View All Posts

Sep 03

The Tuesday Top 5: September 3rd, 2019

Posted on September 3, 2019 at 6:36 PM by Laura Oldham

The Tuesday Top 5: September 3rd, 2019


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

1. Ox Roast Tradition Continues

The start of school and the cooler morning temperatures forecasted for this week hint at a seasonal changed here in Grandview Heights. That’s also a sign that the Bobcat Boosters Ox Roast is close at hand.

Bobcat Boosters

The annual festival at Pierce Field begins Thursday, September 5th at 5 p.m. and runs through Saturday, September 7th at 11 p.m.Check out more information here for precise times for each day.)

The Bobcat Boosters have supported the Grandview Heights school sports, education and student activities through their fundraising and community involvement since its founding nearing 100 years ago. I enjoyed the 19 years I was a Booster and the continued camaraderie with the men and women I worked with.

The Ox Roast features carnival rides and games, bingo, great music and, of course, Ox Roast sandwiches and bulk beef sales.

The centerpiece Ox Roast ceremony – the lighting of the pit to cook the beef – will take place about 11 p.m. Friday night after the football team and marching band return from the away game at Africentric High School. The beef sales begin at noon Saturday.

The First Merchants Bank stage entertainment features many Grandview Heights and area musicians.

I hope to see you down at Pierce Field this weekend.

2. McKinley Facility Shifts To Interior Work

Work on the City’s new Public Works facility on McKinley Avenue has shifted to the interior in recent weeks with anticipation the project will get done by early October.

item 2

The framing and drywall that form the various offices, training room, locker rooms and storage areas have gone in since I last updated residents. Crews will soon begin painting.




On the exterior, the next project will be getting stone in the next couple of weeks followed by paving of the driveways and parking lots.

The project got started late in 2018 with a very aggressive schedule to deliver the project by late September. Setterlin Building Co. project superintendent said the project has experienced 55 days of various weather delays but should get delivered by early October at the latest.

Interested residents can look back at the progress of construction through these other Top 5 postings:

March 5th;
March 26;
June 4th; and 
July 30th 

In preparation for the completion of construction, the City’s Board of Control met August 19th to approve a $20,175 contract with Crown Lift Trucks to provide and install pallet racking for storage in the cavernous vehicle area and mezzanine storage.


The Board of Control – a panel consisting of me, Finance Director Bob Dvorczky and Council President Greta Kearns – also approved paying Hotsy Equipment Co. $11,882 to install a permanent power wash system in the vehicle wash building.

3. Second Triathlon A Huge Success

This last weekend saw the running, biking and swimming of the second Tri the Village Triathlon for kids U6 through age 14.

The event attracted 364 participants from Grandview Heights, other Franklin County communities and cities across Ohio. That marks a significant increase from the 257 participating in the 2018 inaugural event.

The Department of Parks & Recreation did a great job organizing the event with more than 90 volunteers as well as the sponsors it takes to put on such a complicated event.  I would also like to recognize HFP Racing that did another outstanding job managing the event. GREAT JOB!

This marked the second year Parks & Rec organized this event designed to promote the joy of sports, healthy exercise and fun competition. Congratulations to all who participated.
Please enjoy the pictures taken during the event. 


Boy bike









4. Sidewalk ‘opt-in’ gains residents favor

A significant portion of properties tagged for sidewalk repair will take advantage of the pilot aggregation program the City administration unveiled in early July.

Under the voluntary program, the Grandview Heights Building & Zoning Department will charge property $250 per sidewalk square marked for replacement with a green X and $25 for grinding down uneven joint between squares marked with a green line.

I wrote last week that two contractors bid $13 per square foot – or $260 for a 4’x5’ panel – while a third had bid $450 per 4’x4’ panel replaced.

The repair has proven popular, as first shown a few weeks ago. As of the afternoon of August 29th, 119 of 287 property owners notified of the need to repair their sidewalks opted to join the Building & Zoning program. That marks a 41.5 percent participation for the first-year program.

While the formal deadline for accepting the City’s offer passed August 31st, the City will continue take in opt-in applications pending Council action on adding the repair program to the City’s 2019 budget.

Thirty days for compliance letters will begin going out soon. A second round of letters to those not responding or having their sidewalk repaired will go out in October.

Those property owners who do not fix their sidewalks this fall will get cited and will be added to property lien legislation that will go to council in November where the actual cost of the repairs will be recorded as a lien against the property until the cost is paid off. Property owners will have one last chance to remove their property from the legislation be paying for the repair before the legislation is passed. The outstanding repairs will get rolled into the Service Department’s 2020 Street Program. Residents with questions may call the Building & Zoning at 614-481-6220.

5. Third Avenue construction schedule slips

The West Third Avenue construction update meeting on August 28th confirmed the completion date will indeed be delayed a few months.


Construction project manager Phillip Sekela said general contractor Complete General Construction has pushed back the completion of the $14 million project to widen West Third Avenue under the trestle and other road and utility project to December 17th.

The contractor stated that a subcontractor got a late start in the spring on the drilling of 60-foot deep, 5-foot diameter holes for the trestle foundation and there was a late delivery of the second steel span for the delays. That second span was delivered and installed on August 21st.

Sekela said crews will focus on getting the rail across the two spans in the next six weeks, at which point CSX crews will take over the “cut and throw” rail connection from the temporary bridge to the new permanent structure. After that, demolition crews will have to demolish the temporary trestle before road work begins.

“We can’t do a lot of road work until that (temporary) bridge is down,” Sekela said.

The last phase of the project, the extension of Rail Street along the CSX line from Junction Way to Third will occur after the demolition of the temporary trestle.         

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

Sign up here to get text or email alerts with the latest news from the City of Grandview Heights: