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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2017
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Springfield Township assistant administrator Chris Gilbert walks residents of the Wyoming Point neighborhood through the assessment process at a neighborhood meeting.
Springfield Twp. residents to pay for own street repairs Jennie Key firstname.lastname@example.org
SPRINGFIELD TWP. – Your road is fixed. Here’s the bill. Residents of some township neighborhoods have clamored for road repairs, and township officials are willing to make them. But township officials say from now on, residents will have to help share the financial load of infrastructure repairs in their community.
The township’s last road levy passed in 1997, which generated $483,893 last year. After four failed road levy requests from 2006 to 2008, officials decided they needed to find a different solution to the funding problem for road repairs. The township adopted a five-year infrastructure plan last year, which includes: » continuing township funding of its sidewalk program, » pursuing state grant money to re-
place streets in failed condition, » and continuing to use existing road funds, general funds and county grants to continue repairing township streets. The plan also requires a change in priorities. The township wants to make intermediate repairs on streets in good and fair condition to keep them from sliding into poor condition. And to address as many streets as possible as quickly as
SHARONVILLE – Sharonville has extended its moratorium on the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries, to allow officials to continue to study the issue and determine how the city will regulate any fuLukas ture retailers. City Council voted to continue the moratorium for 180 days following a previous six-month ban. That moratorium had been established in advance of House Bill 523 taking effect on Sept. 8. Safety Service Director Jim Lukas said Sharonville’s Planning Commission and City Council will decide whether to prohibit permits for the cultivation, processing or sale of marijuana. This discretion is allowed under Ohio law. “The decision could also be made to allow certain aspects with amendments to our zoning code,” Lukas said. “The state is not finished with establishing their guidelines yet and there are those who believe that the provision which allows cities to prohibit these uses may be challenged in court. We will continue to monitor the above and discuss it further with our Plan-
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West Fork Park getting makeover in 2017 Jennie Key email@example.com
Green Township trustees set their sights on West Fork Park for improvements in 2017. The park is home to the Holiday Playland, a large, wooden play structure built by community volunteers and Kiwanis support during a weeklong event in September 1999. Township Administrator Frank Birkenhauer says the playground is becoming hard to maintain. “Some of the bolts are stripped and they just spin when you try to tighten them,”
he said. “And the upkeep is becoming expensive.” What the township has in mind for the Monfort Heights park is a complete reboot: Demolish the existing playground, regrade the site and install a more accessible, safer playground at the park. Birkenhauer says the rebuild will cost the township more than $500,000. “But we will get a quality playground that is more useable than what’s there now,” he said. Safety features for playgrounds have improved considerably since the treated wood
structure was built. The new playground will feature a safer ground cover than the mulch currently used. And the equipment is more usable for youngsters with disabilities. “It’s going to be very nice,” Birkenhauer said. Green Township Trustee Triffon Callos says that as homes in the neighborhood across the street are sold to families with younger children, the playground will be a highdemand facility. And the recent construction of sidewalks con-
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The wooden Holiday Playground at West Fork Park is set for a makeover this year. Officials plan to replace the old wooden structures, likely at the end of the summer.
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