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The Tuesday Top 5: May 7th, 2019

Posted on May 7, 2019 at 11:14 AM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: May 7th, 2019

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

1. GHHS Junior’s Book, Service Lauded

A book documenting a long-time Grandview Heights community tradition has marked a milestone in a GHHS junior’s community service.

I joined with City Council at their May 6th meeting in recognizing teen volunteer, Meghan Watters, through passage of a resolution of appreciation for her decade-long devotion to community service.
That service has included volunteering for the Heart to Heart Food Pantry at First Community Church, serving on the baking team at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, and an out-of-town mission trip to a women’s shelter and food pantries in New York City through St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

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The 10-year member of Girl Scouts of America Troop 2219 earned a Silver Award two years ago reading stories that promote healthy eating to preschoolers at the Grandview Heights Library.

Most recently, Watters earned top recognition from her troop with the Girl Scouts Gold Award for her research and writing of a book on the 70-year history of the Grandview Heights Cake Walk. That spring fundraiser hosted by the Grandview Heights Band Parents Association supports the purchase of instruments and music and covering the cost of other expenses for the school district’s instrumental music program. As important, it’s a social event many residents have turned into an entertaining family tradition.

Watters, a saxophone player in the Grandview Heights district since fifth grade, said her Cake Walk research included speaking to current and former band directors, tapping newspaper articles from the archives of the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Historical Society, and inviting input from longtime residents, including me.  

Watters recently self-published an e-edition of her 43-page chapter book and expects to publish a paperback edition the week of May 20th.

2. Two Police Officers Earn Sergeant Stripes

Two veteran Grandview Heights Division of Police officers were formally sworn in as sergeants during the May 6th meeting of City Council.

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I had the pleasure of administering the oath of office to police division veterans Chad Lester and Janna Cohill in front of those attending the meeting, including some of their colleagues and members of their families.  Cohill and Lester both graduated from the Columbus State Community College in 2004.

Cohill, joined the City as an intern with the Grandview Heights Division of Police and became a volunteer reserve officer in June 2005. In early 2006, the City hired her as a full-time communications coordinator while she remained a reserve officer for six years. 

She became a full-time officer in 2012. Her duties since then have included serving as the division’s public information officer, a field training officer for new officers and a member of the division’s bike patrol. She currently serves on the rifle squad and, as sergeant, will supervise the division’s third-shift patrol. Cohill is married to a Hilliard police sergeant and has two children and a stepchild.

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also served as a reserve officer before the City hired him as a full-time officer in mid-2007, principally patrolling the community on second or third shift. He also has served as a field training officer and an evidence technician, processing crime scenes. With the promotion, the husband and the father of one will serve as a second shift patrol supervisor.

The promotions of Sgts. Lester and Cohill means the department now has five sergeants. Four of the sergeants serve as shift sergeants and the fifth sergeant primarily supervises the investigation unit.

I want to thank Cohill and Lester for their years of service to our community and their continued commitment as leaders of their respective shifts.

The promotions follow the hiring of a new officer in February.

3. Grandview Heights Income Tax

The flow of income tax revenue into Grandview Heights’s coffers this year is on track to meet or exceed the projected $15.8 million tax revenue set in the 2019 budget.  

Each month, Finance Director Bob Dvoraczky presents City Council with updates on revenue coming into the City and expenditures as part of the finance report  The report for the first four months of 2019 – or the first one-third of the fiscal year – shows combined withholding and individual income taxes plus business net profits income of nearly $5.57 million, a $726,822 increase year to date from the corresponding 2018 period.

I wrote a blog in January how the development Grandview Yard development has driven the city’s tax revenue in the last few years.

4. Parks & Recreation Registration Opens

Residents of Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff should have received their Summer 2019 Community Guide in their mailbox last week. The guide lists the slew of programs the Department of Parks & Recreation’s staff has in store as well as special community events like the Memorial Day Service on May 23rd and the May 25th Memorial Day Parade.

Registration for residents opens today, May 7th, for many of the programs. I would encourage residents to take the time to review those Parks & Rec activities and quickly sign up for those programs requiring registration as many of the programs have limits on the number of participants.
You can look at an online listing of the summer programming here and click the “Register” button next to the program to begin registration. You may also register at the Park & Recreation office at the Community Center, 1515 Goodale Blvd. If you have any questions or need help, please call Parks & Recreation at 614-488-3111.

One can access the full online version of the Community Guide listing other special events here as well.

5. Sidewalk Markings a Sign of the Season

Residents walking the sidewalks in their neighborhoods may have noticed fresh white or green paint on the paths these last couple of weeks.

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The white marks mean the Parks & Recreation Department’s maintenance crews have determined the roots of City trees have lifted up a portion of the sidewalk and created a tripping hazard. In those cases, the City will grind down uneven joints or replace the entire section of sidewalk. The City, a few years ago took financial responsibility for sidewalk issues caused by City trees. Prior to that, residents had to remedy such hazards at their own cost.

The Grandview Heights Building Department remains in charge of identifying sidewalks in need of general repair that is not damaged by trees or tree roots. Those sections are marked with green paint and are the responsibility of the home or business owner to repair.  A door hanger is placed at the front door of the residences or business that gives the property owner a time period to repair the sidewalk. Residents are welcomed to contact the City Building and Zoning Department if they have any questions.

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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