Thursday, July 29, 2004

Neighbors briefs

Greenacres, Indian Hill battle going to court

INDIAN HILL - A courtroom will be the next sparring ground in Greenacres Foundation's fight to stage events at the former Fleischmann estate off Blome Road.

The organization and the Louis and Louise Nippert Trust filed an appeal in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court this week seeking reversal of restrictions that Indian Hill officials placed on musical events and the size and number of gatherings at a proposed cultural arts center. The appeal names City Council and the planning commission as defendants.

Council in June eased some restrictions that the planning commission had imposed to satisfy neighbors' concerns about potential noise and traffic.

But Greenacres officials say that's not enough to justify a planned $3 million restoration project at the manor house and grounds donated by arts patron Louise Nippert.

The complaint contends that Indian Hill's actions prevent the foundation from fulfilling its mission to preserve the land, providing educational programs and to encourage appreciation of music and culture.

The foundation alleges, among other things, that city officials abused their discretion and discriminated against the foundation by treating it differently than similar organizations.

Loveland weighs halt on utility rate hikes

LOVELAND - City residents could get a break from rate increases for water, sanitation and storm water fees next year.

City finance director William Taphorn has proposed that council consider a moratorium for 2005 on utility rate increases, excluding a sewer rate hike.

In a recent memo to council and administration, Taphorn said year-to-date financial data show the city will have enough money to meet expenses and pay for planned improvements for those services in 2005.

Proposed rate increases were projected to raise $110,000 for the three utilities. Council has the final say on the issue.

Child-support office to seek 9 most wanted

BATAVIA - Clermont County will be distributing in August its annual poster highlighting the county's worst child-support offenders, part of a successful campaign that helped nab six of the nine offenders featured in the most recent poster.

As part of the county's Child Support Enforcement Month, the child-support division in the Department of Job and Family Services will be distributing throughout the county posters with names and pictures of at least nine non-custodial parents who are in arrears on child-support payments.

Also in August, the sheriff's office will provide extra support to the domestic relations court and the child support enforcement unit to round up the most-wanted offenders.

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Mason on lookout for Little Miss Heritage

MASON - Children who will enter second grade in the Mason or Kings schools are eligible to enter the Little Miss Heritage Pageant, held in conjunction with the Aug. 28 Mason Heritage Festival.

Applications are available at the Mason Municipal Center, the Mason Library, the Chamber of Northeast Cincinnati and Yost Pharmacy. Deadline for submitting applications and the $5 entry fee is Saturday.

Each contestant is required to attend an Aug. 21 tea at Grace Baptist Church Tory Center, where they will be interviewed. All entrants will participate in the Heritage Festival Parade Aug. 28. Crowning will take place on the grandstand after the parade. Information: 398-0074.

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