The city of Canal Winchester has its own "wish list" as the holidays approach: a three-page, 72-item capital improvements plan that outlines possible projects over the next five years.

Most of them are "conceptual" projects, Public Service Director Matt Peoples said in a report to Canal Winchester City Council in November.

"We don't have a lot of planning that goes along with it other than with our street program," he said of the annual planning document.

"We've done some condition ratings on the roads to find out where those stand. We try to forecast as best we can out a couple years what roads are going to be needed."

The city expects to have its 2019 streets program finalized in January, with costs; bids for the work would then be opened in February, Construction Services Administrator Bills Sims said.

One of the largest projects on the capital improvements plan list for 2019 and extending into 2020 is $7 million for developing the 90-acre McGill Park on the city's east side, along Lithopolis-Winchester Road. Listed funding sources include city money, grants and private donations.

The city hopes to score as much as $500,000 from available federal land and conservation funds through the National Park Service.

The CIP list also includes $750,000 for Waterloo Street rehabilitation and sewer improvements, "Westchester section" work and Westchester Park improvements.

The Groveport/Dye/Manor water line replacement also is listed for next year, with $750,000 in funding from local sources, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Ohio Public Works Commission and tax- increment financing.

Further out, the wish list includes many multimillion-dollar projects, including a $20 million overpass at High Street.

"We've had some of these that have been on this plan for 15 to 20 years," Peoples said. "The High Street overpass is probably the longest one that's been on here. ... That's a project that ODOT is going to be the driver on.

"I don't see it for even the five years, but it's something that we want to keep on the plan just to make sure."

Other long-range projects on the list are a $15.5 million extension of Winchester Boulevard, a $1 million sound barrier along High Street, a $6 million municipal building construction project and a $2.6 million roundabout at Hill Road and Kings Crossing.

"I saw (the CIP list) last year when we were first watching everything, and it just absolutely astounding," Councilwoman Jill Amos said. "Residents really need to look at this and see (it)."

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"We don't have a lot of planning that goes along with (the CIP) other than with our street program. We've done some condition ratings on the roads to find out where those stand."

-- MATT PEOPLES

Canal Winchester

public service director