By Rick Palsgrove
Repair costs for damages to the Links at Groveport Golf Course from flooding caused by torrential rain storms in July will not be covered by insurance.
In a report to Groveport City Council, City Administrator Marsha Hall said council needs to amend appropriations to the golf fund by $100,000 to pay for the damages as the city’s property insurance carrier denied coverage under the policy.
Hall said had buildings on the course suffered flood damage the insurance would have covered those. But the insurance policy does not cover flood damages to the course itself. She noted the city also has a $10,000 deductible on its insurance policy.
According to city officials, the back nine holes (holes 10-18) were the hardest hit by the flooding when Walnut Creek spilled over its banks and onto the course. There was standing water on the course for days until it slowly drained away.
Golf Director Tom Walker said the effects of the July flood “are still lingering, but the course has started to show significant signs of recovery.” He added that all the renovated bunkers have been repaired except for the back bunker on hole 9.
Proposed change to use of building
Michael Woods has requested a zoning use variance for the building located at 532 (Rear) Main St., in Groveport. The building was previously used as a print shop for the past 25 years. Woods seeks to use the approximately 117 by 28 foot building for L&M Fire Protection Services. The company installs fire protection sprinkler systems, services and repairs sprinkler systems, and services and repairs backflow devices. As part of his application, Woods said no hazardous materials would be stored on site nor would any fabrication work be done there. The front part of the building would be used as an office with the rear portion primarily used for equipment storage. The Groveport Planning and Zoning Commission will review the use variance request at its Oct. 2 meeting at 6 p.m. in the municipal building, 655 Blacklick St. The request will also have to be approved by Groveport City Council.
“No Solicitation” signage
Groveport Law Director Kevin Shannon informed residents of the city’s Founders Bend subdivision that the city cannot place a “No Solicitation” sign on the Founders Bend sign that is located on city property.
Founders Bend resident Ramona James requested the signage at Groveport City Council’s Aug. 28 meeting stating the subdivision’s residents are tired of solicitors frequently going door-to-door in their neighborhood.
According to Shannon, the city cannot place a sign on city property that is inconsistent with city law. He also said the subdivision cannot prohibit something for the entire subdivision that is allowed by police power. However, Shannon noted that individual property owners can prohibit solicitors on their own property.