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

Happy Thanksgiving!<br />

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

<strong>November</strong> 19 - December 9, <strong>2023</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLI, No. 9<br />

Hometown Realtor<br />

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School levy approved<br />

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

Veterans Day<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> held its annual Veterans<br />

Day ceremony on Nov. 11 in Veterans<br />

Park. The <strong>2023</strong> Veterans Brick honorees<br />

installed in the park are: U.S.<br />

Army - Katie Ann Gearheart, James<br />

Reed, William Shropshire, Sr.; U.S.<br />

Navy - Karl Albrink, James Franks;<br />

U.S. Air Force - Frank Bohn, Charles<br />

Branscome, Jack Davis, Lee Terry; U.S.<br />

Air Force and Air National Guard -<br />

Angela Irving. “Remember that veterans<br />

are the reason we are free,” Motts<br />

Military Director Warren Motts told the<br />

crowd gathered at the ceremony.<br />

Pictured above are Ohio Firefighter<br />

Pipes & Drum bagpipers who performed<br />

“Amazing Grace” at the closing<br />

of the ceremony. <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Madison Middle School South Band<br />

Director and Assistant High School<br />

Marching Band Director Katie Harmon<br />

(top right) played “Taps” at the end of<br />

the ceremony. The guest speaker<br />

(below right) was <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison<br />

School Board President LaToya<br />

Dowdell Burger, who is an 11-year U.S.<br />

Army veteran. See more photos online<br />

at columbusmessenger.com.<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

On Nov. 7, voters in the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Madison school district<br />

approved a 6.68 mill continuing<br />

operating levy by 51<br />

percent to 49 percent with<br />

5,700 voting for the levy and<br />

5,484 voting against it,<br />

according to unofficial totals<br />

from the Franklin County<br />

Board of Elections.<br />

“We are grateful to our<br />

community for getting out<br />

and exercising their right to<br />

vote on Issue 14,” said<br />

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

Superintendent Jamie<br />

Grube. “We appreciate that our community<br />

took the time to vote and let us know how<br />

they feel regarding Issue 14 and the district’s<br />

operating levy. As a district we look<br />

forward to continued improvement,<br />

remaining fiscally responsible, and continuing<br />

transparent communication with our<br />

community. Issue 14 is about providing<br />

our district with the resources needed and<br />

investing in our children, their future, and<br />

the future of the <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison community.<br />

This levy was originally passed in<br />

2014, and renewed in 2019 so it is all about<br />

maintaining what our District currently<br />

provides.”<br />

Now that the levy has passed, according<br />

to Grube, the district does not have any<br />

cuts in place to be made and there were no<br />

cuts made previously that district officials<br />

will be restoring.<br />

Grube added that there is no plan for an<br />

additional operating levy to be placed on<br />

the ballot any time soon.<br />

When asked if there is a possibility a<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong>’s upcoming<br />

publication schedule<br />

The <strong>Messenger</strong> will alter its print publication<br />

schedule for the holiday season.<br />

The print publication and delivery dates<br />

for the remainder of <strong>2023</strong> are:<br />

•Dec. 10 and<br />

•Dec. 24.<br />

After that, print publication and delivery<br />

will resume every other week following<br />

the holidays on Jan. 14, 2024.<br />

Thank you for reading the <strong>Messenger</strong>!<br />

bond issue for buildings could come before<br />

the voters in the next couple of years,<br />

Grube said, “There is a possibility for a<br />

bond issue for the buildings to happen<br />

within the next five<br />

years.”<br />

Considering ongoing<br />

issues with inflation in<br />

today’s economy, when<br />

asked what further steps<br />

the district could take to<br />

deal with expenses,<br />

Grube said, “Our board of<br />

education and district<br />

administration team are<br />

looking for ways to make<br />

budget cuts related to<br />

purchased services and<br />

supplies throughout every area of our district.<br />

Our goal is to provide our district<br />

with what is needed while making conservative<br />

financial choices. Our treasurer<br />

Adam Collier does a financial update every<br />

board meeting to discuss where we are at<br />

financially so the board can help make<br />

decisions on where we can improve.”<br />

The levy approved by voters on Nov. 7 is<br />

for current operating expenses and is a<br />

continuing levy, meaning it is essentially<br />

a permanent levy since it does not have a<br />

fixed term. School officials said this<br />

approved levy is a “no new taxes” renewal<br />

of an existing levy.<br />

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

Treasurer Adam Collier, the district will<br />

now continue to receive the $6.3 million<br />

the previous existing levy generated annually.<br />

He said it is not additional money. If<br />

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would have lost that $6.3 million in annual<br />

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

<strong>Groveport</strong> City Council holds its regular meetings at 6:30 p.m.<br />

on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. Council holds its<br />

committee of the whole meeting on the third Monday each month<br />

at 5:30 p.m. Meetings are held in the municipal building, 655<br />

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

Boy Scout Troop 71<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> area scouts of Boy Scout Troop 71 meet at <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

United Methodist Church, 512 Main St. Cub Scouts, boys and<br />

girls in grades K-5, meet on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Boy Scouts<br />

ages 11-18 meet Tuesdays at 7 p.m. The Girls Troop ages 11-18<br />

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Council approves 2024 budget<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

<strong>Groveport</strong> City Council approved the city’s 2024<br />

budget at its Nov. 13 meeting.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> city officials say the proposed budget<br />

reflects a continued investment in the community.<br />

According to City Administrator B.J. King and<br />

Finance Director Jason Carr in their budget report to<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> City Council, the proposed budget includes<br />

upgrades to public infrastructure and equipment,<br />

updates to information technology infrastructure,<br />

anticipated increases in health insurance costs, and<br />

security for public facilities. It also features investment<br />

to park amenities, replacement of aging vehicles<br />

and equipment, and maintaining facilities.<br />

The proposed capital improvement project budget<br />

reflects an increase compared to last year.<br />

“However, conservative budgeting practices to<br />

increase our capital fund over the past two years provides<br />

funding for the proposed capital items,” wrote<br />

King and Carr.<br />

The proposed budget anticipates an increase of a little<br />

over $3.2 million in estimated revenues for all<br />

funds combined when compared to <strong>2023</strong>, according to<br />

King and Carr.<br />

The anticipated combined expenditures for all<br />

funds are up $5.7 million compared to <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

“This increase, in part, increased cost for wages and<br />

benefits, continued investment in infrastructure<br />

improvements, replacement of aged equipment, and<br />

the addition of new amenities for the community,”<br />

wrote King and Carr.<br />

Budget overview<br />

Total estimated appropriations for 2024 are $53.3<br />

million, which is up from $47.5 million in <strong>2023</strong><br />

Total estimated generated revenues for 2024 are<br />

$37.3 million, which is up from $34 million in <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

The general fund revenue for 2024 is estimated at<br />

$18.6 million, which is up from $17.7 million in <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

The bulk of this funding comes from income tax revenue,<br />

which is projected to be $16.5 million in 2024<br />

Cabaret fundraiser<br />

Join the <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Area Community Choir<br />

for a special “Cabaret Fundraiser” to support their<br />

upcoming show, “The British Are Coming,” on Nov. 30<br />

at Paddock Pub, 1005 Richardson Road, <strong>Groveport</strong>.<br />

Cash bar at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.<br />

The Cabaret, MC’d by Heidi Christensen and Walt<br />

Williamson, will feature a night of classic British songs<br />

performed by some of the talented choir members<br />

(James Meister, Lori Motts-Byrd, Teri Hall, Bridget<br />

Burk-Hale and Dan Starner). There will be special<br />

performances of songs that won’t be featured in the<br />

show, so it’s a night you won’t want to miss. Tickets<br />

are $20 per person, or $140 for a table of eight. To<br />

order tickets, text Jeannie @ 614-507-8022 or email<br />

GMACCTickets@gmail.com.<br />

Heritage Holiday<br />

The city of <strong>Groveport</strong>’s Heritage Holiday will be<br />

held Dec. 3, from 3-6 p.m. in Heritage Park, 551 Wirt<br />

Road. Mayor Lance Westcamp and Santa Claus will<br />

arrive on a Madison Township Fire Department fire<br />

engine at 3 p.m. Spend time going on a holiday hayride<br />

around Palm’s Pond and enjoying iceless skating, live<br />

music, making a craft in the kids craft tent, watching<br />

ice sculptures being made, and more. The tree lighting<br />

ceremony will be at 6 p.m.<br />

compared to $15.7 million in <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Other estimated 2024 revenues include $574,313<br />

from property taxes and various other amounts in<br />

other city fund categories that include grants, taxes,<br />

leases, fees, and permits.<br />

Capital improvement projects<br />

Some significant capital projects and purchases proposed<br />

for 2024 include:<br />

•$600,000 for street maintenance - the streets to be<br />

included in the street maintenance program are still to<br />

be determined;<br />

•$55,000 for street maintenance and stormwater:<br />

•$110,000 for <strong>Groveport</strong> Park pedestrian path<br />

maintenance;<br />

•$750,000 recreation center HVAC replacement;<br />

•$250,000 for golf carts;<br />

•$1 million for pickleball courts;<br />

•$500,000 for KidSpace improvements;<br />

•$30,000 for sidewalk replacements;<br />

•$920,000 for public parking lot reconstruction and<br />

design;<br />

•$200,000 for Maple Street improvements;<br />

•$132,000 for Port Road reconstruction, Phase 2;<br />

$189,900 for new police communication radios;<br />

•$20,000 for Wirt Road and Main Street study<br />

improvements; and<br />

•$278,000 Elmont Place sewer force main Phase<br />

3A.<br />

Other proposed appropriations<br />

The 2024 general fund appropriations are estimated<br />

at $23.6 million, which is up from $22 million in<br />

<strong>2023</strong>. Some other proposed <strong>2023</strong> appropriations:<br />

•Income tax revenue sharing with <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Madison Schools, $1.5 million;<br />

•Funding for festivals and events including $63,200<br />

for the Fourth of July; $23,400 for Christmas - A<br />

Heritage Holiday; $24,750 for Apple Butter Day;<br />

$22,500 for the Farmers Market and First Thursdays;<br />

and $5,000 for Blacklick Haunted Park; and<br />

•$48,000 for community service grants.<br />

Eye on the Pie Turkey Trot<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Recreation Center will host the Eye<br />

on the Pie Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving Day, Nov.<br />

23, in <strong>Groveport</strong> Park, 7370 <strong>Groveport</strong> Road.<br />

The 5K starts at 9 a.m. and the Kids Fun Run<br />

begins at 8:30 a.m. The 5K cost is $3 and Kids Fun<br />

Run cost is $10. 5K registration includes a t-shirt and<br />

a whole pie! Kids Fun Run registration includes a t-<br />

shirt. Register by Oct. 25 to have guaranteed t-shirt<br />

sizes. A portion of the proceeds benefit the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Madison Athletic Department.<br />

Visit groveportrec.com for information.<br />

Leaf pick-up<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Public Service Department began<br />

curbside leaf collection program will run through Dec.<br />

11. Residents are asked to rake their leaves close to<br />

the curb, but not in the street. Leaves in the streets<br />

cause issues with water flow and storm sewers. Avoid<br />

placing leaf piles near mailboxes, trees, lights, fire<br />

hydrants, or signs.<br />

Only leaves will be collected - not branches, twigs,<br />

flowers, grass clippings, rocks or trash. Avoid parking<br />

vehicles in front of or behind leaf piles. Leaves under<br />

and around cars cannot be collected. Call 614-836-3910<br />

for information.


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Unofficial election results<br />

Unofficial totals released by the<br />

Franklin County Board of Elections show<br />

417,416 voters out of 880,573 eligible voters<br />

or 47.40 percent voted in the Nov. 7<br />

General Election. Election totals for<br />

Franklin County are posted at<br />

vote.franklincountyohio.gov.<br />

The board may begin the official canvass<br />

of ballots no later than Nov. 18 and<br />

complete official canvass by Nov. 28. The<br />

next election in the county will take place<br />

on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 and is a<br />

Primary Election.<br />

The unofficial Nov. 7 local election<br />

results according to the Franklin County<br />

Board of Elections (Canal Winchester<br />

results include unofficial vote totals<br />

according to the Fairfield County Board of<br />

Elections):<br />

•Canal Winchester Local Schools levy:<br />

For 3,907 (54%); Against 3,358(46%);<br />

•<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Local Schools<br />

levy:<br />

For 5,700 (51%); Against 5,484 (49%);<br />

•Hamilton Township fire levy:<br />

For 1,465 (53%); Against 1,290 (47%);<br />

•Columbus Metropolitan Library levy:<br />

For 175,952 (63%); Against 102,738<br />

(37%);<br />

•Canal Winchester Board of Education<br />

(two to be elected):<br />

Kevin Butler 1,787 (18%);<br />

Scott Ferguson 715 (7%);<br />

Chloe Green 2,197 (22%);<br />

Matt Krueger 2,072 (21%);<br />

Adam Twiss 3,117 (32%);<br />

•Canal Winchester City Council (three<br />

to be elected):<br />

Will Bennett 1,915 (23%);<br />

Alec McLaughlin 1,885 (23%);<br />

Chuck Milliken 1,557 (19%);<br />

Richard Moore 1,553 (19%);<br />

Tina Welch 1,350 (16%);<br />

(unexpired term ending 12-31-25, one to<br />

be elected): Steve Buskirk 1,793 (100%);<br />

•Canal Winchester Mayor (one to be<br />

elected):<br />

Mike Ebert 1,060 (27%);<br />

Joe Steager 1,645 (43%);<br />

Mike Walker 1,138 (30%);<br />

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

Education (two to be elected):<br />

Larry Carey 2,781 (21%);<br />

Benjamin Joof 1,291 (10%);<br />

John Kershner 3,675 (28%);<br />

Kathleen Walsh 5,427 (41%)<br />

•<strong>Groveport</strong> City Council (two to be<br />

elected):<br />

Shawn Cleary 952 (31%);<br />

Jean Ann Hilbert 790 (26%);<br />

John Hougland 695 (23%);<br />

Cheryl Irving 640 (21%);<br />

•<strong>Groveport</strong> Mayor (one to be elected):<br />

Lance Westcamp 1,625 (100%);<br />

•Hamilton Township Board of<br />

Education (two to be elected):<br />

Walley Obert 2,365 (90%);<br />

Maria Varney 262 (10%);<br />

•Hamilton Township Trustee (one to be<br />

elected):<br />

Belinda Anderson 1,254 (54%);<br />

Gary Armstrong 1,080 (46%);<br />

•Hamilton Township Fiscal Officer (one<br />

to be elected):<br />

Lisa Shirkey 1,723 (100%);<br />

•Lockbourne Village Council (two to be<br />

elected):<br />

Karen Carter 30 (45%);<br />

Tammy Langley 37 (55%);<br />

•Lockbourne Mayor (one to be elected):<br />

Christie Ward 48 (100%);<br />

•Madison Township Trustee (one to be<br />

elected):<br />

Bruce Jarvis 3,885 (56%);<br />

Andrew Nimely 3,064 (44%);<br />

•Madison Township Fiscal Officer (one<br />

to be elected):<br />

Laurie Vermeer 5,316 (100%);<br />

•Obetz City Council (two to be elected):<br />

Michael Flaherty 855 (49%);<br />

Derek Varney 873 (51%);<br />

•Obetz Mayor (one to be elected):<br />

Angela Kirk 1,247 (80%);<br />

Bonnie Wiley 319 (20%)<br />

Township Police report<br />

According to the Madison Township<br />

Police, during September, MTPD officers<br />

responded to 309 dispatched calls and<br />

logged 15,305 patrol miles. MTPD officers<br />

impounded 41 vehicles and used 1,561 gallons<br />

of fuel.<br />

In addition, 12 OVI arrests were made,<br />

two in the unincorporated areas north of<br />

U.S. Route 33, seven in Blacklick Estates,<br />

one in the Marwick, one in Canal<br />

Winchester, and one in other areas outside<br />

of Madison Township limits.<br />

To date, Madison Township officers<br />

have arrested 47 impaired drivers.<br />

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A free public event, Christmas in the<br />

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School board meetings<br />

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<strong>Groveport</strong> history<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.”<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 />

Letters policy<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> <strong>Messenger</strong> welcomes letters<br />

to the editor. Letters cannot be libelous.<br />

Letters that do not have a signature, address,<br />

and telephone number, or are signed with a<br />

pseudonym, will be rejected. PLEASE BE<br />

BRIEF AND TO THE POINT. The<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> reserves the right to edit or<br />

refuse publication of any letter for any reason.<br />

Opinions expressed in the letters are not necessarily<br />

the views of the <strong>Messenger</strong>. Mail letters<br />

to: <strong>Groveport</strong> <strong>Messenger</strong>, 3500 Sullivant<br />

Avenue, Columbus, OH 43204; or by email to<br />

southeast@columbusmessenger.com.<br />

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Ebright and Bixby is<br />

anything but safe<br />

I recently picked up my grandson on<br />

Bixford Avenue and someone ran stop sign<br />

going across Ebright Road on Bixby Road<br />

with no regards to traffic. I swerved to<br />

miss collision. So to say stop signs just<br />

make people impatient, well something<br />

needs done there before more accidents<br />

occur because they will. Flashing stop<br />

signs don’t stop all the traffic which<br />

increases daily. Come on council do something<br />

better!<br />

Ron Johnson<br />

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

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Pulling together during rough times<br />

Cruisers on the air<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Sports Network will provide live playby-play<br />

coverage of <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School athletic<br />

contests in boys basketball, girls basketball, and softball<br />

in <strong>2023</strong>-24. Rick Cooper begins his 32nd season as a<br />

play-by-play announcer and his 12th at <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Madison High School.<br />

The broadcast coverage will include high definition<br />

video as well as live audio. Each broadcast begins 25 minutes<br />

prior to the scheduled start time with the pre-game<br />

show.<br />

The pre-game show will feature interviews with the<br />

head coach, a detailed scouting report of the opponent, the<br />

starting line-ups, and more.<br />

After the game there will be interviews with players<br />

and the head coach, along with a look at the final stats.<br />

The free broadcasts can be accessed on your computer or<br />

handheld device. All 20 broadcasts will also be available to<br />

view on demand for free as well.<br />

Watch at: www.facebook.com/groveportsportsnetwork.<br />

The broadcast schedule:<br />

(boys basketball) Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m. at Reynoldsburg;<br />

Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m. at Canal Winchester; Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m.<br />

vs. Lancaster; Jan. 5, 7:30 p.m. at Pickerington Central;<br />

Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m. vs. Newark; Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m. at Hilliard<br />

Bradley; Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m. vs. Reynoldsburg; Feb. 2, 7:30<br />

p.m. vs. Pickerington Central; and Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m. at<br />

Newark;<br />

(girls basketball) Jan. 19, 7 p.m. vs. Central Crossing;<br />

Jan. 27, 2:30 p.m. vs. Logan;<br />

(softball) April 4, 5:15 p.m. at Reynoldsburg; April 8,<br />

5:15 p.m. vs. Lancaster; April 11, 5:15 p.m. vs. Newark;<br />

April 17, 5:15 p.m. vs. Reynoldsburg; April 22, 5:15 p.m. vs.<br />

Pickerington Central; and April 24, 5:15 p.m. at Newark.<br />

Commemorative bricks<br />

Honor a veteran or active military member with a personalized<br />

brick paver in <strong>Groveport</strong>’s Veterans Park or Log<br />

House Memory Walk. Commemorative bricks may be purchased<br />

by calling <strong>Groveport</strong> Town Hall at 614-836-3333.<br />

Deadline to order is Sept. 1.<br />

Times were tough in <strong>Groveport</strong> in 1933.<br />

The Great Depression of the 1930s,<br />

brought on by the stock market crash of 1929,<br />

hit both rural and industrial areas hard as<br />

families and businesses struggled to stay<br />

afloat financially amid bank failures and<br />

scarce money.<br />

In the 1930s, <strong>Groveport</strong> was a farming<br />

community of around 950 people. The town<br />

was made up of small businesses and homes<br />

that hugged shady tree lined streets, many of<br />

which were still dirt paths.<br />

Like many other banks during the Great<br />

Depression, the <strong>Groveport</strong> Bank, which was<br />

established in 1904, failed in 1931 wiping out<br />

savings and making cash hard to come by in<br />

town.<br />

Though the bank failed, small businesses<br />

in town remained active and relied on their<br />

regular customer base to survive. The businesses<br />

and customers needed each other and<br />

pulled together to support one another.<br />

Businesses negotiated payment plans with<br />

customers or worked out barter agreements<br />

to ensure everyone’s mutual financial survival.<br />

Then the business people went a step further.<br />

In June 1933, several <strong>Groveport</strong> businesses<br />

sought a way to drum up business as well<br />

as reward their loyal customers. So they<br />

pooled their resources to sponsor a contest<br />

that awarded the winner two tickets to the<br />

Chicago World’s Fair. The five day all expenses<br />

paid trip included transportation to and<br />

from Chicago, meals, admission to the fair, a<br />

twilight cruise on Lake Michigan, and a<br />

sightseeing trip of Chicago.<br />

Stores issued purchase coupons that<br />

awarded “votes” based on the amount of sale.<br />

The customer with the most votes won the<br />

trip. The contest ran for two months that<br />

summer and proved successful.<br />

Local businesses who participated in the<br />

contest included: Peter’s Market, Williams<br />

Hardware, Farm Bureau Service Branch,<br />

Rager Chevrolet, North Brothers Grain,<br />

Parker’s Service Station, Raver’s Red and<br />

White Store, Glitt’s Grocery, Rostofer Dry<br />

Goods and Shoes, Buchman’s Dry Cleaning,<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Drug Co., The Oasis, Dyer’s<br />

Restaurant, Tope Motor Sales, Nafzger<br />

Barber Shop, Dyer’s Sinclair Service, Tom<br />

Christy’s Garage, Darfus Funeral Home,<br />

Editor’s Notebook<br />

Denton<br />

and<br />

Donaldson, B.L. Peer,<br />

Redman and Sons, and<br />

The Winchester Times.<br />

One thing that<br />

strikes me about the<br />

above list is the variety<br />

of businesses in<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> at the time.<br />

It seems as though<br />

whatever one needed it<br />

could be found at some<br />

business in town.<br />

The trip to the<br />

Chicago World’s Fair<br />

must have been quite<br />

Rick<br />

Palsgrove<br />

an experience for the winners and it would be<br />

great to hear about their adventures in the<br />

Windy City. But, unfortunately, I have never<br />

been able to find the names of won the contest!<br />

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

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

Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove<br />

Photo courtesy of the <strong>Groveport</strong> Heritage Museum<br />

Main Street 1980s<br />

This is a view of the north side of <strong>Groveport</strong>’s Main Street looking<br />

west from College Street before the street was reconstructed and<br />

widened in the 1990s.


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Santa is coming to <strong>Groveport</strong>’s Heritage Holiday!<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

It’s that most wonderful time of the year!<br />

The city of <strong>Groveport</strong> will help kickoff the holiday season with its annual<br />

Heritage Holiday on Dec. 3 from 3-6 p.m. in Heritage Park, 551 Wirt<br />

Road.<br />

The festivities begin when Santa Claus arrives with Mayor Lance<br />

Westcamp on a Madison Township fire engine at 3 p.m. Santa Claus will<br />

visit with children in the log house from 3-5:30 p.m. and he will light the<br />

city’s Christmas tree at 6 p.m.<br />

“The tree lighting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Make sure to join us for a special<br />

surprise,” said <strong>Groveport</strong> Community Affairs Executive Assistant<br />

Kristiauna Trelay.<br />

There’s also an added feature at this year’s event.<br />

“This year, we’re thrilled to bring something brand new to our cherished<br />

Heritage Holiday festival,” said Trelay. “Introducing our very first<br />

Holiday Market, where you’ll discover a curated selection of 12 vendors<br />

offering unique, homemade, and handmade holiday items. Join us from 3-<br />

6 p.m. for a shopping experience like no other and find the perfect gifts for<br />

the season.”<br />

Heritage Holiday also features food trucks from Hogs’N Hunnies BBQ<br />

and On The Fly Pizza Guy, free beverages and cookies from Just Because<br />

You’re Hungry, a face painter, an iceless skating rink, an ice carver, a holiday<br />

family selfie station, a gingerbread house inflatable, and horse at carriage<br />

rides at Palm’s Pond. The <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Area Community<br />

Choir will sing carols from 5:30-6 p.m.<br />

“This event is a unique and special occasion for our community because<br />

it does more than mark the holiday season — it brings our community<br />

together,” said Trelay. “The Heritage Holiday festival allows us to celebrate<br />

our shared traditions, support local vendors, and create magical<br />

moments for our children with Santa's visit. It's a time when we strengthen<br />

the bonds that make our community so close-knit, and it embodies the<br />

spirit of togetherness and holiday joy.”<br />

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

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Area Community Choir will sing a selection of Christmas carols prior to Santa<br />

Claus lighting the city of <strong>Groveport</strong>’s Christmas tree during the city’s Heritage Holiday festivities in<br />

Heritage Park on Dec. 3.<br />

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•Assorted Beef Steaks<br />

•Frozen Lobster Tails<br />

•King Crab Legs<br />

•Faroe Island Salmon<br />

•Sea Scallops<br />

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SMALL BUSINESSES<br />

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•Halibut Fillets<br />

•Snow Crab Clusters<br />

•Orange Roughy<br />

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Enjoyable comedies just keep coming to the screen<br />

If you have been in search of a good<br />

laugh — and honestly, who hasn’t been on<br />

that quest these days? — you might be surprised<br />

to hear that some pretty decent<br />

comedies have been released this year.<br />

Dedra<br />

Cordle<br />

The Reel Deal<br />

We have the somewhat<br />

raunchy and<br />

slightly heartfelt “No<br />

Hard Feelings” in<br />

which Jennifer<br />

Lawrence’s down-onher-luck<br />

character is<br />

hired by helicopter<br />

parents to date their<br />

sheltered 19-year-old<br />

son before he goes off<br />

to college. We have<br />

the mostly raunchy<br />

and somewhat heartfelt buddy adventure<br />

“Joy Ride” in which four friends - played by<br />

notable funny ladies Sherry Cola,<br />

Stephanie Hsu, Ashley Park and Stephanie<br />

Wu - travel to Asia where plenty of hijinks<br />

ensue. There is the independent and offbeat<br />

faux-documentary “Theater Camp” in<br />

which tightly wound adult camp counselors<br />

and overly earnest teenagers try to save<br />

their beloved camp and jockey for the plum<br />

roles in the potentially last summer production<br />

ever. And then we have the<br />

deranged animal features “Cocaine Bear”<br />

and “Strays” in which the former sees a<br />

bear accidentally consume the illegal substance<br />

and go on a killing rampage to get<br />

more and the latter has a group of stray<br />

dogs go on a journey to get revenge on the<br />

human who dumped one of their canine<br />

pals.<br />

If none of those are appealing to your<br />

comedic senses, may I present “Quiz Lady,”<br />

the latest comedy that could potentially<br />

make you laugh and smile with its silly<br />

premise. With a plot that revolves around<br />

two estranged sisters who team up after a<br />

beloved canine companion is held for ransom<br />

because of their flighty mother, this<br />

film takes a softer approach in the naughty<br />

department and goes a bit harder on the<br />

heartfelt. Although it may not elicit as<br />

many laugh-out-loud moments because it is<br />

more subdued than other <strong>2023</strong> comedic<br />

offerings, its overall sweetness could bring<br />

forth those elusive feelings of joy throughout<br />

its 95 minute running time.<br />

In the Jessica Yu directed film that is<br />

now streaming on Hulu, Awkwafina and<br />

Sandra Oh work against type by playing<br />

Anne and Jenny, respectively, two sisters<br />

who could not be more opposite. As the<br />

youngest, Anne is an extreme introvert,<br />

preferring to spend all of her time outside<br />

of work alone on the couch, indulging in<br />

bags of Smartfood popcorn and watching<br />

her favorite game show, “Can’t Stop the<br />

Quiz” with her adorable and aging pug, Mr.<br />

Linguine (played by Crosby Cookie), by her<br />

side. As the oldest, Jenny is an extreme<br />

extrovert, preferring to spend all of her<br />

time amongst new groups of people as she<br />

tries to find the perfect job, the perfect passion,<br />

and the perfect life that has always<br />

eluded her.<br />

Since the sisters are roughly 10 years<br />

apart in age, they have never been particularly<br />

close, going long stretches of time<br />

without speaking to one another unless<br />

Jenny needs to borrow money from her<br />

steady sister or has to find a place to crash<br />

for the night — or the week or the month.<br />

While annoyed at having to be a bank or a<br />

hotel for her sister, Anne always gives her<br />

what she needs because it is the fastest<br />

way to get Jenny out of her life.<br />

While at work one day, Anne receives a<br />

call from the nursing facility where their<br />

mother resides, informing her that her<br />

mother is “gone.” To be clear, gone does not<br />

mean dead. It just means that she flew off<br />

to Macau with her new boyfriend and that<br />

one of her daughters has to come to the<br />

facility to clean out her room because she is<br />

permanently banned from the premises.<br />

It is this news that brings Jenny back<br />

into her orbit. At first, Anne thinks they<br />

will only have to interact for a few days as<br />

they figure out what to do with their wayward<br />

mother. But then the sisters learn<br />

that the matriarch owes a local gangster<br />

$80,000 and it is now up to them to pay him<br />

back. Having no way to repay the debt, the<br />

gangster takes Mr. Linguine for ransom<br />

and allows the sisters a “two-week grace<br />

period” to cough up the dough or else something<br />

bad might happen to the aging pug.<br />

This action prompts Jenny to suggest<br />

that Anne try out for “Can’t Stop the Quiz”<br />

because she is quite skilled at trivia — a<br />

real genius at it, even. Despite Anne’s initial<br />

reluctance, the introvert who doesn’t<br />

like to be looked at finds herself faced with<br />

no other choice. (Unlike the human in<br />

“Strays,” Anne will do anything for her<br />

partner-in-paws). As the two go on a road<br />

trip to the audition, they begin to bond<br />

amongst their sisterly squabbling, finding<br />

common ground and discovering a new way<br />

to look at each other — and themselves.<br />

The script, written by Jen D’Angelo,<br />

could use a bit more consistency when it<br />

comes to the laughs, but the physical comedy<br />

of and the chemistry between<br />

Awkwafina and Oh more than make up for<br />

the lack. The actresses make Anne and<br />

Jenny feel like real sisters who have drifted<br />

apart: You can feel the pain and hurt in the<br />

arguments they have, and you can also feel<br />

the hope and the love they have for each<br />

other. On paper, they seem like an oddball<br />

duo who wouldn’t quite work together, but<br />

on the screen they are fun and dynamic,<br />

playing so well off of each other that it<br />

makes this movie a delight to behold.<br />

Grade: B+<br />

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

and columnist.<br />

Holiday train returns<br />

The Huntington Holiday Train will be on display at the Columbus Metropolitan Main<br />

Library, 96 S. Grant Avenue, Columbus from Nov. 22 through Jan. 7 during regular<br />

library hours – Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday<br />

from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The first hour of parking in the<br />

library garage is free. The Huntington Holiday Train includes multiple miniature<br />

trains running on more than 280 feet of track surrounded by more than 50 pounds<br />

of snowflakes.


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<strong>November</strong> 19, <strong>2023</strong> - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 7<br />

Eastland-Fairfield gets tech construction grant<br />

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine<br />

announced that $300 million of the state<br />

budget will be allocated toward career<br />

technical center improvements across the<br />

state. Eastland-Fairfield Career &<br />

Technical Schools will receive $4 million<br />

in grant money as a part of the Career<br />

Tech Construction grant program.<br />

The grant is funded by the state budget<br />

and broken into two different grant<br />

programs, the Career Tech Equipment<br />

($100 million) and Career Tech<br />

Construction ($200 million) grant programs.<br />

Thirty-five Ohio career-technical<br />

districts received funds through the grant<br />

programs.<br />

“Eastland-Fairfield is very grateful to<br />

Governor DeWine and his office for all<br />

their support of career technical education,”<br />

said Eastland-Fairfield<br />

Superintendent/CEO Shelley Groves.<br />

“These funds will support Eastland-<br />

Fairfield in its mission to serve more students<br />

and families in the central Ohio<br />

region, as well as support our communities’<br />

local economic needs through skilled<br />

workforce growth.”<br />

The grant will be put to use towards<br />

the construction of a new welding lab,<br />

which will be housed at Fairfield Career<br />

Center in Carroll. This was one of multiple<br />

proposals submitted by Eastland-<br />

Fairfield to the Governor’s Office for consideration.<br />

A second welding section will<br />

be added to the existing program at<br />

Eastland Career Center in <strong>Groveport</strong> as a<br />

result of this funding.<br />

The additional funding from the<br />

incoming grant will allow for previously<br />

allocated funds to be used to support<br />

other elements of a board-approved master<br />

facilities expansion plan. More details<br />

will be provided about the master plan in<br />

the coming months.<br />

“We’re thrilled that one of our top<br />

demands is going to be addressed directly<br />

by this generous grant,” said Groves.<br />

“We’re also excited about the additional<br />

work that can be done to serve future<br />

adult and high school students across the<br />

planning district that will follow as part<br />

of our larger master facilities expansion<br />

plan.”<br />

Over the previous three years,<br />

Eastland-Fairfield has encountered<br />

record-breaking enrollment numbers in<br />

consecutive years across both high school<br />

campuses and its satellite programs. The<br />

funding from the CTE grant will help continue<br />

fueling the Eastland-Fairfield mission<br />

of engaging, enriching, and equipping<br />

students every day in every experience.<br />

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Youth garden honors its founder<br />

On the Road Again<br />

The Senate Select Committee on Housing<br />

has been traveling the state, holding hearings,<br />

conducting site tours and listening to<br />

key stakeholders.<br />

In October, the committee conducted its<br />

first regional hearing in Cincinnati, Ohio at<br />

United Way of Greater Cincinnati. We had a<br />

strong lineup of over thirty-five individuals<br />

expected to testify, including distinguished<br />

entities such as the Cincinnati Chamber of<br />

Commerce, The United Way of Greater<br />

Cincinnati, the Ohio Real Estate Investors Association<br />

of Cincinnati, and many others.<br />

I was joined in Cincinnati by my esteemed<br />

colleagues, including Ranking Member<br />

Hearcel F. Craig (D-Columbus), State Senator<br />

Louis W. Blessing, III (R-Colerain Township),<br />

State Senator George Lang (R-West Chester),<br />

and State Senator Catherine D. Ingram (D-<br />

Cincinnati).<br />

The mission of the Select Committee on<br />

Housing is clear. We aim to gain a deeper understanding<br />

of the Affordable Housing Crisis<br />

in Ohio, and the role the legislature can play<br />

in being part of the solution. We believe that<br />

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The committee will continue on the road in<br />

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The Highland Youth Garden honored the life of its late founder,<br />

Peggy Murphy of <strong>Groveport</strong>, with the unveiling of a new addition<br />

that will further her vision of building stronger children and communities<br />

through the power of food.<br />

In late September, the Highland Youth Garden hosted a public<br />

ceremony where organizers unveiled the long-planned Peggy<br />

Murphy Outdoor Demonstration Kitchen.<br />

According to executive director Shelly Casto, the Peggy<br />

Murphy Outdoor Demonstration Kitchen will serve as a gathering<br />

place where the youth on the westside can learn valuable skills on<br />

food preparation and meal planning via the fruits and vegetables<br />

harvested from backyard gardens such as this urban oasis located<br />

on South Highland Avenue on Columbus’s westside.<br />

“Peggy’s Kitchen will continue to further one of the core tenants<br />

of this garden by providing our children and teenagers with<br />

the skillsets they need to nourish themselves, their families, and<br />

even their communities now and well into the future,” she said.<br />

Although the outdoor demonstration kitchen built by resident<br />

architect Brian Ezzell is not yet fully operational, Casto believes<br />

it will be completed in several weeks — just in time to enjoy the<br />

autumnal foods that the bountiful garden provides.<br />

“We honestly cannot wait for Peggy’s Kitchen to get up and<br />

running,” she said. “We just wish that Peggy could have been<br />

around to see this new addition because it furthers her vision of<br />

creating stronger bonds through a sense of shared community and<br />

good food.”<br />

The idea for the outdoor demonstration kitchen started to take<br />

shape about four years ago, shortly before <strong>Groveport</strong>’s Murphy,<br />

who considered the westside her “home away from home” lost her<br />

life to cancer. It was sparked from the sense of exasperation the<br />

adult employees and volunteers who led cooking demonstrations<br />

felt when they had to set up observation stations for their young<br />

charges.<br />

“It was a whole production,” said Casto. “We had to locate the<br />

tables, find a good spot for the tables, set up those tables and then<br />

we had to find the dishes and utensils, set up those dishes and<br />

utensils, and then somehow arrange it in a way that provided<br />

enough space for the children who attended our after-school programs<br />

and summer programs to wash up their food and chop up<br />

their food and create new meals without jostling their fellow<br />

learners. We wanted to dramatically cut down on that prep time<br />

because we all just wanted to get right into the lessons of teaching.<br />

And that is kind of how the idea for the outdoor kitchen came<br />

about.”<br />

In the past, Murphy would have been heavily involved with the<br />

planning of the new addition and also the procurement of needed<br />

funds, individuals with skills, and materials and supplies. Rarely<br />

did anyone turn down her request for assistance.<br />

“If she wanted you to do something, she was so strong in her<br />

conviction that you had to say yes,” said Jim Warner, a program<br />

director for nutrition services at the Ohio State University<br />

Wexner Medical Center who also operated the Mobile Education<br />

Kitchen during community events at the Highland Youth Garden.<br />

“And that’s what I really appreciated about her because she knew<br />

what she wanted and she always seemed to get what she wanted.<br />

Then once you were in, it was like she put a fish hook in you and<br />

just reeled you into whatever she had in store.”<br />

Too weak to truly put forth the amount of time and effort<br />

required to help organize the outdoor demonstration kitchen project,<br />

Murphy knew that the network she helped put into place<br />

when she leased the land for the garden from the Oakley Free<br />

Gospel Baptist Church more than a decade ago “on a dollar and a<br />

prayer” would see it through.<br />

And volunteers and board of trustees did just that with the help<br />

of Ezzell, the Greater Columbus Growing Coalition, and an anonymous<br />

donor who wanted to continue Murphy’s mission of providing<br />

delicious and nutritious foods to adults and children in economically<br />

depressed areas.<br />

“That was her vision for this place and everywhere you look you<br />

can see the impact she has made,” said Casto. “Even though she<br />

was not able to see the completion of this new kitchen that is<br />

named in her honor, the impact she made on this community will<br />

continue to be felt here for generations to come.”<br />

In attendance at the dedication were a few of the surviving<br />

members of her family.<br />

Her brother, Joe Parr, came down from Mount Gilead to see the<br />

unveiling of the outdoor demonstration kitchen named for his sister.<br />

He said that although he was touched by the ceremony, he<br />

couldn’t help but think some of it was a dream.<br />

“If someone had told me that Peggy would one day be recognized<br />

for her impact on a community through her gardening skills<br />

I would have said no way,” he said. “We had such a hard time getting<br />

her out there to tend to our family’s garden because she wanted<br />

to stay clean, she didn’t like being in the dirt, and she didn’t<br />

like the worms.”<br />

However, he said she recognized at a young age the importance<br />

of children and families having access to food harvested from local<br />

and backyard gardens because it allowed hers to put nutritious<br />

meals on the table during tough financial times.<br />

“Our mother didn’t work at the time because she was raising<br />

five kids and we lived off my father’s income,” said Parr. “We<br />

didn’t have much. We were poor so there were no toys, no nothing.<br />

So we did things as a family and played together but that garden<br />

was a central point in our lives and it provided us with what we<br />

needed. I think that is what brought her to realizing that kids and<br />

communities in need could really benefit from having a backyard<br />

garden to provide food and nutrition to them. That is really what<br />

drove her as she became an adult and she had a real commitment<br />

to providing that education to low-income neighborhoods so they<br />

could get food on their tables and grow stronger communities too.”<br />

Daughter-in-law Lane Murphy echoed a similar sentiment.<br />

“Peggy was all about nourishment,” said Lane. “She wanted to<br />

nourish bodies with food, souls with love, and minds with education<br />

so they have the skillset to improve their lives through these<br />

backyard gardens and the newfound friendships that come with<br />

being able to share meals and connect over having those meals.<br />

She was such a wonderful, caring person and we miss her so<br />

much. But it is comforting to know that even though she is no<br />

longer around, her passion for this garden and the positive impact<br />

it has made on so many lives will continue to be carried on because<br />

so many people here share in that passion and are committed to<br />

her vision of making the world a better place.”


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Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools will host its<br />

Community Conversations during the <strong>2023</strong>-24 school year.<br />

The Community Conversations series addresses important<br />

topics t and issues impacting students, families, staff, and communities.<br />

All sessions of the Community Conversations series are open to<br />

the public and are provided at no cost to attend. The sessions will<br />

be held at Eastland Career Center, inside the Engineering<br />

Technologies Center. except for the final session in May, which<br />

will be held virtually.<br />

“We created Community Conversations to inform our community<br />

and families about relevant topics that may impact our students<br />

as they prepare for their next E,” said Dwight Carter,<br />

Director of Student Support Systems and organizer of the<br />

Community Conversation series. “The more we learn about these<br />

topics, the better equipped we are to have honest conversations<br />

with them about their challenges and opportunities, and to help<br />

them avoid or overcome barriers along the way.”<br />

Information is available online at<br />

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The sessions:<br />

•Sex Trafficking Awareness and Education PLUS Self-Defense<br />

Training, presented by Karla Highman (Walking Wise) and Tim<br />

Voris (EFCTS Basic Police Officer Training Commander), on Jan.<br />

17, 2024, from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.<br />

•Can You See Me Now, presented by: Hilliard Awareness and<br />

Recovery Together, on March 6, 2024 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.<br />

•Decoding Adolescence: Unlocking The 4 Key Reasons Teens<br />

Break Down, presented by Dr. Cam Caswell, on May 1, 2024, from<br />

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. (This will be a virtual presentation, link will be<br />

available a closer to the event date.)<br />

Golden Cruiser Club<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Schools invites senior residents of the district<br />

to attend athletic and performing arts programs showcasing<br />

the t talents of its students. The Golden Cruiser Club is a free program<br />

for residents of the <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison School District who<br />

are age 60 and older. Membership provides free access to all<br />

school and district sponsored athletic contests, plays, concerts,<br />

and other events.<br />

To become a member of the Golden Cruiser Club, obtain an<br />

application at www.gocruisers.org, at any of the school offices, or<br />

call (614) 492-2520. The requirements for membership are that<br />

applicants a be age 60 or older and be a resident of <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Madison Schools.<br />

Civil War re-enacting<br />

The 40th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment U.S.A & 10th<br />

Tennessee Infantry Regiment C.S.A Irish, is an American Civil<br />

War re-enactment group based out of Ohio. Since 2010, it has<br />

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If you have an interest in re-enacting, email<br />

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<strong>Groveport</strong> Garden Club<br />

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For meeting and activity information contact groveportgardenclub@gmail.com<br />

or find them on Facebook.<br />

Wagnalls Memorial Library<br />

Wagnalls Memorial Library is located at 150 E. Columbus St.,<br />

Lithopolis. all (614) 837-4765 or visit www.wagnalls.org.<br />

Southeast Library<br />

The Southeast Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library<br />

is at 3980 S. Hamilton Road, <strong>Groveport</strong>. Visit www.columbuslibrary.org<br />

or call 614-645-2275.<br />

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<strong>Groveport</strong> City Council has approved the creation of<br />

a part time assistant city prosecutor.<br />

The person in this position will help the city law<br />

director in Franklin County Municipal Court and<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Mayor’s Court in prosecuting misdemeanor<br />

criminal and traffic cases as well as representing the<br />

city for the appeals of certain cases in the Franklin<br />

County Court of Appeals.<br />

The decision to create the position was made<br />

because of the upcoming December retirement of the<br />

city’s current contracted prosecutor.<br />

The new assistant city prosecutor will be on the city<br />

payroll rather than as a contracted prosecutor.<br />

According to information provided by city officials,<br />

the part time new assistant city prosecutor will work<br />

24 hours per week and be paid $34,992 per year.<br />

This salary represents a savings for the city because<br />

it is about $5,000 less per year than what the city has<br />

been paying the retiring contracted prosecutor.<br />

Other <strong>Groveport</strong> news<br />

•<strong>Groveport</strong> Police Detective Josh Gilbert and<br />

Officer Ernie Bell were both recently promoted to sergeant<br />

within the department.<br />

•The Blacklick Haunted Park event held in<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong>’s Blacklick Park in October raised $6,792<br />

for <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Human Needs and the<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Food Pantry.<br />

•Council heard he first reading of legislation to<br />

solicit bids for the 2024 for street maintenance program<br />

- the streets to be included in the street maintenance<br />

program are still to be<br />

determined. The legislation also<br />

includes bid solicitation for the<br />

Maple Street storm sewer<br />

improvements and resurfacing<br />

project.<br />

The city’s 2024 budget<br />

includes $600,000 for the street<br />

maintenance program and<br />

$200,000 for the Maple Street<br />

project.<br />

•Council also heard the first<br />

reading of legislation to solicit<br />

bids for the construction of pickleball<br />

courts. <strong>Groveport</strong> Park is<br />

2ND ANNUAL COMMUNITY<br />

CHRISTMAS CONCERT<br />

Sunday, Dec 3, <strong>2023</strong> - 7 P.M.<br />

ALL ARE WELCOME!<br />

Come celebrate the Christmas Season<br />

with an evening of beautiful music.<br />

Cookie reception<br />

immediately following<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Zion Lutheran Church<br />

6014 <strong>Groveport</strong> Rd. - 614-836-5611<br />

Event is FREE!<br />

the most likely place for the new pickleball courts.<br />

Currently there are pickleball courts that share space<br />

with three tennis courts in Degenhart Park. The city’s<br />

2024 budget includes $1 million for new pickleball<br />

courts.<br />

•Council postponed a decision until its Nov. 27<br />

meeting regarding a request to annex 1.94 acres on the<br />

north side of <strong>Groveport</strong> Road just west of Saltzgaber<br />

Road. The parcel could be part of a proposed development<br />

of a 210,000 square foot freezer/cooler facility on<br />

18 acres on the north side of <strong>Groveport</strong> Road just west<br />

of Saltzgaber Road.<br />

Nate Green of the Montrose Group told <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

City Council at its Oct. 16 meeting that the proposed<br />

development would be a $42 million investment in<br />

land and the facility.<br />

He said the facility could bring 100 jobs to the area<br />

and generate a possible $166,000 per year in income<br />

tax revenue for the city of <strong>Groveport</strong>. He said the facility<br />

could handle items such as food, pharmaceuticals,<br />

cosmetics, and nutritional products. It would use freon<br />

as its cooling agent.<br />

The development could also include an outparcel<br />

fronting <strong>Groveport</strong> Road to be marketed for retail use.<br />

City officials said a traffic review would be needed<br />

regarding the development.<br />

The developers were told to submit a proposed<br />

development agreement for city council and administration<br />

to consider in the future.<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Road corridor west of State Route<br />

317 is currently a mix of warehouses, small businesses,<br />

churches, and residences.<br />

A couple of years ago, the city contracted with the<br />

IBI Group to create a <strong>Groveport</strong> Road Corridor Study<br />

to review west <strong>Groveport</strong> Road between <strong>Groveport</strong> and<br />

Obetz from State Route 317 to Bixby Road.<br />

The report noted that the western portion of the<br />

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

eastern portion located in <strong>Groveport</strong> is mostly commercial/industrial.<br />

The study also stated the average daily traffic count<br />

for west <strong>Groveport</strong> Road in 2020 was 11,000 to 12,000<br />

vehicles, but that number will rise by 55 percent to<br />

17,000 by 2040.<br />

•A special Building and Zoning Appeals meeting to<br />

discuss group homes will be held Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. in<br />

the municipal building, 655 Blacklick St.<br />

Special Olympics<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Special Olympics chapter<br />

provides year round sports training and<br />

competition in a variety of Olympic type<br />

sports for intellectually disabled individuals.<br />

Contact Penny and Cassandra Hilty at<br />

groveportspecialolympics@gmail.com or at<br />

(614) 395-8992 or 395-6640. Donations may<br />

be sent to <strong>Groveport</strong> Special Olympics, P.O.<br />

Box 296, <strong>Groveport</strong>, OH 43125.<br />

Charity Newsies<br />

Charity Newsies applications for clothing<br />

assistance is at<br />

www.charitynewsies.org. The program<br />

helps families in need of clothing assistance.<br />

Children enrolled in K-12 in any<br />

public, private, parochial, charter or vocational<br />

school in Franklin County is eligible.<br />

Applications must be submitted online.<br />

Pick up appointments for clothes will be<br />

scheduled in the order received at 4300<br />

Indianola Ave. in Columbus.

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