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, Marc J. Benevento, Scott K. Gordon, Kathy E. McClintock, Ted C. Miller, Leah M. Pyter, and Dan Schlichting. Also present were Bryce Jacob, Planning Commissioner, Joshua C. Mehling, Clerk-Treasurer and L. Leah Reibel, Solicitor. Guest of Council was Emily Saving. At 7:00 p.m., the Mayor called the meeting to order.
The minutes of the Council meeting of October 18, 2021 were not read since each member had received a copy. Benevento moved and Schlichting seconded the motion that the minutes be approved as submitted by the Clerk-Treasurer with the above adjustment. The following vote was recorded on the motion: Yea: 5, Benevento, Gordon, McClintock, Pyter, and Schlichting; Nay: None; Abstain: 1, Miller. The motion carried (5-0-1).
Report of the Clerk-Treasurer
McClintock moved and Benevento seconded the motion to approve the payment of bills and to accept the financial reports for October 2021 as submitted by the Clerk-Treasurer. The motion carried (6-0).
Report of the Mayor
- The Mayor noted that elections had been held on November 2 and offered his congratulations to the three members of Council who had been elected: Janet Heidkamp, Leah Pyter, and Emily Saving. He mentioned that he would publicize the fourth open seat for any interested residents to apply.
- The Mayor noted that two of the positions on the Planning Commission will expire at the end of the year One of the two members has expressed interest in returning for another term and the other has not. Interested residents should contact the Planning Commissioner.
- The Mayor mentioned that the Village is still waiting to hear back on its applications for funding assistance for the sanitary sewer work.
- The Mayor stated that he had met with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission on 10/27. Topics discussed include growth and sustainability for the area.
- McClintock stated that the Luminaria event for the Village would be held on Sunday, December 19 at 6:30 pm, with a rain date of Wednesday, December 22.
Report of the Solicitor
The Solicitor noted that there would be second readings for Ordinance 04-2021 and resolution 2021-13 at the evening’s meeting, along with third readings for resolutions 2021-07, 2021-10, and 2021-11.
Report of the Street Commissioner
The Street Commissioner was not in attendance.
Report of the Planning Commissioner
- The Planning Commissioner mentioned that at the November meeting, the Commission had approved Certificates of Appropriateness for the following properties:
- A fence replacement at 256 Melbourne
- A fence addition at 248 Melbourne
- The removal of two windows and a patio door at 5731 Olentangy
- The demolition of the current house and construction of a similar house at 5707 Olentangy. The structure and placement had been approved at this meeting, with certain details and landscaping to be reviewed at a future meeting
- The Planning Commissioner noted that he had reached out to some residents about the upcoming vacant position on the Planning Commission in January.
- Benevento stated that he had heard from the neighbor of the residence where the demolition and new build is planned. This neighbor is concerned about ensuring that her property will not be damaged during the construction. The Planning Commissioner noted that the Commission had discussed this during the meeting and that he has spoken with the resident and the contractor who will be overseeing the work. The contractor will work to ensure that there is no damage to the property and no issues with access to her property during the construction process.
Comments from Residents on Agenda Items
There were no comments from residents on agenda items.
- Committee on Infrastructure
Benevento, the Chair of the Committee, reported that the surveying of parcels along the southern border of the Village will begin the week of Thanksgiving. As part of this survey, the crews will mark the easement on the lot at the end of Olentangy for the installation of a gas line in the Village right of way. Once the gas line is installed, the process of ordering a generator for the lift station can begin.
- Committee on Communications
Gordon, the Chair of the Committee, reported that he had been in contact with a resident who is interested in helping to finalize the Village directory.
- Web Manager
There was no report from the Web Manager.
- Resolution 2021-07
Resolution 2021-07 – A Resolution to Adopt the Village of Riverlea’s Public Records Request Policy had its third reading. McClintock moved to approve this resolution and Schlichting seconded the motion. The motion carried (6-0).
- Resolution 2021-10
Resolution 2021-10 – A Sense of the Council Resolution Condemning the Use of Restrictive Covenants, and Discharging any Discriminatory Covenants on City-Owned Property had its third reading. McClintock moved to approve this resolution and Schlichting seconded the motion. The motion carried (6-0).
- Resolution 2021-11
Resolution 2021-11 – A Resolution to Provide Legal Representation for the Village of Riverlea had its third reading. Miller moved to approve this resolution and McClintock seconded the motion. The motion carried (6-0).
- Resolution 2021-13
Resolution 2021-13 – A Resolution to Approve the Addendum to the Contract to Provide for Integrated Pest Management Services to Reduce Mosquito Populations Within the Village had its second reading.
- Ordinance 04-2021
Ordinance 04-2021, 2022 Annual Appropriation Ordinance (Village) had its second reading.
- Street Sign
Gordon mentioned the sign on High Street advertising violin lessons and asked if this was permitted according to the Village code. The Solicitor stated that she would review whether this was allowed.
There were no expenses to approve.
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 20, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at Thomas Worthington High School.
There being no further business, McClintock moved and Miller seconded the motion to adjourn. The motion was approved unanimously (6-0). The meeting was adjourned at 7:21 p.m.
Joshua C. Mehling, Clerk-Treasurer
Eric A. MacGilvray, Mayor