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Forest Hills Journal (Newspaper) - March 5, 1975, Cincinnati, OhioXes paper project i-7i Soey it cd in a and 17th ave. R Columbus. Ohio 43211irjrest Bills journal 100% coverage Ofa Quot Anderson Vii township a it. Washington anew town California by u s mail is 564 Batavia Pike to Cincinnati. Ohio o 45244 vol. 14 no. 42wednesday, March 5, 1975 4 sections 24 Page commission approves Spud overlay on Wayside the Cincinnati planning commission voted five to two last week in favor of a Spud single family planning unit develop ment overlay on the Groll property on Wayside Avenue in it. Washington. After considering the report of the planning commission staff and hearing a wrap up from proponents and opponents of the project William Ennis made a motion seconded by Peter Swenty that the Commissi on approve the zone modification request. Voting negative were Thomas Earls and City manager e. Robert Turner the matter is now referred to Cincinnati City Council for its vote. A majority vote is needed to uphold the commissions decision. Commission member Charles Taft also a member of Council voted in favor of the Spud overlay. With the Council Calendar full through april 9, Council will not take up the planning commission s recommendation until mid april. At that time there will be a Public hearing before the full Council. The matter will then be referred to the Urban development committee for study. The committee will then report the matter Back to Council with a recommendation. Council finally will make a final decision. Members of the Urban development committee include Council members William Chenault Bobbie Sterne Thomas Brush Helen Hinckley Charles Taft and James Cissell. The recommendation on the Spud overlay is not without its guidelines. The staff report adopted by the commission lists specific guidelines for development in respect to roadways open space buildings storm sewers soils and erosion see related article the approval of the Spud overlay does not give Salem Landing Ltd. The signal to proceed with construction. Detailed plans of the project must be approved by the planning commission in accordance with the Spud ordinance. Anthony Bruno agent for Salem Landing Ltd., said he was a obviously very Happy with the decision of the planning commission. He added that a a we re certainly not through yet and that he was hopeful about the outcome of the Council vote. Asked if his proposed project could be constructed within the guidelines Bruno answered that the guidelines were reasonable and that they had anticipated some of them. When asked if the architect who designed the plans would do the project Bruno said a i feel secure in saying Well be using him. A members of the opposition however indicated they have not Given up the fight. A a we be Only just begun a attorney Thomas Luken told the journal. For Luken that was both figuratively speaking and literally speaking. Luken recently joined attorney Pierce Cunningham in represent iting the residents of the surrounding neighbourhoods. One resident of the Shady hollow beechnut area off Wayside expressed a concern to the journal that Salem Landing Ltd. Will not follow through with the projected plan the resident adding that she was speaking for several residents of the area said that the proposal sounds very Nice but that some people were concerned that the plan will not be followed through or that construction would be . Over a. Period of years. Planning com Mission chairperson Estelle Berman announcing the topic for discussion pointed out that the study of the proposed Spud overlay was the a most exhaustive Quantity of material Ever she asked that those addressing the commission on the topic confine themselves to new material. Herb Steven director of the planning commission presented the staff report which noted that the proposed development a is an environment which Cincinnat ians Are not accustomed to seeing and such new environments and new styles of living can be trying and difficult to the report recommended that the development be reduced to 225 units from the proposed 275 units. In reference to traffic the traffic engineers in the staff report said that a it is this divisions opinion that the projected generation volumes Are Well within the Normal limits of what could be expected for a development of this Type examination of existing traffic patterns on Wayside Avenue and its previous Accident record indicates that traffic generated by this development could be adequately handled. A restudy of the intersection of Wayside and Salem for traffic signal control would be made a if conditions develop which indicate such the staff concluded that the Spud overlay be approved a for the reasons that toe proposed development would better preserve the natural features of the site than would be the Case with a subdivision would allow an economically feasible use of the property would not affect neighbourhood values or annuities and would provide a form of housing which has Many advantages Over single family subdivisions and is now not generally available in the area. Thomas Earls commenting on the staff report said the report on the traffic concern is a relatively Bruno briefly addressed the commission noting that the questions and issues had been answered and dealt with and that a today fact is separate from the Developer said it was a an exciting and sophisticated plan and thanked the commission for its openness and depth of investigation. Ennis asked about the Hazard of soil erosion. The soil Engineer for Salem Landing Ltd. Said they were a Well aware of the conditions at the site and would review plans at every stage a to assure proper development of the 1 Preston Simpson the first of three persons to speak against the project said the projects in Connecticut Rhodes proposals get a wait and see Here today is the deadline for the Ohio general Assembly to vote to place governor James Rhodes four Point program on the june 3 ballot. At press time reports were that the democratic controlled general Assembly would go All out to meet the wednesday deadline. A however reports also indicated that one of the four plans had no Chance of making the ballot and at least two others were in serious trouble. The housing finance proposal has been Given the Best Chance of passage. The proposal would Amend the Ohio Constitution to allow the state to Market Bonds to Spur construction of Low Cost housing nursing Homes and senior citizens centers. A $2.5 billion Public improvements Bond Issue furnishing Money to All major cities and various local governments for construction projects was expected to have been amended on the House floor. The Rhodes proposal requires a hike in the state sales tax from 4 per cent to 4.7 per cent. Options considered by democrats included a reduction of the size of Bond Issue and the 30-year terms of the Bonds substitution of a different tax or combination of taxes and postponement of the Issue until the november ballot. One report indicated that if the Resolution clears the House it will have an a Uphill Battle Quot to get through the Senate by today. The transportation Bond Issue was scaled Down from $1.64 billion to $1 billion. The 20-year Bonds would be financed by a Penny a gallon hike in the gasoline tax. Although $400 million is earmarked for local government transportation projects the other $600 million would be spent by the legislature As it sees fit. The fourth Rhodes proposal Lon term tax Relief for industries expanding to the inner cities or elsewhere in the state had been Hung up in the Senate ways and Means committee. A revised version is being discussed but probably will be held Over until the november ballot. In the journal area some officials who would be affected by Rhodes four Point plan made preliminary comments on the program. Loveland mayor Viola Phillips said it looked a very Good from what five seen a although she added she did no to know if the people would vote for it. A a it a one Way to get the Economy rolling a mayor Phillips said adding she would like to look at the program More closely. Loveland stands to Gam $1 million under the Public improvements Bond Issue. The Money could be used by Many needs in Loveland the mayor continued sidewalks sewers waste treatment water system. Clermont county could gain $1 million under the Public improvements Bond Issue $11.9 million for the East Fork state Park and $3.9 million under the transportation Bond Issue. The Board of county commissioners have come out in favor of the East Fork Park but have not taken a formal position on the Rhodes plan. Commissioner Harold Bissantz said he was reluctant to talk about it at this Point because the proposals continued to Page 21 judge turns Down petition Park Board situation now same As before judge Melvin Rueger has turned Down the Anderson township trustees petition for Park District for the township. Trustees attorney Paul Schuch said the judge made his ruling at a feb. 25 hearing on the basis that there Are already is a county Park District and if there was a township Park Board there would be a a possible conflict. A Schuch thinks the trustees and old township Park Board will put a plan on the ballot with no Cost to the taxpayers and Hope it will pass so that a township Park authority would be in existence to take care of any land that might be left the township for the Park. He made it Clear he was not speaking for the trustees. At the hearing Schuch said an attorney from the county Park District objected to the local Park Board because of the possible conflict idea. Schuch disagreed and said the Law was unclear on the matter of having two Park boards for one area. Subject of Andersons Only Board did not enter into the hearing according to Schuch. John of Brien president of the trustees considers the situation same As in mid january before trustees voted 2-1 to seek the new Board. He feels the Park Board will have to come up with another plan and suggested trustees will not take any action until the Park Board makes a presentation. At the hearing were Schuch trustee Tom Taylor and Park Board members Dennis Nichols and Carl Dir use. The present Park Board can to receive funds from the trustees. Thus it has been a stymied in its 34 years of existence. A court created Park Board could legally receive funds from the trustees. That is Why trustees wanted the new Board. Schuch pointed out that former trustees did not create the Park on their own initiative but merely passed on the petitions of a group of citizens seeking such a body. Trustees then had no recourse he said but to follow the Law As it applied in that matter. Trustees of Brien and Taylor voted to seek the court created Board. Voting against it was Board vice president Donald Papner. During discussion at the Jan. 23 meeting when the vote was taken Papner an attorney said a to create a second township Park Board when one is already in existence and a Hamilton county Park Board is planning a Large regional Park in the township the 2000-acre Southeastern regional Park simply does no to make Papner suggested that until the Board had possible Legal alternatives clearly defined that a new Park Board not be created. Third a township Park Board member is Milo Beran or. Ebb or. Visited by the two members of the planning commission were not relevant in that the Only similarity was in the architect. He charged that the staff had not been objective in. Its. Report because it is anxious to put a Spud development in Cincinnati. A this is clearly illustrated in the density Factor a he said referring to the reduction from 275 to 225 units a it sounds like they re splitting the difference Between what the Developer wants and what should be there in the first place a Simpson referring to photos of Wayside ave. That were being passed among the commission members pointed out that the Road is narrow in spots allowing Only one car to pass at a time. Density and traffic he concluded were the chief factors that mitigate against the development. Thomas Luken directed the staff to Consier the Overall do icy question a who Are to be the Guinea pigs a he asked. Luken continued to Page 13 Anderson to vote on Mill fire Levy the Anderson township trustees voted unanimously last week to place a 1 Mill fire Levy on the june 3 primary ballot. The additional Levy the first since 1948, will take up the Slack that has been paid out of the general fund during past years. The trustees had scheduled last weeks special meeting to discuss the amount of the fire Levy. Decision had to be reached by Early March in order to notify the Board of elections. It did no to take Long for the trustees to agree that the Levy was needed. Trustee president John of Brien pointed out that the operating costs of the township fire department had grown Over the years and would a no longer sustain what the department provided. Of Brien said Anderson was a growing and progressive township that had future needs. Costs have increased 8 to 10 per cent. Future needs include updating obsolete and unserviceable equipment like the 1951 auxiliary unit. New unit would Cost an estimated $50,000 other needs include a new Hose additional training equipment and clothing. Of Brien said there was also the possibility that additional personnel would be needed in the daytime hours. These Are things we be known Lor some time of Brien concluded. Trustee Thomas Taylor concurring with of Brien said the costs of fire department exceeded the yearly intake by $142,000 in 1972. In 1973, costs exceeded intake by 26 per cent. 1974 Cost differed from intake by 45 per cent Cost to run the two firehouses with 11 full time a personnel in 1974 was $207,000 while intake was $142,588. The deficit had been picked up in the general fund. Don Papner the third trustee said he agreed with what was said. Taylor made a recommendation that the trustees place a one Mill Levy on the june 3 primary ballot. Papner asked if there was any Legal problem in placing it on the ballot. Taylor said there Wasny to. Papner then seconded the recommendation. The trustees voted unanimously for the 1 Mill Lew. The tax duplicate for this year is estimated to expand to $150-$152 million from the present $142 million. The trustees expect the 1 Mill fire Levy will bring in at least $142,000. It could bring in up to $152,000. In answer to a journal question of Brien said the additional millage will take up the Slack and handle future needs for equipment and personnel. One Anderson township resident suggested that if the financial situation was As indicated the trustees should consider a Standard Chassis for the replacement unit rather than a custom built one. Of Brien said the township does have to watch the dollars and the trustees a have to be Able to spend it he said there was a possibility that the fire department will need two pieces of equipment. The fifteen minute meeting adjourned. Afterwards Taylor told the journal there will be a Campaign. He added that the people he has spoken to so far Are in favor of the Levy. Taylor predicted that the Levy will pass although not with a Large majority. Of Brien said he Felt the 1 Mill Levy was a a reasonable request and that they could justify a larger amount. Last additional fire Levy was passed in 1948. The 1 Mill not Cost Home owners a great Deal. A Home valued at $20,000 would have an additional tax Bill of $8 property tax on a. $60.000 Home would increase by $24 to arrive at the Cost per Home multiply the value of the Home by 40 per cent then multiply that figure by 00�, of Brien explained. Anderson May get $32,500 Anderson township won three out of four victories in the first time around for sharing Hamilton county development funds. If application is approved Anderson will receive Money in this breakdown according to trustee president John of Brien --$12.500 for development of a recreation plan and facilities. -$3000 for the completion of a land use guide plan -$17.000 for the surfacing of Bartels re. At Turpin Middle and High schools. Trustees had submitted a. Proposal for police but it was rejected As As not qualifying. Of Brien said the township a stands Pool to have solar collector if designed within budget the it. Washington deep water Pool May contain a solar collector if the architects Wilson and associates can design one within the budget. James Ritter of the architectural firm explained that the solar collector would Supply heat for the Pool by absorbing heat from the Sun which would in turn heat the water. The collector would be mounted on the roof of the Bathhouse or filter system. Ritter also said that the drawings for the Pool to be built at the it. Washington elementary school site would be completed this week with specifications completed next week. Also the health department is reviewing the plans and should be finished within the next three weeks. The a shaped Pool measuring 82 feet 2 inches Long and 48 feet wide will have six lanes and two Spring boards a 1 meter and a three meter. There will also be a separate wading Pool a raised deck area Roi fori to gain on the other three proposals. Under present Laws he noted the township can not legally fund zoning and planning commission which is producing the guide plan. Robert Dorsey who has headed the project on a Volunteer basis May get a share of this Money for his work. Secretarial and research help is still necessary to Complete the plan that has been the works for several years. Anderson originally asked for $20,000 for recreation but that figure was pared Down somewhat by the county. Of Brien said he will be in Contact with James Lowry county a coordinator. Of development fund applications this week to get specific uses for the Money. When it was announced that the Money was coming to the county Anderson had the Basic formula of the proposals in the various areas of Brien said. Trustees were ready to plug in their requests. He Hopes that next year there will be some Type of input from individuals businesses and groups. Trustees had but a weeks time this year necessitating that trustees use the information they already had o Brien told. Now that trustees know the guidelines they Are developing plans for next year. X no decision reached a on location of fundamental school Rading Pool a raised Alecx area Oug Lily 56 feet by 25 feet and a ramp it a handicapped persons. Inside the journal is classified 14,19 business 14 Foley 4 chess 4 smaller 20 Church ii weightings 21 Forest Hills journal March 5, 1975. Published weekly on wednesdays at 564 Batavia Pike Cincinnati Ohio 45244. Controlled circulation postage paid a Cincinnati Ohio. The Cincinnati Board of education has not reached a decision on the location of the fundamental school in the alternative schools program. A decision must be reached within the next four weeks according to a source at the Board office if the fundamental program is to be started this september. The Board can make a decision at one of the two meetings this month March 10 at 7 30 . Or March 24 at 10a.m. Supt. Donald Waldrip originally proposed a fundamental school at Eastern Hills Junior High school. The program would gradually be expanded to include a senior High school. Students attending Eastern Hills elementary school would be transferred to it. Washington elementary allowing for the expansion of the Eastern Hills program. The proposal was protested by faculty from Peoples Junior High in Hyde Park who want the fundamental program at that school. The Board deferred a decision on the fundamental program when it voted to approve other alternative schools in the proposal. Residents in the it. Washington area have been vocal in their support of the program at Eastern Hills. The question has come up though As to what exacting is an alternative school. Assistant supt. James Jacobs explained a an alternative school is one in which a special interest or ability is featured that is significantly different than what would be Given in a neighbourhood school. It focuses on interests and strengths of a student not normally highlighted in a neighbourhood alternative schools can be neighbourhood schools with the surrounding residents Given the first option at the openings. However or. Jacotel stressed one of the intentions of the alternative school is to provide racially balanced schools on a Volunteer basis in contrast to the court ordered basis. If an alternative school was completely represented by one race he continued. It is doubtful that that alternative schol would be continued. X the alternative schools Are based on three premises people should have options on schools to attend the school Board wants to racially balance the schools on a Volunteer Hasis and three its hoped that the alternative school program will keep people in and possibly attract people to return to the City

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