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The Tuesday Top 5: May 14th, 2019

Posted on May 14, 2019 at 10:54 AM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: May 14th, 2019

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

1. Getting the Pool Ready for Opening

The City had an unpleasant surprise several days ago when the lap and diving pool were filled with water and immediately found rust forming along the north wall of the pool and the north edge of the peninsula.

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The rust issue is only on those areas not on the other areas of those pool. There is no issue on the zero entry/slide pool at all, making it more difficult to identify the cause.

Over the last week, Parks & Recreation Director Patterson and I met with metal experts, a testing lab and contractors to identify what caused the issue and how to best get it cleaned to allow the pool to open on time.  In addition, contracted with CTL Engineering to do testing.

We know 2 things: the stainless was manufactured within specifications and the City did not cause the issue.

To resolve the issue and still get the pool open as scheduled on May 25th, we have determined that we will use a multi-step approach.  We can clean the rust off immediately with a mild environmentally friendly citrus cleaner and have ordered the work to be done. Work will start Wednesday. The cleaner will remove the rust and will allow us to move forward quickly without any concern about water safety.

The downside of this is that there will be visible discoloring of the metal until we go back this fall – after the pool has closed - to complete a corrective cleansing and treating of the metal.  This cleaning will be more involved and would delay the opening of the pool if we did it now. We have drained the pool in preparation for the work that we are looking to complete this week.

Rest assured the City is closely monitoring this issue and has placed the health and safety of those swimming in the pool as our Number 1 priority.

At this point in time, we are still working hard to get all pools open on May 25th.

2. Addressing Short-term Housing Rentals (STRs)

Issues around Short-Term Rentals (also commonly referred to as Airbnbs} are beginning to emerge in our community as they are nationwide.

I recently attended a conference where this was one of the big issues impacting all cities.  Locally, we have had one case of items being stolen from a home.  Other issues have revolved around parking, noise and parties.

Housing booking services such as Airbnb, HomeAway and FlipKey have become significant renters of private homes for vacationers and travelers looking for an alternative to hotels. They can provide a nice service, but issues can also arise that impact the neighborhood and the safety of the neighbors and the renters.  I expect the City to look at taking some type of regulatory legislative action in the coming months.

The City has interest in making sure any rental property conforms to the City building code and that guests respect city ordinances while they stay.  This Administration and Council will work together to balance this community’s need to maintain the public peace and safety even as it welcomes short-term visitors.

3. City Recognizes Wrestler’s Championship

The City has recognized Grandview Heights High School senior athlete, Hudson Jump, for his continued success on the mat.

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I joined members of City Council at their May 6th meeting in support of a Resolution of Achievement marking Hudson’s second individual state wrestling championship on March 9th. His win in the 220-pound weight class follows his March 2018 title in the 195-pound weight class.

The dual championship is just the third time a GHHS wrestler has earned two state wrestling titles. Hudson, who also has had a distinguished career on the gridiron for the Bobcats, outscored his wrestling opponents by a combined 85-21 score during the 2018-19 campaign, and finished his high school career with an impressive 157 victories and 11 defeats.

He plans to attend Ohio State University this fall.

Councilman Steve Reynolds sponsored the resolution that gained the support of the entire Council.
I applaud Hudson for his stellar athletic achievement and work ethic and the honor his achievements have brought to the school district’s athletic program and community.

4. Beer Fun Run Raises Money For Cancer Services

The Columbus Beer Fun Run held within Grandview Yard on May 4th raised some cash to provide services for woman cancer patients.

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Presented by Hofbrauhaus, the event attracted 1,233 runners and walkers who got to sample four beers along the 2-mile course.

The Columbus chapter of the Pink Ribbon Girls received a check of more than $3,100 from the fun run event. PRG spokeswoman Betsy Gillespie said the group provides housekeeping and meals to the families of those fighting metastatic breast or gynecological cancers as well as rides to patients to their treatment appointments.

This is the first year the Pink Ribbon Girls hosted this event in the Columbus market.
I went down that morning to check out the event and found myself volunteering for this worthy cause. I enjoyed meeting participants and organizers and look forward to the fundraiser’s expected return next spring. 

5. Field Days Change Over The Years

The end of the school year next week means Grandview Heights City School District students will have a Field Day, but not necessarily one completely filled with races and other physical competition.

Stevenson Elementary School will have their Field Day on Tuesday, May 21st, while Edison Intermediate/Larson Middle School will have its on Friday, May 17th.

Stevenson Principal Angela Ullum said the day of various competitive activities has morphed into what is now dubbed Wellness Day, with a mix of the physical activities under the Super Games banner as well as some learning.

The physical activities including tug-of-war, tag and an inflatable obstacle course. After a healthy lunch on the lawn, Ullum tells me the elementary school kids learn about good nutrition and sports etiquette.

I did some research and found out, once upon a time, Field Day was a community holiday celebrated by kids and adults alike from the then-villages of Grandview Heights, Marble Cliff and Upper Arlington. A Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Historical Society web page described the Tri-Village field day as the early summer community event from 1915 to 1925.

That web page shows a 1921 Norwester newspaper story describing the days as a collection of children’s games, athletic events, a band concert and fundraising activities. An early afternoon parade with competing neighborhood floats preceded a baseball game between Grandview Heights and Upper Arlington, with a supper served at two area churches and then a vaudeville show following.

The City still has a parade on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, of course; this year, the parade takes place on May 25th. And anyone who has attended UA’s Independence Day parade know neighbors of many UA streets still compete for the best floats as part of their community celebration.

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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