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NEVER FORGET The ice sculpture at the Let Us Never Forget gala captured the 2012 theme of "Heroes Among the Stars." Prom, graduation memories sought April proms bring May graduations, bring a lifetime of memories. What do you remember of your high school prom, after prom and graduation? Maybe it was the fancy dress you talked your parents into spending way too much money on, or maybe you made your own dress. Did you and your date have a fancy meal, or hit the McDonald’s drive-through? And was that really you with that big hair? How late did you stay out? Send your stories to Include a photo or two if you still have them. Send photos as .jpg attachments. COMMUNITY JOURNAL CLERMONT Your Community Press newspaper serving Amelia, Batavia, Batavia Township, New Richmond, Ohio Township, Pierce Township, Union Township, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Township WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012 By Lisa J. Mauch Alex Bryll Abby Bryll Collections In the next few days, your Community Press carrier will be stopping to collect $5 for delivery of this month’s Community Journal. Your carrier retains half of this amount along with any tip you give to reward good service. Abby Bryll is in the fifth grade at St.Veronica. She plays volleyball, basketball and softball. Abby also plays clarinet in the school band and is in the vocal ensemble. Despite all the extracurricular activities, Abby also does a fine job on her paper route. Alex Bryll is in the sixth grade at St.Veronica. He is a member of the Boy Scouts and is involved in the backstage crew for the school play. Alex is also a member of the vocal ensemble. Alex services his paper route with much enthusiasm and hard work. For more information about the carrier program, call Steve Barraco at 248-7110. Contact us News ..........................248-8600 Retail advertising ..............768-8196 Classified advertising .........242-4000 Delivery ........................576-8240 See page A2 for additional information Vol. 32 No. 5 © 2012 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BECAUSE COMMUNITY MATTERS Batavia Twp. opposes possible annexation Batavia village wants a JEDD BATAVIA TWP. — The trustees approved a resolution opposing a potential annexation of land from the township to the village of Batavia during a special meeting April 19. The trustees learned about the annexation petition when they were approached for a possible JEDD by village officials, said Rex Parson, township administrator. A joint economic development district agreement would require a majority of property owners to agree to it. Parsons said the trustees didn’t contact property owners because they’re “against further taxation to the workers we have in our community.” Parsons said since the petition hasn’t been filed, as of April 19, he hasn’t seen a map yet but it’s his understanding the property will touch the right of way on Ohio 32 and vil- lage officials are looking to annex the State 32 corridor and any publicly owned public property adjoining it. This would include the county engineers office, the county building department, the Juvenile Court and Detention Facility, Department of Human Services, the Clermont County Education offices, the county health department and the Batavia High School, said Parsons. “We think it’s important, as the board of trustees, that we come out unified publicly and adamantly that we oppose this kind of land grab,” said Trustee James Sauls Jr. Sauls said the trustees opposed the annexation because it would impose village income taxes on county and school district employees, and because the village isn’t providing any enhanced services to the affected offices since the county already provides services. “In the long-term it’s going to be a detriment to people thinking of developing along 32,” said Trustee Bill DowdSee ANNEX, Page A2 PREPARE YE THE WAY Senior Sarah Dennemann, left, pretends to play a piano while senior Lydia Webb used her head for a drum during a rehearsal for “Godspell” at New Richmond High School. For more about the production this weekend, see Schools, A7. LISA J. MAUCH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS Amelia puts Church Street work on hold for lack of funds Village did not receive grant By John Seney and Lisa Mauch AMELIA — Village officials failed to obtain a Ohio Public Works Grant that would have paid for 90 percent of the cost of upgrading Church Street. “We were not awarded the grant,” Mayor Todd Hart said April 10. “Somebody else got the grant.” The project was to have been a cooperative effort by the village, Batavia Township and Clermont County. The street runs adjacent to Amelia Elementary school between Main Street and Hart Chapel Road. Part of the road is in Batavia Township. Village officials said the street has been in bad shape and in need of repair for several years. The village was to have paid for about 80 percent of the work, with the township and county each pitching in about 10 percent. The overall cost of the project was expected to be about $974,000. The Amelia village council members last July approved the $900,000 grant application and authorized taking out a loan to pay for the village’s match, which would have been about $70,000. Batavia Township trustees passed a motion at the April 3 board meeting to rescind the $4,000 set aside for the joint project since the village didn’t receive the grant for its share. Hart said there are no plans to reapply for the grant this year. The mayor said the village’s attention is now focused on widening West Main Street. The village plans to widen a section of West Main Street between Lori Lane and Woodlands Drive to add a turn lane. To pay for that project, the village will use money from a TIF (tax increment financing) fund created for the new Kroger store being built at Lori Lane and West Main Street, Hart said. The Kroger store will be partly in the village and partly in Pierce Township. Hart said the overall cost of the West Main project will be about $850,000. He said there are no plans to seek grants for the West Main widening. FOR THOSE WHO REFUSE TO ACT THEIR AGE. CE-0000496349 50¢


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