Regular Council Meeting
October 22, 2012
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, Jon L. Ankrom, Scott K. Gordon, Donald E. Griffith, Briggs W. Hamor, Jenny D. Jones and Eric A. MacGilvray, President Pro-Tem (arrived at 7:05 pm). Also present were Pamela M. Colwell, Clerk-Treasurer, Steven W. Mershon, Solicitor, William P. Charles, Street Commission, Karen McElmurray, Marshal, Lois Yoakam, Newsletter Editor, and Michael Jones, Planning Commission. Guest of Council was Leah Reibel. At 7:00 p.m. the Mayor called the meeting to order.
- The minutes of the regular Council meeting September 17, 2012 were not read since each member had received a copy. Jones moved and Ankrom seconded a motion that the minutes be approved as submitted by the Clerk-Treasurer. The motion was approved unanimously (5-0).
Report of the Clerk-Treasurer
- Hamor moved and Ankrom seconded a motion to approve the payment of bills and to accept the financial reports for September 2012, as submitted by the Clerk-Treasurer. The motion was approved unanimously (6-0).
- The Clerk-Treasurer reported that the Village has received $59,369.45 from estate taxes.
Report of the Mayor
- The Mayor reported he has some volunteers for the Halloween party: Tim O’Connor, Jody Croley Jones and Mike Jones. However, he has not heard from anyone donating food. Gordon volunteered to assist with the food.
- The Mayor received a nice letter from a young resident voicing her concerns about the deer complaints and stating that the deer eating plants is natural and they should be left alone and not killed.
Report of the Solicitor
- There was no report.
Report of the Planning Commissioner
- The Commission met on October 8, 2012 and approved an application, tabled at the last meeting, for a new home and approved an application for an expanded front landing and steps.
Report of the Marshal
- The Marshal reported there were 265 checks and no citations.
- The Mayor reported that Worthington Police recovered a resident’s stolen property with the apprehension of persons stealing from cars in the area. Residents are reminded to not leave valuables in their cars and to keep their cars locked at all times.
Report of the Street Commissioner
- The Commissioner reported that the street sign post on the corner of Carrington and Riverglen was hit by a car and he has removed it until it can be replaced. There is another sign missing and he will look into getting new signs.
Report of the Newsletter Editor
- The Editor would like copy for the Newsletter by December 5th and is asking the Committee Chairs to give her a summary for the next Newsletter.
Report of the Web Manager
- Mike Jones gave the Web Manager’s report. The resident page has been updated. FAQ pages have been added for the Planning Commission, trash and general resident information.
Comments from Residents on Agenda Items
- Committee on Infrastructure
Briggs Hamor, Chair, will be submitting the CDBG application tomorrow to request a $200,000 grant for the 2013 sanitary sewer project. The Committee will meet again to discuss contingencies if the SCIP loan request is not approved. MacGilvray asked about the timeline for a bond issue. The Solicitor replied that Council needs to have everything ready for the bond issue 90 days before the May 7th election. The Mayor thanked the Committee for all of their hard work on this.
- Committee on Ordinances
Jenny Jones, Chair, reported that the Committee recommendations were submitted to Council for their review and input. They began with Chapters 150 Building Code, 151 Zoning Code, 152 Signs because they were the most controversial and in need of updating to reflect the current residents’ views. As a starting point for the zoning code, Mike Jones took advantage of Worthington’s code, since it is more organized and easier to understand, and incorporated the Village’s ordinances into it. The Mayor asked Council how they wanted to handle this. Because the recommendations are extensive, Council said they will review them in sections as time permits at Council meetings. The Solicitor proposed that the Planning Commission ultimately review and recommend the changes to Council.
- Committee on Communications
Jon Ankrom, Chair, reported that the Committee is continuing to work on updating the website and newsletter. The Web Manager has already made some changes to the website. Ankrom said he is still waiting on feedback from Council regarding the website and potential changes. The Web Manager is working on a demonstration model to show Council the updates and how they would work. Their next meeting is October 30, 2012.
- Ordinance No. 05-2012
Ordinance No. 05-2012, An Ordinance to Approve a Modification and Realignment of Ordinance No. 04-2011, The Annual Appropriation Ordinance (Village). The Clerk-Treasurer explained that this was only a change to some line items and the General Fund total will not change. This is to account for the extra expense of the ravine tree removal and the extra costs of the SCIP and CDBG applications. Jones moved and Griffith seconded the motion to suspend the three readings of Ordinance No. 05-2012. The motion was approved unanimously (6-0). MacGilvray moved and Jones seconded the motion to adopt Ordinance No. 05-2012. The motion was approved unanimously (6-0).
- Ordinance No. 06-2012
MacGilvray introduced Ordinance No. 06-2012, Annual Appropriation Ordinance (Village) for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2013 and it was given its first reading.
- Resolution No. 2012-12 Hamor introduced Resolution No. 2012-12, 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. Jones moved and Griffith seconded the motion to suspend the three readings of Resolution No. 2012-12. The motion was approved unanimously (6-0). Gordon moved and Griffith seconded the motion to adopt Resolution No. 2012-12. The motion was approved unanimously (6-0).
- Resolution No. 2012-13 Griffith introduced Resolution No. 2012-13, A Resolution to Provide Legal Counsel for the Village of Riverlea. Jones moved and Griffith seconded the motion to suspend the three readings of Resolution No. 2012-13. The motion was approved unanimously (6-0). Jones moved and Gordon seconded the motion to adopt Resolution No. 2012-13. The motion was approved unanimously (6-0). The new Village Solicitor is L. Leah Reibel.
- Resolution No. 2012-14 Gordon introduced Resolution No. 2012-14, A Resolution of Appreciation to Steven W. Mershon for His Service to the Residents of the Village of Riverlea, Ohio. Gordon moved and Ankrom seconded the motion to suspend the three readings of Resolution No. 2012-13. The motion was approved unanimously (6-0). Gordon moved and Ankrom, Jones, Griffith, Hamor and MacGilvray, seconded the motion to adopt Resolution No. 2012-13. The motion was approved unanimously (6-0). The Mayor read the resolution and presented Steve Mershon with a framed plat map of the Village. He thanked Mershon for his many years of service to the community and stated that he will be missed.
Comments from Residents on Non-Agenda Items
Next Meeting Announcement
There will be a change in the date of the next meeting. The next regular meeting will be Monday, November 26, 2012 at 7:00 pm at the Thomas Worthington High School.
KIRK M. MCHUGH, MAYOR
M. COLWELL, CLERK OF COUNCIL