Regular Council Meeting
December 18, 2017
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 Eric A. MacGilvray, Marc Benevento, Scott K. Gordon, Chad Lowe, Kathy McClintock, Josh Schoenberger, and Jacalyn Slemmer. Also present were Joshua Mehling, Clerk-Treasurer, Leah Reibel, Solicitor, William P. Charles, Street Commissioner, and Jody Croley Jones, Web Manager. Guest of Council was Gregory Bonk. At 7:00 p.m. the Mayor called the meeting to order.
The minutes of the regular Council meeting of November 20, 2017 were not read since each member had received a copy. Slemmer moved and Schoenberger seconded the motion that the minutes be approved as submitted by the Clerk-Treasurer. The motion carried (6-0).
Report of the Clerk-Treasurer
Schoenberger moved and McClintock seconded the motion to approve the payment of bills and to accept the financial reports for November 2017 as submitted by the Clerk-Treasurer. The motion carried (6-0).
Report of the Mayor
- The Mayor reminded Council that there will be 3 expiring seats on Council at the end of the year. He had been contacted by several residents who had expressed interest in filling these open seats and will request further information from these interested residents so that Council can review them in advance of the January meeting.
- The Mayor announced that the OWDA loan had been approved for the water portion of the infrastructure project in the amount of $1.68 million. All loan amounts will be trued up at the end of the project.
- The Mayor stated that the preconstruction meeting had been held earlier that day with the key stakeholders in the project. One area of discussion is where the contractors will leave equipment during the project. A public forum will be held prior to the January Council meeting to update residents as to the status of the project.
- The Mayor stated that the OSU Airport had an open forum on their 20 year plan to request public input on needs & desires. The airport offered the Village of Riverlea a seat on the Technical Board, which meets 3 times per year and will be involved in this planning. The Mayor will inquire if this position can be open to several Council members, based on availability.
Report of the Solicitor
- The Solicitor stated that she had received boxes of old Village records from the previous Solicitor and one of these records concerned problems with deer that the Village had dealt with in 1997. The Village had convened a Deer Control Committee, which recommended that the Mayor make available to residents a Department of Wildlife Deer Damage Control pamphlet, which is still available on the website. The Committee also recommended that the Village pass an ordinance prohibiting the use of weapons, such as crossbows, which it appears was never passed.
- The Solicitor recommended that the Village create a Permit Committee to deal with such permit issues in several areas, such as with deer control and satellite dish. This discussion was tabled until a later meeting.
- The Solicitor stated that she had contacted Amy Ballanchino with Assured Partners to question whether the Village needed additional insurance with the infrastructure project. Ms. Ballanchino had informed her that it does not, as the construction companies will carry their own insurance.
Report of the Street Commissioner
There was no report from the Street Commissioner.
Report of the Planning Commissioner
The Clerk-Treasurer reported that 2 Certificates of Appropriateness had been issued in January and a special meeting was scheduled for December 22.
Report of the Web Manager
- The Web Manager reported that the draft of the new Village website had been created and distributed to Council members for review and comments.
- The Web Manager brought up the ownership of the URL of the Village web site. Previously, she had purchased this URL, but with the new site and her resignation from the position, believed that it should be transferred to the Village. Schoenberger stated that the new URL was currently in his name, but would be transferred to the Village. As part of this process, the Village will need to renew this URL periodically. The Clerk-Treasurer will look into a Village credit card that can be used for this and other items.
Comments from Residents on Agenda Items
There were no comments from residents.
- Committee on Infrastructure
There was no report from the Chair of the Infrastructure Committee.
- Committee on Communications
- The Chair of the Communications Committee reported that they had received responses from 168 houses within the Village. She stated that there had been some questions as to the size of the files to be sent by text. It is most likely that these texts would mainly contain links to the Village website to convey any necessary larger files.
- Schoenberger stated that resident Greg Bonk had expressed willingness to help with the creation and management of the new Village website. The Council will need to discuss the future of the Web Manager position, given the new website structure as well as the need for communications in 2018 with the projects going on within the Village.
- Resolution 2017-11
Resolution 2017-11, A Resolution Expressing the Sense of the Riverlea Village Council, Concerning the Drainage of Sump Pumps in the Village that can Cause Ice Dams had its third reading. Benevento moved and McClintock seconded the motion to approve this resolution. The motion passed (6-0).
- Resolution 2017-12
Resolution 2017-12, 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 had its third reading. Lowe moved and McClintock seconded the motion to approve this resolution. The motion passed (6-0).
- Ordinance 03-2017
Ordinance 03-2017, 2018 Appropriations had its third reading. McClintock moved and Lowe seconded the motion to approve this resolution. The motion passed (6-0).
- Resolution 2017-15
Resolution 2017-15, A Resolution Updating the Village of Riverlea 1993 Contract with Franklin County, Ohio for the Housing of Individuals Convicted of Violating Village Ordinances in the Franklin County Jail had its second reading.
- Ordinance 05-2017
Ordinance 05-2017, An Ordinance to Approve a Modification and Realignment of Ordinance 04-2016, the Annual Appropriation Ordinance (Village), and to Declare an Emergency was introduced by Slemmer. Slemmer moved and Schoenberger seconded the motion to waive the three readings of this resolution in order to update the 2017 appropriations and pay bills in a timely basis. The motion passed (6-0). Schoenberger moved and Slemmer seconded the motion to approve this resolution. The motion passed (6-0).
Gordon moved and Slemmer seconded the motion to authorize the following expenditure:
American Legal Publishing – $495.00 – 2018 Ordinance Publication
Assured Partners – 378.00 – 2018/19 Crime Policy
Josh Mehling – $79.67 – Postage/Supplies
MORPC – $1,000.00 – 2018 Annual Dues
Ohio Municipal League – $285.00 – 2018 Annual Dues
The motion carried (6-0).
Comments from Residents on Non-Agenda Items
There were no comments from residents.
Next Meeting Announcement
The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Thomas Worthington High School.
There being no further business, Slemmer moved and McClintock seconded the motion to adjourn. The motion was approved unanimously (6-0). The meeting was adjourned at 8:34 p.m.
ERIC A. MACGILVRAY, MAYOR
JOSHUA C. MEHLING, CLERK OF COUNCIL