HAMILTON - Residents may comment on the city's $219 million budget for 2004 at a public hearing at 5 p.m. today in City Council chambers, One Renaissance Center, 345 High St.
Though the fiscal plan is about $1 million shorter than this year, city staffing and services will remain the same, says City Manager Mike Samoviski. He has recommended that council balance the budget next year by drawing $1 million from the general fund surplus.
Council also is scheduled to approve placing a 0.5-mill tax levy on the March 2 ballot for operation of "The Shuttle" bus service in Hamilton by the Butler County Regional Transit Authority.
The five-year tax would generate $449,238 annually, says Kay Rogers, Butler County auditor.
Madeira code to allow some outdoor fires
MADEIRA - Residents will legally be able to warm themselves by the fire outdoors thanks to an ordinance headed for passage.
In-ground fire pits will remain as illegal as burning trash, but the city will allow wood fires in store-bought safety-approved metal fireplaces, City Manager Tom Moeller said.
The recent popularity of outdoor fireplaces prompted the city to reconsider its ban after consulting with the fire department, Moeller said.
Council is expected to approve the law on its third reading today and it would take effect in late January.
Reach Out Lakota accepting donations
WEST CHESTER TWP. - Reach Out Lakota needs gently used or new seasonal clothing to help needy families in West Chester and Liberty townships.
Items in short supply include plus-size women's outerwear, men's gloves and hats, maternity wear, and boys and girls' sleepwear and coats.
Volunteers also are needed at Reach Out Lakota offices in West Chester for short-term special projects in the clothing department, including volunteers able to help with small sewing and mending projects.
Westwood civic group's meeting at new place
WESTWOOD - The Westwood Civic Association will meet at new locations through 2004 because of renovations at Westwood Town Hall.
The December general membership meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at Henke Winery, 3077 Harrison Ave.
Through 2004, general membership and all committee meetings will take place at Westwood United Methodist Church, 3460 Epworth Ave. in Eckel Hall, near the church gym. General membership meetings take place the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.
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