May 2014 Newsletter

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EPHIA's Newsletter

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EAST PRICE HILL IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION   
May 2014   Volume 24   Issue 05
www.eastpricehill.org
 

~Thoughts from Your President ~


       

I hope all of the mothers in our community had a happy Mother’s Day.  It is one of the times of the year where all children need in particular to express a deep reflection on what our mother’s mean to us and thank them for all that they have done to help make us who we are today. I know I, who just lost my mother a few months ago have reflected back on all of the things that she did for me through the years.
 
East Price Hill, like many other communities of the City, is watching closely how the City is planning to address its budget this year. The City manager is submitting his proposed budget to the Mayor this week. Shortly after, we will see the Mayor’s proposal to City Council. We know some cuts will needed.  Where they will occur and how they will impact all of us is still not known at this time.  I suggest we all stay engaged in the various proposals and discussions the next few weeks.
 
There are some good things happening in our community we should all be attentive to.  On Saturday May 17th we will have our Jazz Festival at Dempsey Park.  This is an all day event and I hope everyone finds an opportunity to come and enjoy this big East Price Hill community event.
 
I have been involved with the planning of the new District 3 Police Station on Ferguson Road for the past year now in which we are now focused on some details regarding some representations of each community’s Icons.  I ask for your input and suggestions at this time.  This will be one of the items we will be discussing at this month’s meeting. They are looking for some prominent aspect of our community such as: 1- Our public parks, 2- Architectural Landmarks, 3 – Historical events that took place in our community that are noteworthy, 4 – Famous Citizens and 5 – Other claims to fame.  If you are unable to attend our meeting and want to share some of your ideas please send them to me directly at tgams@zoomtown.com.
 
We are getting close to the end of our Neighborhood Enhancement Program. I have seen, and I hope you have as well, a lot of good results from this initiative. Some people have complained about getting letters from the City regarding various violations that were listed for their properties. Please remember, this is one of the ways that we are trying to bring all of the properties in our community to be within the City’s Codes.  If there are some financial hardships, there are programs available that may assist property owners to address the funding of the improvements. The City is equipped to help you in that respect as well.
 
Additionally at our May meeting we will have the City of Cincinnati present to the community for the first time the current proposal for the streetscape of Price Avenue. You will see they are proposing we narrow Price Avenue’s width as well as some sidewalk treatments and new light posts.  This is something everyone should be interested in seeing. We will not be voting to support the changes this month.  We normally present the plan this month and vote on it the following month providing the community time to think about the plan before us which will have some real impacts on the future of our community. Please plan to attend the meetings.
 
There will be a presentation of the Ohio River Trail West at the May meeting as well.  There has been a group working on this for a long time now and they want to update the community on this plan.
 
We have now completed three (3) community cleanup events. Each event has over loaded all of the dumpsters that we were provided to fill by the City.  I believe that in itself is an indicator of how effective these cleanup programs are.  We have been able to clean up our streets and empty lots beautifying our community. This is truly a good thing.  We need to educate our community on how important it is to keep our community clean so we do not need to go through this every month.

Lastly, it is time for us to submit our Community Priority Requests to the City for proposed budget years of 2015-2016. If you have some ideas that you feel are important for our community council to consider submitting, please be ready to raise them at our meeting as well.
 
Our next meeting is scheduled to be on May 19, 2014 starting at 7:30 pm in the Holy Family Church Cafeteria.  Besides our normal business items I believe the items I have listed above along with the normal reports from Police and Fire will be good for all of you to hear.  Please plan to attend this meeting. I am sure you will find it interesting to hear what is happening in our community. This is a good opportunity for you to become part of the solution to our community’s issues as well as an opportunity to help pave the way to our community’s future.
 
Thank you for your support,
 
Tom Gamel
EPHIA President
 
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 Meeting minutes

Minutes from the general membership meeting of April 21, 2014 were unavailable at the time of publication.

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City of Cincinnati Yard Waste Collection Returns

 
Yard waste collection is a biweekly service that operations on the same Green and Gold schedules as the recycling program.
 
Monday April 7, 2014 is the beginning of seasonal yard waste collection for  residents on the GREEN week schedule.
 
Monday April 14, 2014 is the beginning of seasonal Yard Waste collection for residents on the GOLD week schedule.
  • Residents should be reminded to use cans with lids that are clearly labeled as "Yard Waste" or paper lawn and leaf bags.
  • Bundles of branches and brush should be cut in lengths no longer that 48 inches and tied with cloth string.
  • Bags and bundles cannot exceed 40 lbs. and should be set to the curb next to their trash and recycling carts on designated green/gold collection weeks.
 
Visit:  http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/public-services/news/yard-waste-collection-returns/  to determine your recycling week,

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City of Cincinnati Citywide Customer Service Call Center
 
The Customer Service Call Center is the gateway to the City of Cincinnati, and we are committed to achieving the highest level of customer satisfaction. Our mission is to exceed customer expectations by providing accurate information that is communicated in an efficient and effective manner through the integration of people and technology.
 
The Customer Service Call Center offers readily accessible customer service professionals who are focused on facilitating and resolving citizen concerns as well as individual and community requests.
 
Immediate access to our Customer Service Representatives is available via email, telephone, and fax from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.,Monday through Friday by calling 591-6000 or completing an online service request at 5916000.com.

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Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP)


We are in the final month of the 90 day Neighborhood Enhancement Program.  Much has been accomplished in the first 2 months of the program.  During the first 30 days: Public Services and Litter Control issued citations to 17 property owners.  Of these 11 are awaiting follow-up inspections or have been referred to the Private Lot Abatement Program; 6 were abated by the owner.  Property Maintenance Code Enforcement Division of Trade and Development inspected 314 properties.  These inspections resulted in 179 notices of code violations – 434 code violations were included in the notices. Inspections continue.  The Cincinnati Police Department – District Three has partnered with the community and other City departments.  A number of arrests have been made in the focus area; assisted with code enforcement efforts; initiated a surprise visit by the State Inspector of the Barber Board on a barbershop in the focus area;  participated in all neighborhood clean up efforts and Tire Amnesty Day; violent crime is down 85%; disorder calls for service are down 24%; lead residential safety training and landlord training. The Fire Department conducted 299 fire inspections; 124 fire hydrant inspections; distributed 17 smoke alarms; 3 carbon monoxide alarms; and 9 alarm batteries.  Of the fire inspections performed 112 fire code violations were found. Public Services Neighborhood Operations Division filled 46 potholes during the pothole blitz; resolved problems with 24 street signs and street lights, remove 14 dead animals, and remediated 6 graffiti locations.  Department of Planning and Buildings is assisting Price Hill Will and the Community Building Institute in creating a Community Plan for East, West and Lower Price Hill. The Plan’s kickoff meeting was held on March 22nd, and was attended by over 200 Price Hill residents.  The next meeting is scheduled for Saturday May 31, 2014 from 10am to 12pm at Elder’s Schaeper Center. Before the NEP Keep Cincinnati Beautiful conducted a pre-blight index before the NEP began.  East Price Hill scored a 2.03 out of a 4 point system.  A second blight index will be conducted by KCB after the 90 NEP concludes and again 1 year following the conclusion of the NEP.  KCP has assisted with all clean up efforts conducted in the neighborhood.  Department of Trade and Development has assumed the responsibility for coordinating and leading the East Price Hill initiative in addition to organizing the effort to assist East Price Hill residents in responding to code violation orders.  The Economic Development Division will be conducting Business Retention Evaluation visits with many businesses in the East Price Hill NBD during the month of April. These visits will be performed in partnership with Price Hill Will. Design work for the Price Avenue Streetscape has been underway with DOTE and Trade and Development for the last several months. Department of Transportation and Engineering (DOTE) DOTE inspectors are in the process of identifying defective sidewalk. We will inform the property owners that the sidewalk is their responsibility and ask them to replace any defective blocks. DOTE is exploring the possibility of repairing Ross Ave. from Glenway to Warsaw with brick. This is one of the few brick streets left in the city and DOTE would like to keep it a brick surface. DOTE has replaced 12 (+/-) faded signs and reset about 10 sign posts that were leaning. DOTE is in the process of verifying the missing house numbers and will send out letters to the property owners encouraging them to display their address.  Melissa Wegman working in concert with Ethel Cogen of the Department of Trade and Development have raised $12,000 to date.  These monies will be used for the following capital projects:  ·  AutoZone - repair mosaic tiles along retaining wall  ·  St. Lawrence Square - funding a large paver that lists NEP donors    ·  Duke Energy Sub-station at Warsaw and Fairbanks – Make facility more appealing    ·  Beautification of cell tower lot at the corner of Price and Mt. Hope. Owned by Verizon    ·  Materials & Supplies for clean ups – cover litter and dumping remediation along with mowing, clearing overgrown brush, devil strips, etc.   The community has been an active, vital participant in the NEP.  Prior to the NEP the neighborhood conducted residential surveys in the focus area with the goal of identifying the problems (sidewalks, curbs, streets, street signs, problem properties, overgrowth, litter, etc).  Results of the surveys were distributed to the City. Volunteers (443 in total) participated in 3 Price Hill clean ups. These events cleaned up neighborhood streets and  remediated several illegal dump sites   In all neighborhood volunteers filled 11  30 yard dumpsters of collected debris, collected over 250 tires and cleared brush in several vacant lots.   Thanks to all for your help and support. 

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Coming events:

East Price Hill Jazz Festival:  Saturday, May 17, 2014 12:00-6:00pm  Dempsey Park, 3200 Price Avenue.  The festival is free and open to the public.  Coolers and picnics are welcome.  Chairs and blankets are encouraged.  The festival will feature the best professional jazz musicians in the region and our young talented amateurs. If you decide not to pack a picnic, renowned food truck, Panino, will have food for sale at the Jazz Fest. Visit: www.facebook.com/pages/East-Price-Hill-Jazz-Festival/122731591083050
 
EPHIA General Membership Meeting:  Monday, May 19, 2014 7:30pm  Holy Family Cafeteria; 3006 W. Eighth Street
 
Price Hill Plan Priorities Workshop:  Saturday, May 31, 2014 10am – 12pm  Elder   This will be a hands-on meeting with your time spent mostly in small groups. This is the second public meeting of the Price Hill Plan. If you were at the March Kick-off, you will have a chance to hear what others had to say. If you were not at the March Kick-off, this meeting will catch you up on what we've heard so far.   You will take the next step in working with your neighbors to develop priorities.  Please feel free to share this with friends, family, and neighbors. We need everyone's voice at the table in setting the future direction of East, West, and Lower Price Hill. No ticket is needed for entry at the meeting, but reservations help us have enough materials (and snacks!) on hand for everyone. Order tickets via Eventbrite: http://pricehillplanworkshop.eventbrite.com/?aff=efbevent
 
East Price Hill Crawfish Boil: Saturday, June 7, 2014 6:00-10:00pm  Warsaw Project Gallery; 3116 Warsaw Avenue; Beverages from Pratt Family Brewery: 21 & over. $20 suggested donation/person. This event benefits the 2015 East Price Hill Jazz Festival Best party of the year! Not to be missed. fonky, jazzy, fonky!
 
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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
Beautification                           
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                        
Website                                       


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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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  Monday, May 19, 2014   7:30pm  
Holy Family Church Cafeteria; 3006 W. 8th Street
 







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