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
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.
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