Friday, October 22, 2010

Wicked Windows on Winton!

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Wicked Windows on Winton!


Businesses Along Winton Road


Sunday October 24, 2010 at 1:00 AM EDT


Sunday October 31, 2010 at 12:15 AM EDT

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Halloween is fast approaching and many businesses along the Winton Road corridor are painted for the occasion! Springfield Township is proud to announce the beginning of the annual Wicked Windows on Winton Halloween window painting contest featuring the talented students of Finneytown Middle and High School! Beginning this Sunday, visitors can tour the participating business windows and vote for their favorite one.

This year, the artwork of 20 students on 16 business windows can be voted upon. Participating businesses include:

Athena Foods - Painted by Brandon Jump

Curves - Painted by Karah Dillingham

Jansi Dry Cleaners - Painted by Keith Scholz

Donatos Pizza - Painted by Abby Oakman

Sibcy Cline - Painted by Bradley Frey and Ryan Hughes

Woody's Express Car Wash - Painted by Jordan Hughes

LaRosa's - Painted by Maddie Baker and Alaena Hoover

Powel Crosley, Jr. YMCA - Painted by Robert Roland

WesBanco - Painted by Nima Tamang

Liberty Tax - Painted by Emily Popp & Maria Galioto

Wendy's (window #1) - Painted by Courtney Chambers

Advance Auto Parts - Painted by Jason Zhang

Meals To Go - Painted by Corine Saul

Brueggers - Painted by Sami Zimmer

Wendy's Window #2 - Painted by Julie Weisenberger & Tory Owens

Graeters - Painted by Anisha Silva

Voting begins on Sunday, October 24th and runs through October 31st at midnight. There are two ways to vote, online at or by calling 522-2108. Only one vote by phone and one vote online per person. The student with the most votes will win $50 in cash! (Cash award and painting supplies all donated by the participating businesses.) The winning window will be announced on November 1, 2010.

Vote Online Starting October 24th!

Photographs of the painted windows will be online starting October 26th.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Hunting Laws in Finneytown

Greetings on this lovely Fall day. I am sharing this email below from a resident questioning the Finneytown (deer) hunting laws. You may be surprised at what the laws allow.

If any of you want to help the Finneytown Civic Association address this issue, please email or call me at 325--5202.

Joe Gorman, FCA President

> Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2010 16:51:23 -0700 (PDT)
> Hello,
> I was given your name from a friend. I have lived in Finneytown my entire life,
> and my family when they came from Italy they chose Finneytown because it
> reminded them of their homeland. I own property in Finneytown my home and 8
> acres of land near St. Xavier high school, this has been in my family since
> 1942. Needless to say I was recently shocked when my son went hiking with his
> brother and two friends and came upon hunters. they were hunting on my property.
> I contacted the police and today I found out it is legal to hunt within 1000
> feet of a structure in Finneytown! This means if an animal was shot and wondered
> onto my property or even yours the hunter will follow it and wait for it to
> die.
> So I am asking you to please address this issue ASAP!! The Springfield Township
> Police were also shocked, but it was affirmed by the police Chief. I am trying
> to get the word out so we can stop this and change the law. This is just a
> warning for all in Finneytown, this includes bow hunting (that is what they were
> doing on my property) and GUN hunting. Be careful!
> Sincerely
> Regina Shatzer

Monday, October 18, 2010

Comprehensive Neighborhood Master Plan

View Place representatives: Jeff Dean, Donna Saul

Jeff Dean and I attended a presentation that focused on a master plan for Finneytown. While most of the plans are only a "vision" of what Finneytown might look like in 20 years, I can tell you that most of it is good news because it addresses the "front door" to Springfield Township and incorporates a shared vision of a self-sustainable community that does not rely on heavy property tax increases.

A while ago, Springfield Township hired the consultant team from Kinzelman Kline Gossman, Front Street Analytics, Graydon Head, KZF Design, to begin outlining a re-development plan for all the neighborhoods in Springfield Township.

After looking at the core areas throughout the township, residents surveys that were conducted over the past 2 years, and existing conditions of the Finneytown area, they were able to determine that what we were lacking in was an "identity" and a need for a town center for Springfield Township that promoted the kind of business development we want for our area.

It was determined that Finneytown was the ideal location for this "proposed town center "because of it's proximity to the RR Highway, centralized location in township, population, and buying power. While most of the plans were just a "vision" it made sense for the Township to begin drawing up plans for the future that would help us become self-sustaining rather than relying on property taxes for improvements. (Looking at the roads and failure the previous tax levies, it makes sense.)

The plan we looked at was fragmented comercial corridor that ran parallel to Winton Road starting at the Graeter's ice cream plaza area and ended at the Greek Church. The following influences determined the design of the space:

Residential neighborhoods
Institutions like St. X and P&G
Direct access to RR Hwy
Larger floorplate for pedestrian, bicycle traffic
Cultural landmarks

The plan would help enhance the neighborhood -- north connectivity -- and
mixed use of neighborhood and commercial use of existing land.

Included were:

Development business pods with green space
Garlbraith Road redevelopment
Winton cultural nodes
Connecting St. X and P&G parkway
Alternative connections for the neighborhoods to maintain feel of neighborhood
Green infrastructure

The Town Center would be self-sustaining for neighborhood serving retail - smaller destinations mixed residential -

It was explained that to fufill this vision, certain zoning restrictions along Winton Road that include green spaces in front would be needed to attract developers to invest in our community.

Most of the plans --- were met with a lot of enthusiasm with few exceptions.

There will be more news about this earlier this year ...

Friday, October 08, 2010

Roads in View Place ....

Due to the failed levy attempts and the limited budget resources, we discussed a plan for road improvements in south Finneytown. Right now, each street is rated for it's condition and it looks like we're not going to get any major work done in area except to fill in where cracks are most obvious.

The township officials proposed that each neighborhood had two directions to go in to resolve the road repair issues. One was that monies could be collected from individual property tax levies in each neighborhood to support it's road repairs. Two, we could continue with township-wide levies and get nowhere.

We'll hear more on this later. Please try attending the Springfield Township meeting or catch the meetings on Waycross.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Second Public Hearing Regarding Rental Inspections

The Second Public Hearing Regarding Proposed Interior Rental Inspections Will Take Place on Tuesday, October 12, 2010
At the Springfield Township Administration Complex
(Allen Paul Room)
9150 Winton Road

(Springfield Township, Hamilton County, Ohio, October 6, 2010) The Springfield Township Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. in the in the Administration Building, 9150 Winton Road on a proposed resolution amending the Township's Property Maintenance Code to include interior maintenance regulations for rental properties. The proposed interior regulations, if adopted, will only apply to single family and duplex residential rental structures and the existing premises on which those structures are located.

The rental inspection program is in response to the growing concern regarding the increase of rental properties in the Township and absentee landlords. If adopted, landlords will be held responsible for basic health and safety standards on their properties and would be required to have annual interior inspections conducted to ensure compliance with the interior maintenance standards.

Residents attending the public hearing will be permitted to address the Board of Trustees in support or opposition of the proposed amendments.

The Board of Trustees regular meeting will be held at the conclusion of the public hearing.

The public hearing and the meeting will be aired live on Waycross Public Access, Channel 23.

· View the proposed maintenance code here. (Includes the existing exterior codes for all residential properties, as well as the new rental inspection codes marked in red.)

· View the proposed rental inspection plan

· View the answers to the most frequently asked questions about the rental inspection proposal he