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Riverlea NewsNovember 2012

Steve Mershon, Solicitor, to retire

Resolution No. 2012-14 of Appreciation to Steven W. Mershon for His Service to the Residents of the Village of Riverlea, Ohio, introduced by Mr. Gordon and being seconded by Messrs. Ankrom, Gordon, Griffith, Hamor, Jones and MacGilvray, and the requirement to read the same on three separate days having been waived, said Resolution was duly Adopted this 22nd day of October, 2012.

Working with Steve Mershon

Mary Jo Cusack, formerly Mayor of Riverlea

First as a resident, then as a Council member, and finally as our Solicitor, Steve Mershon has been a great friend to Riverlea and has made many lasting contributions in his twenty-eight years of service. Steve's times as our Solicitor have been interspersed with living here and being on Council.

Steve has always been ready (with great good humor) to answer questions from all of us and has been a good friend to all residents whether on Council or not. An expert in Municipal Law, he almost always knew the answers immediately. On the few occasions when he did not, he could find the answer in moments. I called him before making any decision that was the least bit difficult. His always cheerful response kept the Village out of trouble every time. Steve was always there when there was a controversial issue such as the proposed merger with Worthington. One always had a feeling of relief knowing that the necessary answers had arrived with him.

I am sure I speak for all, certainly myself, in saying thank you for everything. It was a fun trip. We wish you and Candy the best of everything in your future. Happy traveling.

Leah Reibel, new Village Solicitor

Leah Reibel, the new Village Solicitor, received her law degree from the District of Columbia School of Law, Cum Laude, in 1991. She received her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University in 1984, and then worked in politics in Washington, D.C. for several years. She is admitted to practice in Ohio, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and in several federal courts.

Leah lives nearby in Worthington where she was appointed to the Board of Zoning Appeals by the Worthington City Council. She was interested in this position as an opportunity to work again with the Village. She had advised the Village earlier on a separate matter. She is interested in municipal government, issues and policies. This makes her a good fit as our Solicitor. Leah looks forward to working with Council, for example, on drafting and revising current ordinances. She sees her role as a resource for Council members.

Her son, Joseph. is a senior at Thomas Worthington High School. You might have seen him mowing lawns for some residents. Her hobbies include gardening. She realizes that Steve Mershon leaves big shoes to fill and that she “looks forward to growing in the position.”

Planning Commission members needed

The Planning Commission administers the details of the application of the regulations, restrictions, and limitations in the Village. It meets as needed, usually on the second Monday of the month. The terms of two Planning Commission members expire December 31, 2012. Interested? please contact Mayor Kirk McHugh.

In memory

Patricia S. Zimmerman, passed away November 5, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio; she was a former resident of Riverlea.

Communications Committee Update (reports)

Newsletter. Discussed these ideas: Find ways to offset the cost of the Newsletter. Redesign the Newsletter. Publish a quarterly newsletter with more neighborhood information and a one-page monthly “highlights” newsletter with the business side. Eliminate a monthly newsletter; instead, use the website and kiosks to transmit information; a concern, however, is that elderly residents may not receive information.

Directory. Not updated regularly; binders are too expensive. Find an inexpensive way to update it annually. Make this a separate job, no longer part of the editor’s duties. Look into ways to find out quickly about new neighbors. Consider a type of “Welcome Committee,” to deliver a welcome packet including the current directory.

Website. New page for Village Council has been rearranged with additional links. The Residential page has been rearranged. Resident FAQ will be added. Remove Newsletter link from the Visitor Info page until it goes quarterly because it contains too much business information and is not friendly toward visitors. Add some facts about the Village. Add notices of Applications for Certificates and Variances to the Planning Commission page.

Ordinance Committee Update (reports)

Submitted its suggested changes to Title XV: Land Use. The recommendations should provide Council with a strong start to updating the ordinances to be more reflective of the village and user-friendly. The recommendations include: changes to the current Chapter 150: Building Regulation;rewrite of Worthington code to replace Chapter 151: Zoning; Chapter 152: Signs. Because the suggestions are extensive, Council will review them in sections. Therefore, at the November 26 Council meeting the members of the Ordinance Committee will review their recommendations for Chapter 150. Riverlea residents are encouraged to attend this meeting so that Council gets all perspectives before making any decisions.

Infrastructure Committee Update (reports)

Submitted two separate applications to obtain funding help for sanitary sewer repairs. In September, submitted loan application for more than $600,000. The loan would be set at 0% and for 30 years. In October, applied for a grant of up to $200,000. Both awards will be announced in mid-December. We have been led to believe that we have a good chance of getting assistance from both programs. Committee meetings are open to all residents so please come if you would like to learn more.

Police matters

The Marshal reported 265 checks and no citations. Worthington Police recovered a resident’s stolen property with the apprehension of persons stealing from cars in the area. Reminder: Do not leave valuables in your cars and keep cars locked at all times.

Beggar’s Night a success

Our Halloween Beggars Night went great. Mike and Jody Jones dressed the part, and were joined by Scott Gordon, and Tim O'Connor to grill hot dogs and hand out apple cider. Although it was a drizzly night, they saw many beggars and their parents. The weather held numbers down, but many folks got out to enjoy the fun.

Babysitters want work

Experienced Bishop Watterson High School senior seeking babysitting positions after school, evenings, or weekends. Can provide references. Contact Annie Rudy via Gayle Gottlieb/Armin Rudy 614-436-5095.

Riverlea resident, Camryn Patton, recently completed a babysitting course at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Camryn is a 12 year old, 7th grader at Kilbourne Middle School. She is available to watch children in the neighborhood and can be reached at 614-781-6660.

This Week Worthington

Some residents have not been receiving This Week Worthington and have complained to Karen McElmurray who delivers them with the door-hanging bags. If you call Karen, 436-7788, and tell her you want to receive the paper, she will work with the Dispatch to correct the situation. When you do not receive it, call Karen on Thursday after delivery; Karen always has extras.

Trash Collection

Regular Riverlea collection day is Monday. Local Waste Services observes six holidays. Local Waste Services now has a contact person for residents' questions regarding trash, yard waste and recycling pickup. Local Waste Services Guidelines are available [pdf] or contact Eric DeHays, Municipal Account Manager, at 614 348-3403 for any questions.


Trash collection day is on Monday. If a holiday falls on Monday, collection is the next day. The holiday schedule is published below:

2017 'Holiday' Trash Collection Day

New Years Day
Memorial Day (5-29-2017)
July 4
Labor Day (09-04-2017)
Thanksgiving Day (11-23-2017)
Christmas Day / New Years 2018
Monday, 01-02-2017 (No Change)
Tuesday, 05-30-2017 (Note Day Change)
Monday, 07-03-2017 (No Change)
Tuesday, 09-05-2017 (Note Day Change)
Monday, 11-20-2017 & Monday, 11-27-2017 (No Change)
Tuesday, 12-26-2016 / Tuesday, 01-02-2018 (Note Day Changes)

Service Guidelines

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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