When the village of Canal Winchester becomes a city, the Franklin County Board of Health will provide health services to the community.

When the village of Canal Winchester becomes a city, the Franklin County
Board of Health will provide health services to the community.

Canal Winchester Village Council members agreed Monday, Nov. 29, with a recommendation from finance director Nanisa Osborn to use Franklin
County as the city's health care provider.

Osborn said the village currently receives services from both Franklin
and Fairfield counties. Requests for proposals were sent to both county
agencies and the Columbus Health Department, asking if they could meet
Ohio Administrative Code requirements, she said.

The Ohio Administrative Code requires cities to protect people from disease and injury, monitor health status, assure a safe and healthy
environment, promote healthy lifestyles, address the need for personal
health services and administer the health district.

"The mayor and I had an opportunity to meet with health district
representatives," Osborn said. "We find them both able to meet our
needs. We actually think that Franklin will better meet our needs than
Fairfield County."

Cost was also an issue for the recommendation, she said. Franklin County offered a price of $5.73 per capita while Fairfield County offered a fee of $6.58 per capita, Osborn said. The final cost will be based on Canal
Winchester's population when the village becomes a city.

She said she is not exactly sure when Canal Winchester will attain city
status but anticipates it will be around the first of April.

For more on this story, see the Dec. 12 edition of ThisWeek Canal Winchester.