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VILLAGE OF RIVERLEA
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
November 15 , 2004

THE COUNCIL OF THE VILLAGE OF RIVERLEA MET ON THE ABOVE DATE AT 5697 DOVER COURT. THE FOLLOWING COUNCIL MEMBERS WERE PRESENT: KAREN S. GERMAN; SCOTT K. GORDON; DAVID G. MOORE; JOHN A. SCHAER, PRESIDENT PRO TEM; RENEE SHANNON AND RODNEY TETTENHORST. ALSO PRESENT WERE GARY A. BRUCK, BUILDING/ZONING COMMISSIONER; DANIEL A. McINTYRE, STREET COMMISSIONER; STEVEN W. MERSHON, SOLICITOR; DAN E. OWENS, CLERK-TREASURER AND LOIS YOAKAM NEWSLETTER EDITOR. GUESTS OF COUNCIL INCLUDED THOSE ON THE ATTACHED LIST. JOHN A. SCHAER, PRESIDENT PRO TEM, CALLED THE MEETING TO ORDER AT 7:31 P.M.

MINUTES

04-54

MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS SPECIAL MEETING OF OCTOBER 5, 2004, WERE NOT READ SINCE EACH MEMBER HAD RECEIVED A COPY. THE SPELLING OF KAREN S. GERMAN'S NAME WAS CORRECTED. MOORE MOVED AND GERMAN SECONDED A MOTION THAT THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING BE APPROVED AS CORRECTED. THE FOLLOWING VOTE WAS RECORDED ON THE MOTION: YEA, 6; GERMAN, GORDON, MOORE, SCHAER, SHANNON AND TETTENHORST: NAY, NONE. THE MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

04-55

MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS REGULAR MEETING OF OCTOBER 18, 2004, WERE NOT READ SINCE EACH MEMBER HAD RECEIVED A COPY. MOORE MOVED AND TETTENHORST SECONDED A MOTION THAT THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING BE APPROVED AS SUBMITTED BY THE CLERK-TREASURER. THE FOLLOWING VOTE WAS RECORDED ON THE MOTION: YEA, 6; GERMAN, GORDON, MOORE, SCHAER, SHANNON AND TETTENHORST: NAY, NONE. THE MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

CLERK-TREASURER REPORT

04-56

MOORE MOVED AND GERMAN SECONDED A MOTION TO APPROVE THE PAYMENT OF BILLS AND TO ACCEPT THE FINANCIAL REPORTS FOR OCTOBER 2004, AS SUBMITTED BY THE CLERK-TREASURER. THE FOLLOWING VOTE WAS RECORDED ON THE MOTION: YEA, 6; GERMAN, GORDON, MOORE, SCHAER, SHANNON AND TETTENHORST: NAY, NONE. THE MOTION CARRIED 6-0. SEE BOARD REFERRAL FILE NO. 04-024.

THE INVESTMENT AND AUDIT COMMITTEE IS TO MEET BEFORE THE NEXT MEETING OF THE COUNCIL TO FINALIZE ANNUAL APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE (VILLAGE) AND REVIEW THE VILLAGE'S INVESTMENT POLICY.

REPORTS OF OFFICIALS

THE MAYOR'S WRITTEN REPORT WAS NOTED AND DISCUSSED. A COPY IS ATTACHED. DON SCOTT FIELD EXPANSION AND THE LIFT STATION/SEWER CONNECTION WERE HER MAJOR POINTS. THREE MEMBERS OF COUNCIL OFFERED TO CIRCULATE THE AIRPORT PETITIONS.

THE SOLICITOR HAD TAKEN NO ACTION ON THE LIFT STATION PROJECT, AS PER THE MAYOR'S SUGGESTION. HE REPORTED HAVING DRAFTED A DON SCOTT AIRPORT RESOLUTION. SOLICITATION WITHIN THE VILLAGE WAS DISCUSSED.

THE BUILDING/ZONING COMMISSIONER REPORTED THAT THE COMMISSION HAD APPROVED ONE PROJECT, A CARPORT ADDITION TO A GARAGE, SINCE THE LAST MEETING OF COUNCIL. THE STREET BOND REQUIREMENTS OF ORDINANCE NO. 740, WERE DISCUSSED.

THE PRESIDENT PRO TEM GAVE THE MARSHAL'S REPORT. WORTHINGTON POLICE TOOK NO REPORTS DURING OCTOBER.

THE STREET COMMISSIONER REPORTED THAT 16 TREES WERE ORDERED AND MOST HAVE BEEN PLANTED, OVER 50% OF THE VILLAGE SINGLE HOUSE RESIDENTS HAVE REQUESTED LEAF BAGS, SEWER RAT NEEDS TO DO SOME WORK BEFORE ITS STREET BOND CAN BE RETURNED AND THAT REPAIRS ON WEST SOUTHINGTON AVENUE HAVE BEEN COMPLETED. THE COMMISSIONER NOTED THAT A CATCH BASIN ON WEST RIVERGLEN DRIVE HAD NOT BEEN ALTERED SINCE 1980 AND THAT HE KNEW OF NOTHING THAT COULD BE DONE TO AVOID REPORTED FLAT TIRES. HE REPORTED AN ESTIMATE OF $65 PER FOOT TO REPLACE ALL OF THE CURBS AND PAVEMENT ON VILLAGE STREETS; THIS WOULD AMOUNT TO A NEARLY $1,000,000 PROJECT.

THE NEWSLETTER EDITOR REPORTED THAT THE NOVEMBER ISSUE HAD BEEN DELAYED FOR LACK OF AN ARTICLE AND WOULD BE MAILED THE NEXT DAY, THE WEBMASTER HAD NO REPORT.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

NO ADDITIONAL REPORTS WERE GIVEN.

COMMENTS FROM RESIDENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS

QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS WERE OFFERED ON THE SCENIC RIVER RESOLUTION. WHILE RIVER FRONTAGE RESIDENTS SUPPORT THE RESOLUTION OPPOSING THE DESIGNATION, OTHER RESIDENTS HAVE NOT HAD THEIR OPINION SOLICITED. COUNCIL SEEMED TO CONCUR.

MANY COMMENTS WERE OFFERED RELATIVE TO THE PROPOSED SIGN ORDINANCE. SOME SPECIFIC CONCERNS INVOLVED SIGNS OF STUDENT ACTIVITIES, POLITICIANS, SPORT TEAMS, HOLIDAY DECORATIONS, TRAFFIC CONTROL, STREET ADDRESS AND OWNERS' NAMES. ISSUES OF SIZE, MATERIAL, FONTS, LOCATION, FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND TIMING OF DISPLAYS ALSO DREW COMMENTS. THE NEED FOR AND COST OF THE ORDINANCE WAS QUESTIONED. THE NEED TO PROTECT PROPERTY VALUES WAS OFFERED AS A REASON FOR THE LEGISLATION. NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR INTERACTION WAS SUGGESTED AS AN ALTERNATIVE. COUNCIL WAS THANKED FOR THE WORK THEY HAD INVESTED IN THE ORDINANCE AND COUNCIL EXPRESSED ITS APPRECIATION FOR ALL OF THE COMMENTS. ALL PRESENT FELT THE ORDINANCE NEEDED REFINEMENT.

OLD BUSINESS

A RESOLUTION TO OPPOSE THE DESIGNATION OF THAT PORTION OF THE OLENTANGY RIVER WITHIN AND ADJACENT TO THE VILLAGE OF RIVERLEA AS A SCENIC RIVER BY THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES WAS GIVEN ITS THIRD READING BY TITLE

04-57

IN ORDER TO SOLICIT COMMENTS FROM ALL RESIDENTS OF THE VILLAGE, MOORE MOVED AND SCHAER SECONDED A MOTION TO TABLE A RESOLUTION TO OPPOSE THE DESIGNATION OF THAT PORTION OF THE OLENTANGY RIVER WITHIN AND ADJACENT TO THE VILLAGE OF RIVERLEA AS A SCENIC RIVER BY THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES. THE FOLLOWING VOTE WAS RECORDED ON THE MOTION: YEA, 5; GERMAN, MOORE, SCHAER, SHANNON AND TETTENHORST: NAY, 1; GORDON. THE MOTION CARRIED 5-1. THE NEWSLETTER IS TO REQUEST COMMENTS FROM ALL RESIDENTS.

04-58

AS A RESULT OF THE PREVIOUS DISCUSSION, ON THE SUBJECT, GERMAN MOVED AND SHANNON SECONDED A MOTION TO TABLE AN ORDINANCE TO FURTHER REGULATE SIGNAGE IN THE VILLAGE. THE FOLLOWING VOTE WAS RECORDED ON THE MOTION: YEA, 6; GERMAN, GORDON, MOORE, SCHAER, SHANNON AND TETTENHORST: NAY, NONE. THE MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

AN ORDINANCE 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 WAS GIVEN ITS SECOND READING BY TITLE.

AN ORDINANCE TO PROVIDE LEGAL COUNSEL FOR THE VILLAGE OF RIVERLEA WAS GIVEN ITS SECOND READING BY TITLE.

THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE (VILLAGE) WAS GIVEN ITS SECOND READING BY TITLE.

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH THE CITY OF COLUMBUS FOR LEGAL REPRESENTATION IN CERTAIN CRIMINAL AND TRAFFIC CASES WAS GIVEN ITS SECOND READING BY TITLE.

AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING OF THE REMOVAL OF ICE AND SNOW FROM THE STREETS OF THE VILLAGE OF RIVERLEA WAS GIVEN ITS SECOND READING BY TITLE.

AN ORDINANCE TO RAISE THE BUILDING/ZONING COMMISSIONER'S COMPENSATION FROM $1,5000 TO $2,500 PER ANNUM WAS GIVEN ITS SECOND READING BY TITLE. COUNCIL DISCUSSED THE ORDINANCE, THE CURRENT DUTIES OF THE BUILDING/ZONING COMMISSIONER AND EXPRESSED AN INTEREST IN AN OVERALL REVIEW OF COMPENSATIONS.

THE CLERK-TREASURER REQUESTED THAT COUNCIL EMPLOY A PAYROLL CLERK OR SERVICE WHEN PERS, SOCIAL SECURITY AND IRS DEDUCTIONS ARE MADE FROM VILLAGE COMPENSATION. HE SUGGESTED THAT A PERS REPRESENTATIVE ATTEND THE UPCOMING INVESTMENT AND AUDIT COMMITTEE MEETING.

THE STREET COMMISSIONER REPORTED THAT WORTHINGTON UTILIZES STOP BARS AT STOP SIGNS BUT THAT COLUMBUS DOES NOT.

COUNCIL REQUESTED THAT THE MARSHAL REQUEST THE WORTHINGTON POLICE TO BE MORE ACTIVE IN ENFORCING SPEED AND STOP SIGNS.

NEW BUSINESS

837

AT THE REQUEST OF THE MAYOR, SCHAER INTRODUCED A RESOLUTION REQUESTING THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION PERFORM AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STUDY REGARDING DON SCOTT AIRPORT. MOORE MOVED AND GERMAN SECONDED A MOTION TO SUSPEND THE THREE READINGS OF RESOLUTION NO. 837. THE FOLLOWING VOTE WAS RECORDED ON THE MOTION: YEA, 6; GERMAN, GORDON, MOORE, SCHAER, SHANNON AND TETTENHORST: NAY, NONE. THE MOTION CARRIED 6-0. MOORE MOVED AND GORDON SECONDED A MOTION TO ENACT RESOLUTION NO. 837. THE FOLLOWING VOTE WAS RECORDED ON THE MOTION: YEA, 6; GERMAN, GORDON, MOORE, SCHAER, SHANNON AND TETTENHORST: NAY, NONE. THE MOTION CARRIED 6-0.

LOT COVERAGE LEGISLATION WAS DISCUSSED AND DEFERRED UNTIL CODIFICATION OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS IS COMPLETED. MOORE REPORTED RECEIPT OF SOME PRELIMINARY CODIFICATION REPORTS AND NOTED THAT THE FIRST DRAFT OF THE CODIFICATION REPORT COULD BE EXPECTED IN 60 DAYS.

GORDON EXPRESSED CONCERN THAT RIVERLEA'S ELEMENTARY STUDENTS MIGHT BE REDISTRICTED FROM EVENING STREET ELEMENTARY TO COLONIAL HILLS ELEMENTARY. NO ACTION WAS TAKEN BY COUNCIL.

COMMENTS FROM RESIDENTS ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS

NO ADDITIONAL COMMENTS WERE OFFERED.

NEXT MEETING AND ADJOURNMENT

THE PRESIDENT PRO TEM ANNOUNCED THAT THE NEXT REGULAR MEETING OF COUNCIL WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2004, AT 7:30 P.M. AT 302 WEST RIVERGLEN DRIVE.

04-59

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS, MOORE MOVED AND TETTENHORST SECONDED A MOTION TO ADJOURN THE MEETING. THE FOLLOWING VOTE WAS RECORDED ON THE MOTION: YEA, 6; GERMAN, GORDON, MOORE, SCHAER, SHANNON AND TETTENHORST: NAY, NONE. THE MOTION CARRIED 6-0. THE MEETING WAS ADJOURNED AT 9:35 P.M.

MARY JO CUSACK, MAYOR

DAN E. OWENS, CLERK OF COUNCIL

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