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Forest Hills Journal (Newspaper) - March 14, 1978, Cincinnati, OhioI -7 col ills to turn Cut March 14,171 chief objects to getting less pay than 3 under him single copy is by de Wrightjr. Editor the hour was approaching Midnight thursday trustees had been in session since 7 30 . At a special meeting that involved Many topics. Trustees chose to wait until the end of the Long evening before discussing the pay and benefits for firemen. Only minutes into the discussion fire chief de put Genaro expressed his displeasure that last year he made less than three men working under him. Trustees told him this was because of overtime Given men when they filled in for Harvey Koch a Post Stagnaro chose not to fill right away because of the emerging paramedic Force and additional manpower expected to be added. Stagnaro maintained that he put in More hours than those who made More and had less responsibility than he. At one time during the conversation the chief said he would be a better off being a Captain or an assistant and for the first time publicly he revealed he is considering retirement a in a couple of he was not be any More specific about that later. In 1977, Stagnaro earned $19,150 08, according to township figures two captains made $20,175.20 and $20,743.55 respectively during the same period because of overtime. A lieutenant had total earnings erf $21,206.23 and one firefighter gained $18,886.74 in the1 same period. The earnings were taken from w-2 forms issued for the year by William Skeen clerk. In 1976, Only $184 separated one Captain $18,066.46 the one who pulled $20,175 last year from Stagnaro a salary of $18,250.08 Liat year another Captain had total earnings of $18,061.30. Paid men under Stagnaro were paid Volunteer fees when responding to fires while not on duty. Such sessions normally Are held behind closed doors but neither the trustees or Stagnaro seemed to mind that the journal reporter and fireman Jerry Wittmeyer were seated in the room just several feet away. Another reporter stood at the Back of the room for some of the discussion that lasted into the Early hours on Friday. Trustees maintained that 1977 salaries were a quirk and that such a situation should not happen again. Trustee president Tom Taylor suggested that if for some reason there were men ending up making More than Stagnaro a set 1978 salary of $20,000 that he be Given a Bonus at years end. Trustees told Stagnaro he had the use of a township car prestige of being chief As Well As a clothing allowance. He poo posed All three. A prestige does no to buy me food and pay my Bills Quot he told the trustees about Halfway through the conversation. A a done to you think in a Worth it a he said. Trustees said they planned to stick to a document that went into effect for two years beginning at the first of 1977. At one Point Stagnaro asked a do you think it is right for the men to make More than the chief Quot Dorsey replied �?o1 done to think i can address that a a would you really Rafter be less than a chief9�?�, one trustee asked. A try me and see a Stagnaro continued to Page 9 there could be Spring after All a Winter wonderland thursday morning and a peek of Spring thursday evening. That a Cincinnati weather. Liis it. Carmel Yard looked like an ice skating rink w Ith ice shining on top of two months of Snow. By the first of this week the grass was show ing for the first time since Snow began falling Jan. 8, giving Hope that there might be a Spring after All. Calendar says its coming Early next week. But forecast is predicting some Snow flurries for wednesday. It should t add much if anything to the More than 50 inches this Winter a new record. Journal photo Wright. Trustees seek environment study on Grain loading facility Anderson township trustees plan to ask the army corps of engineers for an Envor mental Impact study before taking a stand on the proposed $1 million Kellogg Avenue Gra in loading facility. They will not make a decision until after receiving a reply. Last weekend trustee president Tom Taylor said if he had to vote then he would vote against the project on the basis of the information that has come to him since the township planning and zoning committee hearing on the matter last tuesday. The a a clincher for him he said was that the possibility exists that Queen City Grain inc. Could write off facilities in a Short period of time so that the additional business would not provide any tax revenues of any Long Range nature for township. He continued such information Friday Taylor said. Adding this with the other information that came to his attention last last week Taylor said forced such thinking. John of Brien another trustee has maintained there Are More cons than pros on the project since first hearing of the proposal from newspaper reporters. Bob Dorsey Board vice president did not indicate any leanings at the meeting. Trustees plan to detail in their request to the corp the objections fire Levy amount expected to be set thursday Anderson township voters will be deciding a fire Levy Issue at the june primary. The amount and Levy length is to be set at thursday nights regular meeting. Trustees believe they must decide by the end of the month to meet the 60-Day deadline of the Hamilton county Board of elections for putting the Levy before the electorate. Bob Dorsey township trustee said he favored a minimum amount of one Mill and a maximum of 1.5 Mills. Each Mill generates about $200,000 for the township. One Mill represents $1 per $1000 of assessed valuation. Trustees want to make the fire department like the townships other departments on a self supporting . Clerk William Skeen s figures not that Revenue sharing and general fund monies went to pay part of the fire department salaries Quot 26,771all of the medical insurance $1.8,000 and retirement plan $37,859. Trustees noted that inheritance tax receipts and Federal Revenue sharing Money have helped pay for the growth of the fire department operations. Dorsey said these dollars Are a a soft can not be counted on. Skeen and trustee president Tom Taylor worked into the wee hours of the morning thursday preparing a budget for the fire 1982. Dorsey praised toe w re saying it was a better data u in we had be Tore. Skeens figures show 1978 receipts of $487,000 and expenditures of $500,000 with a deficit of $13,000. Without passage of a Levy in 1978, deficit grows to $231,000 in 1979. An additional two men Are budgeted to added july 1, 1979. Salaries and benefits Are increased by seven per cent yearly in figuring the budget. For the first time a capital goods a equipment fund of $50,000 per year was figured into the budget. To a tees noted a fourth firehouse is a very probable Quot in the next five continued to Page 9 from residents and other bodies. Hamilton county commissioners will be sent a copy of the letter Dorsey moved the trustees write the letter and Taylor seconded the motion. Vote was unanimous. After March 16. The corp will review Queen City a application. Trustees will maintain close Contact with the Hamilton county Board of zoning appeals which must give the. Firm a zoning variance to build in the flood Plain along the Ohio River. Two Days before the township planning and zoning commission unanimously approved the proposal with specifications. Richard Sauers chairman of the planning commission said the committees approval was granted in part because it would generate additional tax Revenue for the township. Planners also asked for the right of Way and Access roads paved to accommodate the Wright of 60 to 90 trucks expected to use the facility daily and to provide parking for 60 spaces the facility would employ 10 persons and be open for business before construction would be completed in mid-1980 according to present plan which Call for construction Start this fall if approval is Given. Testifying for the project before the planners was Newtown mayor r. Turpin Fischer who said traffic problems with the trucks would be less than with River Downs patrons. The Grain elevator builder Spencer Burgess said running a Safe Grain facility boils Down to management adding the one proposed would be i explosion proof or As nearly As information received by trustees since the planning and zoning meeting were objections from Hamilton county Engineer Donald c. Schramm notice that no air permit application for such an installation has been received by authorities William j. Williams Ayres re. Resident who is an a enthusiastic Quot boat owner objection from Eagle investment co owner and Developer of residential property in Anderson township. Forest Hills journal 54 Batavia Pika Cincinnati Ohio 45244 528-1111 form or 100% coverage of Anderson township a it. Washington Newtown a California every tuesday. Forest Hills journal March 14. 1978 published weekly on tuesdays at 504 Batavia Pike Cincinnati. Ohio 45244. Circulation audited by Taylor said that no information in favor of the project was received in the same period of time. Residents from the Kentucky View drive area a housing subdivision that overlooks the race track objected to the operation at both of last week s meetings. Mari a owners reportedly said at tue in nights hearing that their ire r ites would increase if the facility was constructed . Whitlock chief of the corp s operations division in Louis Ifie said a there Are no known facts that indicate the proposed work will have a significant Adverse effect on the environment therefore our preliminary determination is that an Envor mental Impact statement will not be prepared unless warranted by later developments Quot he made this statement in a feb. 14 Public notice. Corp will consider All factors Quot which May be relevant to the proposal a including conservation economics aesthetics general environmental concerns historic values fish and wildlife values flood damage prevention land use navigation recreation water Supply and Quality Energy needs safety food production and a in general the needs and welfare of the people a said the Public notice. Written statements received by Whitlock on or before March 16 will become a part of the official record considered in the determination. Objections received in this period Whitlock said May be forwarded to Queen City Grain Quot for possible Resolution before the determination is made a whether to Issue or deny the requested permit. Objections raised by the nine it. Washington a a problem How to spend $5000 it. Washington civic club has $5000 coming from the Charles Stewart Mott foundation and the club wants to know How to spend it. Sole purpose of the Grant is to stimulate the citizens to become involved in Community activities said Dotty Reif dub Secre a y. Residents can help obtain the Money by submitting ideas to the civic club of worthwhile projects. A it is urgent to get the ideas to the club now because the projects must be submitted approved and the Money spent by nov. 30, 1978,&Quot said mrs. Reif. Ideas should be it to the club at 2015 Claudia court Cincinnati. O. 43230. Project ideas will be reviewed and discussed in detail at the club s next regular meeting 7 30 april 3 at the it. Washington savings and loan next the the Kroger store. Residents thursday night included possibility of rats in the area after harbouring around the rain facility and River Downs traffic eliminating. Or curtailing recreation on the Ohio River in a letter to the corp James j. Wimberg president of Eagle investment said a allowing such a storage and loading facility would commercialize this area ruin the aesthetic value of the River and add greatly to the safety risks of both users of the River and users of the roadways along the River a Paul Schuch township attorney said the recent township fire code could be used to regulate the Grain operation if it is constructed. No dates have been set for a hearing by the county zoning appeals Board. County Engineer Schramm said the proposed Extension of 150 feet into the flow of the River Quot seems extreme and would probably Consi Tuite a Hazard to navigation both commercial and recreational a he added the Fine Grain dust a could creat the right condition Foran . Luebering of the southwestern Ohio air pollution control division said a failure to obtain a state air permit would result in Legal actions taken by either or both the Federal Epa and the Ohio Epa a fire chief de. Stagnaro told trustees he does not see any More potential of Hazard at the proposed Grain storage site a than anything else in the township. There is potential in Wimberg charged such facilities a Mcreat air pollution and the possibility of explosions a he called granting the sought application a against the Best interests of the Public and a detriment to the health and welfare of the residents of the Community a twp. And building amp coming there some preliminary planning being Given to construction of an Anderson township administration building by the township trustees the journal has Learned. Trustees have a Basic understanding and agreement that eventually such a facility will be needed especially when the services grow to match the needs of the township As determined by the township officials said a source close to the situation. No formal action has been taken nor any timeline determined. It is the source s understanding that trustees must begin looking at land which is becoming More scarce in the township As development continues for such a Structure observers believe that trustees will begin to Larmark funds for such a. Project. This is seen As one of the reasons the trustees Are proceeding in the direction of making All departments self supporting. There1 has been some talk in past months about the need for a township Headquarters. At last thursday nights trustee meeting it. Washington press reporter Dennis Nichols questioned trustees about township finances in Light of a $477,000 balance left at the end of 1977. When pressed for details by Nichols trustees answered in general terms citing growth needs. De Wright St. Patrick a day9 21 million Complex proposed Here a $21 million condominium Complex has been proposed for or 32, East of eight mile re. By to con corp the 112-acre development would have 49 acres that would be turned into a township Park according to trustee Tom Taylor who saw the presentation at the March 7 meeting of the township planning and zoning commission. A meeting will be set up among the developers. A amp a commission and trustees soon to review the proposal Taylor said. Density of project was said to be 7.1 families per acre. Hafner to head county Park patrol Here sgt. Mike Hafner has been Quot appointed sergeant in charge of the Parks of the Hamilton county Park District in the Eastern part of the District. He was appointed by William e. Canedy executive director who called him a a very Fine Young Man. Very dedicated and Canedy said Hafner will continue the ringer patrol at Woodland Moui d and the Withrow nature preserve. He is replacing sgt. Earl Steinhauer who has retired after 25 years of a very distinguished Hafner will serve under col. Robert Mason Park District Ranger chief and capt. Clell Ballew assistant Park District Ranger chief said Canedy. Other Parks in the area Are Lake Isabella Park and the Little Miami Golf Center. Sharon Woods fills out those in the Eastern District under Hafner. Sites narrowed Library officials have narrowed Down to two Sites location of the Anderson township Branch Library it has been Learned. The project is not in jeopardy As far As meeting the time line township trustees will report at thursday night s meeting

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