Groveport to recoup losses from damage to public property; plus other news

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By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor

The city of Groveport can now receive restitution from people who cause damage to public property.

On June 28, Groveport City Council approved legislation to formalize a process that enables the city to seek reimbursement for costs when individuals cause damage to public property, such as damage from traffic accidents.

“On occasion a traffic accident can result in damage to public property, such as guardrails, street signs, and light poles,”said Groveport City Administrator B.J. King. “In the past the city has paid for these repairs. Instead of eating the cost for the repairs, the city would work with the individual’s insurance provider to seek reimbursement.”

King said there have not necessarily been a frequency accidents lately that triggered this process.

“However, we want to have the process and fees in place for whenever an accident does occur,” said King.

When asked if this ordinance also applies when individuals vandalize public property, King said, “This is geared more toward damage from traffic accidents, but if someone intentionally damaged public property, we will do what we can to seek reimbursement for the cost of repairs.”

King said the amount of money the city will save as a result of this legislation is difficult to estimate.

“This is all based on damage to public property,” said King. “However, this will save the city money any time damage occurs to public property and we can recoup the cost for repair.”

Purchase and projects update
•Bids were received and are being reviewed for the estimated $120,000 elevator upgrades at Groveport Town Hall.

•Traffic signal mast arms and signals are being installed at South Hamilton Road and Higgins Boulevard and are anticipated to be operational by mid-July.

•Design proposals are expected in the coming months for the new elevated water tank design estimated at $100,000.

•The contract was awarded and field work is expected in mid- to late-July for the $1.5 million west Bixby Road phase 2 rehabilitation project.

•The Groveport Police received $28,260 worth of new tasers and officers were expected to be trained in their use by the end of June.

One way alleys
The historic areas in Groveport are criss-crossed with narrow alleys that have been in place and used since town’s original street plats in the 1800s. Currently some alleys are one way only and others are not.

Council had considered legislation to make Shoemaker Alley one way west and Canal Street one way east, but has since scrapped that plan.

Instead, council asked city officials to conduct a broader study of all the alleys in the city to determine the most effective traffic patterns for the alley system.

No bouncing around
Council is considering legislation to prohibit visitors to the city’s parks from having a bounce house or other inflatable entertainment items at a park. Additionally, the same legislation would prohibit the stapling or nailing of signs, flyers, etc., to picnic tables, shelter houses, or any park facility.

KidsFest 2021
The Groveport Recreation Department , Groveport Community Affairs Department, and the Groveport Police will host KidsFest 2021 on Aug. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon in Groveport Park, 7370 Groveport Road. This free event includes Touch-A-Truck, Cops-N-Kids, Back to School Fest, and document shredding. For information visit groveport.rec.com.

Youth soccer
The Groveport Recreation Department is holding Youth Fall Soccer League registration between July 1 and Aug. 1 at the Groveport Recreation Center, 7370 Groveport Road. Online registration is also available at www.groveportrec.com. The following divisions are offered: age 4.5 to kindergarten, 1st – 2nd grade, 3rd – 4th grade and 5th – 6th grade (age/grade as of 2021-22 school year). Cost is $55 for Groveport residents and $65 for non-residents. Practices begin in mid-late August Games will be played in September and October. Volunteer coaches are needed. For information contact Kelly Carter at 614-836-1000 ext. 1512 or kcarter@groveport.org.

Movie in the Park
The Groveport Recreation & Community Affairs departments will host a free family friendly Movie in the Park on July 23. Movie will begin at dusk and will be shown in Groveport Park, 7370 Groveport Road. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnic basket and bug spray. Kids under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult. No alcohol or pets. Food trucks will tentatively be on-site. Inflatables will be on-site beginning at 6:30 p.m. In case of bad weather, the event will be rescheduled for July 24.

Slow-pitch adult softball
The Groveport Recreation Department is registering teams for its Fall Adult Slow-Pitch Softball Leagues between July 1 and Aug. 6. The season will consist of 10 regular season games (double-headers) beginning in late August (one-pitch format) and a single elimination tournament for top four teams. Co-ed recreational will play on Tuesday evenings; men’s recreational will play on Monday evenings; and men’s competitive will play on Thursday evenings. Eight team maximum per division. Cost is $275 per team. Visit www.groveportrec.com or call Kyle Lund at 614-836-1000 ext. 1503 for information.

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