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<strong>April</strong> 3-16, <strong>2022</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXIX, No. 21<br />

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<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School Theatre Director Erin McLaughlin performed at the<br />

recent State of the Schools event as a character from “Fiddler on the Roof.” The<br />

Cruiser Theatre Company will perform “Fiddler on the Roof’ on <strong>April</strong> 7-10 at 7 p.m.<br />

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

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

Company will perform the classic musical, “Fiddler on the<br />

Roof,” this spring.<br />

The performances will be on <strong>April</strong> 7-10 at 7 p.m. Thursday<br />

through Saturday and a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee). All performances<br />

will be in the <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School<br />

auditorium, 4475 S. Hamilton Road.<br />

“We chose this show because we feel that ‘Fiddler on the<br />

Roof’ tells a timeless, powerful story that audiences can<br />

relate to,” said <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School Theatre<br />

Director Erin McLaughlin. “We could never have foreseen,<br />

back in May 2021 when we picked our season, that current<br />

events in Ukraine and Russia would in any way parallel the<br />

show, but that situation has made ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ even<br />

more powerful and important than it would be otherwise.”<br />

McLaughlin said the Cruiser Theatre Company has not<br />

brought a musical to the stage since 2019.<br />

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GM Schools plan projects<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Board of<br />

Education approved a $990,136 contract<br />

with VSWC Architects for services regarding<br />

the district’s Capital Improvements<br />

Project.<br />

The project includes a $4.6 million new<br />

bus garage (to be located on district-owned<br />

land at the northeast corner of Bixby and<br />

Hendron roads abutting Three Creeks<br />

Metro Park) and the $4.2 million repurposing<br />

of the District Service Center — including<br />

a health center, a Welcome Center,<br />

social services, truancy officers, Franklin<br />

County Job and Family Services, and community<br />

meeting space.<br />

The project also includes $1.7 million for<br />

new roofs at Middle School South,<br />

Glendening Elementary, and Dunloe<br />

Elementary.<br />

“In partnership with Primary One<br />

Health, <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Schools will<br />

use a $3 million state grant and $7 million<br />

of our federal stimulus funds to renovate a<br />

portion of the District Service Center to<br />

offer expanded services beyond anything<br />

we thought possible,” said <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Madison Superintendent Garilee Ogden.<br />

“This project will be part of a more significant<br />

endeavor to relocate our transportation<br />

center into a larger, off-site location.<br />

The first phase of the project will include<br />

constructing the health center, where students<br />

and the community will be able to get<br />

health screenings, immunizations, physicals,<br />

primary care, and comprehensive oral<br />

health and vision services.”<br />

She said there is “overwhelming evidence”<br />

that students who receive essential<br />

preventative and primary care services are<br />

more likely to be attentive, successful<br />

learners.<br />

“Healthy students are better at all levels<br />

of academic achievement: academic performance,<br />

behavior, cognitive skills, attitudes,<br />

and their ability to cope and adapt to<br />

various life challenges,” said Ogden. “We’re<br />

delighted to partner with Primary One<br />

Health and to let you know that the new<br />

health center will open in March of next<br />

year.”<br />

Ogden said the second phase of the project<br />

includes the addition of behavioral<br />

health services, support for substance use<br />

disorders, health education, and the inclusion<br />

of services and support from Franklin<br />

County Jobs and Family Services. The renovated<br />

space will include a District<br />

Welcome Center, where the district will<br />

relocate its enrollment office, social workers,<br />

and support for families experiencing<br />

homelessness whose children attend<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Schools.<br />

“We are so excited for this opportunity<br />

and the potential positive impact it can<br />

make for our students, schools, and the<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison community as a<br />

whole,” said Ogden.<br />

City shares income tax revenue<br />

City of <strong>Groveport</strong> officials presented an<br />

income tax revenue sharing check from the<br />

city of <strong>Groveport</strong> for $1.2 million to<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Schools on March 23.<br />

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

Director Jason Carr, the check is generated<br />

from, “Income tax withholdings for companies<br />

that may operate within the city’s<br />

Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) #1-5.”<br />

Carr said the city issues income tax revenue<br />

sharing checks to <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison<br />

Schools once per year. He said the last time<br />

the city issued two income tax revenue<br />

sharing checks in one year was 2015.<br />

According to Carr, since 1999 the city<br />

has shared a total of $21.9 million in<br />

income tax revenue sharing with<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Schools.<br />

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

February crime statistics, according to the <strong>Groveport</strong> Police: 18<br />

arrests, 14 accidents, 2 assaults, 2 burglary, 5 domestic disputes,<br />

3 domestic violence, 2 OVI and alcohol, 13 thefts/robberies, 1<br />

stolen/unauthorized use, 1 missing persons, 0 weapon related call,<br />

1 narcotic related offense, 5 parking, 5 threats, 0 vandalism, 8<br />

juvenile complaints, 37 traffic citations, 1 sex related crime, 10<br />

school district criminal reports, 6 school district non-criminal<br />

reports, 1 suicide attempt.<br />

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Golf course improvements planned<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Municipal Golf Course will be getting<br />

some upgrades.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> City Council approved funding for $2<br />

million for improvements that include $1.1 million for<br />

cart path replacement and $800,000 to $900,000 for<br />

the construction of new maintenance facility.<br />

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

plan is to complete the design and bidding of the new<br />

maintenance facility in <strong>2022</strong> with construction occurring<br />

in the spring of 2023. He said the size of the maintenance<br />

facility will be determined by the architect<br />

once the city contracts with one.<br />

“We will meet several times to talk about the needs<br />

of the golf course maintenance staff,” said King.<br />

He said the new maintenance facility will be located<br />

near the entrance to the golf course off Richardson<br />

Road.<br />

“The existing building in this location will be demolished<br />

to make room for the new facility,” said King.<br />

King added the bid for the comprehensive cart path<br />

replacement will be part of the bid for the city’s annual<br />

street maintenance program “to create a more attractive<br />

paving program” for potential contractors to bid<br />

upon.<br />

Formerly a private country club, the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Municipal Golf Course, 1005 Richardson Road,<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong>, is an 18-hole, par-72 course, owned and<br />

operated by the city of <strong>Groveport</strong>. The front nine was<br />

built in 1929, designed by Frank Waugh. The back<br />

nine was built in 1971, designed by Hurdzan/Kidwell.<br />

For information about the golf course, call (614)<br />

836-5874.<br />

Trucks and such<br />

Council approved the issuance of $500,000 in<br />

notes/bonds for the purchase of a new dump/snow plow<br />

truck, a chassis and equipment for this truck, and a<br />

front end loader for the city’s Public Works<br />

Department.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Public Service Director Brian Strayer<br />

said the new dump/snow plow truck enables the city to<br />

have a back up truck to its existing fleet. He said the<br />

new truck will be added to the rotation and the oldest<br />

of the existing trucks will be used as a back up.<br />

Strayer said the new front end loader replaces the<br />

city’s existing smaller, 2004 model front end loader,<br />

which has become difficult to keep maintained.<br />

“We continue to have break downs with it,” said<br />

Strayer. “It’s rusted and it is hard to get parts to repair<br />

it.”<br />

Strayer said the city could obtain the new front end<br />

loader with 30 to 45 days, but it could take eight<br />

months to a year and a half to receive the new<br />

dump/snow plow truck because it depends on when the<br />

chassis can be obtained.<br />

“I wish we had it tomorrow,” said Strayer.<br />

Income tax revenues<br />

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

as of Feb. 28 was $4.1 million, which is 28 percent<br />

higher than the same time in 2021, according to<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Finance Director Jason Carr. Carr noted<br />

the general fund balance was $6.3 million as of Feb. 28<br />

or $3.3 million higher than the same time last year.<br />

Income tax revenues year-to-date comprise 77 percent<br />

of city revenues, the largest part of all the city’s revenues.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Town Hall elevator<br />

The $163,271 project to modernize the elevator at<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Town Hall, 648 Main St., began the week of<br />

March 21. The project is expected to take three to four<br />

weeks to complete.<br />

“This is long overdue and will provide visitors to<br />

Town Hall better access to the upper floors,” said King.<br />

“This is great news. Once completed we will have an<br />

updated and reliable elevator at Town Hall. This project<br />

has been in the budget since 2018. We are happy to<br />

get it done.”<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> ponders future development<br />

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<strong>Groveport</strong> city officials are contemplating future<br />

development in the city’s downtown and beyond.<br />

The city of <strong>Groveport</strong>’s $7.6 million 1847 Main<br />

Project and its two new, city-owned commercial buildings<br />

is nearing completion. The project includes the<br />

12,184 square foot Wert’s Grove building at 480 Main<br />

St. and the 14,145 square foot Rarey’s Port building at<br />

674 Main St. Currently<br />

Delaney’s Diner — a breakfast,<br />

lunch, brunch restaurant — will<br />

occupy space in the Rarey’s Port<br />

building by late summer and<br />

Little Italy Pizza is slated to<br />

move from its existing home at<br />

619 Main St. to the Wert’s<br />

Grove building also by late summer.<br />

As the 1847 Main Project<br />

progresses, city officials are<br />

studying what can be developed<br />

elsewhere in the historic downtown<br />

as well as in a vast acreage<br />

of land known as Area C located<br />

south of <strong>Groveport</strong>.<br />

Downtown development<br />

One spot of potential redevelopment<br />

in the historic downtown is the former hot rod<br />

business building located at the southwest corner of<br />

Main Street and Wirt Road.<br />

When asked if the former hot rod building would be<br />

demolished and what kind of structure and business<br />

could be built there, <strong>Groveport</strong> Development Director<br />

Jeff Green said that the building was purchased by Dr.<br />

Alec Land, whose veterinary business operates nearby.<br />

“Demolition will occur once certain geotechnical<br />

conditions related to the building’s foundation can be<br />

resolved,” said Green. “Dr. Land and his wife, Dr.<br />

Rona Shapiro, are weighing development options for<br />

the site.”<br />

Green said a critical issue affecting businesses in<br />

the historic downtown is the shortage of parking there.<br />

“We have received a proposal for planning services<br />

related to this and will hopefully have some proposed<br />

solutions to bring to <strong>Groveport</strong> City Council soon,” said<br />

Green in a written report to council.<br />

Currently in the historic downtown there is a parking<br />

lot bordered by Crooked Alley, Cherry Street, and<br />

Wirt Road as well as another parking lot on the north<br />

side of Main Street by Ace Hardware that extends<br />

north to approximately Elm Street. Some street parking<br />

is also available along Main Street.<br />

See DEVELOPMENT, page 12


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SCHOOLS<br />

Continued from page 1<br />

“Our community is a great place to live<br />

and our schools help us to succeed,” said<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Mayor Lance Westcamp.<br />

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

Felicia Drummey said the district is appreciative<br />

of the city’s efforts to help make sure<br />

the school district is held harmless when<br />

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<strong>April</strong> 3, <strong>2022</strong> - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 3<br />

FIDDLER<br />

Continued from page 1<br />

“The only students involved in this show<br />

who’ve performed a musical before are the<br />

seniors,” said McLaughlin. “Musicals are<br />

larger and more complex productions than<br />

plays generally are, and a lot of students<br />

participating in the show have had trouble<br />

adjusting to the sheer volume of material -<br />

music, lines, lyrics, choreography - to<br />

learn.”<br />

McLaughlin highlighted some of the<br />

student performers and the characters<br />

they will portray:<br />

•Tevye - Gavin Prifogle, junior. “Tevye<br />

is a larger-than-life role, painfully realistic<br />

showing a wide range of emotions and<br />

moods, and Gavin has stepped into the role<br />

and brought it to life in a way that pays<br />

homage to those who have performed it<br />

before him and still puts his own unique<br />

spin on it,” said McLaughlin.<br />

•Golde - Olivia Chaney, sophomore.<br />

“Olivia sings well, is kind and compassionate,<br />

and plays off of her scene partners<br />

beautifully, making her a good fit for<br />

Tevye’s wife and a mother of five daughters,”<br />

said McLaughlin.<br />

•Hodel - Valery Liew, senior. “Valery<br />

has a sweet singing voice and mannerisms<br />

with a lot of wit and humor, and Hodel is a<br />

spunky romantic lead - it’s a perfect<br />

match,” said McLaughlin.<br />

•Motel - Kayla Bandy, junior. “Kayla is<br />

an excellent performer in every aspect and<br />

has found a lot to relate to in Motel, a tailor<br />

with big dreams who has trouble standing<br />

“The income tax revenue sharing is an<br />

unrestricted revenue source that is<br />

deposited directly into our general fund for<br />

support of operating expenses,” said<br />

Drummey. “This revenue stream is included<br />

in the district’s forecast projections and<br />

does not represent new money.”<br />

“We chose this show because<br />

we feel that ‘Fiddler on the Roof’<br />

tells a timeless, powerful story<br />

that audiences can relate to.”<br />

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

School Theatre Director<br />

up for himself,” said McLaughlin.<br />

•Perchik - AJ Gacnik, senior. “AJ is an<br />

experienced actor who is highly intellectual<br />

in real life--not unlike his character, who<br />

is a radical university student,” said<br />

McLaughlin.<br />

McLaughlin said this show is live audience<br />

only. There will be no livestreamed or<br />

recorded performance.<br />

“So that all attendees are safe, we are<br />

requiring that audience members wear<br />

masks for the show, and we will be operating<br />

at less than full capacity to allow for<br />

social distancing of family groups,” said<br />

McLaughlin.<br />

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State of the Schools<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Schools celebrated<br />

achievements and shared what challenges<br />

lay ahead at the district’s State of the<br />

Schools Celebration held March 24 at<br />

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

The event included updates about the<br />

district by Superintendent Garilee Ogden<br />

and Treasurer Felicia Drummey as well as<br />

student performances, a student art show,<br />

community and schools displays, and food<br />

provided by the Eastland-Fairfield Career<br />

Center’s Culinary Arts department.<br />

Finances<br />

Drummey updated information regarding<br />

the district’s recent efforts to refinance<br />

its debt on the new high school.<br />

Originally, the refinancing was to lower<br />

the interest cost on the new high school<br />

from 4.1 percent to 2.98 percent, which<br />

would have been an estimated total cash<br />

savings over the remaining term of bonds<br />

of $5.3 million, or about $206,790 per year<br />

starting in 2023. in 2023.<br />

However, Drummey said she recently<br />

learned that some of the projected savings<br />

from the high school debt refinancing was<br />

eroded with the recent interest rate hikes<br />

by the federal government.<br />

“Sadly, the estimated savings has been<br />

reduced from $5.3 to $2.7 because the<br />

interest rates have gone up from 2.98 percent<br />

to 3.50 percent,” said Drummey.<br />

“While this is disappointing news, it is still<br />

a good opportunity to continue our pursuit<br />

to save our taxpayers money. We will continue<br />

to be subjected to market fluctuations<br />

and interest rate risk until May 25<br />

when we can lock in the rates.”<br />

In other financial news, Drummey said<br />

49.6 percent of the district’s revenues come<br />

from state aid and 41.8 percent from local<br />

taxes. She said expense can be broken<br />

down into two categories: “Where funding<br />

goes by object,” which is 43.6 percent to<br />

salaries and wages, 28.5 percent to purchased<br />

services, and 20.1 percent to<br />

employee benefits; and “Where funding<br />

goes by function,” which is 64.4 percent to<br />

classroom instruction and 31.3 percent to<br />

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

Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

Madison High<br />

School Symphonic<br />

Choir, pictured<br />

here, gave a beautiful<br />

performance at<br />

the district’s State<br />

of the Schools<br />

Celebration held<br />

March 24 at<br />

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

High School. The<br />

Dunloe Elementary<br />

kindergarten choir<br />

also performed at<br />

the event and<br />

wowed the crowd<br />

with their singing<br />

and choreography.<br />

support services.<br />

She said <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison has the<br />

second lowest residential/agricultural tax<br />

millage rates out of 16 area public school<br />

districts.<br />

“With the 2019 five year operating levy<br />

set to expire in 2024, it is necessary to<br />

renew the levy so the district can meet its<br />

projected expenses,” said Drummey.<br />

Student overcrowding<br />

Ogden said student overcrowding at the<br />

district’s elementaries and middle schools<br />

are “nearing a crisis level” as the district’s<br />

total enrollment has surpassed 6,200 students.<br />

Residential growth continues to occur<br />

within the district. Four of the six elementary<br />

schools are operating beyond capacity<br />

and all three middle schools are over<br />

capacity, according to Ogden.<br />

Ogden said options being considered to<br />

address the overcrowding include potentially<br />

renovating and/or expanding existing<br />

schools, building new schools, or a combination<br />

of both. She noted the district is formulating<br />

a new Master Facilities Plan<br />

which will be completed in a year.<br />

“This is your school district that is here<br />

to serve your children,” said Ogden to the<br />

crowd at the State of the Schools, adding<br />

that the community will have input in the<br />

creation of the Master Facilities Plan.<br />

“We promise to be honest and transparent<br />

in our decisions and actions,” said<br />

Ogden.<br />

Other highlights<br />

•The district is using $29.3 million in<br />

federal funding to prepare, prevent, and<br />

respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. See a<br />

list of the projects online at<br />

gocruisers.org/ESSERFederalStimulusFun<br />

ds.aspx.<br />

•<strong>Groveport</strong>, Asbury, and Dunloe elementaries<br />

were recognized by the Ohio<br />

Department of Education for their integration<br />

and implementation of the Positive<br />

Behavior Interventions and Supports system.<br />

•The district earned a “Moderate - C”<br />

ranking on the revised State Report Card<br />

for 2020-21.<br />

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and learning to ride a bike is one of them.<br />

My memory of my youthful bicycling<br />

days are that most of us kids had a hodge<br />

podge of bicycles that we rode. Some kids<br />

in town had brand new bikes, but many<br />

others rode hand me down bikes obtained<br />

from relatives. More curiously, I can recall<br />

seeing several bikes kids had back then<br />

that were wondrous creations that came<br />

about by cannibalizing parts of several<br />

other bikes and combining them to make<br />

one workable bicycle. These were works of<br />

mechanical, functional art to be admired.<br />

My family had two bicycles at the time<br />

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Winchester and a heavy framed, blue,<br />

1950s era girls Schwinn bicycle that originally<br />

belonged to one of my aunts.<br />

The Huffy had a practical wire basket<br />

on the front big enough to handle a metal<br />

lunch box and school books. The Schwinn,<br />

with its curved frame with no cross bar was<br />

ideal for holding a basketball. I just<br />

wedged the basketball between the curved<br />

frame and the seat post so I could freely<br />

Photo courtesy of<br />

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

Heritage Museum<br />

The<br />

Lunch<br />

Box<br />

column<br />

Bikes back then<br />

pedal down to the old<br />

basketball courts<br />

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

Elementary. The<br />

Schwinn also had<br />

thick, heavy handle<br />

bars that another kid<br />

could easily sit on as<br />

a passenger.<br />

Myself and many<br />

other kids in town<br />

rode their bikes to<br />

school. Back then<br />

there were several<br />

large, metal bike<br />

Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove<br />

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Rick<br />

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racks behind<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Elementary where we parked<br />

our bikes for the school day. Those racks<br />

were jam packed with bikes each day. No<br />

one locked their bikes to the racks as<br />

potential bicycle theft did not cross our<br />

minds. I do not recall anyone losing a bike<br />

from these racks.<br />

It did not matter if it rained. We rode to<br />

school and we and the bikes just got wet.<br />

With any luck the sun would come out in<br />

the afternoon and dry off the bike seats<br />

before our rides home.<br />

A bicycle meant freedom when I was a<br />

kid and I believe that remains true for kids<br />

today.<br />

As adults, when we hop on a bicycle,<br />

that sense of freedom we felt in our youth<br />

remains.<br />

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

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

This is a photo<br />

of the Lunch<br />

Box restaurant<br />

located on Main<br />

Street in downtown<br />

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

as it looked in<br />

1962. A notation<br />

with the photo reads, “Mrs. George Leigh, proprietor.” Though situated in the<br />

small building, the Lunch Box attracted a loyal group of customers who enjoyed its<br />

offerings of plate lunches, coney islands, and pizza. A sign on the door boasted<br />

that the restaurant is “air conditioned.” The restaurant was demolished many years<br />

ago and the <strong>Groveport</strong>-Canal Animal Hospital now stands on the site.


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

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

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

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

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

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

hours. Call 614-836-3333.<br />

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ree Madison Township fire engines damaged<br />

Plus, natural gas<br />

aggregation contract<br />

information<br />

By Linda Dillman<br />

Staff Writer<br />

The beginning of the year brought a<br />

round of bad luck for the Madison<br />

Township Fire Department with a pair of<br />

accidents and mechanical issues disabling<br />

three fire engines, but the kindness of others<br />

helped keep firefighters on the road.<br />

On Jan. 24 and again on Feb. 4, two different<br />

vehicles were damaged in separate<br />

incidents while on active emergency<br />

responses at no fault of township personnel.<br />

Engine 181 is out of service and not<br />

anticipated to return to the fleet for several<br />

months. The repair costs are estimated at<br />

more than $190,000 and the vehicle must<br />

be repaired out of state.<br />

“The truck still sits at the station while<br />

we’re dealing with insurance,” said<br />

Madison Township Fire Chief Derek<br />

Robinson, who said a replacement engine<br />

costs $760,000. “They estimate six to seven<br />

months for the repair, including four<br />

months for sourcing and manufacturing<br />

parts. It does not take into account supply<br />

chain issues. Clinton Township provided us<br />

one of their reserve engines.”<br />

Engine 182 was initially in-service after<br />

an accident, but unrelated mechanical<br />

issues took that vehicle out of service as<br />

well on March 16. The cost to repair that<br />

engine due to the accident, which are relatively<br />

cosmetic, is just over $25,000, takes<br />

two to three months, and can be done instate.<br />

“We’re utilizing a Franklin Township<br />

engine because of mechanical issues with<br />

engine 182,” said Robinson.<br />

Adding insult to injury, Engine 183 was<br />

also taken out of service for mechanical<br />

issues and that station is using a loaner<br />

vehicle from the Columbus Fire<br />

Department. Robinson said if township residents<br />

see a vehicle from Clinton or<br />

Franklin Township and Columbus–other<br />

than mutual aid situations–be assured it<br />

is a township engine.<br />

“The biggest takeaway from this is<br />

always go right for lights and sirens,” said<br />

Robinson. “If people aren’t moving to the<br />

right, we have to go to the left into oncoming<br />

traffic. People need to have self-awareness.<br />

We need people to yield to us and<br />

move out of the way.”<br />

According to the Ohio Department of<br />

Public Safety and state law, drivers must<br />

yield to the right for all moving public safety<br />

vehicles and to the left–when possible–<br />

for all stationary public safety vehicles.<br />

The Move Over Law applies to vehicles<br />

with flashing lights of any color, including<br />

law enforcement officers, emergency<br />

responders, road construction, maintenance<br />

vehicles, utility crews and tow<br />

trucks. It applies to all roadways and highways<br />

in the state, and fines are doubled for<br />

failure to comply.<br />

Natural gas aggregation contract<br />

Utility bills are higher and higher and<br />

the Madison Township Trustees are hoping<br />

a new gas aggregation contract with Archer<br />

Energy can help ease the burden a little.<br />

Archer representative Andy Mitrey said<br />

Trebel (the township’s aggregation manager)<br />

has followed the rates, which have gone<br />

up 150 percent from Feb. 2021 to Feb.<br />

<strong>2022</strong>.<br />

“The U.S. is energy dependent for natural<br />

gas,” said Mitrey, who said problems<br />

with a Ukraine pipeline, increased need for<br />

energy, geopolitics, weather and supplier<br />

risks are impacting prices.<br />

“Natural gas volatility is unprecedently<br />

high,” said Mitrey. “That’s what we’re seeing<br />

right now. The market is volatile. We<br />

want to look for opportunities to lock in<br />

natural gas prices.”<br />

While the contract with Archer Energy<br />

is effective <strong>April</strong> 1 through March 31, 2024,<br />

Madison Township Administrator Susan<br />

Brobst said the first bill residents will see<br />

with the new supplier and rate is their<br />

June statement. There should be no interruption<br />

in service. Opt-out mailers will be<br />

sent in May. Eligible residents will be automatically<br />

enrolled in the program and<br />

should do nothing to get the savings.<br />

Details of the agreement include budget<br />

billing, no fees to join later, no fees to leave<br />

early and the cost is based on the NYMEX<br />

index plus 2 percent discounted COH adder<br />

for one year. Residents and businesses are<br />

eligible to join the township aggregation<br />

agreement with Archer Energy LLC.<br />

For information, contact Trebel, LLC at<br />

1-877-861-2772 or email support@trebelllc.com.<br />

Other township news<br />

•The trustees accepted the retirement of<br />

full-time parks and recreation maintenance<br />

tech worker Wesley Welch. He<br />

retires on March 31 with 28 years of service<br />

with the township.<br />

“I want to thank the trustees for this<br />

award,” said Welch. “It means a lot to me.”<br />

•Firefighters Local 2507 is partnering<br />

with Fellowship Baptist Church, 4701<br />

Winchester Pike, for the annual Easter Egg<br />

Hunt on <strong>April</strong> 9. The egg hunt starts at<br />

noon for children up to age 12. Registration<br />

is preferred and additional prize tickets will<br />

be given to those that pre-register. Local<br />

vendors, various activities, including inflatables<br />

are available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.<br />

Information regarding registration is<br />

available at https://fbccolumbus.churchcenter.com/calendar.


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

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Lt. Josh Short. “Although the crash looked pretty horrific,<br />

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REPAIR all makes 24 hr.<br />

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

TREE SERVICES<br />

BURNS TREE SERVICE<br />

Trimming, Removal &<br />

Stump Grinding.<br />

614-584-2164<br />

Brewer & Sons Tree Service<br />

• Tree Removal<br />

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Easter Egg Hunt<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> will hold an Easter Egg Hunt on <strong>April</strong> 9 from 10 a.m.<br />

to noon in Heritage Park, 551 Wirt Road. The egg hunt for kids<br />

ages 0-4 begins at 10 a.m. at the log house. The egg hunt for kids<br />

ages 5-10 starts at 10:30 a.m. at Palm’s Pond. The event features<br />

kids’ crafts, bounce house, farm animals, and free snacks. Photos<br />

with the Easter Bunny at the log house. Call 614-836-3333.<br />

AUTO HOME <br />

Beplerinsurance.com<br />

614.837.4379<br />

staff@beplerinsurance.com<br />

3246 Noe Bixby Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43232<br />

Ball field<br />

clean-up<br />

The GYAA Field<br />

Clean Up Day is <strong>April</strong><br />

2 from 8 a.m. to noon at<br />

the ball fields at<br />

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

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The Columbus <strong>Messenger</strong> Co.<br />

3500 Sullivant Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43204-1887<br />

(614) 272-5422<br />

The Columbus <strong>Messenger</strong> Co. reserves the right to edit, reject or cancel<br />

any advertisement or editorial copy at any time. The company is not<br />

responsible for checking accuracy of items submitted for publication.<br />

Errors in advertising copy must be called to the attention of the company<br />

after first insertion and prior to a second insertion of the same advertising<br />

copy.<br />

DEVELOPMENT<br />

Continued from page 2<br />

Area C development<br />

Regarding Area C, which is located along<br />

Pontius Road south of Hayes Road and<br />

extends south to the county line at London-<br />

Lancaster Road, city officials stated this<br />

land consists of “thousands of acres,” of<br />

which 500 acres could be developed.<br />

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

planning for Area C,” said Green. “As we<br />

began this exercise - considering cost to<br />

extend infrastructure, estimated income<br />

tax to be generated, and revenue sharing<br />

requirements with the city of Columbus<br />

and the <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison school district<br />

- we also felt it was important to consider<br />

other development potential generated<br />

throughout the Columbus region by the<br />

Intel project. The land in Area C is thousands<br />

of acres extending east of Pontius to<br />

www.columbusmessenger.com<br />

Richardson and south to the county line at<br />

London-Lancaster Road. We do not yet<br />

know how much of this we may anticipate<br />

annexing. The land is important, though, if<br />

the city of <strong>Groveport</strong> is to continue to grow<br />

and prosper and invest in the quality of life<br />

for its residents. We are currently out of<br />

land for new development so we have to<br />

explore what our next ‘frontier’ might be.”<br />

City officials are studying whether to<br />

continue to pursue warehouse/industrial<br />

development in Area C or to consider other<br />

kinds of development.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> City Council meets at 6:30<br />

p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of<br />

the month. Council holds its committee<br />

meeting on the third Monday each month<br />

at 5:30 p.m. Meetings are in the municipal<br />

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

Brice United Methodist Church<br />

3160 Brice Road, Brice Ohio 43109<br />

Pastor: Nick Shaw<br />

Good Friday Service 7:00 p.m.<br />

Easter Sunrise Service 6:30 a.m.<br />

Easter Sunday Morning Worship Service<br />

10:30 a.m.<br />

Come Celebrate the Risen Christ with us<br />

Ashbury UMC South<br />

4760 Winchester Pike<br />

Columbus, OH 43232<br />

Pastor Rev. Sherri Blackwell<br />

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE<br />

7:30 p.m.<br />

EASTER SUNDAY SERVICE<br />

10:00 a.m.<br />

HE IS RISEN!<br />

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5336 Gender Rd., Canal Winchester, OH<br />

614-834-5973<br />

Easter Sunday - Sonrise Service - 7:00 am<br />

In-Person Service - 9:30 a.m. and<br />

Live stream at genderroadcc.com<br />

11:00 a.m. In Person Service<br />

Easter Egg Hunt to follow 9:30 & 11:00 Services<br />

268 Hill Rd. N., Pickerington, OH 43147 - 614-837-2826<br />

JOIN US FOR WORSHIP - ALL ARE WELCOME<br />

Maundy Thursday, <strong>April</strong> 14 ~ 7:00 pm<br />

Good Friday, <strong>April</strong> 15 ~ 7:00 pm<br />

Easter Sunday<br />

9:00 am Traditional ~ 11:00 am contemporary<br />

All services on YouTube & Facebook<br />

www.epiphany-lutheran.com<br />

Bethany Lutheran Church, LCMS<br />

1000 Noe-Bixby Rd., Columbus, OH 43213<br />

614-866-7755<br />

bethanylutheranchurch@weebly.com<br />

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE:<br />

<strong>April</strong> 10, Palm Sunday Service: 9:00 AM<br />

<strong>April</strong> 14, Maundy Thursday Service: 7:00 PM<br />

<strong>April</strong> 15, Good Friday Service: 7:00 PM<br />

<strong>April</strong> 17, Easter Sunday Service: 9:00 AM<br />

HE IS RISEN!<br />

322 Center St.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong>, OH<br />

(614) 967-1986<br />

COME JOIN US IN-PERSON<br />

Maundy Thursday (4/14) - 7 PM<br />

Easter Sunday (4/17) - 11 AM<br />

Hopewell United Methodist Church<br />

4348 London Lancaster Road, <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Maundy Thursday, <strong>April</strong> 14<br />

6:00 pm Light Dinner<br />

7:00 pm Worship with Holy Communion<br />

Easter Sunday Worship 10:30 am<br />

Come. See. And, Tell!<br />

Worship in-person or Facebook Live<br />

http://www.facebook.com/<br />

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

EMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH<br />

80 E. Markison Ave. • Columbus, OH 43207 • elclife.org<br />

MAUNDY THURSDAY <strong>April</strong> 14 - Worship *11:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.<br />

GOOD FRIDAY <strong>April</strong> 15 - Worship *11:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.<br />

EASTER SUNDAY <strong>April</strong> 17 - Sunrise Service 7:00 a.m.<br />

Service at Greenlawn Cemetery (Mausoleum)<br />

1000 Greenlawn Ave., Columbus, OH 43223<br />

Easter Worship 8:30 & *11:00 a.m. at Church<br />

Sunday Worship Services - 8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.<br />

Sunday School for Adults and Children - 9:45 a.m.<br />

*11:00 service includes a radio broadcast in our parking lot on FM87.9

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