General Groveport news

Groveport Police statistics
January crime statistics, according to the Groveport Police: 7 arrests, 10 accidents,2 assaults, 0 burglary, 7 domestic disputes, 3 domestic violence, 1 OVI and alcohol, 3 thefts/robberies, 0 fights, 0 disorderly condcut, 0 stolen/unauthorized use, 0 missing persons, 0 weapon related calls, 2 narcotic related offenses, 0 school related incidents, 9 parking, 2 threats, 2 vandalism, 37 traffic citations, 11 general complaints, 1 sex related crime, 1 suicide attempt/DOA.

Township Police statistics
January crime statistics from the Madison Township Police: 41 traffic stops, 16 assist/mutual aid, 3 assaults, 5 burglary, 32 domestic complaints, suspicious persons, 4 suspicious cars, 13 suspicious persons, 14 larceny/thefts, 2 narcotics, 1 sex offense, 1 OVI, 4 threats or harassment, 2 vandalism, 9 parking, 7 accidents with injuries, 2 shots fired in area, and 14 property damage accidents.

Stream corridor zone
Groveport City Council approved 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 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.”

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 or call Kyle Lund at 614-836-1000.

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.

Youth spring soccer
The Groveport Recreation Department is accepting registration (in-person and online) for its Youth Spring Soccer program thru March 4. Divisions are 4.5 years – kindergarten, 1st – 2nd grade, 3rd – 4th grade and 5th – 6th grade. Volunteer coaches and soccer officials (paid) are needed. Practices tentatively begin the week of March 22. Games will tentatively be played between April 10 and May 27. In the event that the Franklin County Healthy Advisory is still in effect when the league is scheduled to begin, the start of the program will be delayed until the advisory is lifted. Cost is $55 for Groveport residents / $65 for non-residents (includes jersey and socks). Contact Juli Pintz at 614-836-1000 or

Long time teacher passes
According to Groveport Madison Schools officials, Helen Slater, who was an art teacher at the high school for 20 years and “an extremely talented artist,” recently passed away at the age of 60.

“Helen was loved by her students and colleagues,” said Groveport Madison Schools Superintendent Garilee Ogden. “She was the teacher that would go above and beyond to serve students in any way she could. She would come in early, stay late, and even support students on weekends. She was dedicated to her work, and more importantly, to the success of all students.”

City tree inventory
The city of Groveport contracted with Davy Resource Group for the city’s first annual tree inventory and inspection program. According to Groveport City Administrator B.J. King, it is expected that approximately 650 to 700 trees in the city’s downtown area will be inventoried and inspected at a cost of about $6,000.

Libraries to reopen for limited services
The Columbus Metropolitan Library will reopened most of its 23 locations for limited services on Feb. 8.

With limited services customers can enter the building to: browse the shelves to pick out items; pick up items on hold; get Grab & Go Books; return items; use a computer (60-minute limit); reserve a table; print, copy, scan and fax; and get in-person Job Help and Homework Help at limited locations.

The Marion-Franklin Branch, which has been closed for all services, will reopen with limited weekday hours.

Curbside pickup and walk-up services will remain available for those customers who prefer them.

Face coverings must be worn to enter the library, as required by Gov. Mike DeWine.
CML will continue to follow guidelines provided by local, county and state health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Digital library resources remain available 24/7 at, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines, movies and music, plus research and learning tools.

CML has many channels for customers to connect with staff, including:

•Live Chat: CML’s live chat feature is a convenient way to get help Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.

•Phone Lines: CML staff are available at 614-645-2275 to give customers the help they need Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.

•School Help: K-12 students, parents and teachers can connect with staff members for Online Homework Help.

•Reserve an Expert: Customers can book an online, one-on-one appointment to get the help they need.

Follow CML on social media (Facebook, Twitter) and check for updates. Additional changes in operation will be shared as this public health situation continues to evolve.

Income tax revenue
The city of Groveport’s income tax revenue year-to-date as of Jan. 31 was $1.6 million, which is 26 percent lower than the same time in 2020. Income tax revenues comprise the largest portion of the city’s total revenues year-to-date, or 54.1 percent of all revenues, according to Groveport Finance Director Jason Carr.

Cemetery expenditure
The city of Groveport’s cemetery committee approved spending $8,525 for the installation of 1,100 square feet of concrete sidewalk and pad around the flag pole in Groveport Cemetery on which a new podium will be put in place.

Groveport Receation Center information
•Starting March 1, the Groveport Recreation Center, 7370 Groveport Road, will revert back to normal fall/winter hours, which are: Monday-Friday 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

•The Franklin County Health Department’s Stay At Home Advisory regarding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic expired on Feb. 6. The Groveport Recreation Department is planning for many programs to resume in March, including fitness classes, Tae/Kwon Do/Karate Ki Do, group swim lessons, private and semi-private swim lessons, ISR swim lessons, SCUBA lessons, underwater Easter egg hunt, youth sports clinics, pickleball clinics and leagues, and more. Lifeguard certification course continues except for the in-water portion of the class.

•The Groveport Recreation Department is taking registrations for youth spring soccer and adult spring/summer slow pitch softball. The Community Garden plots can also now be reserved.

•For information call 614-836-1000

Engineering firms
Groveport City Council approved legislation to seek qualifications statements from interested engineering firms to determine which firm, or firms, can perform various engineering services for the city outside the scope of the city’s own engineering department.

The legislation raised a red flag for Councilman Shawn Cleary, who noted the outside engineering costs the city paid over the last four years, has been: $192,118 in 2017; $400,905 in 2018; $225,675 in 2019; and $642,650 in 2020.

Groveport City Administrator B.J. King said the city “recoups a significant portion” of the outside engineering firm costs. He said the city collects fees from developers for such things as plan reviews and inspections.

“The Ohio Public Works Commission grants we receive also provide funds to pay for engineering costs,” said King.

“I’m glad to hear that. Numbers are numbers, it’s all about costs, if we are recouping some of it that’s great, but let’s keep an eye on it,” said Cleary.

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