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Riverlea NewsSeptember 2012


Sanitary sewers presentation August 20, 2012

At a public meeting Council Member Briggs Hamor reported on the work of the Committee on Infrastructure that is looking into: There are four potential projects: Loan and grant funding. The State Capital Improvement Program (SCIP) administered through the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) offers loan and grant funding. The sanitary sewer work is only eligible for a loan.

Loan. We will apply for a loan with 0% interest for up to 30 years. MORPC handles the application process. The application is due September 17, 2012. Burgess & Niple (B&N) is helping us because of their engineering expertise and experience with other small municipalities. Estimated cost of B&N assistance is $10,000; the Village is working to lower the cost significantly, mainly through the efforts of Bill Charles.

Timeline. Preliminary application decision: December 7, 2012; final decision, December 14. We have a strong case but there are no guarantees. If the SCIP application is unsuccessful, then MORPC will recommend our project to the statewide Small Government Program for review in the spring of 2013.

Grant. We will apply for a grant of up to $200,000 through the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG). The Village should be able to complete most of the application and B&N can provide the environmental impact portion for about $3,800.

Timeline. Application is due around the end of October 2012. If we are awarded a grant, the amount will come off the loan.

What happens if the Village receives no funding?

The Village would seek other funding sources, such as bonds, additional tax levies and assessments. Such sources may be significantly more expensive.

Special announcements feature on the web coming soon

In response to residents' requests to get time-sensitive information quickly, Web Manager Jody Croley Jones is currently developing a feature that will allow announcements to be posted on the Riverlea web site by the Mayor when she is unavailable.

Such announcements might include current information about power outages and trash collection of tree branches after a storm. This feature would have been a big help after the June storms.

The announcements will appear under the Special Notices section of the home page of the Riverlea website. When this feature is available, it will be announced on the web. This is just one more reason to check the website regularly.

Join us on Facebook

Friends of Riverlea is a closed group on Facebook created by our neighbors, for our neighbors. So far, we have 30 members and have had announcements regarding lost/found dogs, the neighborhood yard sale, the ladies' night out and so much more. It is a great way to quickly know what is going on in the neighborhood.

How do I join?

The Riverlea Facebook page is a closed group which means only members can see what is posted on the page. If you would like to join the group, and we hope you will, just search for Friends of Riverlea on Facebook and then select the request to join button. Within a day or two, your request will be accepted and you will be a member! More members means better communication between our neighbors so join us today. For details or more information, please contact Kathy McClintock at kpmcc@aol.com

Lock Your Cars

Once again the Worthington Police, and our Marshal Karen McElmurray, warn residents not to leave valuables (CDs, laptops, money, etc.) in their cars. Don't leave anything of value in sight. And always lock your car, even if you are out of your car for only a brief time.

Recently, there have been many car break-ins in Worthington and also some in Riverlea. If you see any suspicious activity on your street, call the Worthington Police. Many Riverlea residents walk though the Village regularly. When you walk, consider taking your cell phone so you can report suspicious activity.

The Worthington Police continue to help keep us safe. Karen McElmurray reports 297 checks in June with 2 citations and 325 checks in July and no citations.

Deer problem continues

The deer problem is still with us. The Mayor continues to receive complaints. Two more residents want to have the deer killed. The Mayor will contact the surrounding communities and let them know of the problem in Riverlea. Perhaps others may have solutions.

Ordinance/resolution approvals at August 20 meeting

Ordinance No. 04-2012, Levying an Annual License Tax Upon the Operation of Motor Vehicles on the Public Roads or Highways.

Resolution No. 2012-07, Authorizing the Mayor to Prepare and Submit an Application to Participate in the Ohio Public Works Commission State Capital Improvement and/or Local Transportation Improvement Program(s) and to Execute Contracts as Required.

Resolution No. 2012-08, Authorizing the Mayor to Prepare and Submit an Application to Participate in the Franklin County Community Development Block Grant Program and to Execute Contracts as Required.

Resolution No. 2012-09, Adopting the Franklin County Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan.

Party planner needed

Halloween is coming and planning will soon begin for Halloween party on Beggar's Night, held at the Circle from 6-8:00 pm. If you can help out, please contact kmchugh@riverleaohio.com.

Beyond the Circle, community events for Riverlea families

Reminders

Start Saving Now

The Riverlea community garage sale was such a success that Karen McElmurray, this year's coordinator, would like to expand it next year to perhaps include a preview night. This year's event was sponsored by Rolls Realty and Tim Meacham.

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.

Schedule

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

Holiday
2017 'Holiday' Trash Collection Day

New Years Day
Memorial Day (5-30-2017)
July 4
Labor Day (09-04-2017)
Thanksgiving Day (11-23-2017)
Christmas Day
Monday, 01-02-2017 (No Change)
Monday, 05-29-2017 (No 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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