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Colerain getting organized for new year By Jennie Key

Colerain Township officials got organized for 2013 at Tuesday night’s board meeting, selecting officers, assigning board member responsibilities, passing necessary “housekeeping” resolutions and appointing residents to volunteer boards. The Colerain Township Board of Trustees will operate under newly elected President Dennis Deters. The trustees elected Melinda Rinehart as the board’s vice president. Deters thanked Jeff Ritter, who served as the board’s president in 2012, for his service. Deters and Rinehart will serve as members of the Fire Relief and Pension Board Fund board of directors. Frank Birkenhauer, the township’s economic development director, and Geoff Milz, Colerain zoning administrator, will serve on the Tax Incentive Review Council of the Hamilton County Development Company.

Rinehart will serve as delegate and Birkenhauer as alternate to the board of di- Deters rectors for the OKI Regional Council of Governments. Deters will be the township’s representative to the Hamilton County Solid Waste District. The township approved its contract with law director Lawrence Barbiere for 2013 at the same rate as the 2012 contract, which is $150 per hour not to exceed $90,000 annually. The board also amended the employment contract of Colerain Township Administrator James Rowan, giving him a salary increase from $125,000 annually to $130,000 annually and he will now accrue paid vacation in accordance with township policy. He gains 10 vacation days and loses five personal days because of the change. The trustees made

three appointments to the township Zoning Commission. Scott Taylor and Colleen Smith were Rinehart named to the board, and Aloysius Grote was named to replace Mike Reisenberg, whose term expired at the end of 2012 and who did not seek reappointment. Grote will serve the twoyear alternate seat vacated by Reisenberg.

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The Colerain Township Board of Trustees meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Colerain Township Community Center, 4200 Springdale Road. It will be a town hall meeting, with trustees and department heads discussing a projected $1.5 million loss in revenue beginning in 2014 and how the township plans to achieve long-term financial sustainability. Officials are urging residents to come hear the plan and give feedback as the plan is developed.

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The Greater Cincinnati Performing Arts Society will present the twotime Grammy nominated Bluegrass group Blue Highway at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, in the St. Xavier Performance Center, 6500 North Bend Road, Finneytown. The concert is part of a series presented by the Greater Cincinnati Performing Arts Society is a registered non-profit supporting local Catholic elementary schools. At the 17-year mark, Blue Highway is one of the most esteemed and influential groups in contemporary bluegrass. The band’s nine albums and live performances have earned stellar reviews, Grammy nominations, and numerous awards since it first took the stage on Dec. 31, 1994, with the same musicians that comprise Blue Highway today. Individually, Jason

township’s monthly meetings in response to a concern brought by resident Jim Acton. Those addressing the board no longer must announce their street address when they are speaking at the podium, as long as the address is on the sign in sheet. Acton said some residents were concerned that because the meetings are broadcast live on Waycross Community Media, people who announced their address were announcing they were not home.