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Riverlea NewsOctober 2010

Reflections on Riverlea

Mary Jo Cusack photo.
Mary Jo Cusack, Mayor

Halloween. The Halloween party will be in the Circle on Sunday, October 31 at 5:30 pm. See details on page 3. If you wish to help, call Carolee Noonan.

Streets. The streets are NOT finished. We had hoped to have them completed early, but weather, etc., slowed things down. The SAMI coat is down and more SAMI is being added. The slurry seal will be applied to all streets. We think everyone will like the finished product. And a big "Thank You" to Bill Charles, who has spent untold time working on this and coordinating with Burgess and Niple.

Worthington library. The Worthington library is taking applications for a new trustee. Please let them know if you are interested.

Safe routes to school. Briggs Hamor and Gina Jacob met with Riverlea children for the first "walking school bus" on October 6. More information will be forthcoming on this.

New Council member. Congratulations and welcome to Don Griffith, our new Council member, who was installed at the September meeting.

Public forum on Riverlea levy, Oct. 19, 7:30 pm

Riverlea will hold a public forum about the forthcoming operating levy at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, October 19, in the Thomas Worthington High School library. You should park in the front parking lot of the school and enter through the front door. Briggs Hamor and Eric MacGilvray will lead the forum.

Why is the levy on the ballot? Riverlea voters passed a 4.5-mill operating levy in 2005 which expires this year. This levy generates about $83,000/year, more than a third of our annual revenue. It is essential to maintaining services such as police protection, snow removal, etc. Council voted unanimously to propose an increase to the operating levy from 4.5 to 5.0 mills. If passed by voters, the new levy would generate about $117,000/year, or about $34,000/year more than the existing levy.

To calculate the impact of the levy on your tax bill, go to the Franklin County Auditor's Web site. From "Your Property" select "Property Search." Search by name, address, or parcel number. Once on your property information page, select, on the left menu, 'Current Levy Info'. You will be taken to a page which calculates the current and potential future costs for levies for your property.

Be sure to attend the forum and also to vote.

Draft highlights from the Sept. 20, 2010 Council meeting

Donald E. Griffith was sworn in as a member of the Village Council. The Budget Committee will meet to determine the appropriations for the fiscal year 2011, October 6, 2010 at 7 pm at 5814 Westchester Court. The Mayor reported some opposition to SWACO's rate increase; Council supported the increase.

Solicitor. Reported that he has sent letters to the property owners with Planning Commission violations. At the next meeting he will report on responses and suggest what Council's options are.

Marshal. Reported 273 patrol checks in June; 261 checks in July; and 272 checks in August. No citations or warnings were issued. The Delaware police chase into the Village at Melbourne was discussed. One suspect was apprehended as well as the stolen vehicle and one suspect escaped.

Street Commissioner. Street maintenance is progressing and may be completed by the end of September. The slurry seal is the last step. It should give all of the streets a more cohesive appearance. He also would like to have a system in place for email notification of residents regarding street issues or emergencies. It would be voluntary on the resident's part. Council believed that this is being worked on by the Web Manager.

Safe routes to school. Hamor got information from MORPC. Ankrom will attend a PTA meeting for the Evening Street area. They feel the next step will be to get volunteers to help but they still need to discuss what the roles and frequency of the volunteers will be. October 6 will be the National Walk or Bike to School Day. They hope residents will participate. They realize that the problem with this issue is not only getting people interested in it but also getting them to participate by volunteering. The sidewalk along the west side of High Street running north to South Street needs to be made safer.

Kiosks. More research needed. Size needed to be determined first and resident input is also needed. The structure of the kiosks is sound and only the glass/ corkboard need replacing. It may be better to look at those replacement costs instead of total replacement. A larger kiosk would be good for the circle but maybe not at the cost of $1,500.

Flags. Hamor is looking into new flagpoles and brackets. The Clerk-Treasurer reported Becky Bisenius and Chad Saucedo have volunteered to dispose of the old torn flags and buy new ones.

Levy. The Mayor said there usually was a meeting held to discuss a levy. MacGilvray and Hamor volunteered to handle this.

Riverlea logo clothing. The Mayor asked Council if they were interested in purchasing more clothing items with the Riverlea logo. Renee Shannon has a few items left. Council suggested giving them away; Solicitor will see if we can do this. Council was not interested in spending any more money on this.

Approved: Resolution to accept the amounts and rates as determined by the Budget Commission and authorize the necessary tax levies and certify them to the County Auditor.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 pm

Halloween in Riverlea

When: Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010
Time: 5:30 pm-Food and drinks will begin being served at the circle; 6-8:00 pm-Trick or Treat hours

This year for Halloween we're excited to mix it up and try something different. We will still have food and drinks at the Circle - pizza, cider and water - in addition to a candy Swap Station and a Haunted Halloween Village.

What's a Swap Station?
Think of it as a trading post for the kids to swap and barter the stuff they don't like for the stuff they do. Instead of having trading with one sibling or group of friends, they can trade with whoever is there - just think of the endless possibilities.

Okay, so what's a Haunted Halloween Village?
Glad you asked. Many of you love to go all out and decorate your porches and houses, and we love it. Please, keep it up. But, if you've been looking for an alternative to staying at home and passing out candy (alone), look no further. Bring yourself, a chair, a flashlight and your goodies to the circle. It's easy, just place a note on your door and come on down. The kids will be able to gather candy at the circle from all those who choose to participate.

Why are you doing this?
Well, we think a central area will be great for everyone: families with small children (It will be festive, but not too scary!), folks who may recently have moved into Riverlea, families with older or grown children and anyone who wants to socialize, get to know your neighbors better and be a part of it all.

Is there any way I can help?
Why yes, you can. If anyone would like to donate Halloween decorations, tables, white (Christmas type) lights, or something you think would be helpful, we'd like to know. We're also looking for volunteers to help with setup earlier in the day on Oct. 31, to help during the event and to help with cleanup. Older teenagers who no longer trick or treat are definitely welcome.

Please contact: Kelsey Unrue (kels.71@gmail.com or 607-0607), Carolee Noonan (noonkins@gmail.com or 785-9550) or Allison Macerollo (amaarm@earthlink.net or 562-3989).

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

See Residents Home page for more calendar items

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