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Regular Council Meeting

June 13, 2011

The Council of the Village of Riverlea met on the above date at the Thomas Worthington High School, Worthington. The following Council members were present: Mayor Mary Jo Cusack, Jon L. Ankrom, Scott K. Gordon, Donald E. Griffith, Briggs W. Hamor (arrived at 7:13 p.m.), Eric A. MacGilvray and Kirk M. McHugh, President Pro-Tem. Also present were Pamela M. Colwell, Clerk-Treasurer, Steven W. Mershon, Solicitor, William P. Charles, Street Commissioner, Michael Jones, Planning Commissioner, Jody C. Jones, Web Manger, Lois Yoakam, Newsletter Editor, and Karen McElmurray, Marshal. Guests are listed on the attached sheets. At 7:10 pm the Mayor called the meeting to order.


  1. The minutes of the regular Council meeting of May 16, 2011 were not read since each member had received a copy. Ankrom moved and MacGilvray seconded a motion that the minutes be approved as submitted by the Clerk-Treasurer. The motion was approved unanimously (5-0).

Report of the Clerk-Treasurer

  1. Griffith moved and McHugh seconded a motion to approve the payment of bills and to accept the financial report for May 2011, as submitted by the Clerk-Treasurer. The motion was approved unanimously (5-0).

Report of the Mayor

  1. The Mayor reported that there is a SWACO resolution that will be discussed later. They sent her a CD but she does not have time to look at it and wished these organizations realized that they would be better served to also provide a written summary.
  2. FEMA wants someone from Riverlea to attend their meetings in order for us to participate. She will check to see if that is a requirement.
  3. The July 4th picnic needs volunteers for games.
  4. The builder for the new home on Crescent Court has been contacted regarding issues with runoff to the storm sewers.
  5. The vacant home at Southington and Olentangy has overgrown grass and weeds. The Mayor has contacted them by phone in the past and is now in the process of having the Solicitor contact them.
  6. She would like to remind residents to review our sign ordinance and to make sure their signs are at least 10 feet from the curb.

Report of the Solicitor

  1. The Solicitor reported the company that proposed moving their radio station community license to Riverlea has amended their application to Westerville instead of Riverlea and has requested that Riverlea Council withdraw their objection. Council did not express any desire to withdraw the objection.

Report of the Planning Commissioner

  1. The Planning Commissioner reported a certificate of appropriateness application for landscaping and hardscape was approved for 142 W. Riverglen Drive.

Report of the Marshal

  1. The Marshal reported there were 240 checks with no citations or warnings.
  2. There were two thefts and she reminded residents to keep all doors and sheds locked.

Report of the Street Commissioner

  1. The Commissioner reported that Radico has the pumps in for the lift station and should get them installed within a month
  2. He spoke with the builder for the new home on Crescent Court regarding construction runoff and he stopped by to check on the property. They do have sediment controls in place.

Report of the Newsletter Editor

  1. The Editor said she would like copy for the Newsletter by July 5.

Report of the Web Manager

  1. The Web Manager reported that she is putting the current information on the web site and marks it as new so that residents have the most up to date information.

Report of Parks and Recreation

  1. There was no report.

Comments from Residents on Agenda Items

  1. Jody Jones expressed her concerns with mosquito spraying and wants Council to know that she objects to it, especially if no disease carrying mosquitos are found in Riverlea. She said the poison affect insects as well as humans.

Old Business

  1. There was no old business.

New Business

  1. Expenses
    MacGilvray moved and Griffith seconded the motion to authorize the payment of the Burgess & Niple invoice of $476.08. The motion was approved unanimously (6-0).
  2. 2012 Tax Budget
    McHugh moved and Ankrom seconded the motion to adopt the 2012 Tax Budget of the Village. The motion was approved unanimously (6-0).
  3. Resolution 2011-06
    MacGilvray moved and Griffith seconded the motion to adopt Resolution 2011-06, A Resolution Reauthorizing an Agreement Between the Village of Riverlea and the Board of County Commissioners, Franklin County, Ohio, In Order to Participate in the Franklin County, Ohio, Department of Housing and Urban Development Entitlement Program and Abide by the Covenants of that Program State Herein. The motion was approved unanimously (6-0).
  4. FEMA
    The Mayor is still trying to contact them regarding our mandatory attendance at the meetings or we will not be able to get any grants from them. She received emails about this and they were not very clear, so she is trying to find out what we need to do.
  5. SWACO Resolutions
    Two resolutions were provided: one to approve and one to disapprove the Solid Waste Management Plan Update for the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio. Gordon suggested that this be tabled until the next meeting so Council would have more time to review the plan update. The Mayor said she received a CD but did not have the time to review it. She will contact SWACO and ask if they could provide a summary of the plan update. Council agreed to wait to discuss this at the next Council meeting.
  6. Mosquito Spraying
    The Mayor asked if Council wanted the Village sprayed for mosquitos. Columbus does the spraying. The West Nile Virus has not been found in the Village but it has been rainy and mosquitos abundant. Griffith asked about the reach of the spraying and Jody Jones answered that it would probably not reach back yards. He asked if Jones could put the opt-out forms on the Village's web site and she said she would put a link to it. Council decided that the Annexation discussion was more important and postponed the mosquito spraying decision until the next Council meeting.

Comments from Residents on Non-Agenda Items

There were no comments on non-agenda items

Discussion on Worthington Annexation

The Riverlea Annexation Commissioners, McHugh, Gordon and MacGilvray, conducted the forum with a presentation (the bulleted portion below) and solicited feedback from the residents. MacGilvray explained to the audience that this was not a debate but an information session as this is a very complicated issue. What is agreeable to one person may not be agreeable to another. The discussion will be about the implications of annexation and on certain items they will be asking for input from the audience.

Background Taxation Services Streetlights/Sidewalks Street Footprint Ordinances Building Permits Village Identity Property Zoning Representation Infrastructure- Streets/Curbs Infrastructure - Sewers The Commissioners noted that all Franklin County municipalities were under an EPA mandate to review and upgrade their sewers, not just Riverlea.

Infrastructure - Water Lines Comments What is the impact of annexation on Sharon Township? Sharon Township officials have not attended any of the meetings so there may not be any immediate impact.

Why would Worthington want Riverlea? Higher household income, higher property values, already part of the community, to square off boundaries and Worthington may qualify for funds from the State for combining municipalities.

Worthington is not a goldmine. They have their problems too.

Next Meeting Announcement

The next regular meeting will be Monday, July 18, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the Thomas Worthington High School.


There being no further business, MacGilvray moved and Hamor seconded a motion to adjourn. The motion was approved unanimously (6-0). The meeting was adjourned at 9:10 pm.

Mary Jo Cusack, Mayor

M. Colwell, Clerk of Council

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