Well I am told that we are in the Spring Season, but we have had some cold and snowy days that will not go away and keep hanging in that keeps me wondering if we are really in spring. This has created some problems for our schools, the city’s public service staff, our community, the birds and our annual plants. But this soon will pass and we will be going into warmer weather and spring showers.
Last month in the newsletter and at our last meeting I mentioned that the City’s Keep Cincinnati Beautiful Program was having a tire amnesty program on Saturday March 23rd. This was a City wide program that was aimed at helping the communities and residents dispose of unwanted tires. The program was a great success. Half of the City’s 52 neighborhoods, including ours participated in the program. The city was able to fill four 30 yard dumpsters along with two garbage trucks with 1,722 tires on that day. For Price Hill we owe our gratitude to Pete Ridder, Joshlyn Boyles, John Kelly, Ted Love, Captain Russ Neville (District 3 Commander), Officer Darrell Beavers ( (District 3 Neighborhood Officer), Darrius Beavers (Officer Beavers son), Bill Jacoby (Supervisor of the City’s Litter Control Unit) and Patti Hogan. These individuals worked hard to make our community a cleaner and better place by helping to get rid of unwanted tires scattered around our community. When you see them, thank them for the work that they have done for us.
In April we have several West Side cleanup programs that are put on by District 3 partnering with west side communities that you can be involved in. On April 6th we have a cleanup in Price Hill. On April 13th there is a cleanup in Sedamsville. Lastly on April 20th there is a cleanup in Lower Price Hill. These are all on Saturdays and the programs run from 9am until 1pm.
At our last EPHIA meeting we had a representative from the City’s Public Service Department come and speak about the new waste collection program. All residences of buildings with 4 or less units will start getting new waste collection containers distributed by the City for garbage use only. They said they will be starting this program for our community in April. There has been some media coverage on this recently as well. Please note that the cans will be registered to your household use only. Additionally, they will be starting the new yard waste program as well. According to what was said at the meeting, the yard waste will be picked up every other week and the pickup dates will be the same date as your recycling pickup week.
The Neighborhood Support Program (NSP) and the Neighborhood Business District (NBD) programs are in a state of flux right now. We originally submit budgets for $5,000 for each program. Then last month we submitted a budget for $2,500 for each program to accommodate the City’s new Stub year for this year. For your information, the Stub year runs from January 1, 2013 and ends June 30, 2013. After that the City will start it new fiscal year running from July 1, 2013 and ending June 30, 2014. There are several issues that need to be worked out regarding both of these programs. First of which is the fact that Invest In Neighborhoods, with whom normally contracts out the grant funds to the communities, still does not have a contract with the City to award the grants to the communities of the City who apply for funds. Secondly, the deadlines are running shorter every day for being able to use the funds for the Stub year effectively and efficiently in our community. We are into April and have less than 3 months to spend the funds. Hopefully, we will have some good news to report at our upcoming meeting in April regarding these programs.
On March 27th there was another meeting held to discuss the relocation of District 3 and what to do with the current building. The City stated that no site has been determined as of yet, but they are getting closer to making a decision. At our April meeting hopefully additional information will be shared on the progress of District 3.
On March 23rd once again at Wilson Commons Park the annual Eggstravaganza was held. There were a lot of children between the ages of 3 and 10 who participated. The children seemed to have a good time on that day. I would like to thank Tom and Mary Croft who work with the Park Board for putting this program on every year. This is a good event for our community and the children who participate in it.
Our next meeting is scheduled to be on April 15, 2013 starting at 7:30 pm at the Holy Family Church’s Cafeteria.
As you can see there are a lot of good things happening in East Price Hill. There are many things that still need to be done. It is extremely important for you to get involved in our community today in order for all of us to see a better tomorrow.
EAST PRICE HILL IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION Minutes of Regular Meeting – March 18, 2013 – Draft
Call to Order - President Tom Gamel called the meeting to order at 7:30pm at the Holy Family Church Cafeteria, 3001 Price Avenue.
Tom led the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the roll call:
Ted Bird, Jr.
Dan Boller, Jr.
A quorum was established.
Minutes – Minutes of 2/18/13 were approved. Communications – Melissa Wegman received a followup letter from Milton Dohoney regarding the Maryland Ave. issues, and a grant agreement from the City for the Safe and Clean grant for the Warsaw/Wilder gateway. The City declared three EPH properties public nuisances. District 3 will hold another meeting regarding the plans for a new headquarters on Wed., 3/27/13, at 6 pm at the Schaefer Center. Treasurer’s Report – John Ridder reviewed the report for the month ended 2/18/13. Membership Report – Melissa Wegman reported there were three new members last month plus a $10.00 donation. Several new people introduced themselves and were welcomed.
Reports Fire Dept. – No report. Police Dept. – PO Christine Smith and PO Darrell Beavers reported that car thefts are up, and reminded the group not to leave a car running and unattended. Also, leaving items visible in cars is an invitation for theft. There will be an EPH Cleanup on Sat., April 6, 9 am – 1 pm. Volunteers should meet at Elder. PO Smith said that police officers will be going by businesses to ask business owners to be more proactive, to keep the areas around their businesses clean, to break up groups of young people congregating in front of their stores, and to be on the look out for illegal activities. District 3 police officers are working to prevent crowds of young people from committing vandalism and other criminal activities this spring and summer and would welcome information on any groups or programs that would benefit these young people. There was a question about efforts to establish a needle exchange program in Cincinnati to combat an epidemic of HIV in young African American males and HEP-C in white heroin users in the city. PO Beavers said the Police Dept. and the City are working on the language of a needle exchange program. There was some discussion of the utility and morality of such a program. PO Beavers said all participants in such a program are offered drug counseling, and that it is a good gateway to drug rehabilitation for those who want it. Probation Dept. – Probation Officers John Schwind and John Wahl of the PH substation reported the arrests of Ladonte Blanton for selling heroin and a pregnant woman who was using heroin. PO Schwind reported that his department makes home visits on people who are on probation, looking for any problems. They recently visited a woman who acted suspiciously. Probation officers entered the house and found two beaten and abused children who were removed from the home. Safety CAT – Patti Hogan said a safety walk will be held this Thurs., Mar. 21, meeting at the substation on Glenway. Court Watch – Focused on Curtis Boston, who stole a car and was involved in a homicide.
Presentations Moral Voice Program – Patti Hogan and Tom Gamel discussed the CIRV Moral Voice Program, which wants the community’s support to begin working in EPH. Price Hill was one of the top five most violent neighborhoods in Cincinnati in 2012. Cassandra Robinson from the Moral Voice Program spoke to the Board this evening about the program. It works in a four step process: 1) the police department identifies violent individuals in the neighborhood; 2) a unified enforcement phase, which includes a neighborhood call-in where these individuals are brought together and spoken to about the consequences, often jail or death, of the lives they are leading; 3) the Moral Voice piece, in which families, friends, community leaders, religious leaders and case workers work with each individual on ways they can change their lives, get education and training, and find jobs; and 4) warnings that if they do not change the lives they are leading they will be under intense police scrutiny. The goal is to eliminate homicides in the community. The Board voted to support the program because the police need help in reducing the violent crime in the neighborhood. A motion to support the program was made and seconded. During discussion, PO Beavers emphasized that citizens should call the police department at 765-1212 if they see suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. The Police Dept. is driven by calls for service, and if no one calls about a problem, it is passed over. After discussion, the motion carried.
New Trash Program – Brad from the Dept. of Public Services announced that in April, the City will begin delivering new 65-gallon trash cans to 1- to 4-unit homes. These cans will allow the city to use a semi-automated system for trash collection the same way recycling is done. The City hopes this streamlined system will free some Public Service individuals for other duties and prevent injuries. If you have something too big to fit in the can you can call 591-600 for go to 5916000.com to request a pickup. Beginning in October, the City will not provide waste collection to commercial buildings, mixed-use buildings or buildings with 5 or more residential units. Also, yard waste collection will begin Apr. 1, every other week on the same day recycling is collected. Keep Cincinnati Beautiful has said they will cut down old trash cans for use as compost bins.
Talbert House – Neil Tilow spoke about the apartments Talbert House has been renovating at 960 Grand Ave. One building of 11 units is already open and the 39 unit building is scheduled to open in early May. All the apartments are one bedroom and for single adults only. There will be a manager living onsite. A preview opportunity for the neighborhood, date not set yet, will be held. A sign at the corner of Grand and Maryland will say either “Welcome to East Price Hill” or “Welcome to the Incline District of East Price Hill” and Talbert House wants the community’s input as to which they prefer. A motion was made, seconded, and carried to approve “Welcome to the Incline District of East Price Hill.”
Community Supported Agriculture Program – Nancy Sullivan from Enright Ridge EcoVillage discussed their Community Supported Agriculture Program. This program offers organic, locally grown food. CSAP bought and rehabbed the greenhouse on Enright between West 8th and Warsaw. They have been leasing property in Saylor Park for the program, but it is no longer available, so they are looking for other land to lease. One option that formerly had CHMA housing on it is off of Considine, west of Glenway. They have been working with CHMA to draft a three year lease, but they want to assure EPHIA that if an opportunity to develop a housing project comes along, the EcoVillage would not oppose the development. A motion to support the project was made and seconded. The motion carried.
Reports Problem Properties – No report. Business Alliance – Melissa Wegman said the Outdoor Movie Nights will continue this summer, the last Sat. in May, June, and July. The first movie will Back to the Future II, and the DeLorean Society will attend. St. Lawrence Public Square – Patti Hogan said they are waiting for a contract from the City before the architect draw the schematics. Neighborhood Support &Neighborhood Business District Support Programs– Melissa Wegman reported that both the NSP and NBD budgets of $5000 each were submitted to the City and approved. However, the City has not signed the contracts because they is changing how they determine their fiscal year and all the budgets are up in the air. The City is now recommending that neighborhoods present stub year budgets of $2500 each for NSP and NBD, which would have to be spent by June 30. Therefore, to be prepared, the Board now requests approval of a stub year budget of: NSP $300 King of the Hill (baseball program), $1700 Beautification, and $500 Administration, communications and events. NBD $1250 Beautification and $1250 Communications/Membership. A new budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014 may need to be approved in a couple of months. The Jazz Fest may move to May of 2014 (but Ray Busche assures everyone that the Crawfish Boil will take place this year on June 1). A motion to approve this budget was made and seconded. After discussion, the motion carried. Mt. Echo Advisory Committee – Ted Bird said there will be a Greenup Day for the park April 27, from 9 am - 1 pm. The main project will be working on the steps that go down the hill from the baseball field. Masonic Lodge – Tom Gamel said EPHIA’s Housing and Development Committee met with the Price Hill Historic Society Board about the request to have the Masonic Lodge declared an historic site. The PHHS had some suggestions and the Committee will resubmit the request within the next couple of weeks. Price Hill Recreation Center – Sandy Lemons brought a potential layout of the new fitness room, which will be twice as large as the current one. Melissa Wegman and PHW are going to help with writing grants to furnish the room. Plans are to break ground on the new center in September. Ms. Lemons urged the group to think about programs they would like to see at the new center. Santa Maria – Jennifer Belisle said the Good Sam Health Center has moved to the old Trinity Gift building. There will be a health fair Sunday, April 14, from noon to 3 pm, at the Price Hill Rec. Center. A Financial Education Program for families with small children
will be held at the PH Rec Center April 27, at 11 am. Roberts Academy – Tracy Powers said the school has applied for a $100,000 NFL grant to build football, soccer and play fields. They are planning to hold an open house in May for their new school based health center.
Announcements Wilson Commons Eggstravaganza– Mary Croft reported the Eggstravaganza Nature Program will be held March 23, 1 - 3 pm at Wilson Commons Park for children ages 3-10. Registration is required. Call 861-3435. City Waterworks Line Installation – Tom Gamel announced that City Waterworks has contracted with a company to install new water lines in EPH. The project will take 6-8 months, and they will be using the old Quebec Heights School for a staging area. Any problems call 738-7000. Price Hill Will – Matt Strauss is leaving PHW. PHW finished their tax preparation program this year; PHW did almost 300 returns.
Adjournment – Motion to adjourn passed at 9:12. Minutes – Minutes submitted by Tom Croft, Acting Recording Secretary.
EPHIA Committees Chairperson Contact Info
Beautification Beth Andriacco 513.5155660
Business District Melissa Wegman Mertzie547@aol.com Citizens on Patrol
Housing and Development Tom Croft 513.244.2882
Membership Mary Cook 513.921.3804
Newsletter Patti Hogan 513.251.8538
NSP Sheila Rosenthal
NBD John Lauck 513.252.2480
Parade Ted Bird, Jr.
Problem properties Dan Boller, Jr. 513.471.4183
Policy and bylaws
Website John Lauck 513.252.2480
We encourage you to join the East Price Hill Improvement Association for $5.00 per year. By applying, you agree to abide by the EPHIA constitution in all actions relating to membership. You also certify that you are eighteen years of age or older. Please complete the form and mail it (or bring it to a meeting) along with your dues to EPHIA, PO Box 5420, Cincinnati, OH 45205. I Want to Join EPHIA Please Print
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EPHIA Meeting: Monday, April 15, 2013 7:30pm Holy Family Cafeteria 3006 W. 8th Street
Seton-Elder Performing Art Series:Wednesday, April 17, 2013 7pm; Friday, April 19, 2013 8pm; Saturday, April 20, 2013 8pm; and Sunday, April 21, 2013 8pm The King and I musical. All performance are in the Seton High School Performance Auditorium
Kids Helping Kids: Making Music to Fight Measles: Friday, April 19, 2013 07:00pm; Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St. The MYCincinnati youth orchestra will perform and the Price Hill String Quartet will perform with the Cincinnati Sympony Orchestra in a concert to raise funds for the Red Cross Measles & Rubella Initiative. The concert is at historic Memorial Hall. Tickets can be purchased here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/328660
Elder Glee Club Spring Concert:Sunday, May 19, 2013 3pm Seton auditorium
In the Park After Dark: Saturday, May 25, 2013 8:30-11:30pm Olden View Park; 2610 8th Street.Hosted by the East Price Hill Business Alliance. The first movie will be Back to the Future II and the DeLorean Society will attend with cars for viewing.
Crawfish Boil and Fundraiser for East Price Hill Jazz Fest: Saturday, June 01, 2013 06:00pm - 08:00pm;Warsaw Project Gallery, 3116 Warsaw Ave. All are welcome for some craft brew and crawfish to raise money for the East Price Hill Jazz Festival. The party starts at 6 at the Warsaw Project Gallery.
Holy Family Summer Festival: Friday, June 7, 2013 6-11pm; Saturday, June 8, 2013 5-11pm; Sunday, June 9, 2013 3-10pm
Join the parish for their annual festival, with food, games entertainment, karaoke and a DJ.
Price Hill PacerSaturday, June 08, 2013 09:00am at Elder High School; A 5K run to benefit Price Hill Will and Santa Maria Community Services. Walk or run. There are prizes for a variety of age categories.
Best of the West: Price Hill Road Rally:Saturday, June 22, 2013 9:00am; A road rally to show off the best of scenic Price Hill. To learn more, call 813.623.5727.
In the Park After Dark: Saturday, June 29, 2013 8:30-11:30pm; Olden View Park; 2610 8th Street. Hosted by the East Price Hill Business Alliance. More details will follow.
Wilder Gateway Beautification (submitted by Beth Andriacco, Director and Beautification Chair)
EPHIA has been awarded $5000 from the City of Cincinnati's Safe and Clean Neighborhoods Funds (distributed through Keep Cincinnati Beautiful) to improve the gateway at Warsaw and Wilder. The design plan, which was donated by Joe Cappel's Lawn and Landscape, LLC, includes a new stone wall to replace the railroad tie wall. The current wall, which is made of railroad ties, has been infested with termites. The stone wall will ensure that we won't have that problem again in the future.
We need to provide a match of the whole $5000. This may seem like a lot of money, but the value of our volunteer time goes into that total. Every hour of volunteer work that goes into the gateway will help us get closer to our required match. You can help with the project by being a part of the group that meets with the landscaper to decide on a final design, by helping to repair and repaint the wooden "Welcome to East Price Hill" sign, by helping cut the grass and maintain the gateway throughout the summer, or in variety of other ways. If you are interested in getting involved in the Warsaw/Wilder Gateway project, contact Beth Andriacco email@example.com or 513-515-5660.
Email Lists: Keep Yourself Informed (submitted by Beth Andriacco, Director and Beautification Chair)
There are a variety of email lists that keep Cincinnati/Price Hill residents aware of what's going on. Here are some of those lists and information about how to sign yourself up for each one:
District 3: Officer Jennifer Dawson from District 3 sends out occasional emails with a lot of information that is relevant to anyone living in D3. Her emails include information like current crime statistics (monthly, generally) and the District 3 Most Wanted list. If you want to add your name to her list, email her at Jennifer.Dawson@cincinnati-oh.gov.
Price Hill Safety Community Action Team: The email list for the Safety CAT will keep you up to date on their meetings, safety walks, and other great volunteer opportunities. Email Patti Hogan at firstname.lastname@example.org to get your name on the email list.
Keep Cincinnati Beautiful Clean & Green Bulletin: KCB's e-mail newsletter will keep you up to date on when the next Great American Clean-Up events are happening, where and when to drop off your electronic waste, how to correctly recycle, etc. To get on the list, go to www.keepcincinnatibeautiful.org and click on the link at the bottom right of the page.
This Week In Price Hill: TWIPH is a weekly e-newsletter put out by Price Hill Will that includes information about anything happening in East, West, or Lower Price Hill. You'll get information on plays, concerts, meetings, volunteer opportunities, festivals, and more. Email email@example.com to get on the list.
Neighborhood Life: Neighborhood Life is a nationwide quarterly newsletter that shares information that's useful for neighborhood advocates. For example, the current issue has an article about planning neighborhood arts festivals, as well as an article about how neighborhood parks are the lifeblood of the community. To sign up, go to www.neighborhoodlife.net and click "subscribe."
Arts in Ohio: Arts in Ohio sends out monthly emails that feature arts events happening all over Ohio, including Cincinnati and other towns that are just a short day trip away. Go to www.artsinohio.com to sign up.
Important Yard Waste Rules:
· Yard waste should be placed in biodegradable brown paper yard waste bags or cans clearly marked "Yard Waste."
· Yard waste stickers are not required. Registration for this service is not necessary.
· Yard waste in plastic bags cannot be collected or received at composting facilities. Yard waste in plastic bags will not be collected.
· Branches and brush should be tied (with cloth rope-not plastic cord) into bundles no larger than 4 feet by 2 feet. Individual tree limbs should be no longer than 6 inches in diameter.
· All types of yard waste are accepted, including: grass clippings, leaves, branches and brush.
· Please compost yard waste at home whenever possible.
· Grass clippings can be left on the lawn instead of bagged
Yard Waste Drop-off Sites:
Citizens are encouraged to use yard waste drop off sites to minimize the amount of yard waste that is sent to solid waste landfills.
Three sites are located across Hamilton County:
· East: Bzak Landscaping - 3295 Turpin Lane (off Rt. 32), Anderson Township.
· West: Kuliga Park - 6717 Bridgetown Road, Green Township
· North: Rumpke Landfill - Struble Road and Colerain Avenue, Colerain Township
Citywide Customer Service Call Center: 513-591-6000 or 5916000.com
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Get involved & help keep your neighborhood clean, safe & vibrant!
EPHIA, Price Hill Civic, and Price Hill Will partnered with The Cincinnati Police Department – District Three and the men of Elder (students, teachers, and alumni) for the 2013 Great American Cleanup on April 6, 2013. The event was held at Elder’s Rudemiller Commons from 9am – 1pm. The day’s event started with coffee from Corner Bloc Coffee and donuts from Price Hill Kroger. Cleanup efforts were followed by a community picnic with cheese coneys provided by Price Hill Skyline and pizza from Price Hill Papa John’s Bottled water for the day’s activities were provided courtesy of Kroger-Price Hill and Walgreens Price Hill.
When visiting these local businesses consider taking a moment to say thanks.
We were assisted with our cleanup by Talbert House and members from the North Fairmount community council. A special thank you to all and apologies if any agencies were missed.
197 bag collected
2 Shopping carts return to Kroger
2 30 yard dumpsters were filled with bags and miscellaneous debris
In the weeks to come, Price Hill Will will be conducting their annual survey to ensure what is most important to community members is made a priority. An online version of the survey is currently available. Paper copies are being distributed to organizations around Price Hill so that we can hear from as many neighbors as possible. Please take a moment to share your thoughts!