December 2016
City News & Updates
In This Issue
Upcoming Dates
December 19

December 21 
December 23 & 26
Merry Christmas!
City Hall will be closed in observance of the Christmas Holiday. Normal business hours will resume on December 27  
December 26
January 2, 2017
Happy New Year!
City Hall will be closed in observance of New Year's Day. Normal Business Hours will resume on January 3

January 9

January 12

Economic Development Updates

To date, Mayor Tom Kneeland and the Development Team have met with 103 Gahanna businesses. 

This year, the Development Team has completed 22 projects resulting in 1,483 jobs and more than $75 million in capital investment in the city.

To learn more about the City's development efforts contact Anthony Jones, Director of Planning & Development at

Winter Gateway

The 2016-2017 Winter Gateway offers a variety of exciting programs and events. Click here to register for a program or class today!

Join the Conversation on Open Town Hall 

Open Town Hall is an online civic engagement platform that allows Gahanna citizens to share their input on a variety of issues.

As a subscriber, you will receive emails announcing new topics and the outcome of existing topics.

Click here to subscribe to Open Town Hall.
Mayor Kneeland Seeks Residents and Business Leaders for New Area Commissions

In an effort to better engage and encourage Gahanna residents and business owners in decisions affecting commercial development, zoning and economic development efforts throughout the city, Mayor Tom Kneeland is establishing Area Commissions. 

Gahanna & New Albany to Launch Joint 
Citizen Police Academy 

The New Albany and Gahanna police departments are jointly planning a 2017 Citizen Police  Academy for their residents who are interested in learning more about what it is like to be a police officer. Those who sign up for this free 10-week course must be 18 or older and plan to attend at least eight of the ten classes. Class times will occur at 7-9 p.m. every Wednesday from February 1- April 5. Classes will primarily take place at the New Albany public service building (7800 Bevelhymer Road). The deadline to submit applications is December 31, 2016.
Helpful Tips for Navigating Roundabouts

The two roundabouts in Gahanna on Hamilton Road are now open. Here are a few reminders to help drivers safely navigate through the roundabouts:
  • Slow down! Roundabouts are designed for 20 MPH or less.
  • Yield. The single most important rule is to YIELD to traffic inside the roundabout and traffic exiting the roundabout and pedestrians in a crosswalk.
  • Choose your lane. BEFORE entering a roundabout, choose the left or the right lane based upon your intended destination exit.
Help Us Rebrand Gahanna!

The City of Gahanna is beginning a new and exciting initiative to re-brand itself. We are seeking to create an identity that will drive favorable impressions of the city and unify the voice of our community and leaders who are positively shaping Gahanna's future.

Please take a moment to answer a few short questions in our survey. The deadline to provide your feedback is Friday,  December 30, 2016.

Spend Winter Break with Gahanna Parks & Rec!

Register your child today for Camp Friendship's Winter Camp to enjoy Winter Break with friends! Our energetic Camp Friendship and Gahanna Recreation staff have exciting games, activities, and field trips planned to keep your child or teen moving and creative.  Choose any number of days or the entire week!

Extended care hours, field trip fees and a daily snack are included in the price.

Give the Gift of Parks & Recreation this 
Holiday Season

Think summer this holiday season with gifts from Gahanna Parks & Recreation. Purchase a pool or golf membership for your family or friends.

Purchase your pool memberships now through  January 12, 2017, with an initial payment of just $20. The remaining balance will be billed in four installments from February through May. 

Gahanna Art Spotlight - Art is for Everyone
Art Showing and Sale!
Throughout the month of December, art from the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities (FCBDD)/Arc Industries will continue to be on display in the lobby area and on the second floor of Gahanna City Hall (200 S. Hamilton Road). Additionally, works of art are available for purchase.
 Gahanna Arts Council

Recently, Mayor Tom Kneeland has called together community members and interested partners to begin the discussion of forming a Gahanna Arts Council. Since launching this initiative, the City has received a lot of positive feedback from the community. 

The next meeting of the Gahanna Arts Council will be on Tuesday,  January 24, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in the Committee Room at Gahanna City Hall (200 S. Hamilton Road). For more information about this initiative contact the Mayor's office at

Community News & Events
MORPC Offers Free Residential Energy Efficiency Programs

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is offering free residential energy efficient programs to help keep homes warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer and reduce energy bills. These income-eligible programs are available year-round to Franklin County residents.

To be eligible, you must rent or own a home in Franklin County and your total household income during the preceding 12 months must be equal to or less than 150-200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. 

Visit with Santa at the Herb Center

Come meet Santa Claus at the Ohio Herb Education Center (110 Mill St.) this Saturday,  December 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Santa is taking time out of his busy toy-making season to greet all of his little friends. Attendees will have a chance to share their Christmas lists with Santa and pose for a keepsake photo. They will also have an opportunity to step into Mrs. Claus' parlor for special make & take crafts - Santa's Favorite Hot Chocolate Mix; Everything Nice Herbal Sugar; and Mrs. Claus' Peppermint Bath Blend. All ages welcome.  


Get involved with Gahanna's Service Organizations

Gahanna is home to many community service organizations. These groups do many wonderful and positive things in our community, but their success lies in their volunteers.

In an effort to help
re-establish relevance and to re-introduce these organizations to the community, the City will be spotlighting various Gahanna service organizations each month in its City Update e-newsletter.  
So as you reflect on your 2017 goals, think about how you can positively make an impact in your community by volunteering!


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