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Riverlea NewsJanuary 2013

Capital Improvement Update

Briggs Hamor, Infrastructure Committee Chairman

You may recall from newsletters last year that our village has embarked on a capital improvement plan that will occur over the next five to seven years. We have identified four areas to be addressed during this time period. The improvements include:

These improvements will take varying amounts of time and dollars to complete. To organize this work and minimize the cost to residents, the mayor formed a taskforce in March 2012 to prioritize the needs and make every effort to mitigate expenses. Based upon state requirements to resolve deficiencies with our sanitary sewer system before the end of 2014, we prioritized the sanitary sewer improvements as the first step in our infrastructure enhancements.

In September, the village applied for a loan from the state under a program called SCIP (State Capital Improvement Program). We applied for the full amount of the projected expenses to complete the sewer improvements, $665,500. Our application competed against 30 other municipalities within Franklin County.

As a result of the great work headed up by Bill Charles, Street Commissioner, and Jim Dippel, Burgess & Niple, and augmented by committee members (Eric MacGilvray, Marc Benevento, Jacalyn Slemmer, Chris Bedell), we succeeded in receiving a loan for the full amount $665,500. The loan is at zero interest, and we have 30 years to pay it back. We will start receiving funds in July 2013.

So what does this mean to residents?
First, a savings of hundreds of thousands of dollars over the life of the loan. By way of example, if we procured a loan of 3.5% to finance this project, we would pay interest of more than $400,000 over the life of the loan. In total, we would pay more than $1.1 million to do the same work we are completing for $665,500.

Breaking this down further, there are approximately 200 homes in Riverlea. That means the average residence will pay about $110 per year to complete this project. The village will pay about $22,000 per year from the general revenue fund to service the loan. This amount can be accommodated within our current budget, so residents will not need to be taxed separately for this portion of our infrastructure repairs.

Finally, in addition to the SCIP loan, we also applied for a federal grant in the amount of $200,000. The application was submitted in September and we will be informed of the decision sometime between late February and early March. If we are successful in obtaining any part of this grant, we would simply decrease the SCIP loan by that amount. We will keep you informed as we learn more

Rest assured we are not resting simply because we were successful with the first stage of our infrastructure improvements. The Infrastructure Committee will meet in January to start work on the next phase of our improvements. And, as we did in 2012, we will make every effort in 2013 to complete the work in the most cost-efficient way.

Please contact me if you have any questions, 840-9835. Also, our committee meeting dates and times are always posted and we welcome any residents who wish to attend.

Olentangy Water Trail

The mayor has been contacted by Columbus to see if the village wants to be included on the Olentangy Water Trail map [pdf]. He wants to discuss this with the residents who live on the river before any decisions are made. The residents do not own the water and cannot stop people from using the river, so it might be a good idea to be included on the map so that people would know that it is private property. It would also show that there is no public access in Riverlea.


The village accepted a quote from Pharazyn Landscaping for 2013 and 2014 maintenance of the circle and ravine. The amount did not increase for 2013 and there will be a 2% increase for 2014.

Appointments made

Sewer overflows

The city of Columbus plans to pursue an integrated approach to addressing sewer overflows and engaging suburban communities to participate in the process. They are looking at green solutions for storm water discharge. Riverlea may be able to get some funding to add green infrastructure when the streets and curbs are done or, at least, learn best practices and be able to share those with residents as they replace gutters, construct rain gardens, etc.

Welcome to Riverlea

Amy and Justin Kline and family, 273 Melbourne Place

The passing of Mary Jo Cusack

Mary Jo Cusack died December 10, 2012 at the Riverside Hospital. She 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. That sparked her lifelong interest in women's issues. She began her career at the Industrial Commission of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Taxation. She went into private practice in 1961. She was the first woman president of the national Board of Trial Advocacy and the Franklin County Trial Lawyers; past president of the National Association of Women Lawyers, who awarded her the Lifetime Service and Toch Awards, and Kappa Beta Pi, International Legal Association. She was active in local Democratic politics and served as poll watcher in 2012. She was Vice President of the Thomas More Society and always active in the annual Red Mass.

After serving on the Riverlea Village Council for many years, she was the mayor from 2004-2011. She was always active in the Pilot Club of Columbus, and was past president. She enjoyed cultural events such as the Symphony, BalletMet, the Broadway Series, the Jazz Arts, and the Ohio Light Opera in Wooster. She loved so much in her life: decorating and entertaining for seasonal holidays such as her annual St. Patrick's Day party. She will be missed by who knew of her kindness and generosity, and pro bono work. The Mass of Christian Burial was December 14, 2012. Contributions: the Pilot Club of Columbus for a statue for the Jerrie Mock Aviatrix Project, 3241 New Gate Court, Dublin, OH 43017 or the B.R.E.A.D. Organization, 404 S. 3rd St., Columbus, Ohio 43215. Survivors include cousins, Catharine A. Regan of Evanston, Il, Mary Pirie of Springfield, Mass.

At the December Council meeting the mayor, along with council, expressed their sympathy at the passing of Mary Jo Cusack. He said it would be nice to make a dedication in her memory but historically the village has never done that. Council agreed since there have been many residents over the years who have given much to the village. Council will reflect on this so that the community can honor Mary Jo and other residents who have given much to the village.

Citizen's Police Academy

The Worthington Division of Police will schedule a Citizen's Police Academy in 2013. Participants will get the opportunity to see aspects of what it is like to be a law enforcement officer. The course will be taught by certified sworn officers and civilian staff members will provide real life scenarios requiring decision making.

The Academy will be held at the Worthington Police Department, 6555 Worthington-Galena Road one night a week from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm for a seven-week period of basic police instruction. The dates for the Academy are January 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 2013. There is no cost to attend the Academy

History: Recycling in the Village?

In late 2001 and 2002 Riverlea debated whether it should have recyclable trash pick up. It was a big issue. At the time trash, including materials such as glass, certain plastics, cans, and paper were dumped in a landfill. After several months' discussion and input from residents, Council voted to institute recycling and the program began June 3, 2002.

And now for some neighborhood news

The Newsletter is starved for some neighborhood news. If you have any news about yourself or one of your neighbors (please make sure it is ok with them) that you would like to share, please contact the Newsletter editor. This is a caring neighborhood that has many interesting happenings. The more we get to know each other, the closer we will become as a community. So, please keep us posted.

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 2013 calendar for our Village Council Meetings

All scheduled 2013 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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