January 2014 Newsletter


EPHIA's Newsletter

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January 2014   Volume 24   Issue 01

~Thoughts from Your President ~

I hope everyone had a good New Years and hope all of you who made some resolutions are successful in keeping them.
I am excited about this upcoming year.  I see a lot of good things happening in our community that we all can be excited about. We have the following things going on to mention a few: 
  • St. Lawrence Corner Public Square will see some additional changes in the coming year. At our last meeting there were some drawings for all of us to see what that project will look like.
  • We are moving closer to seeing the new Public Incline Theater being build
  • We are moving closer to seeing the new streetscape along Price Avenue. More conversation on this will be forthcoming and I am sure we will all be excited about the changes to the look of that street as well as the Matson Square streetscape
  • We will see some additional parking by the Incline Public Square that will relieve some of the parking pressure on the neighborhood in that area.
  • We will have a Neighborhood Enhancement Program take off in just a few months.
  • We will have a new Recreation Center and new pool built this upcoming year.
  • The community is applying for renovation of Dempsey Park through the Reds Community Development Fund.
  • We will have $5,000 to spend on our Neighborhood Support Program and another $5,000 to be spent on our Neighborhood Business District Support Program. Both of these programs budgets were approved at last month meeting. This mean we will spend $10,000 to help improvement to our community.
 I think you will agree things are happening in East Price Hill.
At our meeting in December I announced the resignation of Dorian Daniels as the Corresponding Secretary.  According to our By-Laws vacancies are to be filled by the Board.  I recommended that Patti Hogan fill the vacant Corresponding Secretary position since she is such an asset to our organization and the Board approved her appointment. So we now welcome Patti back on the Board.
At our next meeting on January 20, 2014 we will have on the agenda the following items that I think might be interesting for you to hear about:
  • A presentation by the Landmark Foundation on the Incline Theater Project. This is something we have all been waiting to      see.
  • The submission for a grant to the Cincinnati Reds Community Fund for the makeover of Dempsey Park.
On Thursday January 30, 2014 starting at 6pm the Metropolitan Sewer District will conduct an community wide update on the Lick Run Project. The meeting will be held at the Orion Academy which is located in South Fairmount.  Everyone is invited to attend to find out more about this project.
Our next meeting is scheduled to be on January 20, 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.
We are now experiencing our winter weather.  Snow and ice are always something that we need to contend with during our winter season.  Always remember to drive a little slower under those conditions to protect yourself and other from harm.
Thank you for your support,
Tom Gamel
EPHIA President

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 Meeting minutes

General Membership Meeting –  December 16, 2013 - Draft for Approval 

Call to Order  -  President Tom Gamel opened the meeting at approximately 7:30 pm at the Holy Family Church Cafeteria, 3001 Price Avenue, with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by roll call:

A quorum was established.  Ken Rothman, Trustee, swore in Richard Zinicola and Linda Holthaus as co-Recording Secretary.

Minutes:  October 21, 2013 Meeting Minutes were approved by membership on a motion by Bob Pressler, seconded by Ken Rothman.
Guests and first time visitors were introduced:  None introduced.
Communications:  Tom Gamel reviewed communication from the Reds Community Fund reaching out to us to submit an application for the Community Makeover. The Fund has since followed up with EPHIA and Tom suggested that we pursue this for Dempsey Park including the field upgrade. Tom will ask for a volunteer to head up the application process.
Treasurer Report: Report for the period ending October 21, 2013 was submitted by John Ridder and approved on a motion by Ken Rothman and seconded by Tom Croft.
Membership Report:  Report for November-to-November presented by Mary Cook - Totals; 40 renewed and 2 new memberships.

Fire Dept.: None 

Police Dept.: The group heard from Captain Russ Neville who announced that he will be moving to another position in the department. He thanked the community for their support and cooperation in reducing crime in the District. EPHIA extended appreciation for all his work and presence, and wished him the best in his new responsibilities.  A new Captain has not yet been identified for the District. 

Probation Dept.: John Schwind briefed the membership on their current efforts and introduced new members of their group. The staff will now total five Officers and during the holiday season they will focus on those with records of theft and robbery. 
Safety CAT:  Patti Hogan said the next event will be in the Warsaw area and will meet at St. Lawrence Church at 6:30pm on Jan 9th. 
Court Watch:  None

MSDBeth Hinzman reported that there is a Community Advisory Meeting scheduled for January 28, 2014, at the Gest St. Plant.  
MSD Lick Run Project:  None

St. Lawrence Public Square:  Patti Hogan asked for interest in Memorial Bricks that could be sold for about $30-$40 dollars for a Memorial Walkway at St. Lawrence Square. Plans and drawings have been developed (displayed) and they are in the process of getting bids. Lighting is not yet finalized but work so far is estimated at $120,000.  Work is expected to be completed by the end of 2014. 

Problem Properties: Dan Boller was not available but Ken Rothman advised of two properties: 3309 Warsaw and 810 Grand. Both properties are boarded up and owners looking for exemptions from the Cincinnati Board of Housing Appeal for relief of licensing fees. Ken made a motion that EPHIA send communication to the board to not approve the exemption. Motion seconded by Ted Bird.  Motion carried. 

Price Hill Recreation Center: Sandy Lemons, Price Hill Recreational Director, addressed the group and apologized for any misunderstanding that may have occurred in relation to her support of the swimming pool. She knows there was some dissatisfaction in the community and wanted all to know that the pool is not going away but there will be one season without a pool during the construction phase.  Tom Gamel thanked Sandy and the CRC for supplying refreshments for tonight’s meeting.

Talbert House: The Incline District sign is up at the corner of Maryland and Grand.  It is a great visual to the community. 

Incline Theater: The group will address the membership in the January meeting. 

Neighborhood Support Program (NSP)/ Neighborhood Business District (NBD): Sheila Rosenthal made a motion that EPHIA seek $5000 in NSP funds from the City. Funds will be used for Beautification, $2665.00, and Membership/Communication, $2335.00. A hand count of the membership was taken with 26 votes recommending approval; 0 Nays and 0 Abstention. Motion carries. 

Neighborhood Business District Support Program: Tom Croft made a motion on behalf of the East Price Hill Business Alliance, which was seconded by Bob Pressler, that East Price Hill residents approve the following budget for the Neighborhood Business District Support Program for FY ending June 30, 2014: Beautification $2000, including the flower pot program, Warsaw/Glenway maintenance, and marketing materials for the St. Lawrence Town Square paver program; Communication $1500, including website content and maintenance, and membership communication materials; and Events $1500, including outdoor movie nights, business networking events, and community concerts. Motion carried by a hand count of residents in attendance, with 24 yes, 0 Nays, and 0 Abstentions. 

Jazz Festival:  Ray Busche advised the group that the Jazz Fest will take place on Tuesday May 17, 2014 at Dempsey Park.

EPHIA Treasurer Audit:  Ken Rothman reported that the audit was completed and everything was found to be in excellent condition.  He commended John Ridder, Treasurer, on his great work and contribution to EPHIA and the community.

Election Ballots: Ken Rothman moved and motion seconded by Tom Croft that election ballots for both 2012 and 2013 be destroyed. Motion passed. .
Price Hill Civic:  None
Price Hill Will: Pat Bruns advised the membership of a business venture led by Dr. Garcia, Children’s Hospital, for Lower Price Hill called ‘water fields’ that will seek to employ individuals identified at the poverty level to work and train in a initiative involving hydroponics. This will be located in and around the current Hutch Building.  Questions were asked especially related to the budget and adherence to employment law.  Representatives will attend future EPHIA meetings to answer questions and concerns.
Price Hill Historical Society: None
Mt. Echo Advisory Committee: Eric Buhrer advised of vandalism to the utility building at Mt. Echo Park that is being investigated.
Wilson Commons Advisory: None
Roberts Academy:  Tracy Powers advised that there will be a “Paint the Stand” contest for the Findlay Market stand. A Cincinnati Early Learning Center is being proposed. Government funding is anticipated to repair the drainage pit in front of the Academy.
Santa Maria:  None
Price Hill Library: No new report
New Board Member:  Tom Gamel advised that EPHIA needs a new Corresponding Secretary. The person recently elected to the position has the resign due to personal circumstances. Tom will seek candidates for the vacancy.
Next meeting: Monday, January 20, 2014
Adjournment: Motion to adjourn made by Bob Pressler and seconded by Eric Buhrer. Unanimously approved.

Minutes:   Minutes of this meeting submitted by Richard Zinicola.

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

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Other Information...
2014 Membership Dues:  Just a reminder 2014 dues are now due.  If you haven’t done so please remit your payment of $5.  Payments can be mailed to PO Box 5420, Cincinnati, OH 45205 or paid in person at the general membership meeting. 
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Cincinnati’s Recycling Program:  For more than 20 years, Cincinnati residents have made recycling a daily habit, diverting more than 250,000 tons of material from the waste stream. In 2010, residents recycled a record 14,343 tons of metal, glass, plastic, and paper -- 1,153 more tons than the previous year!
Recycling efforts in Cincinnati:
  • Conserved enough energy to power every home in Cincinnati for 6 days.
  • Reduced more greenhouse gas pollution than if every household in Cincinnati did not drive a car for more than 3 weeks.
  • Saved 127,627 trees from being harvested.
On average, each household in Cincinnati recycled 193 pounds in 2010 -- 14% of all the waste each household generates.
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Cincinnati’s Trash Amnesty Weeks…     During Trash Amnesty Weeks, residents may set out additional trash in sealed plastic trash bags next to their approved City-provided container. Amnesty weeks are centered around holidays when households typically generate more trash than normal.
Upcoming amnesty days include:
  • Thanksgiving: Nov. 30 to Dec. 6, 2013
  • Winter Holidays: Dec. 26, 2013 to Jan. 17, 2014 (*extended due to extreme cold)
  • Memorial Day: May 27 to May 31, 2014
  • Independence Day: July 5 to July 11, 2014
  • Labor Day: Sept. 2 to Sept. 6, 2014
(Note: Even during Amnesty Weeks, bulky items must still be scheduled for special pickup.)
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Nextdoor… is a private social network for you, your neighbors and your community. It's the easiest way for you and your neighbors to talk online and make all of your lives better in the real world. And it's free.
Thousands of neighborhoods are already using Nextdoor to build happier, safer places to call home.
People are using Nextdoor to:
  • Quickly get the word out about a break-in
  • Organize a Neighborhood Watch Group
  • Track down a trustworthy babysitter
  • Find out who does the best paint job in town
  • Ask for help keeping an eye out for a lost dog
  • Find a new home for an outgrown bike
  • Finally call that nice man down the street by his first name  
Nextdoor’s mission is to use the power of technology to build stronger and safer neighborhoods.
Please note:  Nextdoor East Price Hill is a private website created by you and your neighbors, and supported by Nextdoor, Inc.
Your neighbors in East Price Hill, surrounding neighborhood, and the City of Cincinnati are using Nextdoor to share information and stay connected.  To create an account use the following link:  https://nextdoor.com/    
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Cincinnati Winter Operations… Keeping Cincinnati moving safely during the winter is our primary goal. The Department of Public Services maintains 2,835 lane miles within a 79-square-mile area.
We ask for your patience as we first focus our efforts on treating the City's primary and secondary routes. Primary routes include some hills, bridges, main thoroughfares and the City's downtown business district.
The City's streets are cleared as a priority to improve the safety and travel conditions for the public.

Weather Alerts  The City of Cincinnati follows the Snow Emergency levels announced by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office:

  • Level I Snow Alert: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow.
  • Level II Snow Advisory: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Only those who feel it is necessary to    drive should be out on the roadways. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work.
  • Level III Snow Emergency: All Municipal, Township, County, and State roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be out during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel. Those traveling on the roadways may subject themselves to arrest.

Operation Snow  Operation Snow is a program designed to enlist the community in helping the City treat the streets. Anytime a winter storm is forecasted by the National Weather Service to affect rush hour traffic, the City Manager would broadcast an Operation Snow declaration. The City Manager will advise area employers and schools of the potential for significant travel delays and request the voluntary cooperation of major employers to release their non-essential employees early. 

Operation Snow will rely on the use of an extensive notification list to provide this warning to citizens in advance of the approaching storm. This will help to minimize rush hour delays from occurring, which may leave employees stuck in traffic and may hinder the City's capacity to treat streets and roadways because snow treating trucks are delayed by traffic.
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Cincinnati Fire Department The Cincinnati Fire Department (CFD) would like to remind residents to stay safe during severely cold weather.
In addition, since the severe weather impacts response times as firefighters compete with adverse weather and road conditions, the Cincinnati Fire Department will be fully staffed during the next few days.
To aid in their response efforts, the CFD is asking residents to please:
  • Clear snow form around fire hydrants to allow the fire fighters better access.
  • Clear a path to your front door.
  • Make sure your house address numbers remain visible and are not blocked by snow.
  • When driving, make sure to leave room for emergency vehicles to pass-go right for sirens and lights.
  • Check on elderly friends and neighbors and lend them a hand.
  • Dress appropriately when outside – add layers of clothing.
  • Have a winter emergency kit inside your car including: jumper cables, wiper fluid, first aid kit, blanket, gloves, flashlight/flares, and some salt or kitty liter for traction.
  • Only shovel snow if you are medically and physically able.      
In all seasons:
  • Make sure to have working smoke alarms installed on every level of your home, test them monthly and keep them clean and equipped with fresh batteries at all times.
  • Know when and how to call for help.
  • Remember to practice your home escape plan.
  • For maximum protection, the Cincinnati Fire Department encourages the use of both photoelectric and ionization smoke alarms.
  • Photoelectric Alarms: Quickly sense smoke from smoldering, smoky fires, such as those ignited by a cigarette falling between sofa cushions.
  • Ionization Alarms: Quickly sense smoke caused by flaming, fast-moving fires, such as a kitchen fire.

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Coming Events:

Save the Date: 2014 Neighborhood Summit:  February 22, 2014 at Cintas Center Xavier University.  Engaging For Prosperity.  Building engagement by citizens to assure thriving neighborhoods.  More information on this will follow.

Price Hill Baseball:  Registration is open for youth baseball in Price Hill! 
- In-person registration dates will be:  Sat., January 25 @ TBA;  Mon., January 27 @ Dunham Rec Center, 6-8
- Registration forms are available for download at www.pricehillathletics.com. Or you can pick one up on site. Please bring a copy of your child's birth certificate. 
- These will be the ONLY in-person registration dates.  All other registrations can be done online or by special arrangements made with Angie  Lipscomb (731-3048) before 2/21.

MyCincinnati Concert Schedule:  Thu., January 30, 2014 6:30pm at St. Theresa of Avila Church.  John Morris will be conducting; Thu., February 6, 2014 8pm at the Carnegie Performing Art Center, Covington, KY: Concert: Nova Remembering WWI

Arts Center at Dunham – Free Performances:  Sat., January 18, 2014 8pm Playhouse in the Park “Off the Hill” Joan, the Girl of Arc.  Recommended for ages 11 and up.; Sat., February 1, 2014 8pm Elementz Dance Team, Studio Kre8v Dance Class.  Ages 12 and up.  Sat., February 8, 2014 2:45pm Artswave Sampler.  All ages.

Sunset Players Fundraiser:  Sun., January 19, 2014 Eat at City Barbeque 6475 Glenway Ave.  25% of purchase donated to group.  Find coupon on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/583696568392083/Thu., February 13, 2014 Eat at Price Hill Skyline 10am – 11p 10% of purchase donated to group
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Cincinnati, OH 45205

Phone: 513-549-3744

Next General Membership Meeting
Monday, January 20, 2014   7:30pm  

Holy Family Church Cafeteria
3006 W. 8th Street



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