General Groveport and Madison Township news

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Groveport Police statistics
December crime statistics, according to the Groveport Police: 9 arrests, 21 accidents, 2 assaults, 1 burglary, 6 domestic disputes, 4 domestic violence, 3 OVI and alcohol, 6 thefts/robberies, 0 stolen/unauthorized use, 1 missing persons, 0 weapon related calls, 3 narcotic related offenses, 0 school related incidents, 2 parking, 0 threats, 2 vandalism, 18 traffic citations, 7 general complaints, 1 sex related crime, 1 suicide attempts/DOA.

Township Police statistics
December crime statistics from the Madison Township Police: 45 traffic stops, 25 assist/mutual aid, 5 assaults, 2 burglary, 20 domestic complaints, 17 suspicious persons, 6 suspicious cars, 21 suspicious person/vehicle, 15 larceny/thefts, 2 narcotics, 2 sex offenses, 3 OVI, 11 threats or harassment, 1 vandalism, 9 parking, 8 accidents with injuries, 1 fight, 3 shots fired in area, and 22 property damage accidents.

Cruisers on the air
The Groveport Sports Network will provide live play-by-play coverage of Groveport Madison High School athletic contests in boys basketball and softball in 2020-21. The broadcast coverage will include high definition video as well as live audio.

Each broadcast begins 25 minutes prior to the scheduled start time with the pre-game show, which features interviews with the coach, a scouting report of the opponent, the starting line-ups, and more. Tune in after the game for interviews with players and the coach, along with a look at the final stats. Watch the action for free on your computer or handheld device. All 20 are available to view on demand free of charge as well. at www.facebook.com/groveportsportsnetwork.

The games to be broadcast are: boys basketball (all times 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted): Jan. 19 vs. Westland; Jan. 22 at Reynoldsburg; Jan. 26, vs. Pickerington Central; Feb. 2 vs. Hilliard Bradley; Feb. 5 vs. at Pickerington Central; Feb. 12 vs. Newark softball (all times 5:15 p.m. unless otherwise noted)  - April 21, vs. Pickerington Central; April 26, vs. Central Crossing; April 29, vs. Lancaster; May 1 at 10 a.m., vs. Canal Winchester; May 3, at Pickerington Central; May 5, vs. Newark; May 6, at Central Crossing.

Alley drainage
Groveport City Council approved legislation to contract for drainage improvements in the city’s alleys.
“The Public Works Department is inspecting various drainage pipes in alleys located in the downtown area,” said Groveport City Administrator B.J. King. “In 2021, drainage improvements will occur in Hickory Alley. Annually, there will be money included in the budget to continue the improvements of older storm drainage systems in the alleys.”

Vehicle fees legislation
Groveport City Council is considering legislation to enact the collection of an additional $5 from vehicle registration fees.

The state legislature passed the $5 fee earlier this year. However, council considered this legislation last spring, but postponed it because of the potential adverse economic impact it could have on the public due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“Estimates provided by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission show that Groveport could collect an additional $59,000 if this tax was to be levied,” said Groveport City Administrator B.J. King.

Stream corridor zone
Groveport City Council is considering an ordinance to amend the city’s storm water code to establish a 250 foot maximum width for a stream corridor protection zone.

“The current code has no maximum width for stream corridor protection zones,” said Groveport City Administrator B.J. King. “The absence of a maximum size could become overly restrictive for the development of a property, for example a large portion of a property could become a stream corridor protection zone resulting in it becoming undevelopable. Many other cities have codes that cap the size of stream corridor protection zones.”

Lifeguarding classes
The Groveport Recreation Department will offer lifeguard certification classes beginning in January. Persons must be age 15 by the last day of class. The normal classroom portion of the class will be held online (eight hours). The in-water portion of the class (20 hours) will be held at the Groveport Recreation Center’s indoor pool, 7370 Groveport Road. Cost is $50 for Groveport residents and $60 for all others. Free skills training sessions are available to get persons acclimated to the pre-requisites. For information call Aquatics Manager Seth Bower at 614-836-1000 or email sbower@groveport.org or visit www.groveportrec.com. Register either in-person at the Groveport Recreation Center or online at www.groveportrec.com.

Madison Township
community center closed
Madison Township is not taking 2021 reservations for the Community Center at this time. Any updates will be posted onthe township’s website, emailed through its subscriber list, and posted to social media.

Lockbourne winter hikes
Winter hikes will be held on the village of Lockbourne’s Magnolia Trails, 154 Commerce St., Lockbourne, on Jan. 23 and Feb. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. See views of Big Walnut Creek as well as wildlife including deer, herons, hawks, and ducks. Also on the hike see the historic Ohio and Erie Canal locks in Lockbourne and Columbus feeder canal remnants.

Homicide in township
On Jan. 8, at 8:15 a.m. the Madison Township Police responded to a domestic complaint call on Harbor Boulevard involving an injured person.

According to the Madison Township Police, officers arrived on the scene at 8:19 a.m. and located and quickly took the suspect into custody. Upon locating the victim, officers immediately rendered first aid and called for a medic. However, the victim passed away around 8:30 a.m.

he Madison Township Police Department is working with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Detective Bureau, which is investigating this incident as a homicide.

Think spring – Groveport Community Garden
Interested in gardening, but don’t have enough space at your residence? If so, you may want to consider gardening at the Groveport Community Garden.

The garden is in Heritage Park, 551 Wirt Road, Groveport, just a one mile drive from the Groveport Recreation Center. Dozens of plots available. On-site water available as well as fertile soil. Cost is $10 per plot. Groveport residents and persons who had a plot in 2020 may register beginning Feb. 1. Non-resident registration begins March 1. Planting begins in early April. The garden closes on Nov. 1. For information, visit www.groveportrec.com/259/Community-Garden or call Kyle Lund at 614-836-1000.

School board officers elected
On Jan. 12, the Groveport Madison Board of Education elected Libby Gray as board president and LaToya Dowdell-Burger as board vice president.

Income tax revenue
The city of Groveport’s 2020 income tax revenue as of Dec. 31 was $15.7 million, which was 12.1 percent lower than the same time in 2019. Income tax revenues comprise the largest portion of the city’s total revenues year-to-date, or 49.8 percent of all revenues, according to Groveport Finance Director Jason Carr.

Carr also noted, that due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the recreation department operational receipts are down $1 million from the same time in 2019 and the golf course operational receipts are down $66,766.

Honorary brick map
The Groveport Community Affairs Department is currently creating a map of the location of all the Veterans Park and Heritage Park honorary bricks. The map, which will enable people to find a particular brick’s location more easily, will be placed on the city’s website once completed.

Farmers’ Market
The 2021 Groveport Farmers’ Market is tentatively scheduled to be open on Tuesdays from June 29 through Sept. 14 from 4-7 p.m., according to cit of Groveport officials.

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