911 Emergency Calls. If you are calling 911 from a Cell Phone, y ou may get a Columbus Dispatcher. Please tell the dispatcher you are calling from Riverlea and you need the Worthington fire, EMS and/or police. Chief Highley has been most helpful in trying to sort this out. In the meantime, please remember to tell the dispatcher who you need. (My suspicion is that some of the Columbus dispatchers have never heard of Riverlea.)
Snow removal. Thanks to Sharon Township who did a good job of keeping our streets clear during the worst February on record. Just in case the snow isn't over, please try to keep cars off the street during snow emergencies, and please don't shovel snow from drives into the street. As I drove through other areas, I was grateful to be in Riverlea and Worthington.
Spring. It's been fun looking at all the Christmas decorations which we were not able to get down. It will be more fun to see spring flowers soon. Don't forget--daylight savings time starts early Sunday morning, March 14.
Congratulations to Kerry Bierman, who represented the Columbus Metropolitan Library in accepting an Expy Award for the Library's participation in the Egyptian Exhibit at the Columbus Museum of Art. The award was presented at the Experience Columbus luncheon.
According to a 1979 Riverlea Newsletter, the Bureau of Census contacted Riverlea Mayor Guthery about the 1980 census. The bureau had changed its procedures. A list of Riverlea residents was to be sent to her so that she could check it for accuracy. Then, as now, it was important to have a correct count because much of the money that comes back to Riverlea is based on population.
Council went into Executive Session to discuss pending court actions. Later in open session Council authorized L. Leah Reibel, Esquire, to negotiate a settlement, seek mediation and file objections in the litigation of Donald Brogan v. Village of Riverlea.
The minutes of the January 19, 2010 meeting and payment of bills were approved. McHugh reported there was a problem with identifying us as Worthington or Riverlea when calling 911. He said the dispatcher did not know to contact Worthington Police. The Mayor will look into it.
The Solicitor reminded the new Council members that they are required to attend public records training or designate someone to go on their behalf. The training is usually held during the first quarter of the year.
The Planning Commissioner reported there was one application for a Certificate of Appropriateness for a new house at 5822 Pioneers Court that was approved.
The Marshal reported that the police report was routine with 278 checks. He has contacted the contractor working at 5849 Olentangy Blvd. to make sure the street stays clean
The Street Commissioner has contacted Jim Dippel of Burgess & Niple for a proposal regarding the SSES to schedule the cleaning and videotaping of the manhole inspections. He also asked for a proposal for interim street maintenance, such as sealing and repairs on Riverglen and Southington. The Columbus Water Dept. would need an ordinance from the Village to authorize them to collect a surcharge on water bills and it would need to include what the rate would be. The Mayor has asked the Stimulus Funds Committee to look into getting help with money for the sewers.
The Riverlea Web site is being reprogrammed and it will be one more week before it is complete. So in the meantime some links may not work.
Records Retention Committee will meet tonight at the conclusion of the Council meeting. Council had no comments regarding the Record Retention Schedule. The Public Records Policy will need a resolution for Council to approve it. Council had no comments regarding the Public Records Policy
Don Brogan described the events regarding his property at 35 West Riverglen Drive that led up to the current litigation. He asked Council to resolve this matter.
The Mayor asked Council if they wanted to do anything about the cut-through and there was no response.
Council approved the Retainer Agreement with L. Leah Reible, Esquire, for the Brogan litigation. They authorized the expenditure of $1,880 for L. Leah Reibelâ€™s legal services. Council also authorized the expenditure of $450 for FEMA.
The Clerk-Treasurer explained how the Patriot Act requires a physical address for all financial accounts and many other business dealings. The Village has only a post office box and, therefore, she must use her home address. She would like Council to consider installing a secured locking mailbox on the circle and use 240 West Riverglen Drive as the Villageâ€™s address. For the next meeting she will have more details about the type and cost of mailboxes.
The Clerk-Treasurer reported that Star Ohio was paying interest of only 0.03% and she needed to move money to more profitable accounts. Council amended the investment policy so that the total amount invested with any one financial institution to be no more than the amount that is Federally insured (FDIC).
The meeting adjourned at 10:15 pm.
Next meeting: March 15, 7:00 pm
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