The Council of the Village of Riverlea met on the above date via Zoom teleconference software. The following Council members were present: Mayor Eric A. MacGilvray, Marc J. Benevento, Scott K. Gordon, Kathy E. McClintock, Ted C. Miller, Leah M. Pyter, and Dan Schlichting. Also present were Joshua C. Mehling, Clerk-Treasurer, Bryce Jacob, Planning Commissioner, L. Leah Reibel, Solicitor, and William P. Charles, Street Commissioner. At 7:02 p.m., the Mayor called the meeting to order.
The minutes of the Council meeting of March 15, 2021 were not read since each member had received a copy. Miller moved and Pyter seconded the motion that the minutes be approved as submitted by the Clerk-Treasurer. The motion carried (6-0).
Report of the Clerk-Treasurer
McClintock moved and Pyter seconded the motion to approve the payment of bills and to accept the financial reports for March 2021 as submitted by the Clerk-Treasurer. The motion carried (6-0).
Report of the Mayor
- The Mayor announced that the Worthington Fire Department would be conducting hydrant flushing in the Village over the next week. This could lead to temporarily brown water for residents.
- The Mayor mentioned that the ornamental tree in the Circle Park that had been thought to be in decline was blooming and appeared to be in good shape.
- The Mayor noted that there had been a good deal of contact with Village officials from interested buyers for the lot at the end of Olentangy. The Street Commissioner provided more information about this in his report.
Report of the Solicitor
The Solicitor stated that the Village had received two public record requests over the past month. One of these concerned the lift station and one concerned information on Village employees. Benevento asked if the Village should place information on placing a public records request on the website to aid with a consistent policy on handling these requests. The Solicitor and Clerk-Treasurer will work with the Web Manager to add this information to the site and encourage people to contact the Clerk-Treasurer with these requests.
Report of the Street Commissioner
- The Street Commissioner stated that he had received communications from three interested parties on the lot for sale at the end of Olentangy. He informed each party that there is no water or sewer connection to the lot and that they would need to tap into the mains to establish service. He stated that one of these potential buyers was concerned with the code language pertaining to the ten-foot setback from the property line and may seek a variance.
- The Street Commissioner mentioned that he had investigated signs to prohibit parking on Crescent at the intersection with Riverglen. He stated that he would purchase a sign to prohibit parking on the east side of Crescent at this intersection.
Report of the Planning Commissioner
- The Planning Commissioner stated that he had held several discussions about the Village Planning & Zoning Ordinances with potential buyers of the lot for sale on Olentangy.
- The Planning Commissioner announced that the Committee had held a meeting in April and approved a cedar fence at 248 Melbourne.
Comments from Residents on Agenda Items
There were no comments from residents on agenda items.
- Committee on Infrastructure
- Benevento, the Chair of the Committee, stated that the Committee had not met in April, but that there were some updates related to the Committee’s work with Burgess & Niple:
- Jim Dippel of Burgess & Niple pointed out that there is a sanitary sewer overflow emergency response plan that contains information about how to respond to a potential failure of the lift station or the force main.
- Burgess & Niple has identified candidates for the work on the lift station and will assist with the Village’s selection.
- Burgess & Niple investigated the crumbling asphalt in gutter pans throughout the Village and determined that this does not appear to be concerning and is the result of joint expansion in areas where the asphalt overlaps the gutter pan.
- Benevento mentioned that he had been contacted by resident Steven Orenchuk concerning an opening on the Infrastructure Committee and will appoint him to the Committee.
- Committee on Communications
Gordon, the Chair of the Committee, asked the Mayor & Solicitor about any potential legislation around holding public meetings online, as he is unsure when the Worthington School District will allow the high school to be used for meetings. The Solicitor stated that she would research this.
- Committee on Nuisances
The Solicitor prepared and distributed a draft noise ordinance and asked Council members to review in advance of introducing it at the May meeting.
- Web Manager
There was no report from the Web Manager.
- Ordinance 01-2021
Ordinance 01-2021, An Ordinance to Approve a Modification and Realignment of Ordinance 10-2020, the Annual Appropriation Ordinance (Village), and to Declare an Emergency was introduced by Schlichting. Miller moved and Pyter seconded the motion to waive the three readings of this ordinance in order to submit it to the County in a timely manner. The motion passed (6-0). Pyter moved and Schlichting seconded the motion to approve the resolution. The motion passed (6-0).
McClintock moved and Miller seconded the motion to authorize the following expenditures:
$ 210.00 – Sedgwick – Workers Comp group rating fee
$3,112.00 – Assured Partners – 2021 Insurance Renewal
$ 74.50 – Clarke Environmental Mosquito Management – Mosquito spraying
$ 165.00 – Gudenkauf Corp – Water & Gas locating
$ 329.90 – William Charles – 10 Traffic cones
The motion was approved unanimously (6-0).
Comments from Residents on Non-Agenda Items
There were no comments from residents on non-agenda items.
Next Meeting Announcement
The next regular meeting will be Monday, May 17, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom teleconference.
There being no further business, McClintock moved and Miller seconded the motion to adjourn. The motion was approved unanimously (6-0). The meeting was adjourned at 7:48 p.m.
Joshua C. Mehling, Clerk-Treasurer
Eric A. MacGilvray, Mayor