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, Scott K. Gordon, 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. Guests of Council were Doug Metz and Matt Munhall. At 7:01 p.m., the Mayor called the meeting to order.
Doug Metz, the owner of the apartment complex at the southwest corner of High and Riverglen, was in attendance to discuss the issue of parking for residents and guests. He stated that there are currently four on-premise spaces for the building closest to Riverglen and six spaces for the second building, providing about one space per unit. The current nearest on-street parking is on Crescent Ct, about 120 feet away from the building, as the section of Riverglen between High & Crescent is marked as a No Parking zone on both sides of the street. There are no fire hydrants on either side that would restrict parking.
Metz requested that residents be allowed to part on either one side or both sides of Riverglen between the apartment driveway and Crescent. The section of Riverglen between the driveway and High St would remain No Parking on both sides so as not to obstruct the intersection. The Solicitor recommended that Council propose legislation with three readings to ensure that residents have the proper notification and opportunity to make their voices heard before a decision is made. There was some discussion of whether allowing parking on both sides or one side only would be the best option. The Solicitor agreed to bring resolutions approving parking on both sides or one side only of the street to the December meeting so the Council members have additional time to consider and discuss before recommending an option.
The minutes of the Council meeting of October 17, 2022 were not read since each member had received a copy. Heidkamp 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
Pyter moved and Schlichting seconded the motion to approve the payment of bills and to accept the financial reports for October 2022 as submitted by the Clerk-Treasurer. The motion carried (5-0).
Report of the Mayor
- The Mayor noted that the light fixture at High and Riverglen is broken and that the spotlights are not working at either entrance. He stated that he would give the Street Commissioner information on an electrician to work with to fix these problems.
- The Mayor reported that the Village will hold its Luminaria event on Sunday, December 18. There will not be caroling as part of the event this year.
- The Mayor noted that the Village website had been down for several days earlier in the month and that the Web Manager had worked to bring it back up.
- The Mayor stated that he had been contacted by representatives of Sharon Township inquiring as to whether the Village is interested in a fall street sweeping. The Village had this performed in fall 2021 and spring 2022 at a cost of $700 each time. Gordon moved to approve up to $1,000 for street sweeping and Pyter seconded the motion. The motion carried (5-0).
Report of the Solicitor
The Solicitor stated that she is working on several resolutions for the beginning of 2023.
Report of the Street Commissioner
- The Street Commissioner stated that the new generator had been installed at the lift station, though it was not installed in time to handle a recent power outage in the Village.
- The Street Commissioner recommended that a fence be installed around the generator to prevent unauthorized access. He also recommended that a new soffit & fascia be installed on the lift station building and that the manhole west of the lift station be repaired. He stated that he will seek quotes for this work and report back to Council.
Report of the Planning Commissioner
The Planning Commissioner was not in attendance. The Clerk-Treasurer reported that there had been no meeting in November.
Comments from Residents on Agenda Items
There were no comments from residents on agenda items.
- Committee on Infrastructure
Schlichting, the Chair of the Committee, stated that there had been no meeting in November and that the Committee is waiting on updated information about the sewer lining project from Burgess & Niple.
- Web Manager
The Web Manager stated that the Village web site had been down for one and a half weeks earlier in the month and that he had brought it back up. He stated that he had added monitoring to detect similar issues in the future.
- Communications Committee
- Gordon, the Chair of the Committee, stated that the directory is with the printer and that the printer is switching the format to landscape.
- Gordon stated that since voters had passed the school levy and bond issues, construction on Thomas Worthington High School is due to start in May 2023. When the demolition work for this project begins the Village will lose access to the school as a meeting place. He stated that he will check the availability of Evening Street Elementary School and Kilbourne Middle School as possible alternatives. Heidkamp stated that she would check the availability of meeting rooms at the Worthington Library.
- Resolution 2022-09
Resolution 2022-09 – A Resolution to Provide Legal Counsel for the Village of Riverlea had its third reading. Gordon moved and Schlichting seconded the motion to approve the resolution. The motion carried (5-0).
- Resolution 2022-12
Resolution 2022-12 – A Resolution to Update the Five most Public Locations in the Village, for Purposes of Posting Legislation was introduced by Schlichting. Schlichting moved and Heidkamp seconded the motion to waive the three readings of the resolution as the replacement kiosk on Dover had been installed and was in use. The motion carried (5-0). Pyter moved and Schlichting seconded the motion to approve the resolution. The motion carried (5-0).
- Resolution 2022-13
Resolution 2022-13 – 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 was introduced by Schlichting and had its first reading.
- Resolution 2022-14
Resolution 2022-14 – A Resolution to Approve the Addendum to the Contract to Provide for Integrated Management Services to Reduce Mosquito Populations Within the Village was introduced by Pyter and had its first reading.
- Ordinance 03-2022
Ordinance 03-2022 – 2023 Annual Appropriation Ordinance (Village) was introduced by Gordon and had its first reading.
- Fire Pit
Pyter stated that she was asked by a resident if the Village could place a fire pit in the Circle Park. The Solicitor stated that this would not be recommended, as it would be a liability issue.
Saving moved and Heidkamp seconded the motion to authorize the following expenditures:
$110.00 – Gudenkauf Corp – Water & gas line locating
$165.00 – Gudenkauf Corp – Water & gas line locating
$296.60 – American Legal Publishing – Copies of supplemental pages
$305.00– Ohio Municipal League – 2023 Dues
$93.96 – Janet Heidkamp – Flag reimbursement
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, December 19, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. at Thomas Worthington High School.
There being no further business, Pyter moved and Gordon seconded the motion to adjourn. The motion was approved unanimously (5-0). The meeting was adjourned at 8:31 p.m.
Joshua C. Mehling, Clerk-Treasurer
Eric A. MacGilvray, Mayor