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Riverlea NewsApril 2011

Reflections on Riverlea

Mary Jo Cusack photo.
Mary Jo Cusack, Mayor


On Sunday, April 10, at 7:30 pm, the Worthington City Council met in special session to discuss whether or not to appoint three commissioners to negotiate the issue of annexation with the three commissioners previously appointed by Riverlea. Although Riverlea officials had met with the Worthington City Manager and the Solicitor, neither those circulating the petition nor Worthington elected officials had spoken to Riverlea officials. However, the filer of the petition had discussed the petition with the President Pro Tem of the Worthington Council prior to its filing.

From the discussions at the meeting, it appears that Worthington would like to annex Riverlea. By a split vote, Worthington council elected to go forward with the discussions. They appointed the following as commissioners: Council president, Louis Goorey; council member, Robert Chosy; and council member, Robert Schmidt. Riverlea's commissioners are Council President Pro Tem Kirk McHugh, council member Scott Gordon, and council member Eric MacGilvray.

Riverlea officials present at the meeting were council members: Kirk McHugh, Scott Gordon, and Eric MacGilvray; Clerk-Treasurer, Pam Colwell; Street Commissioner, Bill Charles; and Newsletter Editor, Lois Yoakam. Several residents from Riverlea also were present.

The first meeting will be held Friday, April 15, at 4:00 pm at Worthington City Hall and is open to the public


Our former Solicitor, Ken Golonka, died suddenly March 31, 2011, at the age of 49. He leaves a wife and six children. Ken was an outstanding attorney with the Vorys firm and was a delightful person to work with. He did many things to benefit Riverlea.

Another loss this last week was John Mahoney, Assistant Director of the Ohio Municipal League. Up to the end, John was forwarding his legislative information accompanied by a cheerful remark. He was 61 and will be missed.

Draft highlights from the March 21, 2011 Council meeting

Mayor. Thanked Eric MacGilvray for memo regarding the annexation with Worthington and Bill Charles for his assistance with a water main break on Falmouth. Worthington Council will discuss annexation and she plans to attend the meeting after Council meeting. She encouraged everyone to attend

Solicitor. Wanted to clarify what Council's intent was for the North American Broadcasting's petition to the FCC to move their city of licensure to Riverlea. His advice was to not do anything. Council was concerned about the Village's name being associated with a radio station. After some discussion, Council passed a motion to express formal disapproval of using the Village of Riverlea as the city of licensure by North American Broadcasting Company's petition to the FCC.

Marshal. Reported there were 253 checks with no citations or warnings.

Sanitary Sewer System Evaluation Study (SSES). Year 3 Proposal by Jim Dippel of Burgess & Niple

Dippel explained that the proposal is in two parts.

Part 1 is the flow monitoring requirement for $39,000 (amount approved later). Flow monitors will be installed and maintained in the sanitary sewers to collect data from April through July for both wet weather and dry weather.

Part 2 is the flow evaluation and report which has two alternatives.
Council asked how much would be saved and Dippel responded that it may be around $20,000. Council did not have to decide yet about which alternative to use. He would start on the flow monitoring.

Web Manager. Please keep her up to date regarding the annexation information for the Web site.

Resident's comments. One resident, who asked about the annexation process, wanted to know about the costs. The Solicitor explained that Worthington said they may want to do some studies before they could make a reasonable decision. One Worthington administrator said they would like to share the costs. Council does not have to do anything about this now. There would be additional legal costs for the Village. Worthington and Riverlea would vote separately since either one could turn it down. The resident understood that this process had to play out.

Council authorized $300 for the Bunny Hop. Adjournment 7:45 pm.

The birds

Several Riverlea residents have become participants in the OSU Yard Birds Project. The project studies how urbanization affects birds in neighborhoods such as Riverlea. The project seeks to understand how characteristics of residential area influence bird behavior and their ability to raise young.

Starting in early April, the team will visit Riverlea to watch birds, band birds, monitor bird nests, and measure vegetation. In some cases and with the residents' permission, they will set up video and still cameras to focus on bird nests and birdfeeders. Still and video cameras record the activity of only nest predators.

The team will visit yards April and through the summer, between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm. They will visit 2-3 times a week during this period.

The coordinator of the team is Jennifer Malpass, doctoral fellow. She contacted residents in April for written permission to access their yards. Dr. Amanda Rodewald, 291 Melbourne Pl, is her advisor, OSU School of Environment and Natural Resource. For more information, contact the project at osuyardbirds@gmail.com; 708-646-4617; 614-292-7963

The bees

Beekeeping is the hobby of maintaining hives of honeybees. It provides a service because honeybees pollinate gardens, and also provide plenty of honey for the beekeepers. The bees work so diligently that in their 35-day lifespan, they'll actually wear their wings out by constant flying to gather nectar from flowers. Honeybees use the nectar to make honey, which they save to use as a food source. Jody and Mike Jones, 5830 Falmouth, are beekeepers. Please contact them if you want more information about beekeeping.

Here comes Peter Cotton Tail

Peter is hopping down the bunny trail. Our favorite bunny is expected on Saturday, April 23 at 10:00 am (Note Time Change.) at the Circle Park at West Riverglen and Falmouth. All are invited to this candy centric celebration of spring. Questions? Want to volunteer? Please call Carolee Noonan at 785-9550.

Riverlea community yard sale

Saturday, April 30. 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Take advantage of community marketing and make some extra money for things that could be dusted off and offered in a yard sale. Classified ads and signs at the top of Southington and Riverglen will be posted. All you have to do is place a sign in your yard and have your items ready. No permit is needed. Good luck.

Gina Jacob [jacobfamily03@yahoo.com]

April 15 is important

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:

2011 'Holiday' Trash Collection Day

New Years Day
Memorial Day
July 4
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
Monday, 1-3-2011
Tuesday, 5-31-2011 (Note Day Change)
Tuesday, 7-5-2011 (Note Day Change)
Tuesday, 9-6-2011 (Note Day Change)
Monday, 11-28-2011
Tuesday, 12-27-2011(Note Day Change)

Mark your 2011 calendar for our Village Council Meetings

All scheduled 2011 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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