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Forest Hills Journal (Newspaper) - May 27, 1980, Cincinnati, OhioForest vol. 20 no. 5 tuesday May 27, to single copy is cents tits que a Coly suburb a in inc a trustees worry about cd fund acceptance by Brian Macconnell staff writer by voting May 15 to refuse additional funds from the depart net of housing and Urban development Hud through the Community development Block Grant program the Anderson township Board of trustees highlighted again the controversy which has continued for several years about subsidised housing and its place in the township. In a rare split vote 2-1 with Robert Dorsey dissenting the Board voted not to apply for a did Tiona 1 Community development cd funds. John of Brien and Thomas Taylor both said they did not agree with the policies erf Hud which they feel holds the cd funds out but will not allocate them without a commitment from the township to Aid in plans to locate Section eight housing. Section eight housing allows renters to pay one Quarter of their monthly income toward rent while the Federal government pays the rest. In a special meeting last monday the Board slightly altered its stance. It voted to offer to put up $40,000 of township Money for the Forest Park work asking the Hamilton county cd office to help fund another $150,000. Dorsey said the cd office looks More favourably on funding possibilities in which the local Community is willing to put up some of its own Money. Part of last mondays vote was an understanding that if the requested $160,000 was attached in any Way to subsidized housing in the township the offer would be withdrawn. While the Forest Park project is currently about $200,000 Short of funds the Pamela Road work is Between $50,000 and $60,000 Short. Dorsey said the Pamela Road Job will be completed even if the township pays for the project. The three members of the Board have three different philosophies about the acceptance of cd Money and about the acceptability of subsidized housing in the township. Some White Mountain to go to referendum assuming that slightly Over half of the signatures collected in opposition to the proposed White Mountain condominium Complex Are valid Anderson township voters will be Able in november to determine the Fate of the project. Patrick Carigan a lawyer Road resident who has led opposition to the project said 1437 signatures have been collected in order to have the Issue put on the ballot after it was approved april 23 by the Hamilton county commissioners. A by my count we be collected 1437 signatures a Carigan said. A that is my count by hand so i done to know How accurate it is. But it should be plenty since we needed 763.�?� the number of signatures needed is eight percent of the number of voters in the township in the 1978 gubernatorial election. Jean Dobratz of the Hamilton county Board of elections said the signatures were to be turned into the commissioners and the commissioners office would Forward them to the Board of elections. After the Board checks the Validity of the signatures they Are returned to the commissioners office with a statement of the number of valid signatures. Assuming enough Are valid she said the commissioners will pass a Resolution and set the wording of the Issue to be put on the ballot. The Resolution must be passed by the commission and returned to the Board of elections by aug. 6 to be included on the november ballot she said. Cancan said about 10 people helped him circulate the petitions and added that they encountered very few people who were in favor of the condominium construction. Quot from my personal experience far fewer than five percent of the people i talked to took a negative View or refused to sign the petition. Even less than that probably less than one percent said they did no to know enough about the Issue to sign the Carigan said he was surprised at the number of people who were familiar with the Issue. �?o1 was quite surprised at the number of people who were knowledgeable about it he said. Opponents to the condominium construction have said if will cause traffic problems on lawyer Road and Ragland Road and would be drastically different from zoning of the area for single family Homes and the entire township. White Mountain has been approved by the Hamilton county regional planning commission the Rural zoning continued to Page a-8 mrs. Jpn a Success Story mrs. J.p., Milford dreamed of having her own piano and kept looking for the classified sections of the journal and daily newspapers. Soon she spotted an and in the journal classifieds that caught her Eye. Someone was Selling a piano not tar from her. It was this week in Forest Hills differences of opinion Are significant some Are slight but All three trustees will agree that the problems and All their implications Are Complex. A i done to think anyone likes to have any kind of conditional approval on any kind of request a of Brien said of attempts to get the township to participate in a housing plan. A there Are too Many strings attached to the acceptance of cd Money and although subsidized housing in the township May be inevitable some Day when we can do nothing More about it i done to think we should get into the whole bucket erf his main objection to the acceptance of cd funds of Brien said is not the fact that it May contribute to efforts to place Section eight housing in the township. Rather a a it a mainly because its forced on us. Subsidized housing May be justified in some places at some times but not now in Anders on m township a e said. A the people in the township feel they do not want Dorsey said his decision on the Issue was a difficult one because of what he Calls Quot thinking that May sound he said the Federal government is wasteful and inept in its handling of All social issues but his feelings that housing should be available for everyone takes priority. A i feel that everyone should have a place to live a he said after a one hour flight the balloon a Blue Over you Quot lands in the Foxtail farms subdivision or Anderson township with the help of some area residents who steadied the balloon As it landed. For More photos see Page b-5. Journa photo Mac Connell. Ballooning is growing sport the complexities in the we have created. On the other hand i wish the Federal government would stay out of just about All social issues. It would make things a lot simpler. Quot Congress be passing Laws telling local governments How to do what they do. They give Power to an Agency like Hud. I have a disdain for Hud. They Are a Bunch of Dorsey said Hud has misinterpreted the intent of Federal funds for housing. Their time and Money he said should be used to help build housing for americans rather than emphasizing efforts to assure a a social mix in a neighbourhood. A ideally Dorsey said the Federal government should get out of social issues that should be handled at the township level. A looking at it pragmatically though that wont happen so i think it is our responsibility to bargain As shrewdly As we and to die advantage of the town just what she wanted and she soon became the proud owner of a new piano. You can have your dream come True also. Keep checking the journal classifieds. And you can use them yourself. Call 528 1111. In this Issue the journal offers its endorsements of candidates and issues for the june 3 election. See the editorial Page a-6, for All the details on journal endorsements and the reasoning behind them. The Turpin spartans broke All kinds of school records for baseball on their Way to a 15-13 record this season. The new records ranged from stolen bases to team batting average and rewrote the record Book for the High school. See Page a-9 for the details on a season the spartans Shouls be proud of. Classified b 7-10 restaurants bal editorial a a sports a-9 real estate b-8 Forest Hills journal 564 Batavia Pike Cincinnati Ohio 45244528-1111 saturation coverage of Anderson township a it. Washington Newtown. California every tuesday and Friday. Circulation audited by Dorsey is Quick to Point out that he has nothing against personnel of the Hamilton county cd office. A the people ther Are All very capable and easy to Deal with. They Are helping us look for a solution to these questions. The problem is with Hud at the Federal the May 15 vote does not necessarily make the township less vulnerable to placement of subsidized housing Dorsey said. As part of Hamilton county the township is still vulnerable to housing in a properly zoned area. A plans for subsidized housing will Likely affect the entire county whether we Are participating in Community development or not a he said. Taylor said last mondays vote to try to obtain some additional funds from cd does not create a Compromise from the previous vote. A i said at the monday meeting that if they try to get us to participate in a housing plan we be willing to do it and As a Board that a what we Vole Only Means we Are willing to Complete a project we re committed to. A like the other Board members Taylor said he does not object to federally subsidized housing per be. Quot i done to disagree that housing should be available for everyone in a continued to Page a-8 Bycher Albauer staff writer for someone about to take their first balloon ride it Isnit real reassuring when Pilot introduces himself As Captain crash. But As Larry a a crash Askren readied his balloon for a flight last tuesday and talked about the increasingly popular sport of hot air ballooning it was apparent that his nickname had been Given to him in jest. Larry and Mike Murray both builders by Trade Are the principal partners along with Gerry Geisen of balloons unlimited. Gerry operates the old venture out of his Home on eight mile Road. A this is our High so to speak a explained Mike As he readied a second balloon for departure from a Meadow in Avoca Park outside Newtown. A a it show we get off the two thousand people apparently agreed with Mike last year. That a the number of people balloons unlimited took aloft. Passengers have ranged in age from two to 89. The eldest passenger was Larry a Uncle Charlie. A the balloon was the first thing he Ever flew in and he thought it was great a Larry chuckled. Lots of people take their first balloon ride to celebrate a birthday or anniversary. Balloons unlimited even offers a Champagne flight for romantics. A couple in Columbus got married during a balloon flight. Gerry a passengers on that trip we re the minister the Bride in. A White gown and the Groom in a Tux. Another couple got married on the ground at Avoca Park and then took off for a Post nuptial flight. The aeronaut also take their balloons around to local schools and give youngsters mini rides with the balloon tethered to the ground. They go to festivals like Milford a Frontier Days and appear at air shows around the country. Last fall they participated in the balloon festival in Alburquerque . Where 400 balloons took to the skies. Because ballooning is a fairly expensive past time those seven Story balloons Cost about $10,000 most aeronaut have must make their Hobby into a business too. It takes 10 hours of training to become a private Pilot and 35 hours of training to be a commercial Pilot. Perspective pilots must also pass a written test and be licensed by the Federal aviation administration. Balloons unlimited currently has 14 pilots. The commercial pilots can instruct Novice aeronaut and they also sell balloons and baskets. Its a full time business for Gerry. Larry and Mike Fly balloons part time and still build houses. They be dropped hang gliders from the balloons and had sky divers leap from their baskets. Lots of sky divers have said they prefer jumping from a balloon because its quieter and More exhilarating than jumping from a plane. Mike has done a bit of balloon walking. While the balloon is being inflated on the ground he climbs on top of it and. Rides on it As it ascends. Once in the air he repels Down the Side of the balloon and. Climbs into the Basket. A typical ride for a paying passenger is a Little Calmer than that. The balloon rises gently gradually gaining Altitude. Larry piloting Quot Blue Over you Quot turns on the liquid propane flame to direct More hot air into the balloon and make it Rise higher. The higher the balloon rises the More the landscape looks like a topographical rap. Dogs bark horses Start and run and cattle continue to Graze quietly in the Wake of the balloon. Larry Lowers the balloon to wave to people who come out of their houses to watch the passing spectacle. The aeronaut have also been known to drop Down into the tree tops to let passengers pick a souvenir Leaf and to drop into the Ohio River to let riders Cool their feet. During the hour Long ride Larry stays in touch through a portable citizens band radio with his wife Joann who Heads the Chase Crew. Joann and her helpers follow the balloon in a pick up truck to assist in the Landing and pack the balloon up for the ride Home. Because the Cloud cover was Low last tuesday evening Larry Only took the balloon up to 1,000 feet. The wind was Calm so the balloon Only travelled six or seven Miles in an hour. Gerry holds the record among balloon unlimited a aeronaut for going the highest and farthest. He a been up to 11,500 feet. After 12,000 feet oxygen is necessary. And on a cold Clear Day travelling by himself with nine tanks of liquid propane for company he travelled Between 40 and 50 Miles. Although balloons Are the oldest Means of flight new technology and materials have added new dimensions to ballooning. A the whole thing is still pretty Young a Mike observed. A a we re still testing what we can do. We go up without passengers of course in the worst flying conditions to see what we can the Chase Crew usually carries a bottle of Champagne to pacify any peeved homeowners who suddenly find a balloon Landing in his front Yard. The aeronaut can control their landings fairly closely but if bad weather suddenly comes up they land in the nearest Flat Clearing. A we watch out for the Farmers. We done to land in any slowed Fields or planted Fields a Larry said. A a we be landed in Peoples Yards and invite us in the Coffee or dinner. A last tuesday the Chase Crew momentarily lost sight of the balloon and Larry enlisted the Aid of a Man mowing his Yard in the Foxtail farms subdivision off Asbury Road. The Man grabbed the sturdy rope thrown from the Basket to help steady the balloon As it landed and a Blue Over you Quot returned peacefully to Earth. Kids dogs and adults streamed Down the Street to see what the excitement was about. A carnival spirit prevailed As children crowded around asking Larry for rides. Joann arrived and started passing out pamphlets and answering questions. The deflated balloon was soon folded up and the Wicker Basket loaded in the truck. A Mother encouraged her children to hurry Home if they wanted to see the rest erf a a la veme and Shirley and an amazed suburbanite in Ber Munda shorts observed a a it a getting so you can to even mow your Yard around Here to travel great distances in a Short time a Jet can to be beat. But you can sure enjoy the scenery More in a balloon

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