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Sep 24

Community Letter from Mayor Ray DeGraw: September

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 8:53 AM by Laura Oldham

September 22, 2014


Dear Neighbors: Letter from Mayor Ray DeGraw

The following is an update on some of the projects and activities going on in our city: 

Halloween In cooperation with the school and the library, "Trick or Treat" night will be moved from October 31 to October 30 this year. GHHS has a home game on the 31, so moving the date allows all of us to go to support the Bobcats. Most communities are moving "Trick or Treat" to October 30 this year. 

OPWC Application I would first like to thank everyone who participated in the Planning Commission and Council Meetings concerning the Ohio Public Works Commission funding application for the work on First Avenue and Northwest Boulevard. A number of improvements to the design work came out of those meetings, including of course saving some large trees. Also the scope of the project was enlarged to do more work around the school and the intersections around the school including improving the safety at three more intersections: Virginia at Northwest, Virginia at First and Oxley at Northwest. A multi-purpose path was also added from Oxley to Northwest along the park. The application was submitted September 15. 

Wyman Woods Grandview Heights UpdateWyman Woods The community is very excited about the improvements to Wyman Woods. Some parents are telling me their children (in my case, grandchildren) cannot wait to get on the new playground. The new shelter is progressing well, the grass of the new field is taking hold, the sledding hill reinforcement is underway, final sections of the walking/running trail are being cut out and the playground area is ready for the rubber surface to be poured. The dedication of the shelter house and a park opening will be held October 25 after the Pumpkin Run. Please stop by for the dedication and tour. 

Goodale West of Grandview Paving is scheduled for the first week in October. This great project not only corrected some sanitary, storm and water issues in that area, but it also improved pedestrian and bicycle safety. 

Pool With the additional bed tax coming into the city from the second hotel going into the Grandview Yard, the Parks Board has been asked to look at improving the pool. Over the next few months they will be looking at upgrading or replacing the pool and facilities around the pool. I have heard a lot of support over the years to improve this facility. 

Grandview Ave. and Route 33 In a few weeks a crane with a large weight will begin compressing the soil that is being brought in to fill a portion of the 40 acres of land at the northeast corner of Grandview Ave. and Route 33. The tract, known for years as the Kaplin Tract, is split between the cities of Grandview Heights and Columbus. Approximately 11 acres are in our city. Almost all of the compaction work is being done in Columbus. There will be a thud sound that will be heard in a portion of the community each time the weight drops. The length of time that this work will take place is dependent upon how long it takes to get the right level of compaction. The compaction work will take place between 8 am and 4 pm. 

Grandview Yard The Giant Eagle Market District is of course open--great facility! Besides grocery shopping you can also buy a cooked lunch or dinner, sit on the patio, or have a meeting or get together in the upstairs community/conference rooms. The new parking garage by Goodale is nearing completion and the Hofbrauhaus is scheduled to open October 21.

Memorial Park The memorial park soldier statue is being constructed and the base has been designed. More than 100 bricks recognizing area veterans have been sold. You can buy a brick for yourself or another veteran for $30 by contacting our Parks and Recreation Department at 614.488.3111. Read this previous post for more information.  

See you around town. 


Ray E. DeGraw, Mayor

1016 Grandview Avenue
Grandview Heights, OH 43212
Phone: 614.488.3159
Fax: 614.488.7746