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Posted on December 4, 2018 at 1:01 PM by Laura Oldham
1. 2019 Budgets Pass
City Council passed both the City Operating and Capital Budgets on unanimous 7-0 votes during its December 3rd meeting. I wanted to express my appreciation to the City Staff for their tireless work forming the proposed budgets, and to Council for fine-tuning the details during committee meetings. I would especially like to recognize the hard work of the Council Finance Committee, chaired by Councilman Steven Gladman and the Finance Department. The budgets as passed reflect the same priorities I set for continued operations and new initiatives when presenting the budget for Council’s consideration in November.
Read more: The Tuesday Top 5: November 27, 2018
2. Leaf Pickup Continues
Wet and freezing weather in November caused delays to curbside leaf collection, but the Grandview Heights Service Department will continue their efforts to catch up. Service Director, Darryl Hughes, reported his crews have collected over 300 tons of leaves from the streets of Grandview Heights in November while booking 131 hours of overtime amid the inclement weather. Rest assured those efforts will continue as the weather cooperates.
3. The Bigger Purpose of Not Raking Leaves and Putting Yard Waste in the Streets
Director of Administration, Patrick Bowman, reports that leaf collection is a key component to keeping yard waste out of the City’s storm sewer system, which can cause blockages in and out of the Scioto and Olentangy Rivers. These measures and others get reviewed and updated each year as part of the City’s storm water management plan filed with the Ohio EPA each year. Residents can look up information on that plan here.
NOTE: The leaves, grass clippings, and other yard waste picked up gets composted.
4. ScriptDrop Eyes Relocation, Expansion
A startup software firm, ScriptDrop Inc., has identified 855 Grandview Avenue as a tentative site to grow its technology-driven prescription drug delivery business. My administration brought legislation for a first reading before City Council to entice the company to move into the Loth office furniture-anchored building. Loth, Inc. is looking to expand and integrate its logistics software into chain pharmacies seeking to improve customer service.
A recent Columbus Business First article said the company will bring 15 employees plus expectations it will add nine more as it moves to merge with software contractor Matched Pattern LLC. Council’s Economic Development Committee will hold public hearings on the proposed incentive before a vote of the full council in early 2019.