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 A. Lowe, Ted C. Miller, and Leah M. Pyter. Also present were Joshua C. Mehling, Clerk-Treasurer, William P. Charles, Street Commissioner, L. Leah Reibel, Solicitor, and Greg Bonk, Web Manager. Guest of Council was Doug Harmon, Director of the Ohio State University Airport. At 7:03 p.m., the Mayor called the meeting to order.
Don Scott Airport
Doug Harmon, Director of the Ohio State University Airport, was in attendance to brief Council and residents about the airport’s Master Plan for long term development. Harmon stated that this plan attempts to balance the airport’s goals of being an educational center and a corporate airport for the region. These plans include expanding the existing runway and building a corporate air park. Harmon stated that it is not in the airport’s plans to bring traffic from any aircraft larger than those currently using the property. The next steps in the process will be to finalize the plan and bring this to the university and the FAA, with nothing expected to be in place for 8-10 years.
Gordon inquired as to what the effect of a new runway would be on the traffic pattern and Harmon replied that it would bring the flight path closer to 161, but not materially so. Benevento asked if the airport could institute curfews on when air traffic could arrive & depart and Harmon stated that this was against FAA regulations, as airports are public resources and need to be available at all times.
The airport had an open house on March 12 from 3 to 5 pm, for the public to tour the facility, followed by a public meeting from 6 to 8 pm where the public can find out more about the master plan. Other tours will be available to the public.
The minutes of the regular Council meeting of January 24, 2018 were not read since each member had received a copy. Miller moved and Benevento seconded the motion that the minutes be approved as submitted by the Clerk-Treasurer. The motion carried (5-0).
Report of the Clerk-Treasurer
Pyter moved and Lowe seconded the motion to approve the payment of bills and to accept the financial reports for January 2019 as submitted by the Clerk-Treasurer. The motion carried (5-0).
Report of the Mayor
- The Mayor mentioned that in exchange for reimbursement of the cost of services to treat trees that had been damaged during the construction, the Village had received a request from Elite Excavating that the Village sign a waiver. This waiver would release Elite from liability for future signs of damage to the trees. The Solicitor has reviewed this document and the Mayor will sign it and return it so the Village can be reimbursed.
- The Mayor stated that the Village has received a punch list from Burgess & Niple of items that still need to be dealt with before construction is finalized. The Village will work with Elite Excavating to finish these items in the spring.
- The Mayor stated that he had received word from Columbia Gas of work to be done on the gas lines at Riverglen & High. They will be replacing the gas main that leads into downtown Worthington, similar to the work that was performed within the Village last year. This work will affect the apartments at Riverglen & High. Columbia Gas will work to inform residents of any updates.
- The Mayor stated that the estimate to modify the new fire hydrants throughout the Village so that their thread direction matches that of the Worthington Fire Department rather than that of the Columbus Fire department is $20k. The Village will push to have Burgess & Niple cover this expense. In the interim, the Worthington Fire Department still has full capabilities to use these hydrants as needed.
- The Mayor stated that he had received requests from residents to add another school bus stop in the Village, preferably further southwest than the current stops. He is proposing to add a stop a 275 W Southington and the residents at that residence are in agreement to use their driveway. The Mayor is working with the school district to add this stop.
Report of the Solicitor
The Solicitor stated that she had researched the structure of the Communication Committee and found that there is no official reason for it to have meetings with minutes. It could be rearranged to be a working group instead of a committee as long as there were no more than two Council members present at meetings. The Mayor stated that the focus of this working group should be creating a new resident directory and social media policy for the Village. Gordon stated that it would have plan for a new directory together by June 1.
Report of the Street Commissioner
- The Street Commissioner stated there had been an issue with blockage in the Lift Station and it was inspected. He will schedule a clean out of the Lift Station
- The Street Commissioner mentioned that he had been working with Jim Dipple of Burgess & Niple on the potential of installing a backup generator at the Lift Station. Burgess & Niple will visit the Lift Station to take measurements as part of this project.
Report of the Planning Commissioner
- The Planning Commissioner was not in attendance. The Planning Commission approved a Certificate of Appropriateness for roof replacement and a porch addition at 171 Riverglen.
- The Planning Commission approved a Certificate of Appropriateness for the updating of windows related to a kitchen relocation at 5833 Westchester.
Comments from Residents on Agenda Items
There were no comments from residents.
- Committee on Infrastructure
- Benevento, the Chair of the Committee, reported that the Committee had met to discuss priorities for the year, which include completion of the street project and creating a plan & budget for ongoing maintenance of the pavement and sewers. Burgess & Niple will assist with the development of these plans.
- Benevento mentioned that the group is exploring options for Lift Station improvements, including the addition of a gas back-up generator. Burgess & Niple is currently investigating the condition of the tank at the Lift Station and further decisions on whether to improve or replace the station will flow from the results.
- Benevento stated that he would like to have more input from residents on creating a program for the replacement of trees within the Village once the infrastructure project is complete.
- Benevento noted that there were issues with the freezing of sump pump drainage throughout the Village, but they appeared to be in different locations than in the past. He believed that this is due to the regrading of the streets. The Committee will look at where these issues are, and the options to fix them.
- Committee on Communications
There was no additional report from the Chair of the Committee.
- Web Manager
- The Web Manager reported that the website availability was 99.5% in January.
- The Web Manager reported that he had just added Google Analytics to assist with monitoring metrics for the site, such as usage.
- Resolution 2019-02
Resolution 2019-02, A Resolution to Confirm the Appointment of William Charles as Street Commissioner had its second reading.
- Ordinance 01-2019
Ordinance 01-2019, An Ordinance to Approve a Modification and Realignment of Ordinance 02-2018, the Annual Appropriation Ordinance (Village), and to declare an Emergency was introduced by Lowe. Lowe moved and Pyter seconded the motion to waive the three readings of the resolution in order to submit this ordinance to the Council in a timely manner. The motion passed (5-0). Pyter moved and Benevento seconded the motion to approve the resolution. The motion passed (5-0).
Gordon moved and Benevento seconded the motion to authorize the following expenditures:
– $ 75.00 – Ohio Utilities Protection Service – 2019 Assessment
– $ 378.00 – Assured Partners – 2019 Crime Policy
The motion was approved unanimously (5-0).
Comments from Residents on Non-Agenda Items
There were no comments from residents.
Next Meeting Announcement
The next regular meeting will be Monday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Thomas Worthington High School.
There being no further business, Benevento moved and Pyter seconded the motion to adjourn. The motion was approved unanimously (5-0). The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.
Joshua C. Mehling, Clerk-Treasurer
Eric A. MacGilvray, Mayor