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.