Sunday, September 19, 2004

Liberty Township gets contract Post Office

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The Enquirer

LIBERTY TWP. - Butler County's fastest-growing township finally has a U.S. Post Office station.

A contract post office has opened in Garden Patch near the Kroger store in the Liberty Center, at Cincinnati-Dayton and Hamilton-Mason roads.

"Finally, Liberty Township residents have a place to go for retail postal services," says co-owner Mary-Ann Krivacsy, who has operated the store there three years. She was asked to provide the service by postal officials, she says.

Post office hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, she said.

Trustees President Christine Matacic says she continues to push for a ZIP code for Liberty Township, which is split among five ZIP codes (West Chester, Hamilton, Middletown, Monroe and Lebanon). Liberty, which grew by 147 percent in the 1990s, now has some 28,000 residents.

Loveland to hire expert on parks, recreation

LOVELAND - Officials will hire a consultant to develop a parks and recreation master plan to meet the city's needs through 2020.

Council agreed recently to put the job out for bids, and earlier set aside up to $30,000 for the study.

The year-long project will involve the use and development of parks, green space and trails, as well as future recreational needs as Loveland plans to expand further into Warren and Clermont counties.

City manager Fred Enderle said he hopes to have a consultant hired by late October or early November.

Deerfield Township to repair sidewalks

DEERFIELD TWP. - Trustees are spending over $50,000 to repair sidewalks and mark streets throughout the township.

Township trustees recently approved a $30,000 agreement with Prus Construction for work in the Strawberry Hills, Montgomery Hills, Montgomery Fields and The Trails subdivisions.

The trustees also authorized the township administrator to sign an agreement with Kneisel Contracting Corp. for $21,447 for the 2004 street-marking program.

W. Chester Twp. seeks volunteers for panels

WEST CHESTER TWP. - Volunteers are needed to help shape the future of Butler County's most populous township.

Applicants are needed for the township's Land Use Planning Committee and the Olde West Chester Architectural Advisory Committee. Each group meets monthly.

Interested applicants should send a letter to Planning and Zoning Director Brian Elliff, 9577 Beckett Road, West Chester, 45069.

Members of the Olde West Chester board must be a resident, property owner or business owner in Olde West Chester. The deadline is Sept. 23.

Computer program to keep roads in shape

WEST CHESTER TWP. - Township trustees have allocated $42,000 for a computer-based Pavement Management Program for township roads.

The goal is to keep good roads in that condition through systematic maintenance.

The system will allow officials to track when each road was put in service and when it was last paved.

"It's accountability and it's record-keeping and it's planning," said Services Director Mark Fitzgerald.

Township roads will be inventoried and documented by Transmap Corp. and then CarteGraph Systems will provide software and training for the program.

About 10 miles of township roads are paved annually.

The township enacted a similar program for its signs in 2001.

12 Clermont museums to be open free Oct. 3

BATAVIA - To show off the little-known history of the county east of Cincinnati, the Clermont County Collaborative of Historical Societies is hosting a historic museum day in October when 12 Clermont County museums will be open with no admission charge.

On Sunday, Oct. 3, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the museums run by historical societies in the following Clermont County communities and will be open for free: Loveland, Goshen Township, Milford, Owensville, Harmony Hill, Amelia, Bethel, East Fork State Park, New Richmond, Monroe Township and Grant's birthplace in Point Pleasant.

For more information, call one of the local historical societies or call the Clermont County Historical Society at 513-753-8672.


Contributors: John Kiesewetter, Sheila McLaughlin, Erica Solvig, Perry Schaible, Reid Forgrave

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