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

<strong>Groveport</strong><br />

<strong>May</strong> 30 - June 12, <strong>2021</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXVIII, No. 25<br />

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<strong>Groveport</strong> Road<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Editor<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Road has been an important transportation artery<br />

since its beginnings as a dirt trail leading from Columbus to<br />

southeast Ohio in the early 1800s.<br />

Now in the 21st century, as development and traffic increases<br />

along the west <strong>Groveport</strong> Road corridor between <strong>Groveport</strong> and<br />

Obetz, area officials are making plans to improve the road to handle<br />

future demands.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> <strong>May</strong>or Lance Westcamp said <strong>Groveport</strong> officials<br />

plan to meet with village of Obetz and village of Lockbourne officials<br />

on June 7 to talk about the future needs and development of<br />

busy <strong>Groveport</strong> Road.<br />

“With improvements spanning multiple jurisdictions, it is<br />

important to partner when identifying and planning for those<br />

improvements,” said <strong>Groveport</strong> City Administrator B.J. King. “A<br />

roadway system doesn’t begin and end in one jurisdiction. In order<br />

for a road system to accommodate traffic the jurisdictions where<br />

the traffic will travel through must also be part of the planning<br />

process.”<br />

The city of <strong>Groveport</strong> contracted with the IBI Group to create a<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Road Corridor Study to review west <strong>Groveport</strong> Road<br />

between <strong>Groveport</strong> and Obetz from State Route 317 to Bixby<br />

Road. The report was presented to <strong>Groveport</strong> City Council on <strong>May</strong><br />

17 by Jim Brenneman of the IBI Group.<br />

Brenneman noted that the western portion of the road located<br />

in Obetz is primarily residential while the eastern portion located<br />

in <strong>Groveport</strong> is mostly commercial/industrial. There are several<br />

large vacant parcels of land still to be developed along the road.<br />

He said the average daily traffic count for west <strong>Groveport</strong> Road in<br />

2020 was 11,000 to 12,000 vehicles. He said that number will rise<br />

by 55 percent to 17,000 by 2040.<br />

“Traffic is driven by development,” said Brenneman.<br />

King said west <strong>Groveport</strong> Road is important to the city of<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong>’s future commercial development and its traffic flow.<br />

“The study is based on the identification<br />

of properties that are still potential commercial<br />

development opportunities,” said King.<br />

On with the show!<br />

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

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Area Community Choir hosted an outdoor show entitled, “The Drive-in Show: A<br />

Trip Down Memory Lane,” on <strong>May</strong> 15 at <strong>Groveport</strong> Zion Lutheran Church. It was the group’s first live performance<br />

since February 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Singers performed songs<br />

made famous by such artists as Elvis Presley, Chubby Checker, The Ronettes, Petula Clark, and many<br />

more. “This show was a way for us to get out and perform,” said <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Area Community<br />

Choir Director Terri Christensen. “We felt like it was time. We want to thank <strong>Groveport</strong> Zion Lutheran<br />

Church for all their help and support.” Christensen said the group hopes to begin rehearsals this fall for<br />

its 2022 show, “Hooray for Hollywood.” Pictured here are members of The Ronettes (portrayed by Beth<br />

Cordle, Cayla Williamson, and Heidi Christensen) and Frankie Avalon (portrayed by James Meister) dancing<br />

to music performed on stage by Chubby Checker (Walt Williamson).<br />

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<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Schools’ five-year<br />

financial forecast indicates the district is<br />

on solid financial ground through 2025.<br />

“We are very stable through 2025,” said<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Treasurer Felicia<br />

Drummey. “District staff is doing a great<br />

job of holding expenses in check with<br />

thoughtful and conservative management<br />

of district resources. We are maintaining<br />

about the same spending level as three to<br />

four years ago and are spending less than<br />

we did in 2019 and a little more than we<br />

did in 2018.”<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Communications<br />

Director Jeff Warner added, “We are on<br />

solid financial ground for the duration of<br />

the five year forecast based on current<br />

information and the current funding<br />

model.”<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Superintendent<br />

Garilee Ogden cited the district’s efforts to<br />

increase efficiency and to make necessary<br />

reductions - all while maintaining programming<br />

opportunities for students - as<br />

important steps for financial stability and<br />

quality education offerings.<br />

Warner said that, in <strong>May</strong> 2020,<br />

Governor Mike DeWine issued an executive<br />

order reducing state funding to Ohio’s<br />

schools by $300 million due to the loss of<br />

sales tax revenue from the effects of the<br />

coronavirus pandemic. Of that amount,<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison’s reduction equaled<br />

about $1.1 million (approximately 2.67 percent<br />

of the district’s fiscal year 2020 budget).<br />

Additionally, the district cut $2.3 million<br />

in staffing and spending reductions in<br />

<strong>2021</strong> with 22 staff positions remaining<br />

unfilled through attrition, expiring contracts,<br />

and program changes.<br />

The district’s most recent operating levy<br />

was approved by voters in 2019 and it is set<br />

to expire in 2024. That five-year levy was a<br />

“no new taxes” levy and it was the renewal<br />

of an existing levy.<br />

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“We promised the community we would be fiscally<br />

responsible and not ask for a levy before 2024,” said<br />

Ogden.<br />

Ogden said if the proposed House Bill 1, which deals<br />

with Fair School Funding, currently working its way<br />

through the Ohio Statehouse is approved as it stands<br />

now, it could possibly generate more state funding for<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison and enable the district to put off<br />

asking for its renewal levy.<br />

“I encourage our community to tell their state legislators<br />

to support House Bill 1,” said Ogden.<br />

According to the forecast, the district’s cash balance<br />

(which Drummey described as being the district’s “savings<br />

account”) for the next five years is estimated at:<br />

$25.5 million in <strong>2021</strong>; $24.9 million in 2022; $22 million<br />

in 2023; $16.4 million in 2024; and $6 million in<br />

2025. The 2025 figure is lower because the levy expires<br />

in 2024.<br />

Revenues<br />

The district had revenues totaling $84.2 million in<br />

2020. Of that amount, 50.5 percent comes from state<br />

aid; 42.1 percent from local taxes; 2.7 percent from<br />

restricted state aid; 2.4 percent miscellaneous; 1.5 percent<br />

from tuition; and 0.73 percent from interest.<br />

ROAD<br />

Continued from page 1<br />

“In order to accommodate future commercial development,<br />

it is important for us to understand what roadway<br />

system improvements will be needed for the additional<br />

traffic created by development. Roadway system<br />

improvements go hand-in-hand with development.<br />

Also, the identified improvements will be helpful in<br />

identifying what improvements would be the responsibility<br />

of future developers at the time a property is<br />

developed. It is always best to be proactive with identifying<br />

future infrastructure needs.”<br />

Eight roads intersect with west <strong>Groveport</strong> Road in<br />

the study area: Bixby Road, Knight Street, Gobel<br />

Drive, and Prater/Edinburgh Drive in Obetz; Swisher<br />

Road in Franklin County; and Saltzgaber Road,<br />

Greenpointe Drive, and State Route 317 in <strong>Groveport</strong>.<br />

Currently there are plans to do the following<br />

improvements along this corridor:<br />

•The village of Obetz is improving the intersection<br />

of <strong>Groveport</strong> and Bixby roads to include left turn lanes<br />

west and east bound on <strong>Groveport</strong> Road, signal modifications,<br />

and improving the current condition of Bixby<br />

Road south of the intersection to the village corporation<br />

line. The estimated cost for these intersection<br />

improvements is approximately $1.6 million and the<br />

project will be funded by the village of Obetz and partially<br />

funded by nearby development. The project is<br />

scheduled for <strong>2021</strong> with completion expected by late<br />

<strong>2021</strong> or early 2022.<br />

•An 165-unit apartment complex will be built on<br />

22.6 acres located in Obetz on the northeast corner of<br />

Bixby and <strong>Groveport</strong> roads, according to village of<br />

Obetz officials. The developer for the project is<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Police statistics<br />

April crime statistics, according to the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Police: 3 arrests, 13 accidents, 7 assaults, 1 burglary,<br />

4 domestic disputes, 4 domestic violence, 1 OVI and<br />

alcohol, 9 thefts/robberies, 1 stolen/unauthorized use,<br />

0 missing persons, 0 weapon related call, 1 narcotic<br />

related offense, 2 school related incidents, 1 parking, 1<br />

threat, 2 vandalism, 21 traffic citations, 0 sex related<br />

crime, 1 suicide attempt/DOA.<br />

police statistics<br />

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Expenses<br />

The district had expenses totaling $82.7 million in<br />

2020. Of that amount, 42.8 percent is employee salary<br />

and wages; 30.7 percent is purchased service; 20.7 percent<br />

is employee benefits; 3.1 percent is other; 2.5 percent<br />

is supplies and materials; and 0.19 percent is capital<br />

expenses.<br />

“We will continue to be vigilant and monitor our<br />

spending,” said Warner.<br />

Drummey noted most area school districts spend<br />

around 80 to 85 percent of their budget on employee<br />

salaries and benefits while <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison only<br />

spends about 63 percent.<br />

Warner said personnel costs are the dominant<br />

expense in school districts because schools are service<br />

organizations whose main resources are its people.<br />

Coming up<br />

Community members will notice a lot of work being<br />

done at the schools this summer. Ogden said these<br />

projects are being funded by federal COVID-19 relief<br />

funds. The <strong>Groveport</strong> <strong>Messenger</strong> will have articles in<br />

June and July discussing the nature of these projects<br />

and how they are funded.<br />

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school district.<br />

•Later in <strong>2021</strong> the following is expected to be built<br />

at Saltzgaber and <strong>Groveport</strong> roads: westbound and<br />

eastbound left turn lanes on <strong>Groveport</strong> Road, eastbound<br />

right turn lane on <strong>Groveport</strong> Road, and northbound<br />

left turn lane on Saltzgaber Road.<br />

•For potential construction in 2023 at State Route<br />

317 and <strong>Groveport</strong> Road are: zero offset left turn lanes<br />

on both State Route 317 approaches; a westbound<br />

right turn lane on <strong>Groveport</strong> Road; a second eastbound<br />

through lane from west of State Route 317 past the<br />

Kroger traffic signal to the Kroger right turn only<br />

entrance; and signal retiming.<br />

Brenneman said that by 2030 it is recommended<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Road become three lanes with a center turn<br />

lane on the eastern portion of the road. He said by 2040<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Road is recommended to become five lanes<br />

with a center turn lane on its western portion. He said<br />

traffic signals and improvements at various intersections<br />

can be looked at as needed in the future.<br />

He said roundabouts were considered for some<br />

intersections, but that idea was rejected because such<br />

roundabouts would require too much space and too<br />

much right of way in this area.<br />

The proposed various future improvements to<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Road could potentially cost the village of<br />

Obetz an estimated $8.6 million, the city of <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

an estimated $2.7 million, and Franklin County an<br />

estimated $3.1 million. Some costs could be shared by<br />

developers.<br />

Township Police statistics<br />

April crime statistics from the Madison Township<br />

Police: 78 traffic stops, 28 parking, 18 assist/mutual<br />

aid, 5 assaults, 1 burglary in progress, 24 domestic<br />

complaints, 2 missing persons, 1 narcotics, 10 suspicious<br />

cars, 23 suspicious persons, 16 suspicious persons/vehicles,<br />

18 larceny/thefts, 2 fights, 2 sex offenses,<br />

13 threats or harassment, 3 vandalism, 11 accidents<br />

with injuries, 6 shots fired in area, 4 hit skip accidents,<br />

and 14 property damage accidents.


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About 30 people held a peace march down <strong>Groveport</strong>’s Main Street from Kroger to<br />

the <strong>Groveport</strong> Recreation Center on <strong>May</strong> 22 to draw attention to racial issues concerning<br />

civil rights, police, and education.<br />

Peace march in <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Editor<br />

The third protest march in less than a<br />

year was held in <strong>Groveport</strong> on <strong>May</strong> 22.<br />

About 30 people participated in a<br />

peace march down <strong>Groveport</strong>’s Main<br />

Street from Kroger to the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Recreation Center to draw attention to<br />

racial issues concerning civil rights,<br />

police, and school concerns. In June 2020,<br />

a Black Lives Matter protest march in<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> drew around 200 participants<br />

and another one held in August 2020<br />

attracted about 20 participants. In addition<br />

to these marches, there was a propolice<br />

Back the Blue march along Main<br />

Street in October 2020 with about 80 participants.<br />

When asked why the <strong>May</strong> 22 march<br />

was held in <strong>Groveport</strong>, organizer Pastor<br />

Kelsey Crenshaw said, “I always start<br />

where God leads me and he leads me<br />

here. <strong>Groveport</strong> is a good town and a good<br />

community. But even if there is just one<br />

instance of racism it needs addressed. I<br />

don’t like divisions and here it is <strong>2021</strong><br />

and we are still dealing with race issues.”<br />

Crenshaw said the <strong>May</strong> 22 march<br />

sought to bring attention to the schools.<br />

“It’s about the children and the minority<br />

community,” said Crenshaw. “We<br />

need to help our own community. We<br />

want kids to have a voice and we want to<br />

Income tax revenue<br />

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

year-to-date as of April 30 was $5.8<br />

million, which is 4 percent lower than the<br />

same time in 2020. Income tax revenues<br />

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

total revenues year-to-date, or 62 percent<br />

of all revenues, according to <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Finance Director Jason Carr.<br />

make changes for their benefit. Change<br />

starts right here, right now. Let’s move<br />

forward.”<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School<br />

teacher Anna Marie DeVault, who participated<br />

in the march, said efforts are<br />

underway to start a program called,<br />

“Let’s Talk About It,” to help bring<br />

minority adult counselors in to the<br />

schools to speak with minority students<br />

about problems the kids are facing.<br />

“It gives students an opportunity to<br />

speak with counselors who look like<br />

them,” said DeVault, who added 175 students<br />

have already signed up for such<br />

counseling during their lunch breaks and<br />

the hope is to meet with the students at<br />

least once a month.<br />

She noted that, while minority students<br />

make up the largest portion of the<br />

student body in <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison<br />

Schools, the teaching and counseling<br />

staff is primarily Caucasian.<br />

According to <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison<br />

Schools’ 2020 annual report, 44 percent<br />

of the students in its schools are African-<br />

American, 37 percent are Caucasian, 9<br />

percent are Hispanic, 8 percent are<br />

multi-racial, and 2 percent are Asian. In<br />

comparison, 95 percent of the district’s<br />

staff is Caucasian and 4 percent is<br />

African-American.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> city council<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> City Council holds its regular<br />

meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the second and<br />

fourth Mondays of the month. Council<br />

holds its committee of the whole meeting<br />

on the third Monday each month at 5:30<br />

p.m. Meetings are held in the municipal<br />

building, 655 Blacklick St., <strong>Groveport</strong>.<br />

Alumni Banquet<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Alumni<br />

Association announced it will be resuming<br />

its Alumni Banquet. The next Alumni<br />

Banquet will be held Sept. 18 and will<br />

honor the classes of 1970 and 1971, who<br />

graduated 50 years ago. The following<br />

Alumni Banquet will be <strong>May</strong> 21, 2022 and<br />

will honor the class of 1972 on the 50th<br />

anniversary of their graduation. The banquets<br />

will be held at <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison<br />

High School, 4475 S. Hamilton Road,<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong>. The <strong>May</strong> 21, 2022 date will<br />

resume the normal cycle (third Saturday<br />

in <strong>May</strong>) for the banquet moving forward.<br />

GMHS graduation<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School<br />

class of <strong>2021</strong> graduation ceremony will be<br />

held at Fortress Field, 2015 Recreation<br />

Trail, Obetz, on<br />

June 4 at 7 p.m.<br />

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<strong>Groveport</strong> history films<br />

Two documentary films on the history<br />

of <strong>Groveport</strong>, produced by the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Heritage Society and Midnet Media, are<br />

now available for viewing online on<br />

YouTube.The films are: “<strong>Groveport</strong>: A<br />

Town and Its People” and “The Story of<br />

John S. Rarey and Cruiser.” The films<br />

were originally made about 15 years ago.<br />

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Fountain restoration gaining support<br />

Editor’s Notebook<br />

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Momentum is building for the restoration of the historic stone<br />

fountain in the front lawn of <strong>Groveport</strong> Elementary.<br />

The 92-year-old fountain has had periods when it operated<br />

nicely with water gently<br />

cascading down its<br />

stone pillars and<br />

other times when it<br />

has been dry after it developed leaks.<br />

Currently the fountain is dry and in need of<br />

repairs again. <strong>Groveport</strong> Elementary<br />

Student Council is working to restore the<br />

fountain to its former glory.<br />

Members of <strong>Groveport</strong> Elementary<br />

Student Council and their teacher advisors -<br />

Carole McGonigal and Stephanie Escue -<br />

attended the <strong>May</strong> 17 <strong>Groveport</strong> City Council<br />

meeting to inform city officials about the<br />

fountain project.<br />

The students hope to have the fountain<br />

operational by the beginning of next school<br />

year and they estimate<br />

it will cost about<br />

$8,000 to fix the fountain.<br />

They said $1,300 has been raised so far<br />

and a community committee has formed to<br />

help the students raise more funding. The<br />

student council also applied for a $5,000<br />

grant from the city of <strong>Groveport</strong> to help fund<br />

fountain repairs. They said if the fountain<br />

repairs cost less than the amount of money<br />

raised, the students would use the extra<br />

funds to help beautify areas in <strong>Groveport</strong>.<br />

“<strong>Groveport</strong> City Council supports awarding<br />

some amount of funding, via a Community Grant, toward the<br />

fountain restoration project,” said <strong>Groveport</strong> City Administrator<br />

B.J. King. “Council decided to wait and see how much the<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Elementary Student Council raises before determining<br />

how much to award toward the project. We will work with the student<br />

council to track their fundraising progress.”<br />

At the <strong>May</strong> 17 council meeting, Councilwoman Becky Hutson<br />

gave the students an envelope with her own personal donation<br />

toward the project.<br />

Councilman Scott Lockett asked those at the council meeting<br />

to raise their hand if they attended <strong>Groveport</strong> Elementary and<br />

many hands went up.<br />

“We like that building, too,” Lockett told the student council<br />

members. “We are glad you are doing what you are doing.”<br />

Escue said currently the water pump is not in the fountain.<br />

“The pump does work, however the fountain leaks,” said Escue.<br />

“From what we have been told, the fountain has not been on and<br />

working for approximately six years.”<br />

The fountain has been repaired several times in the past, most<br />

recently in 2007 thanks to $3,500 in funding from the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Heritage and Preservation Society.<br />

“The students are very excited to get the fountain working once<br />

again,” said Escue. “The staff would love to see it working again. I<br />

think the school’s front lawn makes the school unique and welcoming.<br />

I have heard stories about social community gatherings taking<br />

place around the fountain in years past and I would love to see<br />

that happen again.”<br />

Fountain history<br />

The fountain is believed to have been constructed around 1929.<br />

It was given to the <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison school district by the first<br />

four graduating classes (1925, 1926, 1927, and 1928) to graduate<br />

from <strong>Groveport</strong> High School (now <strong>Groveport</strong> Elementary). The<br />

three story red brick <strong>Groveport</strong> School, located at 715 Main St.,<br />

was built in 1923 and first opened for classes in 1924-25. The<br />

column<br />

“The students are very excited to get<br />

the fountain working once again.The staff<br />

would love to see it working again. I think<br />

the school’s front lawn makes the school<br />

unique and welcoming. I have heard stories<br />

about social community gatherings<br />

taking place around the fountain in years<br />

past and I would love to see that happen<br />

again.”<br />

- Stephanie Escue, teacher<br />

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

<strong>Groveport</strong> Elementary Student Council is working to restore<br />

the school’s historic fountain.<br />

school housed all 12<br />

grades for many<br />

years.<br />

The oval shaped<br />

fountain is 17 feet<br />

wide and 13 1/2 feet<br />

across at its exterior<br />

points. It is less than<br />

a yard deep at its<br />

deepest point, though,<br />

when operating, the<br />

water level is kept<br />

much lower. It is<br />

made of limestone and<br />

shale with four stone<br />

pillars rising from its<br />

center. The four pillars<br />

represent the four<br />

graduating classes<br />

who donated the fountain<br />

and their year of<br />

graduation is etched<br />

into the base of the pillars<br />

along with the<br />

The fountains four pillars represent the<br />

four graduating classes who donated<br />

the fountain. Their year of graduation is<br />

etched into the base of the pillars along<br />

with the words, “A memorial of gratitude<br />

from the first four classes to graduate<br />

from the <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High<br />

School.”<br />

words, “A memorial of gratitude from the first four classes to graduate<br />

from the <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School.”<br />

The fountain’s stones are a symbol of sturdy strength and the<br />

foundation of knowledge. Its waters represent life itself and the<br />

journeys we all undertake as we flow through life. The fountain<br />

reminds us of simple truths in words that are etched into the fountain’s<br />

stone to use as guideposts in life — “Know Thyself” and<br />

“Knowledge is Power.”<br />

Rick Palsgrove is editor of the <strong>Groveport</strong> <strong>Messenger</strong>.


Memorial Day observances<br />

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By Rick Palsgrove<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Editor<br />

Memorial Day is a solemn and moving<br />

tradition for Americans - whether they live<br />

in big cities, small towns, or the countryside<br />

- dating back to the day’s origins in the<br />

post-Civil War period.<br />

Local Memorial Day ceremonies<br />

include:<br />

Asbury<br />

In years past, a Memorial Day ceremony<br />

has been held in Asbury Cemetery,<br />

4760 Winchester Pike, Columbus.<br />

However, as of press time, American<br />

Legion Robert Dutro Post 486 could not<br />

confirm that a ceremony would be held at<br />

Asbury Cemetery this year.<br />

Canal Winchester<br />

In remembrance of fallen veterans,<br />

VFW Post 10523 will host Canal<br />

Winchester’s annual Memorial Day ceremony<br />

on <strong>May</strong> 31 at Union Grove Cemetery,<br />

400 Winchester Cemetery Road, at 10:30<br />

a.m.<br />

The ceremony will feature keynote<br />

speaker Col. Gregg Hesterman, director of<br />

Staff-Air for Joint Force Headquarters,<br />

Ohio. Other ceremony participants will<br />

include the Boy Scouts and the Canal<br />

Winchester High School band.<br />

This year the VFW will also present a<br />

bench dedicated to those who have served<br />

during the global war on terrorism.<br />

The public is invited to attend the ceremony.<br />

Public health guidelines, including<br />

wearing facial coverings and social distancing,<br />

will be required.<br />

Lockbourne<br />

Lockbourne’s annual Memorial Day<br />

Parade and Celebration will be held <strong>May</strong><br />

31 to honor veterans and to recognize, “The<br />

Warrior Legacy: Generations of Service in<br />

the Armed Forces.”<br />

The event begins at noon with a parade<br />

through the village followed by a ceremony<br />

directly after the parade at the new<br />

Lockbourne Veterans Park, 95 Landis St.<br />

Seniors from Hamilton Local Schools who<br />

have enlisted in the military will also be<br />

recognized.<br />

“We will continue to focus on the history<br />

of Lockbourne Air Force Base, as we plan<br />

to honor the generations of service in the<br />

military throughout the region,” said<br />

Lockbourne <strong>May</strong>or Christie Ward.<br />

The parade will begin at the east end of<br />

Commerce Street, head west, turn left on<br />

Williams Street, left on Mechanics Street,<br />

left on Vause Street, and ends at the<br />

Veterans Park.<br />

“During the ceremony we will highlight<br />

the generations of military families in the<br />

area,” said Ward. “Each year, Lockbourne<br />

honors a current or former resident who<br />

served in the military. This year our honoree<br />

is the McCumber family, who have<br />

three generations of veterans.”<br />

“We anticipate a strong presence of veterans<br />

from the area,” said Lockbourne<br />

Deputy Administrator Rachel Ricker.<br />

“This event is a central part of the village,<br />

Hamilton Township, and surrounding<br />

area. If you are a part of a military<br />

family, please let us know. We would<br />

love to include your family name in our<br />

Memorial Day Parade and Celebration.”<br />

To participate in the parade, contact<br />

rachel.crumley@lockbourneohio.us or call<br />

(614) 491-3161.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong><br />

The Memorial Day ceremony in<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> will be held <strong>May</strong> 31 at 1:30 p.m.<br />

in the <strong>Groveport</strong> Cemetery, which is located<br />

on Wirt Road in <strong>Groveport</strong> near<br />

Heritage Park.<br />

The event will be scaled down due to the<br />

ongoing coronavirus pandemic.<br />

“The Memorial Day event will be similar<br />

to last year’s. It will be a small gathering<br />

and those in attendance will socially<br />

distance,” said <strong>Groveport</strong> City<br />

Administrator B.J. King. “There will not be<br />

a Memorial Day parade this year.”<br />

The ceremony will be streamed on the<br />

city of <strong>Groveport</strong>’s Facebook page. The<br />

guest speaker will be Motts Military<br />

Museum Director Warren Motts.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> American Legion Robert<br />

Dutro Post 486, which has played a long<br />

time active role in the <strong>Groveport</strong> Memorial<br />

Day ceremony, is named after local resident,<br />

Private Robert Dutro, who in 1917 at<br />

the age of 15 joined the 6th Marine<br />

Regiment during World War I.<br />

He would later die in France on July 19,<br />

1918 during the Aisne-Marne offensive.<br />

The Post was established in 1924. Follow<br />

the Post on Facebook @ groveportamerican<br />

legion.<br />

Ohio Flags of Honor<br />

The Ohio Flags of Honor Traveling<br />

Memorial honors the men and women of<br />

Ohio who have given their lives in service<br />

to their country. Specifically, those fallen<br />

in the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and the<br />

war on terrorism since Sept. 11, 2001<br />

The Ohio Flags of Honor Traveling<br />

Memorial event will be held July 2-5. The<br />

opening ceremony is July 3 at 2 p.m. and<br />

the closing ceremony is July 5 at 11:50 a.m.<br />

The event will be held at Madison<br />

Christian School, 3565 Bixby Road,<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong>.<br />

Honorary brick map<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Community Affairs<br />

Department is currently creating a map of<br />

the location of all the Veterans Park and<br />

Heritage Park honorary bricks. The map,<br />

which will enable people to find a particular<br />

brick’s location more easily, will be<br />

placed on the city’s website once completed.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> history<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Heritage Museum contains<br />

photographs, artifacts, and documents<br />

about <strong>Groveport</strong>’s history. The<br />

museum is located in <strong>Groveport</strong> Town<br />

Hall, 648 Main St., and is open during<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Town Hall’s operating hours.<br />

Call 614-836-3333.<br />

Our Family Caring For Yours<br />

<strong>May</strong> 30, <strong>2021</strong> - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 5<br />

Our Pictorial Past<br />

Photo courtesy of the<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Heritage Museum<br />

Three soldiers<br />

Three soldiers posed for a photo at the<br />

corner of Main Street and Crooked<br />

Alley in <strong>Groveport</strong> in the early 20th<br />

century. They are believed to be, from<br />

left to right, Forest “Finn” Jordan,<br />

Merle Howison, and Alva “Boots” Carr.<br />

Dr. Sacheen Garrison<br />

5055 S. Hamilton Road<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong>, OH 43125 614-836-0500<br />

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SUMMER BLAST!<br />

letters<br />

Correcting the governor<br />

In the article, “DeWine lifts pandemic<br />

health orders,” published in the <strong>May</strong> 16<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> <strong>Messenger</strong>, the writer accurately<br />

described Governor Mike DeWine’s position<br />

as the governor literally said, “Those<br />

individuals who are vaccinated can no<br />

longer get the virus and can no longer<br />

spread it.”<br />

That, unfortunately, is not true.<br />

According to the CDC, there will be breakthrough<br />

cases, such as the eight players<br />

from the New York Yankees testing positive<br />

for COVID post vaccine. The CDC<br />

states there is some evidence that taking<br />

the vaccine may lessen symptoms should<br />

you get COVID, but it is false and misleading<br />

to state the vaccine offers blanket protection.<br />

Hopefully the governor will correct<br />

this misinformation.<br />

Carla Brown<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong><br />

That’s not us<br />

If you are a fan of a local professional<br />

sports team, you may have noticed the<br />

rebranding of Fox Sports Ohio and Sports<br />

Time Ohio. The new entity is Bally Sports.<br />

We have received a fair number of questions<br />

from our customers, so we wanted to<br />

confirm that we, Bally Sports Group, have<br />

no affiliation with the Regional Sports<br />

Networks. That lack of an affiliation<br />

hasn’t stopped lifelong sports fans around<br />

the nation from contacting us directly with<br />

questions about how to watch their team,<br />

suggestions on how to improve the viewing<br />

experience, and even requests to terminate<br />

on-air talent (nice rant, Bruce Drennan).<br />

Although we have gotten a kick out of<br />

the name similarities, we’ve now started to<br />

receive negative reviews from sports fans<br />

www.columbusmessenger.com<br />

on our company, even though they are<br />

actually intended for the regional sports<br />

network. We are working with our consultants<br />

and management team on how to best<br />

rectify the situation.<br />

In the meantime, if you have had a good<br />

experience at one of our programs, we<br />

would really appreciate if you would take a<br />

minute to leave a review about Bally<br />

Sports Group on Google. We appreciate<br />

your support!<br />

Bally Sports Group<br />

Someone you should know<br />

I have worked with the Preschool Team<br />

at <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Schools for the past<br />

number of years, so I know and have communicated<br />

with all the preschool teachers.<br />

But up until this year, I never really got to<br />

experience first hand - until the district<br />

established Lil’ Cruiser for preschool in a<br />

building beside the administration office to<br />

use for our preschool students - the amount<br />

of dedication and fun learning that Sheila<br />

Downing puts into her class.<br />

On any given day you might see the students<br />

lining up in the hall to see how many<br />

students it takes to make a dinosaur or<br />

getting to use the paints while learning the<br />

colors of the rainbow. Getting their pictures<br />

taken with the seeds that have<br />

turned into plants is another fun one, or<br />

the magnifying glass in the back of her fish<br />

tank to the students can see the fish up<br />

close.<br />

All the fun and learning these students<br />

have makes this a great environment for<br />

all. All our preschool teachers are amazing,<br />

but I believe Sheila Downing is <strong>Groveport</strong>’s<br />

“Ms. Frizzle!”<br />

Roberta McDonnell<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong><br />

ELVIS<br />

featuring<br />

Mike Albert<br />

and the Big E Band<br />

Saturday<br />

June 12, <strong>2021</strong><br />

VILLA MILANO<br />

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Tables of 10 Available<br />

Tickets by Phone: 614-792-3135<br />

Still Good Seats Available<br />

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Photo courtesy of the <strong>Groveport</strong> Police<br />

Car and semi-truck crash<br />

An accident involving a car and a semi-truck occurred at about 7:45 a.m. on <strong>May</strong><br />

19 on State Route 317 just north of Pontius Road, according to the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Police. <strong>Groveport</strong> Police Lt. Josh Short said the initial investigation shows that the<br />

northbound car allegedly went left of center into the path of the southbound semitruck.<br />

The driver of car was transported to the hospital in stable condition by<br />

Madison Township Medics while the driver of the semi-truck was uninjured. “We<br />

had State Route 317 shut down for a little bit between <strong>Groveport</strong> and Pontius roads<br />

while the heavy equipment got the semi-truck out of there,” said Short. “That’s<br />

about the worst damage to a semi-truck I’ve seen in a long time. If the car had been<br />

just a foot more to the left things may have been much worse.”


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entertainment<br />

“Army of the Dead” is sheer absurdity<br />

Picture this: A man and a woman, separated after a<br />

questionable amount of time, gingerly walk toward<br />

each other with longing in their eyes. As they get closer,<br />

soft whimpers escape their mouths until their foreheads,<br />

their noses, and their lips eventually touch.<br />

After they engage in this display of affection, the man<br />

gets down on his knees and presses his head up<br />

against her slightly swollen stomach. As he rises to his<br />

feet, signaling the life growing inside her, a cheer rings<br />

across the walls from the adoring crowd, a true indicator<br />

of the love between the two.<br />

It’s a nice scene, right? A tender moment between<br />

those who have apparently overcome some adversity to<br />

be together. Now, picture this: The man and the<br />

woman so delicately painted above have gray and rotting<br />

flesh, eyes a vibrant hue with popped blood vessels<br />

and one of their bodies is partially concave from a<br />

likely blow to the back during a precursor to a zombie<br />

outbreak in their city.<br />

Welcome to Zack Snyder’s “Army of the Dead,”<br />

a.k.a. one of the strangest movies I have ever seen.<br />

Taken by its premise alone — a rag-tag team bands<br />

together to pull off a $200 million heist in the middle<br />

of a city overrun by the undead — the film had some<br />

promise. After all, it is not often the heist film intersects<br />

with a zombie film. But there are too many<br />

moments of, “What in the world is happening here?” to<br />

make it the magical experience it could have been.<br />

It starts promising enough with a cold open. A military<br />

convoy loaded with weapons travels down the<br />

Nevada highway, an odd metal box placed squarely in<br />

the middle. As the special ops team tries to puzzle out<br />

what is inside, they slam head-on with a vehicle driven<br />

by distracted newlyweds and the door to the strange<br />

metal box slowly opens due to the resulting impact.<br />

The military men are no match for what is inside —<br />

a seemingly unkillable force with inhuman strength<br />

and a real thirst for man-flesh. It turns out this being<br />

also has the ability to turn those who are bitten into<br />

“alpha” zombies, capable of great speed, strength, and<br />

smarts. Quickly amassing a new army, they turn their<br />

sights onto the first city they come across — Las Vegas.<br />

After the cold opening, which introduces us to the<br />

main characters of the film as they fight off a horde in<br />

tune with a cover of Elvis Presley’s famous song about<br />

the town, we see the carnage and the aftermath.<br />

Besides the zombie king and queen mentioned above,<br />

it is the best thing about this film.<br />

The film then flashes forward a few years to where<br />

the government has the city walled off, though some<br />

still live in tents nearby for some reason that is not<br />

ird ursday<br />

The city of <strong>Groveport</strong> will host Third Thursday, a<br />

summer festival series featuring music, food trucks,<br />

vendors, and more.<br />

Third Thursday will take place on:<br />

•June 17 - “Family Fun Day” with a petting zoo and<br />

kids’ crafts;<br />

•July 15 - “Americana!” with pony rides and a<br />

bounce house;<br />

•Aug. 19 - “Dog Days” with a dog show and adoptable<br />

pets; and<br />

•Sept. 16 - “Fall Kickoff!” with hay rides, photo<br />

backdrop, and free mini-pumpkins.<br />

Third Thursday hours are 5-7:30 p.m. at Cruiser<br />

Park, 4677 Bixby Road.<br />

For information contact jreeves@groveport.org.<br />

The Reel Deal<br />

explained. There, we are reintroduced<br />

to main character Scott<br />

Ward (Dave Bautista), who<br />

escaped the initial undead siege on<br />

the strip.<br />

Wanting to never get near that<br />

place again — especially as government<br />

leaders plan to nuke the<br />

city — Scott decides to get near<br />

that place again when a hotel<br />

magnate learns that he is the<br />

name to go to when you want to<br />

get things done.<br />

Dedra<br />

Cordle<br />

And what this magnate (Hiroyuki Sanada) wants is<br />

for Scott to use his military skills and contacts to gather<br />

a team together and rescue $200 million from his<br />

hotel vault before the bomb is dropped. “If you can<br />

coordinate and communicate, it should be a simple in<br />

and out.”<br />

But nothing is ever that simple, especially as some<br />

members of the crew are strangers who have their own<br />

agendas. But the one thing they do have in common,<br />

however, is their lack of knowledge about the zombies<br />

who rule the city and the sweet love story of the two<br />

who found love in a hopeless place and claimed dominion<br />

over it.<br />

When the crew make it to the city center, the film<br />

simultaneously picks up the pace and falls apart.<br />

While we get action - an undead tiger, partially funny<br />

quips, and a really cool set piece involving hibernating<br />

zombies - we also get forced dialogue between Scott<br />

and his estranged daughter, unfunny quips from the<br />

secondary characters, and the introduction of new<br />

undead mythos. (Zombie fetus, anyone?)<br />

But however many faults “Army of the Dead” has,<br />

and there are many to be sure, it does get points for<br />

originality and the amount of sheer absurdity within.<br />

And while those facts alone are not enough to get me<br />

to recommend it to the general public, it will probably<br />

score higher with fans of Snyder or those who really<br />

just want to turn off their brains and enjoy a heist film<br />

featuring zombies and a little romance. The film can be<br />

found on Netflix.<br />

Grade: C<br />

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

Fourth of July in <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

The city of <strong>Groveport</strong> will hold its Independence<br />

Day celebration on July 3, which will feature a parade<br />

and fireworks. The parade will start at 11 a.m. at<br />

Richardson Road and travel west on Main Street, then<br />

turn right onto Hendron Road and end at Glendening<br />

Elementary. The fireworks will be launched at dusk on<br />

July 3 from Palm Pond in Heritage Park on Wirt Road.<br />

Musical entertainment begins with the Sirens from<br />

7:30 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. and McGuffey Lane from 8:30<br />

p.m. until 9:40 p.m. There will be food vendors.<br />

The children’s parade will be held on June 29 at 6<br />

p.m. The children’s parade will begin at Middle School<br />

Central, 751 Main St., then proceed west on Main<br />

Street to Crooked Alley, south to Wirt Road, east along<br />

Wirt Road back to 751 Main St..


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Madison Township creates registry<br />

Madison Township Trustee Michele Reynolds and the Madison<br />

Township Police Department created a voluntary At-Risk<br />

Registry for residents of Madison Township with memory issues,<br />

cognitive disorders, and/or mental illnesses.<br />

In the case of a missing person who is registered, the officer<br />

will have their basic information on file, saving valuable time that<br />

can be used locating the individual.<br />

“The At-Risk Registry is a community resource and compassionate<br />

initiative of Madison Township to help protect the most<br />

vulnerable residents in our community. Providing this information<br />

on residents withcognitive disorders and mental illnesses<br />

allows our police officers to be better informed and equipped to<br />

provide the special care and attention needed – ensuring the<br />

health and safety of the resident'swell-being,” said Reynolds.<br />

The At-Risk Registry is optimized for individuals prone to wandering,<br />

running, hiding, or who have difficulty communicating.<br />

Examples include, but are not limited to, people with Alzheimer’s,<br />

dementia, autism, disassociative identity disorder, post-traumatic<br />

stress disorder, or schizophrenia.<br />

If the Madison Township Police Department is called to an<br />

address, any “at-risk” persons’ information connected to that<br />

address can be accessed by the officer immediately. The officer is<br />

then prepared for what special services could be needed, or information<br />

they may find helpful in communicating with the person.<br />

The registry voluntary and only used in emergencies. Residents<br />

may register themselves or those in their care at www.madisontownship.org/services.<br />

For information call (614) 836-5355.<br />

Bike Night<br />

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PAGE 12 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - <strong>May</strong> 30, <strong>2021</strong><br />

www.columbusmessenger.com<br />

Aquatic Center to open without COVID restrictions<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Editor<br />

Everybody into the pool!<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Aquatic Center swimming<br />

pool will open Memorial Day weekend.<br />

As a result of Governor Mike DeWine’s<br />

decision to rescind COVID-19 pandemic<br />

restrictions as of June 2, the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Aquatic Center, the city of <strong>Groveport</strong>’s outdoor<br />

swimming pool located at 7370<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Road, will open without required<br />

COVID-19 restrictions, according to city<br />

officials.<br />

“This is very encouraging,” said<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> <strong>May</strong>or Lance Westcamp.<br />

City officials said season passes to the<br />

pool are available for purchase as of <strong>May</strong><br />

19. Day passes will also be sold. For information<br />

on rates, visit groveport.rec.com or<br />

call 614-836-1000.<br />

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

said all aspects of the pool will be open<br />

except for the lazy river feature. The lazy<br />

river will remain closed due to a lack of lifeguards.<br />

“We have a lifeguard shortage,” said<br />

King. “We have 45 lifeguards and we normally<br />

have 60. We need five lifeguards just<br />

for the lazy river. We hope we can open the<br />

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“This is very encouraging.”<br />

- <strong>May</strong>or Lance Westcamp<br />

lazy river later in the season.”<br />

Also due to the lifeguard shortage, special<br />

events at the pool will be limited. Visit<br />

groveportrec.com for event updates and<br />

also for information on group swim lessons.<br />

Westcamp said that either the aquatics<br />

manager or the assistant aquatics manager<br />

will be on duty at the pool at all times. Both<br />

are also certified lifeguards.<br />

The pool will be open from noon to 7<br />

p.m. Monday through Saturday and from<br />

1-7 p.m. on Sundays. On July 3 the pool<br />

will be open from 1-8 p.m. due to the<br />

Fourth of July parade.<br />

Tentatively, the pool will be open <strong>May</strong><br />

29-31; closed June 1-3; open June 4 to Aug.<br />

15; closed Aug. 16-20; open Aug. 21-22;<br />

closed Aug. 23-27; open Aug. 28-29; closed<br />

Aug. 30 to Sept. 3; and open Sept. 4-6. The<br />

schedule may change for June 1, 2 and 3<br />

based on lifeguard availability. Also, the<br />

last day of school for <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison<br />

Schools is <strong>May</strong> 28 and that may affect the<br />

date of opening day. Visit groveportrec.com<br />

for the most current operating hours and<br />

schedule.<br />

According to city officials, no day pass<br />

Please visit the<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Church<br />

of your choice.<br />

List your Worship<br />

Services here.<br />

For info. call 614-272-5422<br />

patrons will be permitted into the facility<br />

once 500 patrons have entered.<br />

Only season pass holders and their paying<br />

guests will be permitted in once 500<br />

patrons are there.<br />

No person may enter once there are 600<br />

people at the pool.<br />

The maximum occupancy may be less on<br />

any given day due to the availability of certified<br />

lifeguards. (Normal maximum capacity<br />

is 1,000 patrons.)<br />

City officials recommend pool patrons<br />

wear masks while waiting in line and while<br />

walking around the grass and deck areas.<br />

Masks are not permitted while in the<br />

water.<br />

City officials also recommend patrons<br />

socially distance themselves while in line,<br />

while on the deck, or in the water.<br />

Town Hall and recreation center<br />

King said the city is planning to restore<br />

normal operations to <strong>Groveport</strong> Town Hall<br />

and the <strong>Groveport</strong> Recreation Center.<br />

“Effective <strong>May</strong> 18, we are planning to<br />

begin offering room rentals and programming<br />

at Town Hall,” said King. “We’re also<br />

making plans to get the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Recreation Center back to normal operations.<br />

However, getting the outdoor aquatics<br />

center open is top priority.”<br />

By Linda Dillman<br />

Staff Writer<br />

A prime parcel of more than 18 acres in<br />

Obetz along <strong>Groveport</strong> Road and Alum<br />

Creek Drive–purchased by the village for<br />

$4 million–is the next major phase in the<br />

village’s development.<br />

Obetz Village Council is moving ahead<br />

with an ordinance authorizing an agreement<br />

between the village, CBRE Group,<br />

and CASTO.<br />

During a <strong>May</strong> 24 council meeting, council<br />

members approved untabling the 2020<br />

ordinance and sending it forward for further<br />

action under emergency status.<br />

“It is a very intricate deal,” said<br />

Councilman Michael Flaherty, who spearheads<br />

the Obetz Development Committee.<br />

Village Administrator Rod Davisson<br />

said Obetz bought the property, which is<br />

currently a large, paved lot previously used<br />

by the auto auction business to the west of<br />

the site and intends to use it as a planned<br />

commercial district.<br />

Part of the contract between the threeentity<br />

partnership guarantees Obetz a 100<br />

percent return on its investment plus<br />

$800,000 with a build out of the total commercial/retail<br />

project within seven years.<br />

“For a $4 million investment, we get<br />

$4.8 million in return,” said Davisson,<br />

“plus amenities like restaurants. They’re<br />

ready to go. The market is interested. It’s<br />

an exciting project and citizens will make<br />

money and get the things they’re asking<br />

for. It will be managed by CASTO and<br />

should be a cool project.”<br />

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

<strong>Groveport</strong> Aquatic Center lifeguard Elise<br />

Pickett on duty at the pool during a previous<br />

summer swim season. The pool is<br />

experiencing a shortage of certified lifeguards.<br />

To learn more about becoming a<br />

lifeguard at the <strong>Groveport</strong> Aquatic Center,<br />

contact Aquatics Manager Seth Bower at<br />

614-836-1000. The pool will open<br />

Memorial Day weekend.<br />

Big development planned in Obetz<br />

Law Director Gene Hollins said the<br />

commercial and retail development is a<br />

good plan for Obetz and, because of the<br />

unique nature of the partnership, is a great<br />

example of reintroducing an underutilized<br />

parcel of land back into the commerce<br />

stream.<br />

“We’re a catalyst for the right development,”<br />

said Hollins. “CASTO wants to<br />

bring in restaurants, multi-use tenants,<br />

hotels, retail, commerce and offices. There<br />

aren’t that many places out there doing<br />

things like Obetz.”<br />

Davisson also discussed the direction<br />

the village wants to take regarding the<br />

development of more than 800 acres on the<br />

west side of Obetz along Lockbourne and<br />

Rathmell roads.<br />

A private company hired by the village<br />

is working on a master development plan<br />

for the area.<br />

“The goal is to have it adopted within 60<br />

days,” said Davisson regarding the plan<br />

timeline. “It tells you what should go<br />

where–whether a warehouse or a coffee<br />

shop should go where. It allows us to capital<br />

plan for those projects.”<br />

<strong>May</strong>or Angela Kirk said, while she<br />

knows it is a lot of work in a short period of<br />

time, she is excited about the plan and<br />

knowing that Obetz is in the right place at<br />

the right time.<br />

While Davisson acknowledged plans are<br />

always subject to change as land is developed,<br />

he said, “This attempts to give you<br />

some flexibility. Sometimes people drag<br />

these plans out one to two years.”

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