The City of Columbus has 8 separate bond issues on the
November ballot. Only residents of Columbus will vote on
these issues, although residents of many areas outside
Columbus city limits will be impacted.
Ohio Sierra Club is pleased to announce that we are
supporting Columbus Bond Issues #10 (Storm Sewers)
and # 11 (Recreation and Parks). The Group has
not taken a position on the other 6 Columbus Bond
A brief overview of the bond issues is as follows:
· Issue #4Safety and Health
(facilities for the Dept. of Public Safety), $40.7
· Issue #5Refuse Collection, $21.1
million. We encourage the city to spend a portion of
these funds to develop a comprehensive recycling
· Issue #6Electricity, $12.2
million. We do not think street lights are necessary in
· Issue #7Streets and Highways,
$184.4 million. Bikeways are mentioned in the ballot
language and should receive more funding. We encourage
the city to use funds for studies and implementation of
mass transit and light rail, which are not mentioned.
· Issue #8Sanitary Sewers, $95.8
million. Columbus badly needs to upgrade its sanitary
sewer system. We encourage the city to spend money for
upgrades and repairs, and not for extending new sewers
at the edges of the city.
· Issue #9Water, $100 million. The
city is planning for 3 upground reservoirs in Delaware
County, on tributaries of the Scioto River. Our Group
has not evaluated the pros and cons of this plan, but
the environmental impacts will be large. We encourage
the city to institute water conservation programs, such
as minimizing watering of lawns. The city will no doubt
use part of this money for the Big Walnut Raw Water
Line, which the Sierra Club has opposed.
· Issue #10Storm Sewers, $104.2
million. We support this issue, as Columbus storm sewer
must be upgraded. The city has been working on a new
Storm Water Manual which should be helpful in guiding
them toward improved conservation practices. We
encourage use of these funds to separate storm water
completely from sanitary sewers in combined sewer areas.
We do not support expansion of storm sewers to outlying
areas, and discourage piping and culverting of streams
and ditches. The goal is healthy green corridors along
waterways, with retention and infiltration of water
· Issue #11Recreation and Parks,
$46.6 million. The Sierra Club strongly supports
funding for Recreation and Parks. We encourage the city
to allocate sizeable funding for acquisition of
sensitive areas, especially those areas near waterways.
We discourage use of funds for renovation of shopping
Columbus discusses the bond package.
More information on how your neighborhood might benefit
from each issue. Voters should be aware that neither the
ballot language nor any official statement by the city
constitutes an obligation as to how the money will
actually be spent.