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Riverlea NewsDecember 2012

Dear Fellow Residents,
It's been a great year for Riverlea. As a village, we voted to remain an independent municipality from Worthington. This decision has left us in charge of our own destiny as a village, especially as it relates to infrastructure needs (sewer, water and roads). This past year in effort to make governance of the village more inclusive, council formed three primary committees composed of both council members and residents. The committees were formed to deal with the major concerns associated with the village and include: (1) Infrastructure Committee, (2) Ordinance Committee and (3) Communication Committee.

The Infrastructure Committee has worked extremely and has been responsible for directing and submitting two large grant applications to receive money to assist the village in completing the mandatory sewer repairs that are needed. Briggs Hamor has been instrumental in leading this committee with the help of Bill Charles (Street Commissioner). We will hear about the success of our applications in the coming month. (The preliminary decision received from MORPC on December 7 was successful). The monies received from these grants will go a long way toward paying for the majority of the sewer work needed in the village. A lot of "ifs" remain in this process, but receipt of these monies will represent a huge coup if successful.

The Ordinance Committee is chaired by Jenny Jones. They have spent the past year reviewing all of the village ordinances in an effort to streamline them. The Ordinance Committee has recently submitted a proposal to council to adjust and streamline many of the village ordinances. This has been a huge task and we hope in the coming year to have completely revised the system making it more user-friendly for residents. This is a tough job as the Ordinance Committee must find the proper balance between right-sized restrictions designed to protect the overall integrity of the village and yet permit continued development and growth, especially as it relates to home renovations and new builds.

The Communication Committee has been working all year to revamp the village website and newsletter. Jon Ankrom and his committee have made great strides in accomplishing these goals. Several major changes have been made to the website making it more user-friendly. We hope to unveil a revised newsletter in the coming year. Both efforts are designed to share as much information as possible with village residents while reducing the costs associated with these tasks.

So, as we approach the end of 2012, I hope you will join me in thanking Briggs, Bill, Jenny and Jon, as well as the members of their committees, for the hard work they have done during the past year. As a group, the mayor and council of the Village of Riverlea are working hard to resolve the primary issues facing our community. Please help us by participating in your local government. It is your village and we could use your help. Have a great Holiday Season and here's looking forward to 2013.

Kirk McHugh, Mayor

In memoriam: Mary Jo Cusack, former Mayor

Mary Jo Cusack died December 10, 2012 in the Cardiac Intensive Care unit of Riverside Hospital. Mary Jo grew up in Canton, OH, and graduated from Marquette (BA) in 1957 and The Ohio State University (JD) in 1959. She was the only woman in her graduating class. Through her personal friendships and her legal practice, she touched the lives of many. She served the Village of Riverlea for twenty-two years, first on council and later as mayor from 2004-2011. As mayor she gave her time and talents selflessly to further the village. Often we saw her walking through the village she loved. We will miss her. (Among others she is survived by her cousin Catharine A. Regan of Evanston, Il.).

MaryJo's obituary is now in the Columbus Dispatch.

Bits of Riverlea History

Over the years the Columbus Dispatch has run articles about Riverlea. The following is based on an article by Mark Ellie of the Dispatch staff, July 1978, when he interviewed Riverlea Mayor Clara Guthery:

The village was incorporated in 1939. At first a few houses went up. But residents were farsighted enough to plan for a fine residential section. They incorporated and adopted a sort of housing code. Multifamily buildings are found only along High St. Building was nearly complete in Riverlea in the early 1960s.

In 1978, there were about 580 residents, with 190 homes, and 29 apartments. The boundaries of the village were: W. Riverglen Dr., High Street, Walnut Gove Cemetery, and the Olentangy Boulevard. The goal of the village was to have as little government as possible. The village was founded to be a quiet residential community where people could have peace of mind.

Its small government kept close to the residents. Relations with neighboring jurisdictions were friendly. At that time Franklin County provided deputies for law enforcement and Sharon Township provided firefighters. (Today both services are provided by the City of Worthington.)

Mayor Guthery was serving her third term when she was interviewed. She first served on Council when she replaced her husband who died. She said the community had a few problems. One of her biggest problem was in the summer making sure homeowners mowed their lawns. The public land, the Circle and the Ravine, were mowed by contract, at the time by a college student for $25 per cutting.

In 1978 council meetings were held in the home of the mayor, 302 W. Riverglen. Coffee and cookies were served after the business session. Today council meets at Thomas Worthington High School; sorry, no coffee and cookies.

While many of the details have changed, the spirit of the village seems the same.

A picture is worth . . .

The Newsletter editor would also like some Riverlea photos to be used in the Newsletter. The Communication Committee also discussed the idea of having photo contests. So please look over photos you think might interest your neighbors and send them in.

Communication Committee

The committee is continuing to work on updating the newsletter. A neighbor who has an advertising agency has agreed to redesign the newsletter at no cost. The committee wants to get more people to switch from the printed newsletter to the online newsletter to save money. The online newsletter would have links to more information and not be a duplicate of the printed newsletter.

Ordinance Committee

At the November council meeting Jenny Jones reviewed the recommendations of the committee section by section for Chapter 150: Building Regulation Changes. She will compile council's remarks on the section. Building regulations are generally dealt with by the county. Council decided not to take action until the chapter 151, zoning, has been reviewed since they are connected. Before making any decisions, Council will evaluate the cost of these changes relative to the benefit to residents. The cost could be substantial since it involves the solicitor's time to review and codification by American Legal Publishing. At the December meeting, Council will start reviewing recommendations for which involves a rewrite of existing Worthington code for the village. The rewrite will better organize ordinances. Riverlea residents are encouraged to attend this meeting so that Council can hear their perspectives.

Infrastructure Committee

The preliminary decision from MORPC on December 7, 2012, regarding the loan application was successful, but we will not have a final answer until December 14.

Mosquito control

The Franklin County Public Health is asking Riverlea to join the Integrated Mosquito Management Program at a cost of $3,036.57 per year. It involves spraying, trapping, etc. Council asked if it really works and how the river and Rush Run Park would affect us since those areas are not sprayed. The Mayor will contact Franklin County Public Health and ask a representative to come to the next council meeting to answer questions.

Neighborhood safety

From the March 2001 Riverlea News, comes the following advice from then Mayor Pat Anderson which is still good today (Thanks, Pat):

It is cold outside

Do you have any older or ill neighbors who might have difficulties getting out this winter? Take a moment to think about them next time you go out. Maybe you could offer to pick up a prescription or get groceries for them. Doing a good deed may be just what you need to get through the winter

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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