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Riverlea NewsNovember 2011

Reflections on Riverlea

Mary Jo Cusack photo.
Mary Jo Cusack, Mayor

Halloween. Thank you to Jody and Mike Jones, Pat Anderson and Jon Ankrom for their help at the Halloween Party on October 31. Jon grilled all the hot dogs while the rest of us poured cider, passed out food and enjoyed seeing everyone in their costumes. We served 165 people and had two hot dogs and three buns left over.

Election. It was kind of Worthington to invite us to be a part of their wonderful community. We can now continue to appreciate Worthington as we go forward with Riverlea. Congratulations to Kirk McHugh and Pam Colwell.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

2011 general election results

November 2010 a group of Riverlea residents circulated a petition requesting that the Village initiate annexation proceedings with Worthington. For annexation to take place required approval by both Riverlea and Worthington. Annexation was rejected by Riverlea voters; it was approved by Worthington voters. Riverlea will not be annexed.

Village of Riverlea annexation
City of Worthington annexation
Pam M. Colwell, Clerk-Treasurer, unopposed
Kirk McHugh, Mayor, unopposed
Yes: 144
Yes: 4029
No: 178
No: 2299

Two Council member vacancies

Starting January 2012 Council will have two vacancies. Council will consider many important topics in the coming year, as street improvements, curbs and gutters, and sewers. Council members serve for four years and meet monthly although sometimes special meetings are called. Members serve on committees as needed.

The recent election demonstrated that many residents care about Riverlea and are interested in its well being. If you would like to be considered for appointment to Council, please submit a letter of interest/resume to Mayor-elect Kirk McHugh, 275 W. Southington by December 31, 2011; or submit electronically to kmchugh@riverleaohio.com

Draft highlights from the Oct. 17, 2011 Council meeting

Mayor. The Mayor reported there will be cider and hotdogs on Halloween night (Oct. 31) from 6-8 pm.

Marshal. Reported she contacted a realtor regarding an open house sign posted days prior to the open house which was in violation of the sign ordinance. The realtor said he was unaware of the ordinance and removed the sign.

She had received complaints about a car with no tags parked on Crescent Court that had not been moved in days or weeks. She put a notice on the car notifying the owner that there was a 48-hour limit for street parking. She also contacted Worthington police about it. The car was removed. The Mayor said there was another car parked on Crescent Court with no movement. The Marshal will look into it.

Street Commissioner. Reported that he looked at the additional suggested street repairs and decided the only repair needed now was the one in front of 138 Riverglen. He will notify Burgess & Niple.

Newsletter editor. Requested copy by November 5. She will hold the Newsletter so that results of the election can be included.

Resolutions and ordinances

The meeting was adjourned at 7:25 pm.

Welcome to the Village

Message from Pam Colwell, Clerk-Treasurer elect

I am looking forward to another four years as Clerk-Treasurer. The job has been challenging and rewarding. My home has been turned into a village hall. Many may not know that Ohio requires yearly training for all Clerk-Treasurers. Luckily, I work only part time for a CPA firm and have the time to fulfill my duties to the Village.

Although the budgetary and financial matters are a big part of the job, I am also responsible for recording meeting minutes, maintaining public records, and responding to record requests. Many know me as the person who takes care of the flowers at the front entrances. I enjoy being involved in our community and hope others will participate or at least attend the Council meetings. The best way to get to know what is going on in Riverlea is to attend the monthly meetings. I hope to see more residents each month.

Letter from Mayor Mary Jo Cusack

Thank you, Worthington. The positive vote on annexation has strengthened our sense of being part of the Worthington community and confirmed the strong bonds that exist among residents of our two towns ("Village won't join Worthington," Dispatch article, November 9).

Riverlea is a 72-year experiment in democracy and limited government, and our residents have asked us to continue that experiment. But our participation in the community life of Worthington enriches us immeasurably.

We receive outstanding service from its police and fire departments. Our children are classmates. We live, work and worship in Worthington and feel so much a part of it. We thrive because of the wonderful city that surrounds us. We look forward to seeing our Worthington friends, particularly as we share their beautifully decorated downtown these holidays.

Worthington Senior and Law Enforcement Together (SALT)

SALT is a new cooperative effort by community members, the Worthington Police and Fire departments, the City of Worthington, the Griswold Center and others to help older adults living in the Worthington School District feel the power of “community.” The SALT Council distributed a Community Action Survey in fall 2011. The findings from the survey will guide the organization and these programs such as these might be considered: Meetings are held at the Griswold Center at 9:00 am on the 3rd Thursday each month. . Interested residents are encouraged to attend. Contact Colleen Light at the Griswold Center 614-482-6320 or clight@ci.worthington.oh.us for further information.

This and that

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

Villagers may place classified ads. Professional services ads are not accepted. Ads must be of reasonable length; they are edited as needed to fit the space. Letters should be no more than about 200 words and must be signed. Letters may be edited for length and clarity. Please submit electronically or by mail to News Editor, 263 Melbourne, or RiverleaNews@riverleaohio.com
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