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Northeast Suburban Life (Newspaper) - July 17, 1974, Cincinnati, OhioLibrary Ohio historical socks to 1982 vel a ave. Columbua Ohio 4 3211 la i a Madeira three acres from total Park Purchase by Maureen Hehman Madeira City Council moved a step closer to acquiring a new City Park monday july 8 when authorisation was Given to Purchase 16 acres of land owned by the estate of Lena spauling at a Cost of $70,000. The property is located Between Dawson and Shawnee run ads. Only one lot remains to be purchased 3.2 acres known As the Bronson property to Complete the 22 acre tract on which the new City Park will be Laid out. The property is being purchased primarily with $170,000 which came to the City from the Frisch inheritance in 1973. Plans for the new Park include a new City service building Ball fit lds and other recreation facilities. City manager George babe recommended that a 97-Vear-old House on the Maxfield property be used As a training Field for a fire school sept. 22. The property is Park of the Park land acquisition. Madeira fire co. Will Host firemen from around the county then. The House could be set afire and used As a learning experience for the men babe suggested. This would serve the dual purpose of also razing the building which is in the path of a proposed football Field at the new Park. Councilman Carl Schneider said he would be reluctant to see the House torn Down before the City begins Active construction on the site. Councilman Doug Oppenheimer asked if the House was the site mentioned in a recent suburban life Story As a possible teen Center. Babe said he has not been approached about putting a teen Center in the House but he said he would oppose the idea because of a Railroad crossing on the property and a hazardous Access onto Camargo re. He also said the House would not be a suitable Structure for a teen Center. Disposition of the House was put aside for further study. Kenneth Watson 2794 Peto Bego a spokesman for the local striking teamster Union 100, appeared before Council to object to what he called harassment by City police. Watson said roving pickets travelling behind non striking trucks were stopped several times by Madeira police. City manager babe said he knew of Only one instance of police questioning picketers. The picketers had been stopped and questioned As a result of a citizen complaint babe said. Babe later commented that police records Only show one incident. He said the teamsters were invited to submit a list of times dates and places of alleged stopping by police but a list has not been received to Date. Babe said the City does not intend to get involved in a labor management dispute but that police have no Way of knowing whether a citizens complaint involves picketers or persons intent on breaking the Law. The subject of Bike paths resurfaced with a question about paths on Kenwood re. By councilman Oppenheimer. The safety committee has recommended against Bike lanes on Kenwood re. Because the paths would give bikers a false tense of Security. Mayor Mcdonald said although he was originally in favor of Bike paths he has changed his mind because the paths would Cut into intersections making the intersections too narrow. The mayor also said he was not in favor of spending tens of thousands of dollars on Bike paths As some communities have done. Oppenheimer said he would like the feasibility of the paths to be looked into further by Council. Madeira should be gelling a Check for about $10,-ooo soon from Columbia township. Columbia was directed by the county auditor to pay Madeira the Money As Madeira s share of taxes collected in the area of rollaway. The rollaway area was recently annexed to Madeira. In other action a Council accepted a bid of Brooks Cement contractor for sidewalk repair at $1.15 per Square it. A a bid of 39 cents per Square v Yard for Street repair was accepted. A an ordinance was introduced to accept a bid for a City insurance program with the Continental insurance co. At a Cost of $3,-073 for a three year period. A Council approved a contract for Public health services at a Cost of $9,240. No Mcay a to place a classified and dial 731-7170 by 5 00 . Monday display advertising amp news dial 531-0234 not Chito m it Muir serving the communities of Blue Ash Montgomery Amberley Village Indian Hill Madeira pleasant Ridge Brecon Kennedy Heights sit Vertone Kenwood Deer Park Rossmoyne del locale Ridgewood Mark of circulation integrity vol. Xiii no. 51 Cincinnati Ohio wednesday july 17, 1974 4415 Montgomery re. Phone 531-0234 to be on november ballot d. Park to vote on Pool sewers fight a fire or give a parking ticket. Cadet Lee Wilson of the Blue Ash police department will be prepared to do either. 8he began training As a professional firefighter monday. Cadet Wilson will attend the police Academy in Lebanon beginning in september. That will make her just about the Best trained police woman fire woman around. She is the first women in Ohio known to have received such dual training. Lee is a 1969 graduate of Indian Hill High school. She joined the Force in february. Lee says she got into police work because she enjoys working with the Public. Madeira denied school Transfer a petition by Madeira residents in the Wood Sway Ken Arbre and rollaway area to be allowed to join Madeira school District was denied july 8 by the state Board of education. The school children in that area Are enrolled in the Cincinnati school system. Madeira City manager George babe said there Are about 30 school aged children in that at t. Many of the children Are enrolled in private and parochial schools. Babe said he regrets the ruling because Madeira High school is about 1 i Miles from the area and the City High school Withrow is about 11 Miles away. The state Board allowed a territory Transfer of Milford exempted Village to Indian Hill exempted Village schools. One reason Given for the state boards refusal to allow the Madeira Transfer is that the Board does not want to Start a precedent of Urban school districts joining suburban districts. By Pat Tolzmann the Deer Park City Council at its july 11 meeting passed As expected the ordinances to put a sewer Bond Issue and a swimming Pool Levy on the ballot next fall and approved a proposed 1975 budget totalling $380,311. But the big Issue concerning citizens and Council at the four hour meeting was whether Deer Park should join Hamilton county scentral dispatching system for police and fire Calls. After a Long debate Council tabled the matter until a Public hearing can be held set for july 25 at the Deer Park Community building. Council will hold its regular meeting at 7 30 ., with the hearing to follow at 8 . Robert of Leary third Ward councilman is a main county dispatching proponent. He described a demonstration he had been Given of the system and noted the City could Cut its dispatching costs from $31,500 per year to $5,000. Federal and state funds would make up 95 per cent of the Cost. He also said the extra policeman could be put on Street patrol. Some citizens among Amberley May vote on us tax proposal by Kate March the Amberley Village committee for higher education would like to see Village residents Benefit from lower us tuition rates which would be possible if a two Mill Levy to support the University is place on the ballot and accepted by local voters. Mrs. Miriam Bernstein put the proposal to Council on july 8, along with a two Page explanatory statement Ana results of a mini Survey. The Survey polled 18s households and turned up 142 us alumni including Heads of household and children. Results indicated that under such an arrangement area students would also Benefit from preferred admissions. A similar arrangement with the University has been in effect for Golf Manor since 1960 when residents there voted in favor of the Levy. Mrs. Bernstein told Council that a computer printout revealed at least 556 us alumni living in Amberley not including those who studied there hut did not Complete a degree program. After considerable discussion it was tentatively agreed that the proposal will probably be placed on the nov. 5 ballot by initiative petition and mrs. Bernstein said her committee will atari collecting signatures. In the meantime Village solicitor Augustus Beall iii will explore the Legal technicalities of the proposal. Mrs. Bernstein buttressed the proposal with the arguments that property values would be enhanced $70 per Quarter per student would be saved residents would be in a preferred situation for admissions because they would be considered As Cincinnati applicants rather than Ohio applicants and residents would be More easily Able to return to us for continuing education. She pointed out the proximity of the Blue Ash Campus. The budget based on a three and a half Mill return on a tax valuation of $37 million the 1975 income for Amberley Village was estimated at $746,000, with $663,000 in proposed expenditures. The figures were presented to Council during a formal budget hearing july 8, by col. Thomas e. Wesson Village manager who said that changes from the previous year generally reflect increases in the Cost of living. Estimated expenses for Alt of 1974 Are $648,623 estimated income for the entire year is about $850,000. The $37 million on the tax duplicate is broken Down into $30 million from real estate and $7 million from personal property taxes. Vice mayor Arthur Friedman said that the three and a half Mills is probably the lowest of any other area Community. Formerly set at six and a half Mills the rate was rolled Back about three years ago when income tax was adopted. The income tax brings in about $25\00 a year Friedman said. \ mayor Henry Blohm emphasized that budget figures As presented Are estimates Only. They will not be final until the year end appropriations ordinance after definite tax valuation figures Are received from the Hamilton county budget commission. Tennis anyone recreation committee chairman Walter Meyer was charged with determining extent of interest and feasibility of constructing Public Tennis courts for Village residents. A postcard Survey will be made to see if enough people would use the courts to warrant the installation probably on Village land adjacent to the administration building on Ridge ave. Pay hike Council adopted a Resolution to place on the fall ballot a proposal to Amend that Section of the Village charter which limits pay for the mayor and vice mayor them members of the City fire department and life squad objected. They argued that minutes would be lost in response time while the Central dispatcher relayed information Back to Deer Park that if an emergency situation should be happening elsewhere minor Calls would be shunted aside and delayed and some local businessmen a a eared the Cost of hooking their alarm systems to the county dispatcher would be much More expensive. Others said they did not like the idea of having no one in the police station. Proponents replied that each of two patrolmen would spend perhaps 15 minutes of his hour at the station and otherwise a Telephone connected to the Central dispatching station hot property Mildred Schaeper could t have picked a hotter time to advertise an air conditioner than during last weeks heat wave. When the Calls started coming the first Day it did no to Surprise her a bit. She a sold Many things through Csini classifieds. So has mrs. George Hickman who disposed of a dining canopy just As quickly. To convert your done to needs to Cash Call 731-7170. To $1,000 a year for both. If the amendment is accepted by the voters it would not affect current office holders who Are legally constrained from accepting a pay hike passed during current term of office. At the same time Council increased the salary of the solicitor from $7,200 to $8,-500 a year. Because the solicitor is appointed rather than elected there is no time constraint on the raise. Mayors court in the Village will go to twice a month. Mayor Blohm announced because of a recent state supreme court ruling that All defendants Are entitled to trial with 15 Days. He said that it was an imposition on the police who will have to spend More time in court because of the ruling. Col. Wesson was authorized by Council to proceed with a detailed study and recommendations for improvements to Ridge rd., proposed for next year. A report from state auditor Joseph Ferguson advising various City officials to repay certain sums spent on Coffee Tea and other items for Village employees was treated summarily As the mayor simply said that the auditors report has been received the contents noted and that it will be filed. Would take police Calls. Many Saia they liked the a a personal touch of having a local dispatcher who knows the area and is on duty All the time. However this was countered by some Council members who cited complaints made to them by citizens who said the phone had not been answered at certain times of the Day. The budget the proposed 1975 budget providing expenditures totalling $380,311, was approved 6-1 by Council. The dissenter was Dennis Mckeown Ward 4, who noted that the City would not have the surplus it expected at the end of the year throwing off the budget figures. Other coun cil members said a proposed budget is merely a Way to estimate costs and will be pared Down at the january meeting when officials will know How much Money they actually will have. Sewer Bonds the approved Bond Issue of $560,000 would Complete the City a storm sewer system Council said a tax raise would not necessarily be required because the Bonds would replace another 20-year Bond Issue being retired this year if voters approve sewer Bonds would be issued in december 1974. The swimming Pool Levy also unanimous would be approximately 1 Mill. The $75,000 Pool would be paid for Over a five year period in other Council action a reapportionment order to Transfer Money from the general fund for current operating expenses passed unanimously. A request for a zoning change so a convenient food Mart could be built at 4826 Galbraith Road was rejected upon recommendation of the planning commission. An emergency ordinance. Effective immediately. Established a 5 per cent pay raise for the safety directors clerk retroactive to Jan. 1, 1974. However Council walked at approving a similar increase for safety director Henry Camp to $13,200 per enjoying natl re in Montgomery will be easier since the Johnson nature Center was dedicated. Or. And mrs. Frank Johnson at right mayor Robert Novak and is. Katy Hinrichs chairwoman of the Park and recreation commission participated in the dedication ceremony july 4. Ceremonies entered on a Large free form Boulder a gift of or. E. T. Kerr onto which a bras plaque is attached commemorating the gift of or. And mrs. Johnson. A Community Parale Complete with March music and flags preceded the dedication. The seven acre preserve is located off Deerfield re. And is now open for use. Chief plans to Cut crime 40 percent by Maureen Hehman bide Ash police chief Ron Sturgill believes he can Cut crime 40 percent in a year. This will not be the result of a magic Wand and it is not the product of Wishful thinking. Sturgill and the Blue Ash police Force intend to Cut crime by educating citizens in crime prevention. They Nave received a $22,000 Federal Granta fairly slender amount to work such miracles. But chief Sturgill is enthusiastic and believes it can be done. A one House burglary May take six months and 150 Man hours to solve. It takes two hours of talking to Home owners to teach them How not to let burglars alarm systems lighting operation identification inventoried equipment with serial numbers recorded physical Protection for women these Are some of the topics that two crime prevention officers will discuss at the drop of a hat. A anytime we get five or More people together we will Send someone out to talk to them about crime prevention a Sturgill said. The crime prevention officers will be two civilian employees hired specifically for the program. Sturgill is thinking about hiring Young persons interested in going into police work. A this program would be excellent training for future police officers a he said. Springfield and Colerain townships were turned Down for the same program. Sturgill attributes this to a Well written and presented request written by set. Jerry Shelander and because Blue Ash required less Money. Sturgill expects the project to be so successful however that Springfield and Colerain would get the program next year. A if we can show results i expect the state will put in $300,000 for these programs throughout Ohio a the chief said. Year. Angered Mckeown said the raise had already been passed in committee and it a was no to rights to play around with the Many a pocket Book. Loud applause greeted his statement that All other employees raises had been approved so Why not Campos Council finally passed 5-2 Resolution to give the proposal second Reading at the next meeting. A it was announced that police chief Nick Nimersheim will retire sept. 5. Montgomery budget up Montgomery adopted a proposed budget of $488,-901.50 for the fiscal year 1975 at a Public hearing july 8. This compares to a $463,000 budget for 1974. Total receipts Are expected to be $494.619.65. The largest increase in spending is in the areas of Parks and land use. Participation in summer recreation program Park maintenance and equipment has raised the Park budget from $12.550 to $17,400 in 1975. The Community environment budget is up from $93,500 to $115,500. This includes land planning building inspection and garbage disposal. Inflation nas upped almost every service and product Cost to area cities. Mayor Robert Novak told suburban life he opposed $8000 added to the budget for land use planning and a summer recreation program. He said he opposes taking Money from the capital improvement fund for City expenses. A that is like taking Money out of your savings account to use for Day to Day living expenses a he said. Nine cars burglarized Blue Ash police reported 9 cars broken into and contents stolen thursday july 18 sometime during the night. Tape decks and radios valued at about $85 per car were taken. The theft occurred outside the Walnut Creek apartment Plainfield re. Villa Bovina Hunt re. And Fox run Hunt re. Police said that county police reported a number of similar thefts that night. Most of the cars had been locked. Purse theft a purse was taken sunday from the Home of mrs. Monten Burton Stewart re. Tear Gas a pocket knife and $25 was taken

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