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Riverlea NewsFebruary 2011

Reflections on Riverlea

Mary Jo Cusack photo.
Mary Jo Cusack, Mayor

Annexation petition
A petition was filed with the Board of Elections asking village council to investigate annexing Riverlea as part of the city of Worthington. We have provided copies to Worthington. The next step will be for council to appoint a commission of three to negotiate with Worthington. If Worthington is interested in discussing annexation, it would then appoint its commission of three. These six persons would then propose the terms for folding the village into the city. Riverlea residents will have a chance to vote on any proposals.

It is suggested that anyone who is interested submit to the Clerk-Treasurer a list of items you wish to be covered in the negotiations.

Power outages
Regrettably, many homes in Riverlea were without power for a few days. We may want to discuss this at council meeting.

We wish you a warmer February and an early summer.

The History of Riverlea - Part III more articles

Kirk McHugh, President Pro Tem, Riverlea Council

A lack of construction materials during World War II slowed but did not halt the growth of Riverlea. After the war, the village saw a boom in development that continued through the 50s into the 60s. The various historical events that effected both the development and growth of Riverlea are the exact reasons for its diverse architecture, from the highly fashionable English Tudors and Colonial Revivals in the 30s to the sprawling Ranch Style homes of the 50s and 60s. It is exactly this unique history and diversity that is ours to protect for future generations who chose Riverlea as their new home.
(Taken in part from an article published in the Western Intelligencer by Jennie McCormick, Historian, Worthington Historical Society)

NOTICE: The Cash Basis Annual Financial Report of the Village of Riverlea for the year ended December 31, 2010 has been completed and is available for public inspection in the Office of the Clerk-Treasurer at 5814 Westchester Court, Worthington, Ohio 43085. A copy of the report can be provided, at cost, upon request.

Draft highlights from the January 18, 2011 Council meeting

Kirk M. McHugh was elected and sworn in as Council President Pro-Tempore.

Mayor. Municipalities may lose Local Government Fund revenues and estate taxes, a significant percentage of the village's revenues. Council may want to lobby state representatives to keep these funds for local municipalities. The new Worthington police liaison is Lieutenant Jerry Strait.

In response to a letter to the editor of the Dispatch, the Mayor is writing a letter to make clear that the village is not looking to Worthington to pay for our streets and infrastructure.

Solicitor. Met with the Planning Commissioner to review some planning ordinances to get compliance and to discuss construction bonds. Worthington has different levels of review. The Architectural Review District (ARD) is the historic area and the most restrictive. Review is less restrictive outside of the ARD area and is usually handled by staff. Riverlea's laws were modeled after the ARD for the whole village. Council may want to allow some issues to be decided by the Planning Commissioner instead of by hearing.

The Solicitor wants to review the sign and the solicitation ordinances. He asked if council wanted to get a report regarding the annexation from Riverlea's point of view instead of Worthington's. It might be useful from the standpoint of being prepared to respond quickly to a petition. It would compare zoning codes, operating costs, taxes and how annexation would impact the village. Gordon and others stated they would not want to spend a few thousand dollars for a report when council has not received anything regarding the annexation. After discussion, council decided to not spend any money on a report now.

Planning Commissioner. A new home is being built at 5818 Crescent Drive. The certificate of appropriateness was reviewed and approved.

Marshal. There were 282 patrol checks with no citations or written warnings.

Street Commissioner. Lift station flow monitor should be operational this month.

Resolutions approved:

MORPC dues. Council authorized the expenditure of $800 to pay the MORPC annual dues.

Board of Health and mosquitoes. The Mayor reported that the cost of mosquito spraying would be around $3,000 this year. Council was not interested at that cost

Radio station. McHugh reported that he was contacted by Matt Mnich, President and CEO of North American Broadcasting Company. He wanted to make one of their radio stations Riverlea's radio station. Council was concerned about the possibility of the station having a format that is not liked publicly and being associated with it. They were also concerned about the legal obligations. The Solicitor will look into this.

Local Waste Services. The Mayor received a letter from Local Waste Services discussing a rate increase and the option of paying for yard waste recycling. Council asked the Mayor to contact Sharon Township regarding leaf pickup costs and Local Waste Services regarding the cost of yard waste recycling.

Council resumed Open Session at 8:45 pm and adjourned at 8:05 pm.

What's new on the Web?

According to Web Manager Jody Jones, the top two sections on the web site are the Planning Commission and Village Council. People are also visiting the archived minutes

Attention Riverlea dog owners

Riverlea residents and their dogs can look forward to visiting the planned Worthington Dog Park at Godown Road. The park will have a fenced one-acre area for small dogs and a four-and-a-half acre fenced area for large dogs. The park will also have benches for owners, a hydrant for filling water bowls and walkways. The park will be shared with the city of Columbus. The area is just west of the railroad tracks, bounded on the north and west sides by Don Scott field.

Cons truction will begin this summer and is expected to be completed by the end of 2011. The park grew out of efforts of WOOF, an organization formed in March 2009, to establish a dog park in Worthington. It then worked with Worthington's Parks and Recreation to find a site. Columbus joined in because it was looking for a site on the city's north side.

When told of the plans, Riverlea dogs gave the plan paws up and barked "Woof" loudly.

Riverlea Directory 2011 edition published

The 2011 edition of the Riverlea Directory is ready for distribution. If you do not receive one or if you need a 3-ring binder, please let me know at News Editor, 263 Melbourne, or RiverleaNews@riverleaohio.com. Again, many thanks to council members who delivered the directory.

Piano for sale

Upright Milton piano built by Kohler and Campbell. "Cherry" wood. Measures 58" wide x 25" deep. Inherited another piano and need to sell this one. Excellent condition, works perfectly and very reasonably priced. In the neighborhood, so easy delivery (if we can get some help). Call Kirk McHugh at 430-9905.

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

Villagers may place classified ads. Professional services ads are not accepted. Ads must be of reasonable length; they are edited as needed to fit the space. Letters should be no more than about 200 words and must be signed. Letters may be edited for length and clarity. Please submit electronically or by mail to News Editor, 263 Melbourne, or RiverleaNews@riverleaohio.com
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