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October 15 2007

The Council of the Village of Riverlea met on the above date at 290 West Riverglen Drive. The following Council members were present: Mary Jo Cusack, Mayor; Pamela M. Colwell; Scott K. Gordon; John A. Schaer; Renee Shannon; Rodney Tettenhorst and Paul J. Zenisek. Also present were Gary A. Bruck, Building/Zoning Commissioner; Daniel A. McIntyre, Street Commissioner; Steven W. Mershon, Solicitor; Jody Croley-Jones, Webmaster, Neil Mortine, Marshal, and Lois Yoakam, Newsletter Editor. Guests of council included Chester Jourdan, MORPC, and those listed on the attached roster. The Mayor called the meeting to order at 7:37 p.m.


In the absence of Dan Owens, Clerk-Treasurer, Gordon moved and Schaer seconded a motion to appoint Lois Yoakam to take the minutes of the meeting. The following vote was recorded on the motion: Yea, 6; Colwell, Gordon, Schaer, Shannon, Tettenhorst and Zenisek: Nay, None. The motion carried 6-0.

The Mayor introduced Chester Jourdan, new director of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC). He briefly discussed the opportunities and challenges in central Ohio; the potential for growth; the need for a regional vision; and the battle for resources. He distributed a handout.



Minutes of the regular Council Meeting of September 2007, were not read since each member had received a copy. Tettenhorst moved and Schaer seconded that the minutes be approved. The following vote was recorded on the motion: Yea, 6; Colwell, Gordon, Schaer, Shannon, Tettenhorst and Zenisek: Nay, None. The motion carried 6-0.



Tettenhorst moved and Schaer seconded that the payment of bills as submitted in the Financial Report for September 2007 by the Clerk-Treasurer be approved. The following vote was recorded on the motion: Yea, 6; Colwell, Gordon, Schaer, Shannon, Tettenhorst and Zenisek: Nay, None. The motion carried 6-0. See Board Referral File Number 07-010.


The Mayor reported her home and possibly Eric Eckert's home will be sites of monitoring devices (for one day) as part of the 150 Noise Study of Don Scott Airport. Residents are encouraged to continue submitting complaints.

The Mayor thanked the Land Use Committee for their work (their report is covered in New Business). She will be our representative at the Ohio Attorney General's Sunshine Law meetings. A representative from MORPC will look at Riverlea's streets to see if any state funding might be available for a street project, but this is highly unlikely. No federal funds are available.

The Solicitor reviewed progress at Don Scott Airport; it has responded to many of Riverlea's concerns: to be included in the 150 Noise Study, monitoring single events, working to eliminate stage 2 aircraft. He will present a draft resolution for the Mayor to contract with the Worthington Police for the next year's services. He has prepared a resolution about the subdivision of a lot on Crescent Court.

The Building/Zoning Commissioner reported that the Commission had approved a Certificate of Appropriateness for 5830 Pioneers Court (previously denied but approved after changes were made). A third hearing was held to discuss changes at 35 West Riverglen Drive to remove the covered porch. Motion denied but a new motion passed if agreed-upon changes were made. An application for a new house on West Southington Avenue was not heard officially. Applicants will return. An informal hearing for property at the end of Dover Court on Frontenac Place was held. He also thanked Pam Colwell for her maintenance of flowers at the entrances to Riverlea.

The Marshal reported 285 patrol checks; no written warnings or citations, 6 complaints, 0 arrests. These include a car theft at 155 West Southington Avenue.

The Street Commissioner reported the benches in the Circle were cleaned and sealed. Asphalt patching of streets will be under way soon. The Robert J. Humphrey Company reported 7 sprinkler heads in the Circle need replacement. No action had been taken by Council about curbs and gutters. He recommended a resolution on curb cuts be made.

The Street Commissioner also reported on the seminar he attended sponsored by the Board of Health about mosquito control and held at ADAPCO services. In addition to spraying which is not effective, catch basins and sewers can be treated. Mosquito barrier control for outdoor events such as the July 4 picnic is available. We pay $5.13 per capita to the Board of Health in taxes; $0.67 is available for mosquito control. The Board wishes to charge an additional 10 to 19 cents per person per year for barrier control.

The Newsletter Editor requested copy for the November newsletter by November 5, 2007.

The Web master asked the residents to send her information about Riverlea activities, such as from the Book Group, walking groups etc., so that news could be posted on the web site.

Money has been authorized ($200 on September 17, 2007, 07-35) for the Halloween party on October 31, 2007 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. on the Circle (cider and hotdogs to be furnished). A chairperson for the event is needed.



Repair of curbs and how much to spend was not discussed. Asphalt repairs ($24,000 approved previously) will be under way soon. The Street Commissioner stated a need for formal resolution regulating curb cuts. Cleaning of park benches has been completed.



Schaer introduced, as its first reading, An Appropriation Ordinance (Village) for Calendar Year 2008, which will be discussed in November. Approval is expected in December.

Schaer introduced, as its first reading, A Resolution Authorizing the Mayor of the Village of Riverlea, Ohio to Contract with The City of Worthington, Ohio and the Worthington Police Department to Provide Police Services in the Village and Declaring an Emergency. The dollar amount is to be altered when the contract is received from the City.

Schaer introduced, as its first reading, An Ordinance Enacting and Adopting a Supplement to the Code of Ordinances for the Village of Riverlea, Ohio, and Declaring an Emergency.

Schaer introduced, as its first reading, A Resolution to Approve a Subdivision of a Parcel of Land in the Village of Riverlea Located at Riverglen Drive and Crescent Court. A presentation was made by Joe Durham, Attorney for the applicants, Don and Julia Brogan. Discussion ensued between Mr. Durham and the Solicitor. No further action was taken by Council.

Mike Jones, Chair of the Land Use Committee, presented the attached report. The Committee had held meetings over the last 17 weeks. The Mayor thanked the committee. Tettenhorst suggested a special meeting to consider the recommendations.

The Solicitor noted that he is in the process of preparing an ordinance dealing with curb cuts etc., for the November Meeting of Council.


The Mayor announced that the next regular meeting of Council will be held on Monday November 19, 2007, at 7:30 P.M. at 5804 Pioneers Court.


There being no further business, Schaer moved and Shannon seconded a motion to adjourn the meeting. The following vote was recorded on the motion: Yea, 6; Colwell, Gordon, Schaer, Shannon, Tettenhorst And Zenisek: Nay, None. The motion carried 6-0. The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 P.M.



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