Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Neighbors briefs

Loveland to get less in White Pillars sale

LOVELAND - The city will receive more per acre on the historic White Pillars on Ohio 48. But it won't make as much money when the property changes hands in coming months.

A change in plans that was prompted by a citizen's referendum and eliminated any commercial development there reduced the amount of land to be sold by about six acres, lowering the sale price to $3.2 million for 69.74 acres.

That's $200,000 less than the original deal involving 75 acres.

Hines-Griffin and Parrott & Strawser are paying $46,343.37, or about $100 more, per acre, city officials said.

Board OKs 1-acre lot limit in Concord Hills

SYCAMORE TWP. - The zoning commission voted Monday to limit building lots to about an acre in the Concord Hills neighborhood.

Trustees are expected on June 3 to pass the measure, which is aimed at stopping developers from tearing down older homes to split up lots.

Ninety percent of the neighborhood's 107 homeowners signed a petition in March, asking trustees to increase permitted lot size for single-family homes on Concord Hills Circle, Concord Hills Place, Concord Hills Lane, Owlwoods Lane and portions of Miami Avenue and Keller Road.

About 15 lots have been developed since 1998 into "panhandles" that put several houses behind existing homes, and several other lots were recently split up.

Colerain implements vicious-dog resolution

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP - Vicious dogs soon will be required to be registered and have a microchip implanted to identify them.

Trustees Tuesday night approved a resolution requiring those and other steps for owners of dogs that, unprovoked, have seriously injured a person or another dog.

Dog bites in Colerain Township rose from three in 2001 to 12 in each of the last two years, said Daniel Ewald, 41, who chaired a township panel that studied the issue.

If their pet seriously injures a person or another dog, owners will have four months to send the dog to a special obedience school to get a canine "good citizen" certificate, according to the resolution. Failure to do so could bring a $250 fine and 30 days in jail.

Winburn files as city lobbyist

Former Cincinnati City Councilman Charles Winburn is now lobbying City Council on behalf of a Madisonville construction company.

Winburn filed a lobbyist registration statement with the Clerk of Council's office last week, saying he would lobby for Cincinnati Commercial Contracting on building permit, environmental and other issues.

The College Hill Republican left City Council nine months before term limits forced him out in 2001, when Gov. Bob Taft appointed him to the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. He is eligible to run for City Council again in 2005.

Health clinic to open in Over-the-Rhine

OVER-THE-RHINE - A health clinic that will offer evening services to homeless people in Cincinnati opens Thursday.

The clinic will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the City Gospel Mission, 1419 Elm St. Nurses and nursing students will provide health screenings, education and referrals to other services.

The project is an outgrowth of a research project at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

In 2001, graduate nursing students reported that many of the city's homeless were visiting hospital emergency rooms in the evenings for routine services.

The new clinic seeks to provide care after other medical clinics close for the day.

Financial support for the clinic comes from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and the Butler Foundation.

Waynesville council will meet on new tax

WAYNESVILLE - Village council will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday regarding the 0.5 percent local income tax that was implemented to help offset projected budget deficits.

Council approved the tax last month, but residents have since filed a referendum petition with the village clerk to get the issue on the ballot.

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