May 11, 2011

In This Issue
Brook Run Rain Garden Project
Medication Disposal Day: By the Numbers
City Service Calls & Requests

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Westerville Neighborhood Rain Garden Project

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Earlier today, Brook Run residents joined Mayor Kathy Cocuzzi and the Franklin County Soil & Water Conservation District to dedicate the neighborhood's Rain Garden project

The Brook Run subdivision in Westerville has been named Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District's first Water Quality Partnership Neighborhood.  Earlier today, the Brook Run Neighborhood Rain Garden Project was dedicated, with a tour of the project's 16 residential rain gardens, the five right-of-way gardens, and the outfall where the flow meter is installed to collect monitoring data.


This 30-month neighborhood rain garden project is the only residential rain garden project in Ohio where monitoring data quantifies the reduction in rainwater runoff.  It has gained national and statewide attention, and will be presented at the StormCon Confererain garden pipence in California this August.  Funding was provided by the Ohio EPA Ohio Environmental Education Fund, the Ohio Water Development Authority, and in-kind services from partners Franklin Soil and Water, the City of Westerville, The Ohio State University, and Central Ohio Rain Garden Initiative.  Similar projects in other states using clusters of small storm water infiltration practices have been shown to reduce downstream flooding and the costs to municipalities of installing additional storm water infrastructure.


For more information, please visit http://www.franklinswcd.org/.

Mark your calendar for these special events in Westerville over Memorial Day weekend.  For a comprehensive listing of upcoming events, visit the Westerville Visitor & Convention Bureau calendar HERE.   


Friday, May 27

6-9 p.m.: 4th Friday, "Back to Nature," Uptown Westerville



Saturday, May 28

11 a.m.: Grand Opening of Highlands Park Aquatic Center, 245 S. Spring Rd.

Monday, May 30

All day:  City Offices Closed

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westerville Community Center Open

9:45 a.m. -  Memorial Day Parade (Begins at College and State Sts; ceremony takes place at end-point at Otterbein cemetery.) 

*Rumpke yard waste collection delayed due to holiday 

Medication Disposal Day: By the Numbers

The Westerville Division of Police and OhioHealth, in partnership with Genoa Township and other local agencies, recently hosted its third-annual Medication Disposal Day (Saturday, April 30).  This special event allowed Central Ohio residents to bring expired and unused prescription and over-the-counter medications to one of the locations listed and law enforcement officers will dispose of these medications in a safe, legal and environmentally conscious manner.


"Each year we collect more and more unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medication that will be properly disposed of and will no longer circulate in the community," said Del Robeson, Deputy Chief of the Westerville Division of Police.  "This is good for our environment and it's good for our efforts in drug abuse prevention.  A special thanks to our partners and all of those who participated this year."


By the Numbers:


1,156      Participating households, a 29% increase 

264         Number of households that participated in Westerville

211%     The amount of growth in participation from 2009 

1,180      Pounds in total weight of the 2011 collection

648         Number of dry pills collected

532         Amount of liquid medications collected

City Service Requests  

Pass a pothole? Spot a flickering street light? Have a question or comment for City staff? 


Visit the "Service Request" page on the City website.