Thursday, September 23, 2004

Neighbors briefs

Forest Park weighs I-275 sound barriers

FOREST PARK - Concrete sound barriers rejected here, in Springdale and by neighboring communities nearly 10 years ago could make a comeback attempt.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is considering noise barriers along Interstate 275 east of Winton Road, Forest Park officials say.

In a recent letter to residents who own property abutting the highway, Forest Park said ODOT is proposing walls on the south side of the interstate from Kenn Road to just short of Winton.

Transportation officials also are considering barriers north of I-275 in Springdale.

ODOT will let the communities decide whether to go ahead with the state-funded 16-foot-tall barriers, according to Forest Park City Manager Ray Hodges.

The earliest the walls could be built would be 2007.

Transportation officials will present their barrier proposal at 7:30 p.m. Monday at a Forest Park City Council work session in the municipal building, and at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at a Springdale City Council meeting.

North College Hill reconsiders salaries

NORTH COLLEGE HILL - A slightly amended version of the salary ordinance voted down by city council here in August is under consideration.

City council this week heard the first of three readings for the ordinance that would raise pay for non-union city employees.

Safety Service Director Jerry Thamann, who said he was surprised when council voted down the ordinance 4-3 last month, hopes council will reconsider that decision.

He said the city of some 10,000 has been on the low end of the salary spectrum for years and continues to fall behind. The raises vary by position.

The ordinance will be back on the agenda Oct. 4, when city council meets at 8 p.m. in council chambers at city hall, 1704 W. Galbraith Road.

Deerfield Twp. hosts first community forum

DEERFIELD TWP. - Township staff are looking for residents' thoughts on this year's projects and what they should plan for in the future.

The township is hosting its first community forum Sept. 28. The event will run from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 3292 Montgomery Road.

The township staff will answer questions and get residents' ideas on what the trustees should talk about for their 2005 goals and objectives.

Trenton mayor to hear ballot-issue questions

TRENTON - Mayor Roy Wilham and city leaders will answer questions about the city's two November ballot issues at 7 p.m. today at the Community Park amphitheater at Dell Drive and Sal Boulevard.

The city will lose $350,000 annually if residents approve a charter amendment restoring the 1.5 percent income-tax credit, says City Manager Patrick Titterington.

City council had reduced the credit to 1 percent earlier this year.

City voters also will decide on a five-year, 1.5-mill replacement fire levy, which would cost owners of a $100,000 home $45.94 a year, up from $35.

Titterington, Treasurer Scott Campbell, Police Chief Rodney Hale and Fire Chief Tom Puckett are scheduled to attend the meeting.

UC seeks females for fibromyalgia study

The University of Cincinnati is seeking women who suffer from fibromyalgia to continue a study of a drug to treat the condition.

Fibromyalgia affects an estimated 3.4 percent of women and 0.5 percent of men in the United States.

It causes chronic pain, sleep disturbances, fatigue, stiffness, mood problems and other symptoms.

Early research indicates the condition can run in families, which means there may be a genetic link.

UC is part of a multi-center study of duloxetine, trade name Cymbalta, to treat the condition. Volunteers will receive free medication and evaluations. For information, call (513) 558-9477.

Contributors: Liz Oakes, Perry Schaible, Erica Solvig, John Kiesewetter, Tim Bonfield

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