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Riverlea NewsNovember 2010

Reflections on Riverlea

Mary Jo Cusack photo.
Mary Jo Cusack, Mayor

Thank you:

Happy Thanksgiving

Walking School Bus

Briggs Hamor, Riverlea Council Member

With the closure of the cut-through to Evening Street, the Village Council has been exploring alternatives to enable our children to walk safely to school. To that end, I'm happy to say we had a successful kick-off to our Walking School Bus (WSB) on Wednesday October 6. The parents I spoke to after our trial run felt it went very well. With only 1 1/2 day lead time before International Walk to School Day, we escorted 20 Riverlea elementary children to school. We were very encouraged by this turnout, and would now like to determine if there is enough interest to establish WSB as an ongoing weekly event.

First, let's take a step back: The reason for this program is that Riverlea children must walk either along High St. traffic, or in the streets down Olentangy and up South St. to get to Evening St.; the safety conditions of both options are less than optimal. A Walking School Bus means simply having one or more adults walk with a group of children. The goals are: (1) Keep our children healthy and mobile, and (2) Minimize risk as much as reasonably possible.

How it could work:

  1. Establish a frequency. I suggest we start with a WSB every Wednesday morning. If there is enough interest to increase the frequency, we will certainly do so.
  2. Decide meeting points. We had 16 children at the Riverglen/Olentangy stop and only 4 at the Southington/Crescent Court stop. Let's try WSB again with both points, and if we find that the East location is not utilized, we can designate new meeting spot(s) as we go forward.
  3. Confirm meeting time. It took about 25 minutes for the kids to walk to Evening Street Elementary, so the meeting time of 7:45 am should work out. Please remember: we must leave at 7:45 am sharp to ensure we can get the kids there on time.
  4. Sign up volunteers. We'll need the proper number of volunteers scheduled for both stops to make sure the ratio of children to adults is not overwhelming. We should have a couple of adults at both stops for the first few dates, until we get a feel for the potential volume of walkers.
We hope this program sounds attractive to a lot of you and is a viable way to keep our children walking and safe. If you are interested in participating, please email me at bhamor@riverleaohio.com. From the responses, I will suggest some next steps.

Finally, I would like to thank all the parents and children that made our inaugural WSB event a success. I appreciate everyone's willingness to help and to be flexible.

Draft highlights from the Oct. 18, 2010 Council meeting

Mayor. The Local Government Fund may be appropriated by the state and the Village could lose that source of revenue; it is about $25,000 a year for the Village. Leaf collection was discussed with John Oberle, Sharon Township trustee. Sharon Township does not have the manpower to collect the Village's leaves this year. We will ask next year for a quote from Sharon Township.

A tree blocked Southington a few weeks ago. The Street Commissioner was called and had the tree removed because it was a public safety concern. The Village has not paid for tree removal in the past. This is the responsibility of the homeowner. The Clerk-Treasurer will send a letter to the resident asking for reimbursement to the Village ($480, Russell Tree Service). If a tree falls in the street, residents can call Sharon Township to remove the tree from the street and bill the Village. The Village will then bill the resident. If the tree is in the right-of-way, it is the Village's responsibility.

Solicitor. Reported that it is OK to offer an opt-in email for residents. However, the cost would be prohibitive to find out whether an official blog or other type of internet forum where residents post comments could be done by the Village, not including the cost of monitoring, liability and record keeping. He suggested if people are interested in that type of communicating, they do so on their own and not under the Village's authority.

The Village's codified ordinances come up each year for updating. Large sections of the code, such as criminal and traffic, are probably not referred to since the police write under the State code. The cost to update the code each year is substantial because of the changes to all of the state laws, not just the Village's ordinances. Council may want to look at this and decide if they want to maintain all of the sections of the code. The Clerk-Treasurer will look into different options

Safe routes to school. Hamor reported that the Oct. 6 Walking School Bus went well. Twenty kids participated. He is trying to find out if there is enough interest to do weekly. Right now it is mornings only because of afternoon activities. Next week he will send out emails to get feedback.

Ankrom reported that he is approaching the sidewalk situation on High Street by contacting Dave Groth, Worthington Director of Public Service. Groth is going to do some investigating and report back. The next step would be to meet with the City Manager and Lt. Mosic.

Street Commissioner. Emailed a report to Council saying the streets were completed except for some minor things and if anyone had any problems to please let him know.

Planning Commission violations. The Pioneers Court matter is resolved. There was no response from the Dover Court or Riverglen residents.

McHugh introduced Ordinance No. 03-2010, Annual Appropriation Ordinance. The budget is done mid year so most expenses are not known. Appropriations are done later so more is known about expenses. The appropriations govern spending; extra is added for some items to cover unexpected expenses. We cannot spend more than is appropriated. The appropriation ordinance must be amended if more is needed for expenses.

Ravine tree work. We got two estimates for tree maintenance in the ravine. Some trees are marked with an orange X for removal. McHugh volunteered to have his tree expert go with him to review what is needed now and what could be done later.

Pharazyn proposal for maintenance of the ravine and circle was approved. Liability insurance will be provided through the Ohio Municipal League. The police contract contains no increase in the Worthington Police contract for 2011. Adjournment: 8:06 pm.

Riverlea operating levy results: November 2, 2010

Riverlea logo items available

Some Riverlea logo items are still available in limited quantities. Items include: baseball caps, adult T-shirts with collars (no small sizes), a few children's T-shirts. Items are $5. Contact Pam Colwell clerktreasurer@riverleaohio.com

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

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