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TALENT SHOW B1 Your Community newspaper serving Colerain Township, Green Township, Groesbeck, Monfort Heights, Pleasant Run, Seven Hills, White Oak E-mail: We d n e s d a y, M a r c h Aidan Baker, left, and Noah Harden at the Our Lady of Grace School Talent Show. 3, 2010 PRESS Web site: B E C A U S E C O M M U N I T Y M AT T E R S 50¢ Colerain sets planning retreat March 26 Volume 93 Number 4 © 2010 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED By Jennie Key Top swimmers Saint Xavier High School swimmers hold the trophy aloft following their 31st state title during the Division I Finals of the Ohio High School Athletic Association's Swimming Tournament held at the C.T. Branin Natatorium. FULL STORY, A8 Tell us your good news stories We know there are many inspiring stories in our community. We want to hear about them, and want your help. If you know of a local person, business or organization that’s making a positive difference in our community, please drop us a line at with your name and your daytime contact information. Church topper Any idea where this might be? We didn’t think so. Time to go hunting in the neighborhood to see if you can find it. Send your best guess to northwestpress@communitypr or call 853-6287, along with your name. Deadline to call is noon Friday. If you’re correct, we’ll publish your name in next week’s newspaper along with the correct answer. See last week’s answer on B5. To place an ad, call 242-4000. Coming to America Jagtar Singh Fantu, left and his wife Balwinder Kaur Fantu (pictured right) of India are two of 99 individuals who became new American citizens during a naturalization ceremony at Saint James Church in White Oak as St. James eighth-graders (pictured above) Abby Schindler, left, Kelly White, Alex Weber and Emily Wagner look on. This is the ninth year St. James Church has played host to the ceremonies. PHOTOS BY CARA OWSLEY/STAFF Colerain takes second look at limited home rule By Jennie Key Colerain Township Trustees will reopen the issue of home rule at the next meeting of the board. Board President Jeff Ritter resurrected the idea and proposed a public hearing on the issue, scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in trustee chambers, 4200 Springdale Road. “I think it’s worth another look,” he said. Home rule gives a township the ability to pass stricter property maintenance codes, create noparking zones, enact noise ordinances and charge civil fines of up Crank up your car-buying knowledge. to $1,000 to compel compliance with resolutions, making them more similar to cities and villages. H o w e v e r, they cannot levy Ritter an income tax like a municipal corporation. Home rule requires unanimous action from the board. Ritter and Trustee Joseph Wolterman voted for making the change in May, and then-trustee Bernie Fiedeldey, a past proponent of the change, voted no. Without a unanimous vote in favor, the only way home rule could have moved ahead was by putting it on the ballot for voters to decide. With a new trustee, Dennis Deters, on the board, Ritter brought the idea back to the board, asking that the township have another public hearing and reconsider whether to make the change. Deters, who says he favors less government, not more, said he would listen but did not promise support. There are 25 limited home rule townships in Ohio, including Delhi, Springfield, Anderson, Green, Sycamore and Symmes townships in Hamilton County. Trustees, administrators and department heads will head for Hueston Woods Lodge Thursday, March 25, for an overnight strategic planning retreat. Facilitator Lisa Haneberg, will lead officials and staff as they work to set goals for the township. Haneberg is the vice president and organizational development consulting practice lead for Management Performance International, a boutique consulting firm headquartered in Cincinnati. The township will pay about $4,000 for the facilitator. This is not the first strategic planning retreat for the township. In 1997, officials headed to Shawnee State Park in Portsmouth for the township’s first strategic planning retreat. Since then, the township has conducted retreats at Hueston Woods in 2001, West Chester in 2001 and Wilmington in 2006. The retreats have ranged from $11,000 to $7,000 in cost. The estimated cost for this retreat is $7,500. Colerain Township Trustee Jeff Ritter said the board cut back the scope of the retreat, reducing the number of days and keeping it relatively close to home to keep the cost contained. Colerain Township Administrator David Foglesong says the retreats have proven to be effective. “Professional journals say there is value in off-site retreats,” he said. “While we are not completely removed from the public, it does allow us to have an uninterrupted focus on the issues and removes the temptation to go back to the office.” Ritter said he believes the retreat will pay dividends in the future. “We have a new trustee on board and I think it’s a great opportunity to take stock of where we are as a township and where we want to be in the short term – say one year – and where we want to go in the next five years.” He said trustees will share their views of the township’s strengths and weaknesses, and the opportunities and threats it will face in the future. “It’s a great opportunity for collaboration and idea sharing,” he said. • What: Colerain Township strategic planning retreat • When: Thursday morning, March 25, through the afternoon on Friday, March 26. Exact schedule times have not been set. • Where: Hueston Woods Lodge and Conference Center, 5201 Lodge Road, College Corner. • Sessions are open to the public. • Call 385-7500 for details. Go to and become a more confident car shopper. Use our research tools to compare makes and models. Read consumer and expert reviews. Even compare vehicle safety ratings and resale values. Find the new car that’s right for you. Car shopping confidence, isn’t that music to your ears? ©2009 Classified Ventures, LLC™. All rights reserved. If you go


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