The Council of the Village of Riverlea met on the above date at Thomas Worthington High School. The following Council members were present: Mayor Eric A. MacGilvray, Nicholas Bartels, Janet Heidkamp, Leah M. Pyter, Emily Saving, and Dan E. Schlichting. Also present were Joshua C. Mehling, Clerk-Treasurer, L. Leah Reibel, Solicitor, and Steven Orenchuk, Street Commissioner. At 7:00 p.m., the Mayor called the meeting to order.
The minutes of the Council meeting of April 18, 2022 were not read since each member had received a copy. Saving moved and Schlichting seconded the motion that the minutes be approved as submitted by the Clerk-Treasurer. The motion carried (5-0).
Report of the Clerk-Treasurer
Bartels moved and Heidkamp seconded the motion to approve the payment of bills and to accept the financial reports for April 2022 as submitted by the Clerk-Treasurer. The motion carried (5-0).
Report of the Mayor
- The Mayor reported that he and the Planning Commissioner had met with the owners of the lot at 5691 Olentangy concerning the easements on the property. They presented a preliminary proposal recommending an additional 5-foot permanent easement and a temporary construction easement for maintenance and eventual demolition of the lift station. The Mayor stated that discussions would continue on this matter.
- Heidkamp mentioned that the vacant lot across the street from her had not been mowed in some time. The lot is on the market. The Mayor reported that he had contacted the realtor to remind them of the issue and that he would notify them again. He reminded Council that there is currently nothing in the code requiring lawns to be mowed, so this makes enforcement more difficult. There was some discussion of the possibility of adding an ordinance for this; the Solicitor said she would research similar ordinances in the area.
Report of the Solicitor
The Solicitor stated that she would review recent ordinances to determine which need to be codified with American Legal Publishing.
Report of the Street Commissioner
- The Street Commissioner stated that the lift station had recently been cleaned out. He noted that there are several trees in the right of way leading to the lift station and that these obstruct the equipment needed for these cleanout efforts. He recommended that the Village look into removing the trees to make access easier going forward.
- The Street Commissioner reported that an examination of the stormwater solid separator system had shown that there were a lot of solids in the system, notably gravel. He did not feel that the Village has a drainage issue, but the system will need to be cleaned out regularly.
- The Street Commissioner reported that he is continuing to work with the Ohio EPA on the Village stormwater report.
Report of the Planning Commissioner
The Planning Commissioner was not in attendance. The Clerk-Treasurer reported that the Committee had met in a special meeting in May to review a modification to the approved COA the house to be built at 5707 Olentangy. The previously approved plans would interfere with a power line that runs across the property, so the Committee approved a realignment of the house to align with the house to the north and to move the house six feet closer to the street to allow AEP to bury the line.
Comments from Residents on Agenda Items
There were no comments from residents on agenda items.
- Committee on Infrastructure
- Schlichting, the Chair of the Committee, reported that the Committee had not met in May, but that they expected to receive the results of the Small Government Program infrastructure maintenance funding application soon.
- Schlichting reported that he had purchased and cut replacement legs for the kiosk at Beverly & Dover, and that he would clean out the inside of the kiosk in preparation for reinstalling it.
- Web Manager
The Web Manager was not in attendance.
- Communications Committee
The Chair of the Committee was not in attendance.
- Ordinance 01-2022
Ordinance 01-2022, An Ordinance to Approve a Modification and Realignment of Ordinance 04-2021, The Annual Appropriation Ordinance (Village), and to Declare an Emergency was introduced by Bartels. Bartels moved and Heidkamp seconded the motion to waive the three readings of the resolution to submit the changes to the Franklin County Auditor it in a timely manner. The motion carried (5-0). Bartels moved and Schlichting seconded the motion to approve the resolution. The motion carried (5-0).
Pyter moved and Bartels seconded the motion to authorize the following expenditures:
$ 110.00 – Gudenkauf – Water & gas line locating
$ 1,200.00 – RACO – AlarmAgent services
$ 3,160.00 – Chuck’s Septic Tank, Sewer, & Drain Cleaning – Lift station service
$ 195.00 – Shields Turf Management – Park maintenance
The motion was approved unanimously (5-0).
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, June 20 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at Thomas Worthington High School.
There being no further business, Bartels moved and Schlichting seconded the motion to adjourn. The motion was approved unanimously (5-0). The meeting was adjourned at 7:39 p.m.
Joshua C. Mehling, Clerk-Treasurer
Eric A. MacGilvray, Mayor