June 2013 Newsletter


EPHIA's Newsletter

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June 2013   Volume 23   Issue 06
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~Thoughts from Your President ~

Happy Father’s Day to the father’s in our community.  It is a special day for all of us fathers to reflect back on what our father meant to us when we were growing up as well as what we mean to our children today.  Fathers are role models for the family and set the tone for family growth along with their spouses.
The City passed it budget for fiscal year 2013 – 14.  We are still learning more about the approved budget and its impacts on our community. It appears that some of our community’s programs may be impacted from some of the budget cuts.  For example we were hoping to get some additional flower pots from the Parks Department that were intended to go along the business district  Those flower pots will no longer be available.  The Parks Department may be cutting the grass less frequently in the future.  So we may see taller grass than we are accustomed.  Many more items like I said will eventually be explained in more detail as we learn more about the approved budget.
The Talbert House development on Grand Avenue had its ribbon cutting on Friday June 7th.  The building really looks good and is a great replacement for what we had been witnessing in the past.  Ken Rothman spoke at the ribbon cutting on behalf of our community and did an excellent presentation.  Both Tom Croft and I had other community responsibilities that prevented us from being there at that time.  The Talbert House development is more than just buildings. It will provide people with an opportunity to start their lives over on a good home base.  Hopefully they will be gaining employment and developing new positive life experiences.  Additionally, Talbert House has been working very closely with EPHIA during the development process and plans to keep our community engaged in the future.
By now you have all heard that the new District 3 building will not be in East Price Hill.  The planned site is on Ferguson Avenue.  EPHIA sent a letter to the City Manager as a result of a motion passed at our last community council meeting asking him to remove the Hawthorne site from consideration.  This was based on the fact that the Hawthorne site would take away Dempsey Park.  Our community has been working on plans to improve Dempsey Park along with a remodeled Recreation Center and a new swimming pool with the City. Putting District 3 at that location would create problems for the new facilities and future expansion of community recreational improvements.
At our next community council meeting we will have a presentation on the Lower Price Hill Vision Session.  This is part of the planning that has been done for our gateway to East Price Hill.  I think this presentation will be good for all of us.
Our next meeting is scheduled to be on June 17, 2013 starting at 7:30 pm at the Holy Family Church’s Cafeteria.  I hope to see you there!!!
Thank you for your support,
Tom Gamel
EPHIA President

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Minutes of Regular Meeting – May 20, 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:

A quorum was established
Guests and first time visitors were introduced.  ·  Steve  Hill – Congressman Chabot’s office  ·  Greg Baker – Lower Price Hill Community School  ·  Dan Siler – MSD  ·  Beth Hinzman – MSD  ·  Trina Jackson – Community Building Institute
Minutes – minutes from the April 15, 2013 meeting were approved on a motion by Don Busch and Mary   Cook. 
Communications – No report.
Treasurer’s Report – John Ridder reviewed the report for the month ending April 15, 2013
Membership Report – Mary Cook reported no new members for last month 

Fire Dept. – No report. 
Police Dept. –  Presented by Sgt. Eric Sierra and PO Darrell Beavers
·  902 Mt. Hope; building has been sold and has a new owner.  New owner has signed a right of  entry form with the Police Department  ·  Curfew sweep was held May 3, 2013 resulting in 28 arrests most from East and West Price Hill  ·  CIRV call in was held May 08, 2013. Most in attendance were from East and West Price Hill.  Message was delivered indicating alternatives were available.  Make the change or suffer the consequences.  Those consequences could be federal prosecution which results in more time.
·  District Three relocation packets detailing the 4 sites still in the running for the new District were provided.  (2841 Boudinot; 2300 Ferguson; Hawthorne and Warsaw; Former site of Midway school)  ·  CPD differential responseAuto accidents:  Police will respond to scene to determine if licenses are valid, drivers were not driving impaired; make sure there are no injuries, clearing the roadway of vehicles/debris and providing forms facilitating the exchange of information by drivers.  Police will not determine who’s at fault.  Membership was advised to use camera/smart phone to take pictures before vehicles are moved.  Alarm Response:  If burglar alarm goes off with no other corroborating circumstance (motion detector activated; secondary complainant making call or on scene) police will not be dispatched.  Traffic: parking citations will continue when calls for service allow.  ·  Homicide 500 block of Elberon:  drug deal gone bad.  Victim was set up to be robbed.  ·  Price Hill Mart Transfer of liquor license: EPHIA’s board recommended opposing the transfer until owner signs good neighbor agreement with EPHIA. ·  Youth on Warsaw:  Nothing of the magnitude of 2012.  Still have some loitering at Warsaw and Ross.  Businesses near Ross and Warsaw have chipped in to fund a Police detail specific to that area.  Many of the youth are not from the area,. 
Probation Dept. –  Presented by Probation Officer John Schwind
·  Many of those involved in criminal activity are coming from outside of Price Hill.  Price Hill’s probation substation personnel are developing a method of familiarizing themselves with criminals coming into Price Hill from surrounding areas
Court Watch -  An impact statement referencing the 2012 homicide of neighborhood resident Mr. John Lauck was made available to anyone interested in signing. 
Safety CAT: reported by Patti Hogan. ·  Car wash to raise money will be held in Price Hill Skyline parking lot.  $5 any vehicle wash and dry.  ·  Character strength training is scheduled for June 12, 2013 7pm at Elder’s Schaeper Center; ·  Good Guy Loitering at Woodlawn and Warsaw Friday, May 24, 2013 from 8-11pm.  ·  Safety walk and litter pickup Thursday May 30, 2013 at 6:30pm meeting in St. Lawrence Church parking lot.

Metropolitan Sewer District   Beth Hinzman and Dan Siler addressed the recent odor complaint.
Actions taken to date:  ·  Discontinued the dumping of grit.  Now sending to Rumpke.   No longer accepting grit from outside communities  · Incinerator – discontinuing accepting slug from outside communities for incineration.  · Odors in sewer – Installing curtains to eliminate back draft and cleared a sewer clog.  If you experience foul odors from surrounding sewers contact MSD  · Current construction project in Queens Gate will be completed within a month which will assist with eliminating the odors  ·  All were invited to take a tour of MSD · Request has been made to reinstate the Citizens Advisory Panel  · Will provide survey to community to hopefully help identify the source of the odor  · Will check the sewer line running through Holy Family · Target is to get to zero odor/stench
Community Mapping Tool:  Presented by Trina Jackson of the Community Building Institute.  The Community Mapping Tool is an asset based community development approach.  It provides an inventory of neighborhood skills, assets, and resources.  Tool could be used as a neighborhood marketing tool.  Members provided suggestions for additional categories.  Visit http://www.xavier.edu/communitybuilding/  to test drive the application.  Database is searchable.  Data is user driven. You can submit a neighborhood asset or make suggestions or provide comments about the tool.  A Seasons of Engagement calendar is also available for publicizing events. 

St. Lawrence Public Square:  Patti Hogan indicated the team was still waiting for a contract from the City.  It is stalled in the City’s law department.   She will follow up with Price Hill Will.
Neighborhood Support Program (NSP) and Neighborhood Business District (NBD): reported by Shelia Rosenthal.  Application for funds already spent for both programs was submitted.  The City is covering expenses from March through Tuesday, May 14, 2013Presentations for program expenses for the balance of the stub year are scheduled for May 30. 2013 when it is believed we will be approved for funding.
Jazz Festival:  Ohio Arts Council grant was declined.  First fund raiser – Crawfish Bowl is scheduled for June 1, 2013 beginning at 6pm at the Warsaw Project Gallery
Lower Price Hill Visioning Session: presented by Shelia Rosenthal.  70 people attended the visioning session focused on the area along the river front in Lower Price Hill. Outcome:  use the area as a park with nature and river focus with the possibility educational opportunities and a place for public performances. 
District Three Relocation:  presented by Tom Croft:  EPHIA was notified the Hawthorne site was one of 4 finalists for the relocated District.  It’s unsure what the odds of the Hawthorne site being chosen but the East Price Hill community spent a lot of time thinking about the new Recreation Center along with a master plan for the entire site which includes the repurposing of the existing Dempsey ball fields into multi-purpose sports field.  Tom Croft made the following motion seconded by Ray Busche
     WHEREAS: The East Price Hill community values the various recreation opportunities available on
     the existing Price Hill Recreation Center site; the community embraced a preliminary master
     plan for the site including upgraded sports fields and other activities; and the use of the west
     six acres of the site for the new District 3 headquarters would limit the recreational uses of the
     site to the recreation center building, the new aquatic center, the Marvin Lewis exercise area,
     and the community garden;

     THEREFORE: The East Price Hill Improvement Association is opposed to the use of the Hawthorne
     site for the relocated District 3 headquarters.  
The board adopted the above motion at the earlier
     board meeting.  After discussion, the general membership approved the motion with 15 in favor,
     7 opposed, and 2 abstentions.
Price Hill Mart Transfer of liquor license: Membership approved Board motion to oppose the liquor license transfer for Price Hill Mart

Santa Maria: On Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 6:30pm at the Financial Opportunity Center, Santa Maria along with partner agencies will be hosting a workshop and educational event regarding things people can do to lower energy bills. 
EPHIA picnic:  to be held 07/15/2013 at 6:30pm at Mt. Echo Park
Next Meeting:  Monday June 17, 2013 at 7:30pm
Adjournment – Motion to adjourn.
Minutes – Minutes of this meeting submitted by Patti Hogan.

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Talbert House Ribbon Cutting Celebration
The Talbert House Grand Avenue Development ribbon cutting took place Friday, June 7, 2013 at 10am.  On hand with Talbert House personnel, EPHIA members, Price Hill Will and neighborhood residents were Ohio State Senator Bill Seitz, Hamilton County Commissioner Greg Hartmann, Cincinnati City Councilman Wendell Young and others.
The facility consists of two buildings. 
  • One is dedicated to permanent supportive housing for Talbert House clients consisting of 39 – 1 bedroom and efficiency units ranging in size between 440 and 650 square feet.  This building is equipped with a laundry area, community room, and computer room.  Seven units are already occupied.   The community room can be reserved by the community for meetings. 
  • A second building consists of 11 - 2 bedroom market rate apartments. 
Buildings have locked keypad entryways and are equipped with a video screen entrance system to identify quests at front door and to enhance security.  Perimeter and hallways are monitored through digital video recorders
EPHIA worked with Talbert House to develop a good neighbor agreement.  The Good Neighbor Agreement provides:
  • A resident manager who is available to respond to any emergencies, monitor activity, and maintain the quality standards of the building and grounds
  • Promotes residential participation in clean neighborhood activities
  • Promotes residential involvement with EPHIA
  • Includes safety aspects such as signing the Cincinnati Police Department’s right of entry agreement
The project consisted of a complete attractive renovation of an abandoned apartment building and site improvements that remove a very negative blighting influence to the neighborhood.

Before photo: 

After photo:

Ken Rothman for EPHIA:

Ribbon cutting:

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EPHIA's Board
Tom Gamel
Vice President: Tom Croft
Treasurer: John Ridder
Recording Secretary: Patti Hogan
Corresponding Secretary: Melissa Wegman
Membership Officer: Mary Cook
Directors:  Beth Andriacco
                 Ray Busche
                 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
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

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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.
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Upcoming Events

EPHIA MeetingMonday, June 17, 2013 7:30pm  Holy Family Cafeteria 3006 W. 8th Street

Best of the West: Price Hill Road Rally:  Saturday, June 22, 2013 09:00am; A road rally to show of the best of scenic Price Hill. To learn more, call 812-623-5727. 

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 to follow.
St. Lawrence Festival Summer Festival:  Friday, July 5, 2013 – Sunday, July 7, 2013 The festival will have live bands each night.  Friday, July 5, “Bluefish”, Saturday, July 6, “Rusty Griswold’s”, and Sunday, July 7, “Saffire Express.”  Chicken dinners will be served on Saturday and Sunday, from 5pm – 7pm, and  will have lots of other delicious food and good beer.   
In the Park After Dark:  Saturday, July 27, 2013  8:30-11:30pm Olden View Park;  2610 8th Street.  Hosted by the East Price Hill Business Alliance.  More details to follow.
MYCincinnati Music for Youth in Cincinnati: Please visit http://www.mycincinnatiorchestra.org/upcoming-events  for a list of coming events.
EPHIA Annual Summer Picnic:  Monday, July 15, 2013  6:30pm at Mt. Echo shelter

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Other News:

The Big Idea Challenge needs your idea!

To celebrate The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s 50th anniversary, they have created the Big Idea Challenge to hear your Big Ideas about how to make Greater Cincinnati even greater!
They want to hear ideas from people across the Greater Cincinnati region for community projects that will help make it more vibrant and help all our people thrive. Everyone gets to weigh in on the ideas and vote for the best. They will award cash prizes AND grants to try out the winning ideas!
You can enter right now! Go to www.bigideacincinnati.com to start the process. They will be accepting entries until July 29. To see ideas already submitted, go to www.bigideacincinnati.com/entries.  Voting will be open in September.
Like them on Facebook for the latest updates and please share to help spread the word! Keep the conversation going on Twitter with #bigideacincy.
Need some inspiration? Start thinking about your Big Idea in one of the categories at the website, and review the complete Challenge Guidelines and see some examples.

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Hamilton County's Property Improvement Program (HIP)

HIP Overview

The Hamilton County Home Improvement Program (HIP) is an initiative of the Hamilton County Commissioners and the Hamilton County Treasurer. The "HIP" loan allows homeowners in Hamilton County communities to borrow money to repair or remodel their homes or rental property at interest rates 3% below the lowest rate a bank would normally offer. Loans may be used for:  · Bathrooms  ·  Ceilings & Walls  ·  Central Air & Furnaces  ·  Decks  ·  Garages  ·  Gutters & Roofs        ·  Kitchen Remodeling  ·  Landscaping  ·  Paint & carpeting  ·  Plumbing  ·  Room additions  ·  Siding, windows & doors      ·  and much more!

Details:    ·   Loans at 3% below market rate, 5 year term - only one outstanding loan at any given time    ·  Available in participating Hamilton County communities    ·  No Income Restrictions or limits (must be able to meet bank's credit requirements)    ·  Loans capped at $50,000    ·  For one-family, or two-family, and commercial properties valued up to $350,000 (based on Hamilton County Auditor's appraisal)    ·  Owner-occupied and investment dwellings    ·  No property value limit on multi-family dwellings (three or more units)     
·  Loans can be used for alteration, repair, maintenance or improvement  ·   Can also be used for code violation compliance and property upgrades

Visit:  http://www.hamiltoncountyohio.gov/hc/hc_hip_details.asp   for more details.

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Cincinnati, OH 45205

Phone: 513-549-3744

Next Meeting:   Monday, June 17, 2013 7:30pm
Holy Family Church Cafeteria 3006 W. 8th Street

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