Saturday, February 21, 2004

Neighbors briefs

Queen City Barrel to pay pollution fine

LOWER PRICE HILL -- The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that Queen City Barrel Co. has agreed to pay a $26,625 fine to settle claims it violated state pollution laws.

Last October, the Hamilton County Division of Environmental Services determined that Queen City Barrel was operating a steel drum coating line without a permit at its plant at 1937 South St., in Lower Price Hill. The company agreed to shut down the line. Ohio EPA said the shutdown will eliminate 1.6 tons of volatile organic compounds from the air per year.

West End plan to spur housing approved

WEST END - The Cincinnati Planning Commission approved a comprehensive plan for the West End Friday, hoping to boost homeownership and encourage neighborhood businesses.

With the construction of new housing in the Lincoln and Laurel Homes areas, city planners are turning their attention to the northeastern part of the neighborhood - an industrial area that includes a brewery, junkyards and light industry. The plan will try to balance those businesses with a more vibrant residential scene, planners said.

Low bidder sues city over pluming contract

DOWNTOWN - Cincinnati City Manager Valerie Lemmie awarded a bid for plumbing work on the Convention Center expansion to the high bidder Friday, prompting a lawsuit from the low bidder.

Nelson Stark received the city contract, despite bidding $332,398 more than the Thomas J. Dyer Co., the city manager said. Only two companies bid on the job, and the city determined that only Nelson Stark met the requirements of the city's Small Business Enterprise program.

Best joins Butler Co. race for commissioner

HAMILTON - Republican J. Michael Best of Fairfield entered the Butler County commissioner race as an independent Friday.

Best, 56, a former Fairfield councilman, is a Procter & Gamble researcher. He will challenge incumbent Michael A. Fox, also a Republican, and Democrat Catherine Stoker.

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PTOs court new members: dads
Dowlin, DeWine shoot it out
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Amelia program accredited
Insurers billed for drivers who use city fire services
McConnell: Transit bill near
Bristol's club begins paying off its debt to Clear Channel
Clermont request: $5.5M for roads
Cops want to trap coyote, if permitted
Unpaid bill quiets Deerfield parks phones
Grand jury to consider fake-cop case
Kids get heads-up on helmet safety
Gunman's notoriety grows with Columbus shootings
News briefs
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Chamber may oust activist
Mayor: My photo isn't endorsement
Neighbors briefs
Police officer shot at, shoots suspect in foot
Local play sensitive to critics
Urban League seeks money for program
Man, 18, indicted in murder attempt, kidnap of woman
State denies neighbors' request for sound barrier
State rating an issue in levy ballot

Ask Dave: Where does Cleves-Warsaw come to end?
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Good Things Happening
Faith matters: Lecture series examines religious images of women

Janet Strawser, 96, helped run business
Frederick Wagner liked a challenge

Science lessons on wheels
Speaker: Tax reform possible
House plan alive
Ky. House approves malpractice measure
McConnell predicts more gains for GOP
Two men sought following robbery at Fuddruckers
Family sues utility, contractor over fire after power failure