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, Leah M. Pyter, and Dan E. Schlichting. Also present were Joshua C. Mehling, Clerk-Treasurer and L. Leah Reibel, Solicitor. At 7:01 p.m., the Mayor called the meeting to order.


The minutes of the Council meeting of September 20, 2021 were not read since each member had received a copy. Benevento noted that a line in the Infrastructure Committee report should be changed from “…committee will contact residents” to “…Village will contact residents.” Benevento moved and Pyter seconded the motion that the minutes be approved as submitted by the Clerk-Treasurer with the above adjustment. The motion carried (4-0).

Report of the Clerk-Treasurer

Pyter moved and Benevento seconded the motion to approve the payment of bills and to accept the financial reports for September 2021 as submitted by the Clerk-Treasurer. The motion carried (4-0).

Report of the Mayor

  1. The Mayor noted that Trick or Treating would be held in Worthington from 6-8 pm on October 31, and that Riverlea typically follows Worthington’s schedule. Council agreed that Trick or Treating in the Village should be held at that date and time.
  2. The Mayor stated that the Village is waiting to hear back on the results of the ARPA and SCIP infrastructure funding requests.
  3. The Mayor mentioned that he had submitted a request to the Franklin County Auditor to assign the undeveloped property next to 5693 Olentangy the address of 5691 Olentangy Blvd.
  4. The Mayor stated that he had been contacted by a resident who is willing to help with the publication of a Village directory. This resident will work with the Chair of the Communications Committee on this.

Report of the Solicitor

The Solicitor noted that she had made edits to the Public Records Request Policy and the Sense of the Council Resolution in Opposition to the Use of Dsicriminatory Covenants in the Rental, Purchase, or Sale of Real Property, that are being voted on by Council per Council recommendations. The updated versions of these documents  have been sent to Council members for their review.

Report of the Street Commissioner

The Street Commissioner was not in attendance. The Mayor reported that he had been informed that the no parking sign for Crescent Ct had been received and would be installed.

Report of the Planning Commissioner

The Planning Commissioner was not in attendance. The Clerk-Treasurer mentioned that at the October meeting, the Commission had approved Certificates of Appropriateness for the following properties:

  1. A fence replacement at 5801 Falmouth
  2. A fence addition at 71 W Riverglen
  3. Driveway replacement & expansion at 316 Frontenac
  4. The addition of a porch above the garage at 212 W Riverglen
  5. An addition at 315 Melbourne

Comments from Residents on Agenda Items

There were no comments from residents on agenda items.

Old Business

  1. Committee on Infrastructure


  1. Benevento, the Chair of the Committee, reported that Committee had received estimates for the title search ($1,500) and surveying ($3,500) along the southern border of the Village. The total for these came in below the $5,500 approved by Council in September, so they were authorized. The surveying work will likely take place in late October or early November.
  2. The Chair of the Committee reported that the Village expects to hear back soon on the request for funding from the ARPA grant.


  1. Committee on Communications


  1. Gordon, the Chair of the Committee, reported that he would contact the Riverlea resident who had expressed interest in helping with the directory.
  2. The Chair of the Committee stated that he felt that the Village needs to communicate to residents that there will be an open seat on Council in January. There will be 4 seats expiring at the end of the year with only 3 candidates running for these in November.
  3. Benevento stated that he is working on a writeup on Village infrastructure to be posted on the website.


  1. Web Manager

There was no report from the Web Manager.

  1. Resolution 2021-07

Resolution 2021-07 – A Resolution to Adopt the Village of Riverlea’s Public Records Request Policy had its second reading. As mentioned in the Report of the Solicitor above, the Solicitor had made and distributed edits to this policy.

  1. 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 second reading.

  1. Resolution 2021-11

Resolution 2021-11 – A Resolution to Provide Legal Representation for the Village of Riverlea had its second reading.

New Business

  1. Resolution 2021-13

Resolution 2021-13 – 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 Schlichting and had its first reading.

  1. Ordinance 04-2021

Ordinance 04-2021, 2022 Annual Appropriation Ordinance (Village) was introduced by Gordon and had its first reading.


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, November 15, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at Thomas Worthington High School.


There being no further business, Pyter moved and Schlichting seconded the motion to adjourn.  The motion was approved unanimously (4-0).  The meeting was adjourned at 7:26 p.m.


Joshua C. Mehling, Clerk-Treasurer

Eric A. MacGilvray, Mayor