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LOVELAND HERALD Your Community Press newspaper serving Loveland, Miami Township, Symmes Township WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2012 50¢ BECAUSE COMMUNITY MATTERS Carroll gets first raise in 3 years Salary jumps almost $8K per year By Jeanne Houck LOVELAND — Five weeks after learning that Loveland City Manager Tom Carroll will not be leaving to take a job with Montgomery, the Loveland City Council voted to give Carroll his first raise three years. City council voted 4 to 2 June 12 to increase Carroll’s annual base salary from $103,542 to $111,225, effective Jan. 1 of this year. Loveland Vice Mayor David Bednar and council members Paulette Leeper, Angie Settell and Brent Zuch, who voted for the increase, noted that Carroll’s 4-percent wage hike equals the cumulative 4-percent in increases other Loveland city employees received in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Council members Linda Cox and Mark Fitzgerald voted against the pay hike. Cox said she had planned to support giving Carroll a raise istrator in North College Hill. Loveland Mayor Rob Weisgerber was absent from the meeting. Leeper said Carroll’s old salary compared poorly with that of other city managers in the region and that the increase doesn’t bring it anywhere near the top. Zuch said Loveland will continue to get more than its money’s worth from Carroll and that paying employees poorly “is a recipe for a bad staff.” “It’s a recipe for a bad city,” Zuch said. commensurate with other city employees, but changed her mind after talking to “several” residents who said they would not vote for a proCarroll posal to increase Loveland’s income tax rate from 1 percent to 1.25 percent Nov. 6 if the city manager got a raise. Fitzgerald did not say why he voted against Carroll’s pay hike. Fitzgerald is a former Loveland city manager and is city admin- Ten years of school-grown sunflowers and tomatoes Granny’s program has strong roots in Loveland community By Jeanne Houck LOVELAND — It’s been 10 years since Roberta Paolo, everyone’s favorite granny, opened Granny’s Garden School with its flower and vegetable gardens at the Loveland Primary School-Loveland Elementary School campus off Loveland-Madeira Road in Loveland. The garden school, which also operates now at the Loveland Early Childhood Center on Loveland-Miamiville Road in Loveland, is an independent non-profit that provides the program free to the Loveland City Schools. “We are very pleased and proud to share our Loveland primary, elementary and early childhood campuses with this organization,” said John Marschhausen, superintendent of the Loveland City Schools. Here Paolo, executive director of Granny’s Garden School, talks about her enterprise. Please tell us a little about yourself. “I live in Loveland, next door to the Loveland Elementary School. I moved here about eight years ago because it is so convenient to the gardens. I am 65. I had a number of ‘careers’ before Granny’s Garden School, including stay-at-home-mom, district sales manager for Avon products and public relations coordinator for Women Helping Women.” Why did you open Granny’s Garden School? “I started Granny’s Garden School in 2002 when my two older grandchildren were in the first and second grades at Love- ACTIVE SENIORS B1 Seniors participated in a number of activities at Miami Township’s Super Senior Saturday. Roberta Paolo checks out vegetables growing at Granny's Garden School. JEANNE HOUCK/THE COMMUNITY PRESS land Primary. My original goal was just to give kids the chance to pick flowers. It quickly grew to vegetable gardens for each classroom, making connections to state standards and it is now a MAKING A POINT Moeller High School’s prom at The Phoenix had a simple theme – “Prom.” See Schools, A4 GOLD PRICES ARE UP! WE BUY GOLD! “ANY KIND” OLD, BROKEN, UNWANTED, WORN OUT, ETC, ETC. CE-0000499214 part of the school day for the 48 classrooms that participate in the program. “Today, we are one of the largest and most comprehensive school garden programs in the Gold country and routinely sought out. Through our Schoolyard Nature Network, we are training others to develop their own school garden programs. Though we have been asked to do so, we are not interested in franchising or setting up a lot of little Granny’s Garden Schools. Our focus still is, and always will be, providing the best possible plant-based environmental education program to Loveland’s students.” How has Granny’s Garden School changed over the years? “The originally all-volunteer organization now employs the equivalent of four full-time people. In addition, in 2011, more than 600 people volunteered at Granny’s Garden School and hundreds of others visited to tour the gardens. Most of these were from outside Loveland and about 75 percent bought lunch at local restaurants while here.” How many children do you think you have reached via your gardens? “Each year we work with more than 1,400 of Loveland’s first- through fourth-grade students. Each student spends an average of 12 hours in gardenbased learning each year, and those hours supplement what is taught in the classroom. Lessons developed to address the statebased academic and curriculum standards for each grade are on the Granny’s Garden School website (www.grannysgardenschool. com) and available to educators. “In a recent survey more than Contact us News ..........................248-8600 Retail advertising ..............768-8196 Classified advertising .........242-4000 Delivery ........................576-8240 See GARDEN, Page A2 Montgomery in March chose Carroll as one of four finalists among a pool of more than 40 people interested in succeeding Cheryl Hilvert as Montgomery city manager. Montgomery City Council decided in May to promote its own assistant city manager, Wayne Davis, to city manager, and to pay him $120,000 a year. Hilvert was paid $152,000 annually when she retired last year. For more about your community, visit Loveland aims at Tate trees Beetle infestation a real concern By Jeanne Houck LOVELAND — Fair warning to Tate Township trees: The city of Loveland has you in its sights. Loveland City Council approved a resolution June 12 urging state and federal agencies to remove all trees in Asian longhorned beetle quarantine areas - as opposed to only those with known infestations - to ensure complete eradication of the beetles. Tate Township is a quarantined area. Voting to destroy trees wasn’t an easy thing for council members to do in Loveland, which has a Tree/Environment Committee, an aggressive recycling program and a slew of green initiatives. So what sounded the alarm? An answer is in the “whereases” of the resolution approved by Loveland City Council, which says, in part: “The Asian Longhorned Beetle is recognized as a significant threat to the hardwood tree population in the United States because it has no natural enemies in the domestic ecosystem. “The first Asian Longhorned Beetle infestation in Ohio was discovered in Tate Township in Clermont County in June 2011. 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