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Riverlea NewsMarch 2012

Mayor's Corner

Kirk McHugh
Kirk McHugh.

I would like to thank all of the Riverlea community members who have so generously volunteered to help council in the coming year to develop resident-based decisions on infrastructure, ordinances, and communication. During this past meeting, we seated three major committees for the village: 1) the Committee on Infrastructure chaired by Councilman Briggs Hamor, 2) the Committee on Ordinances chaired by new Councilwoman Jenny Jones, and 3) the Committee on Communications chaired by Councilman Jon Ankrom.

Each committee is composed of both village administrators as well as a significant number of village residents. These committees will meet regularly to draft proposals on each of their individual topics that will then be presented to council and the village at regular council meetings. This is an exciting time for Riverlea, and I believe that the enthusiasm displayed by the many village volunteers agreeing to serve on these committees indicates that the village is energized to accomplish some great things in the coming months.

Just a couple of quick notes: Finally, if anyone in the village has some interesting stories regarding the village, their home, or some old village pictures, please consider sharing them with us by providing the information to Lois Yoakam for inclusion in the Riverlea News. Encourage your children to submit something too; it would be a great learning experience and opportunity for them to express their thoughts and ideas about the village! Thanks again for volunteering to help the village.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The Annual Riverlea Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for Saturday, April 7 at 10:00 am at the Circle Park at West Riverglen and Falmouth. All are invited to this spring celebration. We need a volunteer to run the hunt and need help filling eggs. Please help us out by volunteering; contact Kirk McHugh 614-547-3037 for more information.

Draft highlights from the Feb. 21, 2012 Council meeting

Mayor. Worthington investigated the feasibility of a route 315 sound barrier and found that the neighborhoods closest to the freeway do not meet the decibels needed. There is no reason to look at this any further.

The Mayor would like to pursue the possibility of using online surveys to help Council determine residents' opinions. The Mayor said the Committee on Communications could look into this.

The Mayor would like to use the village's website to post emergency information, such as a warning about a burglary or power outage. Gordon mentioned the possibility of notifying residents by phone. The new Committee on Communications could look at this also. The Mayor wants this committee to look at the use of the newsletter and website to see how they may be blended to eventually phase out the Newsletter to save money.

Solicitor. Reported court decisions have lifted restrictions on various types of solicitations. The Village should look at revising their ordinance in light of these decisions. Council felt it was ultimately each resident's responsibility to deal with soliciting by not answering the door, or posting a no solicitation sign. Permits do not serve any purpose since few solicitors get them. The Mayor preferred that the Village have an ordinance that would give residents a legally binding way to stop solicitations. Council agreed.

Marshal. Reported 555 checks with no warnings or citations issued.

Resolution No. 2012-04 to Create Committees to Support the Work of Village Council and to Appoint Members. The following were appointed:

Street Commissioner. Reported the cost of getting the streets swept. Contract Sweepers would sweep two times a year (late spring and late fall) for $530 per sweep. They do Westerville and Gahanna. He will check with another company or two to see if that was a reasonable price.

Authorized the following expenses:

  1. Easter Egg Hunt - $300
  2. RACO lift station three-year contract - $1,347
  3. Clerk-Treasurer annual training - $125
  4. OML new council member training for Jenny Jones - $50
  5. Auditor of State audit - $2,450
  6. OML liability insurance - $2,456
The meeting was adjourned at 8:25 pm.

OSU Yard Birds Project returns

Riverlea residents will again have a chance to participate in the OSU Yard Birds Project. The project studies how urbanization affects birds in neighborhoods such as Riverlea. The project seeks to understand how characteristics of residential area influence bird behavior and their ability to raise young.

Starting in early April, the team will visit Riverlea to watch birds, band birds, monitor bird nests, and measure vegetation. In some cases and with the residents' permission, they will set up video and still cameras to focus on bird nests and birdfeeders. Still and video cameras record the activity of only nest predators.

The team will visit yards April and through the summer. The coordinator of the team is Jennifer Malpass, doctoral fellow, OSU School of Environment and Natural Resource, 614-292-9825.

Yard waste pickup

Yard waste will be picked up by Local Waste Services beginning April 1. Although they pick up waste in plastic bags, that waste goes to the landfill. Yard waste in degradable paper bags is recycled. We encourage you to use the paper bags or clearly marked containers set apart from normal trash containers. Yard waste materials can't be mixed with any "non-yard waste materials."

Worthington Police Citizen's Police Academy

The Worthington Division of Police invites residents to the 2012 Citizen's Police Academy. Participants get an opportunity to see aspects of what it is like to be a law enforcement officer. The Academy is held at the Worthington Police Dept., 6555 Worthington-Galena Road. For information, call 614-885-4463.

SALT (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together)

Worthington SALT is a new cooperative effort by fellow community members, the Worthington Police and Fire departments, the City of Worthington, and the Griswold Centers. Programs being considered include: For more information, please email Worthington SALT@gmail.com.

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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:

2012 'Holiday' Trash Collection Day

New Years Day
Memorial Day
July 4
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
Monday, 1-3-2012
Tuesday, 5-29-2012 (Note Day Change)
Monday, 7-2-2012 & Monday, 7-9-2012
Tuesday, 9-4-2012 (Note Day Change)
Monday, 11-26-2012
Tuesday, 12-26-2012(Note Day Change)

Mark your 2012 calendar for our Village Council Meetings

All scheduled 2012 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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