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The Tuesday Top 5: November 13, 2018

Posted on November 16, 2018 at 9:56 AM by Laura Oldham

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

1. Planners to unveil City Spaces and Places

The City’s planning effort to evaluate the community’s civic spaces and land will mark a milestone on December 5. The NBBJ design firm, serving as the city’s consultant for its Civic Spaces and Places Plan, will present its findings at a public meeting set for December 5 at 6 p.m.

The Civic Spaces and Places effort began in April with public engagement meetings to gather public input on the use of city properties. Participants provided feedback on facilities, land use and programming. 

The Civic Spaces and Places advisory panel made up of residents and members of various City boards and commissions will consider the NBBJ architecture and engineering firm’s findings during a series of public meetings before forwarding its recommendations to City Council.

The public is encouraged to attend the December 5 meeting. The City has yet to set the location of the meeting or the dates of future public forums.

2. Memorial Park Plaza dedicated and named for benefactors

Veterans, other residents and City officials gathered on the cold Sunday afternoon on November 11 along Northwest Boulevard at Second Avenue to commemorate Veterans Day and to dedicate a new plaza addition to Memorial Park. I had the pleasure of presiding over the ceremony to unveil the plaza featuring five 10-foot columns recognizing the military service of Grandview residents in the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard. Each column also has one of five attributes associated with those who have served in the military and the values they defended: Freedom; Honor; Country; Sacrifice; and Duty.

At the center is the image of kneeling soldier, weeping. It’s a beautiful plaza and memorial, as I told those gathered for the dedication, and a very special place here in Grandview Heights.

In recognition of the major financial contributions of Dr. Thomas Williams for his vision, the City has named the plaza the Dr. Thomas Williams and Dr. Lowell Williams Plaza. Lowell Williams, Dr. Thomas Williams’ wife of 61 years, passed away two years ago.

I would also like to thank veterans for adding to the special atmosphere their presence created, and the participation of Boy Scout Troop 73, City officials, Blue Star mothers and the Grandview Heights High School marching band’s squad leaders that afternoon.

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Grandview Heights Memorial Park

3. November 6 election, by the numbers

I would like to thank everyone who came out and voted on Tuesday, November 6. The city and school issues seem to have attracted what may have been a record turnout in the city for a non-presidential election year as the bond levy and two other issues recorded more than 4,000 votes each.

Supporters of ballot measure No. 32 seeking to reverse Council’s decision in April to ban medical marijuana dispensaries as a permitted use in the commercial zoning code won with 2,552 votes vs. the 1,683 residents seeking to uphold the ban. The combined votes of 4,235 marked the second highest number of votes cast for an issue in the recent election.

City Issue 31 “green space” Goodale Boulevard attracted just 1,534 votes while 2,501 voters voted against the measure.

City Issue 30 measure to make relatively minor changes to the City Charter attracted the fewest total votes at 3,909. However, the 3,332 votes in favor of the charter amendments gave it an 85 percent thumbs up from voters.

4. Batter, batter, batter … swing

The Grandview Heights Parks and Recreation Advisory Board has recommended the city move forward with plans to install a batting cage at Pierce Field. The panel voted November 8 to support the proposal for the batting cage along the east fence outside the playing field.

The school district’s athletic director, Brad Bertani, said the batting cage will help in the training of both the high school girls’ softball team and the youth-centered Grandview Baseball Softball Association teams that also play on the field.

The school district has pledged $15,000 toward the cost of the 54-foot by 14-foot project which is estimated to cost between $28,000 and $30,000. The Bobcat Booster has pledged another $10,000 while the GBSA will pay $3,500 for the installation.

The city will oversee the installation. The Grandview Heights High School Baseball team already has hitting cage at the high school ballfield.

5. Garbage, yard waste collection dates

The end of yard collection will occur in late November as the City also adjusts trash collection as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday. Monday, November 26 will mark the last seasonal collection of yard waste. After that date, residents may take remaining yard waste in biodegradable bags to the regional collection site at 4120 Roberts Road just west of Dublin Road. The Grandview Service Department also will accept the yard waste by appointment only from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. The City will continue to vacuum up leaves raked to the edge of the street as long as necessary and weather permits.

Meantime, City offices will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and 23 in observance of Thanksgiving. However, the Service Department will be operating on Friday the 23d collecting trash and recycled materials usually picked up on Thursdays. Those residents who get Friday collection of recycling and refuse will get theirs picked up on Monday, November 26.

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