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Riverlea NewsMarch 2011

Reflections on Riverlea

Mary Jo Cusack photo.
Mary Jo Cusack, Mayor


The following Riverlea residents attended the Worthington Council meeting on March 14: Kirk McHugh, Jon Ankrom, Eric McGilvray, Lois Yoakam, Dan McIntyre, and Mary Jo Cusack. The Worthington Council members were advised of the legal ramifications by their Solicitor and chose to wait to make their determination as to their Commissioners. President Goorey stated that he wanted Riverlea, but not the payment of the expenses to be incurred on the infrastructure and road and curbs. This column is short so that we can encourage all of you to read the details of the annexation as prepared by Eric MacGilvray.

Please be sure to read Eric's information. It is well written and encompasses what all of us need to know about this serious and irreversible step. Thanks.

Draft highlights from the February 22, 2011 Council meeting

The Mayor introduced Lt. Jerry Strait, the Village’s new Worthington police liaison; he has been with Worthington for 24 years.

Presentation of Olentangy Watershed results. Erin Grushon, with MORPC, presented the preliminary draft map from the Olentangy Watershed results and discussed the balanced growth plan. The map is a starting point that was created using computers. It showed one major priority development area in the Village. Council agreed that the Village is developed and the plan is not relevant. They asked that there be no priority areas on the map and Grushon agreed to relay that information to the proper individuals.

Mayor. Columbia Gas is seeking a rate increase from PUCO; AEP is seeking a merger and rate increase. She asked if anyone is interested in weather spotting training to contact her for the information.

Solicitor. Looked into the North American Broadcasting Company’s (NAB) petition to link Riverlea with one of their stations. He suggested to Council that they may not want to not go along with this since there was no control by Riverlea regarding the station’s format, which may be objectionable to some. However, they do not need the Village Council’s permission since any resident may give permission.

Warren Lada with Sega Communications discussed his company’s concern about North American Broadcasting’s petition. He feels they are using the Village as a pawn to take advantage of a technicality to relocate one of their broadcasting towers. Council agreed that they did not want anything to do with North American Broadcasting Company.

Planning Commissioner. A garage addition to 5790 Pioneers Court was tabled until the next meeting because additional information was needed.

Marshal. There were 295 patrol checks with no citations or written warnings. A resident on Carrington has a “Bagster” to dispose of building materials. If the container is still there March 10, 2011, it will be in violation of the ordinance and the Marshal will contact the resident at that time. Council agreed.

Street Commissioner. The lift station flow monitor is working. The street sign on the corner of Southington and Crescent is down. He has a spare pole and he will ask the Peterson Company for a quote for installation. The bump on Southington at Pioneers is receding. He will ask Decker to give us a quote for repairing it. The lift station needs new pumps; Radico will give a quote which includes cleanout.

Insurance policy to cover any dishonesty. The current coverage of $100,000 has an annual premium of $378 which was approved. Annual service agreement for the copier/printer at a cost of $330 was not renewed.

Ordinance 01-2011 Declaring an Intent to Enter into Annexation Negotiations with the City of Worthington, Ohio, and to Declare an Emergency. Council asked how this would be handled. The Solicitor responded that assuming this ordinance is passed, the Clerk has 30 days to send it to the Council of Worthington. Then Worthington Council has 30 days to determine whether they want to appoint three commissioners to participate in negotiations. McHugh moved and Hamor seconded the motion to amend Ordinance 01-2011, Section 1 to select three commissioners. Kirk McHugh, Scott Gordon, and Eric MacGilvray were selected. The Solicitor will assist them.

Radio station. McHugh reported he had emailed North American Broadcasting Company (NAB) that the Village was not interested in being linked with their radio station. However, they did not need Council’s approval to proceed since any resident could give their approval. Council expressed frustration of not having a voice in how the Village’s name will be used by a company for their gain. The Solicitor advised Council to do nothing at this time and he will review the petition.

Resident concerns about annexation. One resident had noticed most of the people who put the petitions together have lived here only a few years. She would like the Commissioners to look at all the costs involved, including tax changes, possible assessments, etc. Another resident would not like to see street lights, due to light pollution, or sidewalks.

Council concerns about annexation. Council asked about the Commissioners’ authority. The Solicitor responded that the Commissioners do not have the authority to spend money. Their primary job is to negotiate with Worthington’s three commissioners to determine the terms proposed for annexation for the ballot. For example, to determine what the zoning classification for Riverlea would be. Council discussed the fact that they were not going to spend any of the Village’s limited funds on this issue. They also believe that most who signed the petition did not know this was going to be a ballot issue. Most probably thought the petition was to open discussions with Worthington on the possibility of annexation.

Council wants the Commissioners to keep the residents informed and to get their input. Due to time constraints, Council expressed concern that there may not be much input from the residents prior to the ballot. Adjournment 9:00 pm.

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

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