Monday, December 12, 2011

Traffic Count on View Place, Again!

I'm sorry to hear about Karen's accident a few weeks ago! It's a shame that we can't figure out something that works for the neighbors without having the inconvenience of adding an additional 45 minutes just to get out (or in) the neighborhood.   If it wasn't for X-period at Finneytown High School, my kids would never get to school on time unless I left here at 7 am to arrive back in time to get my other daughter on her bus at 8:20! Even if I left at 7:30 am, I would never get back in time to meet the other bus for my other daughter.  I have the same challenge in the afternoon. My one daughter has to wait 45 minutes at the high school before anyone can pick her up  because no one can get out and back in the neighborhood to meet the bus dropping off my other daughter.

So thanks to Jeff Dean & Joe Gorman for alerting the county traffic engineers (again) to the challenges that many neighbors face without having someone (or something) to direct traffic out of (or into)  the neighborhood.  A flashing light that activates during "busy time" would be great. Hopefully we don't have to wait until a tragedy occurs before anything is done about the traffic at North Bend & View Place!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

View Place's Fulbright Scholar

Winging It in Oz: Bunyips and Bats and Birds, Oh My!: What better way to spend the weekend than catching bats and camping in the Outback! Last Thursday my boyfriend, Chris, and I headed up north...

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Good News For Township!

Renegotiated Contract with the Union Saves Police Officer Positions in Springfield Township

(SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Hamilton County, Ohio, December 9, 2011)

The membership of the Springfield Township Police Department Unions (FOP-OLC) voted to ratify a renegotiated contract today. The concessions made by the Police Unions will prevent layoffs that were scheduled to go into effect on December 12th and maintains current service levels in the Police Department for 2012. The new 1-year agreement with the Unions calls for a pay freeze for 2012 through the elimination of raises that would have taken place under the previous agreement, which ends in December of 2012. In addition, there are changes regarding overtime and health insurance benefits that will lead to cost savings.

Negotiations have been on-going with both the police and fire unions since September. Both were aimed at renegotiating existing collective bargaining agreements in order to save five full-time emergency services employees in each department and would allow the continuation of current service levels.

"The Board of Trustees and I are very pleased that we have been able to work together with the Police Unions (FOP-OLC) on an agreement that averts the layoffs and allow us to maintain our service to the community at current levels. Much of the credit for this deal getting done needs to go to the leadership and members of the Union (FOP-OLC). They understand the financial difficulties that we face as a community and have worked very closely with us over the last several weeks to find a solution.

Throughout this entire process our goal has been to maintain service levels to our residents and businesses. The Township's number one priority is to provide excellent service to our citizens and the concessions made by the Union in this very difficult economic climate will enable that to continue", said Township Administrator, Michael Hinnenkamp.

Overall, Springfield Township faces revenue reductions Township-wide of approximately $2.8 million dollars as a result of the unprecedented cuts in local government revenues from the State and reduced property tax revenue due to lower assessed valuations.

The Township's 2012 budget will be discussed in a public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, December 13th at 5:30 p.m. in the Allen Paul Community Room, 9150 Winton Road.

About Springfield Township

Springfield Township is a first ring suburb in the Greater Cincinnati area consisting of approximately 16 ½ square miles and 38,285 residents. The Township is governed by an elected Board of Township Trustees who is dedicated to delivering reliable and superior services to create a sense of community, enhance property values and improve the quality of life for residents and businesses in the Township

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Springfield Township Public Hearing....

Budget Hearing

December 13, 2011

5:30 p.m., Allen Paul Community Room

(Springfield Township, Hamilton County, OH December 7, 2011) The Springfield Township Board of Trustees will host a public hearing to discuss the 2012 budget on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 in the Allen Paul Community Room at 5:30 p.m. The Allen Paul Community Room is located at the rear entrance of the Springfield Township Administration and Fire Department complex at 9150 Winton Road.

The public hearing will include a presentation of Township finances, 2012 budget appropriations, impacts from cuts in state revenue, layoffs, possible reductions in services and a 1.0 mill levy for the Fire Department. The public will have an opportunity to comment during a citizens participation portion of the hearing.

The regular trustee December meeting will follow immediately after the public hearing. This meeting will be televised live on Waycross community media, channel 23 and will be available online at www.http// the following day.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Plowing Streets of Springfield Township...

With budget cuts facing the Township, one of the services likely affected is snow removal. Did you know that every time the road crews are called out to salt and plow the roads, it costs the Township on *average $3,057 per hour in salt, gas and labor. (*average based on 2010 snow runs. See statistics at ) For reference, last year the Township spent $181,514.00 in salt to keep our neighborhood roads clear.
In most cases, the Township Service Department calls for all trucks to be on the roads with the onset of ice or snow causing slippery conditions. Ten drivers are sent out to cover over 92 lane miles of residential roads. While the Township services neighborhood streets, Hamilton County services the "county roads" in the township such as Winton, Galbraith and North Bend. (*With a few exceptions, most roads with a double yellow line in the Township are considered county roads and are served by Hamilton County.)
Keeping the roads clear comes at a price and you as a resident pay for that maintenance expense. Our question now goes out to the community - How important are clear neighborhood roads to you? What is your tolerance level when it come to driving in small amounts of snow on flat, straight intersections of the roadway? Keeping safety in mind, there would never be a compromise in icy conditions, however, is clearing roads necessary for 1/2 inch of snow? Comment by e-mail at

* Springfield Township partners with other entities to purchase salt in a bulk rate. In years past, we have coordinated salt purchases with the City of Cincinnati or with Hamilton County. This year the Township Service Department collaborated with the Ohio Department of Transportation on salt purchasing to get a price of $60.74 per ton for salt.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Meeting Notes 11/19/11

View Place Civic Association (VPCA)

Meeting of the Membership and Board- 11/19/11

2:00 pm – Gracepoint Church, View Place Drive

Meeting Minutes

Presentation of Issues before the membership:

Donna Saul, President, VPCA

Jeff Dean – Treasurer and Past President, VPCA

Jim Golan, Finneytown Civic Association (FCA)

Dick Meyer, FCA

Attendees – see attached sign-in sheet


Jeff Dean presented the issues and the proposal before the membership to have the VPCA join with the FCA. The View Place Civic Association has been struggling over the past few years with keeping a sufficient number of board members, with keeping up with having regular board meetings, approving expenditures (board approval needed) and with the business end of running a civic association in general. Donna Saul has handed in her resignation as President effective today. By contrast, the FCA has a robust set of operating rules, steady board participation, and a larger membership.

At the same time, Donna Saul has been maintaining a very effective and popular blog site for View Place residents to air concerns, share positive stories, and stay in communication. Donna has also been ensuring that the flower boxes are maintained, the Easter Egg hunt is conducted, and that View Place area residents have the 4th of July parade with the ST Police and Fire Department. The View Place neighborhood remains a vital and connected community.

Jeff Dean has continued to work on land use issues such as preventing the cell tower lights from becoming a nuisance, ensuring that clear-cutting and land filling activities comply with environmental regulations, and participating in the Township land use planning committees. He has also recently joined the FCA and has begun to share his interest in these types of issues with them, and vice versa.

The Proposal before the membership:

Given the above, it was proposed by the VPCA board that the VPCA dissolve as an official civic association by joining with FCA. The funds in the VPCA treasury (approximately $998) would be transferred to the FCA, but all of the funds would be earmarked for VPCA activities only, such as the flower boxes and Easter egg hunt. The FCA would assist View Place residents with civic issues with the strength of organization and a larger membership. When the VPCA funds run out, FCA funds could be used for View Place residents, but would need to be prioritized along with all other FCA needs. The View Place area would retain a strong identity as a separate neighborhood with its unique needs. It was acknowledged that there was still some work to be done to finalize the details, but that a vote in favor of the proposal would essentially move the proposal forward and move the funds.

Of the members in attendance (see attached sign-in), the vote was in favor of the proposal with 23 yeah and 1 abstention.

Ken Carrillo
Rhonda Closson
Allan Beach
Lyn Dean
Sylvia Mersfelder
Robert Mersfelder
Fran Wooledge
Louis Lessure
David Stephens
Rex Van Alstine
Duane Lewis
Karen Hug
Sheila & David Helliwell
Terri Chad
Donna & Fred Lippencott
Bob and Carol Schuber
Howard Bost
Donna Saul
Jeff Dean
Roger & Jeanne Fleckenstein

Also in attendance:
Jim Golan (FCA)
Dick Meyer (FCA)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Neighborhood Meeting

It was a pretty decent turnout for our neighborhood meeting at Gracepoint Church. In attendance from Finneytown Civic Association was Jim Golan and Dick Meyer letting us know that we were in good hands. Jeff Dean presided and gave his treasurer's report. He will write the final check from the View Place bank account as soon as he gets the last statement.  A big thanks goes out to Jeff for keeping tabs on the banks and the fees they were charging our neighborhood account. Not only did Jeff get them to waive the fees, he asked them for more time.  He saved us considerable money that would have been swallowed up in fees by asking the bank for more time to settle our accounts.

Like many other banks, Key Bank was charging monthly fees because our account was considered inactive even though we deposited membership which flowed  infrequently.  The only checks he wrote were for reimbursement for the flowers and neighborhood activities.

Jeff reported we  had $1,013.00 in the account since August, and rather than losing $60 plus  in annual fees, we thought it was good idea to merge into the Finneytown Civic Association where they have free checking. It's an efficient use of our time and very good way to pool our resources. FCA assured us that they will keep aside our money for the upkeep of the flowers.

We will continue to keep our View Place designation as a neighborhood like they do with Hollyhock Farms. We'll also continue the traditions of the parade, egg hunt, directory, and weblog. I'll try to keep everyone connected through the email and copy everything to Jim Golan.

In the meantime, visit the Finneytown Civic Association webpage and send in your membership. They do a lot of work in the community and will represent our concerns even better then when we had VPCA. I did mention the issues and concerns that were currently on the slate:

1) Concerns we had about being blocked in from St. X traffic and the high volume of traffic accidents

2) Current petition for sewers

One thing we're hearing is "rumors" about the church building a recreation center or gym on their property. Our relationship with the church has been very good so we know that the neighbors impacted by any plans will be involved in the planning stage.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

View Place Neighborhood Meeting

It was a pretty decent turnout for our neighborhood meeting at Gracepoint Church.  In attendance from Finneytown Civic Association was Jim Golan and Dick Meyer letting us know that we were in good hands.  Jeff Dean presided and gave his treasurer's report.  He will write the final check from the View Place bank account as soon as he gets the last statement. 

Like many other banks, Key Bank was charging monthly fees because our account was consired inactive because  although we deposited the membership dues which flowed in infrequently, we only write a one or two checks a year to reimburse for the flowers and neighborhood activities.

Jeff has spent the last year calling up the bank each month asking them to waive the fee.  A big thank you goes out to Jeff Dean for being such a good steward of our neighbhorhood money. He saved us considerable money that would have been swallowed up in fees by asking the bank for more time to settle our accounts. 

We have over $1,300 in the account and rather than losing $60 in annual fees, we thought it was  good idea to merge into the Finneytown Civic Association where they have free checking. It's an efficient use of our time and very good way to pool our resources.  FCA assured us that they will keep aside our money for the upkeep of the flowers.

We will continue to keep our View Place designation as a neighborhood like Hollyhock Farms. We'll also continue the traditions of the parade, egg hunt, directory, and weblog. I'll try to keep everyone connected through the email and copy everything to Jim Golan.

In the meantime, visit the Finneytown Civic Association webpage and send in your membership. They do a lot of work in the community and will represent our concerns even better then when we had VPCA.  I did mention the issues and concerns that were currently on the slate:

1)  Concerns we had about being blocked in from St. X traffic and the high volume of traffic accidents

2) Current petition for sewers

One thing we're hearing is "rumors" about the church building a recreation center or gym on their property. Our relationship with the church has been very good so we know that the neighbors impacted by any plans  will be involved in the planning stage. 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Community Programming Sought – Looking for Instructors For Fall & Winter Classes

In the interest of providing quality and fulfilling enrichment activities, the Springfield Township Senior and Community Center is currently looking for instructors for fall and winter recreation programs. These community programs would take place in the Senior/Community Center during the daytime for senior adults and weekday evenings for all ages.

The Township is currently accepting proposals for their upcoming programming series which runs from September 1, 2011 through February 28th, 2012. Individuals or groups may submit any programming opportunity oriented around the topics of “Home, Heart and Health.” While not wanting to limit potential programming ideas, Springfield Township has identified the following topics of interest for potential community programming: family exercise, holiday decorations, cake decorating, arts classes for youth and adult, floral design, photography, social media, web design and home decorating. Complete information, including instructor and programming proposal forms can be found on the Township’s website at or may be obtained by calling 522-1154. (forms attached here if anyone is interested in teaching!)

Kimberlee Flamm

Projects, Events & Communications Coordinator

Springfield Township Administration

9150 Winton Road

Cincinnati, OH 45231

Phone: 513-522-1410

Fax: 513-522-1411



Friday, November 04, 2011

Annual Memorial Stephan Preston, Jackie Eckerle, and Karen Morrison

This is our annual memorial to honor the memories of our fallen classmates: Stephan Preston, Jackie Eckerle and Karen Morrison who tragically lost their lives at The Who concert on December 3, 1979.

The P.E.M. Memorial has given out it's first three scholarships this past year to Tim Ovia, Maddy Fessler and Zach Stump all three of which are now enrolled in college.

Please consider attending this annual event and also making a donation which can be brought to the event or mailed in to (and payable to):

The Finneytown Schools Education Foundation

P.O. Box 317647

Cincinnati, Ohio 45231

On description line of check write: The P.E.M. Memorial

The memorial event will take place on the campus of Finneytown High School both outside and inside the PAC building. An alumni band consisting of John Hutchins (rhythm/vocals), Walt Medlock (lead guitar/vocals), Mike (Big Man) Simkin (drums), Tom Eliopoulos (keyboards/vocals), Chris Lohmann (bass) and the possibility of Steve-O Bentz playing some back-up...

We will also be honored to have FHS alumni Brad Bundy's children providing another amazing vocal performance!!!

There will be warm refreshments provided by the Finneytown PTA (We love you guys!!!) to help keep our spirits up along with gift baskets, raffle items, split the pot, etc.!!!

Please tell your friends, bring your friends and most importantly, come to the memorial event yourself...really looking forward to seeing everyone there!!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Janet "Cookie" Dean

A very sad note here:

Janet "Cookie" M., 81, of Cincinnati, Ohio passed away Saturday October 8, 2011. She loved singing in the church choir and she dearly loved her family. She is survived by her beloved husband of 60 years, Robert R. Dean; her children Jeff (Lyn) Dean, Pam (Scott) Leist and Chris (Pat) Dean; her grandchildren Travis, Bev, Kristin, Kimmy and Michael; her great grandson Keigan; nieces, nephews and cousins. Janet was one of five daughters of the late Howard and Agatha Kurtz. She is survived by her sister Helen Kurtz, and was preceded in death by her sisters Esther Baumer, Betty Parmley and Gatha Eha. Memorial service were held at St. Paul United Church of Christ 6997 Hamilton Ave. North College Hill on the following  Thursday at 11:00 A.M.  Family had a luncheon immediately following the service.

She was a member at St. Paul U.C.C. and also the Christian's Women's Club. If so desired remembrances may be sent to St. Paul United Church of Christ; Condolences may be sent to

 My girls were always welcome over the house sharing recipes and stories!  Just a few weeks ago, she told my next door neighbor to bring the baby over anytime!   We will miss her so much! 

Please give Mr. Dean a call or drop by to pay your respects! If he's not on the lawnmower, he's in his "man cave" watching a game or putting together a puzzle!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Snow Removel & Yard Work

View Place has two residents who need snow removel & yard work.   Do we have any high school  kids who want to make $10/hour doing the grass/removing snow? 

Please call 761-3091

Saturday, August 20, 2011





Friday, August 19, 2011

Help Need for Elderly from Mt. Healthy Alliance

Community Connections Group -

I am forwarding this message along to you to see if you have any resources

to assist the Mt Healthy Alliance. They are in need of volunteers and raffle

items. The Alliance assists residents in the 45231 zip code who have fallen

on hard times.

Kimberlee Flamm

Projects, Events & Communications Coordinator

Springfield Township Administration

9150 Winton Road

Cincinnati, OH 45231

Phone: 513-522-1410

Fax: 513-522-1411



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ST. XAVIER HOME GAME DATES (Don't get stuck in that traffic!!!)

Here are the dates:






Saturday, June 18, 2011

4th of July Parade & Springfield Township Events:


4th of July neighborhood parades

July 5 - 9 Kids Fire Academy (Ages 8-12)

July 12: Next Trustee Meeting

July 11-15 Junior Fire Academy (Ages 13-17)

July 11 - 16 - Kids Police Academy (Ages 8-13)

July 13 - Touch A Truck Event

July 21 - Cincinnati Civic Orchestra Concert

August 4 - Ohio Military Band Concert

Did You Live in Springfield Township in the 1930's, 40's or 50's? If So, We Want to Talk to You!

(SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Hamilton County Ohio, June 16, 2011) Springfield Township is working on a Fall and Winter Community Activity Guide Book with a spotlight on the Township's history. The 1 to 2 page spotlight will be focused on growing up in Springfield Township during the 1930's, 40's and 50's. We would like to highlight living in the various neighborhoods and your memories of calling Springfield Township home.

If you are interested in being interviewed for this story by a Community Press reporter, please send your name, phone number, how long you have lived in Springfield Township and your neighborhood affiliation to A list of interested residents will be compiled and sent to the Community Press for interview scheduling. We will take contact information for interviews until Wednesday, June 22, 2011. The story and your photos will be published in the guide book this August.

We are also looking for recent photos of fall and winter in Springfield Township for the cover. Submit your photo today!

To view the current Spring and Summer Community Activity Guide Book, visit the Township's homepage at There, you can download a pdf copy of the guide. Inside you will find information on summer camps, local pools, recreational activities and events from all over Springfield Township. 23,000 guide books were distributed through the Hilltop and Northwest Press. Finneytown Kroger also carried copies in the lobby. (Sorry, we do not have any more copies left.)

About Springfield Township

Springfield Township is a first ring suburb in the Greater Cincinnati area consisting of approximately 16 ½ square miles and 39,755 residents. The Township is governed by an elected Board of Township Trustees who is dedicated to delivering reliable and superior services to create a sense of community, enhance property values and improve the quality of life for residents and businesses in the Township.


4th of July neighborhood parades

July 5 - 9 Kids Fire Academy (Ages 8-12)

July 12: Next Trustee Meeting

July 11-15 Junior Fire Academy (Ages 13-17)

July 11 - 16 - Kids Police Academy (Ages 8-13)

July 13 - Touch A Truck Event

July 21 - Cincinnati Civic Orchestra Concert

August 4 - Ohio Military Band Concert

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Good Detective Work in View Place

These two burglers didn't know they were messing with a neighborhood like View Place!

One guy is already arrested because he was traced to the stolen jewelry recovered in a pawn shop on Colerain. It just so happens that one of our neighbors did a little detective work visiting pawn shops looking for her stolen  jewelry. Lo and behold, she found a few of her precious memories and contacted Springfield Twp. Police! This is the same woman who drove around nearby neighborhoods in Colerain Twp. looking for the vehicle that many of the neighbors described to her! (At least 5 neighbors reported a dented white "work" truck parked in a "home for sale" driveway and got a good description of the two guys who were knocking on doors asking if somebody named "Amy" lived here.)

Just another reminder why it's a good reason to contact the Springfield Twp. Police to report people who are walking around the neighborhood or parked in driveway where they don't belong!


I'm sharing correspondance I received from the Ohio Department of Health in regard to clarifying how the new laws will impact neighborhoods like ours:

Ms. Saul,

I enjoyed speaking with you last week concerning your neighborhood in Hamilton County . It is my understanding that the community has been identified by Hamilton County Public Health and the local sewer district as a priority area for sanitary sewers due to concerns with the large number of discharging household sewage treatment systems and poor surface water quality in the area. You asked in your June 5, 2011 email (copied below this correspondence for your convenience, if a Sewage Treatment Systems (STS) program staff member would be available to attend a neighborhood meeting in June or July of this year to address questions concerning the existing household sewage treatment systems in the area and how future rule changes in the STS program may affect the situation.

Unfortunately, I have been informed that we are unable to commit to attending the meeting at this time. I am more than happy to address specific questions by email or telephone. Please feel free to forward specific questions from the neighborhood meeting or to circulate my contact information if members of the community feel more comfortable addressing their questions and concerns to me directly. You should also feel free to contact Hamilton County Public Health with any questions concerning the rule changes and rule development process. Hamilton County Public Health is a member of the Ohio Department of Health’s STS Rule Advisory Committee. Tim Ingrim and Chris Griffith, with that agency, are very active in the rule development process.

Their contact information is:

Hamilton County Public Health

250 William Howard Taft, 2nd Floor

Cincinnati, OH 45219


I look forward to working with you and your neighbors,

Nathan Johnson, RS

Residential Water and Sewage Program

Bureau of Environmental Health

Ohio Department of Health

246 North High Street

Columbus, OH 43215

(614) 644-7181

(614) 466-4556 (fax)

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Neighborhood Watch

Be on the look out for any vehicle that backs into your drive or your neighbors drive and waits there and suddenly pulls away after they notice you're watching them. Don't approach them but you can be pretty intimidating when you're taking down their license plate number from across the street.  If they're legit, they will completely understand you're just doing your job as "good neighbor" back here in View Place.

Quickly write down  licence #s and call Springfield Twp. with the description and license especially if they suddenly pull away and hide their head from your view.  Also, if you see a person walking around your neighbor's property and you don't know if your neighbor is home, just call the Springfield Twp. and let them know you are concerned there is a person you don't recognize on the property.  Get a good description of the individual and/or vehicle. 

These people may not be burglers, but this is how burglers get away with what they do.  They have a driver who "waits" in a vehicle close to where the burglery is taking place.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Membership Contributions from Commonwealth:

A big thank you goes out to the following neighbors and to Mrs. Beall for taking the time to update the directory for her street:

Ringgenberg paid twice!!!

Burglery Reported in Neighborhood

Heads up, Neighbors.

Roxanne just called with the very distressing news.

She and Dave went out for a few errands this morning and came home to find their house was burglerized. 


Just a reminder, too, to have your neighbor's phone number handy to call them if you see someone walking on their property. If they don't answer the phone, contact the police to report anything suspicious or people walking around your neighbor's house that you don't recognize as the owners.

Springfield Township police reminded us a few years back about reporting people or cars that don't belong in the picture. It may be a contractor distributing flyers or a visiting out-of-town uncle but let's get in the habit of calling and letting the police handle the rest when the owners are not around.  

The non-emergency number for the Police Department is 729-1300 if you have any questions or concerns.

I have an independent contractor right now working on my chimney so I called my neighbors so they wouldn't be concerned.

Teri's Update about Covenant Church

This just in from Teri on Keats:

"I was walking around the Covenant church grounds this evening and came upon the groundskeeper. He informed me the church is not moving, just changing their name. He also informed me of their plans to fill in the huge park area along the borders of those living on Keats, Beechtree and ViewPlace. He informed me they are going to remove all the trees on the interior of the property and build a rec center for youth. I said why don't they do that away from people's homes and on the other side of the church. He did not know but said they are planning to begin this work within the year. I for one am distressed about this and the effect it will have on our already dwindling home values. I think we as a community need to be good neighbors but that needs to be reciprocal. I do not think destroying the grounds and building on property that runs alongside our homes is a neighborly thing to do. What can we do to proactively deal with this situation? How can we save the grounds and not further destroy our property values? A rec center is great but certainly away from people's homes where the traffic and noise will be greater. Thoughts? What steps can we take? Thank you for reading this."


Teri,   Contact Pastor Shelley at the church.   Tell him about your concerns and  that you think it's important  to work out a design that will not detract from the privacy of the area that many of the neighbors have enjoyed over the years.   This is a really great church with a really terrific congregation. I'm sure they'll be very supportive.

Next, I would call Chris Gilbert at the Township 522-1410 to see what influence we have over where the youth  rec. center is built on the property. One would think that a center focusing on youth recreation would be closer to the church building.  (Accessible to where supervising church staff  are more likely to be congregating?) 

Once we get all the information, we'll call a neighborhood meeting.  One is in the planning stages late June or early July.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Thank you for Membership Dues!

Michele & Jeff on Wellesley!

Thank You, Blossom Hills

Mrs. Rizzi and Mrs. Hutchins have been really helpful collecting directory and membership donations:

The following have paid their membership dues on Blossomhills:

Dick and Sally
George and Barbara
Donald and Sheila (Prrrrrfect!!)
David and Elizabeth
Jim and Ruth
Garnail and Donna
Richard and Marjorie
Jim and  Peg
Bill and Sondra
Ed and Cynthia

Thank You, Mrs. Beall

Mrs. Beall collected two pages of information and membership donations from neighbors on Commonweath!  I'm just adding the email addresses to the contact list at Yahoo! right now.  I'll note later who the neighbors are that made a membership donation. (I forgot the envelope at home so I can't do it right now!)

Thank you, Mrs. Beall!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Geriatric Care for Mom - May 18th


Location: The Grove Banquet Hall (9158 Winton Road)

Free Seminar!

Register by calling 522-1154, or register online

Presented by Micki Fehring, RN, in partnership with West College Hill, North College Hill and Springfield Township Senior Centers

Caring for a parent comes with many challenges. Juggling between your child’s soccer game and your mother’s doctor’s appointments - managing to balance it all. Whether you are one of the 42 million people currently caring for an older adult or are just approaching the years when its time to take care of mom, this seminar will held guide you through resources you will need to make difficult decisions easier. Join us at Springfield Township’s Grove Banquet Hall to learn more about the vast options of care and tour through resources available to caregivers. Geriatric Care Manager, Micki Fehring, RN, will cover information on:

The stress of multi-generational care

Understanding the choices in care

How to pay for in-home care

Safety and independence

You will leave this series with a better understanding of the different types of care available and will be given a take-home resource guide.There will also be a series of follow-up sessions introduced that will focus more on one specific topic.(Dates for follow-up courses will be provided at the seminar)

About the presenter – Micki Fehring has been a registered nurse for over 15 years and is currently a Geriatric Care Manager for Care Advisers by Black Stone. Her role allows her to asses a patient’s needs, present them with the best choices of care and arrange for the care to begin.

Wednesday, May 18 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. **Light dinner will be provided**

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Private Drive Collapses for Third Time in 15 years!

There is a private drive that has collapsed for the second time.  At least 6 neighbors need access through this road.    Are there any neighbors willing to help out?  The bids coming in are very expensive -- in the thousands -- and we are hoping to get some help from the neighborhood.  If you can help out, please contact  Make sure to identify yourself by putting your last name and address in the "subject" box otherwise I cannot open the email.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Thank You, Pinebrook!

A big thank you goes out to the neighbors living on Pinebrook who are at 100% for membership!  I just received from Mrs. Hutchins, a completed directory update form and $50.00 from the following residents:

Sharon and Chris
Robin and Robert
Fran and Chris
Terra and  Kevin

Thank you!

Friday, April 01, 2011

Letter About Meeting with MSD/Health Department

Date: March 31, 2011

To: Mr. Tony Parrott, Director

Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD)

1600 Gest Street

Cincinnati OH 45204

Fr: Joseph Gorman, President

(513) 325-5202 cell;

Re: March 29, 2011 Meeting on Proposed Sewers in the View Place Neighborhood

I attended the March 29, 2011 Meeting on Proposed Sewers in the View Place Neighborhood as a representative of the Finneytown Civic Association (FCA). The View Place neighborhood is part of Finneytown and the FCA has several members in that area.

The meeting was called to order by Donna Saul, president of the View Place Improvement Association. One-hundred and forty (145) households have been identified as potential problem properties that will apparently have to transition from septic tanks to public sewers. MSD reps Brent Tuley and Bill Wooten, and, Chris Griffin from the Cincinnati Health Department presented information on this transition process, including bringing a petition for these residents to vote on this project. No proposed sewer locations were presented by MSD, and therefore, people voting on the petition were not fully informed as to what they were voting for.

Springfield Township trustees, staff, and the FCA were not invited by MSD or the health department to participate in this meeting. MSD should have done a better job notifying community stakeholders and be a bit more sensitive to the affected households. The idea that a household will be spending at minimum $12,000 for a sewer connection is daunting. Many residents left the meeting confused, angry, uninformed, and, probably not in the mood to participate in communications with MSD.

Please do a better job connecting with the community when homeowners must face expensive and impactful sewer projects. In these tough economic times, with rising sewer costs, many homeowners, who, on the edge of financial despair, may have to decide to either save their homes and install new sewers, or, simply walk away and abandon their house.

The FCA is having a regular meeting, Monday, April 25 at 6700 Winton Road at 7 p.m. We invite MSD to attend this meeting. I am sure many questions involving the sewer project will be forthcoming. The FCA will also help spread the word for future MSD meetings in Finneytown.

Cc: Springfield Township Trustees; View Place Improvement Association

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

History of Finneytown by David Bean

Finneytown Origin and First Families

Finneytown, A Town of the Mind

By: David Bean

It is on the maps. People all over the area can find it, but few people know its secret. Finneytown isn’t a town at all. All that legally exists of Finneytown is a local school district. The image of a town is a mirage. Though the area is simply a neighborhood of Springfield Township it is, to its residents, much more. In the minds of most who live here it is a community, which has a long and storied past. From the time of the Hopewell Indians it has been a place of residence. Today it is viewed as a residential neighborhood with its center at the crossing of Winton and Galbraith Roads. For most of the two hundred years since the Battle of Fallen Timbers it has been a small rural agricultural community peacefully located on the hilltop above the Millcreek. Its center at the intersection of Northbend and Winton.

On the first day of April 1795, an 87-year-old preacher purchased a Section of land (640 acres) from John Cleves Symmes for $426 and 2/3 located in Township #3 (Springfield). It is with this purchase that the story of Finneytown begins. The old Preacher, Rev. Ebenezer Ward, was traveling through the area and visiting his friend, Rev. John Smith (who later would become one of Ohio’s first two Senators), at the settlement of Columbia. A few months later the Reverend David Barrows who was on his way to the signing of the Treaty of Greenville reported the preacher quite ill. Reverend Barrows helped the dying man write his Last Will and Testament (June 18,1795). In it Rev. Ward left his wife Phoebe all the household possessions they had shared (cooking pots, sidesaddles, etc.).

The section of land just purchased; he left to his namesake grandson, Ebenezer Ward Finney. Finney had been orphaned at the age of 5 and had grown up in his grandfather's home. He was, in 1795, 41 years old, a husband, a father of 4, a successful farmer in Rensselaer County, New York, and a Revolutionary War veteran. Finney could trace his ancestry back to Peter Finney who died in Greenwich England in1620 Peter’s widow, “Mother Finney” emigrated with three children in 1631 coming to Plymouth in Massachusetts Bay Colony.

After learning of his inheritance and after the crops were in, Finney traveled the frontier in the winter of 1798 to inspect the land. What he found had been called the “Miami Slaughterhouse” by residents of the Kentucky settlement called “Limestone” (now Maysville)until Wayne’s victory three years before. It was a heavily wooded hillside and valley close to the Millcreek River, not far from the Ludlow Station (one of the early blockhouses). A wagon road crossed the north edge of his land (The North Bend to Carthage Trace... today known as Northbend Road). An Indian trail bisected his land north to south and the General Quarter Sessions for Hamilton County had just agreed to widen the path from Goudy’s Mill northward to Winton’s Plantation. (Which was located somewhere near the current Winton Woods High School). There were other neighbors in the area. Col. Oliver Spencer had started a farm in 1795 near the current Finneytown High School. Isaac Spinning settled near the present St. Nicholas Greek Church and the McCash family who lived near present day St. Bartholomew Church. He returned to New York and set about selling his farm. When he returned in 1800 he led a party of 14 which included his wife Rachel, their children Abby, Betsy, John, and their oldest daughter Lois and her husband David Sprong and their 3 sons. (Lois and David would eventually produce 11 sons). Rachel’s brother Samuel Raymond, his wife and two daughters. They arrived on the muddy landing at Cincinnati on a flatboat after negotiating the Ohio from Pittsburgh along with their wagons, oxen, and household possessions in September 1800. They made an unusual party because there were so many women and small children in the group.

Rev. John Smith was executor of Rev. Ward’s will and instructed to solve a conflicting claim to the land In exchange he was given the Northwest quarter of the section which he later sold. Brother- in- law Sam Raymond and Son- in -law David Sprong each bought 80 acres at the bottom of the hill (today’s Wooden Shoe Hollow and Winton Terrace). The Southwest corner of the section was sold to David Gray ( Gray Road) Ebenezer Finney himself kept the Northeast corner, a hilltop location for his farmstead located near the intersection of the Northbend to Cartage road and the road to Winton’s Plantation. Finney, faithful to the upbringing in a preacher’s home, donated a plot of land for the construction of a small church of the New Light order and not far away gave the Township Trustees 1/2 acre of land to be used as a Public Cemetery. It is known now of course as God’s Half Acre

The 1/2-acre included a mound, which was thought to be a burial mound of the earlier Hopewell tribe. The small cemetery remains today (though somewhat overgrown and in need of care) next to the Winton Road water reservoir. Buried here are the remains of some 59 early pioneers. There are numerous burials of infants who did not survive the first year and one mother and daughter who both died in birth. The average age at death was 41, but 60 % of the burials were of people under the age of 20. However it appears if you made it to adulthood long lives could be expected as about 38% of the burials were of people over 60. The largest number of burials occurred between 1835 and 1850, which coincides with outbreaks of cholera in the county. There are three Revolutionary War Veterans here ( E.B. Finney, John Dodson and David Sprong). Five veterans of the War of 1812 are here as well.

Rachel Finney died at 66 years of age in 1821 and Ebenezer followed her the next year at age 67. The last adult from the original pioneer group to die was Samuel Raymond who passed away at 87 years in 1861. The last burial was 86 year old Mary Bruen (1882).

Samuel Raymond sold his farm at the bottom of the hill to William Cummings and moved to the intersection of the Road to Winton’s Plantation and the Northbend to Carthage road in 1803 building his home and blacksmith shop there and that gave rise to the development of the economic community. Four of his descendants would follow in the trade and the shop would remain until the 20th century.

A school was started in the basement of the Church (much needed as the census of 1800 showed that 3 out of 5 persons in Hamilton Co. were under the age of 16) with a school marm hired by the local citizens instead of a school master. They must have chosen well because a story has been passed down about a young boy who carried his lunch pail to school and placed it on the windowsill beside his desk, a neighbors hog came by and rooted the pail out the window. The school marm showed great wisdom in face of crisis and dismissed the entire class to pursue the renegade and save as much as possible of the lad’s lunch. That seems to me to be a great form of physical education. The first building to be used exclusively as a school was built in 1860. Where kids went to school between the demise of the New Light Church and this one room school is unknown. William Cummings built the frame structure (or was it log?) on a foundation of bricks fired locally. At one point over 60 children were served by this one room structure. In 1875 a new frame building was constructed and enlarged in 1880 to two rooms.

In 1905 A petition was filed to create Special District School #10 and the first Board of Education was elected. It included Barney Sprong (a grandson of David Sprong, husband of Ebenezer Finney’s daughter Lois) as Treasurer. Two teachers were employed, Mr. T.G. McCalmont ($750) and Miss Menerva Harris ($500). Miss Harris remained at the school for 27 years. A new brick structure of two rooms a gymnasium/auditorium and basement lunchroom and furnace room were built in 1915. That structure is of course surrounded by many additions and still serves as the heart of today’s Whitaker Elementary that you all made famous (or infamous as the case may be.) Do any of you remember the “Sauerkraut dinners” which served as a major fundraiser in those days? The meat was butchered locally and the ladies of the Finneytown Social Club (precursor of the PTA stuffed the sausage casings and made their own Kraut. Reportedly Mr. Wright then the Principal, took part in this preparation as part of his community relations program.

Tremendous change occurred around the hilltop community during these early years. Four years after Finney’s party arrived, not only were there enough people to create a county but enough to allow Ohio to become a state (with Rev. Smith being elected one of the two State Senators) After the burning of Washington in the War of 1812, a Bill was passed by the House of Representatives to make it the National Capital.

Cincinnati became a major river port and came to be known as the Queen City of the West. Proctor and Gamble parlayed $7500.00 and pig fat into floating soap millions. The Civil War raged and John Morgan and his raiders scared everyone from Harrison to Lockland with a raid through the northern part of the county. One local resident reportedly moved his prize mare into the living room and drew the drapes as word of the raid spread. (It may be that the horse owner or storyteller also had a lot of the wooden matches that were sold at the tavern, which would be known as the Finneytown Inn. If you do not know that story, check with Tom Whitaker as I understand that is where he got his early training.)

The Roeblings built their bridge across the Ohio then moved on to Brooklyn. The Century turned, Doughboys marched off to war in Europe and truck farms began to appear in Wooden Shoe hollow where Sam Raymond had originally settled. Autos appeared and the roads changed from dirt to gravel but still churned into dust in the summer or mud and frozen ruts in the winter. The township finally paved Winton in 1926.

In 1930 the Depression had begun and a new face appeared in Finneytown belonging to a man who was to direct the schools through a most remarkable period.

There were 50 families in Finneytown and 41 children attending District School #10 when Telford Whitaker was hired to serve as teacher and acting principal. The children went to the local school until they completed the 8th grade and then went as tuition students to Mt. Healthy, or Hughes, or Wyoming. Following the second world war a remarkable transition occurred.

Between 1948 and 1958 the school population increased by 368%. Suddenly the sleepy agricultural region was jarred by the return of veterans with the GI Bill, a baby boom and industry in the Valley that was desperately trying to satisfy the demand for consumer goods that had been postponed by the war.

Farms gave way to subdivisions. Fields became shopping centers and new shops appeared daily. During this 10-year period the residents were presented with 9 tax levies and bond issues as the school district struggled to keep up. Finneytown School had addition after addition added but it still wasn’t enough. In 1953 the State of Ohio passed a law saying any school district not operating a K-12 program would have to merge with another which did have such organization.

As you well know Finneytowners went off to Mt. Healthy, or Wyoming or Hughes after the 8th grade. After protracted discussion a decision was reached in 1955 that a high school should be built and a bond issue was passed to buy land for it and again expand the elementary building. Because of limited bonding power the new secondary campus was built in stages and by the time the school was partly ready in 1958, the first class of Finneytown 9th grade students populated the classrooms and site also hosted grade school students as well.

By 1959 the population of the district was 8194 and forty-four percent were under the age of 19. The pressure was finally reduced when Cottonwood School opened in 1962 and all elementary students were housed in elementary buildings. The first graduating class marched proudly to its ceremony following the Superintendent and Class Sponsor, Telford Whitaker.

A Bond issue provided for third elementary school (Brent) in 1964. Telford Whitaker retired in 1965 two years after hiring me and that probably meant he had seen enough. Just think, he supervised the growth of a school with 41 kids and two rooms to over 3000 and 4 school sites. The peak enrollment was 3200 in 1967 - 1968 and the largest class graduated in 1976 with 301 members.

Just 10 years later the class of 1986 graduated with just 149 members. Brent school was leased to the Township. Your building, now known as Whitaker Elementary was recognized as one to the top elementary schools in the state and was named the Elementary Hall of Fame in 1986.

A second growth spurt has occurred in the community and it has become necessary to reopen Brent School. In fact it was necessary to hold Kindergarten classes at the secondary site for two years until Brent became available again. Additions have been made at Brent School, Whitaker School, and the Secondary Schools in 1999.

While the schools and suburban community of today is different than the agrarian nature of its first 150 years the residents seem to share many of the same values as those early residents. Most are hardworking practical people who see quality education for their children as the best way for them to succeed and that education is a good investment even if it means sacrifice.

The people of today are also people who put down roots and who have made a commitment to one another that they will do what is necessary to pass on a little better place to their children. These are people who know and love. They are the ones who make Finneytown, A Town of the Mind.

The above has been extrapolated and borrowed from many sources including oral histories conducted by community residents, scout groups, women’s clubs, school officials and historical records by David Bean a teacher (retired) from Finneytown High School. He is currently working on an expanded version of this article.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Accepting Nominations for VPCA President

Anyone interested in becoming  VCPA President, please submit nomination at by June 2011. 

Due to spam, please submit in "subject" of email your last name and address.

Phone Directories are underway!

A 15 minute neighborhood meeting was held before the septic information &  petition meeting. 

1) New phone directories are underway

2) New leadership is needed since the President will be resigning after the new directory is completed hopefully after June 2011.

3) Money from the treasury will be used to pay for the flower boxes, Easter Egg hunt, and 4th of July parade.

Residuals from Our Septic to Sewer Meeting

There were over 140 people in attendance. Petitioner addressed  the group about the challenges they are facing with  failing system and why they are petitioning.   Petitioner was informed that the county is offering to install sewers for costs that will not exceed $12,000 with minimal costs for hook up.  Loans for this can be paid over 20 years.  Cost of repairing the current system might not be good investment if health department will be enforcing new sewers in the future.

MSD stated  that residents would be responsible for costs not exceeding  $12k -- county finds money for low interest  20 years loans per resident  to put in a new sewer.  The process could take longer than 38 months and blue prints are drawn up after the resident's vote.   The home owner is  required to pay for the hook up from the house.  Cost here will  vary depending on location of home.

Concerns that were shared:

  • Old septics  recently replaced with a county approved septics
  • New homebuyers
  • Homes currently passing inspection
  • Gravity sewers are cost prohibitive for some residents.
  • Interest on loan from county
  • Homes that  had failed and are currently in compliance 
  • Service contracts
  • Violation of environmental laws impacting Caldwell
  • Watershed - location of new sewer lines
  • Economy
  • Trees and natural areas in View Place
  • Neighbors abandoning homes
  • Unknown costs to neighbors and unknown design
  • Intepretation of legislation and environmental laws
  • Risks vs. Benefits of sewers in some areas
  • Back up of raw-untreated sewage into basement from "cut and paste" sewers in hilly area
  • Easement issues
  • Petitions collected in one area of View Place determining outcome for other area
  • Fairness of petition going to homes where hook ups will be easier.
  • Trust
  • Lost investment in landscaping, driveways
  • Law of diminishing returns

Toward the end of the meeting Health department representative stated a directive is more likely to be enforced to convert to sewers  in the future but did  not address how it would be enforced.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Clean Up Town

Springfield Township is in need of volunteers for the Great American Cleanup, scheduled for April 16, 2011; 8:00 a.m. to noon. Please register online if you are interested in helping out! Together we can make a difference.


Projects will include:

Painting a room at the Senior/Community Center

Planting flowers in our community gateways

Painting/ Staining park message boards

Picking up litter in designated areas – (parks, creeks, neighborhoods, highway onramps)

Landscaping project at the Grove Park – in front of Banquet Hall

Assisting local residents in need of light yard work and/or repair

Kimberlee Flamm

Projects, Events & Communications Coordinator

Springfield Township Administration

9150 Winton Road

Cincinnati, OH 45231

Phone: 513-522-1410

Fax: 513-522-1411



March Madness in Finneytown!

Just a reminder about the meetings if I can get them straight here:

The Springfield Township Master plan open house is Tuesday - but at two available times (10am-noon and 6-8pm) It will be a very informal walk thorough and you can spend as little time as you wish to view the concepts.  (Allen Room in main administrative building, NOT THE GROVE.)

Neighborhood Meeting is Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. at the Apostolic Covenant Church

Public Hearing on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. about Master plan.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sewers and Septic Meeting

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Covenant Apostolic Church-Gym

7630 View Place Drive

View Place Civic Association Meeting Agenda:

6:45 p.m  Flower Boxes and New Directory Forms

7:00 p.m.    Discussion about the possibility of a local public sewer being constructed in our sub-division.  There will be a petition circulating at that time where you may indicate your support or opposition to the potential project.

A representative from MSDGC & The Hamilton County Health Department will be available to assist in answering questions.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Click Here For Springfield Township Press Release

Joseph Honerlaw, Trustee

Tom Bryan, Trustee

Gwen McFarlin, Trustee

John Waksmundski, Fiscal Officer

For Immediate Release

For More Information

Contact 522-1410

Neighborhood Master Plan Draft Now Online

Open House and Public Hearing Scheduled

(Springfield Township, Hamilton County, Ohio, March 10, 2011) Residents and businesses are encouraged to take a look at the draft version of the newly released neighborhood master plan. The plan was first introduced to a crowd of over 200 people at The State of The Township Community Address last Sunday. The draft is now available as a pdf download from the Township's website and is available for viewing in hard copy form at the Township's administrative offices (Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.). Online, visitors may also watch a short video explaining the process that the Township took to design the plan. Additional video will soon be created to explain the plan in its final version.

The community will have an additional opportunity to have their questions answered and view displays featuring components of the plan at an open house scheduled for March 29th, 10:00 a.m. until noon and 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. There will not be a formal presentation at this open house, however Trustees and staff will be available to discuss the components of the plan one-on-one.

A Public Hearing will be held the following evening, March 30th at 7:00 p.m. Residents are invited to state their comments on the record at the Public Hearing. The plan could be adopted at the public hearing, or recommended changes could be made for plan adoption at a later date. The Open House and the Public Hearing will take place at the Administration Complex, 9150 Winton Road in the Allen Paul Community Room.

The Neighborhood Master Plan has been a two-year project involving resident feedback and professional consultation with the design firm KKG. The plan involves the designation of twelve specific Township neighborhood districts and the creation of unique individualized plans for each. This plan involves the study and analysis of existing conditions in each of these areas from a physical condition, land use and zoning policy standpoint and provides specific recommendations regarding both short and long-term goals and policies that should be implemented. The Township Neighborhood Master Plan also provides operational and service delivery recommendations regarding specific areas that were identified through the planning processes as areas of weaknesses or as opportunities for success. As a special feature of the plan, conceptual drawings for "The Core Area" with mixed use along Winton and Galbraith Roads are included.

Springfield Township Links

· Download the draft version of the Neighborhood Master Plan

· Watch the State of the Township Community Address

· Download the NEW Community Activity Guide Book (Download from the homepage)

· Mad Science Fire and Ice Show - March 11 7p.m.

· African Drum Performance and Workshop Event - March 12

· Neighborhood Master Plan Open House March 29 (10am-noon, 6-8p.m.) Public Hearing March 30

· Playhouse in the Park's Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse - April 15

· Great American Cleanup - Volunteers Needed! April 16

· CERT Training Begins (Community Emergency Response Team) March 14

· Now accepting Registrations for Community Garage Sale

· Now accepting registrations for Mother Son Picnic

· Classes at The Senior/Community Center Tae Kwon Do Intro to Bridge Lifestory Scrapbooking Taking Care of Mom Information Workshop

· Community-Wide Events Calendar Link

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