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Forest Hills Journal (Newspaper) - April 22, 1980, Cincinnati, OhioVol. 19 no. 80 tuesday april 22,1980 single copy is cents Gnu cd of say aft Lmh in the a a fun ohm trustees delay court vote a vote on a new juvenile court Extension in Anderson township was postponed by the township trustees in their meeting last thursday. The Board decided to meet with the referee from a similar facility in Sharonville before voting on the court. Trustees John o Brien and Thomas Taylor both indicated at the meeting that they were ready to vote in favor of the court but Robert Dorsey said he would like to speak with Robert rack the Sharonville referee before voting. Rack was scheduled to be in the township last night to address the Anderson Hills kiwanis and the trustees made plans to meet with rack after the kiwanis meeting. Taylor who has pushed for the establishment of the court said �?o1 have no further questions about it. If you gentlemen would like to meet with Bob rack i think that is a very valid desire. If you have questions you think Are Are important 1 Thirsk we should spend time to review o Brien said he had a no problems with the idea Quot and suggested the Board vote in favor of the court on a trial basis for a six month or one year Peri of Dorsey however said he would prefer to speak with rack before he voted on the Issue. A i would really like to talk to Bob rack monday night and decide on the Issue very soon after that Quot he said. Taylor and of Brien both agreed to the idea. Taylor has prepared a budget for the court which arrives at a maximum monthly Cost of $800 to rim the court. He has said however that the actual Cost of the court can be much less with the Volunteer help he expects. The added Cost to the township Taylor contends can be absorbed by the growth in tax revenues. When o Brien mentioned his preference that the court first be run on a trial basis Taylor said officials of the county court have indicated that there is no reason operation of the court cannot be discontinued if the trial fails. Action by the Hamilton county commissioners to establish a county wide hotel Motel tax was also discussed by the Board. The township has its own tax meaning that motels in the township Are taxed at a 10.5 percent rate. The township rate is three percent As is the county rate and the state levies a four and one half percent Sal its tax. Motel owners have said the duplicate taxes from the county and the township put them at a competitive disadvantage to motels in areas with lower taxes. The trustees had sent a letter to the commissioners asking for consideration when the new tax was acted upon but the commissioners acted sooner than expected and the letter was received after the county tax had been enacted. Dorsey said he can understand the complaints of Motel owners who May feel they Are getting no added services for the county s additional three percent tax. He added however that the township tax is justified since the motels receive services from the township. Dorsey added that he did not believe the tax would Hurt the business of any motels in the township and clerk William Skeen said the trustees might want to see if the additional tax Burden actually hurts the business of township motels then act accordingly. The feeling of the Board was that the county officials Are not willing to establish special conditions for any duplication caused by the new tax. The Board took no definitive action on the Issue but decided to look into the affects on township motels and consider further action if warranted. Also at the thursday meeting the Board discussed the use of the old Forest Hills school District administration building on Forest Road As a command Post for Hamilton county sheriffs deputies in the township. After some discussion the Board decided to look into the Cost of renovation of the present office in the township maintenance building As compared to use of the Forest Road site. The school District has offered Iree use of the Bottom floor of the building to the sheriffs department and that site would also need some modifications. Sgt. Charles Stein Post commander for the township said whichever facility is used he must have More room than he does currently. Quot i have to have an office Quot he said a and if we can get More room Back Here in the maintenance building that s Fine. I just have to be sure i have a place to do my paperwork and to meet with the Board noted some advantages to the use of both locations including the centrality of township services at the current site. The Road maintenance department and the fire depart mine also use the Beec Mooi Avenue Complex. A the Forest Road building has More room and school officials reportedly like the idea of hav la the deputies near Anderson High school to Cut Down on vandalism. The office at the maintenance building however is Only one room and has Little Access to the Public. Stein sheriffs department officials and the trustees a have said they want a place where township residents can come to speak w Ith Stein about a problem Dorsey asked Taylor who acts As the Liaison Between the township and the sheriff s department to look into the Cost of the renovation of both locations and bring a recommendation to the Board. A i think All of us can see the different sides of the question Quot Dorsey said a but we have to have a Little More investigation before we can make a real decision on this in other business the Board noted receipt of a letter from attorneys for the owner of the putt putt Golf course next to the administration building. The land is scheduled to be used for a Park a ride facility by metro. The land has been purchased few the facility but metro has not yet negotiated a Price for relocating the miniature Golf course. The attorneys for Mildred Green the owner of the course asked in the letter if the business May continue operation until the Issue is settled. Dorsey who has been Active in the creation of the Park no ride station said construction could begin As Early As july and suggested rental of the land to Green until that time. The Board asked township attorney Paul scrunch to keep abreast of the Issue. After receiving a request for construction of a Street Light at Coran drive and Pinebluff Lane the Board deferred action until a policy can be established concerning such requests. Since an increasing number of subdivisions in the township Are being built without Utility poles in front of Homes the difficulty and expense to ins Talla Light also increased the Board moved to postpone action until Cincinnati Gas and electric co can give in formation about costs and procedures for the work on such lights the trustees agreed to Purchase three cars for the fire department after a request from chief David Cooper for four autos. The cars Are scheduled to be taken out of service by the sheriff s department. Cooper said they Are in Good shape and the Purchase Price for the township w Ould be about $800 Cooper agreed to Settle for three cars after Dorsey asked if the department could get by with fewer than four. A i think three cars will help us out a lot Quot Cooper said. A considering that the firemen s association has Given the township something like $187,000 Worth of equipment in the past couple of years. I really Don t think its too much to ask. Quot two of the cars will be those currently used by deputies in the township and Are due to be traded in the Cost of those cars will be included in the next contract Between the township and. The sheriffs department. The third car will probably be purchased f rom the department and the Board put an $800 limit on the transaction. The Board also voted thursday to instruct the Road maintenance department to erect no parking signs along one Side of Shangrila drive from Beechmont Avenue to Ticon de a court residents of the area have voiced mixed opinions of the action but the fire chief and Post commander recommended construction of the signs to allow Access for emergency vehicles. Play Ball the opening a it of the Little league season was saturday and action i Forest Hills baseball diamonds was fast and furious. Here a Batter from the record theatre team faces a pitch As the Catcher for Kelly services awaits delivery. The game look place at Maddux Field at a. In. Journal photo. Contract cuts face Board members at its monthly meeting last night the Forest Hills Board of education was scheduled to act on several personnel matters including recommendations of non renewal of contracts for 36 District employees. Of the 36 contracts according to school superintendent Robert c. Wolf three Are not to be1 renewed after evaluation of teaching performance. Wolf said the other non renewals Are largely routine and Are necessary until the District administration sees enrolment and funding figures for the 1980-1981 school year. Some other contracts Are not being renewed the superintendent said because the employees were hired with the understanding that their jobs were temporary until another employee returned from a leave of absence teachers and administrators Are evaluated each year in the District. Wolf said and the evaluation of three teachers was not satisfactory. Principals evaluate the teachers in their building and share the results of the evaluation with the teacher. A teacher is also expected to Complete an evaluation process to establish Success or failure in reaching goals set at the beginning of the evaluation period. Teachers Are evaluated on grounds of student development Quality of instructional program human relations and planning management after the setting1 of goals and the evaluation the process includes a. Follow up conference 1 continued to Page a-3 township May be Hurt if Federal funds decrease by Brian Macconnell staff w Riter Anderson Tov a Ifni stands to lose a sub Sta it a c Hun of Money if a part of president Jimmy Carter s budget cutting proposal is enacted. An important part of or. Carters cuts involves slicing Federal Revenue sharing funds from which the township benefits. At last thursdays meeting of the township trustees the Board received a letter from Delhi township trustee Dusty Rhodes who noted the proposed cuts an wrote that the cuts Are a serious treat to townships. Board president John of Brien said he has seen figures that wanted clerk the Anderson township Park Board is soliciting applications for a clerk treasurer for the Board. Those interested in the position Are urged to write Tom Gaier Board president. 1126 Raycliffe place Cincinnati o. 45230 by april 30. He May be called at 421-1450 by those with questions. Anderson townships funds would be Cut by about $20.000, or 19.2 percent. O Brien also said the proposal for cutting Revenue sharing funds is still in committee in the . House of representatives according to information from rep. Willis Gradison a office. A a a we have to Alert ourselves to the fact that we May not be getting As much Money from Revenue sharing Quot o Brien said. In the past the township has supported parts of retirement funds recreation needs insurance premiums and the contract with the Hamilton county sheriff s department w Ith the Federal funds according the formula being discussed to Cut the funds some townships would be Hurt much More than others. Some Hamilton county townships stand to lose up to 50 percent of their Revenue sharing funds. The formula will Hurt most those townships which rely on the funds for a great part of their operations. A we can live with the cuts w Hile some other townships will be Hurt said clerk William Skeen a what it says to us More than anything else is a Don t count on Revenue sharing to run the Tow Skeen said the funds for budget areas to be affected by the cuts can be found elsewhere in the budget if the cuts take affect soon and also that the cuts can be counteracted if the f ederal government uses Correct population figures for distribution of the funds. The Board has contended that the township has not received the Revenue sharing income it deserves since the office of Revenue sharing has been operating on Low population estimates. O Brien has challenged the population figures from several directions but has not been Able to change the amount received by the township recently he has said the number of housing starts in the township indicates a greater population than the Federal government gives for the township. Continued to Page a-3 up up and away the web balloon floats silently Over Farmland saturday after taking off from Avoca Park in Newtown. This photo was taken from another balloon which is owned by balloons unlimited. The ride included Champagne and lasted about i a a hours ending in Milford. Photo by Horning ii. please if you receive the journal by Carrier its collection time. Our Carrier will be knocking at your door some me in the next few Days for collection. Please remember that payment is voluntary and that your Carrier receives commission on every collection. Thank you this week in Forest Hills the greater Cincinnati league All stars took the title in the aau Quot All league All Star tournament by a 114-106 score. Tournament map Dicky Beal w to is bound for the University of Kentucky led scorers in the game despite a losing Effort. For the details see Page b-3. River Downs opens its. .55th. Season of thoroughbred racing april 25, and the track is preparing for the opening making All the last minute adjustments. For the full Story seepage All. The Turpin spartans Defeated the Anderson redskins in baseball Friday by virtue of a five run fifth inning at Anderson. For this and other sports inform lion see Page b-2. Rides by Kes Laurants h4 classified h 2-10 sport b 2-3 a Vituria a Forest Hills journal 564 Batavia Pike Cincinnati Ohio 45244528-1111 saturation coverage of Anden township it. Washington California every tuesday and

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