Regular Council Meeting
September 21, 2015
The Council of the Village of Riverlea met on the above date at the Thomas Worthington High School, Worthington. The following Council members were present: Mayor Kirk M. McHugh, Scott K. Gordon, Jenny D. Jones, Eric A. MacGilvray, Josh Schoenberger, and Jacalyn Slemmer Also present were Joshua C. Mehling, Clerk-Treasurer, L. Leah Reibel, Solicitor, Carolee Noonan, Planning Commissioner, and William P. Charles, Street Commissioner. At 7:04 pm the Mayor called the meeting to order.
- The minutes of the regular Council meeting of August 17, 2015 were not read since each member had received a copy. MacGilvray moved and Slemmer seconded the motion that the minutes be approved as submitted by the Clerk-Treasurer. The motion carried (5-0).
Report of the Clerk-Treasurer
- MacGilvray moved and Jones seconded the motion to approve the payment of bills and to accept the financial reports for June 2015 as submitted by the Clerk-Treasurer. The motion carried (5-0).
- Slemmer moved and Gordon seconded the motion to approve the payment of bills and to accept the financial reports for August 2015 as submitted by the Clerk-Treasurer. The motion carried (5-0).
Report of the Mayor
- The Mayor reported that Beggars’ Night for Riverlea would fall at the same time as that of Worthington, on October 31 from 6-8:00 pm.
- The Mayor reported that he and the Street Commissioner had met with the resident with the storm water outfall on his property and the resident was happy with the plans for repair. The Solicitor reported that she had been contacted by a lawyer representing the resident regarding a contract assigning liability for issues that may arise during the repairs.
- The Mayor reported that there had been a case of West Nile virus reported in the area, and as a result, the area was sprayed for mosquitoes in the past week.
- The Mayor reported that he had heard more from the resident interested in removing the invasive honeysuckle from the ravine. He was interested in having volunteers assist him in removing this and clearing other overgrowth from the ravine. Gordon suggested the possibility of having an annual day to clean up areas in the village.
- A resident had inquired on the Facebook page if the village still had a program to assist residents in purchasing new trees for their yard. The Mayor stated that he would ask Franklin County to see if they had such a program.
- The Mayor reported that the resident who had previously been reimbursed for tire damage from a storm drain had reported additional damage from another drain. He stated that this grate was not as damaged as the initial one and told the resident that the village would not reimburse him for this damage.
Report of the Solicitor
- The Solicitor reported that there was a Resolution in the New Business section to adopt the codification of the sections of the Riverlea Code that were modified by American Legal Publishing. The Solicitor prepared a summary of the codification of all the Ordinances passed since the 2010 codification, and it was circulated to the Councilmembers.
Report of the Street Commissioner
- The Street Commissioner reported that the storm water management plan was complete. The themes for public education and outreach were as follows:
- Storm water basics, which involves educating the public, through publicizing this information on the website and other methods, of what storm water is and how to manage it
- “Only rain down the drain,” which involves keeping other materials out of storm drains
- Runoff reduction, which involves rain barrels, rain gardens and increasing green landscaping
- Storm water management tool kit for builders and remodelers
- “It takes a village,” which means that everyone has to work together to make the plan work Educational events include arranging a tour of the storm water outfall repair during repairs as well as a tour of the lift station. Other events would include a date to mark all of the drains within the village and a river cleanup day.
- The Street Commissioner reported that he had spoken with Jim Dippel with Burgess & Niple. Dippel stated that the flood plain analysis as part of the sewer outfall repair project was completed and that he had underestimated the amount of time spent on the project. This flood plain analysis was part of the OPWC requirement for funding.
Report of the Planning Commissioner
- The Planning Commissioner reported that the Commission had approved a patio at 276 W Southington and a roof replacement at 5690 Olentangy.
- The Street Commissioner reported that he had received a work request from OUPS for 5830 Pioneers Court. This request was to install a concrete driveway and drainage. The Planning Commissioner stated that the owner would need to have Planning Commission approval if they were planning on changing the footprint or material and that she had not heard anything about this project. The Planning Commissioner stated that she would contact the owner to follow up on this.
Report of the Marshal
- The Mayor reported that there had been 294 checks in July.
Report of the Web Manager
- The Solicitor read an email from the Web Manager stating that there had been several pieces of information posted to the site in the past month, including meeting notices, the infrastructure newsletter, and the Social Coordinator position.
Comments from Residents on Agenda Items
- Committee on Infrastructure
The Chair of the Infrastructure Committee reported that the village had sent out the newsletter and held the public forum to discuss the upcoming ballot issues. He stated that there had been about 40 people at the forum and the people who attended the meeting had been relatively positive about the issues. He stated that there had been discussion on social media about possible annexation by Worthington to help with the long term future of the village. Gordon mentioned that he had spoken with the City Manager for Worthington within the past week and the City Manager had stated that the current Worthington City Council would have no interest in revisiting annexation discussions. He stated that Worthington would have made the village upgrade the infrastructure before any annexation. The Infrastructure Committee Chair stated that he was worried that residents would vote against any infrastructure improvements as they believed that annexation would be the solution to this and the Mayor suggested that residents need to be reminded of what the city of Worthington would have required as a condition of annexation, including an assessment for infrastructure improvements. Gordon stated that he would speak with the City Manager again to see if he could get any official quotes to give to Riverlea residents
- Resolution 2015-15
Resolution 2015-15, A Resolution to Request that the City of Columbus Place a “Closed at Dusk” Sign at Rush Run Park was given its second reading.
- Ordinance 09-2015
Ordinance 09-2015, An Ordinance Enacting and Adopting a Supplement to the Code of Ordinances for the Village of Riverlea, Ohio was introduced by Jones and given its first reading.
- Ordinance 10-2015
Ordinance 10-2015, An Ordinance to Approve a Modification and Realignment of Ordinance 04-2014, the Annual Appropriation Ordinance (Village) and to Declare an Emergency was introduced by Jones. Schoenberger moved and Jones seconded the motion to waive the three readings of this resolution in order to have expenses paid. The motion passed unanimously (5-0). Schoenberger moved and Jones seconded the motion to adopt this resolution. The motion passed unanimously (5-0).
Schoenberger moved and Jones seconded the motion to authorize the following expenditure:$$438.85 – A One – Newsletter printing
$245.00 – The Daily Reporter – Sewer outfall bid advertising
$438.25 – Radico – Lift station maintenance
The motion was approved unanimously (5-0).
Comments from Residents on Non-Agenda Items
Next Meeting Announcement
The Village will hold a second public forum to discuss the ballot issues on Monday, October 19 at 7:00 pm at the Thomas Worthington High School. The regularly scheduled Council meeting will be held following this forum.
KIRK M. MCHUGH, MAYOR
JOSHUA C. MEHLING, CLERK OF COUNCIL