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May 21

The Tuesday Top 5: May 21st, 2019

Posted on May 21, 2019 at 9:29 AM by Laura Oldham


The Tuesday Top 5: May 21st, 2019

Welcome to the Tuesday Top 5! Your source for the latest info on what is going on in Grandview Heights.       

1. Blue Star Ceremony, Parade Marks Memorial Day

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Summer officially gets underway with the end of school and Memorial Day activities.
Memorial Day salutes those in the U.S. military who paid the ultimate price for our liberties with their lives. A key part of that remembrance in Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff has been to pay tribute to those fallen soldiers, sailors and airmen at the annual Blue Star Mothers ceremony the Thursday before the Memorial Day weekend. 

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This year, the communities will mark their respects at a 7:30 p.m. ceremony place this Thursday, May 23rd, at Memorial Park bounded by Oxley Avenue, Northwest Boulevard and Second Avenue.

Memorial Park is anchored by the Dr. Thomas Williams and Dr. Lowell Williams Veteran’s Plaza that the City dedicated on Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11, 2018. The plaza honors those who served in the five branches of the U.S. military.

I would like to urge any resident who has not yet visited this outstanding memorial or experienced the solemn pageantry of the Blue Star Mothers ceremony, to attend this meaningful and moving tribute as we read the roll call of the fallen members of our community who never returned from the defense of America.

This year, I will read the stories of these servicemen: Fields Patterson (WW1), Richard Murday (WW2); Charles Walker Short (WW2); John Tarini (WW2); Steven Sparks (Vietnam); and James Titus (Vietnam).

Our community also will commemorate Memorial Day – created soon after the U.S. Civil War as Decoration Day – with our annual parade that steps off at Cambridge Boulevard and West First Avenue at 10 a.m. as it makes its way to Pierce Field.

As always, our veterans will lead the parade. Those veterans wishing to ride on a trailer with seating should show up by 9:45 a.m. at First and Cambridge to claim a spot.
I hope to see many of you at Memorial Park and lining the West First Avenue parade route later this week. 

 

2. Swimming Pool Cleaned, Getting Prepared for Opening

Of course, the Memorial Day weekend also marks the start of swimming season at the Municipal Pool.

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Last week I wrote about the discovery of rust 
on the north side of the lap and diving pools stainless steel lining. The separate, walk-in pool did not have any rust issues.

Contractors completed a citrus-based cleansing of affected areas late last week and started pumping water back into that section of the pool.

We are working hard to get both pools opened as scheduled: 1p.m. Saturday, May 25th. 
Please stay tuned to our website
Facebook and Twitter accounts for any updates on this or other issues in the community. 

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3. City and School Look at Fairview Reconnection

As a result of the recommendation in the Spaces and Places Community Plan, input from the City’s Planning Commission and community, and discussions between the City and School District administrations, I introduced a Resolution at the May 20th City Council meeting seeking support for the idea of having the City rebuild and connect Fairview from West 3rdAvenue to West 1st Avenue.

Fairview Concept

The school district leadership brought two conceptual layouts of the reconfigured school campus to the April 24th Grandview Heights Planning Commission meeting. The panel recommended the option previously unveiled at public school facilities meetings calling for the reopening Fairview to improve circulation in and around the campus.

The City’s recent Civic Spaces and Places framework identifies the area at West First Avenue at Fairview and Oakland Avenue as a cultural and educational hub where the City could impact redevelopment.

The road closed more than 20 years ago at the request of the school district.

Council will consider the resolution showing the City’s support of this concept during its regular meeting on June 3rd in order to guide the district as it finalizes the campus layout and bid out the contracts for the first phase of construction.

The actual reconnection of Fairview Avenue or some variant will not take place until the school construction is completed, a period giving the City and the school district’s planers time to work with residents along Fairview Avenue on details of the project.

 

4. CoGo Expands

The CoGo bike-sharing network has formally dedicated its expanded network of stations in the Grandview Heights and Upper Arlington.

I gathered with other City officials, CoGo market manager Chet Ridenour, and area bike enthusiasts at the Ohio Taproom on Friday, May 17th to celebrate last fall’s addition of  five more CoGo stations within and on the edge of Grandview Heights. That brings to six the number of point-to-point destinations inside and just outside of the City, the first of which opened at the Market District grocery store in the fall 2016.

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I want to single out Brad Westall, Columbus Recreation and Parks’ greenways planner, in recognition of his leading the effort to expand CoGo into our area through securing of a $1 million federal grant subsidizing the installation of the expanded network in the Tri-Village, Upper Arlington and Bexley. I also want to recognize the help of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission staff and UA Community Development Director Chad Gibson and his OSU city planning class for the work they did in studying potential station locations.

This marks another important example of cooperation between Columbus and its neighbors in improving the mobility of people through our communities while promoting sound environmental practices and the urban lifestyle at the core of Grandview Heights living and recreation culture.

It also makes the City more attractive attraction as a destination for tourists and other visitors to explore. City Council and our Service and Parks & Recreation staff also lent their support to this vital project.

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Last fall, stations opened at the Taproom, the Grandview Heights Public Library, Panera’s Pizza at Grandview and Third Avenues; Pierce Field; and Burr Avenue and Yard Street.

CoGo now has stations at Northwest Boulevard and Chambers Road a short walk from the Kroger grocery store; another in Upper Arlington’s Mallway Park at Arlington Avenue; and at Northwest and North Star. Bexley and now Easton also have locations. 

I would encourage residents to learn more about CoGo and give it a whirl.          

5. Commercial, Residential Investment Soars

Every so often I like to share information from the department directors that offers a snapshot of what’s happening in our community.

Building and Zoning Department Director, Charles Boshane, recently shared some statistics on the pace of construction activity through the first four months of 2019. One can’t help seeing all of the construction vans and equipment when talking a stroll or ride around our town.

Though April 30th, Boshane told me the City has issued 400 permits for commercial and residential projects. That represents a construction value of $19.66 million.

That pace also marks a 36 percent increase in the number of permits issued from the 294 during the first third of 2018 and a 46.6 percent increase in construction value from the $13.4 million.
This level of investment shows the confidence developers and existing homeowners and businesses have in the long-term viability and vitality of Grandview Heights.
 

Tuesday Top 5 is a weekly update from Mayor Ray DeGraw and the City of Grandview Heights. For more information, visit GrandviewHeights.org. 

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The Tuesday Top 5: March 25th, 2019

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1. Main Structures Now Framed at McKinley Facility

What a difference a few weeks have made at the 1260 McKinley Ave. construction site of the City’s Public Works Facility.

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R.W. Setterlin Building Co. and its subcontractors have completed the steel skeleton of the new equipment storage building and adjacent office for the City’s Service Department, the Building Department and the Parks Division of the Parks & Recreation Department. Masonry work on those two buildings has also started.

When I last wrote about the facility, contractors had just completed the steel frame on the office section of the complex.

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Construction started in late 2018.The $5.2 million construction project remains on schedule for a September delivery. 

2. M/I Homes Picks up the Pace in the Grandview Yard

Columbus homebuilder M/I Homes now has 14 homes in some stage of construction within its Homes at Grandview Yard project.

The homebuilder has four homes fully framed along West First Avenue immediately west of Bobcat Avenue with four more foundations ready for framing. M/I also has pulled permits for the last six lots along First between Bobcat and the end of Edgehill Road.

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wrote about the start of construction in early January.

M/I will offer three models offering between 1,900 and 2,500 square feet among the 79 homes slated for the Homes at the Yard. The bulk of those single-family homes are slated for an area south of West First and west of Bobcat.

3. Batting Cage Under Construction

Contractors have started construction on the long-awaited batting cage at Pierce Field.
Crews began installing fencing along the Northwest Boulevard edge of Pierce Field on March 22 with the concrete pour expected this week, weather permitting. The City’s Parks & Recreation Advisory Board 
voted to support the project at its November meeting. 

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The Grandview Heights High School girls’ softball team could begin using the $28,000 structure as early as the middle of April. The Grandview Baseball Softball Association joined the school district’s athletic department and the Bobcat Boosters in funding the 54-foot by 14-foot facility. Anderson Concrete also has donated the concrete materials for the project.

4. Grandview Hop Adds Month, Kid Activities

The 2019 edition of the Grandview Hop will expand its list of kids-focused activities while adding an early Fall weekend to what had been a strictly summer schedule in recent years.

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The Columbus Young Professionals Club that puts on the sidewalk market and entertainment event along Grandview Avenue has added the last Saturday in September to this summer’s schedule. This popular event that is co-sponsored by the Destination Grandview tourism organization and the City will be held on June 29, July 27, August 31 and September 28.

This year’s Hops will offer vendor booths to artists, craftsmen and product sellers ages 8 to 16 in a section called Kids Enterprise Alley in conjunction with the Grandview Heights School District. Organizers and the City also will expand other kid-oriented activities to include a bounce house and interactive games. 

Destination Grandview Executive Director Brian Cheek welcomed the expanding opportunities for youth at the Grandview Hop. “That brings a nice traffic flow to Grandview Avenue and separates us from other area hops.”

I’ll announce more details closer to the first Grandview Hop in late June.

5. City Joins Switch to Biodiesel

The City of Grandview Heights will start pumping biodiesel fuel into much of its heavy vehicles beginning April 1. 

The switch comes as the fuel depot at the Franklin County Engineer’s office at 970 Dublin Road moves to a biodiesel mix effective in early April. The switch to biodiesel at the Dublin Road facility marks the first of three facilities the County Engineer will convert to biodiesel through August.  
A notice to the City from the Franklin County Engineer said the warm-weather mix calls for a 20 percent biodiesel produced from used plant oils, cooking oil and animal fats blended with 80 percent diesel from petroleum. The December through March winter blend will have 5 percent biodiesel and 95 percent standard diesel.

The Grandview Heights Finance Department said City departments filled up for a combined 16,666.1 gallons of diesel in 2018 with the Division of Fire’s fire trucks, EMS and ambulance as the City’s major user of diesel fuel. 

The Service Department uses diesel in its dump trucks and other sanitation vehicles. 

Tuesday Top 5 is a weekly update from Mayor Ray DeGraw and the City of Grandview Heights. For more information, visit GrandviewHeights.org. 

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May 14

The Tuesday Top 5: May 14th, 2019

Posted on May 14, 2019 at 10:54 AM by Laura Oldham


The Tuesday Top 5: May 14th, 2019

Welcome to the Tuesday Top 5! Your source for the latest info on what is going on in Grandview Heights.                                                                                                                                                                     

1. Getting the Pool Ready for Opening

The City had an unpleasant surprise several days ago when the lap and diving pool were filled with water and immediately found rust forming along the north wall of the pool and the north edge of the peninsula.

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The rust issue is only on those areas not on the other areas of those pool. There is no issue on the zero entry/slide pool at all, making it more difficult to identify the cause.

Over the last week, Parks & Recreation Director Patterson and I met with metal experts, a testing lab and contractors to identify what caused the issue and how to best get it cleaned to allow the pool to open on time.  In addition, contracted with CTL Engineering to do testing.

We know 2 things: the stainless was manufactured within specifications and the City did not cause the issue.

To resolve the issue and still get the pool open as scheduled on May 25th, we have determined that we will use a multi-step approach.  We can clean the rust off immediately with a mild environmentally friendly citrus cleaner and have ordered the work to be done. Work will start Wednesday. The cleaner will remove the rust and will allow us to move forward quickly without any concern about water safety.

The downside of this is that there will be visible discoloring of the metal until we go back this fall – after the pool has closed - to complete a corrective cleansing and treating of the metal.  This cleaning will be more involved and would delay the opening of the pool if we did it now. We have drained the pool in preparation for the work that we are looking to complete this week.

Rest assured the City is closely monitoring this issue and has placed the health and safety of those swimming in the pool as our Number 1 priority.

At this point in time, we are still working hard to get all pools open on May 25th.

2. Addressing Short-term Housing Rentals (STRs)

Issues around Short-Term Rentals (also commonly referred to as Airbnbs} are beginning to emerge in our community as they are nationwide.

I recently attended a conference where this was one of the big issues impacting all cities.  Locally, we have had one case of items being stolen from a home.  Other issues have revolved around parking, noise and parties.

Housing booking services such as Airbnb, HomeAway and FlipKey have become significant renters of private homes for vacationers and travelers looking for an alternative to hotels. They can provide a nice service, but issues can also arise that impact the neighborhood and the safety of the neighbors and the renters.  I expect the City to look at taking some type of regulatory legislative action in the coming months.

The City has interest in making sure any rental property conforms to the City building code and that guests respect city ordinances while they stay.  This Administration and Council will work together to balance this community’s need to maintain the public peace and safety even as it welcomes short-term visitors.

3. City Recognizes Wrestler’s Championship

The City has recognized Grandview Heights High School senior athlete, Hudson Jump, for his continued success on the mat.

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I joined members of City Council at their May 6th meeting in support of a Resolution of Achievement marking Hudson’s second individual state wrestling championship on March 9th. His win in the 220-pound weight class follows his March 2018 title in the 195-pound weight class.

The dual championship is just the third time a GHHS wrestler has earned two state wrestling titles. Hudson, who also has had a distinguished career on the gridiron for the Bobcats, outscored his wrestling opponents by a combined 85-21 score during the 2018-19 campaign, and finished his high school career with an impressive 157 victories and 11 defeats.

He plans to attend Ohio State University this fall.

Councilman Steve Reynolds sponsored the resolution that gained the support of the entire Council.
I applaud Hudson for his stellar athletic achievement and work ethic and the honor his achievements have brought to the school district’s athletic program and community.

4. Beer Fun Run Raises Money For Cancer Services

The Columbus Beer Fun Run held within Grandview Yard on May 4th raised some cash to provide services for woman cancer patients.

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Presented by Hofbrauhaus, the event attracted 1,233 runners and walkers who got to sample four beers along the 2-mile course.

The Columbus chapter of the Pink Ribbon Girls received a check of more than $3,100 from the fun run event. PRG spokeswoman Betsy Gillespie said the group provides housekeeping and meals to the families of those fighting metastatic breast or gynecological cancers as well as rides to patients to their treatment appointments.

This is the first year the Pink Ribbon Girls hosted this event in the Columbus market.
I went down that morning to check out the event and found myself volunteering for this worthy cause. I enjoyed meeting participants and organizers and look forward to the fundraiser’s expected return next spring. 

5. Field Days Change Over The Years

The end of the school year next week means Grandview Heights City School District students will have a Field Day, but not necessarily one completely filled with races and other physical competition.

Stevenson Elementary School will have their Field Day on Tuesday, May 21st, while Edison Intermediate/Larson Middle School will have its on Friday, May 17th.

Stevenson Principal Angela Ullum said the day of various competitive activities has morphed into what is now dubbed Wellness Day, with a mix of the physical activities under the Super Games banner as well as some learning.

The physical activities including tug-of-war, tag and an inflatable obstacle course. After a healthy lunch on the lawn, Ullum tells me the elementary school kids learn about good nutrition and sports etiquette.

I did some research and found out, once upon a time, Field Day was a community holiday celebrated by kids and adults alike from the then-villages of Grandview Heights, Marble Cliff and Upper Arlington. A Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Historical Society web page described the Tri-Village field day as the early summer community event from 1915 to 1925.

That web page shows a 1921 Norwester newspaper story describing the days as a collection of children’s games, athletic events, a band concert and fundraising activities. An early afternoon parade with competing neighborhood floats preceded a baseball game between Grandview Heights and Upper Arlington, with a supper served at two area churches and then a vaudeville show following.

The City still has a parade on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, of course; this year, the parade takes place on May 25th. And anyone who has attended UA’s Independence Day parade know neighbors of many UA streets still compete for the best floats as part of their community celebration. 

Tuesday Top 5 is a weekly update from Mayor Ray DeGraw and the City of Grandview Heights. For more information, visit GrandviewHeights.org. 

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The Tuesday Top 5: March 25th, 2019

Welcome to the Tuesday Top 5! Your source for the latest info on what is going on in Grandview Heights

1. Main Structures Now Framed at McKinley Facility

What a difference a few weeks have made at the 1260 McKinley Ave. construction site of the City’s Public Works Facility.

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R.W. Setterlin Building Co. and its subcontractors have completed the steel skeleton of the new equipment storage building and adjacent office for the City’s Service Department, the Building Department and the Parks Division of the Parks & Recreation Department. Masonry work on those two buildings has also started.

When I last wrote about the facility, contractors had just completed the steel frame on the office section of the complex.

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Construction started in late 2018.The $5.2 million construction project remains on schedule for a September delivery. 

2. M/I Homes Picks up the Pace in the Grandview Yard

Columbus homebuilder M/I Homes now has 14 homes in some stage of construction within its Homes at Grandview Yard project.

The homebuilder has four homes fully framed along West First Avenue immediately west of Bobcat Avenue with four more foundations ready for framing. M/I also has pulled permits for the last six lots along First between Bobcat and the end of Edgehill Road.

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wrote about the start of construction in early January.

M/I will offer three models offering between 1,900 and 2,500 square feet among the 79 homes slated for the Homes at the Yard. The bulk of those single-family homes are slated for an area south of West First and west of Bobcat.

3. Batting Cage Under Construction

Contractors have started construction on the long-awaited batting cage at Pierce Field.
Crews began installing fencing along the Northwest Boulevard edge of Pierce Field on March 22 with the concrete pour expected this week, weather permitting. The City’s Parks & Recreation Advisory Board 
voted to support the project at its November meeting. 

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The Grandview Heights High School girls’ softball team could begin using the $28,000 structure as early as the middle of April. The Grandview Baseball Softball Association joined the school district’s athletic department and the Bobcat Boosters in funding the 54-foot by 14-foot facility. Anderson Concrete also has donated the concrete materials for the project.

4. Grandview Hop Adds Month, Kid Activities

The 2019 edition of the Grandview Hop will expand its list of kids-focused activities while adding an early Fall weekend to what had been a strictly summer schedule in recent years.

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The Columbus Young Professionals Club that puts on the sidewalk market and entertainment event along Grandview Avenue has added the last Saturday in September to this summer’s schedule. This popular event that is co-sponsored by the Destination Grandview tourism organization and the City will be held on June 29, July 27, August 31 and September 28.

This year’s Hops will offer vendor booths to artists, craftsmen and product sellers ages 8 to 16 in a section called Kids Enterprise Alley in conjunction with the Grandview Heights School District. Organizers and the City also will expand other kid-oriented activities to include a bounce house and interactive games. 

Destination Grandview Executive Director Brian Cheek welcomed the expanding opportunities for youth at the Grandview Hop. “That brings a nice traffic flow to Grandview Avenue and separates us from other area hops.”

I’ll announce more details closer to the first Grandview Hop in late June.

5. City Joins Switch to Biodiesel

The City of Grandview Heights will start pumping biodiesel fuel into much of its heavy vehicles beginning April 1. 

The switch comes as the fuel depot at the Franklin County Engineer’s office at 970 Dublin Road moves to a biodiesel mix effective in early April. The switch to biodiesel at the Dublin Road facility marks the first of three facilities the County Engineer will convert to biodiesel through August.  
A notice to the City from the Franklin County Engineer said the warm-weather mix calls for a 20 percent biodiesel produced from used plant oils, cooking oil and animal fats blended with 80 percent diesel from petroleum. The December through March winter blend will have 5 percent biodiesel and 95 percent standard diesel.

The Grandview Heights Finance Department said City departments filled up for a combined 16,666.1 gallons of diesel in 2018 with the Division of Fire’s fire trucks, EMS and ambulance as the City’s major user of diesel fuel. 

The Service Department uses diesel in its dump trucks and other sanitation vehicles. 

Tuesday Top 5 is a weekly update from Mayor Ray DeGraw and the City of Grandview Heights. For more information, visit GrandviewHeights.org. 

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May 07

The Tuesday Top 5: May 7th, 2019

Posted on May 7, 2019 at 11:14 AM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: May 7th, 2019

Welcome to the Tuesday Top 5! Your source for the latest info on what is going on in Grandview Heights.

1. GHHS Junior’s Book, Service Lauded

A book documenting a long-time Grandview Heights community tradition has marked a milestone in a GHHS junior’s community service.

I joined with City Council at their May 6th meeting in recognizing teen volunteer, Meghan Watters, through passage of a resolution of appreciation for her decade-long devotion to community service.
That service has included volunteering for the Heart to Heart Food Pantry at First Community Church, serving on the baking team at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, and an out-of-town mission trip to a women’s shelter and food pantries in New York City through St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

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The 10-year member of Girl Scouts of America Troop 2219 earned a Silver Award two years ago reading stories that promote healthy eating to preschoolers at the Grandview Heights Library.

Most recently, Watters earned top recognition from her troop with the Girl Scouts Gold Award for her research and writing of a book on the 70-year history of the Grandview Heights Cake Walk. That spring fundraiser hosted by the Grandview Heights Band Parents Association supports the purchase of instruments and music and covering the cost of other expenses for the school district’s instrumental music program. As important, it’s a social event many residents have turned into an entertaining family tradition.

Watters, a saxophone player in the Grandview Heights district since fifth grade, said her Cake Walk research included speaking to current and former band directors, tapping newspaper articles from the archives of the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Historical Society, and inviting input from longtime residents, including me.  

Watters recently self-published an e-edition of her 43-page chapter book and expects to publish a paperback edition the week of May 20th.

2. Two Police Officers Earn Sergeant Stripes

Two veteran Grandview Heights Division of Police officers were formally sworn in as sergeants during the May 6th meeting of City Council.

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I had the pleasure of administering the oath of office to police division veterans Chad Lester and Janna Cohill in front of those attending the meeting, including some of their colleagues and members of their families.  Cohill and Lester both graduated from the Columbus State Community College in 2004.

Cohill, joined the City as an intern with the Grandview Heights Division of Police and became a volunteer reserve officer in June 2005. In early 2006, the City hired her as a full-time communications coordinator while she remained a reserve officer for six years. 

She became a full-time officer in 2012. Her duties since then have included serving as the division’s public information officer, a field training officer for new officers and a member of the division’s bike patrol. She currently serves on the rifle squad and, as sergeant, will supervise the division’s third-shift patrol. Cohill is married to a Hilliard police sergeant and has two children and a stepchild.

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also served as a reserve officer before the City hired him as a full-time officer in mid-2007, principally patrolling the community on second or third shift. He also has served as a field training officer and an evidence technician, processing crime scenes. With the promotion, the husband and the father of one will serve as a second shift patrol supervisor.

The promotions of Sgts. Lester and Cohill means the department now has five sergeants. Four of the sergeants serve as shift sergeants and the fifth sergeant primarily supervises the investigation unit.

I want to thank Cohill and Lester for their years of service to our community and their continued commitment as leaders of their respective shifts.

The promotions follow the hiring of a new officer in February.

3. Grandview Heights Income Tax

The flow of income tax revenue into Grandview Heights’s coffers this year is on track to meet or exceed the projected $15.8 million tax revenue set in the 2019 budget.  

Each month, Finance Director Bob Dvoraczky presents City Council with updates on revenue coming into the City and expenditures as part of the finance report  The report for the first four months of 2019 – or the first one-third of the fiscal year – shows combined withholding and individual income taxes plus business net profits income of nearly $5.57 million, a $726,822 increase year to date from the corresponding 2018 period.

I wrote a blog in January how the development Grandview Yard development has driven the city’s tax revenue in the last few years.

4. Parks & Recreation Registration Opens

Residents of Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff should have received their Summer 2019 Community Guide in their mailbox last week. The guide lists the slew of programs the Department of Parks & Recreation’s staff has in store as well as special community events like the Memorial Day Service on May 23rd and the May 25th Memorial Day Parade.

Registration for residents opens today, May 7th, for many of the programs. I would encourage residents to take the time to review those Parks & Rec activities and quickly sign up for those programs requiring registration as many of the programs have limits on the number of participants.
You can look at an online listing of the summer programming here and click the “Register” button next to the program to begin registration. You may also register at the Park & Recreation office at the Community Center, 1515 Goodale Blvd. If you have any questions or need help, please call Parks & Recreation at 614-488-3111.

One can access the full online version of the Community Guide listing other special events here as well. 

5. Sidewalk Markings a Sign of the Season

Residents walking the sidewalks in their neighborhoods may have noticed fresh white or green paint on the paths these last couple of weeks.

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The white marks mean the Parks & Recreation Department’s maintenance crews have determined the roots of City trees have lifted up a portion of the sidewalk and created a tripping hazard. In those cases, the City will grind down uneven joints or replace the entire section of sidewalk. The City, a few years ago took financial responsibility for sidewalk issues caused by City trees. Prior to that, residents had to remedy such hazards at their own cost.

The Grandview Heights Building Department remains in charge of identifying sidewalks in need of general repair that is not damaged by trees or tree roots. Those sections are marked with green paint and are the responsibility of the home or business owner to repair.  A door hanger is placed at the front door of the residences or business that gives the property owner a time period to repair the sidewalk. Residents are welcomed to contact the City Building and Zoning Department if they have any questions.

Tuesday Top 5 is a weekly update from Mayor Ray DeGraw and the City of Grandview Heights. For more information, visit GrandviewHeights.org. 

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The Tuesday Top 5: March 25th, 2019

Welcome to the Tuesday Top 5! Your source for the latest info on what is going on in Grandview Heights

1. Main Structures Now Framed at McKinley Facility

What a difference a few weeks have made at the 1260 McKinley Ave. construction site of the City’s Public Works Facility.

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R.W. Setterlin Building Co. and its subcontractors have completed the steel skeleton of the new equipment storage building and adjacent office for the City’s Service Department, the Building Department and the Parks Division of the Parks & Recreation Department. Masonry work on those two buildings has also started.

When I last wrote about the facility, contractors had just completed the steel frame on the office section of the complex.

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Construction started in late 2018.The $5.2 million construction project remains on schedule for a September delivery. 

2. M/I Homes Picks up the Pace in the Grandview Yard

Columbus homebuilder M/I Homes now has 14 homes in some stage of construction within its Homes at Grandview Yard project.

The homebuilder has four homes fully framed along West First Avenue immediately west of Bobcat Avenue with four more foundations ready for framing. M/I also has pulled permits for the last six lots along First between Bobcat and the end of Edgehill Road.

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wrote about the start of construction in early January.

M/I will offer three models offering between 1,900 and 2,500 square feet among the 79 homes slated for the Homes at the Yard. The bulk of those single-family homes are slated for an area south of West First and west of Bobcat.

3. Batting Cage Under Construction

Contractors have started construction on the long-awaited batting cage at Pierce Field.
Crews began installing fencing along the Northwest Boulevard edge of Pierce Field on March 22 with the concrete pour expected this week, weather permitting. The City’s Parks & Recreation Advisory Board 
voted to support the project at its November meeting. 

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The Grandview Heights High School girls’ softball team could begin using the $28,000 structure as early as the middle of April. The Grandview Baseball Softball Association joined the school district’s athletic department and the Bobcat Boosters in funding the 54-foot by 14-foot facility. Anderson Concrete also has donated the concrete materials for the project.

4. Grandview Hop Adds Month, Kid Activities

The 2019 edition of the Grandview Hop will expand its list of kids-focused activities while adding an early Fall weekend to what had been a strictly summer schedule in recent years.

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The Columbus Young Professionals Club that puts on the sidewalk market and entertainment event along Grandview Avenue has added the last Saturday in September to this summer’s schedule. This popular event that is co-sponsored by the Destination Grandview tourism organization and the City will be held on June 29, July 27, August 31 and September 28.

This year’s Hops will offer vendor booths to artists, craftsmen and product sellers ages 8 to 16 in a section called Kids Enterprise Alley in conjunction with the Grandview Heights School District. Organizers and the City also will expand other kid-oriented activities to include a bounce house and interactive games. 

Destination Grandview Executive Director Brian Cheek welcomed the expanding opportunities for youth at the Grandview Hop. “That brings a nice traffic flow to Grandview Avenue and separates us from other area hops.”

I’ll announce more details closer to the first Grandview Hop in late June.

5. City Joins Switch to Biodiesel

The City of Grandview Heights will start pumping biodiesel fuel into much of its heavy vehicles beginning April 1. 

The switch comes as the fuel depot at the Franklin County Engineer’s office at 970 Dublin Road moves to a biodiesel mix effective in early April. The switch to biodiesel at the Dublin Road facility marks the first of three facilities the County Engineer will convert to biodiesel through August.  
A notice to the City from the Franklin County Engineer said the warm-weather mix calls for a 20 percent biodiesel produced from used plant oils, cooking oil and animal fats blended with 80 percent diesel from petroleum. The December through March winter blend will have 5 percent biodiesel and 95 percent standard diesel.

The Grandview Heights Finance Department said City departments filled up for a combined 16,666.1 gallons of diesel in 2018 with the Division of Fire’s fire trucks, EMS and ambulance as the City’s major user of diesel fuel. 

The Service Department uses diesel in its dump trucks and other sanitation vehicles. 

Tuesday Top 5 is a weekly update from Mayor Ray DeGraw and the City of Grandview Heights. For more information, visit GrandviewHeights.org. 

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