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The Tuesday Top 5: May 28th, 2019

Posted on May 28, 2019 at 5:04 PM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: May 28th, 2019

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

1. Summer starts with community joining to celebrate Memorial Day

Summer arrived in grand fashion over the May 23rd-27th Memorial Day weekend as our community joined together to honor those who perished in defense of American liberties and celebrated those freedoms during our annual parade.

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I want to thank all of those Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff residents who attended  the Blue Star Mothers ceremony 
for the fallen the evening of May 23. I was overwhelmed with the number of those attending this solemn observance at Memorial Park.

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Parks & Rec Director Mike Patterson and his staff did a great job organizing the event and I appreciated the attendance of other City staff, several members of Council, and our safety forces at the event.

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A shout out as well to the Grandview Heights High School band; Boy Scout Troop 73 Highland Pipes’ Jeff Linn; First Community’s Rev. James Long; Marble Cliff Mayor Ken Studebaker; Hilliard Memorial VFW Post 4931; Central Ohio Young Marines honor guard; and GHHS Student Council President Shea McHugh for their part in this time of remembrance.

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And special thanks to Dr. Thomas Williams and his family foundation, as this served as the first Blue Star Mothers service since the completion of the plaza founded through their vision for the plaza and contributions through their family foundation. 

2. Bell Restored to 1924 Pumper

I once again had the pleasure of driving the City’s historic 1924 Seagrave fire truck during the May 25th parade. That vehicle marked the start of the City‘s independent fire department when it stopped contracting with the City of Columbus.

What parade watchers likely didn’t notice was the silver bell near the front fender of the Seagrave vehicle, unless perhaps you remembered reading my January 1st blog on the subject.

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The bell’s life actually started service on a New York steam engine traded into Seagrave for a fire truck. The bell was installed on the Grandview fire truck, which arrived from the factory without a bell.

After a long absence, the bell made its way back to the division in December. You can read more about that story in the January 1st blog.

Thank you Fire Medic Josh Harris for rebuilding the carburetor these last several weeks in time for the parade and making sure the bell was secured to its rightful place.
                                                                                                             
3. Summer Concerts, Flicks in the Heights Movies Set

The Grandview Heights Public Library will once again partner with the City’s Parks & Rec Department to present the Music on the Lawn concert series on Tuesday evenings in June and July and late afternoon concerts at the First Avenue Park in August.

Parks & Rec staff also will present Flicks in the Heights this summer, with the first movie slated for this Friday, May 31st at Buck Sports Park, 1280 Goodale Blvd. The night’s feature, Angels in the Outfield, will begin at sunset, but you can start congregating at 7 p.m. to get your blanket and chairs set up and pick up a bag of free popcorn.

The second feature, Ralph Breaks the Internet, will take place Tuesday, June 25th while Elf will get shown on Thursday, July 25th.

Meantime, the Knot Brothers will launch the 2019 Music on the Lawn series at the library on June 4th. There will be nine concerts presented this year. Community favorite, The Conspiracy Band, will present a funk/rhythm & blues set on June 25th. Those hour-long concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. 

The musical fun will continue into August as Music at the Yard debuts as a late Thursday afternoon concert series at First Avenue Park between Yard Street and Bobcat Avenue.

A couple of food trucks will set up from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to serve those gathered for the concerts on August 8th, 15th and 22nd. The band Du Jour will play for an hour starting at 5:30 p.m. A few activities for families like balloons, the PopUp library, and yard games will be offered. The event focus is on the food and music.

Stay tuned to this blog and the City’s social media platforms for more details.

By the way, Parks & Rec still has openings for an introductory to scuba diving class that it’s offering three days this summer.

It also is offering a sunrise swim from 5:45 a.m. to 6:45 a.m. for those interested in swimming laps first thing in the morning this summer.

Go online to search.

4. Council Petitions General Assembly on Local Finance Fund

The Grandview Heights Council has asked Ohio’s legislators to restore state funding for local government.

The unanimous resolution passed May 20th notes that the Ohio General Assembly in 2011 reduced the Local Government Fund from an amount equal to 3.68 percent of the biennial state budget to 1.66 percent of the budget. Since then, the combined reduction has amounted to nearly $1.91 million for the City of Grandview Heights alone.

The reductions, according to Resolution 10-2019, have made it “Increasingly difficult (for Ohio communities) to provide basic services, rebuild infrastructure and bolster public safety services…” 
The resolution also states the City opposes any further reductions to the Local Government Fund that members of the Ohio House and Ohio Senate might consider tapping in the future.

Copies of the Resolution will get forwarded to Ohio General Assembly leaders as the two-year budget process heads to the Ohio Senate for consideration. The budget must get enacted before July 1st.

5. Crosswalk Lights at Virginia, First Activated

The flashing lights at the Virginia and West First Avenue went live late last week.

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Completion of the crosswalk project a block north of Stevenson Elementary marks the last major project as part of the long-anticipated Safe Routes to School project to improve pedestrian safety at the intersection frequented by the district’s youngest students. Pedestrian activate the flashing lights at the crosswalk signal pole.

The City reconfigured that intersection and painted the crosswalk stripes across West First a few years ago in anticipation of the signs and equipment installed this spring.

The overhead warning lights also will alert drivers approaching the intersection – particularly those traveling eastbound around the curve – of the potential for pedestrian traffic as they round the curve.

I last wrote about the Safe Routes to School projects 
five weeks ago. Construction started in mid-March.

Residents are strongly advised to keep an outlook for inattentive drivers while crossing first even after actuating the flashing lights.

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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