May 2 Election

Apr 24, 2017

The election is Tuesday, May 2 (6:30a to 7:30p). You may download Minerva Park's ballot (also available in the May 2017 Villager newsletter), mark your preferences, and take it with you to the polls.

Residents of Minerva Park vote at the North Park Church of Christ, 4938 Westerville Road.

Check your registration at the Franklin County Board of Elections.



We're in a Mid-Life Crisis

Apr 24, 2017
By Scott Doellinger, Code Enforcement Officer

Face it, most houses in Minerva Park are in their 50s and 60s, and - like many of us - some parts are wearing out.

  • Exterior trim may be beyond painting and may need to be totally replaced.
  • All roofs have been replaced at once and most twice, and soon a third time will need to be considered. Roofs receive a lot of attention when they fail, because water running inside, doing considerable damage, gets a lot of attention.
  • Exterior components frequently do not receive as much attention. We all need to look at trim above windows and doors, rake boards along the sloped gable ends, the condition of windows and doors themselves. Don’t forget gutters and the facia board behind them.
  • Paint to house is like a shirt to us. It protects against the wind and rain away and hides the ugly. Old shirts, like peeling paint, need to be replaced.
  • The past warm and humid summer also took its toll on our houses in the form of mold and algae growing on the exterior of houses. Vinyl siding seems to be the worst but also the easiest to clean. Pressure washers usually work wonders to remove rather ugly stains, but so does a brush and a hose. I encourage you to look at the exterior of your house again, for the first time.
  • This warm winter has been very hard on paving. The many more freeze-thaw cycles experienced this winter caused much damage. Many Minerva Park driveways are showing their age with deteriorating surfaces and worse. Replacing driveways is expensive but something that must be done.
  • Don’t forget mailboxes, fences, and landscaping. All need attention. All are older, bigger, and need to be maintained.

When ready to do an improvement, I recommend you contact the Village Zoning Clerk or Code Enforcement Officer before construction begins to see if a permit is needed. Franklin County requires a building permit for window, door, roof replacements. The permitting process begins with obtaining a Property Improvement Notice, free of charge, from the Village. This form is needed before Franklin County will issue a building permit.

Email, call, or stop me as I drive the Village each week. I work for you, and I want to help.



Trash Collection

Apr 2, 2017
From Scott Doellinger, Code Enforcement Officer

Your Village Council updated the trash collection zoning code on Mar 13, with the passage of Ordinance 6-2017. Important provisions are:

  • Do not put out trash or yard waste before noon the day before collection.
  • Retrieve your trash cans by 8 a.m. the day after collection.
  • Store trash cans and trash out of view from the street.

Currently, Minerva Park’s trash day is Monday, so that means noon on Sunday to 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

For sanitation purposes (especially marauding animals) and for pride of ownership and property values in our neighborhood, store your trash containers in your garage, behind your home, or otherwise concealed from street view, either by landscaping or a short section of fencing beside your home, not closer than 2’ behind the front of your house.

This ordinance addresses the ugliest component of the Minerva Park visual landscape, so I encourage you to contact me with any questions or how we can advise about coming into compliance.



Northland Community Council Awards Banquet

Apr 24, 2017

The Northland Community Council held its annual Volunteer Awards Dinner on April 12 at Little Turtle Country Club. MPCA nominees included Bob Gale and Lisa Craddock Thitoff, for their tireless efforts on the MinervaFlora Committee in addition to all of the other work they do for the Village. Their efforts ensure our Village looks beautiful year ’round. Dick Busick was honored for his contributions as MPCA Treasurer for more than 10 years. Dick is truly an asset to our Village, and we thank him for his work as Treasurer and beyond. MPCA Secretary Jean McCall also was honored. Jean works tirelessly well beyond the role of Secretary to make sure our meetings and events run well and everything gets done.



Duck Award - Apr 30 Deadline

Apr 2, 2017

Underwritten by your $20/$21 Community Association Dues. Join or donate today. - Your Community Association is accepting nominations for the Community Association's "Duck Award," for the "resident or group of residents making the greatest contribution to improving the quality of life in Minerva Park." Elected officials, paid employees, and volunteers are eligible.

If there is someone you wish to nominate, please email the MPCA President with a name(s) and a brief statement of their contributions.



MPCA Community Garage Sale Fundraiser - May 20 & Sep 16

Apr 2, 2017

May 20 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost - $5 plus 10% of your proceeds
Registration Deadline is May 13. $10 late registration fee (you will not be on the map)

Underwritten by your $20/$21 Community Association Dues. Join or donate today. - This is one of your Community Association’s biggest fundraisers. The Community Association funds several projects to enhance the Village, and your registration fee plus 10% of your proceeds are vital to that effort. The $5 registration fee (or a $10 late fee) covers the cost of local group advertising, balloons for your mailbox, and maps of participating homes for your distribution. Please register promptly.

TO REGISTER - Please drop off or send the attached form and a check for $5 payable to “Minerva Park Community Association” to the Community Building, 2829 Minerva Lake Rd. Registration packets will be delivered to sellers before the event. Volunteers (with an official MPCA badge) will collect your 10% proceeds at 4 p.m. that afternoon, so please have your envelope ready.

We need volunteers to help make this event a big success. Contact Dani Wolf (614-937-1994) or Jean McCall (614-895-0465), if you would like to help with packet creation and distribution, or advertising.

  • NO unauthorized sales, please - This event is a fundraiser for your Community Association, and it's not fair to other residents who do contribute..
  • NO food or drink sales, please - This is also a fundraiser for our own Emergency Squad. Please direct people to the Community Building from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to purchase hot dogs, hamburgers, and baked goods. No food or drink sales or give-aways at residences, please.



Nancy Fisher Memorial Scholarship - May 31 Deadline

Apr 2, 2017

Underwritten by your $20/$21 Community Association Dues. Join or donate today. - The Community Association's Nancy Fisher Memorial Scholarship annually awards a scholarship to a deserving Minerva Park high school graduate(s). Download an application and submission instructions.



2017 MPCA Community Garden - Reserve Your Plot Today

Apr 24, 2017

Underwritten by your $20/$21 Community Association Dues. Join or donate today. - Interested in renting a Community Garden plot? A 10’x10’ plot rents for only $25 for the entire growing season, April through October. Availability is limited. Gardeners are required to pay their fee and sign the 2017 Minerva Park Community Garden Guidelines and Rules to reserve a plot. For more information, contact Lisa Craddock Thitoff, 614-891-2166.



Minerva Park Garden Tour - Jul 9

Apr 2, 2017

Underwritten by your $20/$21 Community Association Dues. Join or donate today. - Jul 9, 1p to 5p. Join us for the annual Minerva Park Garden Tour. If you would like to be on the tour or help with the event - or have spare moments to help keep MP's public beds in shape - please contact Bob Gale at 614-560-0452 or Lisa Craddock Thitoff at 614-891-2166.



Villager Newsletter - May

Apr 24, 2017

Underwritten by your $20/$21 Community Association Dues. Join or donate today. - Download the May issue of the Villager newsletter.

Stories include ...

  • We're in a Mid-Life Crisis
  • AAW Awards Banquet
  • MP's May 2 ballot


Work Packets

Apr 24, 2017

Council Meetings - Residents are encouraged to attend the Council Meetings, Mondays, 7 p.m., Community Building. Get involved! Review Council work packets ...

Planning and Zoning Meetings - Planning and Zoning meets usually on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m., dependent on items coming before the Commission.

  • May 2, 2017

Committee Meetings - Residents are invited to attend and observe meetings, i.e., committee work sessions and Planning & Zoning meetings. Dates and times are posted officially at the Community Building, Pool, and Playground, or call 614-882-5743.



Coffee with Council

Apr 24, 2017

Residents are invited to meet with Council members to discuss Village issues. Community Building, May 15, 7 p.m.