The sign in the yard at 229 West Southington was given to me a couple of years ago by Carl and Sharon Merhar, who found it in their garage. It appears to be the original sign after Riverlea's incorporation as a village. It will probably be given to the Worthington Historical Society irrespective of the vote.
A lot of articles have been written about Riverlea. I think I have managed to collect most of them and will be happy to make copies for anyone who wishes. Every article notes Riverlea's uniqueness and comments that it is a wonderful place to live. Probably the most comprehensive article about Riverlea can be found in the March 1978 issue of Columbus Monthly entitled "The snug, smug, dependently independent village of Riverlea" by William Merriman. (Yes, it is all small letters). And one article by Kevin Kehres of The Dispatch commented: "RIVERLEA is like the mythical Brigadoon--shrouded in mystery, it vanishes for a while and appears in the public eye only rarely, even then to the annoyance of its residents."
Each of you needs to consider the reasons you are voting either way. Remember you have 500 residents represented by 6 Council people and they are readily available and aware of your problems. If we annex, you will have 7 Council people and 15,500 residents. And we will never be able to have Riverlea back again.
The Halloween Party will be Monday, Beggars night, October 31, 2011, 6-8:00 pm at the Circle. Be sure to stop by for cider and hot dogs
Mayor. The EPA has contacted the builder of the new home on Crescent Court regarding the mud running down into the storm sewers. The mayor still sees signs in violation of our ordinance and says the vacant lot being sold on Southington is in violation. The Solicitor pointed out that Council must make a motion to move a sign before it can be moved. Gordon pointed out there must be consistency in enforcing our laws. No action was taken. The Candidates’ night is October 18; the mayor will speak against annexation to Worthington.
Solicitor. The Conditions of Annexation need to be posted by the Clerk-Treasurer (accomplished) and mailed to registered voters. Council may want to decide what to include in that mailing. The Clerk-Treasurer provided the letter, the Commission on Annexation Report and the Conditions. The letter is a joint letter from Worthington and Riverlea explaining why voters are receiving this mailing. Worthington is sharing the cost of the printing/mailing with the Village. Council agreed with the information Worthington is mailing, including the joint letter.
Marshal. Reported 256 checks with no citations or warnings. Contacted two sign violators and a contractor who cleaned up the street. Trash is being put out too early at the apartments on Riverglen.
Jim Dippel, Burgess & Niple. The initial sanitary sewer flow monitoring went so well testing and remediation may not be as extensive as originally thought. Doing the final SSES report now will save a lot of money. The EPA must still approve the report. MacGilvray asked if the $650,000 estimate for the sewer repairs was still valid or was more money needed. Dippel said he did not think it would be even that much but until the data has been analyzed, he will not know for certain.
A forum to discuss annexation followed the meeting. Adjournment 8:15 pm.
In 2002, we moved back to Ohio and purchased a house in Riverlea, where we have lived ever since. Our daughters graduated from Thomas Worthington High School and attend The Ohio State University; Kelsey is in her second year of medical school and Maggie is a freshman in engineering. I work at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as a research scientist in the Department of Pediatrics, and Mary is a physician in private practice at St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville.
In 2009, I became a member of Council in hopes of helping to address some of the concerns in the village. In 2010, I was voted president of council, a position that I still occupy. During my tenure, I have worked hard to make Riverlea a pleasant community to live in and taken an active role in guiding the village’s future. This past year, I served as Co-Chair of the Commission on Annexation and worked diligently with Scott Gordon and Eric MacGilvray to constructively arrange the conditions of annexation for the Village of Riverlea.
As candidate for Mayor, I promise to help Riverlea move into the future in a positive and constructive manner whether that future involves annexation to the City of Worthington or continued independence as a village. If we remain independent, we will all need to work hard to address the infrastructure issues currently plaguing our village so that we can maintain Riverlea’s status as a premier community in the Columbus area. Either way, I look forward to the challenges ahead and hope you will help me make our village a vibrant and friendly community in the coming years.
Remember to Vote on November 8, 2011
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