Friday, April 16, 2004

Neighbors briefs

More money asked for outgoing director

Cincinnati City Manager Valerie Lemmie has asked City Council to pay $48,479 to the outgoing interim director of the Citizen Complaint Authority because he exceeded the amount he was allowed to bill.

Daniel L. Baker, a former Dayton, Ohio, police commander who led the Citizen Complaint Authority since Nathanael L. Ford resigned last June, was to get $90 an hour for his work, up to $56,000. Lemmie said the search for a new director took longer than anticipated.

Wendell M. France will take over the police watchdog agency April 26. He will make $96,000 a year.

Hispanic health fair in Butler County

HAMILTON - The inaugural Butler County Hispanic Health Fair is scheduled for Sunday.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fenmont Center, 229 N. Third St. in Hamilton. This free health fair includes information booths and health screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, hearing, vision, and more.

For more information, call the Butler County Community Health Consortium at (513) 892-1888.

Memorial ceremony for organ donors

LOVELAND - About 250 people whose organs, eyes or other tissues were donated after they died in 2003 will be honored at a ceremony sponsored by LifeCenter Organ Donor Network, U.S. Tissue & Cell and the Cincinnati Eye Bank.

The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Oasis Conference Center, 902 Loveland-Miamiville Road in Loveland.

This year's service will include a "Donor Remembrance" slide show, a speech by Dr. E. Steve Woodle, director of the transplant division at University Hospital who recently himself received a liver transplant, and a presentation by a group riding all-terrain vehicles across America to promote organ and tissue donation.

Wal-Mart hearing begins 6 p.m. May 4

MILFORD - The first of two hearings to discuss building a Wal-Mart here will be at the May 4 city council meeting. Representatives from Wal-Mart will be present, and the public will have a chance to voice opinions.

The hearing will begin at 6 p.m. An Enquirer article Thursday had an incorrect time for the hearing.

Tax-finance district taking longer to start

FAIRFAX - Village leaders won't be forming a tax increment financing district (TIF) to pay for redevelopment and downtown revitalization anytime soon.

Fairfax officials announced late last year that they hoped to form a TIF over all of this eastern Hamilton County village for those purposes. But they have since discovered the process is going to take longer than expected.

"We definitely intend to do it," Village Administrator Jenny Kaminer said. "We just need to make sure we have our ducks in a row so it's set up properly."

As another way to promote economic development and increase revenues, Fairfax officials are looking into forming joint economic development districts with neighboring communities such as Columbia Township or Silverton.

Municipal clerks honor Forest Park's

FOREST PARK - Clerk of Council Kathy Lives has been named 2004 Clerk of the Year by the Ohio Municipal Clerks Association.

Lives has been clerk for the city 22 years. She has also served on the board of directors and as president of the state organization.

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