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Riverlea NewsJuly 2010

Reflections on Riverlea

Mary Jo Cusack photo.
Mary Jo Cusack, Mayor

Fourth of July picnic. Thanks to all who helped. Dan Noonan and Jon Ankrom cooked some juicy burgers and hot dogs. Carolee Noonan provided great games. And Tim O'Connor provided his usual wonderful music. Pat Anderson, as always, was there to make sure everything got done. There were outstanding covered dishes and everyone had a fine time.

New appointments. Carolee Noonan has accepted the job of Parks and Recreation. She will probably seek a co-chair. Karen McElmurray has been appointed Marshal and Don McCarthy has been appointed to the Planning Commission; they will be voted upon at the July Council meeting.

Operating levy. Riverlea's operating levy expires at the end of this year. Council will vote to place either a replacement levy, a renewal levy or a new levy on the November ballot. Council will plan forums to provide further information on this. In 2009, our income from all sources was $259,305.09; our expenditures were $242,911.83. About $92,000.00 of income is in question for the future as it consists of estate taxes and local government funds, both of which have bills pending in the legislature that put them in jeopardy. Only 7.7% of your property taxes go to the Village. Of our total budget, 26% goes for security including police and lighting; 29% goes to basic utility services including sanitary and storm sewers and water and trash collection. Your government is run frugally. We use our own computers, software, cell phones, etc.

OSU airport. The OSU Airport has again invited SAFECOM to Columbus for 2011. This is a meeting of student pilots who are doing experimental flying over our homes. This issue has arisen before. The last time it was here, OSU responded to complaints by using Rickenbacker. It is not yet known what is planned for 2011. Street bids. Riverlea will accept bids for its street work on July 12 at the offices of Burgess and Niple

Private property warning

Greg Bonk, 95 W. Southington, wants to remind residents to make sure they take their valuables inside and not leave them in their cars. His Toshiba laptop was taken out of his car June 29. Usually, he brings it in but it only takes one time to forget.

New neighbor, Tracy Butler Coe

The Coes love living in Riverlea (5786 Carrington). As a Worthington native and WHS graduate, Tracy has always adored the Riverlea area. She has 2 daughters, Elle (6th grade) and Eve (4th grade) who enjoy having so many friends in the neighborhood. Tracy is a full-time realtor with Coldwell Banker and has worked in Central Ohio for over 10 years.

Highlights from the June 21, 2010 Council meeting

After the May minutes and payment of bills were approved, the Mayor reported the Planning Commission needs Council support. It is following the ordinances. Timeliness of rulings is an issue so projects can go ahead as needed. Maintenance issues might need special treatment. The idea of having sponsors for the July 4 picnic was rejected. There were 267 patrol checks by Worthington Police.

Solicitor. A 4.5 mill operating levy was adopted in 2005; this is the last year for the collection of it. Since it is an outside millage levy, it must go on the ballot, preferably this November. Ballot deadline is August 4. It is a two-step process requiring two council meetings; discussions were held at the June meeting and are planned for the regular July council meeting.

Street Commissioner. The 2010 Street Maintenance Program, est. $183,000, includes sealing cracks, milling and patching; applying a stress absorbing membrane layer on Riverglen and Southington and slurry sealing all streets. The lifespan is 5 to 6 years. The advertising/ bidding takes approximately a month. Council will discuss the bids at the July meeting. Some manholes are located in the back yards on the cross streets. Two manholes have not been located above ground. Some need to be raised and secured with bolts. Dippel (Burgess and Niple) will ask Flowline for an estimate.

Web Manager. An approved privacy policy will be online. Other plans for the web include allowing people to opt to receive an email notifying them the Newsletter is available online or continue to receive paper copy and notification.

Storm water management. The Solicitor stated that the Village has an approved storm water plan. The Street Commissioner will take responsibility for the management and implementation of this plan.

Cut-through. MacGilvray discussed the possible cut-through on the 142 E. Riverglen property with Mike Blanchard. Having a cut-through on the east side and along the back of the property was discussed. An appraisal of the land, an estimated cost of the pathway itself and the loss of value to the two properties involved is needed. The Mayor suggested that MacGilvray contact Deborah Edsall for an estimate of the land and cost of the path.

Safe routes to school. Hamor and Noonan met with Lt. Mosic who suggested that they come up with a concise list of safety concerns and then meet with Worthington officials. Lt. Mosic has a meeting at Evening Street school; Noonan along with the Mayor will also attend. The Village should try to set up a volunteer program with parents to oversee the kids or walk with them.

Communications report. Noonan reported discussion included having an online form for people to submit content for the Newsletter, having a paperless meeting agenda packets available online, and having a community bulletin board on the web site and on the Village circle.

Resolution to Express the Intent of Village Council Regarding a Certain Appropriation Proposal. Second reading

Resolution Authorizing the Village Mayor to Advertise for Bids for the 2010 Street Improvement Program and to Declare an Emergency. Adopted.

Levy. The Village needs to keep an operating levy; the current one expires at the end of 2010. The first step is to pass a resolution requesting the County Auditor to certify to the Village information needed to enable the Village to levy a tax in excess of the ten mill limitation. The money collected stays about the same every year of its term. The mills are adjusted downward when property values go up; so after 10 years our 4.5 mill tax is now about 3.59 mills. Options: (1) renew the current tax (4.5 mills) and the term is extended with no more revenue generated; (2) replace the current tax with a 4.5 mill levy and start over with more revenue generated back at the 4.5 level, or (3) increase the millage to generate additional revenue.

The Village levies a 2-mill tax inside the 10-mill limitation. The amount collected goes up with house prices. This tax does not have to be voted on by the residents. Council does not want to raise taxes but knows that costs have increased and the streets/infrastructure needs work. They want to find out what the numbers are under the options.

Resolution Requesting the County Auditor to Certify to the Village Information needed to enable the Village to Levy a Tax in Excess of the Ten Mill Limitation (4.5 mills replacement). Approved.

Resolution Requesting the County Auditor to Certify to the Village Information needed to enable the Village to Levy a Tax in Excess of the Ten Mill Limitation (4.5 mills replacement with .5 increase to a 5.0 mill levy). Approved.

Planning Commission violations. There was a long discussion regarding four properties with Planning Commission violations for not following their Certificates of Appropriateness. The Village does not have a quick way to make people comply. The Commissioner felt that council should support the Planning Commission or change the laws. Council was concerned about the cost of going to court to force compliance. The Solicitor estimated $3,000+ for each case. Many council members were not in favor of taking four residents to court without examining all options. The Commissioner and Solicitor will approach each of the property owners to obtain compliance and then make recommendations at the next council meeting. The process and laws may need modification to help residents improve/maintain their properties. The Commissioner proposed that applicants provide a bond, similar to a street bond that would be refundable upon completion of the project. Council agreed with the proposal.

Developing an appointment process for committees, commissions and personnel. The Mayor has the authority to make appointments; council can advise and consent. Some members wanted to modify the process so that council will have information about the appointees before voting on them. It seems reasonable to request appointees to come before council to introduce themselves and explain their interest and qualifications. Gordon thought the openings should be posted in Newsletter and on the web. The Mayor explained about the time constraints. The Mayor will invite the two appointees (Karen McElmurray, Marshal, and Donald McCarthy, Planning Commission) to attend the next meeting.

Adjournment: 10:35 pm.

New grandson

Karen and Jim McElmurray, 276 W. Riverglen, welcomed a new grandson, Henry Matthew Schirner on May 31. Proud parents are Jessica and Matthew Schirner. Henry made his Riverlea debut at the July 4 picnic

2010 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:

2010 Trash Collection Day

New Years Day
Memorial Day
July 4
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
Monday, 1-4-2010
Tuesday, 5-25-2010 (Note Day Change)
Monday, 7-5-2010
Tuesday, 9-7-2010 (Note Day Change)
Monday, 11-29-2010
Monday, 12-27-2010

Mark your 2010 calendar for our Village Council Meetings

All scheduled 2010 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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