I had hoped to be able to open this newsletter saying I think winter weather is behind us, but unfortunately, like our hot summer, we are experiencing a cold and snowy winter. Our experience no doubt is affecting everyone’s budgets. The City is spending more on snow and ice removal from our streets. We are paying higher than normal utility bills. Schools had to close more days than they have snow days in their schedules. Pipes are freezing and Water Works lines are bursting. Streets are showing signs of needing a lot of pothole repairs. The year of 2014 did not start out very well for all of us.
For our community, a lot of committees have been meeting to discuss several initiatives that will help improve our community. One of these is the Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP). We were selected by the City to have this program starting March 1st and ending May 31st this year. This program is a three month program in which the community partners with several City Departments plan to be working together to make a difference and make some significant improvements in a planned program target area. We plan to encourage all members of our community to get engaged in the program with the intentions to change the physical as well as the perception of our community. For example, property owners who have left their properties go beyond City standards will be required to bring their property up to code. Heavily ridden crime spots will see more intensive enforcement. Streets and signage will be improved. Renters as well as landlords will be encouraged to be engaged in taking on some responsibility to help do their part as well.
Our community is only as good as the people who live and work in it would like it to be. It will not change without everyone taking responsibility to take it back and improve it to what we want it to be. You are encouraged to get engaged and do your part no matter how large of role you choose to take on. If you are interested in getting involved please contact Patti Hogan. She will direct you to the committees involved in this effort.
After the NEP is over we plan to take on other target areas and applying some of the same tools that we learn through the NEP program to improve those areas as well. Our goal is to improve one area at a time and in the end see an overall improvement to our total community. This takes a lot of work and a lot of people to make our community one that we all feel good about no matter where we go in it.
At our next meeting we will have on the agenda the following items that I think might be interesting for you to hear about:
We will have a discussion, question and answer opportunity regarding the Incline Theater Project and hopefully a motion from the floor regarding our community’s position on this project. We had the presentation of the plan last month with a commitment to the Landmark Foundation that we would vote on the project this month. This is an exciting project for our community and your input is important.
We will be discussing in more detail the Neighborhood Enhancement Program
An update on the grant to the Cincinnati Reds Community Fund for the makeover of Dempsey Park.
Our next meeting is scheduled to be on February 17, 2014 starting at 7:30 pm in the Holy Family Church Cafeteria. Besides our normal business items we have several items on the agenda that I think you might be interested in hearing more about.
Remember to support our local businesses who are trying to provide our community with good products and services. Their success counts on our community’s support. Likewise our community depends on their success. We are all in this together.
Our East Price Hill community has been chosen to participate in the Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP). The program begins March 1, 2014 and continues through May 31, 2014. The program was conceived in 2008 with Price Hill (portions of East and West) being the first neighborhood to participate. This is a great opportunity for East Price Hill. Consider becoming involved. Your involvement will help us maximize the outcomes.
What follows is a description of the program, ways you can become involved, and a map of the focus area
NEP Program Description
The Cincinnati Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) is a 90-day strategy focused on addressing neighborhood quality of life issues and has been successful in proactively revitalizing the City’s neighborhoods by creating long-term strategic partnerships in the community to address crime, blight, and building code violations. One of the key elements of the NEP is sustainability. In partnership with community and business leaders, the City works to develop neighborhood assets thereby transforming neighborhoods throughout the city. The initiative was designed by the City of Cincinnati to jumpstart long-term neighborhood revitalization and reinvestment and to build on the community initiatives already in place.
Through focused, integrated and concentrated city service delivery and community redevelopment efforts, partners (City departments, residents, businesses, and community organizations) seek to create a physical and economic “ripple effect” in the neighborhoods surrounding the focus area to build and sustain investor confidence; affect real and visible physical improvements of the area; reduce the number of vacated buildings and increase homeownership; reduce crime; increase property values; strengthen neighborhood business districts; and increase resident’s community pride and self sufficiency. The targeted area was identified through an analysis of building code violations, vacant buildings, disorder and drug calls for Police service and drug arrests, as well as incidence of graffiti, junk autos, litter and weeds.
Since 2008 the NEP won six awards for excellence in public private partnerships, being nationally recognized by Neighborhoods USA as the 2008 National Program of the Year, recipient of the Ohio Conference of Community Development ‘s President’s Award and locally by the Community Development Corporations Association of Greater Cincinnati for the Most Outstanding Collaborative Effort. Further, in 2009, the NEP won the Ohio City Managers Association’s (OCMA) Program Excellence in Community Partnership followed by being a National Finalist in the category of Community Development in the National Development Council’s 2009 Academy. Also, the NEP won a Keep America Beautiful award in 2009 placing second place in the nation. Further, in 2013 the NEP was selected from a national competition to present at the Transforming Local Government ‘s Cool Communities Conference in Atlanta, GA.
Opportunities for involvement:
Below is a list of subcommittees along with chairperson name and contact information. Please contact the chair to get involved. To be successful we need your help. Housing:
Chair: Jamie Bass Contact info: 513.251.3800 ext. 102 firstname.lastname@example.org
EPHIA Committees Chairperson Contact Info
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 Parade Ted Bird, Jr.
Problem properties Dan Boller, Jr. 513.471.4183
Policy and bylaws
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