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Jan 01

The Tuesday Top 5: January 1st, 2019

Posted on January 1, 2019 at 10:03 AM by Laura Oldham

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

1. Ringin’ in the New Year

A piece of the Grandview Fire Division’s history has returned to the City. The bell first installed on the City’s historic 1924 Seagrave Fire Truck (Grandview Heights Truck 1) 95 years ago came back to the division in mid-December. This gift came from retired Chief Todd Hovermale, whose late father John Hovermale had received the bell in 1966 to commemorate his retirement as captain with the Division. Todd Hovermale also retired from the Department in 1988. The original bell story goes that the 1924 truck was delivered without a bell. The Seagrave's representative who lived across the street from the fire station eventually got a bell which according to the story from Chief Hovermale, came from a horse pulled steam engine from New York that was traded into Seagraves for a new truck. The historic bell came off in 1953 when the truck was sold and hidden in the fire station’s attic until it was given to Captain Hovermale when he retired in 1966.  It will be reinstalled on Truck 1 this year. The current Truck 1 bell was installed by Carl Horton of Horton Emergency Vehicles when he restored the truck after purchasing it from the City.  The truck was later donated back to the City.

Truck 1 original bell

2. Looking Ahead: 2019

This Week Article “Another Active Year in Grandview: Development, Recreation Top 2019 To Do List” provides a good summary of the upcoming activities, projects, and new programs that will make 2019 an exciting year for The City of Grandview Heights. Read the article here.

3. Hold onto Those Trees

The City’s Service Department will begin picking up Christmas trees the week of Monday, January 7th. Residents should place the trees in front of their houses between the sidewalks and the street; they will not get picked up from alleyways. Collection of Christmas trees will end on Monday, February 4th. A reminder that the City is no longer collecting leaves or yard waste curbside. Residents may still take yard waste and leaves to Ohio Mulch at 4120 Roberts Road or bring them to the Service Department – by appointment only– Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please call the Service Department at 614 488-4728 to make those arrangements.


4. Street Sweeping Set to Begin

Speaking of the end of leaf collection, the City will begin sweeping the public streets in Grandview and Marble Cliff the week of January 7th. The Service Department asks (required by ordinance) residents to remove their vehicles from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the day their side of the street is being swept, according to signs posted 24 hours in advance.

5. 2019 Shelter House Reservations Begin

Grandview and Marble Cliff residents interested in reserving a shelter houses at Wyman Woods or McKinley Field parks for a wedding, reunion, graduation party, a business event, club picnic or other gathering can do so beginning Wednesday, January 2nd. One can check the shelter availability by calling at 614-488-3111 or by visiting the website here. Those ready to book still must call or visit the Parks and Recreation office at 1515 Goodale Boulevard to reserve the shelter and pay the deposit. Reservations for nonresidents begin Monday, February 5th. The rental cost and other details are available at here.The W.W. Williams shelter house at Wyman Woods is available from April 1st through October 31st while the McKinley Field shelter house is available throughout the year.

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

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