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<strong>July</strong> 26 - August 8, <strong>2020</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXVIII, No. 3<br />

A bird’s-eye-view of Groveport<br />

Photos courtesy of Groveport Police Sgt. Josh Short<br />

The Groveport Elementary School playground and athletic fields are visible from this<br />

view looking southeast from atop Groveport Town Hall. Wirt Road can be seen<br />

angling across the middle of the photo and gives a perspective on where the Ohio<br />

and Erie Canal once passed through town.<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

Repairs to the flag pole rope atop<br />

Groveport Town Hall provided an opportunity<br />

for a Groveport Police officer to<br />

survey the surrounding landscape from<br />

the high perch of the building’s roof.<br />

Making the repairs<br />

On <strong>July</strong> 9, workers from Mid-Ohio<br />

Signs and the city of Groveport’s facilities<br />

department used a tall crane and also<br />

stood on the roof of the historic threestory<br />

Town Hall to replace the flag pole<br />

rope that raises and lowers the flag atop<br />

the building. The repair to the 16-foot tall<br />

flag pole cost $500.<br />

“The flag pole rope has been exposed to<br />

the elements for 10 plus years and was<br />

dry rotted,” said Groveport Parks and<br />

Facilities Maintenance Director Tom<br />

Byrne. “The rope was upgraded from 5/16<br />

inch to 3/8 inch to hopefully last longer.”<br />

According to Byrne, this particular flag<br />

pole has been there since the late 1990s,<br />

so it is not the building’s original flag pole.<br />

Byrne said the city purchases flags to<br />

fly from the Town Hall flag pole from<br />

Admiral Flag Poles in Columbus.<br />

“Flags typically last three months<br />

depending on the weather and time of<br />

year,” said Byrne. “If someone wanted to<br />

donate a flag to fly atop Town Hall, they<br />

would need approval from the city administrator.<br />

The flag pole is on the tallest<br />

building in Groveport and Groveport is<br />

proud to fly the American flag.”<br />

Police officer gets bird’s-eye view<br />

The flag pole repairs enabled<br />

Groveport Police Sgt. Josh Short to carefully<br />

walk out onto Groveport Town Hall’s<br />

roof, which features a roughly 10x30 foot<br />

flat walkable area surrounded by sharply<br />

angled slate shingles that would make for<br />

a perilous ride down if one were to slip.<br />

“I think it’s fascinating that fear of<br />

heights seems to increase proportionally<br />

with age,” said Short. “Another officer and<br />

I went up there back in the spring, but I<br />

couldn’t work up the courage to go up onto<br />

the roof and only stuck my head up<br />

through the hatch to look around. This<br />

time I charged pell-mell up the ladder and<br />

figured I’d deal with the consequences<br />

once I got out there. After standing still in<br />

the middle of the roof to watch the guys<br />

work for a few minutes, I got a little more<br />

oriented and was able to walk around and<br />

check out the scenery.”<br />

He said being on Town Hall’s roof is<br />

“nerve racking and exciting” and that<br />

Town Hall is much taller than it looks<br />

from street level.<br />

Short took advantage of his trip on the<br />

roof to take several breathtaking photos<br />

Pictured with the newly repaired flag<br />

pole rope atop Groveport Town Hall is<br />

Jeff Fields of the city of Groveport’s<br />

facilities department. Also pictured in<br />

the crane bucket is a worker from Mid-<br />

Ohio Signs.<br />

of the city and surrounding area.<br />

“Being someone who enjoys the history<br />

of Groveport it is very interesting to see<br />

the city proper from that perspective,”<br />

said Short. “A lot of the surrounding houses<br />

share their original slate roofs with<br />

town hall. The older residential architecture<br />

uses the steeply angled roofs with<br />

steel gutters. You get a better picture of<br />

the old Ohio and Erie Canal remnants<br />

underneath Wirt Road as it angles southwest<br />

away from Main Street. A lot of the<br />

view into the residential area is blocked<br />

by Groveport’s abundance of mature trees<br />

with some interesting varieties that stand<br />

out, including paw paws and holly. There<br />

is also a commanding view of the<br />

Groveport Elementary school yard where<br />

nature is slowly reclaiming the ball diamonds<br />

due to recent lack of use caused by<br />

the coronavirus pandemic.”<br />

Short said he could see several miles<br />

from his rooftop perspective.<br />

“There is green in every direction as far<br />

as the eye can see broken up by the occasional<br />

building and numerous antennas<br />

and cell towers,” said Short. “To the southeast<br />

you can see the low hills that start to<br />

form as you travel down U.S. Route 33 and<br />

there are two distinct radio towers that I<br />

know are out toward Amanda. Looking<br />

See VIEW, page 2<br />

Charter<br />

changes<br />

proposed<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

The proposed amendments to the<br />

Groveport City Charter are not dramatic<br />

changes.<br />

Groveport City Council approved sending<br />

the proposed charter amendments to<br />

the Franklin County Board of Elections to<br />

be placed on the Nov. 3 ballot for the city’s<br />

voters consideration.<br />

The proposed amendments are procedural<br />

in nature. One amendment is a<br />

housekeeping measure that merely revises<br />

the name of “recreation and parks” to<br />

“recreation parks and facilities management”<br />

under Article 6 in the charter that<br />

discusses the city administrator’s powers<br />

and duties.<br />

The other amendment clarifies that the<br />

issuance of bonds and notes, as well as federal<br />

and state grants and loans, are to be<br />

considered as appropriations under the<br />

charter’s Article 3 that outlines city council’s<br />

approval of expenditures.<br />

Previously these items were not considered<br />

as direct appropriations. According to<br />

Groveport Law Director Kevin Shannon,<br />

once these items are considered as appropriations<br />

they can take effect immediately<br />

rather than in 30 days after council<br />

approval.<br />

“Previously, with respect to legislation<br />

authorizing the issuance of municipal<br />

bonds and/or notes or the acceptance of<br />

federal or state loans and/or grants, the<br />

See CHARTER, page 3

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Groveport Lions Club gone<br />

Groveport city officials received a letter<br />

dated <strong>July</strong> 2 from the Groveport Madison<br />

Lions Club stating the club disbanded as<br />

of June 29. The letter from Groveport<br />

Madison Lions Club Secretary Ed Myers,<br />

stated that, after more than 80 years of<br />

service to the community, the club disbanded<br />

due to “age and health problems.”<br />

The club’s demise means it will no<br />

longer sponsor the annual Halloween<br />

Block Party in Groveport or participate in<br />

Apple Butter Day events.<br />

School<br />

re-opening<br />

Groveport Madison<br />

Schools officials<br />

are in the process<br />

of finalizing the<br />

district’s plans for<br />

the <strong>2020</strong>-21 school<br />

year. All plans will<br />

comply with<br />

Center for Disease<br />

Control, state, and<br />

local health agencies’<br />

guidelines.<br />

Plans will be<br />

reviewed by the<br />

Franklin County<br />

Health<br />

Department the<br />

week of <strong>July</strong> 20,<br />

and officials expect<br />

to share details the<br />

week of <strong>July</strong> 27.<br />

For information<br />

visit<br />

gocruisers.org.<br />

VIEW<br />

Continued from page 1<br />

northwest, our lone city water tower stands out<br />

against the sky with its white paint and to its left way<br />

off in the distance is the downtown Columbus skyline.”<br />

Often the wind blows strong at that height, as evidenced<br />

by how often the American flag flies straight<br />

out from the Town Hall flag pole, but on the day Short<br />

was on the building’s roof, the wind was mild.<br />

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“Fortunately it was not windy when we were up<br />

there,” said Short. “There was just a slight breeze that<br />

did very little to diminish the heat of the blazing sun<br />

radiating up off of the roof. The guy on the (crane)<br />

boom replacing the flag rope said he’s had some very<br />

‘fun’ experiences being whipped around by the wind on<br />

the end of that ‘100 foot fishing pole.’”<br />

Photos courtesy of Groveport Police Sgt. Josh Short<br />

In this view looking southwest from atop Groveport Town Hall, one can see Main Street extending westward<br />

and several homes and businesses, as well as thick tree cover.<br />

This view is looking east from atop Groveport Town Hall. Main<br />

Street can be seen extending eastward and Ace Hardware is<br />

visible at the upper left. Groveport Elementary School is<br />

obscured by trees at the right.<br />

This view looking north from atop Town<br />

Hall shows the residences along the west<br />

side of Front Street.<br />

“Being someone who enjoys the history of Groveport it is<br />

very interesting to see the city proper from that perspective.”<br />

- Sgt. Josh Short<br />

Groveport Police

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Council to decide on trash contract<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

Groveport City Council could make a<br />

decision at its <strong>July</strong> 27 meeting on the city’s<br />

new trash collection contract.<br />

Groveport City Administrator B.J. King<br />

recommended council contract with Local<br />

Waste Services, which submitted the lowest<br />

bid, for trash and recycling collection<br />

services at a cost of $19.20 per month. This<br />

option, if approved by council, would renew<br />

the same existing trash and recycling collection<br />

program with Local Waste Services<br />

for the city’s 2,300 trash customers.<br />

Under the existing plan, customers are<br />

provided with a bin for recycling and they<br />

are able to use their own trash containers.<br />

Additionally, items placed out for trash<br />

pick-up, regardless if they are in a container,<br />

are collected. Pick-up includes the collection<br />

of trash, yard waste, recyclables,<br />

and bulk pick-up. Trash pick-up can be<br />

made in the alleys. The existing contract<br />

with Local Waste Services expires Dec. 31.<br />

Mayor Lance Westcamp noted the city<br />

has used Local Waste Services for trash<br />

pick-up for the past 10 years.<br />

City officials conducted on online community<br />

survey for citizens’ to express their<br />

opinions on which trash collection option<br />

they prefer.<br />

The survey, which ended May 29,<br />

included an explanation of the bidding<br />


Continued from page 1<br />

Groveport finances<br />

The city of Groveport’s <strong>2020</strong> income tax<br />

revenue as of June 30 is $8.3 million,<br />

which is 3.6 percent lower than the same<br />

time in 2019. Income tax revenues comprise<br />

the largest portion of the city’s total<br />

revenues year-to-date, or 55.6 percent of<br />

all revenues, according to Groveport<br />

Finance Director Jason Carr.<br />

process and a breakdown of the proposed<br />

service options. According to city officials,<br />

there were 269 responses to the survey<br />

with 50.1 percent wanting to maintain the<br />

existing “status quo” trash pick-up plan<br />

and 28.6 percent preferring a combination<br />

of the existing plan with the addition of a<br />

64 gallon wheeled recycling cart.<br />

Trash cart option<br />

If a trash cart option (a cart is a twowheeled<br />

trash can) is chosen by council,<br />

residents would receive one trash cart and<br />

one recycling cart per household. Recycling<br />

carts are all 64 gallons. Trash, yard waste,<br />

and recyclables would still be picked up,<br />

but all refuse must be placed in a cart to be<br />

collected. Residents could no longer place<br />

their trash for pick-up in the city’s alleys<br />

because the automated trash trucks for<br />

this option are too big to fit in the alleys.<br />

All trash pick-ups would have to be made<br />

at the front of residences at curbside.<br />

According to information provided by<br />

city officials, if the city goes with the cart<br />

refuse only collection, residents would go to<br />

a website to choose the size cart they want.<br />

The city would purchase the carts and they<br />

would be delivered to a location in the city<br />

for distribution. If the city also goes with<br />

the recycling carts, SWACO would purchase<br />

the carts and they, too, would be<br />

delivered to a location in the city for distribution.<br />

city’s bond counsel was of the opinion<br />

that such enactments were not appropriation<br />

measures as defined in the city charter,”<br />

said Shannon. “The proposed charter<br />

amendments will allow such legislation to<br />

be deemed as appropriation measures, and<br />

therefore, they become effective immediately<br />

upon their passage by council which<br />

will streamline our current legislative<br />

process for such enactments.”<br />

According to Shannon, the proposed<br />

amendments were sent to the Franklin<br />

County Board of Elections to be placed on<br />

the ballot for the general election on Nov.<br />

3.<br />

“If favorably voted upon by the city’s<br />

electorate, they would go into effect on Jan.<br />

1, 2021,” said Shannon.<br />

Shannon said these proposed charter<br />

amendments are the only ones put forth by<br />

the Charter Review Commission.<br />

The Charter Review Commission began<br />

its work this year on March 3 and finished<br />

up June 16. The citizen members of the<br />

commission were Luke Watkins (chairman),<br />

Wayne White, Cheryl Ballou, Heidi<br />

Christensen, and Kelly Sisco.<br />

The city charter of Groveport, which<br />

was adopted in 1990 and became effective<br />

in 1991, states that every 10 years city<br />

council will appoint a Charter Review<br />

Commission made up of five community<br />

members. The Charter Review<br />

Commission studies and reviews the city<br />

charter and makes recommendations it<br />

deems necessary to council for amendments<br />

to the charter. Council then considers<br />

placing the amendments on the ballot<br />

for the city voters to decide on whether or<br />

not the amendments should be adopted.<br />

Shannon said the next Charter Review<br />

Commission will convene in 2030, unless<br />

council wishes it to convene earlier to<br />

review particular provisions of the city<br />

charter.<br />

Shannon added that citizens also have<br />

the right to seek an amendment to the<br />

charter by way of an initiative petition as<br />

set forth in the city charter.<br />

Apple Butter Day<br />

According to Groveport city officials, the<br />

plan is to hold Apple Butter Day on Oct.<br />

10.<br />

Festival events are being reviewed as to<br />

what can or cannot be done in order to<br />

maintain social distancing and protect the<br />

public from the coronavirus pandemic.<br />

<strong>July</strong> 26, <strong>2020</strong> - SOUTHEAST MESSENGER - PAGE 3<br />

Roundabout planned near Lockbourne/Hamilton Twp.<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

A traffic roundabout will be constructed<br />

at the intersection of Lockbourne Road and<br />

London-Groveport Road.<br />

According to the Franklin County<br />

Engineer’s office, full closure of the intersection<br />

for construction is scheduled for<br />

spring 2022 however, utility relocation<br />

may begin as early as fall 2021.<br />

“The crash history at this intersection,<br />

combined with the continuing development<br />

in the area, has led to the need for a more<br />

effective long term safety solution,” said<br />

Carla Marable, director of communications<br />

for the Franklin County Engineer’s office.<br />

“A roundabout was determined to be the<br />

“The crash history at this intersection,<br />

combined with the continuing development<br />

in the area, has led to the need for a<br />

more effective long term safety solution.”<br />

- Carla Marable<br />

director of communications<br />

Franklin County Engineer’s office<br />

best solution. Speeds of motorists will be<br />

reduced, and because of the lower speeds,<br />

it will be a safer more efficient intersection<br />

for Franklin County’s travelling public.”<br />

The estimated cost for the project is $1.5<br />

million. Funding is being provided by the<br />

Ohio Department of Transportation safety<br />

funds and Franklin County motor vehicle<br />

registration and gas user fees.

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Since I was a kid I have loved newspapers<br />

and have been fascinated by the journalists<br />

who fill the inky pages with words.<br />

Editor’s Notebook<br />

Rick<br />

Palsgrove<br />

Unlike a lot of my<br />

fellow journalists<br />

from my generation,<br />

my desire to become<br />

an ink stained wretch<br />

newspaperman was not inspired by the<br />

dogged determination of Woodward and<br />

Bernstein’s epic coverage of the Watergate<br />

scandal that swallowed up President<br />

Richard Nixon in the early 1970s. Nor was<br />

it the work of another journalist I still<br />

admire, Edward Murrow. No, my journalistic<br />

influence came much earlier in the<br />

1960s when I was a kid. It came in the form<br />

of the small town newspaper editor Dutton<br />

Peabody of the fictional “Shinbone Star” in<br />

the 1962 western film, “The Man Who Shot<br />

Liberty Valance.”<br />

When watching the film my attention is<br />

always riveted on Peabody, wonderfully<br />

portrayed by the actor Edmond O’Brien.<br />

That is saying something since big name<br />

actors John Wayne and James Stewart<br />

dominate this classic western by director<br />

John Ford.<br />

Peabody is rumpled, unshaven, most<br />

likely an alcoholic, and not an imposing<br />

physical presence. But it is clear throughout<br />

the film that his mind is sharp, his wit<br />

is keen, his powers of observation are limitless,<br />

and that his dedication to the truth,<br />

the community, and his newspaper is vitally<br />

important to him. Peabody always has<br />

column<br />

Me and Dutton Peabody<br />

his tattered notebook and stub of a pencil<br />

at hand, forever ready to make notes about<br />

the news happening around him. I admire<br />

all of that.<br />

My favorite Dutton Peabody quote in<br />

the film has to do with the concept of the<br />

newspaperman being in tune with the community<br />

and always having one’s finger on<br />

the pulse of what is happening in a town.<br />

When told by the town sheriff that gunslinger<br />

Liberty Valance is in town,<br />

Peabody replies, “I’d be a poor newspaperman<br />

indeed if I didn’t know what everybody<br />

else in town knows!”<br />

I love that quote and try to embody it<br />

myself when covering the news for the<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> newspaper. I love the quote so<br />

much I’ve even used it myself with humor<br />

when someone mentions some potentially<br />

newsworthy item to me.<br />

Another statement made by Peabody resonates<br />

with me because it embraces the all<br />

encompassing nature of the job of a small<br />

town newspaper editor. When being introduced<br />

in the film at the territorial statehood<br />

convention as, “that distinguished member<br />

of the Fourth Estate, founder, owner, publisher<br />

and editor of the ‘Shinbone Star,’ Mr.<br />

Dutton Peabody, Esquire,” Peabody replies,<br />

“Thank you, thank you, Mr. Chairman, for<br />

those kind words, but why don’t you tell them<br />

the whole truth: founder, owner, editor, and I<br />

also sweep out the place.”<br />

Peabody dramatically describes his role in<br />

the community as, “the still, small voice<br />

that thunders in the night...(the) watchdog<br />

that howls against the wolves!” It is a<br />

statement of intent that is something a<br />

journalist must embrace to serve one’s<br />

community well.<br />

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The character of Dutton Peabody has<br />

many enjoyable and interesting scenes in<br />

the film, but to me one scene shows the<br />

true nature of the work a journalist does<br />

and how a journalist hopes one’s writing<br />

makes an impact.<br />

It is the scene where James Stewart’s<br />

character, who is a lawyer in the film, is<br />

reading an article that appears on the front<br />

page of the “Shinbone Star.” In it, Peabody<br />

writes about lawlessness in the territory<br />

and his words advocate statehood, which<br />

the bad guys oppose. It’s a courageous article<br />

that speaks the truth. Truth can put<br />

one in danger as later happens when the<br />

bad guys in the film beat Peabody up and<br />

trash his newspaper office after reading<br />

the article themselves.<br />

Prior to the bad guys’ retribution<br />

against Peabody, Stewart reads the article<br />

and tells the editor that the article is quite<br />

good. Peabody’s face lights up at Stewart’s<br />

reaction as the editor lets down his cynical<br />

facade and is appreciative of Stewart’s<br />

comment and the acknowledgement that<br />

what a journalist writes can make a meaningful<br />

impact on a newspaper’s readers.<br />

This scene shows me that, regardless of<br />

everything else that swirls around the publishing<br />

of a small town newspaper, the<br />

writing is what it is all about. Nothing in a<br />

newspaper is more important than the<br />

words printed on its pages. In my work for<br />

the <strong>Messenger</strong> newspaper, I continually<br />

aspire to do justice to the readers and the<br />

written word.<br />

Rick Palsgrove is editor of the <strong>Southeast</strong><br />

<strong>Messenger</strong>.<br />

Restarting Groveport<br />

Madison Schools<br />

As you know, the past few months have<br />

changed our lives in many ways. While<br />

there have been many times in history that<br />

events have dramatically impacted our<br />

country, public schools have mostly continued<br />

to operate in a relatively consistent<br />

and predictable manner.<br />

That trend stopped on March 16, <strong>2020</strong>,<br />

when Governor DeWine closed all of Ohio’s<br />

schools, sending students home to be<br />

taught remotely.<br />

Since that time, we’ve been trying to<br />

anticipate what school will look like for the<br />

coming year. We’ve had teams looking at<br />

various options, but until last Thursday<br />

(<strong>July</strong> 2), we had no guidance from the state<br />

to determine what could and couldn't occur<br />

as we plan for the <strong>2020</strong>-21 school year.<br />

Governor DeWine announced that he<br />

strongly desires schools to reopen this fall<br />

— following the recommended public health<br />

practices. He issued a guidance report,<br />

letter<br />

“The Reset and Restart Education<br />

Planning Guide for Ohio Schools and<br />

Districts,” that we have been carefully<br />

evaluating.<br />

We have been looking at a variety of<br />

plans to consider for the coming school<br />

year. With this new guidance, we are revisiting<br />

our initial ideas, carefully considering<br />

how this additional information may factor<br />

into the work we’ve done to date. We will<br />

discuss potential recommendations with<br />

the Groveport Madison Board of<br />

Education, knowing that Franklin County<br />

Public Health must approve any plan(s) we<br />

pursue.<br />

We appreciate your patience. We know<br />

families are anxious for information, but<br />

we needed to make sure that any path we<br />

take can comply with the state’s guidance.<br />

We will be reaching out to you once<br />

again to get your feedback on some of the<br />

options we’ve been considering. Your feedback<br />

is critical to informing the decisions<br />

we have to make in the next few weeks, so<br />

please take the few minutes it will take you<br />

to respond to our brief survey.<br />

We will keep you informed of our work<br />

as we move forward. We will continue to<br />

provide information by telephone, email,<br />

and all information will be posted on our<br />

GoCruisers website.<br />

Among our most significant concerns<br />

now and in the weeks and months to come<br />

is the physical and mental health of our<br />

students.<br />

We know many of them are anxious<br />

about the coming school year. Please reassure<br />

them that all of us will be doing our<br />

absolute best to make the best out of this<br />

challenging situation. School will undoubtedly<br />

be somewhat different from what it’s<br />

been in the past, but our caring and supportive<br />

staff will still be on hand to help<br />

our students every step of the way.<br />

As always, thank you for your continued<br />

support and encouragement. We indeed<br />

are all in this together, and we know that<br />

Cruisers can take on any challenge when<br />

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Groveport Madison Schools

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Cruiser basketball program has a new head coach<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

Lamont Hampton is the new Groveport<br />

Madison Cruisers boys basketball head<br />

coach.<br />

Hampton replaces Ryan Grashel, who<br />

resigned earlier this year to accept the<br />

head boys basketball coaching position at<br />

New Albany High School.<br />

According to Groveport Madison<br />

Athletic Director Steve Petros, Hampton<br />

has been a successful Cruiser assistant<br />

coach for the past three years.<br />

“Lamont is on our security team at the<br />

high school,” said Petros. “This gives him a<br />

great opportunity to build relationships<br />

with our kids. Coach Hampton will be<br />

demanding an up tempo style of play from<br />

our kids. We are expecting the team to play<br />

tough nose defense.”<br />

Hampton is excited to take the reins of<br />

the Cruiser basketball program.<br />

“I want to be the head coach because I<br />

am deeply rooted in the program and I<br />

have a desire to build and develop young<br />

men in the Groveport community who I<br />

love and care for every day working at the<br />

high school and community,” said<br />

Hampton. “I knew I could continue to make<br />

a positive difference in our kids lives. I<br />

want the responsibility of preparing these<br />

young men for life, not just basketball. This<br />

is my fifth year working in the building,<br />

This gives me a deeper connection with the<br />

players throughout the entire program<br />

from top to bottom.”<br />

Experience<br />

Hampton has eight years of coaching<br />

experience in AAU basketball, along with<br />

basketball skills development and training.<br />

He was the junior varsity assistant for two<br />

years at Central Crossing High School. He<br />

next coached one year as the head freshman<br />

coach at Groveport Madison where<br />

the team finished 19-3 and won 17 straight<br />

games. He moved up to Cruiser junior varsity<br />

head coach where the team had finished<br />

19-2.<br />

“My second year of being the junior varsity<br />

head coach we went 12-10,” said<br />

Hampton. “I’m proud of this season<br />

because we worked hard and we had guys<br />

move up to varsity mid-season that let me<br />

know I was getting guys ready for the next<br />

level.”<br />

Hampton has five years of high school<br />

coaching experience and 13 years coaching<br />

experience overall.<br />

“I played basketball my entire life,” he<br />

said. “I played varsity at Grove City High<br />

School and graduated in1997. I played college<br />

basketball at Urbana University for<br />

two years then transferred to play at<br />

Wilmington College my last two years<br />

where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree<br />

in sports management-administration. I<br />

did my internship my last semester as a<br />


student coach where I first realized I wanted<br />

to be a head coach.”<br />

Style of play<br />

Hampton said the Cruisers will have an<br />

up tempo style of play offensively and will<br />

push the basketball every chance they get.<br />

“We will play unselfish basketball and<br />

move the ball,” said Hampton. “Defensively<br />

we will get after it and pressure teams all<br />

over the court. We will be a defensive team.<br />

We will play this way simply because that’s<br />

who we are as a team.”<br />

The Cruisers will compete in a new division<br />

this year in the Ohio Capital<br />

Conference - the Buckeye Division made up<br />

of Groveport Madison, Central Crossing,<br />

Pickerington Central, Newark, Lancaster,<br />

and Reynoldsburg.<br />

“Every team in the OCC deserves<br />

respect,” said Hampton. “It’s a tough<br />

league to play in. If you don’t come to play<br />

anyone is capable of beating you in the<br />

OCC. I think the Cruisers will match up<br />

fine regardless of who we play. We will<br />

respect all of our opponents and fear none.”<br />

Top Cruiser players<br />

Hampton said senior point guard<br />

Elyjah Aekins is one of the top defenders in<br />

the state.<br />

“Aekins has the heart of a lion and the<br />

ability to penetrate against anyone,” said<br />

Hampton. “He is one of the best athletes in<br />

school and I expect a big year out of him.”<br />

Senior shooting guard Scotty Lomax<br />

was the leading scorer last year averaging<br />

13.6 points a game.<br />

“He has unlimited jumping ability along<br />

with a incredible jump shot,” said<br />

Hampton.<br />

Senior John Motton is a player who is<br />

expected to have a breakout year.<br />

“He will be under the radar since he didn’t<br />

play much minutes last year, but I know<br />

he will surprise some people,” said<br />

Hampton. “John can play multiple positions<br />

and is one of our best athletes.”<br />

See COACH, page 6

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Groveport Police statistics<br />

Library curbside pick-up<br />

The Columbus Metropolitan Library<br />

expanded its curbside pickup to include its<br />

<strong>Southeast</strong> Branch Library, located at 3980<br />

S. Hamilton Road. Curbside pickup is<br />

available Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-7<br />

p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.,<br />

with no service on Sunday. If you received<br />

a notification you have items ready to pick<br />

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access into this building.Visit columbuslibrary.org<br />

for information or call 614-645-<br />

2275 to get the help you need Monday<br />

through Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.<br />

June crime statistics for the city of<br />

Groveport, according to the Groveport<br />

Police: 11 arrests, 22 accidents, 1 assault,<br />

2 burglaries, 1 criminal mischief/trespassing,<br />

9 domestic disputes, 2 domestic violence,<br />

3 OVI and alcohol, 0 fights, 0 disorderly<br />

conduct, 6 thefts/robberies, 2<br />

stolen/unauthorized use, 0 missing persons,<br />

2 weapon related calls, 1 narcotic<br />

related offense, 7 general complaints, 0<br />

school related incidents, 0 identity theft, 1<br />

suspicious vehicles/persons, 1 parking,<br />

threats, 2 vandalism, 60 traffic citations, 0<br />

sex related crime, 2 warrant/arrests/subpoenas,<br />

1 suicide attempt.<br />

COACH<br />

Continued from page 5<br />

Hampton said the team has rising juniors<br />

including Marlon Elliott Jr., Kenyatta<br />

Whiteside, and Abubuakar Diallo.<br />

“Marlon has started varsity since his<br />

sophomore year,” said Hampton. “He has<br />

an unlimited motor on him and is a natural<br />

born leader. He is one of our best passers<br />

and is capable of big scoring nights.”<br />

Whiteside plays multiple positions and<br />

who is a natural scorer and rebounder.<br />

“I expect a big year out of Whiteside as<br />

well,” said Hampton. “Diallo is one of the<br />

best ball handlers on the team and has<br />

unlimited shooting range on the court.”<br />

Cruiser basketball tradition<br />

“There is a rich history of Cruiser basketball<br />

starting with Bob Miller who is a<br />

500 win coach,” said Hampton. “Miller’s<br />

Cruiser teams dominated the hardwood for<br />

several seasons winning OCC titles in the<br />

1970s and 1980s. Also, Ryan Grashel turning<br />

the program around eight years ago to<br />

what it is today is important.”<br />

Hampton said it is an honor and blessing<br />

to be a part of such a historic and community<br />

driven program.<br />

“I look forward to continuing to be<br />

involved in the Groveport community, as<br />

well as add to the tradition, and history of<br />

the Groveport Madison basketball program<br />

for years to come,” said Hampton.<br />

Photo courtesy of Groveport Police<br />

Sgt. Josh Short<br />

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Front Street inspected along with<br />

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strong storm knocked down a<br />

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hole in a trunk that collects water<br />

and rot at 215 Front St.: a maple<br />

tree at 235 Front St. with a dying<br />

root system and decay in the<br />

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where immediate removal is recommended;<br />

and a tree with a dying root system, dead limbs, and a decaying crown<br />

at 545 Elm St. According to Groveport City Administrator B.J. King, the arborist recommended<br />

removal of all five trees to eliminate any hazards. The city received<br />

quotes of $10,300 and $14,100 to remove the trees. “We would talk to an arborist<br />

about planting trees on Front Street to replace those that were removed,” said King.

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<strong>July</strong> 26, <strong>2020</strong> - SOUTHEAST MESSENGER - PAGE 7<br />

Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove<br />

By Linda Dillman<br />

Staff Writer<br />

Madison Township Police Chief Gary<br />

York is assuring residents that, despite<br />

concerns about the coronavirus and police<br />

protection, the township is still able to provide<br />

minimum staffing 24 hours a day,<br />

seven days a week.<br />

During the <strong>July</strong> 14 Madison Township<br />

trustee meeting, York said staffing levels<br />

are sometimes higher than the minimum<br />

on some days. However, the department<br />

could experience a shortfall in revenue due<br />

to the impact of COVID-19.<br />

In response to a question raised by resident<br />

Debbie Miller, Chairman John<br />

Pritchard said now is not the time to consider<br />

hiring additional law enforcement<br />

personnel.<br />

“At this point, we cannot take the<br />

chance with COVID to hire new officers,”<br />

said Pritchard. “It is a very tight budget<br />

and we do the best we can with what we<br />

have. It would be irresponsible to hire<br />

police officers at this point because we<br />

don’t know what our settlement will be.”<br />

According to Fiscal Officer Laurie<br />

Vermeer, nearly 100 percent of the police<br />

department budget is funded by taxes. She<br />

said the township normally gets two settlements<br />

a year for real estate taxes, but the<br />

situation could change.<br />

“I don’t know if we’re going to get a second<br />

settlement,” said Vermeer. “People are<br />

“What’s most important in public<br />

safety is knowing we can cover the<br />

needs.”<br />

- Michele Reynolds<br />

Madison Township trustee<br />

hurting. I have no idea about what the rest<br />

of the year holds.”<br />

Trustee Michele Reynolds said many<br />

state and local governments are impacted<br />

in the same way and there is a hiring<br />

freeze at the state level.<br />

“What’s most important in public safety<br />

is knowing we can cover the needs,” said<br />

Reynolds.<br />

Fire Chief Derek Robinson is scaling<br />

back a budget line item intended to replace<br />

five smaller staff vehicles.<br />

“Obviously with the pandemic going on<br />

and fiscal responsibility, we’d like to<br />

replace three and put two off to next year,”<br />

said Robinson, who said the replacements<br />

are necessary due to wear and tear and<br />

repairs greater than a vehicle’s value.<br />

While the number of township police<br />

officers may not change, 11 officers will no<br />

longer have to share eight body-worn cameras.<br />

York said a decision was made to purchase<br />

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will allow for better equipment accountability.<br />

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cameras have really worked out for<br />

the department,” said York.<br />

e old senior center<br />

Photo courtesy of the Groveport Heritage Museum<br />

The Groveport Senior Center was once in the former Groveport Municipal Building<br />

along Wirt Road in 1997. Previously area seniors shared facilities in Groveport Town<br />

Hall. This building is now home to Groveport Crooked Alley KidSpace and the<br />

Senior Center found a new home in the Groveport Recreation Center.<br />

Two documentary films on the history<br />

of Groveport, produced by the Groveport<br />

Heritage Society and Midnet Media, are<br />

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Groveport history films<br />

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The films are: “Groveport: A Town and<br />

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Rarey and Cruiser.”

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house). Face coverings are not required on the splash<br />

pad surface at any time.<br />

•Obetz Athletic Club: Face coverings are required<br />

when entering the lobby, hallways, and locker rooms.<br />

Face coverings are not required in active exercise<br />

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Food trucks in Groveport<br />

Groveport city officials decided to allow food trucks<br />

in residentially zoned areas on a trial basis before<br />

working toward enacting a zoning code change regarding<br />

the vehicles.<br />

The food truck operator must get a special use<br />

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food truck will be parked and day and times of operation.<br />

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is limited to four hours and not permitted past 8 p.m.<br />

“The trial basis will show the demand for food<br />

trucks and will allow us to determine if a permanent<br />

code change is warranted,” said Groveport City<br />

Administrator B.J. King. “I believe this is a good trial<br />

process and achieves the goal of permitting food trucks<br />

in residentially zoned areas.”<br />

Virtual Social Services Fair<br />

Columbus Metropolitan Library is bringing together<br />

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The Virtual Social Services Fair event will take<br />

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xPublic Notices<br />


Sealed bids will be received by the Board of Education of the<br />

Groveport Madison School District until 12:00 noon on Wednesday,<br />

August 5, <strong>2020</strong> for the Asphalt and Concrete Project located at (8)<br />

eight Groveport Madison School District sites. Sealed bids shall be<br />

delivered to the office of Mr. James Grube, Deputy Superintendent,<br />

located at the Groveport Madison District Office, 4400 Marketing<br />

Place - Suite B, Groveport, Ohio 43125. The bids will be publicly<br />

opened and read.<br />

Bids will be received for the General Construction Contract (Single<br />

Prime). The Bids shall be opened and read publicly. The probable<br />

cost for the total construction contract is $400,000. Bids shall<br />

include all labor, materials, equipment, special tools, and services<br />

required to complete the work in accordance with the Contract<br />

Documents.<br />

Plans and specifications for the Project may be examined at the<br />

Architect’s Office or at area Plan Rooms. Bidders may purchase<br />

copies of the Contract Documents from Key Blue Prints, 195 East<br />

Livingston Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43215, (614) 228-3285.<br />

Each proposal shall contain the name of every person interested<br />

therein. Each proposal shall meet the regulations of Section 153.54<br />

of the Ohio Revised Code. All bids must be accompanied by a Bid<br />

Guaranty in the form of either a Bid Guaranty and Contract Bond<br />

for the full amount of the bid (including add alternates) or a certified<br />

check, cashier’s check, or an irrevocable letter of credit in an<br />

amount equal to 10% of the bid amount, in accordance with the<br />

Instructions to Bidders.<br />

No bids may be withdrawn within sixty (60) days after the bid<br />

opening. The Owner reserves the right to waive irregularities in<br />

bids, to reject any or all bids, and to conduct such review as<br />

necessary to determine the responsibility of any bidder submitting<br />

a bid for the Project.<br />

The Notice to Bidders is also available at www.gocruisers.org<br />

By Order of the Board of Education<br />

Felicia Drummey, Treasurer<br />

felicia.drummey@gocruisers.org<br />

SPECIAL NOTICE: The Groveport Madison Local Schools have received notice of their<br />

receipt of Federal flow through IDEA-PART B of the Education for the Handicapped Act.<br />

The maximum entitlement for the school district this year is equal to the number of<br />

resident handicapped children ages 3 through 21 who were provided full and appropriate<br />

special education programs by the Groveport Madison Local Schools based on<br />

the December 1, 2019 child count.<br />

Suggestions regarding the expenditure of these funds may be directed to Mitzi Boyd,<br />

Director of Special Education, 4400 Marketing Place., Suite B, Groveport, Ohio 43125 or<br />

by calling 614/492-2520. The first priority for expenditure of these funds must be to<br />

provide direct services to Handicapped Children.<br />


School districts across the State of Ohio are participating in an effort to identify, locate,<br />

and evaluate all handicapped children between the ages of 3 and 21. A handicap is<br />

defined as a condition such as hearing impairment, visual impairment, speech or language<br />

impairment, learning disability, behavioral, multiple, or severe handicaps; mental<br />

retardation, autism, and other health impairments.<br />

Many handicapped children are not visible because they do not function in the mainstream<br />

of the community. Also, many unidentified handicapped children are<br />

preschoolers. Parents may not be aware of programs and services available. If you<br />

know of a handicapped child, please write to Mitzi Boyd at Groveport Madison Local<br />

Schools at 4400 Marketing Place., Suite B, Groveport, Ohio 43125 or call 492-2520.<br />

Public Notices<br />





AT THE<br />




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By Resolution, Madison Township, Franklin County, Ohio will<br />

sell 1 vehicle via online auction through GovDeals.Com.<br />

During the online auction the following will be offered from<br />

8:00 pm. August 9, <strong>2020</strong> through 8:00 p.m. August 23, <strong>2020</strong>.<br />

2007 Ford Taurus ($1,000.00 minimum)<br />

Complete auction details can be accessed on the GovDeals<br />

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All inquiries and questions must go through Govdeals.com<br />

For complete description and step by step instructions on<br />

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xClassified Services<br />


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Trucks. Highest Prices<br />

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WANTED<br />

Victrolas, Watches,<br />

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Antiques, Furn.<br />

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or 614-783-2629<br />

WANTS TO Purchase<br />

minerals and other oil &<br />

gas interests. Send details<br />

to: P.O. Box 13557,<br />

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For Sale-2 Story House.<br />

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Property<br />

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Washer, Dryer, Stove &<br />

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Seniors/Veterans -<br />

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American & Foreign Cars<br />



Driveways & Parking Lots<br />

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Sealcoating & Services LLC<br />

Quality Materials Used<br />


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Hot Fill Crack, Asphalt Repair<br />

Call or text for Free Est.<br />

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Powerwash $99 to $200.<br />

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Holly’s Halos<br />

Accepting New Clients<br />

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Bonded-Ins. 614-426-3624<br />


AJ’s Concrete,<br />

Masonry<br />

Good Work - Fair Prices<br />

Block Foundations<br />

Driveways • Sidewalks<br />

Epoxy/Overlay Floors<br />

Bonded-Ins. • Free Ests.<br />

614-419-9932<br />



Quality Concrete Work<br />

Lt. Hauling & Room Add.,<br />

Block Work & Excavation<br />

Stamp Patios,<br />

Bsmt. Wall Restoration<br />

35 Yrs Exp - Lic & Ins.<br />

Free Ests. 614-871-3834<br />

Buckeye City<br />

Concrete & Excavating<br />

* Concrete * Foundations<br />

* Waterlines * Drains<br />

*Catch Basins<br />

614-749-2167<br />

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excavating@yahoo.com<br />



All Types Concrete Work<br />

New or Tear Out-Replace<br />

37 Yrs. Exp.<br />

(614) 207-5430<br />

Owner is On The Job!<br />


Bates & Sons<br />


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HOME<br />


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Minor Plumbing &<br />

Electric<br />

Install Hot Water Tanks,<br />

Dishwashers & Disposals<br />

Also Fencing &<br />

Interior/Exterior Painting<br />

Free Est. ~ 18 Yrs. Exp.<br />

CDC/EPA Approved Guidelines<br />

614-284-2100<br />

8/16 A<br />

8/16 A/M<br />

7-5 A<br />

HOME<br />


SINCE 1973<br />

Phil Bolon Contr.<br />

Windows & Siding<br />

Decks, Kitchens, Baths<br />

Room Additions,<br />

Flooring, Roofing<br />

Bsmt Waterproofing<br />

Deal With Small Non-Pressure Co.<br />

47 Yrs. Exp. - Refs. Avail.<br />

Lic.-Bond-Ins.<br />

Free Est. - Financing Avail.<br />

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O.C.I.E.B. ID #24273<br />

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or 614-863-9912<br />



Siding-Windows-<br />

Doors-Roofing-Soffit-<br />

Fascia-Gutters-Trim<br />

Earn FREE Seamless<br />

Gutters with Siding Over<br />

1000 Sq. Ft.<br />

FREE Shutters with<br />

Soffit & Trim<br />

EPA Certified<br />

Member of BBB<br />

Financing Available<br />

Over 20 yrs exp. • Free Est.<br />

Licensed-Bonded-Insured<br />

Owner & Operator<br />

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HOME<br />



Home Repairs, Roofing,<br />

Siding, Gutters, Soffits,<br />

Misc. Int. Repairs<br />

Int. Painting<br />

Call Joe 614-778-1460<br />

37 Years Exp.<br />




FOR YOU<br />

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Winter or Fall<br />

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Mulching, Hauling,<br />

Garden Pond &<br />

Home Maint.<br />

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$20 & Up<br />

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The Lawn Barber<br />

Cut & Trim Starting at<br />

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Edging, Yard Clean-up &<br />

Hauled Away.<br />

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MOVING<br />

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Local Moving Since 1956<br />

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614-299-6683, 263-0649<br />

Celebrating 60 yrs in business<br />


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A lic. General Contractor<br />

Some Skilled Services<br />

Incl: Painting • Stucco,<br />

Repair•Carpentry•Exterior<br />

Drainage & Home Maint.<br />

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

Painter Over 30 Yrs Exp.<br />

Free Est. Reas Rates<br />

Daniel 614-226-4221<br />


DRYW<br />

YWALL &<br />


8/2<br />

A&M<br />

REPAIR<br />

Textured Ceilings<br />

614-551-6963<br />

Residential/Commercial<br />

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“Plumbing & Drain Professional<br />

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Call For A Free Phone Estimate<br />

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A<br />

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LOOK TO<br />


IN OUR<br />


For Service<br />

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Classified Services<br />

8-16<br />

A/M<br />

8-16 A<br />

8/2 A/M<br />


Bates & Sons<br />

Soft Wash & Powerwash<br />

5 ★ Google Reviews<br />

614-586-3417<br />


We Specialize In Decks.<br />

Clean, stain, reseal,<br />

revitalize any deck.<br />

Quality work at fair prices.<br />

Guarantee All Work 3 Yrs.<br />

24 Yrs Exp. Free Est.<br />

614-327-9425<br />


Any house wash $149 + tax<br />

Single deck $69 + tax<br />

2 Tier deck $99 + tax<br />

Best Wash In Town<br />

Over 45,000 Washes<br />

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

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

Reas rates. Member of<br />

BBB. Dennis Robinson<br />

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


REPAIR<br />

REPAIR all makes 24 hr.<br />

service. Clean, oil, adjust<br />

in your home. $39.95 all<br />

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

TOP SOIL<br />

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Driveways topped w/new<br />

limestone. We also deliver<br />

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Specializing in residential.<br />

614-491-5460<br />

Bobcat Service Avail.<br />


TROTT<br />


Tree Trimming<br />

& Removal<br />

8/16<br />

A<br />

Also Stump Removal<br />

Free Est. - Fully Ins.<br />

Call 614-235-3791<br />

Cell 614-738-0682<br />

Brewer & Sons Tree Service<br />

• Tree Removal<br />

• Tree Trimming 8-2<br />

A&M<br />

• Stump Grinding<br />

• Bucket Truck Services<br />

Best Prices • Same Day Service<br />


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