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Nov 16

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.

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

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Nov 07

RITA non-filing letters mailed

Posted on November 7, 2018 at 1:41 PM by Laura Oldham

RITA has mailed several thousand non-filer letters to taxpayers who failed to file a municipal income tax return for Grandview Heights.

Taxpayers are encouraged to e-file returns by going to They can also mail or fax their returns and documentation using the address and fax number listed below:

Questions about their account should be directed to RITA @ 1-800-860-7482.

Attn: Compliance Department 198
Regional Income Tax Agency
PO BOX 470538
Broadview Heights, OH 44147-0538 OR Faxing to: 440-922-3510

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Nov 06

The Tuesday Top 5: November 6, 2018

Posted on November 6, 2018 at 6:59 PM by Laura Oldham

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

1. Water, sewer rates set to rise

Drip. Drip. Drip.

The city of Columbus has announced a rate increase for water, sanitary sewer and storm water for its residents and those living in suburban communities such as Grandview Heights served by those utilities. Pending a Columbus City Council vote on November 19, the Columbus Department of Public Utilities will raise those rates effective January 1, 2019.

The water rates, as proposed, will increase 2 percent for all customers, according to a notice the utilities department sent to the suburban governments that contract with Columbus for water and sewer. Sewer rates will increase 3 percent while storm water will increase 1 percent. Combined, the quarterly bills will increase about 2.5 percent.

In Grandview Heights and other suburbs, that means the typical bill will rise from $307.48 every quarter to $315.70, or $7.72. In contrast, Columbus residents will see their bill go up from $279.79 to $286.68, or $6.89. According to the letter to suburban officials, the rates are about 1 percentage point higher than the increase customers experienced during 2018.

2. New recycling bins available

The City has made new recycling bins measuring 14” by 24” by 14” with lids available to a limited number of residents.

The city paid for the bins as part of a trial as the Service Department considers offering bins on a wider basis. If the bins work well, the city plans to seek a Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) grant to expand the availability of the bins to residents.

The 18-gallon bins with lids are available at no charge to Grandview Heights residents, but quantities are limited to the first 300 households.

Those interested in obtaining a new bin should contact Pam at 614-488-4728 to verify there are bins left over. The bins will be available between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. at 1525 Goodale Boulevard.

Grandview Heights Recycling Bins

3. Roll call for U.S. military veterans

Two events this weekend will honor Grandview Heights residents who served in the U.S. The GHHS Alumni Association will honor retired physician Dr. Tom Williams (Class of 1943) as it salutes all other veterans in the community at a prayer breakfast set for 9 a.m. Saturday, November 10 at Trinity Methodist Church. A tour of the expanded Memorial Park will follow at the park on Northwest Boulevard at West Second and Oxley. Dr. Williams contributed the funds for the installation of the statue of the soldier at Memorial Park and paid for the vast majority of the approximately $400,000 expansion that features a 10-foot tall columns for each of the five military branches.

Those interested in attending the free prayer breakfast should contact Tom Smith, the Class of ’63 alumnus who serves as the GHHS Alumni president, so the organization can properly prepare. Please RSVP to Tom at 614-499-7449 or

The City also extends its invitation to veterans and other Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff residents for the formal dedication of the expanded memorial at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 11.

This year’s Veterans’ Day marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, then called the Great War. Congress officially made Armistice Day a legal holiday in 1938 and, in 1954, renamed the day honoring all of those having served in the military as Veterans Day.

Grandview Heights Recycling Bins

Grandview Heights Recycling Bins

Grandview Heights Recycling Bins

4. Grandview Heights bond rating tidbits, by the numbers

Finance Director Bob Dvoraczky revealed some interesting tidbits tied to the AAA bond rating the city gained ahead of its recent bond sale in support of the new Service Department center planned for McKinley Avenue.

In the Director’s finance report at the November 5 City Council meeting, Dvoraczky said only 38 municipalities in Ohio have secured AAA ratings, the highest credit rating for public debt. The City also is the smallest, full-service city in Central Ohio with the AAA rating, the fifth smallest municipality in Ohio by population to have achieved the credit rating and the third smallest municipality by assessed property values to gain the rating.

In response to a question from a resident during the meeting, Dvoraczky said factors the credit rating agency took into account included strong city management and the City’s history of controlling expenses; tax revenue growth; and public support for tax levies to support operations and capital projects.

The report comes as the Mayor’s 2019 Operating and Capital budgets were submitted to council on November 6. Council will delve into the budget during finance committee meetings set for November 13, 19 and 27. The public is welcome to attend.

5. Batters up

The Department of Parks and Recreation has several meetings and events on tap in November:

* The Parks Advisory Board will meet Thursday, November 8 at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers to discuss a proposal for a batting cage at Pierce Field;
* The center will host Princess and Tea with Mommy and Me on Saturday, November 10 at 4 p.m.
*Parks and Recreation staff and instructors will complete CPR, AED and First Aid training on November 14.
* The Landscape Advisory Board will meet Tuesday, November 27 at 4:00 p.m. at the Grandview Center. The board currently has two openings; those interested should contact Director Mike Patterson at or (614) 488-3111.

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