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The Tuesday Top 5: July 9th, 2019

Posted on July 13, 2019 at 4:48 PM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: July 9th, 2019

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

1.  Police Sending Out Crime Prevention Notices

We all believe Grandview Heights is a safe community, but the prevalence of minor preventable property crimes remains a concern of the Grandview Heights Division of Police and my administration. To bring more attention to preventable thefts, the Division in early July, started a notification program in instances where Grandview Heights residents have left their garage doors open late at night or left valuable items within plain view in their cars parked on the streets. Such
scenarios present the conditions for so-called “crimes of opportunity” for thieves.
Many of the suspects the Division has arrested admit they return to our community because a
high enough percentage of citizens make themselves vulnerable to theft by leaving their garage
doors up and valuables uncovered inside their cars.

Those officers on patrol will now make note of open garage doors and when they notice
valuables inside cars. The information will generate a letter from the Division of Police making
residents aware of the vulnerability of their property on that specific time and date. The notices
also will offer other crime prevention tips.

The Division notice also encourages residents to report any suspicious activity they observe in
their neighborhoods.

I am hopeful this new program will reduce “crimes of opportunity” in our community through
education and an increased emphasis on crime prevention. I would welcome any feedback on
this program and ideas how the City and our residents can work together to reduce theft and
other criminal activity.

2. Public Health Educator Joins Board

The Grandview Heights Board of Health is up to full strength with City Council’s July 1st approval of resident Dan Skinner as a new member. Skinner is a non-clinical medical educator associated with Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Dublin. He has strong credentials in public health policy, prevention, and primary care. His background includes interest and research into the opioid addiction scourge in the state that led to his co-editing of Not Far From Me: Stories of Opioids and Ohio, a collection of stories on the painkiller crisis that the Ohio State University Press just published in June.

Daniel Skinner

Skinner received his undergraduate degree in philosophy at State University of New York at Stony Brook and a master’s degree and doctorate (2009) in political science from the City University of New York. Skinner has served as an Assistant Professor of health policy within Heritage College’s Department of Social Medicine since 2014. His professional background also includes serving as an adjunct assistant professor within Ohio State University’s College of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital since 2015 and as an assistant professor of political theory from 2010-2013 within Capital University’s Department of Political Science and Economics. I am happy welcome someone with this stellar public health policy perspective on the board of health, especially with the continued challenges the opioid crisis presents to society at large and our community.

3. Theater Troupe Presents Cinderella-Inspired Production

The Grandview Carriage Place Players will present “The Slipper and the Rose” stage play later this week. The Cinderella story gets retold at the Grandview Heights High School auditorium this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening (July 11-13th) at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 14th at 2 p.m.

Tickets cost $5 at the door.

This community theater production is a cooperative effort between the Grandview Heights
Parks and Recreation Department and the City of Columbus’ Carriage Place Recreation Center off Sawmill Road. The event offers an opportunity to experience a fun community production and
duck out of the steamy summer evenings we have experienced in the last week.

 4. Ohio Auditor Honors City’s Finance Team


Ohio Auditor Keith Faber has recognized the Grandview Heights Department of Finance as one of just five government entities statewide with clean audits from the 2018 fiscal year. The Auditor said the annual audit found the City’s finance department presented the state a financial report for 2018 free of any findings for recovery, bank reconciliation issues, material citations, or weaknesses or questioned costs. The 2018 report earned the department an Auditor of State Award with Distinction, the 8th year this honor has flowed to Finance Director Robert Dvoraczky and his talented staff. To put that in perspective, the state audits more than 6,000 government entities, and only Grandview Heights and two other cities – Brunswick and Kent – also made the grade.
“Recipients of taxpayer dollars have a responsibility to keep excellent financial records.”

Auditor Faber said in a news release. “This award acknowledges the hard work and attention to
detail required to properly track spending.”

FINANCE (2)

Such quality of financial reporting and accounting prowess has served this City well during the
last decade as the community emerged from near financial collapse to a fast-growing and
thriving place to live and work. It also reflects the high-quality of public service and integrity
found throughout our City departments.

Please join me in saluting Bob and the finance team for their dedication to keeping a close eye
on the City’s finances at this state recognition of the department’s extraordinary level of
professionalism.

5. Celebrating Independence Day in Grandview Heights

Wallace Gardeners

For Independence Day, I sent the City’s Community Relations Coordinator, Brian Ball, out to do a photo essay on what residents did on this patriotic holiday. He found people out enjoying their day across the community. Some along Grandview Avenue – Stauf’s, Balboa, and Jeni’s – and others having a street party on Inglis Avenue.

coffee

Ice Cream on the Avenue

Balboa of the Avenue

Another couple decided to tackle the weeds and harvest zucchini in the afternoon at their Wallace Gardens plot to avoid working in the buggy evening. And of course, Brian found hundreds enjoying the municipal pool during the hot afternoon.



Pool Fun (1)

Diving at the Pool 2

 However you decided to celebrate the Fourth of July, I hope you enjoyed yourself.

Flag House 2

Inglis Street Party

Inglish Street Party 3

Inglis Street Party 4
 
Tuesday Top 5 is a weekly update from Mayor Ray DeGraw and the City of
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