Councilman Ed Rarey called for Groveport officials to revisit plans for new sidewalks in town and also to consider building a bicycle/walking path to connect the village to Three Creeks Metro Park.
"The sidewalk issue seems to have died on the vine," said Rarey at Groveport Village Council’s Sept. 10 meeting. "We committed ourselves at one time to put in sidewalks, but now we’ve backed off for some reason."
Rarey mentioned Elm Street from Walnut Street west to College Street, West Street north of Main Street, and Center Street north from Main Street as just some of the areas still in need of sidewalks.
A few years back the village repaired sidewalks throughout town as well as built new sidewalks in some areas.
Rarey also asked council to look into having the village’s public works department put in an approximately one mile bicycle/walking path extending from Corbett Road north along Old Hamilton Road to Cruiser Park and then to Three Creeks Metro Park.
Rarey said Metro Parks has expressed in an interest in the past to Groveport connecting to Three Creeks Metro Park with a bicycle path. The path would link to the larger Metro Parks/Franklin County Greenways bicycle path system.
"By extending a path to the park it would allow people to go undisturbed clear up to Broad Street (in Columbus)," said Rarey.
Rarey said there is right-of-way space available along Old Hamilton Road for a path. He suggested the path could be made of finely crushed gravel. The village already has a similar unpaved path along the former Scioto Valley Traction Line right-of-way extending east from Blacklick Park at Blacklick Street to Rager Road.
Rarey said bicyclists who use Old Hamilton Road to get to Three Creeks Metro Park, as well as some pedestrians who walk along the road into the village, are in a "dangerous, precarious situation" when using the narrow roadway.
"We should look at this and see what we can do to put this (the path) in," said Rarey.
Council could discuss the sidewalk and bicycle/walking path issue at a future meeting.
Businesses seek to grow
Two businesses are looking to expand their operations in Groveport.
•Village Administrator Jon Crusey told council that the Sedalia Medical Center on Hendron Road is looking to sell the southern portion of its lot to the neighboring First Service Federal Credit Union.
Village Development Director Jeff Green said First Service Federal Credit Union is interested in the land as the site for its corporate headquarters. Green noted such an operation would bring high paying jobs to the village.
A hitch in the proposal is that the property in question, though zoned to allow for a financial institution, contains deed restrictions imposed by the village when the medical center was constructed. These restrictions would exclude a financial institution from using the vacant land.
Council will consider legislation at a future meeting to amend the deed restrictions to allow for a financial institution to use the land.
•Village Building Official Stephen Moore informed council that Kroger, located at 6011 Main St., has submitted an application to the village to expand its operation by constructing a 20,000 square foot addition onto the existing building’s west side. The village’s board of zoning appeals could consider the issue at its Oct. 1 meeting.
Income tax revenues rise
Groveport Finance Director Ken Salak stated the village’s income tax revenues for August were $574,340, an increase of 10.62 percent over August 2006.
Salak added that, for the year so far, the village’s income tax revenues are up 10.93 percent compared to this time in 2006.
Recreation Center numbers increase
Groveport Parks and Recreation Director Kyle Lund reported that the total number of visits to the village’s recreation center in August were 12,389, which is an increase of 20 percent over August of 2006.