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Riverlea NewsMarch 2010

Reflections on Riverlea

Mary Jo Cusack photo.
Mary Jo Cusack, Mayor

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.

Easter Egg Hunt, April 3, noon at the Circle

The Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday, April 3 (Riverlea residents 10 and under). The hunt will be held at noon at the Circle on West Riverglen. A hunt will be held for children 7 and under and one for children 8-10. Contact Pat Anderson 846-2524 if you want to help.

Stand up and be counted

About March 15, residents will receive a 2010 Census form in the mail. Please fill it out and mail it in promptly. Your response will be used to help Riverlea get its fair share of government funds for many programs residents need.

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.

Highlights from the February 16, 2010 Council meeting

Introduction of Lt. James Mosic, Worthington Police Liaison. Lt. Mosic took over patrol operations with the Worthington Police. He is a liaison to community groups and citizens to get everyone to work together. He asks residents to contact him with their comments and questions. The Mayor reported that one officer was unaware that the Village’s ordinances were codified. Lt. Mosic will ensure all officers know this. The officers write under the state code and that there are only a few unique ordinances for the Village, which are mainly about parking. The Mayor expressed appreciation of having Lt. Mosic as liaison.

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 Reibel’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 Village’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

Riverlea ordinances

So that residents can become more informed about the ordinances of Riverlea, Rod Tettenhorst has abstracted some of them from the codified ordinances the Village.

If you want a full treatment of any of the ordinances, refer to the ordinance numbers given here at the left of each. They can be accessed online, or from Pam Colwell who has a few paper copies of the ordinances

Trees shall be trimmed to have a clear height of 12 feet above the surface of the street
No person shall deposit litter on public property or private property not owned by him or her
No resident shall permit weeds to grow or litter to accumulate on the property
Except for emergencies no excavating, carpentry work, brick laying, cement work, stone work, or any other form of labor shall be performed upon the construction, maintenance or repair of houses or other structures in the village on Sunday, or other days between 7:00 pm and 7:00 am. following, except that labor may be performed inside of a house or structure if it does not cause noise or other nuisance

This and that

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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