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Forest Hills Journal (Newspaper) - May 13, 1975, Cincinnati, OhioHe of 4.5311 .4s&� a 4a in i West tool. 14 no. 52 tuesday May 13, 1975 single copy 15 4 Enio t o o 100% coverage of Anderson township a it. Washington a Newtown a California by . Mail s64 Batavia Pike. Cincinnati Ohio 45244 flt a a amp amp Tkv City manager Donaldson a neighbourhoods have sense of identity by Diane Dube Cincinnati already has a a fairly effective mechanism to involve neighbourhoods in City government according to the new City manager William v. Donaldson. A one of the really Nice things i found in Tacoma and i find it Here is that you have neighbourhoods that have a sense of identity a that he added was a really a on the other hand it can to be so Strong that you lose the sense of identity of the total Community a the new City manager said. The problem is to balance the two. During his Many years in City government Donaldson said he has seen ways to get each neighbourhood involved in City government especially those in outlying areas. In Scottsdale the neighbourhood councils were based on the elementary school districts where people had that in common Scottsdale was a very Young Community he pointed out. People in those councils met on a regular basis with the mayor of Council to talk about their concerns in their neighbourhood. Tacoma used a series of devices to develop their annual budget the Community development program to Deal with other Community things that involved the neighbourhoods he said. Donaldson added that he envision expansion of the current neighbourhood set up in Cincinnati until he sees what City Council wants done and How the neighbourhoods Are organized. The bearded City manager met the press in City Hall last wednesday shortly after being officially hired by City Council. The 44-year-old Tacoma Washington City manager will Start his duties on june 15, replacing acting City manager Henry Sandman. Previous City manage e. Robert Turner resigned february 28 for a position with Federated department stores. A you have an awfully Nice zoo a Donaldson said when asked Why he was accepting the Job. He confessed that he is a a zoo nut a and it was the Opportunity to visit the zoo that encouraged him to interview when the Job became vacant. For the interview he spent a a very Nice of committee debates Spud overlay today City councils Urban development planning zoning and housing committee will take up the subject of a Spud overlay on Wayside Avenue today May 13 at 3 . Committee members were to have visited the site of the proposed overlay before today a meeting. There is expected to be further discussion of the matter especially on four critical Points. While no additional testimony is scheduled an aide to one Council member commented that the a committees Are always open for he added that if All the questions have been covered a i imagine there May very Well be a a Straw vote of the committee members showed that All had viewed the site or hoped to do so before today a meeting one said that he Wasny to sure what observing the site would Tell him. Aide to another said the committee member was impressed with the Rural nature of the area and wanted to see a development that would compliment the area. One committee member said he has received a few letters from residents against the development and an a elaborate set of pictures from the proponents Katherine Groll owner of the 79 acre tract of land on Wayside Avenue has applied for a Spud overlay. Salem Landing Ltd. Tony Bruno agent has an option to buy on the property and has proposed a single family planned unit development for the area. Soil stability traffic density arid enforcement Power of the Spud ordinance Are the four areas City councils Urban development planning zoning and housing committee will take close look at before deciding on the application for a Spud overlay on Wayside ave. Both opponents and Developer have argued their cases concerning each of these items and others. Other items have been Laid to rest or Are by minor comparison leaving these four As the key deciding factors. The opponents of the measure maintain that the land is slipping in areas now and additional development on the site will cause further problems. Also they feel Wayside ave. Itself could not accommodate the traffic that would be generated by the 225-unit development. The number 225 has also been objected to. A Many residents in the area feel the density of the project 2.86 Gross density or 4.5 net density according to the Cincinnati planning commission staff report is not compatible with surrounding areas. Residents maintain the average housing density is less than one House per acre with a maximum density of two houses per acre. One final key argument of the opponents is that the City really does no to have control Over the Spud ordinance As Council members and planning commission members believe. Pierce Cunningham attorney for the Wayside Salem residents association feels the City planning commission did not pay enough attention to the recommendation of the regional planning commission before approving the Spud overlay. The Wayside tract while completely within the City lies on the Boundary Between the City and county their recommendation Cunningham said was against it because of density traffic and insufficient services. Proponents of the Spud overlay believe the objections raised Are All solvable. The two natural drainage courses of the site will be maintained Wayne Schuler civil Engineer testified before the committee. Also the extent of the area developed will be controlled by the geographic conditions inherent in the site James Hough soils Engineer testified. The Developer also cited a traffic study conducted by construction design service inc. Which reported that a when Salem Landing is developed the Wayside traffic will increase greatly and the Salem traffic should increase Only slightly. Based on this the warrant conditions would probably be met to require a traffic signal controlled the report a if a traffic acc at a signal controlled by the amount of traffic on Wayside a if a Light were purposed for the intersection a the Developer also notes the planning commission staff report which states that the projected volume is Quot Well within the Normal limits of what could be expected for a development of this Type. The staff report further states that a we would of course restudy the intersection for traffic signal control if conditions develop which indicate such additionally the Developer has agreed to construct a left hand turn Lane on Wayside into the Salem Landing development. The density of the proposed project is within the current zoning regulations and is compatible with the surrounding area the Developer states. In the prospectus on Salem Landing Given to each member of City Council a report from construction design service inc. States that undeveloped area constitutes 55 per cent of the land around the Groll property 3000 feet in All directions. Lots less than half an acre comprise 20 per cent half acre to one acre. 10 per cent and lots me acre and more1,15 per cent. In reference to enforcement of the Spud ordinance soils Engineer Hough stated at the committee hearing that he is a perfectly Happy a that the City will have excellent control Over the both opponents and the Developer have spent a great Deal of time with this application for a Spud overlay. Councils own body the planning commission has done extensive study of the project. Both the staff and the planning commission voted in favor of the Spud overlay. The Developer believes Council should take into Strong consideration the vote of their own body. Opponents on the other hand maintain that the planning commission did not seek satisfactory answers to the objections they have raise the committee and then again Council will undoubtedly weigh All arguments carefully before reaching the final decision committee formed for passage of fire Levy Ter noon at the zoo after talking with Council. He added that he liked Council a then i got to look around the Community a he said. A it really is a very Nice Community. And Quot he said a i guess Cincinnati is to City managers what the Cincinnati reds Are to baseball teams major the new City manager confessed that his 14-year old son has a Hamster named Pete politically Donaldson said he is a a dogmatic pragmatist and has no party affiliation. You have to kind of get along with people he said. A most people want to do a Good Job and the Best thing is to make it possible for them to do he called himself an a a encouraging rather than driving person. Time is on the Side of cities when asked about the flight from the cities he said. The Energy crisis has changed the ideas on How people want to live. Tacoma he added is starting to see a new movement Back to the cities. Cincinnati he pointed out has Middle and Middle class people starting to come Back. Cultural recreational and transportation facilities Are needed to bring people Back into the cities to live Donaldson added. In the area of budgeting Donaldson said you Quot have to Cut the cloth to fit the one City a answer is that another a. Quot in a going to make my own decision a Donaldson said when asked to confirm or deny rumours that Henry Sandman would be named to the Deputy City managers Post. He said he wanted to get to know the people and the situation before making a decision. The new City manager says he has worked with both Strong elective mayor and City manager mayoral systems a both work Well with Good people in the real crisis Donaldson said is that a we As bureaucrats have gotten to be too Good too much As experts. A the crisis is not deciding what we want to do but doing what the people in the Community want us to do. He added. Open being honest and telling peole what you really think and really mean and taking time to listen to them is the philosophy of the new City manager. A people Are pretty reasonable if you do those things a he May get used for registrations Anderson township trustees Are hopeful they will hear results of a meeting of Hamilton county judges concerning use of the township Hall for an area county court. Judges meet May 13 and trustees at 7 30 . May 15 at the Beech Mont ave. Firehouse. Trustee president John of Brien said he hoped to make Contact with William fellerhoff county judge interested in the township location in the Middle of next week. Of Brien said he is in favor with present information at hand and if idea could be worked out of a proposal to allow Beechmont firehouse be a Branch of the Hamilton county Board of elections on a regular basis. The election Board has written various suburban governmental officials around the county of Brien said asking cooperation. They would like to Start the new program in mid june. He will have the matter on the May 15 Agenda. Idea has been successful when tried in Cleveland and Toledo areas of Brien was told by election officials. Cong. Bill Gradison has requested from trustees some feedback on How township is using Revenue sharing monies. Gradison Hopes that annual census figures can be used rather than those from every decade in establishing criteria. Of Brien feels Anderson and other fast growing areas would Benefit from such a move if it came into being. Revenue would be based on population. Gradison would like to see a Cost of living Index built into the Revenue sharing plan so local governmental units would be Able to More ably forecast the amount of Money they will get. Gradison asked for a a input from the governmental bodies. The county still wants the township to accept service Road a that parallels Kellogg ave. A help us serve you a a slogan township residents have associated with the township fire department festival in past years is now being revived again in association with the fire department. This time the firemen need help in the passage of the one Mille Levy to be put before the voters june 3,1975. The committee for the continuance of Good fire Protection has been formed. Co chairmen fireman Dennis Stevens and Tom Taylor Anderson township. Trustee have been preparing Levy passage publicity with the goal of explaining to the voters just Why additional funds Are needed. Other members of the committee Are chief de Stagnaro. Volunteer firemen Dave Sparke Fred Turton Bill Huffsteder and Robert Margraf. On May 17 the committee will kick off their walking Campaign to inform As Many of the township residents As possible to the needs of the fire department. Chief Stagnaro will have articles in the local newspapers explaining the functions and services the fire department performs within the Community Quot the committee feels that an Derson township has one of the finest fire departments in All of Ohio a said Taylor. Members feel that a it is of vital importance to relate to the Community what services the department is performing committee for the continuance of Good fire Protection has been formed. From. Left in front Row Are assistant chief Fred Turton Anderson township trustee Tom Taylor and chief Edward Stagnaro. From left in the Back Row Are David Sparke Dennis Stevens Robert Margraf and Bill Huffsteder. Anderson fire dept photo by Earl Cairns. In order that the Community can better understand the departments current and future needs. The committee stresses the Point that passage of this 1 Mill Levy is vital to the department in order that it Quot May keep Pace with the needs of our growing a a a a a a trustee explains need for Levy of Anderson township trustee Tom Taylor today issued the following statement concerning the need for passage of the one Mill fire Levy on the june ballot editor throughout the years Anderson township has been privileged in having an excellent fire department. In recent years our fire department has been appraised As being one of the finest in Ohio. This stature has been reached by working within the limits of a 1 Mill fire fund tax originally passed in 1948o�?TBrien likes chamber support of fire Levy Anderson township trustee president John of Brien today expressed his happiness to the Anderson chamber of Commerce for supporting the 1.0 Mill Anderson fire Levy to be on the special ballot june 3. The chamber a Board voted to support the Levy. It also submitted a Resolution to of Brien hoping trustees will place it in the township records. A we Are also looking Forward to a continual working relationship with you and the trustees a of Brien was told by mrs. Mary Jane Good chamber a executive director. Upon hearing of the Resolution from the journal of Brien said �?o1 am extremely Happy to learn of the support of the Anderson township chamber of Commerce and i am pleased we can work together in support of this Levy and for other projects for the betterment of the the Resolution May 7,1975 subject Resolution to support the Anderson twp. Fire Levy whereas Anderson township is a vital fast growing Community with a present population of More than 30,000 residents and Many businesses of importance to both the residents and the Community As a whole and whereas the need for excellent fire Protection is of Paramount importance to every Community and whereas the Anderson township fire department and the Anderson township Volunteer firemen s association have for Over a generation provided fire Protection to the people of Anderson which is second to none and whereas the Board of trustees of Anderson township has established a need for additional fire Protection funds and has proposed an additional tax Levy to be considered by the voters at a special election therefore so be it resolved that the Anderson area chamber of Commerce strongly endorses passage of the 1.0 Mill. Fire Levy of june 3,1975. Naturally our tax duplicate has Crown from this time but primarily from an increase in residential density As opposed to growth in our Industrial tax base. Because of this Type of growth our department has had to expand proportionately in order to maintain service to residents. However we have now reached the Point that if we Are to sustain this same Quality of services we will need additional tax Revenue department costs have exceeded the fire fund the last three years. In 1974 the 1 Mill tax generated approximately $142,000 while our department costs were in excess of $207,000-a deficit of 45 per cent. As a result we had to Transfer Revenue from the general fund and Revenue sharing to cover this deficit. However Federal Revenue sharing will either end or be sharply reduced in 1976 and the surplus which existed in the general fund will be depleted by the end of 1975. Therefore we will be unable to cover such a deficit in the future from these funds. The additional Revenue which would be derived from another 1 Mill tax would enable us to cover current operating expenses and maintain the departmental growth needed to keep Pace with our growing Community it would also allow us to consider replacing equipment obsolete or beyond repair adding equipment that would improve our capacity adding a daytime shift of paid firemen to Aid the ranks of sagging volunteers and possibly create a fire prevention Bureau. A 1 Mill tax does not Cost the Home owner that much. If your House is valued at $45,000, this would result in an additional tax Bill of $18 per year or less than five cents per Day. To arrive at the Cost per Home multiply the value of your House by 40 per cent then multiply tha figure by because of a a stagflation we Are All faced today with budgeting our monies wisely. In Many cases families have been forced to a Cut backs in their budgets. As your trustees we would not have approached the Community at this time asking for additional funds if it were not absolutely necessary. It is the Hope of this Board member that our Community will pass this Levy. The residents of Anderson township have always been proud of the services rendered by our fire department. Hopefully in the final judgment on june 3, when the fire Levy is proposed to our Community you a yes vote will maintain the Anderson township fire departments position to Supply these group to hear Dorsey Taylor what is in the future for Anderson township for the balance of this century9 this question and Many More will be explored by Bob Dorsey of the Anderson township planning and zoning commission at the May 14 general meeting of the Sherwood civic association the meeting will be held at the Sherwood elementary school at 7 30 . In response to his recent editorial in the Sherwood Sunshine newspaper Tom Taylor. Anderson township trustee will also highlight tomorrow nights program. To answer any questions regarding the upcoming Anderson township fire Levy. Appointments of chairpersons from each District to select a nominating committee for the upcoming Sherwood civic association s july election will also be announced at this meeting. Every resident in the Sherwood area is urged to attend a this very informative meeting. A the Public is also invited. One summer activity for the association includes the forming of a girls softball league. The league is under the direction of mrs. Lois Duffus with mrs. Julie Eckert and mrs. Mary poll assisting. Presently two divisions have been formed one for the 9-12 age group and one for the 13-18 year old girls. The season will Start june 22 and will run through july 27, with games played on wednesday evenings and sunday afternoons. Volunteer teens and or adults Are needed for umpires anyone interested is asked to Contact mrs. Duffus 232-0581. Due to the huge Sale of association printed to shirts at the recent Sherwood elementary school carnival a committee under the direction of mrs Betty Mcclung 231-5617, will continue to solicit orders for the shirts. Proceeds from the Sale of the shirts will be donated to the Sherwood school Ptah a burglar alarm fund plans Are also underway for a Sherwood summer Tennis tournament. A news bulletin with further information will be upcoming to the area families. A offer summer courses guardian Angels school will be offering summer courses june 9 july 11. Each course will be one hour Day five Days a week for Lotfi in 00kficlasses will be held for All grades 1-8 in math Reading and English for which there is sufficient registration. Class size is limited to 15 students. If interested Call the school office Between 8 30 . 3 . For a registration form. June 1 is the deadline for registration in order to determine classes. Inside the journal bridal news 14 business a 10, 24 classified 22,23 editorial 4 Foley Smalley Public forum weightings Forest Hills journal. May 13, 1975. Published weekly on tuesdays at 564 Batavia Pike Cincinnati Ohio 45244 controlled circulation postage paid at Cincinnati Ohio
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