February 2014 Newsletter


EPHIA's Newsletter

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February 2014   Volume 24   Issue 01

~Thoughts from Your President ~

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.

Thank you for your support,

Tom Gamel
EPHIA President

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 Meeting minutes

General Membership Meeting –  January 20, 2014  

Minutes from the general membership meeting of January 20, 2014 were unavailable at the time of publication.

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Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP)
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.
                Chair:  Jamie Bass   Contact info: 513.251.3800 ext. 102  james@pricehillwill.org
                Chair:  Diana Vakharia  Contact info: 513.251.3800 ext. 103  diana@pricehillwill.org
                Chair: Pamela Taylor  Contact info:  513.251.3800 ext. 105
                 Chair: Tom Otten  Contact info:  513.921.3744  ext. 3405  ottentr@elderhs.net
                 Chair:  Melissa Wegman  Contact info:  513.251.0937  Melissa@wegmancompany.com
                 Chair: Patti Hogan  Contact info:  513.251.8538  hogan.patti@gmail.com

Other ways to be involved: 

EPHIA General Membership Meeting:  Monday, February 17, 2014 7:30pm  Holy Family Cafeteria; 3006 W. Eighth Street
Safety Walk and Litter Pickup:  Thursday, February 20, 2014 6:30pm  Meet at Family Dollar; 3410 Warsaw Avenue
Safety Community Action Team (CAT): Monday, March 3, 2014 7pm Elder Schaeper Center; 4005 Glenway
East Price Hill NEP Kick-off Press Conference:  Tuesday, March 4, 2014 10am   Location still to be determined.
Safety Walk and Litter Pickup:  Thursday, March 6, 2014 6:30pm  Meet at St. Lawrence; 3680 Warsaw Avenue
East Price Hill Clean-up: Saturday, March 15. 2014 9am – 1pm Meet in Holy Family parking lot; 3006 W. Eighth Street.  Clean up will concentrate on the eastern portion of the NEP focus area. 
EPHIA General Membership Meeting:  Monday, March 17, 2014 7:30pm  Holy Family Cafeteria; 3006 W. Eighth Street
Safety Walk and Litter Pickup:  Thursday, March 20, 2014 6:30pm  Meet at Family Dollar; 3410 Warsaw Avenue
Public Safety Training:  Wednesday, April 2, 2014 6:30pm Elder Schaeper Center; 4005 Glenway Avenue.  Block Clubs, CPTED, personal safety, identifying suspicious persons/activities, Citizens on Patrol, Citizens Police Academy, etc
Great American Clean-up:  Saturday, April 12, 2014 9am – 1pm Meet in the Family Dollar parking lot; 3410 Warsaw Avenue.  Clean up will concentrate on the western portion of the NEP focus area. 

NEP Focus Area

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EPHIA's Board

President: Tom Gamel
Vice President: Tom Croft
Treasurer: John Ridder
Recording Secretary: Richard Zinicola/Linda Holthaus
Corresponding Secretary: Patti Hogan
Membership Officer: Mary Cook
Directors:  Eric Buhrer
                 Ray Busche
                 Jeffrey Ensley
                 Shelia Rosenthal
                 Howard Stafford
                 Jim Turner
Trustees: Ken Rothman (2016)
               Ted Bird, Jr. (2015)
               Dan Boller, Jr. (2017)

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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

Parade                                         Ted Bird, Jr. 
Problem properties                        Dan Boller, Jr.                  513.471.4183
Policy and bylaws                        

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Monday, February 17, 2014   7:30pm  

Holy Family Church Cafeteria
3006 W. 8th Street

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