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Riverlea NewsApril 2012

Mayor's Corner

Kirk McHugh
Kirk McHugh.

I just wanted to let everyone know that there has been a recent decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals on the rights of individuals soliciting in communities. The short answer to the Court’s decision is that no village can "discriminate" against individuals for their right to knock on your door. To prevent potential lawsuits that the village cannot afford, we are ending our program that involves issuing permits to people wishing to solicit in the Village of Riverlea. So, Pam Colwell, Clerk-Treasurer, will no longer be responsible for issuing those permits to the people you see soliciting within the village.

That means that you, the homeowner, are responsible for posting a "NO SOLICITATION" sign that is visible at your front door if you do not want solicitations. There are numerous websites like "safetysign.com" that sell no solicitation stickers for around $5-10.00. With that sign posted, if someone knocks on your door, you have the right to call the Worthington Police and report the individual. As with many things today, the village must be sensitive to a myriad of legal issues, and hence is "forced" to respond in a way that protects the village against potential litigation. As an individual though, you still have the right to post a "NO SOLICITATION" sign/sticker and prevent people from knocking on your door. Please feel free to do so.

What’s new in the village?

Most of us want to know what is going on in Riverlea. We don’t want to be left out of the loop. One of the best ways to keep informed is to visit the Riverlea website regularly. A new popular feature on the web is Recent Meeting Highlights; a snapshot of what has happened at Council meetings. Highlights are posted promptly after meetings. Later, after the minutes are approved by Council, they are also posted.

If you have a question, send it to the Web Manager, whose email address appears at the bottom of website screens.

Riverlea wants you: Gardening volunteers needed

The entrances to Riverlea at Southington and West Riverglen are important. They provide the first look many people have at our community. Pam Colwell has planted, weeded and watered the flowers at these two entrances for years and would like some help. Perhaps a local service group, such as a scout troop, could do this as a project. If you or a group of which you are a member would like to help out, please contact Kirk McHugh for details.

Draft highlights from the March 2012 Council meeting

Riverlea Fun Run. Rachael Kingrey and Cordelia Noonan gave a presentation for a Riverlea Fun Run that they are organizing with the help of Regan Macerollo. The one-mils run will be held June 2, 2012 at 9:30 am and includes children and adults. There will be registration fees and they will supply some t-shirts, snacks and water. They asked Council for $300 toward the supplies. They will also ask local businesses for support. Any profits will be donated to the Worthington food pantry. Council agreed to assist (see enclosed flier).

Mayor. Reported that the recent power outage was a circuit board and not a problem in the Village. He proclaimed that the next Council meeting will be April 17, 2012.

Marshal. Reported 342 checks with no warnings or citations issued.

Village investments. The Clerk-Treasurer discussed the Village’s Investment Policy. As a public entity the Village’s revenues cannot be put at risk and must be available when funds are appropriated. She asked Council for guidance as to what they expect to be spending in the next 12 months. Hamor, Chair of the Committee on Infrastructure, said they are currently working on a timeline for infrastructure repairs and will have a good idea of costs in the next couple of months. Council decided that 6-month CDs would be fine for now.

Committee on Infrastructure. The Street Commissioner provided a spreadsheet with information of the four areas the committee will review: water lines, streets, storm sewers and sanitary sewers. They are working on the timing, order and funding. They plan to apply for grants with OPWC and others. Hamor asked the Clerk-Treasurer for a 5-year plan for revenues/expenses. We are working to save as much money as possible before asking for approval of a bond issue. Next meeting: April 12 at 7:30 pm at 162 W. Riverglen Drive.

Committee on Ordinances. Jenny Jones reported they will focus on defining goals and actions to streamline ordinances where needed. The Mayor suggested looking at the solicitation ordinance and a permit process for zoning/planning. He would like to see residents fill out a form for a fence instead of having a Planning Commission meeting. The Commission meetings should be only for major things. Next meeting: April 30 at 700 pm, room 127 at Thomas Worthington High School.

Committee on Communications. Ankrom reported they will meet on the last Tuesday each month. They will see what can be done to improve communications and still follow state regulations for open meetings and records retention. First meeting: April 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm at 5830 Falmouth Court.

Expenses approved:

The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 pm.

Riverlea in the 1950s

submitted by Sue Ranck
Bob Ranck moved into the village at 5743 Olentangy Blvd. in June 1953 and was on the Council in the 1950s. While on Council, he and others were instrumental in getting the protective barrier around the perimeter of the village to prevent any future attempts by Worthington or Columbus to break-through the village streets at Olentangy Blvd., Melbourne Place, Beverly Place and the break at Evening Street.

With Bob Bolt, Bob led a committee which prevented Worthington from putting a sewage plant to the south of the village by threatening seven class action suits. Worthington planned to put lines in on the west side of the Olentangy River on the Antrim's land and then cross over south of Riverlea.

At the time, the village had an injunction against Antrim 's dynamiting and quarrying across from the village. Claude Moleskin, a lawyer whom Bob and Bob Bolt had hired, approached Mr. Antrim. He asked Mr. Antrim if he would go along with the class action and agree to donate the quarry to Columbus for a recreational lake and park. Antrim agreed, and the village agreed to lift the injunction and allow Antrim to finish removing the gravel from the quarry. The threat of seven years of possible class action suits against Worthington was enough to defeat Worthington's idea of a sewage plant.

These village Council actions benefit today’s residents. The impact of even one breakthrough would have set a precedent. The other streets could have been compromised at the whim of both Worthington and/or Columbus. Council was very foresighted

Leadership Worthington: Service Day

Date And Time: May 5, 2012; 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Riverlea residents may request assistance from Leadership Worthington Service Day, a continuing community service by volunteers who are Leadership Worthington alumni and board members, neighbors, scout troops and students. Seniors may request help with odd jobs around their homes and outside in their yards. Deadline for job requests is April 20 to be submitted to 200 E. Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington.

Reminder: Yard waste pickup under way

Yard waste is being picked up by Local Waste Services. 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

Trash Collection

Regular Riverlea collection day is Monday. Local Waste Services observes six holidays. Local Waste Services now has a contact person for residents' questions regarding trash, yard waste and recycling pickup. Local Waste Services Guidelines are available [pdf] or contact Eric DeHays, Municipal Account Manager, at 614 348-3403 for any questions.


Trash collection day is on Monday. If a holiday falls on Monday, collection is the next day. The holiday schedule is published below:

2017 'Holiday' Trash Collection Day

New Years Day
Memorial Day (5-29-2017)
July 4
Labor Day (09-04-2017)
Thanksgiving Day (11-23-2017)
Christmas Day / New Years 2018
Monday, 01-02-2017 (No Change)
Tuesday, 05-30-2017 (Note Day Change)
Monday, 07-03-2017 (No Change)
Tuesday, 09-05-2017 (Note Day Change)
Monday, 11-20-2017 & Monday, 11-27-2017 (No Change)
Tuesday, 12-26-2016 / Tuesday, 01-02-2018 (Note Day Changes)

Service Guidelines

Mark your 2012 calendar for our Village Council Meetings

All scheduled 2012 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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