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Protest march in Groveport
580 Main St., Groveport, OH 43125
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Groveport Police Sgt. Josh Short
shares a pleasant moment with the
organizer of the march, Pastor Kelsey
Angela Smith, 17, gave an impassioned
speech at the end of the march in
Photos by Marie Kujawski
About 200 people marched along Groveport’s Main Street on June 13 to protest
against police violence and the death of George Floyd. Floyd, a black man, died in
Minneapolis on May 25 after a white police officer (who is now charged with murder)
pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Unlike other recent
protests nationwide that turned violent, the protest in Groveport was peaceful. See
more photos online at columbusmessenger.com (look under Southeast News).
By Rick Palsgrove
A group of about 200 protest marchers
brought their message of “Black Lives
Matter” to Groveport on June 13.
The march, led by Pastor Kelsey
Crenshaw, went the length of Groveport’s
Main Street from the Kroger parking lot
to the Groveport Recreation Center. The
march was organized as a protest against
police violence and the death of George
Floyd. Floyd, a black man, died in
Minneapolis on May 25 after a white
police officer (who is now charged with
murder) pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck
for nearly nine minutes. Unlike other
recent protests nationwide that turned
violent, the protest march in Groveport
When asked why such a march was
held in Groveport, Crenshaw, who is a
Groveport resident and noted he has
experienced “zero of examples of racism”
himself in Groveport, said, “Why not
here? The message is not just for big
cities, it is important to small communities,
too. Groveport needs diversity just as
Columbus and elsewhere. We want to
educate. We must abolish racism. People
are tired of racism. We have a purpose.
We must all stand up for truth and righteousness
and know that the love of God is
Crenshaw met with Groveport city officials
and the Groveport Police prior the
march. He said the police, the mayor, and
city officials were “fantastic and supported
this 100 percent.”
“We are not against the police,” said
Crenshaw. “We are against racism. We
want to use our voices for positive purposes.”
The march began during a steady rain
in the late morning of June 13. The 200
marchers were a mix of white and black
protesters who chanted, “No division with
God,” “Black Lives Matter,” “No justice,
no peace,” and other phrases while they
Among the marchers was the Goudy
family of Groveport.
“We as a family have seen inequality
and injustice in person, not just on the
nightly news,” said Roy Goudy. “As
humans we must eliminate inequality
and seek justice one day at a time and one
step at a time.”
A little ways into the march,
Crenshaw stopped to slow the pace of the
See PROTEST, page 2
By Rick Palsgrove
Seven applicants are seeking to fill the
vacant seat on the Groveport Madison
Board of Education.
The selected applicant will take over
the seat vacated by Groveport Madison
Board of Education member Bryan
Shoemaker, who announced his immediate
resignation from the board on June 10 citing
his recent move outside of the school
district. Shoemaker was serving in his
third term on the board, having been first
elected in November 2010. His term
expires on Dec. 31, 2021.
“Bryan joined the board at a crucial
time in the district’s history,” said Board
President Libby Gray. “The district had
significant financial challenges which
required strong leadership and guidance
from the board. Bryan’s understanding of
the community and his insights helped
forge community trust and confidence and
guide the district back to financial stability.
Bryan was instrumental throughout
the design and construction of the high
school, where his construction experience
The applicants (in alphabetical order
and with information included in their letters
of application) are:
•Seth Bower - Bower has 17 years
experience in the non-profit industry
where he has been responsible for budgets
more than $800,000. He co-chaired the district’s
2019 bond issue/levy campaign.
“Unfortunately, Issue 7 did not pass,”
wrote Bower. “This led me to further support
the district by advocating for the levy
that passed in November 2019 while also
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“Slow down,” he told the marchers, “We want everyone
to see and hear what we have to say.”
The sidewalks and yards along Main Street were
mostly deserted during the march. A few people could
be seen watching from their yards and porches and
others peered out windows. One man flashed a peace
sign to the marchers as they passed his house. The
town was so quiet during the march that the sounds of
the chanting protesters could be heard echoing off the
buildings along Main Street.
At College and Main streets a small group of peaceful
counter-protesters stood with an outstretched
“Thin Blue Line” police flag to show their support for
“We are here to support the men and women of the
Groveport Police Department,” said David Kalb of
Groveport as he held the Thin Blue Line flag. “The
Groveport Police are a great bunch of people. We need
the police. They are working people just like anyone
else. The police are getting a bad rap. There are always
a few bad apples in any job.”
The Groveport Police provided protection and support
for the marchers and everyone along the march
route. The officers wore their regular uniform gear and
were present in police cruisers, on bicycles, and an allterrain
vehicle. The marchers and onlookers remained
peaceful the entire time and there were no incidents.
“When we got word that the pastor was planning a
protest we reached out and made contact to see how we
could help to make the protest go as smoothly as possible,”
said Groveport Police Sgt. Josh Short. “All of the
communication with the pastor was great and he made
it clear from the start that this was to be a ‘peaceful
Short said the large number of participants and
their enthusiasm “was impressive” and there were no
“After seeing how many of the other nationwide
protests had become violent and not having any real
experience with large scale protests in Groveport we
were pleased and proud with how this turned out,”
said Short. “This speaks to the positive sense of community
that has been fostered in the city of Groveport
where people try to do the right thing and treat each
other courteously every day.”
“Kudos to the Groveport Police for how they handled
the march,” said Mayor Lance Westcamp.
“Nothing like this has ever happened in Groveport
before and we made it a success. Everyone went home
Among the marchers was a heavy presence of
Groveport Madison Schools employees and students,
including Superintendent Garilee Ogden who said,
“We know it is our duty to serve all of our students and
to give our kids a voice. All black kids matter and all
kids matter at Groveport Madison Schools. We will do
whatever we have to do to eliminate systemic racism in
The Daugherty family participated in the march
and carried signs with a biblical theme. Toya
Daugherty said the family chose the Bible verse
Proverbs 31:9 for one sign because it is about the
power of protest. They said the verse speaks to the idea
that silence is complicity and that it is important to
stand up and speak out.
Once the march reached Groveport Park, the group
gathered in one of the parking lots and several people
made short speeches. One impassioned speaker was
17-year-old Angela Smith, who said in reference to the
long history of violence against blacks nationwide,
“There’s been too many killed. Say their names. It’s too
many. If you feel uncomfortable talking about that,
that’s too bad. People shouldn’t have to ask for justice.
We want change. We need unity.”
The marchers then kneeled silently at the end of the
march for eight minutes and 46 seconds, which is the
amount of time a Minneapolis police officer pressed his
knee on the neck of George Floyd as Floyd died.
Afterwards, the crowd quietly dispersed. Crenshaw
noted this march is just the beginning.
“Enough is enough,” he said.
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The Daugherty family with their signs. Toya Daugherty (right)
said the family chose the Bible verse Proverbs 31:9 because it
is about the power of protest. They said the verse speaks to
the idea that silence is complicity and that it is important to
stand up and speak out. (Photos by Marie Kujawski)
kneeled at the
end of the march
for eight minutes
and 46 seconds,
the amount of
time a policeman
pressed his knee
on George Floyd’s
David Kalb of Groveport holds up the “Thin
Blue Line” flag as a counter-protest to the
march and to show his support for the
Continued from page 1
running for election to the school board.” Bower serves on
the board of the Center for Groveport Madison Human
Needs. Bower said he would “make sure the district is
operating well, continue to rebuild community trust, and
provide our children with the education they deserve.”
•Wayne Bryan - Bryan serves on the Madison
Township Citizens Advisory Committee. He is a graduate
of Groveport Madison High School and has worked in construction
and maintenance over the years. (His application
did not include a cover letter.)
•Lisa Butts - Butts raised four children in Groveport
Madison Schools and she wrote, “As an engaged parent
and active community member I have enjoyed partnering
with educators to help support a high quality education for
students.” Her goals include: keeping students as the
focus; encouraging an innovative learning environment;
maintaining a system of accountability ensuring the district
drives toward goals; and promoting relationships
with families and children that establish leaders as education
advocates. “I share the vision of our district to prepare
students for the future that they deserve,” wrote Butts.
•LaToya Dowdell-Burger - Dowdell-Burger’s letter stated,
“I am highly skilled in a variety of computer software
programs and have plethora of experience and knowledge
dealing with complex issues, project management, evaluations/investigations,
presentations, interpreting regulations,
research, customer service, and creating, developing
successful processes, policies, budgeting, training, performance
management, and procedures.” She said her professional
demeanor, commitment to education, diversity,
and military bearing are qualities of importance when
working with parents, teachers, the administration, and
•Aaron England - England is a 2010 graduate of
June 28, 2020 - SOUTHEAST MESSENGER - PAGE 3
Groveport Madison High School and he wrote, “I believe
my commitment and heart are with the students of the district,
their educators, and our taxpayers.” He stated he
would work to ensure today’s students receive the same
great experience with the district that he received. “I’ve
worked with the district and school board for many years
through student advocacy, event promotions, and volunteer
work, and my personal business Appeal 5 Content
Creation has worked with the high school as well.”
•Lori Rea - Rea was as a project manager for an engineering/environmental
company and taught business and
computer classes at Robert S. Rodgers High School in
Toledo. She became a technology and data peer coach and
then transitioned into administration. “I led an
effort to improve the four lowest performing schools
in Toledo where we had great successes,” she wrote.
She served as director of curriculum at Otsego
Local. She works as a program coordinator of a two
year program for teachers and principals for the
University of Cincinnati. “I bring a unique perspective
and skill set that combines my business and
education experiences,” wrote Rea.
•John Showman - Showman is Scoutmaster for
Groveport Boy Scout Troop 71 as well as serving as
the parent advisor for the Jobs Daughters Bethel
and DeMolay chapter in Groveport. He volunteered
for the Groveport Madison Technology Committee
last winter that recommended possible upgrades
and solutions. He said Groveport Madison led the
way during the coronavirus pandemic with its E-
learning programs. “I feel we have the best
resources and teachers for our students,” wrote
Showman. “I want to make sure we have accountability
and provide the best education for our students.”
The board conducted candidate interviews on June 24.
State law requires school boards to fill vacancies at
their next regular or special board meeting, but not earlier
than 10 days after the vacancy occurs.
The board must fill the vacancy within 30 days after the
The new board member will serve the shorter of the
completion of the unexpired term, or until the first day of
January immediately following the next regular board of
education election taking place more than 90 days after
someone is selected to fill the vacancy.
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There’s a curiosity made of concrete on
Groveport’s Main Street that has puzzled
me since my youth.
The stairway to nowhere
I grew up in a
house on the north
side of Main Street
between West Street
and Frank Alley.
Directly in view
across the street from
my boyhood home on
the south side of Main
Street, embedded in
the grassy incline, is
a short set of very old,
steps leading from
the sidewalk to, well,
nothing. I shouldn’t really say “nothing,” as
the steps do lead to an open grassy yard
between a house on the southwest corner of
Main and West streets and apartments
near the southeast corner of Frank Alley
and Main Street.
The steps most likely led up to a house
that must have stood on the site at one
time. But this ghost house is a mystery. As
long as I can remember there has not been
a house on this lot. Just the steps. Over the
years I have asked many an old timer if
they ever remember a house on this site
and none of them do. Often they tell me
that they, too, have pondered over the presence
of the steps leading to nowhere.
Many historic maps mark the outlines of
structures on lots in towns. I have looked at
old Groveport maps that show this area on
the south side of Main Street between West
Street and Frank Alley many times trying
to decipher the mystery of what was once
there accompanying the steps.
The map from the “Franklin County
Atlas of 1872” reveals that, at that time,
three lots owned by G.W. Kalb were platted
in that area. However, only the lot on the
southwest corner of Main and West streets
shows the outline of structure that stood
there. The area where the steps exist is
shown to be vacant of any structure.
A map of Groveport in 1900 shows these
three lots were owned by Amos Culp, but
still only the one structure mentioned
above is in place.
I then went to my trusty, highly detailed
Sanborn Fire Insurance maps of Groveport
from the early to mid-20th century to see
what they could reveal about what was
near the mysterious steps. Unfortunately,
the area west of West Street was not
included in any of the Sanborn maps I
could find, so the mystery continued.
Next I consulted the historical parcel
transfer sheets from the Franklin County
Auditor’s records. This produced a curious
find. Listed in 1932 under the name James
Frank on the sheet under “classification
and valuation of premises - houses” is one
house valued at $1,250. However, this
same historical parcel sheet records no
house on the lot before 1932, but does, in
1924, list a total value of a non-described
building on the lot at $1,050. The next
transfer on the list is 1965 and no house
information is listed. In fact, on the 1965
entry the spot that lists a building value on
the lot appears to have been covered by
that old substance once used to cover printed
mistakes in older times known as “corrective
fluid,” better known as “Wite-Out.”
So, was there a structure there on this
lot that disappeared for some reason
between 1932 and 1965? If so, why doesn’t
anyone seem to remember it being there?
At this point I can only speculate what
building the mystery steps once led up to.
Was it a house? Was it a business? If a
building was once there, when was it there,
how long was it there, who lived there, and
why is it gone now? The fact no one living
today or in the recent past can recall a
structure there is a bit mystifying. Because
a structure on that spot is not definitively
marked on the historic maps seems to indicate
that, if a building was there, it was not
there for long. Maybe it burned down.
Maybe the owner just tore it down. Maybe
the steps were constructed in anticipation
of a building that was never built for some
The steps remain and will most likely be
there for years to come, making us all ponder,
“What was once there by the stairway
Rick Palsgrove is editor of the Southeast
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Two documentary films on the history of
Groveport, produced by the Groveport
Heritage Society and Midnet Media, are
now available for viewing online on
YouTube. The films are: “Groveport: A
Town and Its People” and “The Story of
John S. Rarey and Cruiser.” The films were
originally made about 15 years ago.
The Groveport Heritage Museum contains
photographs, artifacts, and documents
about Groveport’s history. The
museum is located in Groveport Town
Hall, 648 Main St., and is normally open
during Groveport Town Hall’s operating
hours. Call 614-836-3333. Currently Town
Hall is closed to the public due to the ongoing
Library curbside pick-up
The Columbus Metropolitan Library
expanded its curbside pickup to include its
Southeast Branch Library, located at 3980
S. Hamilton Road. Curbside pickup will be
available Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-7
p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.,
with no service on Sunday.There will be no
public access into this building.
Visit columbuslibrary.org for information
or call 614-645-2275.
Photo courtesy of the
This 1980s view of
Street, looking west
from College Street,
shows the large
shade trees that once
lined both sides of
the street. Most of
these mature trees
were removed when
and renovation of
Main Street was completed
in the 1990s.
New, smaller trees
were planted in their
Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove
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Groveport Madison makes budget reductions because of state funding cuts
State cuts $1.1 million
from Groveport Madison
Groveport Madison Schools
Superintendent Garilee Ogden said, due to
state funding cuts of more than $5 million,
the district was forced to make budget
reductions to maintain a balanced budget
throughout the next five years.
In May, Governor Mike DeWine issued
an executive order reducing state funding
to Ohio’s schools by $300 million due to the
loss of sales tax revenue from the effects of
Of that amount, Groveport Madison’s
reduction equaled approximately $1.1 million
(approximately 2.67 percent of the district’s
fiscal year 2020 budget).
The state made the initial funding
reduction with only six weeks remaining in
the current fiscal year (ending on July 31,
“While the $1.1 million in state funding
reductions immediately impacted our
budget, thankfully, we were in a better
financial position than many school districts,”
said Groveport Madison Treasurer
Felicia Drummey. “Last year,
Superintendent Ogden made expenditure
reductions that resulted in $700,000 in net
savings for the district. These savings, coupled
with other cost-cutting measures
taken over this year, set up the district to
be more than $988,000 under budget by
our July 31 fiscal year-end. Were it not for
the $700,000 in reductions made last year,
the $1.1 million in state funding cuts we
just received would have caused significantly
more impact on our current financial
According to the state treasurer’s projections,
Ohio’s public schools should expect to
see state funding cuts ranging from four to
“Groveport Madison is dependent on
state funding,” said Drummey. “Nearly
half of our total funding comes from the
state. A state funding cut of 10 percent
equals nearly $4.2 million to us annually.
Keeping in mind that deficits compound
year over year, it’s critical that we also
make budget reductions for the coming
year, or we will see even greater deficits in
the coming years.”
Added Ogden, “We are taking the
responsible step of reducing expenditures
now to avoid future operating deficits that
would have wide-ranging impacts on programs,
staffing, and opportunities for our
students. Ensuring the continuity of
instruction and the financial stability of
the district are our top concerns. This is
particularly challenging now when considering
the potential expenses that will
inevitably result from operating our
schools while dealing with the coronavirus
Ogden said schools provide services, and
like other service industries, the vast
majority of expenses are related to labor
“We know that making budget reductions
impact people’s livelihood, and it’s
one of the most gut-wrenching decisions we
have to make as leaders,” said Ogden. “We
have worked very hard to develop a costreduction
plan that: minimizes the impact
on our students and the quality of their
academic program; minimizes the impact
on our staff; and ensures the district
remains on stable financial footing through
at least 2024 (when the current operating
levy is up for renewal).”
District officials believe most of the job
losses could be managed through attrition
and/or not filling positions that were anticipated
to be filled in the future.
The district’s financial plan includes:
•$2.3 million in staffing reductions and
spending reductions in fiscal years 2021 or
2022 staff positions to remain unfilled
(through attrition, expiring contracts and
•Addition of $2 million in Student
Wellness and Success Funding from the
state ($500,000 new dollars this year).
•Addition of one-time federal “CARES”
Funding for Title services (estimated at
“Based on these assumptions, we expect
to end fiscal year 2021 with a projected surplus
of $793,130,” said Ogden. “Additional
cost reductions will be made in fiscal year
2022 by not filling positions that occur
through attrition and revising scheduling
of certain courses to maximize operational
efficiency. Based on the information we
know now, we believe we have a solid
financial plan in place for the foreseeable
future. There are still many unknowns, but
we will continue to follow any additional
news from the state closely, monitory any
additional expenses realized as a result of
the Coronavirus, and we will do our
absolute best to provide the high-quality
education that our students deserve.”
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According to Groveport Community
Affairs Director Patty Storts, Amanda
Robinson made bat houses for the city of
Groveport for her Girl Scout Gold Project.
Robinson held a informational bat program
last fall in the city.
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Obetz cuts $2.1 million due to pandemic
By Ris Twigg
the fun stuff until we figure it out, and
that’s because we spend so much money on
ried” because of the ongoing uncertainty
with the coronavirus.
The coronavirus pandemic has created
fun stuff,” Davisson said. “(We spend) $1.5 Frequent changes to public health
record unemployment and a host of other
million on fun stuff.”
orders issued by Dr. Amy Acton and
economic problems that caused Obetz’s two
Many of those events are free to residents,
but actually create a profit loss for difficult situation, Davisson said. He esti-
Governor Mike DeWine put the village in a
main sources of funding – income tax and
event revenue – to dramatically decrease
the village. For example, Davisson said the mates the coronavirus could cost the village
millions by the time the pandemic
for the remainder of the year.
annual Zucchinifest generates limited to
Obetz officials estimate at least a 10
no revenue for the village and costs about reaches its end, which could result in further
budget cuts that would potentially
percent drop in income tax revenue, and
$300,000 per year to host. Community
this, coupled with additional expenses the
events and programming cost the village affect employees.
village took on to help prevent the spread
more than $1.5 million per year in total. Building services was the only spending
of COVID-19, are what lead to the $2.1 million
cuts in village funding.
“Loss has a negative connotation. That’s category to increase. Davisson attributes
$1.5 million that our residents didn’t have the $80,000 in additional spending to the
“Our council essentially put a pause
to pay to use those amenities,” he said. continued development efforts of companies
throughout the pandemic.
button on any non-essential spending. And
“Our responsibility to the community is to
it will remain that way until the fall,” said
make sure that we are operating these “It’s an increase for money that we get
Obetz Village Administrator Rod Davisson.
things at the right level.”
right back,” he said, adding the money is
“We’re taking our resources and we’re centralizing
those to keep the heart and the
Because of these major cuts and the spent on building inspection services and is
ongoing uncertainty the coronavirus pandemic
brings with it, Obetz Village Council the work has been completed.
paid back by a third-party inspector after
brain of Obetz alive so we can function.”
Davisson said fundamental services -
will begin considering a parking or But Davisson said most areas are feeling
the effects of the budget cuts.
including but not limited to police, fire,
entrance fee for major events later this
water, streets, groundskeeping and facilities
management - are still operating and
year to make up for lost funding. “We made cuts. Everybody’s feeling the
Currently, only non-residents are charged cuts, we want to be responsible with the
have continued to operate throughout the
for some events in the village.
taxpayers’ money. To the extent that I can
Zucchinifest, Fortress Obetz, and squirrel away money for hard times, as bad
Major cuts were made in spending areas
increased rates for the Obetz Athletic Club as this time is, it could be worse and I don’t
such as printing, training, advertising and
were all potential amenities council discussed
charging more for.
“I want to make sure we are prepared for
know what’s coming next,” Davisson said.
“Everything’s working just like normal.
Budgets have yet to affect any village whatever the worst eventuality is and so
We just honestly had to shut down some of
personnel, Davisson noted, but he added that we can be supportive of those people
that village staff members “should be wor-
in the hardest of times.”
Obetz Splash Pad to reopen on July 1
By Ris Twigg
The Obetz Splash Pad is scheduled to
reopen July 1 with state and federal guidelines
in place, Obetz Village Council
announced at its June 22 meeting.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-
19, the Ohio Department of Health issued
a series of guidelines specific to operating
public pools and splash pads in the state of
Ohio. Obetz Village Administrator Rod
Davisson said he hopes his staff will be
prepared to implement each of those
changes by July 1.
“We’re scrambling to pull off the guidelines,”
Davisson said. “The order’s been out
for a minute, but the trick is you have to
absorb the order, understand what the
requirements are, then build those requirements
and make sure you have the appropriate
The Splash Pad – like the Obetz
Athletic Club – is increasing its staff to
ensure regular cleaning and sanitizing of
Dr. Bender 5K Classic
The Dr. Bender Virtual 5K Run and
Walk will be held between July 16 and July
19. Participants can select any time and
location to run/walk their 5K distance in
that time frame. The move to a virtual race
continues the tradition of running for a
chairs, equipment, restrooms and other onsite
Some of the state’s mandates include
installing physical barriers in high-interaction
areas between patrons and staff, prohibiting
large groups from gathering in the
shelterhouse, increased sanitization, continuing
to test the water and social distancing.
Davisson believes social distancing will
be one of the more difficult guidelines to
enforce, adding he isn’t sure if the Splash
Pad will need an occupancy limit.
“Obviously there is a practical limit and
you have gathering limits,” he said. “I’m
still working my way through whether or
not that park has to have a limit.”
Because of the additional requirements
and staffing needed to run the Splash Pad,
the food service will not be opening this
year, Davisson said.
“The Splash Pad will be open, but it
won't be open in the way people are used to.
It’s just going to be different,” he said. “It’s
an important public asset. We’ll keep adapting
to the changes. We’re trying to make
around the Southeast
great cause in the midst of practicing social
distancing. There will not be a kids 1 mile
fun run this year nor alumni/team competitions.
Proceeds benefit the boys and girls
cross country teams at Canal Winchester
High School. Post-race features include a
random raffle drawing for four $50
Amazon gift cards that will be conducted
sure our residents have the opportunity to
enjoy that this summer in a safe way.”
The government building and the Obetz
Athletic Club are continuing to operate
with limited capacity. Fortress Obetz and
the Obetz Community Center are still
closed. Rental facilities and the Obetz
Senior Center will be closed throughout the
month of July, but could open in August,
For a small town like Obetz, keeping up
with the changing health orders can be
costly and difficult. One month, the village
could spend a significant amount of money
on one health order, only for a new guideline
– with new costs – to take its place
the next month, Davisson said.
“It's really like starting over again, and
then you rebuild the whole thing in a way
to where it really wasn’t designed to work
that way. It’s certainly not easy for a smaller
town like us, or Groveport, the ones that
don’t have 500 employees to do all this
stuff,” he said.
via Facebook live on the Dr. Bender 5K
Classic page July 20 at 7 p.m.
Registration for the race is open and the
first 50 registrants will receive a $10 gift
card (one per household) to Columbus
Running Company. Entry fee is $25. Visit
www.drbender5k.com for more information
and to register.
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on Local School Distri
B oard Ma
Hamilton Local Schools
Board of Education voted unanimously
to approve a diversity resolution that suppp
orts the need fo
committing i to providing support, resources, and
essional development to students and employees.
Board Diversity Resolution as approved on June 22, 2020:
the Hamilton Local School District Board of Education
is saddened by the racial and social injustices
occur across our country; and
Hamilton Local Schools wants it known that we stand
irmly behind those who have expressed a need fo
our country, especially any district student, employee, or
who has been a victim of racial or social
in their lives; and
our district remains committed to educating students in
an environment that welcomes diversity and displays compassion
and inclusivity among all
it is our responsibility to provide
every student and
in our district wit
ith a safe
and nurturing place to learn
and work every day; and
we will consciously work to provide curriculum and
that educate all of our students about diff
diversity, history, and current events so they have a broad
ledge about the world around them; and
we will provide our employees with profe
development pertaining to racism and cultural diversity; and
we will continue to work with local municipal
leadership to come up with solutions that will remove any racial
in our district boundary; and
ocus on conversations
and programs that include equity and cultural competency among
all students and employees, while continuing to teach each child
and provide an environment that is fil
illed with love and respect
or all who visit our schools each day.
District Seeking Feedback
Through Online Survey
amilies as it considers the best way to restart school.
are many variables to consider befo
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and your responses wil
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or the 2020-2021 school year.
eedback by visiting the link below.
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Hamilton Preschool and Kindergarten students fo
2020-2021 school year.
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By Rick Palsgrove
Some large, old trees in the historic section
of the city of Groveport are slated to be
removed due to their decaying condition.
“The city will personally deliver a letter
to each property owner about the trees and
the plans to remove them,” said Groveport
City Administrator B.J. King. “Every time
a strong storm blows in I get worried about
another falling large tree incident.”
City officials met with a licensed
arborist on May 18 to have some large,
older trees along Front Street inspected
along with two trees on Elm Street. The
inspection was prompted after a strong
storm knocked down a large tree that
smashed into a Groveport Police cruiser on
Front Street on May 10.
The inspection results revealed six troubled
trees including a large hole in a trunk
that collects water and rot at 215 Front St.:
a maple tree at 235 Front St. with a dying
root system and decay in the crown; an ash
tree at 197 Front St. with a dying root system;
a maple tree at 173 Front St. with
roots that were removed for a sidewalk
repair; a dead tree at 537 Elm St. where
immediate removal is recommended; and a
tree with a dying root system, dead limbs,
and a decaying crown at 545 Elm St.
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Those who drive U.S. Route 33 on a
daily basis know traffic congestion on that
highway is a common, often frustrating,
Now, another study is being planned to
research what to do about the traffic problems
and safety issues on U.S. Route 33 in
southeastern Franklin County.
Ohio Department of Transportation
Public Information Officer for Central
Ohio Breanna Badanes said the last study
of this stretch of U.S. Route 33 was done in
2004 and there have been various improvements
to the roadway since then. She said
this new study will review U.S. Route 33
from State Route 104 east to Pickerington
Badanes said the study, which is
expected to be released by April 2021, will
include safety and improvements recommendations
for the U.S. Route 33 corridor
and interchanges. The study will evaluate
safety issues, traffic volume, traffic congestion,
capacity, interchanges, ramps, and
“We are still seeing crash patterns and
traffic congestion on this stretch of U.S.
33,” said Badanes.
She said interchanges that could be
looked at for potential updates and modifications
include U.S. 33 at: I-270; at
Hamilton Road; at Gender Road; at Bixby
Road; and at Hill/Diley.
Badanes said “nothing is out of the
question” for consideration for improvements.
“Everything will be looked at,” she said,
including things like interchange
Groveport to remove potentially dangerous old trees
According to B.J. King, the arborist recommended
removal of all six trees to eliminate
any hazards. The city received quotes
of $10,300 and $14,100 to remove the trees.
“I recommend we remove the trees,”
King told Groveport City Council on June
15. “We will talk to an arborist about planting
trees on Front Street to replace those
that are removed.”
Groveport City Councilman Shawn
Cleary cautioned residents to beware and
be alert for someone who is contacting
homeowners around town and falsely stating
the city plans to take down their trees.
“Be aware there are some rogue tree
people out there making false statements
about tree removals,” said Cleary.
King assured residents that, if the city
plans to take down a tree, city officials will
contract residents directly.
The city of Groveport’s 2020 income tax
revenue as of May 31 is $7.3 million, which
is 4 percent higher than the same time in
2019. Income tax revenues comprise the
largest portion of the city’s total revenues
year-to-date, or 55.9 percent of all revenues,
according to Groveport Finance
Director Jason Carr.
In a report to Groveport City Council,
Carr also noted that, due to the impact of
the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the
city’s recreation fund and golf course fund
are down $289,000 and $158,000 respectively
“The recreation fund and golf course
have historically operated at losses,” wrote
Carr. “In order to break even annual transfers
from the general fund are necessary.
Based on the current operating environment,
we anticipate the need to increase
budgeted transfers from the general fund
as these departments are unable to generate
sufficient receipts from operations consistent
with prior years.”
Groveport Police statistics
May crime statistics for the city of
Groveport, according to the Groveport
Police: 16 arrests, 14 accidents, 4 assaults,
0 burglary, 1 criminal mischief/trespassing,
9 domestic disputes, 2 domestic violence,
2 OVI and alcohol, 0 fights, 2 disorderly
conduct, 10 thefts/robberies, 0
stolen/unauthorized use, 0 missing persons,
2 weapon related calls, 2 narcotic
related offenses, 7 general complaints, 0
school related incidents, 0 identity theft, 1
suspicious vehicles/persons, 0 parking, 2
threats, 2 vandalism, 50 traffic citations, 0
sex related crime, 1 warrant/arrests/subpoenas,
3 suicide attempts.
New public service director
Brian Strayer was named the new public
services director for the city of
Last January Groveport City Council
approved replacing the existing public
works superintendent job with the new
position of public service director.
Strayer, who is a Groveport resident,
previously worked for more than 10 years
as operations manager in New Albany’s
public services department. He will start
work in Groveport on July 13. His annual
starting salary is $91,842.
According to city officials, the new public
service director position has an annual
salary range of $70,446 to $113,237. The
public works superintendent position that
was replaced had an annual salary range of
$59,964 to $95,942.
“Council wanted to make the position
more of an executive position with requirements
for various certifications (such as
water operator’s license) and broad based
knowledge of all facets of public works
(streets, sewer and water),” said Groveport
Assistant City Administrator Jeff Green.
ODOT to study U.S. 33
redesigns, widening U.S. 33, and smaller
cost effective ideas such as ramp metering
and smart lanes during peak travel times.
Groveport City Engineer Steve Farst
said, “They’ve been studying this corridor
for the last 20 years. The Hamilton Road
interchange is an old style cloverleaf configuration.
It’s possible ODOT could consider
some radical and different changes
there, like constructing flyovers.”
“Proposed improvements like that
would be exciting,” said Groveport City
Councilman Chad Grashel.
Citing concerns about frequent traffic
back-ups and accidents at the Hamilton
Road/U.S. 33 interchange, Groveport City
Councilman Ed Dildine said, “That interchange
is just not safe. It needs an overhaul.”
ODOT recently completed a project that
widened U.S. Route 33 in both directions
between Hamilton Road and I-270 creating
three travel lanes for both east and westbound
travel on U.S. 33. The project also
widened bridges over Big Walnut Creek.
Noise walls were constructed with one
15-foot high noise wall on the outside
shoulder of U.S. 33 eastbound between the
Big Walnut Creek bridge and west of
Hamilton Road and a 19-foot high noise
wall on the right-of-way fence along U.S.
33 westbound east of the Hamilton Road
interchange. Repairs were also made to the
Gender Road bridge over U.S. 33.
This $14 million project was completed
in late 2019. Its purpose was to improve
travel and safety on U.S. 33 between I-270
and Hamilton Road and to decrease congestion.
“Babyteeth” an offbeat story about terminally ill teen
While there are no real positives to be
found with the temporary closure of movie
theaters, a small beacon of light has been
the increased access to independent films
through on-demand or streaming services.
The Reel Deal
Living in a smaller
market means their
release plays second
fiddle to big studio
releases so having them come right to your
computer or television screen is a pleasant
revelation for fans of indie cinema.
One of the indie films making a lot of
noise late last year was “Babyteeth,” an
Australian stage adaptation that explores
teen romance and terminal illness.
Drawing praise for its acting and nonmanipulative
storytelling, it was set to
open at small and locally owned theaters
and then expand to the larger chains
through word of mouth. Then the global
pandemic hit and scrapped those plans.
Knowing it could get a decent audience
through on-demand and virtual screenings,
it was released this past weekend and generated
decent buzz online. And, as someone
who ordered it for rent, I can attest it lives
up to its shortened hype.
In the film, Eliza Scanlen (“Sharp
Objects”) plays Milla Finlay, a teenager
who experiences her first brush with love
near what could be the end of her life.
She is drawn away from her melancholia
by the presence of a strange boy named
Moses (newcomer Toby Wallace) who
seems to have a complete disregard for his
physical safety and she remains oblivious
to his desire to score some cash from her.
When the alarm bells do start to ring in her
head, Milla ignores the sound in favor of
more time with the odd, hyperactive fellow
who has scars and facial tattoos and no
qualms about wearing shirts spotted with
Next we meet the second couple in this
movie —Milla’s mother and father, Anna
and Henry (Essie Davis and Ben
Mendelsohn, respectively). While slightly
high from medication, the married duo
meet the potential new couple at dinner.
Henry, having a bit more awareness of the
situation, tries to figure out why his daughter
is attracted to Moses while Anna is trying
to determine whether she is having a
“This is the worst possible parenting I
can imagine,” Anna admits as they allow
Moses temporary quarters in their home.
But the “love story” between Milla and
Moses isn’t the kind that is often depicted
in similar films; for the most part, Moses
only hangs around Milla to steal drugs to
June 28, 2020 - SOUTHEAST MESSENGER - PAGE 9
sell and Milla, well, her motives might be
deeper than attraction to a “bad boy” with
a zest for living life as it comes.
Though the elements featured in this
film are more serious minded, it is not
devoid of humor. There are some absurd
observations and scenes that will have you
laughing out loud and then wondering if
you should be having as great of a time
watching as you are.
While “Babyteeth” occasionally stumbles
into a sense of disjointedness through
director Shannon Murphy’s use of jump
transitioning with title cards, the script
(written by Rita Kalnejais and adapted
from her play) is sharp and the acting raw
enough to propel it past the occasional missteps
in telling this offbeat and original
Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer
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Call or text for Free Est.
Driveways & Parking Lots
Any 5 areas $75. Home
Powerwash $99 to $200.
Specializing in Pet Odors
Looking for Mrs. Clean?
For excellent cleaning
services at reas. rates
w/great refs, depend. 10%
Sr. Disc. Free Est. Fogging
Accepting New Clients
Good Work - Fair Prices
Driveways • Sidewalks
Bonded-Ins. • Free Ests.
Now Accepting Credit Cards
D.J. & DAD KIMMLE
All Types E/SE
All Work Guaranteed
All Types Concrete Work
New or Tear Out-Replace
37 Yrs. Exp.
Owner is On The Job!
Quality Concrete Work
Lt. Hauling & Room Add.,
Block Work & Excavation
Bsmt. Wall Restoration
35 Yrs Exp - Lic & Ins.
Free Ests. 614-871-3834
Concrete & Excavating
* Concrete * Foundations
* Waterlines * Drains
Bates & Sons
5 ★ Google Reviews
Low Price-Great Service
5 & 6” Seamless gutters,
covers, siding, gutter clng.
Phil Bolon Contr.
Windows & Siding
Decks, Kitchens, Baths
Deal With Small Non-Pressure Co.
47 Yrs. Exp. - Refs. Avail.
Free Est. - Financing Avail.
Member BBB Of Cent. OH
O.C.I.E.B. ID #24273
Earn FREE Seamless
Gutters with Siding Over
1000 Sq. Ft.
FREE Shutters with
Soffit & Trim
Member of BBB
Over 20 yrs exp. • Free Est.
Owner & Operator
Minor Plumbing &
Install Hot Water Tanks,
Dishwashers & Disposals
Also Fencing &
Free Est. ~ 18 Yrs. Exp.
CDC/EPA Approved Guidelines
& Remodeling Services
Jim A Ferbrache
Finishing Carpenter for all
your extra home repairs or
Honey-do-list. over 40 yrs.
exp. Sonny 614-325-1910
JOE’S HOME MAINT.
Home Repairs, Roofing,
Siding, Gutters, Soffits,
Misc. Int. Repairs
Call Joe 614-778-1460
37 Years Exp.
Accepting New Clients
Total Property Maint.
Mulching, Lawn Mowing
614-301-3575 - Patrick
The Lawn Barber
Cut & Trim Starting at
$28 & up
Mowing, Mulching, Pruning
Weeding & Edging of Flower Beds
Taking on New Accounts
Res. / Comm.
Lic./Ins. BBB Member
$10 Off 1st Service for New Customers
LET US MAINTAIN
YOUR LAWN & GARDEN
Winter or Fall
WE DO IT ALL!!!!
Lawn Cuts, Edging,
Trees & Shrubs, Garden,
Garden Pond &
Free Ests. Low Rates
$20 & Up
Kevin - 614-905-3117
Aaron Allen Moving
Local Moving Since 1956
Bonded & Insured
Celebrating 60 yrs in business
LAWN MOWER DR.
“House Calls Only”
Oil Change & Filter,
Spark Plug &
A Job Well Done Again
A lic. General Contractor
Some Skilled Services
Incl: Painting • Stucco,
Drainage & Home Maint.
Call Today! 614-235-1819
Painter Over 30 Yrs Exp.
Free Est. Reas Rates
All About Drains & Plumb.
Will snake any sm drain
$125 + tax. 614-778-2584
ALL IN ONE
“One Call Does It All”
$25 OFF LABOR
With This Ad
All Major Credit Cards Accepted
“Plumbing & Drain Professional
That You Can Count On”
24 Hrs., 7 Days/Week
No Overtime Charges
24 Yrs. Exp. in Plumbing &
Drain Cleaning Field
Call For A Free Phone Estimate
$100.00 For Any Small Drain
30% OFF with AD
Bates & Sons
Soft Wash & Powerwash
5 ★ Google Reviews
Any house wash $149 + tax
Single deck $69 + tax
2 Tier deck $99 + tax
Best Wash In Town
Over 45,000 Washes
We Specialize In Decks.
Clean, stain, reseal,
revitalize any deck.
Quality work at fair prices.
Guarantee All Work 3 Yrs.
24 Yrs Exp. Free Est.
Robinson roofing & repairs
30 yrs. exp. Lifetime Cols.
Reas rates. Member of
BBB. Dennis Robinson
REPAIR all makes 24 hr.
service. Clean, oil, adjust
in your home. $39.95 all
work gtd. 614-890-5296
Driveways topped w/new
limestone. We also deliver
Topsoil - sand - mulch.
Specializing in residential.
Bobcat Service Avail.
TREE & LANDSCAPE
Also Stump Removal
Free Est. - Fully Ins.
BURNS TREE SERVICE
Trimming, Removal &
Brewer & Sons Tree Service
• Tree Removal
• Tree Trimming 7-5
• Stump Grinding
• Bucket Truck Services
Best Prices • Same Day Service
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available throughout area
Besides home delivery in “The Bag” and
in the Sunday Dispatch, the Southeast
Messenger is also available at these locations:
Southeast Branch of the Columbus
Metropolitan Library (when it re-opens),
Huntington Bank in Groveport, Groveport
Recreation Center, Groveport Senior
Center (when it re-opens), Groveport
Senior Village, Little Italy in Groveport,
Flyer’s Pizza in Groveport, Madison
Township Administration Building,
Groveport Municipal Building, The Links
at Groveport golf course/Paddock Pub, and
Groveport Town Hall (when it re-opens).
Golden Cruiser Club
Groveport Madison Schools invites senior
residents of the district to attend athletic
and performing arts programs showcasing
the talents of its students. The
Golden Cruiser Club is a free program for
residents of the Groveport Madison School
District who are age 60 and older. Club
membership provides free access to all
school and district sponsored athletic contests,
plays, concerts, and other events.
To be a member of the Golden Cruiser
Club, get an application at www.gocruisers.org,
at any of the school offices, or call
(614) 492-2520. Requirements are applicants
be age 60 or older and be a resident
of Groveport Madison Schools.
2056 Lockbourne Rd.
Columbus, OH 43207
Spring and summer down on the farm
Earlier this spring, a farmer (above photo by Cheryl Blair) performed the harrowing
of the farmhouse kitchen garden to get it ready for planting at Metro Parks’ Slate
Run Living Historical Farm using work horses the 1880s way. Harrowing the
ground breaks up dirt clods and smoothes the surface of the soil to make planting
easier. Summer means it is time to gather hay down on the farm. Pictured below
(photo by Dave Trotter) is a Slate Run Living Historical Farm farmer bringing in a
load of hay from the fields the 1880s way in June. “This hay will not be baled, but
will go up loose in the barn with the hay fork. Baled hay was rather unusual in the
1880s,” said Ann Culek, farm program manager. Slate Run Living Historical Farm is
located at 1375 State Route 674 North, Canal Winchester. For information visit
and the Big E Band
August 14, 2020
1630 Schrock Rd.
Dinner/Show Tickets $ 51.00
Tables of 10 Available
Tickets by Phone: 614-792-3135
Still Good Seats Available
Visa • Mastercard • Discover
Drug Drop Box
around the Southeast
The Madison Township Police
Department provides an opiate prescription
“Drug Drop Box” for the community.
This drop box is located in the lobby of the
Madison Township Police Department,
4567 Madison Lane, and is accessible to
the public during normal office hours
Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Any person can walk-in and dispose of new
or old pills, including prescription medications,
or any other illegal substances and
place them into this box with no questions