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The Tuesday Top 5: April 16th, 2019

Posted on April 16, 2019 at 10:47 AM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: April 16th, 2019

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

1. Service Department Set To Begin Road Projects

The Grandview Heights Service Department has the green light to begin the 2019 road repair projects. The City’s Board of Control on April 10th approved a contract with Strawser Paving Inc. as the lowest and best bid for the annual street repair program.

The $731,571 bid includes $658,814 for the standard street paving program bidding I wrote about March 5 as well as funding toward full-depth, spot paving of the bumper crop of potholes and sections of crumbling pavement created during this last winter.

The street repair program should begin the week of April 21st with the concrete curb and alley work through the projects as well as the widening of the sidewalk along the east edge of Grandview Avenue between Goodale Boulevard and City Hall as a bike-and-pedestrian path. The asphalt replacement on Mulford Road between Grandview and Glendale avenues also will occur during this first phase.

I will update the construction schedule on my blog page when future phases get set.

2. Board of Control Approves Equipment Purchases

The Board of Control – a spending review panel made of myself, Council President Greta Kearns and Finance Director Bob Dvoraczky – also unanimously approved spending $254,191 on a new refuse packer (garbage) truck.

The 2020 Mack truck will replace the current 2007 truck that has 108,691 miles slowly traveling the streets and alleys of our community. That vehicle will be moved to backup position as well as used for yard waste collection. The current backup truck will be sold. 

Service Department Director Darryl Hughes said the new truck will be somewhat smaller, a feature that will make the truck more maneuverable and easier to drive through the city’s alleys.
The finance oversight panel also approved Service Department spending:
  1. $34,838 for a new leaf loader to replace a current one purchased in 2001;
  2. a net $79,630 for a Bobcat compact excavator and skid-steer loader after trading in a 2004 backhoe for $14,500; and
  3. a combined $26,092 for two equipment trailers.
The Service Department will share the excavator and loader with the Parks and Rec Department in a bid to reduce overall capital costs.

City Council in early December unanimously approved each of the above items as part of the Capital Budget, which I submitted to Council in November.

3. Law Firm Relocating to Grandview Yard; Junction Townhomes Set

The Carlile Patchen & Murphy law firm plans to anchor the Grandview Yard office building under construction at 950 Goodale Blvd.

The law firm plans to lease the entire 17,000-square-foot second floor of the two-story office building Yard developer Nationwide Realty Investors started building in late March at the corner of Goodale and Northwest Boulevard. Carlile Patchen & Murphy has operated out of a mid-1920s era property at 366 E. Broad St. at North Grant Avenue since 1986. The firm was founded 52 years ago on Capitol Square.

The developer also has confirmed plans to build 20 townhomes spread among three buildings along Bobcat immediately north of the Carlile Patchen & Murphy parking lot.

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An NRI spokeswoman said the mix of 1-to 3-bedroom rental units will have 1,100 to 2,000 square feet of living space but has not settled on pricing. The developer has started site work but not construction on those residences.

NRI expects to deliver both the Grandview Yard office building and Junction townhomes in the spring 2020. 

4. Batter, Batter, Batter … Swing

The warmer weather of recent weeks naturally has had many sports fans thinking about watching a ballgame.

Along those lines, I’m excited to report the experience for young athletes in Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff at Pierce Field is about to get better. Contractors for the City last week installed the fencing and netting for the 14’ by 54’ batting cage the Grandview Heights school district and Grandview Baseball Softball Association had approved last fall.

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This week, The Department of Parks & Recreation expects the artificial turf to get installed.
The school district, GBSA and the Bobcat Boosters financed the project.

The cage will be available during weekdays on a first-come, first-serve basis when the high school and GBSA teams are not using it.

Separately, the Board of Zoning Appeals on April 10 approved the installation of a 23 ½’ high and 28’ long fence along the first base line in front of the dugout of the GHHS boys’ baseball field on Fairview Avenue. Currently an 8’ high fence encloses the ballfield, including along the northern property line with Huntington Bank, 1555 W. Fifth Avenue, and behind the dugout and bleachers.

Public records show the bank built the property in 1968 while the ball field predates the bank by several decades.

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GHHS Athletics Director  Brad Bertani said Huntington Bank will pay for the fence in an effort to reduce the number of foul balls that fall on customer vehicles waiting in line for the bank’s drive-thru lanes.

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5. Parks & Rec Hosts Egg Hunt, Earth Day And Arbor Day Activities

The Grandview Heights Parks & Recreation Department will lead the City’s celebration of all things spring.

The season’s events begin with the annual Easter Egg Hunt and Party at Wyman Woods Park, 1520 Goodale Boulevard, on Saturday, April 20th. The fun begins at 10 a.m. as children can greet the Easter Bunny before and after they search for hidden treasures. Parks & Rec staff and volunteers also will oversee an egg decorating area inside of the shelter house.

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Thanks to Pathways Financial Credit Union for sponsoring this family event.

Parks & Rec will commemorate Earth Day on Monday, April 22nd from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. by showing those who register how to turn a 2-liter bottle into a flower planter. The activity at the Pierce Field Pavilion is free but does require preregistration online and for attendees to bring their own bottle.

Residents are also encouraged to enjoy the outdoors that day and post pictures of their activities on Twitter with the #EarthDayInTheHeights hashtag.

Residents can email recreation supervisors Taylor Lindsey tlindsey@grandviewheights.org, or Marta Durban mdurban@grandviewheights.org with questions or call them at 614-488-3111.

Finally, Park & Recs has rescheduled the City’s Arbor Day observance to 9 a.m. on Monday, April 29th at Stevenson Elementary School. The event will include the planting of a tree in nearby Parkway Park and expected participation by Stevenson students.

Any updates will get posted to the City’s website.

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

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