Friday, August 27, 2004

Neighbors briefs



Kings Island to offer 9/11 remembrance

MASON - Paramount's Kings Island is opening part of the park for free during a remembrance of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The Paramount Theatre and International Street will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 10 so guests can see "Madame Tussaud's New York: Tribute to the Heroes of 9/11." The multimedia exhibit includes a lifelike wax figure of three firefighters raising an American flag from the World Trade Center site.

The park's rides, games and attractions will not be open during the free event.

Paying park guests can see the exhibit during park operating hours starting Saturday.

Turn lanes, stop lights approved for Highland

WEST CHESTER TWP. - Turn lanes and a new stop lights will be installed on Cincinnati-Dayton Road next month for the 70-acre Highland Square development with a Wal-Mart Supercenter north of Interstate 75.

Butler County commissioners Thursday awarded a contract for $2.25 million to the John R. Jurgenson Co. for the work on Cincinnati-Dayton Road, building a service street connecting two entrances for the complex and installing water and sewer lines.

Entrances are planned at Fountains Boulevard and Woodbridge Drive. A new traffic light will be installed at Woodbridge, said Chris Petrocy, spokesman for the Butler County Engineer's Office.

The $60-million Highland Square project includes retail and commercial development on 35 acres, in addition to the Wal-Mart store to open early next year, according to Neyer Properties.

Road construction should be finished in December, Petrocy said

Monroe working toward fiscal recovery

MONROE - Officials in this Butler County city are taking steps in response to its state-declared fiscal emergency.

Council is working with the State Auditor's Office to form a Finance Review Committee whose primary function is to develop a fiscal recovery plan.

City officials have requested resumes from five residents to submit to the state as possible members of that committee.

Three of the five will be selected to serve with two state officials and two members of city council, Finance Director Jay Stewart said Wednesday.

The state last analyzed the city's finances in April. Monroe was declared in fiscal emergency after residents voted down an income tax increase Aug. 3.

Stewart said council will move forward with the city's 2005 budget.

"It's going to be an extremely lean, balanced budget," he said.

Contract awarded on Union Twp. link

UNION TWP. - Clermont County commissioners have awarded a million-dollar contract to Barrett Paving Materials to begin the Beechwood Road connector project here.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $1.5 million, including engineering fees, easements, and new railroad crossing lights and gates, and is funded by Union Township, the city of Milford and state money.

Starting on Tuesday, Sept. 7, Beechwood Road will be closed at Roundbottom Road for two months.

Pat Manger, the Clermont County engineer, says the connect will help residents in this area of Union Township to reach movie theaters, restaurants and car dealerships they can see from Roundbottom Road but don't have a direct route of travel.

The new route also gives a more direct route from Beechwood Road to Milford Junior and Senior high schools.




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