Thursday, July 15, 2004

Neighborhood briefs

Culvert work intended to alleviate flooding

WEST CHESTER TWP. - Township trustees have taken a step to relieve flooding in Brookside Estates subdivision, with a request this week to design a new culvert on the north end of Monticello Drive.

Residents on Monticello Drive, Brookdale Drive and Shenandoah Court complained to trustees about flood problems last September. Trustees asked the Butler County Engineer's Office to draw up plans for replacing a tandem culvert under Monticello. The repairs would not be made until at least 2006, presuming that an estimated $100,000 in funding can be found, said Mark Fitzgerald, township services director.

The county engineer's office is replacing three culverts this month on Barrett Road north of Monticello with $75,000 in township funds and a state grant. Barrett Road between Cox Road and Bluebird Drive will close Monday for two to three weeks, according to the engineer's office.

Norwood budget estimates deficits

NORWOOD - City officials predict a $2.7 million budget deficit for the end of this year and a $3.4 million deficit for the end of 2005. The deficit forecasts are contained in Norwood's preliminary 2005 budget that City Council approved this week for submission to the Hamilton County auditor's office.

Because of its financial problems, Norwood has placed a 14-mill levy increase on the Aug. 3 ballot. That increase would generate $5.2 million a year.

Physical exams for student athletes

BATAVIA - As the fall sports season nears for middle- and high-school students, Mercy Hospital Clermont will offer certified pre-participation exams on July 24 for athletes in grades 7-12.

The $10 physicals - which include orthopedic and general medical exams, height and weight checks, pulse assessments, blood pressure readings and vision screenings - will be at the physical medicine entrance, near the corner of State Route 32 and Bauer Road. Anyone who plans to get a physical, which is mandatory for student athletes, should be at the hospital by 8:30 a.m. For more information, or to request a physical exam form and consent form, please call Mercy Hospital Clermont at (513) 732-8208.

Springboro tree board has opening

SPRINGBORO - Residents interested in serving on this Warren County city's Tree Authority have until Friday to send a letter of interest and/or resume to the city. It is a volunteer position.

The Tree Authority meets the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers. The authority participates in programs including the annual celebration of Arbor Day, with a tree planting locally, as well as Tree City USA awards program. Springboro has been recognized as a Tree City for eight consecutive years.

Send letters to Lori A. Martin, Clerk of Council, City of Springboro, 320 W. Central Ave., Springboro, OH 45066 or call (937) 748-4356.

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