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Mar 05

The Tuesday Top 5: March 5th, 2019

Posted on March 5, 2019 at 3:46 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. Hoping Residents, Merchants Attend March 12th State of the City

Early each year I have the pleasure to report on the State of the City, outlining the status of our community’s financial condition, projects, and key activities that make Grandview Heights a great place to live, work and simply enjoy. This year, we will take some time to recognize some of the people that were instrumental in our success, review 2018, and look forward to critical improvements and projects on the agenda for 2019.

I would encourage residents to join me, members of City Council, those who lead our City Departments and other community leaders on Tuesday, March 12th at The Grand Event Center. The address is 820 Goodale Boulevard, next to the Courtyard by Marriott in the Grandview Yard.

Please join us beginning at 6 p.m. to network and for the State of the City at 6:30 p.m.

I look forward to seeing you there. 

2. Finance Department Available To Answer Taxing Questions

‘Tis the season when reporting of income received and the payment of income taxes occupies our evenings and weekend afternoons ahead of the mid-April deadlines.

The local filing can get overlooked or neglected in the rush to file the federal and state forms, especially for new neighbors who may have moved into, or started working in Grandview Heights in the last year or so.

Here are the basics:

Those living or working in the City must file with the Regional Income Tax Agency, which manages the administration of its income tax filings as well filings for most other nearby communities. Those working outside the City will get a credit up to the 2.5 percent personal tax rate in Grandview Heights, but still must file through RITA. Returns can get filled out and filed online or by old-fashioned paper forms available in the reference section of the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., or in the lobby of City Hall, 1016 Grandview Ave.

The Department just posted updated FAQs on its web page that offers detailed instructions and tips to residents filing personal returns as well as businesses seeking help on their payroll/withholding information and net profits components.

The City’s Finance Department’s tax staff can assist taxpayers individually as well. To that end, feel welcome to contact tax administrators Scott Gill or Joe Curtin with any questions. You can reach Scott at 614-481-6207 or; and Joe at 614-439-7778 or  during business hours, 8:30 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

3. Circleville Officer Joins Police Force

The Grandview Heights Division of Police now stands at full authorized force after the recent addition of a former Circleville patrolman to the ranks.  Officer Joseph Ford joined the force February 13th after serving stints as a patrolman for the Circleville Police Department and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.


Officer Ford, 27, graduated from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy in 2016 after receiving a bachelor’s degree from Wright State University.

I swore in Ford, the Grove City resident, during a ceremony at the March 4th Grandview Heights City Council meeting. Ford, who graduated from Grove City High School, was joined at the swearing in by his brothers, parents, and wife Brittany.

4. Service Facility on McKinley Goes Vertical

The construction of the Service Department facility on McKinley Avenue has reached a milestone as contractors begin lifting the steel beams into place the week of February 25th. I last wrote about the facility in early January when general contractor R.W. Setterlin began working on the underground utilities serving the site and putting in the footers for the foundation.


The facility will serve as the base of operations for the City’s Service Department, the Building Department, and the Parks Division of the Parks and Recreation Department.

The property includes an athletic field (size of a U12 soccer field) and supporting restrooms.

5. Youth Triathlon Recruiting Athletes, Volunteers and Sponsors


Registration for the City’s Tri-the-Heights Youth Triathlon has already attracted a peloton of participants while City organizers also send out a call for sponsors and volunteers. This year’s swim, run, and bike event will take place on Saturday, August 31st, two days before Labor Day.

The Grandview Heights Department of Parks & Registration and community volunteers organized the first Tri-the-Heights Triathlon Labor Day weekend 2018, when 257 kids competed.


Parks & Rec reports to me that a pack of 110 signed up during an early January pre-registration push. Early bird registration continues through July 15th, during which it will costs $25 for residents and $30 for nonresidents. The cost rises to $40 and $45, respectively, from July 16th through August 30th.

The event has already attracted sponsorships from Pathways Credit Union, the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Education Foundation, the Primrose School of Grandview, Aveda Hair Salon and South Central Ohio Anesthesia. Those interested in joining that list should contact Park & Rec’s Taylor Lindsey at 614-481-6202 or or fill out the sponsorship form here 

Those who are ready to register their children should go here.

For more information on the event, click here.

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