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Aicholtz connector work spawns closures, detours Project designed to reduce congestion Jeanne Houck jhouck@communitypress.com

They’re baaaack! Union Township road closures related to work on the Aicholtz Road connector, that is. The connector is a $6.25 million project designed to reduce congestion on state Route 32. A new Interstate 275 underpass is being built over Aicholtz Road, which will be widened from two lanes to three between Eastgate Boulevard and Mount Carmel Tobasco Road. Last year there were road closures and detours prompted by work on Aicholtz Road from Eastgate Boulevard to I-275. This year, the work on Aicholtz Road will be between I-275 and Mount Carmel Tobasco Road and is expected to take until the fall to complete. “As a result of this ongoing work, there are several closures being put into place while construction continues to reopen this important eastwest county artery,” the Clermont County Transportation Improvement District says on its website. » Old State Route 74 access to state Route 32 has been permanently closed. “While drivers adjust to

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this new pattern of traffic, the Ohio Department of Transportation will closely monitor and adjust traffic signals in this area,” the website says. » Forest Trail about 140 feet south of Old State Route 74 is closed through Friday, March 24. » Old State Route 74 is closed between Aicholtz Road/Rust Lane and Mount Carmel Tobasco Road through Friday, April 28. The Clermont County Transportation Improvement District website says, “Residential traffic will be maintained within the closed area. “All businesses along Old State Route 74 must be accessed via Mount Carmel Tobasco Road.” » A closure at the intersection of Old State Route 74 at Aicholtz Road/Rust Lane will remain in place through Friday, April 28. “All residents will have access to Aicholtz Road from Eastgate Boulevard,” Clermont County Engineer Pat Manger wrote in a letter to the Clermont County Commissioners. “Midas and Hertz will have a temporary driveway on Old State Route 74 (from their locations on Rust Lane).” Want to know more about what is happening in Union Township? Follow me on Twitter @jeannehouck.

Meet Milford’s first public works director Jeanne Houck jhouck@communitypress.com

Milford has its first public works director. Nathaniel “Nate” Clayton, 43, who also will serve as city engineer, will supervise 17 people. Before accepting the job with Milford, Clayton was vice president of engineering services Clayton for Browne Engineering & Construction of Lockland. “In addition to growing our engineering department, I was supplemental staff at the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati for the last nine

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Loveland City Council to review high fees for special events mlee1@communitypress.com

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played football and wrestled for Milford. I worked at Baker Feed (& Seed of Milford) through high school and most of college. What college degrees do you have? I am a 1996 graduate from the University of Cincinnati, with a (bachelor of science) in civil engineering. I obtained my professional engineering certificate in 2002. Where did you work before you were hired by Browne Engineering & Construction? I worked part-time with the Ohio Department of Transportation, I was plant engineer for Sporty’s and the Clermont County Airport, project engineer for projects like the (Duke Energy)

Mayor Mark Fitzgerald addresses resi- dents at Loveland City Council’s meeting.

Marika Lee

You can find maps of road closings and detours connected with the Aicholtz Road connector project at goclermont.org.

years, helping manage their $300 million annual capital program,” Clayton said. Milford City Council agreed last year to create a Public Works Department headed by a director with engineering expertise. As recommended by Milford City Manager Michael Doss, the move unites the city’s service, water, wastewater, stormwater, streets and parks divisions and means Milford will no longer have to contract with an outside firm for costly engineering services. In this Q&A, Clayton discusses his past experience and his future responsibilities. Are you from the Milford area? Yes, I graduated from Milford High School in 1991. I

LOVELAND – After almost 30 resident comments and nearly two hours of discussion, Loveland City Council will review the fee structure that could mean the end of the Loveland Farmers’ Market and other events in the city. “There is homework that has to be done. What is the true value of the cost to the city as opposed to what appears to be a random $1,500 number in my opinion. We need to get what the real costs are,” Councilman Rob Weisgerber said. Loveland City Council had one reading of its temporary or

transient businesses and vendor ordinance, under which temporary or transient businesses and vendors would have to apply for a permit from the Loveland Building and Zoning Department. For special events, such as the farmers’ market or Amazing Race, the application fee would be $1,500. Every transient vendor would have to pay a $100 fee for four one-day visits or $500 for 25 one-day visits. The ordinance that created the fee structure has already been approved and gone into law. A motion to send the ordinance back to council for review was approved by a vote of 4-3.

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Weisgerber, Councilman Steve Zamagias, Councilwoman Kathy Bailey and Councilman Ted Phelps voted for it. Mayor Mark Fitzgerald, Vice Mayor Angie Settell and Councilwoman Pam Gross voted against it. Multiple residents spoke at the meeting specifically about the farmers’ market. “The Loveland Farmers’ Market is not a special event. It is a business. Not one other business in town has been approved by Loveland City Council to operate,” said Tim Canada, owner of Bond Furniture in downtown Loveland. Multiple vendors said they See EVENTS, Page 2A

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