government to help pay for them.

Some of the longer term, big-ticket projects on the village's proposed five-year CIP include:

High Street overpass: $20-million Winchester Boulevard extension: $15.5-million Municipal building construction: $6-million Gender Road safety study/improvements: $3.5-million Public works facility construction: $2-million Bridge maintenance: $2-million Gender Road improvements, Phase I: $1.7-million Gender Road improvements, Phase II: $2.8-million Water line replacements: $1-million Hill-Diley and U.S. 33 safety/landscaping: $1-million Busey Road extension: $1-million Woodlands purchase: $1-million