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June 29, 2011

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Trustee Ritter gives update on Colerain township My semi-annual updates on Colerain Township and the trustees’ activities have traditionally always seemed to balance strengths and positives with an honest assessment of concerns and threats, and the first half of 2011 is no exception. The streetscape project on Colerain Avenue, including the town square at the corner of Colerain and Springdale, continues to progress. The design phase is nearly complete, and we could break ground and begin burying utility lines by late fall. The town square will also include a memorial to the township’s personnel who perished in the line of duty, as well as our armed service veterans. I believe the overall streetscape initiative will have a “triple-play” effect to: help revitalize Northgate Mall, attract more business to the Colerain Avenue corridor, and perhaps most importantly, improve the profile, appearance, and image of Colerain Township. Public safety continues to be a very high priority, and I believe several initiatives in the first half of 2011 will improve our policing capabilities. First, the township purchased the old Groesbeck Tavern (for a

modest sum of $40,000), and is in the process of converting it into a community resource center for the police department. I want to thank all Community of our residents Press Guest and business Coloumnist owners who have volunJeff Ritter teered and contributed to this effort. An increased police presence in that area of the township will make a huge difference. Secondly, the board approved the hiring of two additional sworn officers to assist with “street-level crime.” Although the police levy that passed in 2007 did not fund these additions, I am confident that we will still meet and possibly even surpass our commitment to make that levy last at least five years, due to improved efficiencies and periodic staff vacancies during the last three years. Lastly, two Hamilton County Sheriff deputies were converted from patrol duty to complement our own Colerain Police Department undercover unit that was established in 2007. Preserving the township’s

Funding source reduced

Amount of reduction

Ohio Local Government Fund (General Fund)

25 percent at July 1, 2011; another 25 percent at July 1, 2012

2011 – $113,000 2012 – $340,000 2013 and thereafter – $450,000

Ohio Estate Tax (General Fund)

Elimination at Jan. 1, 2013

2011 – $0 2012 – $0 2013 and thereafter – $1.2 million

Tangible Personal Property Tax (replacement payments)

Phased-in starting at July 1, 2011; with full elimination in 2013

2011 – $352,000 2012 – $705,000 2013 and thereafter – $1.1 million 2011 – $465,000 2012 – $1 million 2013 and thereafter – $2.7 million

TOTALS financial stability without raising your taxes continues to be a very high priority for me. For the last year, I have advocated reasonable spending restraint in order to address not only the structural deficit that exists with our “General” Fund (which funds most nonsafety service departments like public works, parks, zoning, and the senior center), but more significantly, the deep cuts in revenue that we receive from the state that are expected in 2012 and beyond. These cuts can be summarized in three primary

areas, based on the bills that were passed by the Ohio House and Senate (all reductions referenced are vs. the 2010 baseline). As many local communities struggle with record deficits and unsustainable budgets, we have no choice but to get the cost of government under control. I abhor the war on the middle class that's been waged by decades of politicians in all levels of government who keep raising our taxes because they're too afraid to have an honest conversation with their constituents and make tough deci-

REMEMBERING FATHER LOU GUNTZELMAN

Finding inspiration from his columns Billy Glisson found out about Father Lou Guntzelman’s death when he inquired where he might see Father Lou preach. Thank you so much for emailing me back in regards to Father Lou. I’m so grateful that you took the time to email me about his passing. At first I was very excited I even received a response. I first observed the email on my smart phone and was very excited someone, or even Father, took the time to respond to me. Then at a stop light I opened up the email and read your message. It was like receiving news that a family member had just passed suddenly. Very odd for me to react this way, I’m usually the tough one of the group. I hope somehow Father knows how he affected and influenced myself and the beginnings of interest of my wife! Which I will tell you that is a tough nut to crack! I don’t know if our story is worth printing, here goes. We moved here a almost two years ago from out west due to a job promotion and transfer. My wife had never left her home area her first 35 years of her life, and then after 18 years being married to me my job

takes her 2,000 miles away from all of her family. One can only imagine the adjustment, strain and test of faith that one goes through during this period. I grew up in Michigan, coming back this way was exciting in a sense. We receive the Florence Recorder and I began to read it to get acquainted with the local activities, which at times seemed like fruitless activity due to the challenges as a family we were going through in the beginning. Then I began to read Father’s articles. Of course at first I just thought, “Oh, what does this Catholic priest have to say about life?” I was very pleasantly surprised of his articles. I began to leave them out in the open for the wife to read, then I found myself cutting them out and saving them. Then I cut out his article about fear at the Olympics and took it into work, and used it as a intro as how we can as people be better at life as well at work. Over the past year and half I have done this three to four times, and the response from the team members I’m responsible for has been so positive towards the morale of the staff. Father Lou’s ability to capture the essence of life from a faith perspective, as

well as real life events and feelings, are like those I have only experienced from three priests that this lifelong Catholic has come across. His challenge was not only to be Catholic but to be Christian and human at the same time. He gave you a perspective I’m sure enticed anyone who was reading his words to stop and reflect, then think how can they apply to their life. We must not think that his work is lost now. We must take what he has taught us and continue with his mission of teaching us how to have a strong and unwavering faith in God and ourselves, even with all of our faults. I can only hope you will continue his articles as all of the major newspapers have with Charles Schultz and the “Peanuts” comic strip. To allow us to enjoy and bring us down slowly from his words that only now can be lived through the flock of sheep he oversaw. I will say a prayer tonight for Father Lou and you for allowing us to enjoy his articles. Thank you again very much. Billy Glisson Union, Ky.

Readers on the Web react to Guntzelman’s passing Here are some of the comments Father Lou Guntzelman’s readers left at cincinnati.com after hearing about his passing last week. “I’m very sorry to hear this. I always enjoyed reading Father Lou’s columns.” yankeedoodle127 “This news hurts my heart. I’m not Catholic, but I have been reading, enjoying and saving Father Lou’s columns for years now. I hope that the Community Press will consider re-printing all of his columns in some sort of memorial book form. The proceeds could go to a charity that he chose, or perhaps to the research foundation of his particular cancer? I would definitely buy a compilation that included all of his columns! RIP Father Lou – you touched more people than you know.” bombermama10 “Father Lou’s columns were compiled into a couple of paperbacks. I bought

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them years ago at Borders, I believe. They are listed on Amazon: “So Heart and Mind May Fill” and “A Country Called Life.” itcouldbeyou “I will miss his columns and his wisdom. Adieu.” LivingSimply “A Humble Servant. A Good Shepherd. You will be missed, Father Lou.” ensembleme “From a skeptic and definite nonCatholic: Father Lou, your columns inspired me and helped me grow in a transitional period in my life. I will miss you very much.” itcouldbeyou “Rest in peace Father Lou. You touched many lives with your kindness and wisdom. You will be dearly missed.” Eastofparadise

“Father Lou was a phenomenal person who demonstrated concern, compassion, faith and confidence in people. He truly was a Renaissance man and he had more to do than anyone else in developing my adult faith in God. “He once told a story of his mother Eleanor who raised him from his childhood after his father died. He talked about her courage in getting up and going to work every day to support her family and rear them as good Catholics. He was inspirational whether he gave a sermon, met you in Kroger or teased other priests at Good Shepherd. “I believe it was not a coincidence that he died so shortly after Larry Kinley, whom he taught at Purcell and then to Good Shepherd as the cantor. They made a great pair and those who knew both of them are blessed. “Thank you, Father Lou. Thank you, Larry.” BudfromBlueAsh

sions. The very last thing I want is for the Colerain Township Board of Trustees to become the northwest version of Cincinnati City Council. We have a lot to feel good about in Colerain Township, and I continue to remain optimistic about the future despite some of the budget challenges that lie ahead of us. I sincerely hope the rest of the summer is a safe and enjoyable one for you and your families. Jeff Ritter is the vice president, Colerain Township board of trustees.

CH@TROOM Last question

Should Green and Colerain townships fight HUD and CMHA from putting more Section 8 housing in the townships even if it ends up costing the townships money? Why? Why not? “Colerain and Green have become the dumping grounds for Section 8 housing. Let some other communities get their fair share. “The rise in crime Next question and lowered home Do you think values quickly off Afghanistan’s military is sets any financial ready to take gain. Go Figure!” responsibilty for fighting T.D.T. Taliban insurgents as the U.S. begins a troop “HUD suggest drawdown in July? that Section 8 recipiEvery week The ents desire to live in Northwest Hills Press asks a nice township and readers a questions that want to ‘conform’ or they can reply to via e‘rise’ to the stanmail. Send your answers to dards of that townwesternhills@communityp ress.com with “chatroom” ship. in the subject line. “Hog wash! What will ‘rise’ will be assaults, litter, graffiti, loud music, robberies, drugs, burglaries and eventually prostitution, shootings, rape, etc. etc. “It will cost us far more in city services and depreciative home values than the grant money we would lose for opting out of the cooperation agreement with HUD. “If you have the slightest doubt -, just drive through area’s with ample sec tion 8 housing, research the property values and crime statistics and you will see the unfortunate reality of Section 8 ‘conforming’ to those once nice neighborhoods.” J.H.R. “Yes, one only has to look to what HUD did to Price Hill and Westwood years ago they were the finest neighborhoods in the city” L.S. “I think Green and Colerain townships should fight the additional Section 8 housing and continue to do so until equity has been reached in all Cincinnati neighborhoods. “All you have to do is look at what such housing has done to neighborhoods. “Property values are going down on their own and certainly we don’t need any ‘help’ from Section 8 housing in this downward spiral.” B.N.

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