Sunday, June 13, 2004

Norwood officials rally support for levy

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NORWOOD - City officials will hold a public meeting Tuesday night to organize support for a 14-mill operating levy on the Aug. 3 ballot.

Norwood officials say the five-year levy is needed to erase a $3.5 million deficit and to keep the city's finances from being taken over by the Ohio Auditor's Office.

The meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Donald E. Prues Community Center, 1810 Courtland Ave. City officials want anyone who wants to help the levy campaign to attend.

The levy would generate $5.2 million a year. The owner of a $100,000 home would pay $418 a year more in taxes.

River Road closing for 2-3 months

FAIRFIELD - River Road near Cincinnati's Bolton Water Treatment Plant will close to all traffic June 28 for two or three months to repair January landslide damage.

A temporary one-lane bypass, which opened March 5, will be blocked off when work starts in this Butler County city, said David Hoffman of the city's public works department.

Filling in the eroded riverbank, and rebuilding the road, will cost $408,000, said Art Pizzano, city manager.

River Road provides access to U.S. 27 (Colerain Avenue), Northgate Mall, and Procter & Gamble's Miami Valley Laboratories in Colerain Township.

Lebanon council considers rezoning

LEBANON - City council will decide later this month whether to rezone about 30 acres near the high school to professional office use.

The land, currently zoned for residential use, is located at the southeast corner of North Broadway and the Miller Road extension. The new zoning, should it be approved, would allow banks and office buildings, but not stores or homes.

Council will vote on the rezoning June 22 at 7:30 p.m. at city hall, 50 South Broadway.

Clermont County to join river cleanup

BATAVIA - Volunteers are needed for the annual Ohio River Sweep, in which participants clean up litter along the Ohio River, on Saturday..

In Clermont County, volunteers are needed for litter collection at the Crooked Run Nature Preserve, at Chilo Lock 34 Park, and in the villages of Moscow and New Richmond.

To register, call 876-9013 (Chilo Lock 34 Park), 553-4869 (Moscow), or 553-4146 (New Richmond).

Due to the construction of a new boat ramp, the Village of Neville will be unable to host the cleanup.

For more information on Ohio River Sweep sites outside Clermont County, call the River Sweep Hotline at (800) 359-3977.

Annual county report available for free

BATAVIA - The annual county report, which details building projects accomplished in 2003, summarizes financial expenditures and includes useful information for citizens, is now available.

Residents may pick up "Clermont County, Ohio: Pathway to Our Future" at any of the Clermont County public libraries, the Board of Commissioners office, or by contacting the county's Office of Public Information at 732-7597. The publication is free.

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