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Riverlea NewsApril 2010

Reflections on Riverlea

Mary Jo Cusack photo.
Mary Jo Cusack, Mayor

As the flowers brighten up the Village and the long awaited good weather makes its appearance, we remember to thank Sharon Township for keeping our streets passable during the long, cold, snowy winter. And thank you, too, to all who checked up on other residents and got us through the winter with a minimum of problems.

Bunny Hop. Thanks to Pat Anderson, Gayle Gottlieb, and the 4th graders from St. Michael School for their assistance in making the Bunny Hop such a great success. And, of course, Riverlea was that lucky place where the Easter Bunny came to gladden everyone's heart.

Cut-through. The cut-through issue will be on the agenda on Monday, April 19. Please be sure to read the report on the cut-through submitted by Cathy LaLonde, Chair, Laura Bischoff and Dan Sinclair. A number of concerns are reiterated there with which you should be familiar. See the report on the Riverlea Web site.

5830 Crescent Court. In order to resolve the costs and uncertainty of this lengthy litigation and to move on to other issues, Village Council authorized a $50,000 settlement offer to the property owners in exchange for a release of all claims. A tentative settlement agreement has been reached that should be considered for approval at the next Council meeting.

Susan Costakos-Slomka. Our sympathies go to the family and friends of Susan. We will miss her cheery greeting and smile as she was out walking Isabelle. Susan contributed so much to Riverlea as co-chair of Parks and Recreation, helping with the Bunny Hop, the Halloween Party and the July 4th Picnic in the Circle.

Streets and curbs. Street Commissioner Bill Charles has contacted Decker to fill in the potholes. We are still discussing the proposed infrastructure and street and curb repairs and how to fund them. Thank you, Bill, for all the time you have spent on this.

Records retention. We are waiting for approval from the Ohio Historical Society for our Record Retention Schedule. We will vote on a Public Records Policy at the April meeting.

Planning Commission. Don Griffith has been appointed the new member of the Planning Commission, replacing Bob Patrella, who resigned

Highlights from the March 15, 2010 Council meeting

The Mayor expressed her regret about the death of Susan Costakos-Slomka. On behalf of the Village and herself, the Mayor extended her deepest sympathies to Susan's family. Susan contributed a lot to the Village including helping with the Bunny Hop and other community activities.

Appeal consideration. Kent Anders dba MIG Properties appealed the denial of a Certificate of Appropriateness by the Planning Commission for 142 West Riverglen Drive. MIG Properties wanted to modify two items in the original COA and to get a COA for two fences. The Commission declined the COA by a vote of 2 in favor and 1 against. Two Commission members were absent, so only three members were present. Village ordinance requires a majority of three votes in favor to approve the application. Council voted to hear the appeal.

After testimony concluded, Council stated that this looked like it was not an aesthetic issue. This was more about the manner on how it was done. The work should have been stopped until approval was obtained. Council does not want to set a precedent of allowing people to ignore a COA. They also expressed concern that two members of the Commission were absent. Later they voted to reverse the decision of the Planning Commission.

The minutes of the regular Council meeting February 16, 2010 were approved as was payment of bills. The Mayor stated there is a need for expediting some of the Certificate of Appropriateness process. She would like Council to let her know of possible solutions so they can be considered at the next Council meeting.

When calling 911 from a cell phone, residents must tell the 911 operator that we are served by Worthington.

The Solicitor reminded the new Council members that they are required to attend public records training or designate someone to go on their behalf. He also asked Council for ideas for expediting the Planning Commission process.

The Planning Commissioner reported two other applications for a Certificate of Appropriateness at the last meeting besides the one that was appealed today. A fence and driveway were approved for 156 West Riverglen Drive. A second floor addition and garage door were approved for 5812 Olentangy Blvd. The Marshal reported that the police report was routine with 254 checks.

The Street Commissioner has the proposal from Burgess & Niple for the 2010 Pavement Preventative Maintenance Program; the fee for professional services will not exceed $21,000. He received an email from a resident claiming a snow plow damaged their yard and curb. He felt the damage was mild. He asked about the snow plow operator's liability. The Solicitor stated that in the past the residents have done their own lawn repairs but he will review the contract with Sharon Township. The commissioner received an email from an Olentangy Blvd. resident regarding a sanitary sewer backup. Waterworks checked the main sanitary manholes upstream and downstream from their house and they saw no problems, so it looks like it is a problem with their line to the street. Potholes need to be repaired and he will ask Decker to come out for the repairs.

The Record Retention Schedule was approved. The schedule with the application was completed and sent to the Ohio Historical Society for approval. The Public Records Policy will need a resolution for Council to approve it. repairs.

Council authorized $200 to pay an Ohio EPA Storm Water Permit and $300 for the annual Easter Bunny Hop. The Clerk presented three mailbox designs to add a mailbox on the Riverglen circle. Council authorized up to $250 for a locking mailbox. repairs.

Council designated the Clerk-Treasurer to attend public records training. It also authorized up to $1,500 for Decker to repair potholes. Council went into Executive Session to discuss pending court actions at 9:10 pm, resumed Open Session at 10:07 pm, and adjourned at pm.

In memory of

Susan Costakos-Slomka, 44, passed away March 11, 2010 after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. After high school she joined the army and became a Chinese linguist stationed in Hawaii for 8 years. Later she began studying Chinese at OSU and spent the summer of 2007 in China. She loved the Chinese language and culture. Other interests included OSU football, helping others, walking her dog, and serving her community. Most of all she loved her family and friends. She is survived by son, Connor, parents Chuck and stepmother Sandy, and loving siblings; grandfather; nieces and nephew. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, 14 Pennsylvania Plaza, Suite 1400, New York, NY 10122.

New residents

Yard waste pickup

Yard waste will continue to be picked up by Local Waste Services. Pickup began April 1. Although they pick up waste in plastic bags, that waste goes to the landfill. Yard waste in degradable paper bags is recycled. We encourage you to use the paper bags or clearly marked containers set apart from normal trash containers.

This and that

April 15 is the day to file taxes. It is also the day to put out your hummingbird feeder for those birds who are early arrivals in Riverlea.

2010 Trash Collection Schedule

Regular Riverlea collection day is Monday. Local Waste Services observes six holidays. If the holiday falls on Monday, collection is the next day of that week. The holiday schedule follows:

2010 Trash Collection Day

New Years Day
Memorial Day
July 4
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
Monday, 1-4-2010
Tuesday, 5-25-2010 (Note Day Change)
Monday, 7-5-2010
Tuesday, 9-7-2010 (Note Day Change)
Monday, 11-29-2010
Monday, 12-27-2010

Mark your 2010 calendar for our Village Council Meetings

All scheduled 2010 Village Council meeting dates and locations are available on the Council Meeting Schedule

See Residents Home page for more calendar items

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