Columbus City Council last night amended Mayor Andy Ginther’s 2020 municipal budget proposal, adding 4.5 million dollars in programs and initiatives.
Council will hold a hearing Wednesday morning on its amendments and will vote next Monday on the 969.5 million dollar spending blueprint. Council also approved a transfer of the deeds for Harrison House and the adjacent Sullivant Land Office to the Columbus Historical Society. The nonprofit has five years to raise 400 thousand dollars in private donations for repairing the West Broad Street structures for historical programs. The buildings go back to the city if the organization fails. William Henry Harrison, who later became a U.S. president, chose the house as his headquarters during the war of 1812. It was saved from demolition in the 1970s. The Sullivant Land Office was saved from demoltion in the 1980s. Society president Michael Frush:
Lucas Sullivant founded both Columbus and Franklinton.