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Nov 27

The Tuesday Top 5: November 27, 2018

Posted on November 27, 2018 at 8:20 PM by Laura Oldham

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

1. Parks and Recreation worker and friend remembered

Sean McCreary, a five-year member of the Grandview Heights Parks and Recreation Department staff and a friend to all, passed away November 19th. Sean was married and had two young daughters whom he was very active with. Although he graduated from Thomas Worthington, his family lived in Grandview Heights for part of his childhood and he went to St. Christopher’s School. He loved our community.

Sean McCreary

Sean also supported the community after hours, whether coaching his daughters’ GBSA softball teams, helping the Bobcat Boosters set up wiring for the Ox Roast, or being involved in several other organizations. With his laid back, easy going personality, Sean quickly built friendships among the City staff and with Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff residents. He was a good cook, at least in a couple of areas. Each spring he and his father would grill ribs and prepare other dishes for a staff gathering. He also cooked a “legendary” Crème Brule French Toast for the Center’s Annual Christmas Breakfast.

Sean had a versatility of skills. If you could describe it, he could build it and if you
needed help, he was there. His background as an electrician and mechanic led to him
taking on several other tasks outside his work in Parks and Recreation, including
assisting the City Service Department on streetlight repairs, line tracing, and circuit
breaker installation.

Most of all, Sean was a good man. To meet him, was to like him. The City staff and the
broader community will greatly miss Sean as a co-worker and a friend. We are all better people for knowing him.

2. Operating budget reflects priorities

In addition to funding continued operations, the proposed 2019 Operating Budget, Ordinance 2018-30 The budget I submitted to Council earlier this month as Ordinance 2018-30 includes several new initiatives to enhance services:

  • Adding a police officer to the department and moving a sergeant to the detective bureau to handle a growing investigation caseload;
  • Hiring one more maintenance worker to the Service Department and dedicating two workers to film and clean sewer and sanitary lines throughout the city as we move toward a goal inspecting every sanitary and storm sewer line once a year while reducing contract labor costs;
  • Greatly expand the programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department to increase offerings to all age groups, a move that will require creating a new recreation program position;
  • The operating budget also proposes to increase our tree pruning and replacement activity and step up replacement of sidewalks damaged by tree roots; and
  • Funding an update to the street pavement rating system developed by ODOT to help prioritize street repairs and replacements. This goes hand-in-hand with a request to increase the capital improvements budget for street repairs by $250,000 in 2019.

3. Capital budget list under review

The Capital Improvements Budget (Ordinance 2018-31) also is also under review by council. The administration’s proposed new initiatives include: 

  • Community projects include expansion of the Street Improvement program from $500,000 this year to $?750,000 in 2019; replacing the east side sidewalk with a shared pedestrian and bike path (multi-purpose path) on Grandview Avenue between the City Hall and Goodale Boulevard, a new multi-purpose path along the east side of Elmwood north of Goodale; and intersection safety enhancements for the intersection of Grandview and West First avenues;
  • The purchase of a new garbage packer truck, two new trash buggies, a skid steer with attachments, and new leaf box for a dump truck;
  • Protective clothing, scheduled radio replacements and an ambulance cot for the fire department as well as scheduled radio replacement, night optics, and cell analyzer equipment for the police department; and
  • Upgrades for the permitting system for the Administration Department and replacement security cameras for city hall.

4. Sidewalk, curb repair discussed

City Council’s Planning and Administrative Committee held a hearing November 19th on an ordinance seeking to change the scope of property owners’ responsibility for the repair or installation of public sidewalks, curbs and street gutter. Proposed Ordinance 2018-32 would shift part or all of the cost of such projects to the City. The Council committee asked me and Service Director Darryl Hughes about the process and standards used to direct residents and business to repair their sidewalks. Historically, the city’s Building Department has inspected a quadrant of the city each year, marked sidewalks and curbs in need of repair, and notified residents of the need to repair the sidewalks.

For a number of years, the City has repaired sidewalks damaged or lifted by city-
installed trees in the public right-of-way between the sidewalk and street curb. The
current proposal will get more scrutiny as the city determines the current condition of the sidewalks, curbs and street gutters and how much it will cost to repair those not meeting the City’s standards.

5. City launches Christmas festivities

The holiday season gets started here in Grandview Heights this week, beginning with the acceptance of Letters to Santa at the Grandview Heights Center, 1515 Goodale Boulevard, or the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., today through December 19th. Children may also email their letters to All correspondence will get answered through the U.S. Postal Service.

New this year will be outside activities. An artificial ice rink will be open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the Grandview High School Band will start playing at 5:30 to kick off the outside activities. So,bring your ice skates and dress warm! The Pathways Credit Union will again sponsor a Holiday Coloring Contest, with entries due at the credit union (1445 Goodale Boulevard) or the Grandview Center by noon on Monday, December 3rd. Winners of the $50 first place prize, $25 second prize and third place $10 prize will be announced at the holiday tree lighting ceremony that begins at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4th at the Grandview Center. That ceremony will feature the Grandview Heights High School Singers ensemble.

Tree being lit up Tree in light

Next week I’ll detail the 'Bubbles the Elf' contest that runs from December 1st through December 20th. You’ll have to find our holiday Elf at area businesses and post a picture on the city’s social media sites: Instagram #BubblesTheElfGrandview or
Facebook @grandviewheightsoh.

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