Aug 29, 2017
by Community Association President Dani Wolf
Oct 18 - Save the date for Candidates Night, location TBD. Contact MPCA President Dani Wolf with your interest in volunteering for:
- advance set-up
- that evening, organizing the questions into categories for discussion
Four council seats will be on Minerva Park's November ballot, and this will be your opportunity to learn about and question the candidates.
Howlin' Good Time
Aug 29, 2017
Underwritten by your $20/$21 Community Association Dues. Join or donate today. For Minerva Park children and their guests.
Oct 28 - Join us for fall and Halloween crafts, snacks, games, candy, face painter, balloon artist, more. Bring a Trick or Treating bag and wear your best costume. As always, we can use some volunteers and some bakers. Please contact BettyAnn Zimmerman or volunteer online.
Help You, Please!
Reprint from the Sep 2017 Villager
By Scott Doellinger, Code Enforcement Officer
The title of Code Enforcement Officer connotes someone who ensures others are punished for breaking the rules. That is the last thing I wish to do.
I believe 50% of my job is education, helping both residents and businesses understand Minerva Park’s zoning ordinances. The other 50% is helping Minerva Park residents and businesses achieve their goals while obeying Council’s duly passed legislation as it pertains to the zoning code. While this might seem “high and mighty,” it is truly how I approach my job of working for you.
I attempt to achieve the education component through a variety of means. Three examples are Villager newsletter articles, writing proactive letters to real estate agents representing properties for sale, and working with the Planning and Zoning Commission and Village Council to revise the zoning code.
Helping residents and businesses achieve their goals sometimes is more difficult for me, because some non-code–complying projects are started before contacting me. This can be as simple as replacing a driveway, something that is lightly regulated in the Village, but the zoning code stipulates that driveways must be 3’ from property lines. Currently this is not achieved throughout the Village with driveways existing before the ordinance became effective, being grandfathered as an existing condition. The code does permit neighbors with adjacent driveways to conjoin them with no set-back from the property line. This may gain greater flexibility and produce a win-win situation.
Ordinances are written for the typical conditions encountered in the Village, but there are some situations where a variance is appropriate. One example is fence height, which is limited to 6’ to keep light and air flowing through the Village. Where lots are very shallow and abut two-story houses outside the Village municipal boundary, such as on Maplewood Drive, I can envision the rationale for a higher fence precisely to achieve the usual amount of privacy a back yard affords on a typical lot.
So let me help you achieve your goals. I am a registered architect in Ohio, have worked as an architect for more than 40 years, have built two houses doing most of the labor myself, and have a vast knowledge of the building industry. I am willing to give advice, help interpret Village ordinances and the zoning code, help you fill out forms, and guide you to the appropriate city or county agency when applicable.
Please let me help you. Remember, I do work for you.
2999 E. Dublin-Granville Road
May 21, 2017
By Lynn Eisentrout, Mayor
The Village recently had the opportunity to purchase 2999 E. Dublin-Granville Road - an office building in Village “city limits" - supported by a strong financial analysis:
- Construction costs for a new similar building - appx. 22,000 sq.ft. 3-story office building - would be between $4-$5 million, compared to the purchase price of the existing 1974 building at appx. $657,500 (less than the listed sale price) plus construction build-out costs of appx. $942,500.
- Remodeling the existing appx. 2,688 sq.ft. Community Building, built in 1960, would be impractical, having to add on to the building and bringing the existing portions up to today’s code and complying with ADA standards.
- Tenants will provide a revenue stream of appx. $112,800 annually, helping to offset any costs of acquisition and/or maintenance, which will be explained fully.
What will the building be used for? With the annexation of the golf course and its development, the Village needs to look forward for the next 50 years. We continue to hear from residents the importance of our Police Department, which will relocate to the space, providing adequate facilities for their needs. The Village administration and Council also can take advantage of these facilities … and tenants will round out the occupancy.
Residents attended a meeting on Sunday, Jun 4, at the Community Building to learn more. The presentation is linked right below, Exhibit 2, followed by the 2 hours and 24 minutes of the audio..
As always, information about Village government activities has been and will continue to be available on minervapark.org … both in Council work packets for upcoming meetings (minervapark.org/#packets) and passed legislation (minervapark.org/legislation). Residents are encouraged to attend Council meetings on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month … and Coffee with Council on the 3rd Monday of the month, an open forum wherein residents can discuss Village issues with their Council members and Mayor.
Jun 21, 2017
By Lynn Eisentrout, Mayor
Reprint from the Jul 2017 Villager newsletter
The presentation and an audio of that meeting are uploaded to the website, minervapark.org, along with the financials and legislation. Here are some key take-aways from that meeting.
- This information has been available on the website since the February 27 Council work packet was posted (minervapark.org/#packets). Indeed, Council and your Mayor have been working diligently for several months, giving due consideration to this purchase, investigating the feasibility and financials so as to make responsible decisions on your behalf as your elected officials, along with Legal, Fiscal, and the Village planner.
- As was demonstrated at the June 4 meeting when some residents couldn’t get in because of the limited space and the Fire Code’s imposed maximum capacity of only 50 people, the current 2,688 sq.ft. Community Building (built in 1960) has outlived its originally intended purpose. It is no longer up to code, and it is not ADA compliant with the 1990 federal legislation. Even if these issues could be remediated, consideration must be given to the Village adding 250 homes, even further taxing the building’s ability to serve the residents for the next several decades.
- Financing would be provided by selling bonds (minervapark.org/legislation/2017/13-2017_bonds.pdf). Tenants will provide a revenue stream of appx. $112,800 annually, helping to offset any costs of acquisition and/or maintenance.
- As a comparison, construction costs for a new building of like kind - appx. 22,000 sq.ft. 3-story office building - would be between $4-$5 million, compared to the purchase price of the existing 1974 building at appx. $657,500 (less than the listed sale price) plus construction build-out costs of appx. $942,500.
Jun 13, 2017 - Exhibit 3 - Ratifying purchase of 2999 E. Dublin-Granville Rd. - Resolution 2017-17.
Jun 7, 2017 - Exhibit 4 - Financing, excerpted from the May 22 Council Work Packet - Ordinance 13-2017.
Sep 7, 2017
Minerva Park Dam restoration work continues. Learn more.
Villager Newsletter - Sep
Aug 29, 2017
Stories include ...
- Sep 13 MPCA Officer Elections
- Sep 16 Community Association Garage Sale
- Oct 18 Candidates Night
Sep 8, 2017
Council Meetings - Residents are encouraged to attend the Council Meetings on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, 7 p.m., Community Building. Get involved! Review Council work packets ...
Council Committee Meetings - Residents are invited to attend and observe council committee meetings. Dates and times are posted officially at the Community Building, Pool, and Playground, or call 614-882-5743.
Planning and Zoning Meetings - The Planning and Zoning Commission meets usually on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m., dependent on items coming before the Commission.
- Sep 6
Coffee with Council
Aug 29, 2017
Sep 18 - Residents are invited to meet with Council members to discuss Village issues, usually on the 3rd Monday of the month, at the Community Building, 7 p.m. The next Coffee with Council is Sep 18.