Aug 8 Election
Jul 18, 2017
The election is Tuesday, Aug 8 (6:30a to 7:30p). You may download Minerva Park's ballot (also available in the Aug 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.
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.
Calendar Feature Added to Website
Jun 8, 2017
Some residents have suggested having a Village calendar more typical than the right menu on the home page. We appreciate the suggestion.
Water Flows Downhill
Reprint from the Jul 2017 Villager
By Scott Doellinger, Code Enforcement Officer
What an obvious statement! Until a yard floods or a garage floor is covered in an inch or two of water.
Humans have been dealing with water from the beginning of time. Most rainwater soaks into the ground, recharging groundwater and not presenting a problem on the land’s surface. When rain occurs quickly and heavily or on saturated soils that cannot absorb additional water, surface storm water begins to flow or just build up and stand.
Established legal precedent states that one property owner cannot refuse to accept storm water naturally occurring from an adjacent property owner. Another word, do not build a dam to block storm water from flowing into your property. Similarly, you can pass on the water flowing onto your yard to the next property owner downhill.
Minerva Park and area had naturally established surface water flow whereby storm water flowed eastward into Alum Creek. When humans altered the topography and built houses and other improvements, these flows were altered and damaged, causing flooding at times.
The presence of flowing or standing storm water in one’s yard during heavy rainfall is normal and should be expected. What should not be accepted is standing water or flowing water of such quantity or velocity that damage occurs. This easily can be seen in an area where grass cannot grow, or where erosion is causing the washing-out soil, or where plants or structures are being flooded.
Another legal precedent in Village ordinance 1466.01 requires that “no grade be higher or lower than the natural drainage grade and all grades must conform to the grade of one’s neighbors or of adjoining lots, as designated by the building inspector.” This means, the grade of the yard may be raised or lowered but must meet the grade of the adjacent land parcel and cannot block the natural flow of water.
The phrase “natural drainage and natural flow” occurs in legal precedent and Village ordinances. It refers to water flowing in a manner similar to the flow of water before human activity intervened. Water collected by gutters and then directed through a downspout leader is not a natural flow and may not be directed onto another parcel of land. It may be directed into a curb, gutter, street, or storm drain. Installation of a pipe to convey water naturally flowing onto a property, across that property, and then onto the next property is permitted.
The best policy is to talk to the uphill and downhill neighbor before altering grades or water courses.
MPCA Community Garage Sale Fundraiser - Sep 16
May 23, 2017
Sep 16 - 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.
Jun 12, 2017
Minerva Park Dam restoration work continues. Learn more.
Villager Newsletter - Jul
Jun 26, 2017
Stories include ...
- 2999 E. Dublin-Granville Rd. Update
- Proposed 2018 Tax Budgtet
- Family Fun Night
- MP Garden Tour
- Water Flows Downhill
Jul 7, 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 ...
- Jul 10, 2017
- Jun 19, 2017 updated
- Jun 12, 2017
- May 22, 2017
- May 8, 2017
- Apr 24, 2017
- Apr 10, 2017
- Mar 27, 2017
- Mar 13, 2017
- Feb 27, 2017
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.
- Jul 19
Coffee with Council
Jun 19, 2017
Jul 17 - 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.