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Riverlea NewsOctober 2011

Reflections on Riverlea

Mary Jo Cusack photo.
Mary Jo Cusack, Mayor

Annexation forum
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.

Halloween party
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

In Memory Of

Virginia Lee Wollam, age 90, formerly of Riverlea, died Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at Worthington Christian Village. She was a native of Warren, Ohio and a former Secretary for Worthington Realty. Ginny volunteered at the Griswold Center. She was an avid reader and Buckeye fan. She was preceded in death by husband Douglas. Arrangements were by Rutherford-Corbin Funeral Home. Please visit their Web site to send on-line condolences.

Draft highlights from the September 19 Council regular meeting

Chief of Worthington Police Mosic. Spoke about his goal of establishing partnerships between the police and the community. One way is the Block Watch program which he would like some residents to establish. The Block Watch representatives do not patrol but would be the point of contact for the police to provide information. Another way is the SALT (Senior and Law Enforcement Together) program with Griswold Center. The program identifies seniors to assess their needs to provide security information.

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.


Street repair. Council decided to not spend a lot of money to repair the street in front of 138 Riverglen. The Street Commissioner needs to determine if any other repairs are needed. If additional repairs are needed, it would be more cost effective to do them at the same time. Dippel said they could delay the Riverglen repair until the Street Commissioner could evaluate other areas. Council approved $1,180 to repair the street in front of 138 Riverglen. The Commissioner can delay the repair until he can review other areas and present them at the next Council meeting. If no other areas need repair, then he can have the repair done now.

A forum to discuss annexation followed the meeting. Adjournment 8:15 pm.

Kirk McHugh, candidate for Mayor of the Village of Riverlea

As a resident of Riverlea, I am probably best known as the owner of the crazy sheltie, Dempsey, that lives at 275 West Southington and loves to chase anything that moves past his property. So, Dempsey aside, who exactly am I. Well, I was born and raised in eastern Ohio (St. Clairsville), attended Mount Union College and received my PhD from the University of Cincinnati Medical School, where I met my wife, Mary. In 1989, we moved to Philadelphia to start our careers and family. We lived in the greater Philadelphia area for over 13 years, working and raising our two daughters, Kelsey and Maggie, before deciding to return to the Midwest and our roots.

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.

This and that

Remember to Vote on November 8, 2011

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

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