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Fall Newsletters have been printed and will be arriving on porches soon (thank you volunteer deliverers!). Unfortunately, we didn’t get them out in time to have them all delivered before Labor Day. If you get our MailChimp emails or follow us on Facebook this is old news, but please join neighbors on Monday morning for a labor day celebration on Glenmawr boulevard: 9:45am kids parade lineup, 11am potluck brunch. Our annual 4th of July party was rained out, so this year we are gathering for Labor Day. It will be fun for kids and adults alike. Hope to see you there!

Download your digital copy of the GENCA fall 2016 newsletter to see it in color!

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The Summer 2016 GENCA Newsletter is finished! Thanks to everyone who helped out.

Special thanks to the Gittes Law Group and our neighbor Fred Gittes for making this COLOR edition possible!

If you live in Glen Echo, please keep an eye out on your copy. Volunteers will be delivering the newsletters starting tomorrow! Download the digital copy here: summer 2016 newsletter_FINAL_combined_sm

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Lots happening in the neighborhood, so much so that we are splitting up the usual Spring/Summer Newsletter and will be doing a separate Summer edition in June. Look for your copy of the Spring 2016 GENCA Newsletter on your doorstep later this week. A big thank you to all the volunteers who will be hand delivering the newsletters door to door. You can download a color version here: spring 2016

When: Saturday, May 9, 2015, 1pm

Where: Glen Echo Presbyterian Church, Community Room (downstairs)

Hope to see you there!

The newest edition of the neighborhood newsletter is finished and headed your way! Download the spring 2015 newsletter while you wait for the paper copy to arrive on your porch!

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Commuting by bicycle from Glen Echo will hopefully become a lot safer starting next fall. The city’s first ever protected bike lanes will be going in on Summit Street between Hudson and 11th as a part of the repaving and re-striping of Summit and 4th Streets. Click here to read the Dispatch article. To learn even more, click here for the Feb. 2, 2015 Columbus Underground interview with Richard Ortman, Engineer and Catherine Girves of Yay Bikes.

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Our neighborhood is in the target area for a new program to tint road salt so it’s easier to tell which roads have been treated for ice. Watch for blue roads this weekend.

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From: Crabill, Melanie J.
Subject: City of Columbus To Add Color to Its Road Salt

During the upcoming snow event, the Snow Warriors will be testing the addition of a color tint to road salt that will be applied to Columbus streets. The product, Liquitint, will show which streets have been treated with salt (see attached photo). The color tint will be used on some of the collector and residential streets in the following area:

South of Morse Road, north of Fifth Avenue, east of Olentangy River Road, and west of Waggoner Road.

About Liquitint coloring:

– Allows the salt to be easily seen, providing road crews with easy tracking of their snow and ice treatment applications
– Liquitint is not harmful to people (including children), pets or the environment.
– Colorant is designed and highly engineered to be non-staining for pavement, skin, and clothing
– Environmentally-friendly and used in many products approved by the EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE) program
– Used nationally by many city and state Departments of Transportation (DOT)

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Indianola Bridge Rehab, ODOT Stage 2 plans

GENCA Summary

Project description:

Rehab of Indianola Bridge over Glen Echo Ravine, minor asphalt roadway work on either side of bridge, construction of storm sewers and relocation of a 16″ waterline.

Bridge:

-Patching of existing concrete spandrel and wing walls (see image clip of elevations from ODOT plans below), installation of a composite fiber wrap system (CFRP) on underside of concrete arch, excavation and waterproofing of bridge structure from above, inspection and possible replacement of existing tie-rods.

-Existing stairs will remain but may be closed during construction.

-Notes indicate that bird mural is not to be disturbed.

-Approximately 7 trees within the construction limits will be removed (see image clip of construction limit from ODOT plans below). Notes indicate all other trees are not to be disturbed.

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Traffic:

-Bridge will be closed to all traffic during construction. Arcadia to Cliffside will be open to local traffic only.

-Traffic plan currently directs detour traffic down Arcadia, to High street and back up to Weber road to avoid the bridge construction.

Links:

To view the complete plans, click here.

To read the GENCA letter to ODOT with comments, questions and requests, click here.

As we learn more, we will update neighbors here and on facebook. If you do not receive neighborhood mailchimp emails, you can sign up here. You can also contact us at glenechoproject@gmail.com with comments or questions.

Recs and Parks Plan for the Vernal Pool

Recs and Parks Plan for the Vernal Pool

Expect to see some small earth moving equipment and workers down in the park in the next week and a half to two weeks (early October) as Recreation and Parks digs between the third bridge and the bird mural (in the grassy area that is often mushy) for their Vernal Pool Restoration Project.

The Ohio Environmental Council website has a good bit of information about vernal pools. Here is some of what they have to say:

“Vernal pools are dynamic, seasonal wetlands that dot Ohio’s natural landscape. Vernal pools fill up annually but typically dry out during some part of the year. These small wetlands fill with spring rain and snow melt, blossom with life, and host a cacophony of sounds and a plethora of life forms every spring, only to disappear into the forest floor every autumn.

Vernal pools are vital to Ohio’s environment. They:

  • improve water quality;
  • serve as a bellwether wetland;
  • hold flood waters;
  • provide habitat to hundreds of species, including migratory birds; and
  • are an excellent educational tool.”

Once the site is prepared they will be doing native plantings and eventually the pool will be stocked with native frogs.

On a side note, anyone who is interested in identifying the Ohio species we have right here in our park or in learning more about the wildlife right in our backyards should check out the fantastic and free guidebooks by ODNR. We picked some up at the last Bioblitz and my kids love them, as do I. You can pick one up at the ODNR office (2045 Morse Road, Building G) or find them online here.

Neighbor feedback needed! Would a centrally located bulletin board/kiosk help you stay more informed and get more involved in all things Glen Echo? If so, where should it go? What should it look like? Send us an email (glenechoproject@gmail.com) or comment below. And take the poll too while you are here (scroll to the bottom). Unfortunately it would only let us keep it up for a week.

Lincoln neighborhood kiosk outside a local gathering place (coffee shop), Vancouver.

Lincoln neighborhood kiosk outside a local gathering place (coffee shop), Vancouver.

There are several merits to having a centrally located neighborhood kiosk. Mainly, it would provide a central place for finding out and posting information, especially for those neighbors who are not online or who choose not to participate in the neighborhood email listserve: A place for posting lost pet fliers, meeting neighbors, posting the latest neighborhood newsletter and fliers for upcoming meetings or events, or other items that may be of interest to the neighborhood and it’s neighbors. It could be simple or more ornate, it could be made of any number of materials, it could incorporate a bench (or not), maybe a place to pick up bags for your dog if you run out or forgot one or a little free library book exchange…there are seemingly endless possibilities. but first and foremost it would be about building and strengthening community.

Little free library kiosk in Atlanta.

Little free library kiosk in Atlanta.

There are also concerns to consider: maintenance, would it attract graffiti?, aesthetics, is it really necessary….

Whatever your opinion, we’d like to hear it. Is the idea of a kiosk something a majority of neighbors can get behind?

In an effort to provide something to respond to, I will be posting examples from the interwebs and from around Columbus as I find them.

(If you have pictures to add to the discussion, you can email glenechoproject@gmail.com and I will add them as time allows. If they are not your images, please provide a link to the source. Thanks!)

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Arnada neighborhood kiosk, Vancouver.

Woodlands Garden kiosk

Woodlands Garden kiosk, Atlanta.