The largest local issues on the Nov. 2 ballot for Canal Winchester residents will be a $10-million bond issue to purchase property for a new park and a $375,000 operating levy to run the park.

The largest local issues on the Nov. 2 ballot for Canal Winchester residents will be a $10-million bond issue to purchase property for a new park and a $375,000 operating levy to run the park.

Village residents will also vote on several charter amendments and two liquor options as well as the 7th District Congressional race and the 3rd Ohio Senate District race. Residents who live in Franklin County will vote in a commissioner's race and a county auditor's race. Those who live in the small portion of the village that is in Fairfield County will vote on a Fairfield County commissioner's race.

The Canal Winchester Joint Recreation District wants to use money from the bond issue to purchase 40 acres from TS Trim to build athletic fields, facilities and a walking trail. The purchase would include buying the 10-acre Hanners Park from TS Trim, plus an additional 30 acres between Hanners Park and Gender Road. The property includes frontage on Gender Road.

The CWJRD currently leases Hanners Park from TS Trim.

CWJRD director Bob Toledo has said the bond issue would cost $64.80 annually per $100,000 of home valuation.

The charter amendments are on the Nov. 2 ballot in anticipation of Canal Winchester's expected change from village to city status. Most deal with changing the language throughout the charter to reflect that Canal Winchester is expected to be a city once results of the 2010 Census are tabulated.

Two are major changes. One gives the mayor the right to hire an administrator, with council approval, to help run the city. Another deals with how Canal Winchester will handle bids for projects.

The latter revisions, if approved by voters, would give Canal Winchester some flexibility when it comes to issuing contracts for projects. The city could take a design-build approach, where a project would be designed and built by the same contractor rather than by two separate contractors.

According to the proposed revisions, contracts for professional services, including design and engineering contracts, "shall not be subject to the competitive bidding requirements" and "shall not require authorization by council if the current operating budget provides sufficient funding for the scope of services."

The local liquor options are both for Speedway, 290 Bowen Road. One would allow weekday sales of alcohol and one would allow Sunday sales from 11 a.m. to midnight.

Voters in Clark, Fayette, Fairfield, Greene, Pickaway and Perry counties, including the communities of Springfield, Beavercreek, Circleville, Lancaster, Canal Winchester, Pickerington, New Lexington, Washington Court House and Nelsonville, will help determine the outcome of a four-way race for the 7th U.S. Congressional seat.

Incumbent Republican Steve Austria will seek re-election to a second term on Nov. 2. He will be challenged by Democrat Bill Conner, Libertarian John Anderson and Constitution Party candidate David Easton.

Incumbent Fairfield County commissioner Mike Kiger, a Republican, is being challenged by Democrat George C. Hallam for a term starting Jan. 1, 2011.

Voters in the 3rd Ohio Senate District will decide whether to re-elect incumbent Republican Kevin Bacon or to vote instead for Democrat Mark Pfeifer or Libertarian William Yarbrough.

In the Franklin County races, Democrat Marilyn Brown and Republican Julie Hubler are seeking a seat on the Franklin County Board of Commissioners for a term starting Jan. 1, 2011. Three candidates are seeking election to be county auditor: Democrat Terry J. Brown, Libertarian Michael S. Blose and incumbent Republican Clarence Mingo.