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Forest Hills Journal (Newspaper) - March 14, 1980, Cincinnati, OhioLand Purchase plans concern Newtown by Brian Macconnell staff writer some Newtown residents Are concerned about an offer by c i of i in a t i Phi 1 a n t Hrop i s i Frederick a. Hauck to finance the Purchase of two Miles of abandoned Railroad right of Way along the Little Miami River near the Village. Dallas Kinney Secretary of the concerned citizens of Newtown said at tuesdays Village Council meeting that the group had drafted a letter to Hauck to ask him to reconsider his offer. Hauck said the group is worried that Possession of the land by the Ohio department of natural resources Oderto whom Hauck would probably give custody of the land would exclude the Penn Central Railroad corridor on the North Bank of the River As an option for Highway development. A if this land is Given to the Oder a Kinney said a it would close off one More option for a Highway addition or development making it More Likely that or 32 would be improved. A or 32 runs through the Center of Newtown and Kinney said Village residents Are concerned that improvement of the Highway would have Adverse affects on the Village. A for a Highway to improve the Way Dot the Ohio department of transportation seems to have planned a Kinney said a it would have to be raised and widened. That would split the town on two and probably put Newtown right out of Kinney said the position of Newtown residents and the concerned citizens is an unpopular one since they seem to be going against environmental concerns. A it is really difficult for us to look like we Arentt against the status of the River As a Scenic River a he said a a a but without that corridor available for relocation of a Highway or for a piling up new Highway that closes off one More option increasing the likelihood of the expansion of 32 where it at the Council meeting Kinney and mayor John Russell both said they had not Quot heard information from an Dot task Force about plans for Highway improvement in Newtown. Russell said a task Force had been established at one time but added that Village officials had not heard from Dot or task Force members a for quite a a we can t seem to find out exactly what areas they Are considering for highways and the problem could be clarified if we could know where we stand a the mayor said. A More and More of the options seem to be the letter the concerned citizens of Newtown sent to Hauck monday asked him to reconsider the financing of the Purchase or give custody of the land to Dot until the relocation or construction of a Highway is decided upon. Council voted to have Village solicitor Albert Wettstein Send a letter to Dot to ask if the Agency would support Newtown in requests and possible court action to keep the Railroad corridor open As a viable option for Highway construction. Council member Carol Blum suggested the action saying a i think we should see if Dot is still considering the Penn Central right of Way As an option and if they will Back us. After that investigation we can decide on other Wettstein said a a great number of people Are convinced this the Purchase of the land for Oder is the Best thing to do. Everyone does no to realize our interests and concerns and it May be hard to convince people that we have Good Russell agreed with Wettstein saying plans for the land Purchase would a probably look 8�sf my yes it snowed. Wednesday night a Little bit right but not this much. This photo was taken wednesday afternoon in the parking lot of the Beechmont mall. This pile of Snow which was up to six feet tall in various places w As still left Over after blowing from our last big snowfall. By wednesday it was becoming very dirty and was beginning to shrink despite the temperatures in the mid-3fts. Journal photo. Good to me if i was a planner in Columbus but people just Haven to seen our Russell said he would support Legal action to Stop the Sale a if we can find Kinney said after the meeting that other land acquisitions in the area have closed other Highway possibilities and the plan for the Railroad corridor a Narrows the a most people agree there will be a Highway near Here sometime in the future a Kinney said a but we Are hoping it Isnit an expansion of 32. We Are just trying to save the since the letter was mailed from the concerned citizens monday Kinney said no response had yet been received and he said he did not know when or if a reply could be expected. Sewer work continues on Beechmont equipment of the Foley construction co. Has been hindering traffic along Beechmont Avenue since mid april of last year according to a company spokesman. The work is part of a project involving the installation of sanitary sewers along the Road. At times the traffic problems have been worse than others ranging from Little or no congestion to Back involving dozens of cars. The Foley spokesman said the entire project is scheduled for completion oct. Is of this year. Journal photo. Newtown Council passes ordinance requiring paved Public parking lots the Newtown Village Council passed an ordinance tuesday night which requires parking lots available to the Public to have hard surfaces if they hold Over five autos. The ordinance introduced by Council member Velma Aicholtz requires parking lots a available to the Public whether for a fee free or As an accommodation for clients or customers of More than five vehicles shall be As to provide a durable and Dustless the ordinance says the surface should be a tar and Chip application Blacktop or a Portland Cement Binder pavement and the surfacing applies to parking areas and their Access. The ordinance actually amends and clarifies an existing ordinance which has required hard surfaces on parking lots since 1964. The ordinance passed by a 4-i vote with John Shirley dissenting. Shirley said the ordinance should apply to All lots in the Village rather than d i s or i m Ina t i no a g a i is t businesses. A the regulation should apply to everyone a he said. A a we be run into problems with enforcing the ordinance before with the business people feeling they were discriminated Shirley said the businesses Are the a primary source of income and we make this apply Only to some Newtown residents and businessmen have objected in the past to enforcement of the ordinance contending that it is illogical for them to surface their lots. One of those to object has been Goerge Waits owner of a car repair garage in the Village. He says since the Village was having sanitary sewers put in it does not make sense to surface then have the lot torn up to put in sewers. The ordinance was passed As an emergency ordinance allowing it to go into effect immediately. When it was passed Shirley said a i just want to say that i know this will be challenged and i done to think this is the right Way to pass other Council members agreed that the ordinance would challenged by Village residents and businesses but Felt it should be passed and enforced and the challenges taken As they come. In other business Shirley reported to the Council that the Village planning commission had approved plans for improvements at the intersection of Church Street and or 32. The improvements include planting of Trees placing a Small seating area and construction of Earth Mounds. Shirley also said the commission was to meet thursday to Complete work on the new Village zoning ordinance. The ordinance has been through a Public hearing in the Village at which there was Little objection. Fire chief Ralph Holmes said the Brewer co. Is installing a 75,000 gallon water tank on its property for company use. Holmes said the tank can also be used with a Hook up for the fire department in Case of a fire in or near the Plant. Holmes said the Village would have to pay for a fitting needed on the tank. Holmes also reported that four Young people came to a meeting to establish an explorer scout Post in cooperation with the department and another three have joined since the meeting last wednesday. Council member. Steve Kline said he had not yet. Composed a letter to the Hamilton county commissioners with the councils concerns about the proposed White Mountain condominium development in Anderson township. Although the project will not be in Newtown Village residents and officials have expressed worries about the effects of it on the Village a Kline said he is waiting for information from the Ohio environmental Protection Agency before he sends the letter. The commissioners have the final decision on the project and will probably Rule on the matter March 19 at their 9 30 . Meeting Koetzle to revise woodwinds plan Winston Folkers of the Koetzle corp. Said thursday his company is working on a revised site plan for the woodwinds federally subsidized housing project in it. Washington. The project had severe restrictions put on it by Cincinnati planning authorities feb. 22. The restrictions included a reduction in the number of units allowed at the site reduction in the amount of land which can be built upon and widening of roads. Folkers said Koetzle is a working on a revised site plan according to the he could not say however if the company planned to Appeal any of the restrictions. Terry of Hara attorney for the it. Washington civic club which is opposed to the project said he has not yet decided whether to Appeal the restrictive approval of the plan. Of Hara said he is trying to get information from City authorities about ambiguities in the deadlines for action in the matter. Finan drops out of Senate race state sen. Richard Finan will not be a candidate in Ohio a . Senate race. The seventh District state senator tuesday officially withdrew from consideration. He was unable to raise the needed funds and staff to organize a statewide Campaign. He never officially entered the race but was considering it for More than three months. James Betts Rocky River state representative appears to have an unobstructed shot at the nomination. Finan endorsed Betts candidacy and said he will do a everything to get him Finan said that traditional gop Campaign contributors around the state were contributing to the campaigns of both Republican Betts and incumbent Democrat John Glenn. Glenn a former astronaut will be a Tough to beat according to Finan. A contested primary for the gop nomination would Only dry up Campaign funds More and make it More difficult to beat Glenn this fall Finan maintained. This weekend in Forest Hills soc recruiting office opens Southern Ohio colleges new student recruiting office opened monday in the Carson building 629 Cincinnati Batavia Pike lower level in it. Carmel. Registration Are being accepted at the office for Spring Quarter classes at both the Laidlaw Avenue and Fairfield campuses. The Quarter begins a March 31 and students May sign up until then. Late registration penalties will apply for one week after March 31. Gary Davis and Rob Milton Are representing the registrar full time at the it. Carmel office. It is open from 10 . To 8 . Monday through thursday from 9 . To 6 . On Friday and9a.m. To 1 . On saturday. The Turpin High school swimming team took first place in the Hamilton county league and sent several swimmers to the state meet in Canton see Page a-7 for details. Local artist John Ruthven will have an exhibit of his work at the Cincinnati nature Center beginning March 22 and running until april 6. For details on the exhibit and other activities in the arts see a Fine lines a Page a la. Turpin basketball player Butch Nimmo was named to the Hamilton county american league All Star first team this past week and Mike Cash won an honorable mention Slot. Paul Mentar and Joe a tin from. Anderson were also honorable mention. For All the details see Pagea-12. Brides Church classifieds spurts 7,12 Forest Hills journal 564 Batavia Pike Cincinnati Ohio 45244 528-1111 100% coverage of Anderson township my. Washington Newtown California every tuesday and Friday. Circulation audited by Foj verified �?�1 my

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