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, L. Leah Reibel, Solicitor, and William P. Charles, Street Commissioner. At 7:03 p.m., the Mayor called the meeting to order.
The minutes of the Council meeting of February 16, 2021 were not read since each member had received a copy. Pyter moved and McClintock 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 Schlichting seconded the motion to approve the payment of bills and to accept the financial reports for February 2021 as submitted by the Clerk-Treasurer. The motion carried (6-0).
Report of the Mayor
- The Mayor stated that he had heard from the residents in charge of the Easter Egg Hunt in the Village and that they proposed that the Village not hold the event in 2021 because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. They are working on other possibilities, including the Easter Bunny walking around the Village. Council agreed that the Village should not hold an egg hunt in 2021.
- The Mayor mentioned that he had received multiple complaints from residents about the deer population in the area. He stated that he would contact Matt Greeson with the City of Worthington to discuss the issue.
- The Mayor thanked Marc Benevento & William Charles for their work in repairing a downed stop sign in 24 hours.
Report of the Solicitor
- The Solicitor stated that she had researched ordinances on deer control and noise for the Nuisance Committee and presented them with her findings. This would be addressed during the Committee’s presentation.
- The Solicitor stated that the Village had received a request for a water atlas by a potential developer for the lot at the southern end of Olentangy Blvd. The Solicitor will respond to this request.
Report of the Street Commissioner
- The Street Commissioner stated that he is making progress on installing a generator at the lift station.
- The Street Commissioner mentioned the request that the Village had received for the water atlas for the lot on Olentangy. He stated that there are currently no water or sewer service lines on the property, but that a developer could tap into the main, as the lines are in the right of way.
- The Street Commissioner stated that there had been an issue with communications with the lift station on March 14, but that it was back online in less than one day.
- The Mayor asked the Street Commissioner if there was an update on the parking situation at Crescent & Riverglen, and he replied that he is waiting to hear back from the Worthington Fire Department.
- Gordon mentioned that he had received questions from residents on the possibility of the Village burying power lines in the vacated alleys throughout the Village. Benevento stated that the Infrastructure Committee had explored this during planning for the Infrastructure project and determined that it would be difficult and expensive. They chose not to pursue the issue further.
Report of the Planning Commissioner
There was no report from the Planning Commissioner.
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 met to develop priorities, which included the following:
- The development of contingency plans for the highest-risk issues in the Village, including the lift station and force main.
- Sanitary sewer maintenance. The committee recommends that the Village undertake spot repairs on the lines, which would cost about $150K. The Committee will explore funding options for this work.
- Benevento mentioned that the Committee had discussed the gutter vacuuming that was performed in the fall. They felt that the vacuuming had led to fewer ice backups over the winter. They also discussed the possibility of street sweeping in late spring/early summer.
- Committee on Communications
Gordon, the Chair of the Committee, stated that he is working with the Web Manager on the final draft of the Village directory.
- Committee on Nuisances
- Gordon, the Chair of the Committee, stated that the Committee had received valuable information on ordinances in neighboring communities from the Solicitor. The Committee feels that noise is not enough of an issue and not frequent enough within the Village to require additional legislation.
- Gordon stated that the Committee is working on a proposal to modify section 94.07 of the ordinances and that they would bring a proposal on this to the Council.
- Web Manager
There was no report from the Web Manager.
- Resolution 2021-02
Resolution 2021-02, A Resolution to Confirm the Appointment of William Charles as Street Commissioner had its third reading. Schlichting moved and McClintock seconded the motion to approve the resolution. The motion passed (6-0).
McClintock moved and Benevento seconded the motion to authorize the following expenditure:
$110.00 – Gudenkauf Corp – Water & gas line locating
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, April 19, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom teleconference.
There being no further business, Miller moved and McClintock seconded the motion to adjourn. The motion was approved unanimously (6-0). The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 p.m.
Joshua C. Mehling, Clerk-Treasurer
Eric A. MacGilvray, Mayor