Vote - Nov. 8
Oct 13, 2016
The general election is Tuesday, Nov 8 (6:30a to 7:30p). You may download Minerva Park's ballot (also available in the Nov 2016 Villager newsletter), mark your preferences, and take it with you to the polls.
Residents of Minerva Park vote at the North Park Church of Christ, 4938 Westerville Road. Call 614-890-2427 if you need assistance getting to the polls.
Check your registration at the Franklin County Board of Elections.
Beggars Night - Oct 31
Oct 13, 2016
Village children and their guests will have Beggars Night on Monday, Oct 31, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Your Police Department reminds residents to drive safely and be especially careful for our little ones.
Christmas Carriage Rides - Dec 18
Oct 13, 2016
Underwritten by your $20/$21 Community Association Dues. Join or donate today.
Event – Dec 18, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Reservations – Carriage Rides are open to MPCA members and their guests only.
1. Become a MP Community Association member for 2016-2017, either online ($21) or in person ($20) when your street rep stops by or deliver a check payable to MPCA in an envelope with your name on it to the Community Building, 2829 Minerva Lake Road.
2. Then register for the Christmas Carriage Rides, either online or fill out a reservation form (also in the Oct and Nov issues of the Villager) and deliver it to the Community Building.
Children's Halloween Party - Oct 23
Oct 13, 2016
Made possible by your $20/$21 Community Association Dues - Village children are invited to the Halloween Party at the Community Building, Sunday, Oct 23, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fall & Halloween crafts, snacks, games, candy. Bring a Trick or Treating bag and wear your best costume! As always, we can use some volunteers and some bakers. Please call BettyAnn Zimmerman at 614-815-2257.
MP Community Association Annual Membership Drive
Updated Aug 30, 2016
The MPCA annual membership drive is here, and we have exciting news for 2016. Residents will be able to update their information and pay the annual membership online! You can complete registration online, in person, or by email ... and pay direct ($20, unchanged) or pay online ($21). Registration information will help update the Resident Directory and confirm membership for members-only events. Note that only MPCA officials have access to your information.
- Update your listing in the MPCA Resident Directory. Your Community Association produces a resident directory annually, containing important contact information for the MP Police and Fire Departments, MPCA committees, government officials, Planning & Zoning, local schools; trash collection; resident listings; MP map; and local-area advertising. It’s important that we publish accurate information, so please make sure your listing is correct. The directory is offered as a benefit of membership in your Community Association and can be purchased by non-MPCA members.
- Join your Community Association. For an annual donation of only $20 (paid by mail or in person) or $21 (paid online), you can help support a wide variety of social events (some for MPCA members only) that help make our Village a special place to live. These include Christmas Carriage Rides; the children’s Halloween Party, Christmas Party, and Easter Egg Hunt; Family Fun Night; Wine & Cheese events at the pool; Garage Sales; Candidates Night; Nancy Fisher Memorial Scholarship; Garden Tour; Garden Awards; Festival of Lights; Duck Award for good citizenship; Welcoming Committee; Sunshine Committee; Resident Directory; the Villager newsletter, and more.
- Give back to your community. Officers and committee assignments were decided at the annual MPCA business meeting on September 14. Learn how you can give back to your community by contacting MPCA President Dani Wolf, email@example.com.
Direct questions to Dani Wolf, MPCA President, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Curbside Leaf Collection - Oct 10 through Dec 12 (est.)
Sep 28, 2016
Please have your leaves raked near the curb and remember to not park on the streets so the vendor can collect as many leaves as possible.
On the Beat
Sep 28, 2016
By Police Chief Kim Nuesse
Minerva Park Police would like to remind our residents of two very important phone numbers for reaching the police.
- 9-1-1 for emergencies.
- 614-525-3333 is the non-emergency dispatch phone number (Franklin County Sheriff’s Office dispatches our police by radio). Use this phone number to make a report, to call in suspicious activity or traffic issues, or to have an officer respond to your location for information.
We will be sponsoring a costume parade for Minerva Park children (parents are welcome to dress up, too!) on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 1:30 p.m., weather permitting. The staging area for the parade will be the Hawthorne Elementary School parking lot and will proceed west, along Minerva Lake Road, ending at the Community Building at 2 p.m., just in time for the Halloween Party for the children, which is hosted by the Minerva Park Community Association.
Minerva Park Police Department also is sponsoring a Minerva Park Halloween Pet Costume Contest on our Facebook page. You can submit your photos on Facebook beginning Monday, Oct. 24, until Sunday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. We will announce the winners in three categories (“Most Original,” “Funniest,” and “Coolest”) on Monday, Oct. 31, at 10 a.m. on our Facebook page.
Did you know that Village ordinance 452.13 prohibits parking trailers, boats, or RV vehicles on the street? Parking on the grass also is not permitted per ordinance 452.14.
Minerva Park Police posts crime, traffic, and other urgent or emergency information on our Facebook page and Twitter. Check us out! •
Don't Get Burned
Reprint from the October 2016 Villager
By Scott Doellinger, Code Enforcement Officer
Burning can seem like a good way to get rid of unwanted trash and garden/lawn waste. We have the expression “burn it up,” which really is describing a fire where most of the organic material combines with oxygen to create carbon dioxide. Only small amounts of minerals are left, as ash. The “up” part of the expression accurately describes how smoke and carbon dioxide are released in the air.
Minerva Park Ordinance 660.08 restricts open burning to fires for cooking or campfire enjoyment. The ordinance further requires the fire to be of “minimum size” and constructed of clean burning fuel to “minimize the generation and emission of air contaminants.” It further prohibits the introduction of trash, waste, and yard waste into the fire. So the old trick of having a package of hot dogs nearby to claim the trash fire is a “campfire” will not be accepted by the Minerva Park Fire Department or Code Enforcement Officer. Violation is a minor misdemeanor and a fine equal to the cost of having the pre-burned material disposed of properly. Remember, leaves are removed by a contractor hired by the Village at no additional charge to the homeowner. These leaves are taken to a composting center where they are composed into usable compost for use around plantings and as soil augmentation.
Bottom line … burning creates pollution. Some Minerva Park residents are more sensitive to those pollutants than others. Anyone with breathing difficulties because chronic sinusitis, allergies, and asthma can suffer greatly from the air pollution caused by burning. These problems can cause a host of symptoms such as nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy or watery eyes, chest congestion, cough, wheezing, labored breathing, and shallow breathing.
So please be respectful of your neighbor and don’t pollute. Keep campfires to a minimum for enjoyment and make sure they are clean-burning, generating a minimum of smoke and pollution.
Villager Newsletter - Oct
Sep 28, 2016
Stories include ...
- Village Leaf Pick-up Program
- Don't Get Burned
Oct 23, 2016
Council Meetings - Residents are encouraged to attend the Council Meetings, Mondays, 7 p.m., Community Building. Get involved! Review Council work packets ...
Planning and Zoning Meetings - Planning and Zoning meets usually on the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m., dependent on items coming before the Commission.
Schedule - Residents are invited to attend and observe meetings, i.e., committee work sessions and Planning & Zoning meetings. Dates and times are posted officially at the Community Building, Pool, and Playground, or call 614-882-5743.
Coffee with Council - Oct 17
Sep 28, 2016
Residents are invited to meet with Council members to discuss Village issues. Community Building, 7 p.m.