Pondering Palm’s Pond in Groveport

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By Rick Palsgrove
Southeast Editor

A Groveport resident is concerned about overfishing at Palm’s Pond in Heritage Park.

“People are not doing catch and release,” resident William Milton told Groveport City Council on April 28. “The lack of fish is depriving young people of the joy of fishing.”

Milton, who said he is a fisherman, said he is also not catching as many fish in the pond as he used to due to what he believes is the overfishing.

Councilman Ed Rarey agreed stating that people are “taking fish out of there by the bucket fulls.”

Milton said the city needs to post better signage stating the rules and hours regarding fishing at the pond, which is located on the south edge of Heritage Park, 551 Wirt Road. He also asked if the police and Ohio Department of Natural Resources could patrol the area more often to check for fishing licenses and that rules are being followed.

Another problem Milton cited with the pond is its physical condition. He said the cattails and other natural vegetation around the pond are gone, which has harmed the fish habitat.

“It looks like a muddy cattle pond,” said Milton.

“He’s right on target about that,” said Rarey.

Mayor Lance Westcamp said city officials will look into the signage situation at the pond as well as alerting the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and city police to check on the park regularly.

The rules for Palm’s Pond, according to the Groveport Parks and Recreation website are as follows (all parks in Groveport are open from dawn to dusk):

•Boating, swimming, ice fishing, ice skating and walking on ice is prohibited, unless approved by the administrator.

•Persons age 16 and older must catch and release fish, except during two-week period of scheduled fish releases/stocking.

•Any bass or catfish under 16 inches in length must be released.

•Hunting or collecting of frogs, turtles, birds or other animals on park property is prohibited, unless otherwise authorized by state law.

•Casting of fish nets for purpose of catching fish is prohibited.

•Boating and operation of gas powered model boats is prohibited.

•All other state and federal wildlife statutes are applicable.

Cost of living adjustment

Groveport City Council approved a cost of living adjustment for city employees’ salaries.

“We recommended increasing the current pay scale by 3.55 percent,” Groveport City Administrator Marsha Hall wrote in a report to council. “This does not increase current salaries, rather it increases both the minimum, each step, and maximum pay schedules for each pay grade.”

The move would be part of a compensation plan adopted by council in 2012. Under this plan, every two years council reviews whether the city pay schedule is competitive with similar municipalities and then determines if a cost of living adjustment is needed. According to the plan, the adjustments are designed to allow the city “to continue to recruit and retain quality employees…Nothing in this compensation plan forces city council to issue a wage increase.”

The city uses the SERB Wage Survey, CPI-U, CPI-W, Social Security increases, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics regional survey to analyze the cost of living adjustment.

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