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Riverlea NewsAugust 2011

Reflections on Riverlea

Mary Jo Cusack photo.
Mary Jo Cusack, Mayor

Annexation The final report of the Annexation Commission has been filed with the Board of Elections and both Riverlea and Worthington will vote on the Resolution at the November general election. Please be sure to read all terms very carefully. In talking to people from both Riverlea and Worthington, it seems there are substantial misunderstandings as to what will happen. I want to thank Kirk McHugh, Scott Gordon, and Eric MacGilvray for all the time and energy put forth on this project. They worked hard to get the best possible deal for Riverlea. However, Worthington insisted on some of the items just as Riverlea did on others. Here are some of the items you need to review carefully:

  1. Financial arrangement. Riverlea will be assessed for many costs. Some of these assessments will be determined prior to January 1, 2018. There will be no definite figures prior to then.
  2. River. During the last three years, we have had three efforts for organizations to insert themselves into the river. The residents along the river have been unanimous (with one possible recent exception) that they do not want this. MORPC has sponsored a group to make reports on the river. The last report noted that Riverlea might annex and would then be subject to the same concepts that Worthington has agreed to, but Riverlea has not.
  3. Lift station. Although Worthington originally agreed that the lift station would be included in the new pipes put in, they changed that agreement and left it up to their discretion later.
  4. Elections. No one from Riverlea will be able to run for office until 2015. The Equalization Board will be appointed by Worthington City Council and no one from Riverlea will be on it. Any assessments will be determined by Worthington. Thus, 15,000 people will be determining what happens to 500.
  5. Zoning. Worthington asked to make the High Street apartments commercial. Riverlea was successful in having that phrase removed. However, it was pointed out that the Worthington Council would still have the authority to do this. Please note the problems of Lane Avenue in Arlington where commercial took over residential.
Forum. There will be a forum to discuss all matters. Please be sure to come and bring your questions and concerns with you. The Ordinance Ordering the Question of Annexation with the City of Worthington and other annexation documents are available from the Village of Riverlea Village Council page.

Draft highlights from the July 18, 2011 Council meeting

Mayor. Handed out the SWACO summary plan update literature to Council. Thanked all who helped to make the July 4 picnic a success. The builder on Crescent Court has been contacted again about runoff into the storm sewers. EPA does not allow this. The Solicitor suggests that residents get a picture of the violations if they occur. The yard of the vacant home at Southington and Olentangy has been cleaned up. The spotlights at the entrance at Southington and Riverglen need to be replaced. Council authorized the expenditure of up to $60 for two lights. The Mayor noted that a TV commercial was made on West Southington.

Planning Commissioner. The Clerk reported one Certificate of Appropriateness application for 223 Southington Avenue was tabled because the applicants wanted to look at other design options.

Marshal. Reported 217 checks with no citations or warnings.

Street Commissioner. Reported he is still waiting for Radico to install the pumps and clean out the lift station. He will get a quote from American Pavements to slurry seal the recently repaired areas.

Expenses. Authorized the reimbursement to Jody Jones, Web Manager, for the biannual web site fee of $197.15.

Mosquito spraying. Gordon asked if spraying was proven to work. Council did not think it did and decided not to spray for now.

Worthington annexation

Gordon gave an update on the annexation negotiations. They were in agreement on just about everything but how to enforce the conditions of annexation. Worthington did not want to be open to future lawsuits and they are currently working on a resolution to this.

There was also the issue of using the balance of the funds available at year-end (approximately $350,000) to replace the lift station. If it is too costly or other issues keep the lift station from being replaced, Worthington wants to use the money at their discretion for Riverlea infrastructure.

Worthington has agreed to provide insurance coverage to protect Riverlea officials after the annexation in case of any lawsuits where the Village will no longer be there to defend them.

Another forum. There will be another forum to discuss the conditions of annexation after residents receive copies of the conditions. The commissioners understand that residents want to know the difference between what Worthington proposes for the street and curb repairs and what the Village is considering and if we remain an independent Village, what are we facing in the future.

To get the conditions of annexation on the November ballot, we need to get a resolution to the Board of Elections by August 10. That will require at least one special meeting and the required 5 votes to suspend the 3 readings and declare an emergency. Alternatively, three special meetings for the three readings of the resolution will be required. Council agreed to have a special meeting on August 1, 2011. The meeting was adjourned at 8:05 pm.

Draft highlights from the Aug. 1 Council special meeting

Ordinance 02-2011, An Ordinance Ordering the Question of Annexation with the City of Worthington, Ohio, to be Submitted to a Vote and to Declare an Emergency. Approved.

A resident asked if there was any assurance of not allowing a cut-through at Evening Street or a street through the end of Melbourne. Gordon explained there is no guarantee other than the current Worthington council saying they have no intention of doing that, but there is nothing that binds future councils. Eminent domain would be required for the cut-through on Evening Street and is unlikely. The end of Melbourne could be done without eminent domain but Worthington has said they do not intend to do it.

A resident asked if this had to go on the ballot. The Mayor responded it does because of the petition and the Ohio Revised Code. Council said it is better to get this done now and not have it hanging over our heads. It is less expensive in November than it would be for a special election next year.

A resident asked about the ambiguity of the sewer costs. MacGilvray explained that the estimated costs are between $600,000 and $700,000, with some costs offset by the Village’s year end assets of around $350,000 and Worthington will pick up the rest. We will be assessed for the streets and curbs but Worthington, by law, must cover 2% plus some other partial costs of intersections. However, only estimates can be given until the work is actually done.

Hamor stated that there will be an open forum to discuss annexation prior to the election. Council will get information up on the web site to keep the residents informed. Worthington will post information on their Web site and collect feedback from residents. If they see common concerns or questions, they will post the information on their Web site. McHugh said if residents have a concern about zoning or Worthington ordinances, they need to contact Worthington and not Village officials since Worthington would be more knowledgeable

Trash collection

Location of containers. Each Householder shall place trash containers at the curbside. Curbside refers to that portion of the yard adjacent to streets and roadways. Containers should be placed as close to the roadway as possible without interfering with the movement of traffic or pedestrians. NO CONTAINERS SHALL BE PLACED IN THE STREET FOR ANY REASON…" (Emphasis added. From the contract with Local Waste Services)

This and that

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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