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Riverlea NewsMay 2011


Reflections on Riverlea

Mary Jo Cusack photo.
Mary Jo Cusack, Mayor

Bunny Hop. Thanks to Carolee Noonan for chairing the Bunny Hop. Everyone seemed to have a great time. And the Easter Bunny arrived and patiently waited to have his picture taken with everyone. Thank you Carolee; thank you Easter Bunny. You added so much to this occasion.

Flowers. Thank you to Pam Colwell for the beautiful flowers at the entrance markers. Now if spring will just arrive without the rain.

Municipal issues. A bill is pending before the legislature to end estate taxes as of 2013. As you know, some of the Village income is received through this. The amount varies depending on who has died leaving a substantial estate. It will be another loss to the Village and to all municipalities. Riverlea is fortunate in that we do not include this in our budget when we plan our expenses and income. However, it is extremely helpful when we receive it.

Street commissioner. We want to again thank Bill Charles for all of his work on water leaks, the pump station, and the roads. Riverlea looks so much better thanks to him.

Annexation. And thanks too to our commissioners Kirk McHugh, Scott Gordon and Eric MacGilvray. They have put in many extra hours working on an annexation proposal. Their comments are elsewhere in the Newsletter.

Annexation talks under way

Meetings between Riverlea and Worthington annexation commissioners are under way. The second meeting of the commission was held Thursday May 5 at the Worthington Municipal building. The commission is charged with coming up with an annexation agreement to be presented to the councils of Riverlea and Worthington before it goes to the voters. An April 15 memo from Riverlea was presented to the city. Among other items, Riverlea proposes that the Village continue to be referred to as the village of Riverlea; no streetlights, sidewalks or other amenities be installed without the consent of the majority of Riverlea residents. Worthington issued a memo to identify the issues without stating a position on them.

The commissioners will continue to meet on Thursdays, at the Worthington Municipal building, at 4:00 pm. Residents may attend but may not speak at the meetings. Riverlea commissioners are: Kirk McHugh, Scott Gordon, and Eric MacGilvray. Worthington commissioners are: Bob Chosy, Lou Goorey, and Robert Schmidt.

Draft highlights from the April 18, 2011 Council meeting

Mayor. Reported that the annexation commissioners had a meeting last week and did a fantastic job. She attended the Legislative Luncheon with McHugh, Griffith and Colwell.

AEP is seeking a rate increase. Approximately eight years ago the Village filed a complaint against AEP for the outages and it resulted in improved service and fewer outages. However, the outages have gotten worse again and she wants to know if Council wants to file another complaint. Hamor suggested waiting since service has improved and the last outages were due to a major storm. Council agreed. Columbia Gas is also seeking a rate increase.

The mayor reported Gina Jacob contacted her about a Village yard sale on April 30. Council said they did not want to spend any money on advertising. The sale is being advertised in the March Newsletter and Web site. The annual Worthington Memorial parade is coming up; Council is not interested in participating.

Solicitor. Reported on the status of the radio station FCC petition. They are going to file a pleading that will include a letter from the Mayor stating Council’s position against this. Marshal. Reported there were 292 checks with no citations or warnings. She contacted a new resident regarding the sign being too close to the street and he removed it.

Street Commissioner. Reported another water main break on Riverglen, the third time for that location. We hope Columbus has fixed the problem; the commissioner will ask for details. The former Street Commissioner suggested there may be a water leak under the bump on Southington near Pioneers. Decker will look at it to give us a quote for repair; probably not more than $5,000.

Slurry seal will need to be done again on the water leak repairs. American Pavement to quote probably sometime in June. There is no need to rush on this.

The SSES work is under way with flow monitors and rain gauge in position now. The lift station needs repairs and a clean out. One pump is not running properly; a spare is needed. Estimated costs are no more than $5,000; Radico to quote.

Worthington annexation. On April 15, 2011 the six annexation commissioners met to discuss mostly administrative issues. Co-chairmen were selected – Kirk McHugh and Lou Goorey. MacGilvray wrote a memo that summarized five issues Riverlea commissioners want to be addressed in the discussions. McHugh reviewed them for Council. McHugh also said that these meetings (Thursdays at 4:00 pm, Worthington Municipal building) will be open to the public but the public will not be able to speak at all of them.

Discussion about the border around Riverlea that is owned by the Village. This border was done years ago to keep some roads from coming through. It would be too expensive and unnecessary to deed it all back to the residents but the sections at the end of Melbourne and Beverly could be deeded back to the homeowners. Having the residents own it would require Worthington to use eminent domain to acquire that land. This may act as a deterrent.

Keith Beachler asked if the residents will get any details prior to voting. Council said definitely yes. They will have meetings for residents, mailings, postings, etc., to make sure all residents have the information they needed before the election and to get resident input.

Gordon stated that the Commissioners want to do this in the best possible way so there will be no question at the time of the election that they did what was best for the residents. They will be getting feedback from residents and will make necessary changes due to that feedback. He would really like the residents to take an interest and participate.

Council authorized $300 for the Bunny Hop. Adjournment 7:50 pm.

Yard waste pickup

Yard waste will continue to be picked up by Local Waste Services. Pickup began 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.

Seeking work

Bryn Sowash will be a senior at Otterbein University next year, living at home this summer. Loves babysitting, pet sitting, house sitting (mail and plants) for vacations, and helping around the house. Generally charges $8 an hour for babysitting and $10 a visit for pet and house sitting. Available most nights in the summer, particularly during the week; can take jobs last minute. Not looking for a permanent nanny position; will be working part time in late July/early August, but can fill in if a substitute is needed. Give her a call at 614-323-3350 or send an email at bryn.sowash@gmail.com. Thanks!

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:

Holiday
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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