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Forest Hills Journal (Newspaper) - June 10, 1975, Cincinnati, OhioMajor Al Centennial Parade festival propos Danderson rec Center drive now on a committee is currently being formed to help make an Anderson township recreational Center a reality the journal has Learned. Township trustee Tom Taylor has initiated and is heading the com Mittee that presently includes Charles Thornton of the township recreation commission and a representative from the Anderson chamber of Commerce to be named in the near future. Goal is to plan fund raising activities in coordination with the Bicentennial Celebration Taylor said. A such funds could be used for land acquisition or seeking Matching funds for helping initiate this project Quot a he said. The directors of the Anderson chamber endorsed the idea he said. Idea is to use the Bicentennial activities which the chamber is sponsoring in the Community As a Means of establishing the beginning of the Center which could become the memorial to the Bicentennial year a it would also be the one Opportunity whereby everyone in our Community could participate in seeing that this becomes a reality and later saying with Pride a this is our Community a recreational Center a a the trustee commented. Already being discussed is a major township festival and Parade Complete with fireworks displays to be staged in july. 1976 to coincide with the meeting of the Continental it ingress such an event would be the largest event of its Type Ever held in the township u is hoped that every group and organization in the Community would participate. Taylor added. Funds raised from such an event would be used towards a Community rec Center. Taylor Hopes the Community would want this to become an annual event. Details will be announced later. Right now Only the general goal has been decided upon Taylor said it has become increasingly evident to Many groups and residents in the township that expansion of the township recreation facilities have not kept Pace with the needs of the Community a because of the growth we have experienced in the township in recent years our land resources suitable for a major recreational Center providing athletic facilities for baseball soccer swimming Tennis and eventually a Community Center building Are becoming More scarce a the committee head said a if we do not make an attempt in the near future to secure a major Foust my parcel of land a Community Center Roa it never it come a reality m our township a a Taylor continued a was our township has grown we have also experienced an increase in the types of problems associated with major suburbs vandalism is Only one of these problems but it is a major one. Quot he Feeny the Best deterrent for vandalism is a constructive outlet for the Young and a major recreational Center would enable the youth to spend their energies in a a healthy manner a a he added a this is not to forget that such a recreational Center provides an Opportunity to our service organizations civic associations senior citizens and the family As a whole to participate in some activity. A a he said that other communities the size of Anderson a about 37,000 population it and social economic makeup that have Community recreational centers find that it establishes a Hub in their Community and promotes cohesiveness and civic Pride Taylor would like to see the same thing in Anderson i to 00 100% coverage of Anderson township a it. Washington a Newtown a California every tuesday 504 Batavia Pike Cincinnati Ohio 45244 ohm cd vol. 15, no. 4tuesday, june 10, 1975 single copy 1538 acre expansion planned for Stanbery Park it. Washington Stanbery Park could be expanded by .38 acres under a Resolution recently submitted to councils finance committee. Council member James Cissell yesterday introduced a Resolution to authorize the Cincinnati Park Board to apply to the United states Bureau of outdoor recreation for a Matching funds to add 38 acres of land to the Park system which would begin a link up Between Stanbery Park and the Little Miami River. This is the second step of a series of land acquisitions by the Park Board to acquire land along the Little Miami within Cincinnati. Two parcels Are presently being acquired on the other Side of the River by the Beechmont Levy under the first step of the plan which was initiated last year. The plan is to provide River oriented recreational opportunities and to preserve this important River corridor and link up with land already devoted to recreational and Park activities Cissell stated. A a the proposed acquisition is critical at this time because of the pressure for development of some of this land a he said adding that there would be irreparable loss if this natural link up Between Stanbery Park and the Little Miami River is lost. Cissell pointed out that at the present time there Are Deer in this area and such a link up would allow the Deer to roam freely from the River through Stanbery Park the expansion of the Park would also protect the natural water shed of Stanbery Creek in addition to the recreational opportunities that will be provided. As vice president of the Cincinnati Park Board until his appointment to City Council a year ago Cissell was involved in the preparation of the proposal for land acquisition for the Little Miami River. In future years there will be additional land acquired including the final phases of the link up Between Stanbery Park and the Little Miami River Cissell said. The proposal which he revealed yesterday would Cost something Over $100,000 of which half would be provided by the City and half by Quot the Bureau of outdoor recreation. Matching funds from the City Are available Cissell told the journal mostly from Community development act funds. Also the continued to Page 3 �?jechm0f v. St it 125. Or Quot c Ltd 1 \ \ j i i \ a Quot a a a to \ a. X 1 \ Stanbery Park \ i i v Cincinnati k a x 1mm�i in a a d Quot Quot # line / / phase i Cincinnati Park Board proposed Little Miami Scenie River corridor. Part a. Fire chief Stagnaro to propose idea to trustees order Aerial equipment urging by de Wrightjr. Editor if the plans of fire chief de Stagnaro is followed., bids will be sought later this month on an 85-foot Aerial platform fire pumper for the department. Stagnaro told the journal he plans to recommend to the trustees at their june 19 meeting that the township Purchase one its first. He has had specifications prepared for two years the chief said. Cost would be about $140,000 to $150,000, he estimates. A couple of years ago when be was first considering purchasing such equipment trucks were about $125,000. However inflation made the difference in Price. He has Quot been waiting for additional fire income. Now that income about $0,000 extra a year has been assured with the overwhelming passage of an additional $1 per $1000 property valuation tax Levy. Trustees will not be Able to collect from that tax until next year. Vote was 1468 to 649 according to final unofficial returns. The Victory margin of about 15 per cent 55 per cent majority affirmative vote was needed was pleasing to Stagnaro firemen township trustees and inside the to Unai. Coldstream country club is hosting is first Maior Golt tournament this week rhe journal sets the scene in photos and tory and pro Mike Dudley details the Darieus holes of one of America a top my courses. All on Page 5. Business class Church editorial 11 Foley 24 24 Public forum 1 ii Smalley 14 weightings w ills journal w5. Published weekly on it 544 Batavia Pike Cincinnati controlled circulation postage Cinn Nati Ohio. Others who had worked hard in getting the Levy passed. A a in a very very Happy Stagnaro said about the Victory. Me said he was surprised there were As Many As 649 who would vote Down such a Levy. But he did no to let that bother him. A please thank the people who voted for the Issue a he said. A it is Good the Public realizes that for Good fire service they have got to pay a Little More for it Quot he said. This Levy matches the current assessment approved in 1948. Together they will raise about $280,000 for the operation of the fire department. The Aerial ladder must be under 10 feet to be housed at Beechmont station As Stagnaro would like. There Are several manufacturers who make them this size he noted. It takes about two years from the time its ordered to have in use such a piece of equipment. The fire chief believes the township has been a a Lucky so far that the department has been Able to operate without an Aerial ladder there is an increasing number of higher buildings being constructed in the township Stagnaro pointed out. Already constructed Are taller stores at Beechmont mall and the discount stores along Beechmont ave. As Well As the factories in the Ancor area and a number of apart ment complexes. Stagnaro is very hopeful that the township May get a lower fire rating than its present 8. It May be As Low As 5, about As Good As any smaller Community can have. The present 8 rating has been assigned to Anderson for about the past 15 years. All townships were lumped together and Given a rating the rating influences local lire insurance rates which Are lower with the lower ratings. A a we be come a Long Way in the last two or three years a Stagnaro said with his usual modesty. He was referring to increasing the efficiency of the fire department. The fire losses in the last year have dropped. Last year the townships 10 paid firemen an 30 volunteers made 341 fire runs said to be the highest total in the Eastern District. A we will go with the paid volunteers As Long As we can a Stagnaro commented. He said daytime volunteers Are becoming fewer and fewer in number because of the urbanizing of the Community. When the volunteers Are gone paid men will have to be used he visualizes. He realizes that someday he a not sure when the Day will come when there Are women on the Force. One woman already has applied for driving the life squad. He told her that life squad persons also Are firemen and there is no distinction the volunteers do not get paid for foe life squad runs. Here were 811 separate squad runs last year. Life Council expected to vote on Spud proposal wednesday the ordinance allowing a Spud overlay on Wayside Avenue in it. Washington will be read for the third time and voted on this wednesday at the Cincinnati City Council meeting. Last week the ordinance went through its second Reading. No Council member requested a suspension of the rules allowing for deep water poo bids to be opened bids for the it. Washington deep water swimming Pool will be opened at noon wednesday june 11, according to the Cincinnati department of purchasing. The bids will be read reviewed for certification and then tabulated by the department. The recreation commission will review the bids and make the final decision. Contract is usually awarded to the lowest bidder provided it is within budget. $315,900 is available for this project. However if All the bids exceed the funds available the recreation commission will have two options either ask Council for additional funding or revise the plans and advertise for bids again. Two consecutive readings and an immediate vote by Council. Veteran Council watchers say that it is rare that Council does not suspend the rules and Point out that members Are probably studying All the material presented by both the Developer Salem Landing Ltd. Tony Bruno agent and the opposition residents in the area who make up the Wayside Salem residents association before reaching a decision. Salem Landing Ltd. Has proposed a 225 condominium development for a 51 acre tract with the remainder of the 70 acre site to be deeded Over to Little Miami inc. Last night residents in the area were scheduled to meet with members of Cincinnati City Council the Anderson township trustees and the county commissioners to air their feelings about this Spud proposal and zoning in general. The meeting at the Salem methodist Church meeting Hall was called by the Salem Sutton Community association. At press time the journal had Learned that count members Thomas Brush and James Cissell were planning on attending the meeting. Council members Bobbie Sterne Charles Taft and Helen Hinckley had previous commitments. A staff aide of vice mayor William Chenault said he was pretty sure Chenault would attend. Township trustees John of Brien and Tom Taylor an aide to Council member Guy Guckenberger and the Secretary of county commissioner Robert Wood said they had not received the invitation. Of Brien and Taylor said they both had conflicts but might be Able to groups invited to hear speaker area civic groups have been invited to a meeting of the Federated civic Assn. Of Hamilton county june 12 at Al Rancho Rankin. Robert l. Booher. Director of the Institute of cultural affairs will speak on How local groups May organize a Day for All of them to meet on the Bicentennial. Area resident Fred l. Papner who was president of the group in 1947-, made the arrangements for the meeting. It. Washington Well known resident Willis a. Cobb is now president. The association is 67 years old and is the oldest known group of its kind in the cot try Papner said. Squad is supported by private donations largely from proceeds of the annual August firemen a carnival. Stagnaro also plans to bolster the prevention division of the fire department probably by the end of 1975. In the near future it will have to be supplied with a vehicle. For More than a year the arson Bureau has been functioning a number of firemen have been taking courses in Effort to keep up with current training. Three or four Anderson firemen Are scheduled to attend the aug. 4-8 2lst annual Ohio arson school at Reynolds erg o. The trustees and fire department backers called the committee for the continuance of Good fire Protection said actual costs of the fire department were More than the Revenue for the past three years it is expected to be the same this year As we. It was for this reason that the extra milage was sought they said. In 1972 Revenue was $142,000 with department costs $146,660. It jumped to costs of $207,804 is. Revenue of $142,588 in 1974. The committee said that if the department costs were to remain the same costs would exceed Revenue by 38 per cent in 1975. Deficit Spe Dingas been offset by Money transferred fro the general fund and Federal Revenue sharing Money. General fund surplus derived from an inflated inheritance tax in 1971 Wil be depleted by the end of this year according to trustee Tom Taylor. Township maintains three firehouses and uses 11 pieces of equipment including five pumpers. Andersons population is about 35,000 to 37,000 according to current estimates

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