VETERANS PARADE COMMUNITY JOURNAL CLERMONT Your Community Press newspaper serving Amelia, Batavia, Batavia Township, New Richmond, Ohio Township, Pierce Township, Union Township, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Township WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2011 The Union Township Police Department color guard marches in the Veterans Day Parade Nov. 11 in Batavia. B1 Memorial dedicated After two years of effort by the legionnaires, auxiliary members and the Sons of the American Legion, Post 72 has a new memorial specially dedicated to the post’s past, current and future members. The memorial was the brainchild of Mike Breashear, an American Legion Post 72 member who died two years ago. Full story, A3 BECAUSE COMMUNITY MATTERS Beamer re-elected Nov. 8 By Kellie Geist-May email@example.com UNION TWP. — Matt Beamer, who was the incumbent in the Union Township trustee race, has secured his position as a trustee for another four years. Beamer pulled in 4,265 votes (34 percent) compared John McGraw with 3,684 votes (29 percent), Lloyd Acres with 3,667 votes (29 percent) and Jeff Johnson with 1,045 votes (8 percent). These vote totals have not been certified. “I am absolutely thrilled with the vote. I would certainly like to thank the voters of Union Township for their support,” Beamer said. “I also would like to thank my family and friends for their hard work during this campaign.” “I will continue to work for the voters of this township. This has been a tough Beamer election and I think the turnout is a good indication that the people of Union Township are happy with the direction of the township,” he said. Incumbents Tim Donnellon and Bob McGee were re-elected in 2009. Beamer was first elected to the board of trustees in 2007. "I think Matt's reelection validates what we're doing in the township as well as the policies and procedures we've put in place since 2008," Donnellon said. "I'm proudest that, even when some people disagreed with our economic development strategies, Matt stood behind the board. The vote says that the majority of the residents of Union Township are on board with what we are doing." With another four years ahead of him, Beamer is looking forward to working with residents and continuing that focus on economic development. “Economic development is first and foremost. Bringing development and jobs to Union Township is my first priority. I look forward to the opening of Jungle Jim’s,” he said. WILLIAMSBURG MEMORIAL DEDICATED Election results Read the results of the races and issues that were on the Nov. 8 ballot. Full story, A4 Korean War memorial Fund-raising efforts are moving forward for the Korean War Memorial at Miami Meadows Park. The Miami Township trustees are helping by donating two surplus police cruisers that will be sold to raise money for the memorial. Full story, A7 Beetles cause tree removal Monroe Township residents are among those who will lose trees because of an infestation of Asian longhorned beetles. Full story, A7 Rita’s Kitchen Rita Heikenfeld shares some family favorites just in time for the holidays. Full story, B3 Contact us News ..........................248-8600 Retail advertising ..............768-8196 Classified advertising .........242-4000 Delivery ........................576-8240 See page A2 for additional information Vol. 31 No. 41 © 2011 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED People look at and take photographs of engraved bricks at the dedication Nov. 6 of the Williamsburg Military Veterans Memorial Walkway. For more from the dedication, see page A2. JOHN SENEY/THE COMMUNITY PRESS Petition seeks annexation of land By John Seney firstname.lastname@example.org WILLIAMSBURG — A petition has been filed with the Clermont County commissioners for the annexation of 36 acres of land in Williamsburg Township into the village. Attorney T. David Burgess said the petition involves landowners with property next to the interchange of Ohio 32 and Ohio 133. He said there are no immediate plans for development of the area. The property owners sought the annexation to receive services from the village, primarily sewer service for any future development, Burgess said. The land owners are listed as Marylon E. Abrams, a trustee; Jessie H. Abrams, a trustee; and Ruby J. Owens. Mayor Mary Ann Lefker said the village welcomes the annexation. “If there is an opportunity to develop at the interchange, we’ll be able to offer services,” she said. Williamsburg Township Trustee Guy Bainum said the township had no objection to the annexation. County commissioners accepted the petition Oct. 19. As an expedited annexation, it only can be challenged if the petition does not follow Ohio law. If there are no challenges, the commissioners must vote to approve the annexation within 45 days. The village council already has voted to accept the annexation, Lefker said. West Clermont voters say ‘no’ to levy By Kellie Geist-May email@example.com CLERMONT CO. — The West Clermont Local School District Board of Education will be faced with making more cuts after 60 percent of the voters who cast ballots Nov. 8 said “no” to the district’s 7.9-mill emergency property tax request. The uncertified vote count shows that 12,479 people voted against the levy and 8,173 voted for the levy. A 40/60 split is almost exactly what West Clermont’s May levy attempt received. “We’re obviously disappoint- ed with the vote tonight. We had more voters than in May and we held our ground, but we couldn’t close Brooks the margin of defeat,” Superintendent Gary Brooks said. “The real disappointment is that we had a fantastic grass roots organization of parents, teachers and community members who worked very hard to get fair and accurate information to the voters. The message didn’t ring NOW OPEN! CE-0000485492 50¢ loudly enough with the people to get a positive vote.” The levy would have generated $10.9 million in operating revenue - allowing the school board to bring back busing and specials like art, music and gym, School Board President Dan Krueger said previously. The estimated new cost was about $241 per $100,000 of home value, according to Chief Deputy Auditor Chuck Tilbury. Brooks said that, without new money, the school board either will have to cut another $5 million in expenses for the 2012/2013 school year or go into fiscal emer- Mon-Thu 11a-9p Fri-Sat 11a-10p Sun 1p-8p Stop In & Try Some Of Our Doe-Boy’s Favorites! FRESH MADE DOUGH! 412 Walnut Street • New Richmond, OH 45157 | 513-553-1800 • DELIVERY, CARRYOUT & DINE-IN gency. “The problem is that we’ve already cut staff, transportation and (specials) along with increasing extra curricular fees. We are at or close to state minimum in all those areas and in food service,” he said. Unless the district goes into fiscal emergency and borrows from its future foundation money, Brooks said they’ll be looking at contracting services and slashing electives and advanced placement courses. “That year, we cut $7.4 million, so there’s not a lot of places left to look to,” Brooks said.