Canal Winchester has a Strong Mayor-Council form of government with an elected mayor and seven elected council members. City Council is vested with all legislative powers of the City excepting those reserved to the people by the City Charter and the Constitution of the State of Ohio. City Council members are elected for staggered four year terms.
City Council Meetings
City Council meetings are generally held on the first and third Monday of every month. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are held at City Hall located at 45 East Waterloo Street. All meetings of City Council are open to the public.
All City Council meetings are live streamed on the City YouTube page. Access it here - CityofCW YouTube page
Each City Council meeting agenda includes a Public Comment item. It is during this time that anyone wishing to address City Council may do so. There is a three-minute per person limit which will be enforced by City Council President. Please note that this agenda item is not meant to be a question and answer session for members of City Council, and members are not required to respond to public comments or questions raised during this time. Click here to sign up to speak during an upcoming meeting, or sign up in person prior to the start of the meeting.
Per the direction of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and the Ohio Public Meetings Act, public comments may be accepted prior to a council meeting. Comments must be submitted by 12:00 PM (noon) the Friday before the meeting to be included in the agenda packet. Submit a Comment
Council Work Sessions
City Council meets in Work Session prior to each City Council meeting (at 6 p.m.) to discuss legislative items and other issues of the City prior to being included on a City Council agenda. Council Work Session consists of all members of Council with the Vice-President serving as chair. The work sessions are divided into two areas of focus. The first Work Session of the month will focus on Finance/Economic Development items and the second monthly Work Session will focus on Service/Safety items. While each Work Session includes specific areas of focus, other items may be brought before Council as needed. Council Work Sessions are open to the public.
Any resolution to amend the rules of Council shall be referred to the Rules Committee where it shall be considered immediately, taking precedence over any other business before the committee, and the committee shall make a report on the resolution to amend at the next regular session of Council following its introduction. The Rules Committee shall meet at least once a year to review the standing rules of Council. The Rules Committees authority shall include, but not limited to, reviewing, investigating and recommending councilmatic action in areas involving eligibility for office and conflicts of interest. The Rules Committee shall also review, investigate and recommend councilmatic approval or disapproval of all candidates to fill vacancies for positions on City Council. Council Rules
Members: Jill Amos, Alec McLaughlin, and Richard Moore
CW Chamber of Commerce Representative: Alec McLaughlin
CW Human Services Representative: Richard Moore
CWICC Representative: Laurie Amick
CWJRD Board Members: Jill Amos, Patrick Shea
Destination: CW Board Member: Steve Buskirk
Council - Email All of City Council
Laurie Amick Email Laurie Amick
Jill Amos Email Jill Amos
Will Bennett Email Will Bennett
Steve Buskirk Email Steve Buskirk
Alec McLaughlin Email Alec McLaughlin
Richard Moore Email Richard Moore
Patrick Shea Email Patrick Shea
Dr. Bender Scholarship
Canal Winchester City Council announces two $1,000 scholarships to be awarded in honor of the late Dr. John Bender, former council member for 17 years. Graduating seniors are encouraged to review eligibility requirements and submit applications here. Applications are also available in the guidance offices at Canal Winchester High School and Bloom Carroll High School. Applications and additional materials are due by 4:30 PM on Thursday, March 28, 2024. Recipients of the Dr. John Bender scholarship will be recognized at the City Council meeting on April 15.