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<strong>April</strong> 19 - May 2, <strong>2020</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXVII, No. 22<br />

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Talks about new school<br />

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By Rick Palsgrove<br />

<strong>Southeast</strong> Editor<br />

Groveport Madison Schools officials<br />

know steps must be taken in the future to<br />

address the district’s aging buildings.<br />

But, in these uncertain times of the<br />

ongoing coronavirus situation, they also<br />

know there are many things to overcome<br />

with the pandemic before moving on to any<br />

proposed projects.<br />

“While new facilities are still very much<br />

needed, it seems that the facilities discussion<br />

needs to be put on hold until the state,<br />

and our community, recovers from the pandemic<br />

crisis,” said Groveport Madison<br />

Schools Superintendent Garilee Ogden.<br />

“We are holding off on any discussion<br />

regarding new buildings for the foreseeable<br />

future.”<br />

Ogden noted families in the district<br />

have other priorities to think about other<br />

than taxes during these trying times.<br />

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“Without question, we are very concerned<br />

about the impact the pandemic crisis<br />

is having on the community,” said<br />

Ogden. “It’s unknown at present when people<br />

will be able to get back to work, and<br />

how long it will take people to recover from<br />

this unprecedented event financially.”<br />

Added Board President Libby Gray, “It’s<br />

just not realistic to go to our community to<br />

ask for funding for new building projects<br />

right now.”<br />

Ogden said district officials understand<br />

that the Ohio School Facilities Commission<br />

has put a hold on all current and prospective<br />

future school construction projects<br />

until further notice.<br />

“With these uncertainties, we don’t<br />

believe now is the right time to engage the<br />

community in any meaningful discussion<br />

regarding the replacement of our elementary<br />

and middle schools,” said Ogden.<br />

When asked when the district anticipates<br />

restarting the facilities discussions,<br />

Ogden said, “It’s not possible to answer<br />

this question at present.”<br />

Also, when asked if any work is being<br />

done in the meantime to determine potential<br />

financing options for new facilities,<br />

Ogden said the district is not pursuing any<br />

other funding options at this time.<br />

District officials remain aware of the<br />

need for new school buildings.<br />

“Our schools remain overcrowded, with<br />

many instances where students and staff<br />

are forced to use space that was never<br />

intended to be used as classrooms,” said<br />

Ogden. “With each passing year, the buildings<br />

experience more wear and tear.<br />

Maintenance costs will continue to<br />

increase, eating into more and more of our<br />

operating funds. We also remain very concerned<br />

about the buildings from the standpoint<br />

of our ability to monitor and secure<br />

them in the event of an emergency.”<br />

About the district’s buildings<br />

The ages and capacities of Groveport<br />

Madison’s elementary and middle schools<br />

(the high school has already been replaced)<br />

are as follows:<br />

•Asbury Elementary - Built in 1963<br />

with additions in 1968 and 1969.<br />

Enrollment, 461. Functional capacity, 425.<br />

•Dunloe Elementary - Built in 1967<br />

with additions in 1968 and 1969.<br />

Enrollment, 391. Functional capacity, 425.<br />

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Silent stadiums<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photo by Rick Palsgrove<br />

The bleachers and playing field at the new varsity softball stadium at Groveport<br />

Madison High School sit empty of fans and players this spring while the school,<br />

and other schools around the state, have been shut down due to the ongoing coronavirus<br />

situation per orders from Governor Mike DeWine and the state health<br />

department. As a result, the status of the Cruiser athletic spring sports teams’ seasons<br />

and schedules remain uncertain at this time. The Cruiser varsity softball team<br />

still hopes to pursue its fourth straight Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division<br />

championship this year if the season can be salvaged.<br />

Groveport officials keep<br />

eye on pandemic situation<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

<strong>Southeast</strong> Editor<br />

Groveport city officials are continually<br />

monitoring the effects of the coronavirus<br />

shutdown on the town’s residents as well<br />

as on the city’s income revenue stream.<br />

When asked how the coronavirus shutdown<br />

has impacted the city’s income tax<br />

revenue and what revenue projections are<br />

for the next few months, Groveport City<br />

Administrator B.J. King said that, as of<br />

March 31, <strong>2020</strong>, net income tax collections<br />

(gross collections less refunds and fees) are<br />

currently 6.65 percent ahead of the same<br />

time last year, providing the city a small<br />

cushion for future months.<br />

“We are still in the early stages of determining<br />

what impact the coronavirus shutdown<br />

will have on income taxes,” said<br />

King. “We fully recognize the financial<br />

impact this could have and we are keeping<br />

a close eye on finances. We are still in the<br />

early stages of determining what impact<br />

the coronavirus shutdown would have on<br />

the city’s budget.”<br />

Groveport Development Director Jeff<br />

Green offered some positive news about<br />

some of the businesses in town.<br />

“The warehouses and distribution centers<br />

are considered essential businesses, so<br />

for a lot of our companies it is business as<br />

usual,” said Green. “Plus, the developers of<br />

some of our larger new building projects<br />

are still going full bore.”<br />

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(Editor’s note: I decided to proceed with this preview<br />

story about the Cruiser track program so the community<br />

could read about the team. However, with the ongoing<br />

coronavirus crisis the status of the season and the schedule<br />

remains uncertain at this time.)<br />

EYE<br />

Continued from page 1<br />

Green added that city officials are making sure<br />

businesses in the city have the information they need<br />

regarding government programs that can help them<br />

through the pandemic crisis.<br />

King said the city continues to compensate all full<br />

and part-time employees and has implemented work<br />

from home initiatives.<br />

“Small savings have been realized from a reduction<br />

in overtime hours worked and also less operating<br />

expenses, such as the closure of the Recreation Center,<br />

Town Hall, and Kidspace, however, this does not offset<br />

the loss of revenue from these closures,” said King.<br />

City officials believe the town’s residents are adapting<br />

to the situations caused by the coronavirus shutdown.<br />

“It is challenging times and each resident has their<br />

own personal response to the shutdown,” said King.<br />

“Everyone has their own unique situation during this<br />

time. We hope that everyone is staying healthy, practicing<br />

social distancing, and taking all precautions possible<br />

as we work through this trying time.”<br />

When asked if city officials have made any decisions<br />

yet regarding cancelling the Memorial Day ceremony<br />

and the city's Fourth of July celebration, King said,<br />

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Cruiser track team waits to compete<br />

The Groveport Madison Cruiser boys and girls<br />

track teams are striving for Ohio Capital Conference<br />

championships this season.<br />

Boys track<br />

Boys track coach Ryan Alton believes the team has<br />

a strong chance to win the OCC - Capital Division title<br />

this year.<br />

“Probably the best chance we’ve had in a long time,”<br />

said Alton. “We really only lost three of our key runners<br />

from last year and we tend to find a few diamonds<br />

in the rough every season.”<br />

He said the title chase is going to be a battle<br />

between the Cruisers, Canal Winchester and New<br />

Albany.<br />

“Not to slight anyone else in our division, but I<br />

think we’re going to be fighting with those two squads<br />

to see who will come out on top when we host OCC’s in<br />

May,” said Alton. “The key will be staying healthy and<br />

finding the right guys to put our team over the top.”<br />

He said the teams strength has always been the<br />

sprints and jumps and this year is no different.<br />

“I expect us to be strong in the sprint relays and<br />

both jumping events,” said Alton. “Where the difference<br />

will be this year is that I think we will be a more<br />

balanced team all around. We have a solid core of distance<br />

runners and I expect to bring home big points in<br />

shot and disc, with some of the throwers we have coming<br />

out. If we can place in the top three in all of those<br />

events, we’ll be right where we want to be.”<br />

As far as holes to fill on the team, Alton said the<br />

squad lost two runners from its 4x400 relay that went<br />

on to finish sixth in the state last spring.<br />

“So we need to replace those guys, which won’t be<br />

easy,” said Alton. “And then I’m looking at the open<br />

sprint events and hurdles. I’m still working on getting<br />

a few guys to come out that will help us tremendously<br />

in those areas. Basically, having quality depth is what<br />

hurt us last year, but judging by the numbers so far,<br />

we should be in much better shape this season.”<br />

Alton said seniors Rafael Soler and Tyrell Floyd are<br />

back from the 4x400 team.<br />

“I also look for Soler to be our lead 800m runner,<br />

while Floyd is going to be strong in both the open 400m<br />

and 200m dashes,” said Alton. “Senior Illyaas Haji is<br />

going to be our distance captain. I expect big things<br />

from him in both the 1600m and 3200m races.<br />

Sophomore Harris Musungu is headed to indoor states<br />

in high jump and may be our top long jumper as well,<br />

along with junior John Motton. I expect junior<br />

Jashaun McGraw and seniors Jasiyah Robinson and<br />

Darrell Smoot to score a lot of points for us in the<br />

throws events this season.”<br />

He said sprinters to keep an eye on include seniors<br />

Sam Hoyte and Keimare Burnett and juniors Marques<br />

Holmes and Jalil Underdown.<br />

Girls track<br />

“This year’s team is bursting with young talent.”<br />

said girls track coach Zach Green. “I believe that we<br />

have an outside chance to win an OCC title this year if<br />

a few things can fall our way. A couple teams that’ll<br />

provide us with some problems include Gahanna and<br />

Pickerington North. Both teams are very well coached<br />

and well rounded teams.”<br />

Green said the team’s strength this year lies in the<br />

sprints and field events.<br />

“We have a good mix of youth and veterans and I<br />

think we can come together and have a very successful<br />

season,” said Green.<br />

He said he’d like to see improvement in the distance<br />

and mid-distance events.<br />

“There is potential there and we have a lot of new<br />

faces.,” said Green. “I believe we will have a few kids<br />

step up in those areas this year.”<br />

Green said some girls track athletes to watch this<br />

season include shot put and discus thrower Madison<br />

Newsome, sprinter Atanna Gunnell, sprinter Chenise<br />

Smith, and jumper Isabella Burholt.<br />

“All of these ladies are wonderful athletes and great<br />

kids. They are poised to have a great year,” said Green.<br />

“No decisions have been made. In early May we will<br />

assess the situation and make a decision about the<br />

Memorial Day ceremony. Throughout May and into<br />

June, we will assess and make a decision on the July<br />

4th celebration.”<br />

Information<br />

Governor Mike DeWine recently announced the<br />

Ohio Department of Health extended its shutdown<br />

order through the end of <strong>April</strong>. Ohio’s previous order<br />

was set to expire on <strong>April</strong> 3, <strong>2020</strong>. The new order<br />

extends the closure through May 1, <strong>2020</strong>. The ongoing<br />

coronavirus situation is ever changing and the state<br />

order can be updated and/or extended depending on<br />

how things progress.<br />

According to city of Groveport officials, the city’s<br />

public buildings are currently closed to protect residents<br />

and city employees during the coronavirus<br />

(COVID-19) pandemic. For information contact:<br />

Municipal Building — 614-836-5301; and the Groveport<br />

Police Department — 614-830-2060. An officer will be<br />

available to meet in the police parking lot on a case-bycase<br />

basis. Residents will not be without police services.

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entertainment<br />

“Love Wedding Repeat” lacks romance<br />

During its long absence from the silver screen, the<br />

much loved and much mocked romantic comedy experienced<br />

a resurgence on the streaming services.<br />

While many companies dipped their toes in the<br />

sometimes choppy genre water, it was Netflix who led<br />

the charge by producing a slew of rom-coms that got<br />

mouths jabbering and wallets opening to see the latest<br />

buzzed about product.<br />

While slow to bring it back to the larger theaters,<br />

movie studio executives eventually glommed onto the<br />

fact that people are still willing to give the rom-com a<br />

chance and began its own revival of sorts.<br />

But then virus induced closures began and now studios<br />

are debating whether to hold onto their properties<br />

and wait until theaters reopen or release them on<br />

demand and hope people watch them.<br />

As they weigh these pros and cons, Netflix continues<br />

to crank out their creations like they knew a global<br />

pandemic was coming and people would be stuck<br />

indoors and looking for a distraction.<br />

Its latest rom-com endeavor is “Love Wedding<br />

Repeat” whose plot revolves around chance and those<br />

“ill-fated moments where all of our hopes and dreams<br />

go right down the toilet.”<br />

While that is a quote that hits the bullseye, the film<br />

itself misses the mark.<br />

It begins in true rom-com fashion with an awkward<br />

goodbye between potential life mates Jack and Dina<br />

(played by Sam Claflin and Olivia Munn, respectively),<br />

who coincidentally met just a few days prior.<br />

After some false starts, the two go in for a romantic<br />

kiss only to be interrupted by an old roommate of<br />

Jack’s who proceeds to list of his undesirable college<br />

attributes.<br />

Instead of telling his former friend to scamper off,<br />

he leaves with him to split the cost of a ride to the airport<br />

and misses the opportunity to further his connection<br />

to Dina.<br />

Three years later, the two meet again at the wedding<br />

of Jack’s younger sister Hayley (Eleanor<br />

Tomlinson) and discover that they are sharing the<br />

“English table.” Hoping to become reacquainted,<br />

things naturally go awry.<br />

Their ill-fated separation begins (again) when an<br />

old flame of Hayley’s shows up, drugged out of his<br />

mind and vowing to ruin her day.<br />

She begs her brother to put a sleeping sedative in<br />

his drink at the “English table” and he does so against<br />

his better judgment.<br />

As he leaves the scene of the crime, a group of<br />

young sprites rearrange the arrangements and it is<br />

anyone’s guess who has the laced drink.<br />

Upon discovering this unpleasant surprise, Jack<br />

The Reel Deal<br />

realizes that he is now seated next<br />

to his ex-girlfriend Amanda<br />

(Freida Pinto) and across from her<br />

jealous boyfriend Chaz (Allan<br />

Mustafa).<br />

To make matters even worse,<br />

Dina is seated next to a human<br />

chatterbox who is not willing to<br />

part from her side.<br />

As the situation with Hayley’s<br />

old flame Marc (Jack Farthing)<br />

escalates, Jack has to try to put<br />

Dedra<br />

Cordle<br />

out those growing wildfires while trying to keep that<br />

sputtering spark with Dina alive.<br />

Though the film posits at least eight possible outcomes<br />

from the seating arrangements, a quick montage<br />

shows six of these alternative timelines with a<br />

primary focus on two.<br />

The first timeline, which takes about an hour, has<br />

Hayley’s man of honor Bryan (Joel Fry) as the unfortunate<br />

victim of the sleep concoction while the second<br />

timeline has Jack as the victim.<br />

While both survive their ordeal with a tranquilizer<br />

that could “knock down several horses,” the scenes and<br />

outcomes vary wildly as the two struggle to stay<br />

awake, complete their tasks and pursue their passions.<br />

Though “Love Wedding Repeat” is technically classified<br />

as a romantic comedy, it is more comedic than<br />

romantic as the two leads rarely get a chance to connect.<br />

For a large part of the film, the two are put on the<br />

backburner as the secondary characters steal the<br />

show, particularly the argumentative Chaz, the selfobsessed<br />

Bryan and the human chatterbox Sidney<br />

(Tim Key).<br />

Because of the entertaining scene-chewing of the<br />

secondary characters, you don’t really get a chance to<br />

invest in the budding relationship between Jack and<br />

Dina, which is sort of the point of romantic comedies.<br />

You want to root on the two hapless leads as they connect<br />

but there is too much going on in “Love Wedding<br />

Repeat” to do just that.<br />

If you’re looking for a true romantic comedy, this<br />

film might not be the right fit for you, but if you’re<br />

looking for something awkwardly humorous and don’t<br />

mind the elements of romance you might want to consider<br />

giving this one a chance.<br />

Grade: C<br />

Dedra Cordle is a <strong>Messenger</strong> staff writer and columnist.<br />

Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame seeking applications<br />

The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame is accepting nominations<br />

to recognize those who served in the U.S.<br />

Armed Forces and continue to contribute to our communities,<br />

state, and nation through exceptional acts of<br />

volunteerism, advocacy, professional distinction, public<br />

service, or philanthropy.<br />

Each year, the hall of fame inducts up to 20 former<br />

service members based on recommendations from an<br />

executive committee of veterans from throughout the<br />

state and approval from the governor of Ohio.<br />

To be considered, the veteran must meet the following<br />

criteria:<br />

• Be a past or current Ohio resident<br />

• Have received an honorable discharge<br />

• Be of good moral character<br />

Sam Felton Jr., honored at the Ohio Veterans Hall<br />

of Fame Class of 2019 Induction Ceremony said, “This<br />

Hall of Fame sets the standard for recognizing Ohio’s<br />

veterans for accomplishments beyond their military<br />

service. In addition, it is a fitting way to say thank you<br />

for your service to our nation and thank you for your<br />

continued service to our communities.”<br />

The nomination deadline is June 1. Guidelines, a<br />

sample nomination, and more information are available<br />

at dvs.ohio.gov.<br />

Cemetery rate changes<br />

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<strong>April</strong> 19, <strong>2020</strong> - SOUTHEAST MESSENGER - PAGE 3<br />

Groveport City Council is considering rate increases for the<br />

Groveport Cemetery.<br />

“The Cemetery Committee recommended the rates for the<br />

Groveport Cemetery be increased to be more aligned with rates for<br />

cemeteries in the surrounding communities,” said Groveport City<br />

Administrator B.J. King. “Groveport’s rates are significantly lower<br />

than those for other cemeteries and have not been adjusted in many<br />

years.”<br />

The proposed rate increases are: grave lot would rise from $600<br />

to $1,000; grave opening and closing cost would rise from $500 to<br />

$1,000; cremation burial would rise from $0 to $600; weekends<br />

and holidays openings/closing would rise from $0 to $1,250; and<br />

headstone foundations would increase from 57 cents per square<br />

inch to $1.50 per square inch.Council will decide on the proposed<br />

increases at its <strong>April</strong> 27 meeting.<br />

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Township to delay enacting motor vehicle tax<br />

By Linda Dillman<br />

Staff Writer<br />

Results of meetings by a Madison<br />

Township Citizens Action Committee show<br />

while there is support for a $5 permissive<br />

motor vehicle tax, now might not be the<br />

right time to institute the measure.<br />

“The majority of the committee members<br />

were in favor of the tax,” said Citizens<br />

Action Committee Chairman Katherine<br />

Chipps. “One issue presented is that many<br />

in our community are hurting right now<br />

with layoffs and the coronavirus.”<br />

Madison Township Trustee Michele<br />

Reynolds said, while it is without question<br />

that township roads need improvement, it<br />

is important to acknowledge the economic<br />

impact COVID-19 has on the community.<br />

When asked by Reynolds what options<br />

are available to the township in enacting<br />

the tax, Madison Township Administrator<br />

Susan Brobst said the deadline for the<br />

<strong>2020</strong>-21 collection period is July 1.<br />

“If the trustees make a decision after<br />

the June meeting, it would go on the 2021-<br />

22 collection year,” said Brobst.<br />

Public Works Superintendent Dave<br />

Watkins said the additional $5 motor vehicle<br />

tax would bring in approximately $80,000<br />

annually. The tax is assessed when new<br />

license plates are purchased or renewed.<br />

The township currently collects a gas<br />

tax. However, Watkins was unsure of collections<br />

for this year because of the impact<br />

of the coronavirus on the driving public.<br />

Brobst said collections could easily be 25<br />

percent to 35 percent less.<br />

“There could be a higher impact the<br />

longer we stay at home,” said Brobst.<br />

While Reynolds said the economic<br />

impact of COVID-19 on the community and<br />

township financing is unknown and felt<br />

action on the tax needs to be taken for the<br />

<strong>2020</strong>-21 collection period, she thinks the<br />

trustees need to be sensitive and not take<br />

action in <strong>April</strong>. Trustee Ed Dildine agreed<br />

to postpone action until May.<br />

Trustee Chairman John Pritchard<br />

added, “I completely agree with holding off<br />

as late as possible. Every time I listen to<br />

the governor’s press conferences, they<br />

come up with something new. I think we<br />

should hold off as late as we can and see<br />

how the pandemic impacts the township.”<br />

The trustees unanimously approved<br />

holding off action on the proposed permissive<br />

motor vehicle tax until next month.<br />

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New computer server<br />

The Groveport Madison Board of<br />

Education approved the purchase of a new<br />

computer server from Vantage Financial<br />

Tech Plan with XTek at a cost of $135,367.<br />

Township Police statistics<br />

March crime statistics for Madison<br />

Township, according to the Madison<br />

Township Police: 51 assist/mutual aid, 4<br />

animal complaints, 3 burglary, 35 domestic<br />

complaints, 4 missing persons, 27 suspicious<br />

persons, 17 larceny/thefts, 3<br />

assaults, 11 threats or harassment, 91<br />

traffic stops, 1 accident with injuries, 18<br />

property damage accidents, 5 shots fired<br />

in area, 7 vandalism, 4 hit-skip accidents,<br />

2 officer in trouble, 26 parking, 2 stolen<br />

vehicle, 21 juvenile complaints.<br />

What is Hope?<br />

Quotes from Readers in the Community<br />

“Hope is unifying. It pushes us to come together to achieve.” - Sarah Morbitzer, 18 - HTHS Senior<br />

“Hope is that we all come out of this healthy and stronger because of it. Personally and business.” - Scott Heimlich, Owner - Paddock Pub Restaurant<br />

"Hope is having passion for everything you do; from making coffee to running a marathon. When you make coffee you hope that it tastes good and<br />

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By Ris Twigg<br />

Staff Writer<br />

After cancelling its March 23 Obetz<br />

Village Council meeting because of the<br />

COVID-19 pandemic, village officials hosted<br />

a virtual council meeting on <strong>April</strong> 13 to<br />

discuss a series of actions and goals for getting<br />

through the pandemic.<br />

Obetz closed many of its facilities, such<br />

as gymnasiums, on March 13, and<br />

Governor Mike DeWine closed all Ohio<br />

schools the following day. Soon after, village<br />

officials placed restrictions on the<br />

number of staff working in the same building<br />

at the same time to prevent the spread<br />

of novel coronavirus. And on March 24,<br />

Mayor Angie Kirk declared a state of emergency<br />

for the village.<br />

“Our staff and employees are doing the<br />

best job they can to make sure they keep<br />

you protected,” said Kirk. “This is a time<br />

for us all to make sure that we’re doing our<br />

part so these cases don’t continue to grow<br />

here.”<br />

Declaring a state of emergency in Obetz<br />

makes the village eligible for $50,000 of<br />

relief funds set aside for emergency purchases<br />

related to the coronavirus, such as<br />

tents for makeshift hospitals or keeping<br />

residents informed.<br />

“It cuts down the red tape to make sure<br />

we can deliver whatever service we need as<br />

quickly as possible,” Rod Davisson, village<br />

administrator, said.<br />

Council’s unanimously passed an emergency<br />

declaration that prevents utility<br />

companies from shutting off residents’ utilities<br />

during the coronavirus outbreak and<br />

gives the mayor more authority.<br />

Other essential services are still operating<br />

with extra precautions. Senior transportation<br />

is still offered, groceries are<br />

delivered to seniors via a partnership with<br />

the fire department, and the Obetz food<br />

bank continues to operate during this time.<br />

Kirk announced a series of goals –<br />

called “zer0betz Goals <strong>2020</strong>” – focused on<br />

reducing or eliminating the spread of<br />

COVID-19 cases, maintaining essential<br />

TALKS<br />

Continued from page 1<br />

•Glendening Elementary - Built in<br />

1968 with addition in 1974. Enrollment,<br />

451. Functional capacity, 425.<br />

•Groveport Elementary - Built in 1923.<br />

Enrollment, 432. Functional capacity, 425.<br />

Placed on the National Register of Historic<br />

Places in 2009.<br />

•Madison Elementary - Built in 1967<br />

with additions in 1968 and 1969.<br />

Enrollment, 332. Functional capacity, 425.<br />

•Sedalia Elementary - Built in 1969<br />

with addition in 1974. Enrollment, 672.<br />

Functional capacity, 446.<br />

•Middle School North - Built in 1975.<br />

Enrollment, 497. Functional capacity, 425.<br />

residential services, protecting vulnerable<br />

residents, getting Obetz back in business<br />

safely, and making sure there are zero<br />

deaths from COVID-19 in Obetz.<br />

“We do have two reported cases in the<br />

village of Obetz that were reported to us by<br />

the Franklin County Health Department,”<br />

Kirk said. “If you are displaying symptoms<br />

of this, please make sure that you contact<br />

your doctor, self-quarantine. This is a time<br />

for us all to make sure we’re doing our part<br />

to make sure these cases don’t grow here.<br />

Our ultimate goal is to make sure we don’t<br />

lose anyone here in the village of Obetz and<br />

whatever we have to do as your council, as<br />

elected officials, as staff, we will do.”<br />

To keep residents as informed as possible<br />

during the outbreak, Mike Corbitt, village<br />

engineer, created a website that gathers<br />

all of the latest coronavirus information<br />

in one place. The website can be<br />

accessed at village-of-obetz-coronavirusresponse-obetz.hub.arcgis.com/.<br />

Staff are working on sending a paper<br />

mailer to households in case some residents<br />

don’t have access to the website.<br />

During the virtual meeting, residents<br />

had the opportunity to ask questions about<br />

the village’s response. Someone anonymously<br />

asked about ways Obetz residents<br />

could to help their community.<br />

Kirk said folks who want to join a “community<br />

COVID action group” to support<br />

other Obetz residents should email her at<br />

akirk@obetz.oh.us.<br />

The emergency measures enacted by<br />

Kirk and council are set to expire on June<br />

1. Although the new policies have an expiration<br />

date, Davisson said he thinks the<br />

strategy for opening the village back up<br />

will be more gradual.<br />

“We are keenly aware that if those<br />

measures are loosened too quickly, you can<br />

have a rebound set of cases. The odds are<br />

high that could happen anyway,” he said.<br />

“Everyday is a new announcement you<br />

have to evaluate. If you screw up, you could<br />

get someone sick or killed. It’s a scary<br />

time.”<br />

•Middle School South - Built in 1975.<br />

Enrollment, 465. Functional capacity, 425.<br />

•Middle School Central - Built in<br />

stages as a high school between 1952-56.<br />

Enrollment, 451. Functional capacity, 425.<br />

Placed on the National Register of Historic<br />

Places in 2009.<br />

(Functional capacity is 85 percent of original<br />

design capacity and reflects modern<br />

requirements for classroom space and programming.<br />

Source: Groveport Madison<br />

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Embrace nature with these Earth Day activities<br />

By Christine Bryant<br />

Staff Writer<br />

Earth Day is often an opportunity for<br />

communities to come together and demonstrate<br />

support for environmental protections.<br />

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps<br />

across the nation, however, many Earth<br />

Day activities are being cancelled, as individuals<br />

are encouraged to maintain social<br />

distance.<br />

While group activities are no longer on<br />

the calendar, individuals can still spend<br />

<strong>April</strong> 22 making simple changes in their<br />

lives to help protect the environment, says<br />

Jill Snyder, assistant manager of interpretation<br />

and education with Columbus and<br />

Franklin County Metro Parks.<br />

Here are a few ideas, courtesy of Metro<br />

Parks, to celebrate Earth Day even when<br />

self-isolating as a family or individual.<br />

Litter hikes<br />

While hiking in parks or simply going<br />

for a walk around the block, keep an eye<br />

out for litter.<br />

“Take a trash bag on your walk and pick<br />

up litter along the way,” Snyder said. “See<br />

who can find the most trash.”<br />

Snyder says waterways are often a hot<br />

spot for litter, so consider taking a hike<br />

along a Greenway trail or a streamside<br />

trail in any of the parks.<br />

“Wear work gloves while out and keep<br />

practicing social distance,” Snyder says.<br />

Plant native flowers<br />

Planting native flowers in your own<br />

yard is a great way to help develop a<br />

healthy ecosystem.<br />

Native flowers serve as a food source for<br />

wildlife like birds and butterflies, and they<br />

have lower maintenance requirements.<br />

“With time to look at your yard and garden,<br />

develop a plan to plant native flowers,”<br />

Snyder said. “Add a rain barrel to help<br />

water plants and remove run-off into our<br />

streams.”<br />

Add a hummingbird feeder nearby for<br />

some surprise visits. A hummingbird<br />

migration map can be found at hummingbird-guide.com.<br />

The Ohio Department of Natural<br />

Resources provides a list of native species<br />

on its website, ohiodnr.gov/gonative.<br />

Improve green practices at home<br />

Consider implementing simple green<br />

practices in homes during this time,<br />

Snyder says.<br />

For example, use non-toxic cleaning<br />

products when possible, and replace incandescent<br />

light bulbs with LED or CFL light<br />

bulbs.<br />

Even turning off lights and unplugging<br />

items when not in use can make a big difference,<br />

she says.<br />

“An iPhone charging cord left plugged in<br />

even when not charging your phone still<br />

uses electricity,” she said. “Remove those<br />

energy vampires.”<br />

Create a compost bin<br />

With extra time on your hands, now is a<br />

great time to create a backyard compost<br />

bin, Snyder says.<br />

Here are two simple ways to build one<br />

with supplies typically found at home:<br />

●Grab a plastic bin or old trash can,<br />

drill holes in the plastic to allow for<br />

drainage and be sure there is a lid to keep<br />

pests out.<br />

●Use a wooden pallet or scrap lumber to<br />

create a box to hold the compost. The box<br />

size can vary based on your materials and<br />

how much compost you make. For more<br />

information on how to build this box, go to<br />

extension2.missouri.edu/g6957.<br />

Once a compost bin is built, add grass<br />

clippings, food scraps (but no meat or dairy<br />

products) and leaves to the bin and turn it<br />

weekly, Snyder says.<br />

“Use it for a student science project and<br />

watch decomposition happen,” she said.<br />

Get crafty<br />

If rain dampens Earth Day this year,<br />

there are several crafts that can mark this<br />

year’s event, Snyder said.<br />

●Create a bug hotel: Use an empty,<br />

clean soup can for the base. Roll strips of<br />

newspaper, printer paper or magazines<br />

into straws and place in the can. Add sticks<br />

and bark until the can is stuffed full. Hang<br />

outside to allow insects a place to hide.<br />

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Continued from page 6<br />

Photo courtesy of Kaylan Phillips/Metro Parks<br />

Earth Day is <strong>April</strong> 22. Even though there will be no public events, community members are encouraged to<br />

celebrate Earth Day on their own. Franklin County Metro Parks have offered a few ideas.<br />

●Make a nature wreath: Go for a walk and collect<br />

items from nature such as leaves, pine cones or flowers.<br />

Braid together strips of fabric from an old T-shirt<br />

to form into a circle. Add the natural items with hot<br />

glue or weave into the fabric. Add a ribbon and hang.<br />

●Make eye-spy binoculars: Decorate two toilet<br />

paper rolls and glue or tape them together. Attach<br />

string to make a strap. Go for a hike to look for birds.<br />

●Create a critter: Use egg cartons, toilet paper<br />

tubes and other household materials to create an animal.<br />

Decide where that animal lives or what it eats<br />

based on the adaptations you give it.<br />

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Homeowners associate mulch with springtime lawn and garden<br />

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Mulch protects roots against extreme temperatures.<br />

Mulch is often connected with its ability to help soil retain<br />

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of extreme heat.<br />

Applying mulch in spring can be beneficial to lawns.<br />

Homeowners should first consider a few factors.<br />

•Timing: Know when the average day of the last frost is in your<br />

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•Texture: Try medium-textured mulch. Fine particles may<br />

pack down and retain moisture that will evaporate before it reaches<br />

the plant roots. Materials that are too coarse may be incapable<br />

of holding sufficient amounts of water to benefit the soil.<br />

•Nutrients: Humus is an organic component of soil that forms<br />

when leaves and other plant materials decompose. Organic<br />

mulches provide humus and decompose over time, adding nutrients<br />

into the soil.<br />

•Application: Correct application of the mulch is essential.<br />

Applying too much mulch can adversely affect lawns, plants and<br />

soil. In addition, excessive application can cause decay and make<br />

lawns and plants more vulnerable to disease.<br />

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Tackling a crisis<br />

with humor<br />

The owner of this house on<br />

Groveport’s Front Street decided to<br />

attack the ongoing coronavirus situation<br />

with a bit of humor by dressing<br />

a mannequin in safety gear,<br />

complete with disinfectant in hand<br />

and a positive “thumbs up” gesture,<br />

and placing it on the front porch of<br />

her home. “I just call him ‘Corona<br />

Carl’,” said homeowner Karen Richards.<br />

“He really was a spur of the<br />

moment decision while I was mowing.<br />

The porch was kind of bare. I<br />

have lots of Halloween dummies in<br />

the house with nothing to do in the<br />

off season. Corona Carl was John<br />

Travolta in last year’s “Grooveport”<br />

display. I put him out now just<br />

because we can all use an extra<br />

smile these days. Lots of folks have<br />

been stopping by to take pictures of<br />

him, which gives me a smile. Notice<br />

he has his thumbs up as if to say,<br />

“We can do this!”<br />

Photo courtesy of the Groveport Heritage Museum<br />

Workers are shown here pouring and smoothing new pavement on Groveport’s<br />

east Main Street during the street’s reconstruction in 2003. The street was reconstructed<br />

from Front Street east to the edge of town during this project. This photo<br />

was taken near the front of Groveport Madison Middle School Central.

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Groveport city officials decided to delay amending the<br />

city’s employee compensation plan and pay scale.<br />

“We need to see how the ongoing coronavirus pandemic<br />

will affect financial issues and what it means for the city,”<br />

said Groveport City Administrator B.J. King. “It’s the<br />

responsible thing to do.”<br />

Groveport City Council will review the proposed<br />

changes to the employee compensation plan and pay scales<br />

at its October committee of the whole meeting and then<br />

vote on it at its first council meeting in November. The city<br />

adopted a compensation plan in 2012 and it was amended<br />

in 2017.<br />

“As part of the recently completed wage study, Clemans<br />

Nelson & Associates reviewed the current compensation<br />

plan and made recommendations to amend the current<br />

plan structure,” said King.<br />

The recommendations are based on a wage data survey<br />

of 12 other central Ohio communities. Clemans Nelson &<br />

Associates also recommend that the current wage scale be<br />

shifted upward by 2 percent.<br />

The recommendations provide that employees could<br />

progress through pay steps 1-3 on an annual basis in a traditional<br />

step increase process. After step 3, year 3, any pay<br />

increases will be based solely on a merit system.<br />

Votes on developments postponed<br />

Council postponed, until its May 26, consideration of<br />

legislation that could clear the way for the construction of<br />

more residences. These include:<br />

•A request from property owners to amend the zoning<br />

on about 23.2 acres located at 5090 Hendron Road (located<br />

on the east side of Hendron Road and south of the railroad<br />

tracks) from rural to planned high density residential.<br />

Redwood USA LLC is considering constructing single<br />

story, one family attached “apartment homes” on the property.<br />

According to paperwork filed with the city of Groveport<br />

by developer Redwood USA LLC, phase one of the proposed<br />

project would build 98 units on 13 acres and phase<br />

two would build 42 units on 10 acres of the property. The<br />

140 total units would be contained in 24 buildings with a<br />

density of six units per acre.<br />

If approved by council, phase one construction could<br />

begin in November <strong>2020</strong> and phase two could start in<br />

December 2022 with total construction possibly completed<br />

by August 2023. The apartment homes would range in size<br />

from 1,300 to 1,600 square feet and each unit would have<br />

two bedrooms, two baths, and an attached garage.<br />

•A request from Maronda Homes to amend the zoning<br />

on about 9.1 acres located west of Ebright Road and east of<br />

Shellbark Street from planned low density residential to<br />

suburban residential.<br />

If approved by council, the change would allow for the<br />

construction of 30 detached, single family residences as an<br />

extension to the existing Hickory Grove development.<br />

Purchase of Main Street property<br />

The city is looking to purchase the property located at<br />

480 Main St. to enhance the development opportunities for<br />

the northwest corner of Main and College streets.<br />

On <strong>April</strong> 13, council heard the second reading of legislation<br />

to authorize the purchase of the property. According to<br />

Groveport Development Director Jeff Green, the potential<br />

purchase price is $150,000. Council is expected to vote on<br />

the purchase at its <strong>April</strong> 27 meeting.<br />

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Pay plan, development votes postponed; property purchase eyed<br />

Shirley White, includes a 2,048 square foot, seven room,<br />

two-story frame house that was built in 1920. According to<br />

the Franklin County Auditor’s website, the property has a<br />

market value of $110,000 and a 2019 taxable value of<br />

$38,510.<br />

The 480 Main St. property is adjacent to 490 Main St.,<br />

a .492 acre site that the city purchased for $250,000 in<br />

2018. That property previously was the home of Stebe’s<br />

Sales Inc., a used car business that operated there for<br />

many years. The 490 Main St. site is now a vacant lot.<br />

Green indicated the purchase would enhance the<br />

chances of the whole northwest corner of Main and College<br />

streets being developed and that it would “maximize the<br />

development potential of the corner and allow sufficient<br />

space for a building and adequate parking.”<br />

King noted, “If purchased, the property will be combined<br />

with the adjacent city owned property, making a<br />

larger lot for commercial development.”<br />

Green said city officials envision the corner being developed<br />

as a, “Mixed use. Retail/restaurant/office.”<br />

Green added there are no potential developers in negotiations<br />

for this site right now.<br />

He said, if the property at 480 Main St. is purchased,<br />

the city would demolish the structure on the property.<br />

“Cost of demolition is unknown at this time, but I’d estimate<br />

it at $15,000 to 20,000,” said Green. “Council views<br />

this property as a key element in the overall development<br />

of historic downtown Groveport.”<br />

The city’s <strong>2020</strong> budget, council includes a Phase 1 environmental<br />

and an architectural study for the city owned<br />

property on the northwest corner of Main and College<br />

streets at a cost of $25,000. Also, the city’s Community<br />

Improvement Corporation is slated to receive $25,000 to<br />

aid in the search for downtown business development.<br />


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services at reas. rates w/<br />

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Block Foundations<br />

Driveways • Sidewalks<br />

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Block Work & Excavation<br />

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covers, siding, gutter clng.<br />

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HOME<br />



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Also Fencing &<br />

Interior/Exterior Painting<br />

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614-284-2100<br />

SINCE 1973<br />

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Decks, Kitchens, Baths<br />

Room Additions,<br />

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Bsmt Waterproofing<br />

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HOME<br />



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37 Years Exp.<br />



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Spring Clean-up<br />

Sealcoating Estimates<br />

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• Insurance Roofing<br />




FOR YOU<br />

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Garden Pond &<br />

Home Maint.<br />

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$20 & Up<br />

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MOVING<br />

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Some Skilled Services<br />

Incl: Painting • Stucco,<br />

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Drainage & Home Maint.<br />

Call Today! 614-235-1819<br />

Painter Over 30 Yrs Exp.<br />

Free Est. Reas Rates<br />

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Anthony Pest Control<br />

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Call For A Free Phone Estimate<br />

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Single deck $69 + tax<br />

2 Tier deck $99 + tax<br />

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30 yrs. exp. Lifetime Cols.<br />

resident. Lic./bonded/Ins.<br />

Reas rates. Member of<br />

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614-330-3087, 732-3100<br />


REPAIR<br />

REPAIR all makes 24 hr.<br />

service. Clean, oil, adjust<br />

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work gtd. 614-890-5296<br />

TOP SOIL<br />

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Driveways topped w/new<br />

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Specializing in residential.<br />

614-491-5460<br />

Bobcat Service Avail.<br />


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Tree Trimming<br />

& Removal<br />

4/26<br />

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Stump Grinding.<br />

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• Tree Removal<br />

• Tree Trimming 4-26<br />

A&M<br />

• Stump Grinding<br />

• Bucket Truck Services<br />

Best Prices • Same Day Service<br />


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