Thursday, December 18, 2003

Neighbors Briefs

Canned food can pay traffic fine

SPRINGDALE - Motorists who get a ticket here through Christmas Day can tell police to "can it."

It's part of the police department's eighth annual "Food for Fines" program, the brainchild of Officer Al Maupin, a 30-year veteran.

Speeding and other minor offenses can be paid by donating canned goods, which the city gives to local charities.

Police have received hundreds of cans so far this season, said Chief Mike Laage. Last year, the department got more than 2,200 canned goods, including a number brought in by people who didn't even get a ticket, he said.

Moving violations are fined 10 canned goods and $25 for state costs, which cannot be waived by law.

Information: (513) 346-5760.

Mason school bond issue on March ballot

MASON - Voters here will see a 1.78-mill school bond issue on the March 2 ballot after the Mason Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday evening to put the tax to a public vote.

The property tax increase would pay for a new preschool, kindergarten and first-grade school building and expand Mason Intermediate School.

If approved, the 1.78-mill bond issue would raise $35 million and the new school and middle school additions would be completed by 2006.

Approval of the bond issue would not raise current school taxes but would continue a current $55 annual tax, per $100,000 home, said Mason school officials. They cite projected jumps in student enrollment in explaining the need for the projects.

City uses grant to add holiday patrols

MIDDLETOWN - The city police department is using funds from a federal traffic grant to add patrols in high-traffic areas during the holiday season. The grant requires that officers exercise zero tolerance on seat belt violations.

The grant money, administered through the Governor's Highway Safety Office, will pay officers overtime to work extra hours to patrol major intersections throughout the city, including Breiel, Roosevelt and Towne boulevards, and Manchester Road, said Sgt. Jim Cunningham.

The goal is to help reduce the number and severity of accidents, caused primarily by excessive speed and other traffic violations.

The funds were used last year for extra holiday patrols, which were effective in reducing accidents. This year's extra patrols will continue through Dec. 31.

Self-defense seminar offered in January

COLERAIN TWP. - The Colerain Township Citizens Police Academy is putting on a seminar in January about self-defense and other ways citizens can prevent crime.

Debbie Gardner, a "courage coach" for the Kenwood-based Survive Institute specializing in personal protection seminars, will discuss courage-based crisis control, crime prevention, crime survival and weapons survival techniques at the Jan. 14 seminar at the Colerain Township Community and Senior Center, 4300 Springdale Road. Admission is $5 for the 7 p.m. seminar that will last 21/2 hours.

Anyone who wants to attend is asked to contact Sgt. Dan Meloy or Nancy Spears of the Colerain Township Police Department at (513)245-6600 before Jan. 5.

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