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February 6-19, 2022 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXIX, No. 17

GM Schools plan

for building needs

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Groveport Madison Schools officials have begun the process of

creating a new Master Facility Plan to address the district’s growing

enrollment and building needs.

The district’s Facilities Planning Committee includes

Superintendent Garilee Ogden, Deputy Superintendent Jamie

Grube, Treasurer Felicia Drummey, and school board members

Libby Gray and Kathy Walsh.

“We want the school board to be involved in the process,” said

Ogden at the Groveport Madison Board of Education’s Jan. 26


Groveport Madison Communications Director Jeff Warner said

district administration officials will bring to the board, at its Feb.

9 meeting, a proposal to hire a firm to lead the planning process

for the Master Facility Plan.

“We want a company that can engage the community in a

meaningful way,” said Warner.

Ogden said her team has been meeting with architectural firms

and hearing presentations.

“I feel confident bringing to the board a recommendation (for a

facility planning firm) at the next meeting,” said Ogden.

“Obviously we will have parents from across the district involved

in this process.”

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Business leases for new Main Street buildings still pending

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Some Groveport City Council members expressed concerns over the status

of the commercial tenant lease negotiations for the large commercial

buildings being built on downtown Groveport’s Main Street.

The city owned buildings, which are part of the $7.6 million 1847 Main

Project, are the 14,145 square foot Rarey’s Port (674 Main St.) building and

the 12,184 square foot Wert’s Grove (480 Main St.) building. Construction is

expected to be completed on the buildings in the spring of 2022.

Speaking at council’s Jan. 24 meeting, Eric Ross, senior investment advisor

for 3CRE who is representing the city in the lease negotiations with

prospective business tenants, said, “We are working to get the targeted tenants

to the finish line.”

Currently, three restaurants are planned to occupy the lower levels of the

Wert’s Grove and Rarey’s Port buildings. They include: Delaney’s Diner — a

breakfast, lunch, brunch restaurant that will occupy 4,000 square feet of

space with a patio on the west end of the Rarey’s Port building; Preston’s: A

Burger Joint and Honey’s Fried Chicken, which would occupy a little under

3,000 square feet on the west end of the Wert’s Grove building; and Mmelo

Confectionary & Café — a high-end chocolates and confections place that also

offers breads and pastries, a full lunch and dinner menu, and made to order

specialties, coffee and espresso — would occupy around 2,300 square feet,

plus patio, on the east end of the Wert’s Grove building.

According to Groveport City Administrator B.J. King, Delaney’s has

signed its lease with the city. He said the city hopes to have signed leases

from the other two businesses in the next couple of weeks. He said the city

does have letters of intent from both of these businesses.

With the buildings getting closer and closer to completion, Councilman

Scott Lockett said he is concerned that all the leases are not yet signed.

“I don’t want to see us (the city) outfit a building for a restaurant and

then what if they don’t come in?” said Lockett, who is concerned about the

potential cost of refitting the space for a different potential business. “I’m

frustrated that all the leases are not locked up yet.”

Ross said he understood Lockett’s sense of urgency and said if a business

decides not to come in that the building is “still very attractive and it will be


Councilman Shawn Cleary

questioned if the letters of

intent had any meaning.

“Letters of intent are not

legally binding,” said Ross.

“Typically they are what you

need to get started. I am still

very confident we will get the

leases signed.”

Councilman Jack Rupp

asked what the plans are to fill

the remaining second floor

spaces in the buildings and

Ross replied the second floors

will most likely be for retail or

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Continued from page 1

Warner said the creation of the Master Facility

Plan could take at least a year and the plan must be

approved by the board.

He said steps in the process include: hiring a company

to complete updated enrollment projections; an

architect to complete a facilities assessment to explore

what buildings could be renovated, expanded, or

replaced; and the creation of the Master Facility Plan

that includes input from and engages with the community.

Warner said the district will follow Ohio Facilities

Construction Commission guidelines in creating the

Master Facility Plan.

“We do not know when funding from the OFCC will

be available so we want to get ahead,” said Warner.

“We need space due to our growth and it will be good

to have a plan ready for when the OFCC says money is


As of October 2021 (the customary time frame the

Ohio Department of Education uses to calculate enrollment),

the district had 6,271 students. In comparison,

enrollment was 5,569 in 2015-16.

“Overcrowding is the central issue we’re facing, but

other factors that must be considered in the facilities

planning process include the age, condition, efficiency,

adaptability, and cost to maintain our existing elementary

and middle schools,” said Warner. “It’s important

to keep all of these factors in the forefront of the discussion.”

According to Warner, the district has 24 modular

classrooms in use. There is a single quad-classroom

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District officials indicated it is not known at this

time as to when a bond issue to fund new schools or

school improvements could appear before the voters on

the ballot.

Buildings’ capacity and enrollments

Here are the capacity and enrollments (as of

December 2021) for Groveport Madison’s elementary

and middle schools (a new 240,000 square foot, 1,500

student high school opened in 2018):

•Asbury Elementary — Built in 1963 with additions

in 1968 and 1969. Enrollment, 476. Functional capacity,


•Dunloe Elementary — Built in 1967 with additions

in 1968 and 1969. Enrollment, 448. Functional capacity,


•Glendening Elementary — Built in 1968 with addition

in 1974. Enrollment, 455. Functional capacity,


Groveport Elementary — Built in 1923.

Enrollment, 417. Functional capacity, 425. Placed on

the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.

•Madison Elementary — Built in 1967 with additions

in 1968 and 1969. Enrollment, 354. Functional

capacity, 425.

•Sedalia Elementary — Built in 1969 with addition

in 1974. Enrollment, 562. Functional capacity, 446.

•Middle School North — Built in 1975. Enrollment,

495. Functional capacity, 425.

•Middle School South — Built in 1975. Enrollment,

466. Functional capacity, 425.

•Middle School Central — Built in stages as a high

school between 1952-56. Enrollment, 448. Functional

capacity, 425. Placed on the National

Register of Historic Places in 2009.

However, since December, Warner said

now every building in the district, except for

Madison Elementary, is over capacity.

(Functional capacity is 85 percent of original

design capacity and reflects modern

requirements for classroom space and programming.

Source: Groveport Madison


Refinancing saves district money

Groveport Madison Treasurer Felicia

Drummey told the Groveport Madison

Board of Education on Jan. 26 that the district

was able to save money by refinancing

some of its debt.

“It’s real money,” said Drummey. “It’s

real savings.”

She said the refinancing lowered the

interest cost on the new high school from

4.1 percent to 2.98 percent, which is an estimated

total cash savings over the remaining

term of bonds of $5.3 million, or about

$206,790 per year starting in 2023.

Additionally, the refinancing of the

administrative District Service Center

building lowered the interest cost from 3.69

percent to 2.26 percent, which is an estimated

total cash savings over the remaining

term of $813,285, or about $62,000 per

year starting in 2023.

School board meetings

The Groveport Madison Board of

Education meets the second and fourth

Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the

District Service Center, 4400 Marketing

Place, Suite B, Groveport.

The board may also schedule special

meetings, as needed.


More Main Street development

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

The two large commercial buildings currently

being built in downtown Groveport

are not the only development being

planned for Main Street.

Groveport City Council is considering

legislation to amend the zoning for the 1.19

acre property located at 325 Main St. from

urban residential to select commercial


In paperwork filed with the city, the

property’s owners, Aaron and Katherine

Carroll, are proposing to construct two, two

story mixed use commercial buildings in

two phases with business space on the first

floor and residential space on the second

floor. Phase 1 would be one 5,200 square

foot building and be expected to be completed

in 24 months. Phase 2 would be a 5,800

square foot building and also include demolishing

the existing more than century old,

approximately 1,100 square foot, single

family residence on the site. There is no projected

completion schedule yet for Phase 2.

“The plan is to develop two buildings on

the site but not at the same time,” said

Groveport Development Director Jeff

Green. “I would anticipate construction

commencing in the spring.”

Green said currently the plan calls for

six residential units on the second floor of

each building. It is anticipated there will

be 38 parking spaces on the site.

“The developer and his wife are dentists

and will have their practice on the first

floor and an optometrist will occupy the


Continued from page 1

special business market use.

“There is interest in this project,” said


As of the Messenger’s press time of Feb.

2, the remaining leases had not been


“Both Preston’s and Mmelo experienced

some reluctance from a couple of their

investors that they’re currently working

around,” said Groveport Development

Director Jeff Green.

When asked what the city’s next step

would be to fill the spaces in the building if

these businesses do not sign the leases,

Green said, “We will continue to market

the spaces to restaurants in the central

Ohio market. We have already been

approached by one prospective tenant.”

Council viewpoints

Here are city council members’ thoughts

(in alphabetical order) regarding the lease


•Shawn Cleary: “I originally was in

favor of only constructing one building as

part of this project, however, I do see the

potential of having both buildings. I’m concerned

what our next steps would be if we

don’t get the signed leases, especially in

the economic climate we are in these days.

•Ed Dildine: “I have the confidence in

our City administration to get leases

signed if not with our original prospects

remainder of the first floor space,” said


According to the filed paperwork, the

proposed mixed use development is “compatible

with existing and future land uses.”

It notes Main Street consists of a mix of

residential and commercial uses along its

length, including across the street from

this property. It states the plan includes a

“recommended residential use in compliance

with the future land use plan” and

also includes a commercial use that “compliments

the neighborhood commercial

scale of Main Street.”

“The mixed use development will help

blend the development with its neighboring

residential uses while also providing the

commercial use for the changing Main

Street corridor,” reads the filing paperwork.

The city’s planning and zoning commission

will discuss the rezoning request and

development plan for the property at its

meeting on Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. in the municipal

building, 655 Blacklick St.

Other news

•Council heard the second reading of

legislation regarding the city’s annual

street maintenance program. The city’s

2022 budget includes $300,000 for the program

plus $75,000 for drainage improvements.

Groveport City Administrator B.J.

King said the program includes crack sealing

several streets as well as repaving

Briar Grove Drive. There are also improvements

planned for Hickory Alley west of

College Street and Hickory Alley east of

Brook Alley.

but with others who are interested. This is

uncharted territory for all of us in these

uncertain times. This is a project I strongly

believe in for the growth of our city.”

•Jean Ann Hilbert: “My hope is to have

both businesses locate in Groveport.”

•Becky Hutson: “I’m not too concerned,

however, time is ticking and they are moving

at a great pace. With the economic and

shortage situation I understand their hesitation

to sign. I’m looking forward to honey

chicken and Preston’s. I’m sticking with

build it and they will come. We are a great

city and these are awesome opportunities.”

•Scott Lockett: “We are cautiously optimistic

that Preston’s and Mmelo will sign

leases for spaces at Wert’s Grove. If they

aren’t signed soon we will have no choice

but to look for other possible tenants. I

remain optimistic we will be able to lease

out Wert’s Grove and provide our residents

with the types of businesses they have


•Jack Rupp: “I understand our

prospects want to proceed with caution and

measure their risk. We must recognize the

risk to city, this is a considerable investment

for Groveport. If it does not pay off, it

could easily affect our ability to provide

city services at their current levels. It’s

imperative that we secure leases.”

Township Police statistics

December crime statistics from the

Madison Township Police: 3 accidents with

injuries, 6 animal complaints, 3 assaults,

73 patrol security checks Brobst Park, 3

burglary, 21 domestic complaints, 7 drunk,

2 fireworks complaints, 10 hit skip accidents,

11 juvenile complaints, 12

larceny/theft, 3 missing persons, 56 parking

violations, 2 person with gun, 20 property

damage accidents, 5 shots fired in

area, 5 suspicious cars, 27 suspicious persons,

21 suspicious persons/vehicles, 9

threats or harassment, 104 traffic stops,

and 5 vandalism. (Previously the Brobst

Park statistic was incorrectly described.)

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Groveport history films

Two documentary films on the history of

Groveport, produced by the Groveport

Heritage Society and Midnet Media, are

now available for viewing online on


The films are: “Groveport: A Town and

Its People” and “The Story of John S. Rarey

and Cruiser.”

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Taking nature walks about town

One does not have to go to a park or a remote rural area to enjoy

a nature walk as I have found while taking walks in the residential

neighborhoods of Groveport that plants and wildlife abound in

a small town.

Depending on the season - from the busiest streets to the quietest

alleys and from the oldest parts of town to its newest neighborhoods

- one can find wonderful beds of bright flowers as well as

a bounty of blooming bushes and leafy trees.

It’s nice to be familiar with where peonies pop up in yards in

the spring and where the day lilies shoot up in late summer. It’s

fun to watch for magnolia trees blooming in spring and maples

glowing orange in the autumn sun. In winter one can hear the

bare tree limbs softly clacking into each other in the wind.

When seen from above in aerial photos, or if you are in a plane

or some other high up place, Groveport can look like a forest

because of its many trees. A while back I ran some photos in the

Messenger taken by Groveport Police Lt. Josh Short from atop

Groveport Town Hall and was struck by the view over the neighborhoods

of how thick and lush the tree canopy is in town.

It’s not just well cared for flower beds and such that are pleasurable

natural sights. One can also come across wild beauty in the

forms of grasses, wildflowers, and thistles that sprout up from

cracks in pavement or along the edges of sidewalks and streets.

One summer a friend of mine and I while out on our walks

enjoyed watching the growth of a magnificent thistle that had

Madison Twp. recognizes

Black History Month

In a statement released Jan. 31,

Madison Township officials said they are

“happy to celebrate Black History Month

in such an appropriate way – by recognizing

the first person of color to serve as the

chair of the Board of Trustees, Michele


The township also recognized Lt.

Rashid Taylor of the township fire department

and Officer Darrian Jackson of the

township police department.

“These men are representatives of the

community in their service to the public,

which is greatly appreciated by the residents,

and administration, of Madison

Township,” according to the statement.

“Diversity is not an end goal or a quota to

meet. It is an ever-developing desire to represent

those we serve. Madison Township is

proud to have employees from various walks

of life, ethnicities, sexes, and backgrounds

that reflect the communities we serve.”

We Love Our Veterans

Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St.,

Groveport, will host the We Love Our

Veterans exhibit through March 25. The

city of Groveport is recognizing honorably

discharged military veterans from all

branches of service who reside in Franklin


Valentines for Veterans

Spread the love and brighten a veteran’s

day with a Valentine’s Day card. Visit

Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St.,

Groveport, before Feb. 14 to drop off or

design a Valentine’s Day card to mail to

the Chillicothe VA Medical Center. For

information call 614-836-3333.

Groveport history

The Groveport Heritage Museum contains

photographs, artifacts, and documents

about Groveport’s history.

The museum is located in Groveport

Town Hall, 648 Main St., and is open during

Groveport Town Hall’s operating


Call 614-836-3333.

Walnut and Main

sprouted up along a

sidewalk. The thistle

grew tall with magnificently

long, sharp

needles. It looked fierce, proud, and defiant.

We named it, “Cactus Bro.” It’s gone now, no

doubt cut down in its prime by some lawn

implement, and we lamented its passing, but

it was something to see.

Animals abound in town. Squirrels scurry,

rabbits hop, chipmunks dart, birds sing

and soar, and butterflies flutter. At times I

have spotted skunks walking down the middle

of a street like they owned the place, raccoons

out for late night snack runs, and opossums

peering about among the houses and

yards. I’ve even seen a fox dancing at the

town’s edge and have heard coyotes singing

off in the distance south toward the creek.

Editor’s Notebook



Sunlight and moonlight illuminate all of these natural wonders.

With each season the angle of the light from the sky changes

giving one a fresh perspective on what one sees.

It’s all too beautiful.

Rick Palsgrove is editor of the Groveport Messenger.

Our Pictorial Past

by Rick Palsgrove

Groveport city council

Groveport City Council holds its regular

meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the second and

fourth Mondays of the month.

Council holds its committee of the whole

meeting on the third Monday each month

at 5:30 p.m. Meetings are held in the

municipal building, 655 Blacklick St.,


Photo courtesy of the Groveport Heritage Museum

This is a 1908 view of Groveport’s Main Street looking west from Walnut Street.

Main Street was not paved until 1911. Evidence of two early modes of transportation

can be noted in this photo: the automobile parked to the left and the hitching

posts for horses along the street in front of the car.


Community Choir presents “Hooray for Hollywood”

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

There are many talented people in the

community and they will be showcased at

the upcoming Groveport Madison Area

Community Choir show.

The performance, titled “Hooray for

Hollywood,” will be held Feb. 26 at 1 p.m.

and at 7 p.m. in the Groveport Madison

High School auditorium, 4475 S. Hamilton

Road, Groveport.

“It was our intent this would be our next

show and when it got canceled in 2021 due

to the (COVID-19) pandemic we decided

why change it? So we kept the title and

here we are!” said Groveport Madison Area

Community Choir Director Terri


The show will feature choir members

singing such popular songs as “Hooray for

Hollywood,” “Singing in the Rain,” as well

as selections from “Grease,” “The Wizard of

Oz,” “Mamma Mia” and many more.

The show will be for a live audience only

and all persons attending will be required

to wear a mask per school guidelines.

“Staging has been different with the

pandemic but we’ve done our best to keep

all involved safe,” said Christensen. “Some

(performers) still will be wearing masks to

perform and we’ll have a special tribute to

the difficulties everyone has been through

the last couple years.”

Some of the challenges the group has

faced rehearsing during the pandemic have

included social distancing and wearing


“We have actually livestreamed all of

our rehearsals as well as having in person

practice,” said Christensen. “Last

September and October we actually met

outside at the Lutheran Church for practice.

Once we were granted usage of the

high school for rehearsals we met there

and distanced. On stage, distancing has

proven to be difficult but we are doing the


State of the Schools

All are welcome to join Eastland-

Fairfield Career and Technical Schools for

its inaugural State of the Schools Address

to learn about the current status of the district,

its vision moving forward, and the

unveiling of a new brand.

It will be held Feb. 10. Doors open and

tours are available at 6 p.m. The State of

the Schools Address by Dr. Kimberly

Pietsch Miller, superintendent/CEO of

Eastland-Fairfield, begins at 6:30 p.m. The

event will be held at the Engineering

Technologies Center at Eastland Career

Center, 4465 S. Hamilton Road, Groveport.

The event is open to the public and there is

no cost to attend.

For information go online to


For those unable to attend in person, a live

stream of the State of the Schools Address

will be provided via the Eastland-Fairfield

best we can and the choir has been amazing

about adhering to the rules.”

Christensen said a lot of time and effort

go into producing a show of this magnitude.

“The choir and volunteers put in countless

hours preparing music, staging the

production, building sets and props,

procuring and making costumes and lots of

other things,” said Christensen. “We also

have a child care provider at every rehearsal

and during the shows we have a child

care team. There is a family who takes

care of providing a huge meal between

shows for the cast and crew every year. Ten

lobby volunteers are also part of the team.

All of the above teams are strictly volunteers!

Also, without the cooperation of the

Groveport Madison School District we

could not do this.”

About the GMACC

“We’ve been around for many years but

this is our seventh big show,” said

Christensen. “While we did not do the big

show in 2021 (due to the COVID-19 pandemic)

we did many virtual shows in cooperation

with Groveport Town Hall. These

shows can be found on YouTube. We are

down in numbers this year due to the pandemic,

but still strong at 55 members with

25 volunteers helping behind the scenes. In

addition to the 55 adults we have 14 kids

this year and several new members.”

Christensen said an organization like

the Groveport Madison Area Community

Choir is good for the community because it

brings people of all backgrounds together

to create a “family.”

“We are all different, we have different

beliefs, different opinions, different races,

we are all individuals but at the end of the

day we are family,” said Christensen. “We

come together and give back to the community

in the way of entertainment, service to

others, and helping our fellow man through

charitable donations. We love each other

Facebook page, via Facebook Live. Video of

the event will be made available on the

EFCTS website the following week.

Cheerleaders excel

The 10-member Groveport Madison

High School Competition Cheerleaders

took first place in the non-tumbling division

of the Buckeye Nationals Competition

held at The Ohio State University on Jan.

16. The team competed on Jan. 29, at

Dublin Jerome High School hoping to qualify

for state competition.

Pelotonia not coming here

Groveport Police Chief Casey Adams

told Groveport City Council on Jan. 24 that

the annual Pelotonia bicycle tour, held in

August and which raises funds to fight

cancer, will not pass through Groveport for

the second straight year. In previous years

Pelotonia had passed through Groveport

and used Cruiser Park as a rest area.

and we love our community.”

Tickets and information

Tickets are: $10 adult and $5 for children

age 12 and under. The ticket order

form is online under “Buy Tickets” at


You can also call Jeannie at 614-507-8022

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Photo courtesy of the GMACC

Patty Upperman (front) and other members of the Groveport Madison Area Community

Choir at a recent rehearsal for the group’s upcoming show, “Hooray for Hollywood.”

or send an email to


People can join the Groveport Madison

Area Community Choir by visiting its website

at www.gmcommunitychoir.org or

emailing gmcommunitychoir@gmail.com.

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Speeding continues to be a thorn in the

side of Madison Township residents.

During a Jan. 20 Madison Township

trustees’ meeting, Administrator Susan

Brobst reported on residents’ concerns

regarding excessive speeding on Fullerton

Drive in the Blacklick Estates area and the

possibility of installing speed bumps.

“The complaint is high speeding all

along Fullerton,” said Brobst. “They wanted

to know what can be done besides the

speed trailer.”

Brobst recommended contacting the

Franklin County Engineer for recommendations

and a speed study.

Madison Township Police Chief Gary

York emphasized that an active police

presence in the area continues to issue traffic

tickets to violators and discourage those

who violate the law. The police department’s

speed trailer was set up in the area

and collected speed data on two separate


York said another area of concern is the

intersection of Hayes and Richardson

roads, which is maintained and serviced by

Franklin County and not under the direct

control of the township. A serious accident

at the intersection at the beginning of the

year reaffirmed line-of-sight and speeding

hazards which have impacted the area for

several years.

The county engineer’s office was

apprised of the situation, which was also

done in the past. Previous suggestions to

address the situation included a traffic

light and a four-way stop, instead of the

current two-way, east-west stop.

However, in the case of the

Richardson/Hayes intersection and based

on similar studies, a four-way stop could

increase crashes due to the approved rate

of speed and a light would require major

road reconstruction to include turn lanes in

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Brobst asked the trustees for approval

to request the study and solicit recommendations

from the county engineer for the

Hayes/Richardson intersection. Trustee

Chair Michele Reynolds asked if the engineer

could help educate and involve residents

in the process. Trustee John

Pritchard suggested the township place the

speed trailer in the area.

“A letter requesting the county to look

into the safety concerns has been sent,”

said Brobst. “The line-of-sight impact for a

county maintained road versus a township

maintained road would only be that the

township would notify the property owner

versus the county. There is no known timeline

for this. However, I know the county

has already been reviewing this issue.”

Residents are encouraged to call the

Franklin County Engineer's Office at 614-

525-3030 with their concerns and questions.

Body-worn cameras and police

Agencies around Ohio received grant

funding from Governor Mike DeWine to

purchase body-worn cameras for police officers,

including departments in the area.

According to Madison Township officials,

the Madison Township Police

Department is not on the list because it has

had body-worn and vehicle-mounted cameras

in operation for several years.

“One of my initial goals as chief was to

implement the use of body-worn cameras,”

said Madison Township Police Chief Gary

York. “Thanks to the tremendous support

from the Madison Township trustees, bodyworn

cameras were purchased for each

sworn officer in 2018. Recently, brand new

body-worn cameras were purchased

through an upgrade promotion from our

vendor, saving Madison Township more

than half the cost of purchasing these

advanced cameras. MTPD has worked to

set the bar in policing technology and

transparency in Franklin County law


Madison Township trustee John

Pritchard said that when the township first

purchased body cameras in 2018, the technology

was new in central Ohio.

“We were the only small department in

the area we knew of at that time working

toward the goal of transparency in policing.

This bold initiative required the MTPD to

upgrade our technology and the board to

work with the chief to implement rules on

the use of the body cams,” said Pritchard.

“But despite the challenges, we knew this

technology would soon be the standard and

we wanted to be ahead of the curve for our

residents. It took a concerted effort

between the trustees, police chief, and the

police officers to successfully implement

the use of body cameras and we would be

happy to share our lessons learned with

the departments that are now getting the


Trustee chair Michele Reynolds said

body-worn cameras are an asset to the

policing of the township.

“We know the communities receiving

these grants will benefit,” said Reynolds.

“These cameras are an excellent way to

protect the public, and our officers.

Congratulations to those who were awarded


Added Trustee Katherine Chipps,

“Having the cameras allows our officers to

be confident in their policing practices, and

residents to know there is accountability

for all parties. There have been several

instances where the body-worn footage has

been instrumental in investigations.”



Winter wonder

Messenger photo by Theresa Garee

This cardinal provided a dash of color to the January winter landscape along the

Pine Trail at Walnut Woods Metro Park near Groveport. The Pine Trail features tall

Norwegian pines that were planted years ago on the land when it was a nursery.


February 6, 2022 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 7

“e Royal Treatment” is boring, but sweet

If you are a fan of “Seinfeld,” chances are

you can recall the scene in which Elaine

Benes becomes entranced while watching

two tires spinning in a circle. Shot primarily

as a throw-away moment in an episode of

season eight, it has since become one of the

most memorable scenes to come out of the

beloved sitcom from the 1990s.

What made it so unforgettable was not

just the way it was sold by the legendary

comedic actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus —

though her employment of a happily lit face

with a maniacally blank stare was sheer

perfection — but because it truly captures

those rare times we become afflicted with a

severe case of mush brain.

When in the mush brain state, things we

know objectively to be ridiculous suddenly

become tolerable, entertaining even. While

the probability is high that we will look

back on this moment with embarrassment,

the present is clouded with a sensation of

delight because our rational minds have

been stymied by a swirling vortex of stupid.

Remarkably, it has been quite a long

time since I have been completely overtaken

with this affliction but I sadly have to

report that I recently came down with this

rare disease via contact with a horrible

movie called “The Royal Treatment.”

Watching this Netflix original — which is

a modern day retelling of a fairy tale — was

an interesting experience because I could

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of my brain

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which is believed to



be the more analytical of the two, kept trying

to tell me that this was objectively terrible

and to find something else to watch but

my right hemisphere took control and

wouldn’t allow me to. It just shut down all

thought function and told me to watch and

take comfort in a stupid, silly little film that

will be over in 96 minutes.

And so I did, just like Elaine with the

tires. And I am so completely embarrassed

to admit that I kinda liked this atrociously

awful movie despite itself, and in spite of

part of myself.

There are many questionable decisions

in this film, most revolving around the

script, the pacing, and the vanishing

accents used throughout, but the least

questionable thing about it is the reliance

on actress Laura Marano to play the part of

the modern-day princess Isabella, or “Izzy”

for short. Though the character is modeled

after the archetype Vanessa Hudgens

made popular with her similar Netflix fairy

tale films, Marano has crafted an empathetic

and optimistic character you can’t

help but root for.

When the film begins, Izzy is a bit down

on her luck: her beauty shop has caught

fire, she had to use all of the planned travel

money to pay for the repairs, and her mother

is pressuring her to stay in this career

path though she desperately wants to do

something different with her life. With limited

funds, she feels stuck in her role as the

dutiful hairdressing daughter until one day

her luck changes thanks to a case of mistaken


When an errant voice command puts her

onto the path of the visiting Prince Thomas

of Lavania (Mena Massoud), it is squabbling

at first sight. Izzy is a no-nonsense

kind of character, one who sticks up for

those who cannot defend themselves. So,

when she witnesses Thomas’s indifference

toward his staff who verbally berate the

housekeepers, she gives him a piece of her

mind before storming out of his life — and a

chance to make $500 for a quick trim.

Since no one has ever spoken to him like

that before, Thomas is intrigued and goes

to her quaint shop to apologize. Through

light conversation — and a helping of an

Italian meal that was on hand at the salon

— the two form a tentative friendship.

Wanting to help out his new friend,

Thomas hires Izzy and her salon team to

oversee his upcoming nuptials in the fictional

sea-side country of Lavania. Though

the narrative that follows has a very predictable

trajectory (they fall in love over

the course of two weeks, princely duty

rears its traditional head), the quiet chemistry

between the two leads helps sell their

rapidly growing feelings for each other.

Though it can be bland at times to watch

them together — Izzy herself calls Thomas

“cardboard” — the secondary characters jazz

up the film to somewhat respectable levels.

They include Izzy’s colorful stylist friends

Destiny and Lola (played by Chelsie

Preston Crayford and Gracie Bentley-

Tsibuah, respectively) who are in charge of

doing classic hair and makeup for the bridal

party, Thomas’ meddling assistant Walter

(Cameron Rhodes) and Thomas’ fiancée

Lauren (Phoenix Connolly), who probably

should have been given more screen time

given how the film ends.

If you’re in the mood for something

unchallenging, sweet, simple and a bit boring,

then “The Royal Treatment” will hit the

spot for you. While it isn’t particularly creative,

nor does it add anything of value to

the romantic comedy genre, it does have its

own silly charm that will shamelessly suck

you down into a swirling vortex of shameless

and stupid fluff if given the chance.

Grade: C+

Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer

and columnist.

PAGE 8 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - February 6, 2022

Cruisers on the air

The Groveport Sports Network and Rick Cooper

provides live play-by-play coverage of Groveport

Madison High School athletic contests.

The broadcast includes high definition video and

live audio. Each broadcast begins 25 minutes prior to

the scheduled start time with the pre-game show.

Tune in after the game for interviews with players and

the head coach.

The broadcasts can be accessed free by anyone on

their computer or handheld device.

All broadcasts are available to view free on demand.

Go to www.facebook.com/groveportsportsnetwork.

The schedule - boys basketball (7:30 p.m.): Feb. 11 at

Newark; softball: March 26 at 11 a.m. vs. Westerville

North; April 9 at 11 a.m. vs. Gahanna; April 11 at 5:15

p.m. vs. Lancaster; April 15 at 5:15 p.m. vs. Newark;

April 30 at 10 a.m. vs. Canal Winchester; May 2 at

5:15 p.m. vs. Pickerington Central; May 4 at 5:15 p.m.

at Newark.

Special Olympics

The mission of Special Olympics Ohio and its

Groveport Special Olympics chapter is to provide year

round sports training and competition in a variety of

Olympic type sports for intellectually disabled individuals.

For information contact Penny and Cassandra Hilty

at groveportspecialolympics@gmail.com or at (614)

395-8992 or 395-6640.

Donations may be sent to Groveport Special

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County approves budget


At their final meeting of 2021, the Franklin County

Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of a budget

for 2022 that is balanced and contains no fee or tax


“The past two years have been challenging, both for

our residents and for local governments all over the

country,” said Board of Commissioners President,

Kevin Boyce. “Franklin County has been able to

weather this tough period well because we entered the

pandemic in a strong financial position due to smart,

conservative planning in years past.”

The commissioners oversee 14 county agencies

directly and are responsible for the entire county’s

budgets, including those of other elected officials and

agencies. Next year’s all funds budget is $1.99 billion,

an increase of about 7.9 percent. The all funds budget

includes the general fund as well as state and federal

funding, and about 40 percent of it is used to fund

human and social services such as the Office on Aging,

Job and Family Services, ADAMH, and Children


“We’re proud of our reputation for financial prudence,

and to be able to continue to invest in things

like affordable housing and economic development in

order to keep our county on the right track as we recover

from the pandemic and its health and economic

impacts,” said Commissioner John O’Grady.

The commissioners held three public budget hearings

this fall to consider an original budget proposal

from county administration. The final budget incorporates

a few changes from that proposal, including

adjustments for additional contracts to use American

Rescue Plan funding in 2022 and to account for higher-than-expected

sales tax revenue. The

county’s final 2022 general fund budget is

about $543 million, a 1.75 percent increase

over 2021. The general fund is mostly made

up of sales tax revenue and is largely used

to support public safety and justice initiatives

such as the sheriff and prosecutor’s

offices, 911 call centers, and the court system.

“Many central Ohio families were

already living paycheck-to-paycheck, and

the pandemic has only exacerbated the barriers

that already excited,” said

Commissioner Erica Crawley. “I’ve always

said, show me you budget and that will

show me your values. Our value is to invest

intentionally in our people. Our efforts this

year have been focused on helping our

neighbors survive and meet their basic

needs, such as staying in their home.”

The budget will allow the commissioners

to add to the county’s “rainy day fund,”

which has been steady at $62.5 million for

some years.

Additional information about the 2022

budget can be found at budget.franklincountyohio.gov/Budgets/2022.

Wagnalls Memorial Library

Wagnalls Memorial Library is located at

150 E. Columbus St., Lithopolis. all (614)

837-4765 or visit www.wagnalls.org.

Southeast Library

The Southeast Branch of the Columbus

Metropolitan Library is located at 3980 S.

Hamilton Road, Groveport. For information

visit www.columbuslibrary.org or call 614-



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Pie iron cooking

About a dozen people travelled to Scioto Grove Metro Park

to participate in a pie iron cooking demonstration hosted by

Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks on Jan. 29.

Pictured here, at left, is Justina Syu who is listening intently

as outdoor adventure programmer Kim Deal explains the

tricks of the fire-based cooking trade. “The first thing to

know about pie iron cooking is that it is an inexact science,”

said Deal. “If you think it needs another minute or two, it

could very well be burned to a crisp by then.” If you missed

your chance to experience pie iron cooking, another

demonstration is planned at Scioto Grove on Feb. 19 at the

Arrowhead Picnic Area from 12:30-2 p.m. For information

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Bugs and Birds Up Close

The Bugs & Birds Up Close Photography Exhibition is at the

Grange Insurance Audubon Center 505 W. Whittier St.,

Columbus, through March 13.

The exhibit features the work of photographers Richard

Schnuerer and David Greenberg.

Schnuerer’s work includes 20-plus pieces showcasing Ohio raptors,

including hawks, owls, eagles and osprey. Learn how the

eagle has made a significant comeback in Ohio from only four

nesting pairs in 1979 to 700-plus nests in 2020. A special feature

of the snowy owl “Hedwig,” who visited the Delaware area last

winter and became quite the celebrity, is also included. In addition

to the raptors, an exhibit of ruby-throated hummingbirds will also

be included to tell the story of these tiny birds and their journey

to Ohio and the Grange Insurance Audubon Center.

On the creepy side of things, the exhibition will include 20-plus

photographs by Greenberg, who presents mostly insects but also

includes spiders, millipedes, and other multi-legged, chitinencased

creatures, some flying, some eating (or being eaten), or

just staring at you suspiciously from their faceted, buggy eyes.

Greenberg’s work also includes bees, among the most valuable

and most important creatures on earth because much of what we

eat depends on their efforts. His spiders may look scary, and

although they can sting if provoked, he reminds viewers that spiders

are less harmful than mosquitoes or ticks, because they do not

carry diseases, and they eat harmful insects. He also includes beautiful

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Air Show returns to Rickenbacker in 2023

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Look to the sky for some exciting sights

in the summer of 2023.

That’s because, after a several year

absence, the Columbus Air Show returns

on June 17-18, 2023 at Rickenbacker

International Airport, 2241 John Circle

Drive, Columbus.

“The last show at Rickenbacker Airport

was 2007’s Gathering of Mustangs and

Legends that drew more than 150,000

guests,” said Herb Gillen, president of Herb

Gillen Air Shows.

When asked why the air show is returning

after all these years, Gillen said, “Our

company has produced and marketed air

shows across the country and we’ve always

wanted to do a show here in our own hometown.

After a several year absence, the

Columbus Regional Airport Authority was

receptive to doing a show. There was consideration

of doing shows before this, but

due to different circumstances (airport construction,

lack of a jet team, other things)

the show did not move forward.”

Performers and air show features

Gillen said the preliminary performer

lineup for the 2023 Columbus Air Show

includes the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, U.S.

Marine Corps C-130 “Fat Albert,” The Ohio

Air National Guard KC-135, B-17 Flying

Fortress “Yankee Lady,” B-25 Mitchell

“Rosie’s Reply,” C-47 Skytrain “Hairless

Joe,” world aerobatic champion Rob

Holland, and the Smoke-n-Thunder Jet


“This is just the start and additional

performers and a static display lineup will

be announced in the future,” said Gillen,

who added there will be a large ground display

area. “We anticipate a significant military

aircraft display area, there will also

be hands-on interactive activities for kids

of all ages, food, and fun.”

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels

“We are excited beyond belief to host the

U.S. Navy Blue Angels at our first air show

back in Columbus,” said Gillen. “The Blues

are known the world over for their high

energy and precision flying.”

According to information provided by

Gillen, The Blue Angels demonstration

consists of six F/A-18 Super Hornets in the

iconic blue and yellow Navy colors. The

aircraft will fly at speeds approaching the

speed of sound and will perform maneuvers

with wing tips as close as 18 inches of separation.

The demonstration will also

include the Blue Angels’ support aircraft,

the U.S. Marine Corps C-130 Hercules “Fat


“With the Blue Angels as our headliner,

some very special vintage aircraft, the most

decorated active civilian aerobatic pilot in

Photo courtesy of the Herb Gillen Air Shows

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will perform in Columbus for the first time in more than a

quarter century on June 17-18, 2023 when the Columbus Air Show takes to the skies

at Rickenbacker International Airport.

the U.S., and one of the top jet vehicle acts

in the world, we are starting to build what

will be one of the top shows in the country,

and we’re just getting started,” said Gillen.

Ticket and general information

Tickets are not yet available and pricing

and options are still being determined.

“There will be a variety of options

including general admission and several

limited quantity premium seating areas,”

said Gillen. “Tickets will only be available

online at www.ColumbusAirShow.com.”

Visit www.ColumbusAirShow.com for

information and follow the show on

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About Rickenbacker Airport

“We are delighted to be able to host the

Columbus Air Show at Rickenbacker

International Airport,” said Joseph

Nardone, president and CEO of the

Columbus Regional Airport Authority in a

press release. “Air shows inspire and

Schools want more

information from bus co.

entertain, and we look forward to bringing

that back to our community.”

As a civil—military public airport,

Rickenbacker International Airport is also

home to the Ohio Air National Guard’s

121st Air Refueling Wing, Ohio Army

National Guard's Army Aviation Support

Facility No. 2, the U.S Army, Navy and

Marine Corps Reserves, and the headquarters

for the Ohio Military Reserve.

Although the air show will be held on the

civilian side of the facility, it is anticipated

the local military units will be invited to

have a presence at the show.

“We are excited to see a return of air

shows to Columbus and Rickenbacker,”

said Col. Scott Lerdon, Wing Commander

of the 121st ARW in a press release. “We

look forward to being able to show the people

of Central Ohio some of what their Ohio

Air National Guard does.”

At the Jan. 12 Groveport MadisonBoard

of Education meeting, the district’s transportation

contractor, Petermann

Transportation made a presentation about

the company’s efforts in providing transportation

for students.

According to Petermann officials, in

2020 (pre-COVID-19), the company ran

approximately 64 routes for the district.

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According to Groveport Madison Schools

officials, the board felt that the company’s

update lacked the detail and data it had

expected to be provided. The board asked

Petermann’s leadership team to come to

the February board meeting with a more

thorough assessment of the work done to

date and a detailed report regarding the

company’s plans to resolve the long-standing

transportation service issues.

Groveport Garden Club

The Groveport Garden Club meets the

first Tuesday each month (unless otherwise

announced) at Groveport Zion

Lutheran Church, 6014 Groveport Road.

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