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Township Officials

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Colerain Township

Phone numbers, information.


Public Works Phone numbers, information.


Who to call List of important phone numbers.


Fire & EMS Department Phone numbers, information.


Planning & Zoning Department Phone numbers, information.


Police Department Phone numbers, information.


Senior & Community Center Phone numbers, information.



Community Groups Listing of local organizations.



Streetscape project Details.


Keeping community in tune Waycross Media.


Local happenings Events calendar.


Parks & Services Department Description of local parks.



Welcome Letter The Colerain Township Trustees hope you enjoy the Colerain Township community guide. Colerain Township is a great place to live, work and play. This community guide will let you know of the outstanding services and amenities Colerain Township has to offer from our public, private and nonprofit sectors. Colerain Avenue is one of the busiest long standing retail corridors in the region and the upcoming streetscape project is the catalyst to bring new businesses and opportunities to

Board of Colerain Township

Colerain Township history Colerain Township was first settled in the spring of 1790 by a surveyor, John Dunlap, who named the settlement after his birthplace of Coleraine, Ireland. The settlement, Fort Coleraine, commonly called Dunlap’s Station, was located on the bend of the great Miami River several miles below the bridge to Ross, Ohio. Only one year after it had been settled, Dunlap’s Station

was temporarily abandoned following a brutal attack it sustained by Native Americans. John Dunlap and the 11 families living at the Fort moved down river to the settlement at North Bend. In 1794, Coleraine was established as a township. The “e” at the end of Coleraine was dropped sometime later, Americanizing the name Colerain. The villages of

Barnesburg, Bevis, Dunlap and Groesbeck were established in the early 1800s along Blue Rock and Colerain Roads, two of the oldest roads in the area. German immigrants farmed the southwestern portion between 1840 and 1870, heavily influencing the township’s cultural and architectural traditions. Current population is 60,144


The Colerain Township publication is published by the Specialty Publications Department of The Community Press/The Community Recorder.

Questions and comments can be sent to Editor Melissa Stewart c/o The Community Press/Recorder 394 Wards Corner Road, Loveland, OH 45140. Email Or call 513-248-7121.

Phone numbers, information. For advertising call 687-4614.


Northgate Mall and the surrounding area. As you will read in this guide, great things are happening in our community, and we urge you to visit the recently expanded Clippard Park, as well as the Taste of Colerain, Concerts in the Park and other events scheduled this year. The trustees hope the remainder of your summer 2011 is safe and filled with great memories of Colerain Township!


Township Officials Elected Officials Trustee President Dennis P. Deters Trustee Vice President Jeff Ritter Trustee Joseph R. Wolterman Township Fiscal Officer Heather E. Harlow The elected positions are part time. The trustees and fiscal officer are available by appointment. Please call the Administration Office at 385-7500 to leave a message if you would like to speak with one of them.

Administration Administrator David Foglesong Assistant Administrator/ Director of Development Frank A. Birkenhauer Administrative Assistant/Human Resources Tina L. Burns Web Designer/Parks & Services Tawanna M. Molter

Part-time Receptionists Connie Cottingham Christine Henson Financial Officer’s Assistant Kim Henderson Call during 385-7500 business hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Township Government Townships were first laid out in Ohio according to the basic policy for the survey and sales of public lands established by Congress in the Articles of Confederation in 1785. This system of townships, 6 miles square subdivided into plots 1 mile square, has been used in surveying most public land ever since. After the first Ohio Constitution was adopted, the legislature tended to follow the original survey lines in creating townships. In Ohio, townships are unincorporated civil jurisdictions. All land areas not incorporated into

municipalities, i.e. cities and villages, lie within the jurisdiction of a township. The present 1,320 townships in Ohio are divisions of the counties. Essentially, townships are administrative subdivisions of county government that function as a “statutory local government” exercising only those powers specifically delegated to them by the General Assembly. Unlike municipal corporations, Ohio townships do not enjoy the broad grant of local self-government regarding matters of local concern including the form and structure of local government. Townships most commonly provide residents services such as road maintenance, cemetery management, police and fire protection, solid waste disposal and zoning regulations. In 1991, the Ohio General Assembly enacted legislation giving townships the ability to establish a “limited form of self government.” Less than a dozen townships have opted for this status, commonly referred to as Township Home Rule.

While law grants those townships that meet the specific criteria expanded legislative authority and more power to enforce township resolutions, townships remain unincorporated jurisdictions which may be significantly altered by action of the General Assembly, the board of county commissioners, or municipal annexation. Indeed, municipal corporations annex significant parcels of township territory each year. Since the adoption of the 1851 Ohio Constitution, the basic form of township government has remained relatively unchanged. Governed by three elected trustees serving four-year terms, this board of township trustees is the legislative authority and also fulfills many executive responsibilities as well. A fourth elected official, a Township Fiscal Officer, is independent of the trustees, yet by law must work closely with them. The Township Fiscal Officer’s duties include the recording of the township proceedings and keeping records to township financial accounts.




Public Works 4160 Springdale Road 385-7502 Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed Holidays. The Colerain Township Road Division maintains about 109 miles of roadway, handling everything from snow removal, to sweeping streets, to paving. In addition, the Roads Division: • Repairs curbs, berms, culverts, catch basins,

storm sewers and potholes • Trims overgrown trees and provides tree removal in the right-of-way • Maintains over 7,500 street signs The Road Division works closely with the Hamilton County Engineer’s Office, the Ohio Department of Transportation and Developers on projects affecting roads within Colerain Township.




Fire & EMS Department Senior Staff Director & Chief G. Bruce Smith Deputy Chief Joe Silvati Assistant Chief Rick Niehaus Administration Assistant Karen Silvati

Fire & EMS Operations The Colerain Township Department of Fire & EMS provides service to 45 square miles from five fire stations with 33 on duty personnel, 24 hours a day seven days a week. The Department responses for 2010 were 6,554 EMS and 3,125 Fire details. The average EMS detail takes 56 minutes. The EMS component of the department has four front line Basic Life Support transport units and two Advanced Life Support Medic units. The department also has three reserve or back-up Basic Life Support transport units which can be used for special events, mass casualty incidents or to fill in for the front-line units while out for normal maintenance issues. The fire component provides service using five Paramedic Pumpers, one 110 foot aerial, one Heavy Rescue, two 1500 gallon water tankers/tenders, two aluminum “V” hull boats, one Zodiac inflatable boat and one Command Vehicle SUV for the Battalion Chief. In addition, the department has two reserve pumpers and one reserve 110 foot aerial. The department fleet is maintained by Mike Adler who is the department’s full-time mechanic. The fire department’s stations are located at:

The Training Division also conducts a yearly 240-hour State of Ohio Certified Professional Firefighters Course. The Department’s Training Division is a State of Ohio Certified Chartered School.

building this class is for you. If interested in the class dates, contact firefighter/EMT Jennifer Dransman at 245-5451 for further information or go to the Colerain Township Web site and fill out an application. Education is a two-way street. Public Education Our members that are making Educating the public about fire response to your home need to and life safety is everyone’s job. be able to find your residence The department feels strongly that under extreme circumstances at proactive public education can times. help prevent injuries and fires. Driving rain, large snow accuThe Bureau of Fire & Life mulations are just some of the Safety also coordinates our public items that hinder our responders education in the schools, at public getting to you as soon as possiInspections/ events such as the 4th of July ble. Life Safety Bureau Spectacular, Taste of Colerain and If you live on a street where The fire department staffs a your home is several feet off the Life Safety Bureau which concen- the Fire EXPO held at Northgate Mall during Fire Prevention Week. roadway one of our reflective trates on inspections of all comAt all of the venues you can streets signs with your house mercial, multi-family residential speak with a fire professional number might be the thing that and public assembly facilities in who can answer questions about will assist us. Colerain Township. fire and life safety. If you live off the beaten path The Life Safety Bureau This year’s Fire EXPO will be several hundred feet from the reviews plans for new construcnoon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at roadway we need to know this so tion and works with developers the Northgate Mall parking lot we can properly pre-plan for the and the Hamilton County closest to Colerain Avenue by amount of hose needed to reach Building Department to be sure Taco Bell. your home. that all applicable Fire and Life On display will be Fire If there are bridges or other Safety Codes are being met. Apparatus from Colerain and items that might restrict the largneighboring communities. There er vehicles from travel down Department Personnel will be static displays and plenty your drive please let us know. The fire department currently We have programs in place to has 52 career firefighters and 131 of firefighters willing to talk assist in tracking that information part-time employees. All depart- about their profession. Another facet of public educa- and your assistance in providing ment employees are crossedtrained either as firefighter/EMTs tion deals with our adult popula- that information is vital. tion. The fire department has If you have a person or family or firefighter/paramedics. conducted 22 Citizen’s Fire member staying at your resiThis cross-training allows for dence that has a special medical better more efficient utilization of Academy’s over the past 11 need or condition please let us on duty manpower based on call years. The Citizen’s Fire Academy meets for 10 weeks know. We can also tract that volume. every Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. information so we can be better Many employees also mainprepared for your medical needs. tain additional advanced training until 9 p.m. Classes discuss fire and EMS The department continues to in heavy rescue, HazMat, water look for better and more efficient rescue, confined space rescue and operations and provide a large amount of hands on activities ways to provide the services our Incident Command. using the same tools and equipcommunity has come to expect. In order to maintain the State Our No. 1 goal is to be here to of Ohio certification levels for all ment that the firefighters use daily. protect your tomorrows today. the current employees and to Participation is not required in If you would like additional develop a new employee base to any evolution that the student information or have questions, hire from, the department operwishes not to participate. If you please contact one of the senior ates a Training Division which ever wondered what it would be staff listed above or call one of tracks certification levels and like to repel down the side of a our five fire stations for assisassists our employees in receivbuilding or enter a burning tance. ing the training required.

Station 25 / Headquarters 3251 Springdale Road 825-6143 Station 26 3360 W. Galbraith Road 741-7551 Station 102 11474 Colerain Ave. 245-5450 Station 103 6000 Thompson Road 245-5444 Station 109 2850 W. Kemper Road 674-2490




Planning & Zoning Department Appeals, Land Use Advisory Board, and Landscape Advisory Board. Zoning permitting and enforcement are carried out in accordance with the Planning and Zoning Administrator Zoning Resolution. Permits are required Susan H. Roschke, Ph.D. for all residential building projects, including fences, retaining walls, swimAdministrative Assistant ming pools (in-ground and above Becky J. Reno ground), room additions, decks, garages and sheds, driveways, and new homes. Land Use Planner Permits are also required for commerAmy A. Bancroft cial projects, including new signs and sign face changes, parking lots, addiZoning Inspector tions, interior finishes and remodeling, Jerry L. Quinn and new buildings. Common violations of the Zoning Zoning Inspector Resolution include failure to get a perPatrick Dilbert mit, excessive signage, keeping of exotic or farm animals in residential areas, Zoning Inspector parking on the lawn, unlicensed vehiWes Klein cles, parking recreational vehicles in front of the house, and improper home Sharing Hope Coordinator occupations. Angela Vance In addition, the Planning & Zoning Department provides enforcement for Township Legal Counsel nuisances, junk cars, and the Property James E. Reuter, Attorney Maintenance Code. Tall grass and trash in the yard are nuisance violations that The Planning & Zoning Department provides short- and long-range planning are enforced according to the Ohio Revised Code. services for Colerain Township. For these violations, the Township is These include the Comprehensive Plan and the Land Use Plan. The Zoning allowed to abate the nuisance and charge Resolution is based on these and defines the work to the property owner, following proper notice and declaration procethe regulations for property use in the dures. Junk cars may not be parked or township. stored outside. Junk cars are defined as A key to effective planning is public being at least three years old, inoperable, input. Residents and property owners are invited to attend public hearings and and having extensive damage. The Property Maintenance Code to complete online surveys on various addresses exterior maintenance items planning and zoning topics. such as paint, gutters, railings, windows, Whenever changes to the Zoning Resolution or map are proposed or vari- decks, fences, sidewalks, and driveways. Planning & Zoning also oversees the ances to the Zoning Resolution are Compliance Fund and Sharing Hope requested, a public hearing is held. programs. The Compliance Fund offers Hearings are publicized in the a partial reimbursement for work needNorthwest Press and on the Colerain ed to meet the Property Maintenance Township website at Code requirements to those who meet federal low-income standards. Online surveys are listed at Sharing Hope provides volunteer for property owners who are news.cfm. In addition, four appointed volunteer not physically and/or financially able to meet Property Maintenance Code stanboards assist with review of development projects, zoning amendments, vari- dards. These programs can be combined. ances, and land use updates: The Zoning Commission, Board of Zoning See PLANNING & ZONING on page 7 385-7505



Planning and zoning

Police Department

The Department coordinates with the Hamilton County Health and Building Departments to address some violations of their codes. Also, Planning & Zoning works with the Township Police, Fire, and Public Works Departments on various issues when needed. It often takes a joint effort to address violations which cross jurisdictional lines. In addition, the Planning & Zoning Department works in conjunction with the Director of Development with businesses seeking to locate or expand in the Township. We work closely with developers and business owners to design projects that will add to the township’s economic, environmental, and social well-being. For more information, call 513-385-7505 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or go to the website at

The Colerain Police Department, an internationally accredited, fullservice law enforcement agency, is responsible for providing police service for the second largest township in the state of Ohio. The township currently has approximately 58,000 residents and is roughly 45 square miles in size. The police department currently employs 38 sworn police officers and five non-sworn civilian employees. The police department is divided into two divisions, each led by a lieutenant who reports directly to the chief of police. The two divisions are Patrol and Support Services. The Patrol Division is responsible for providing uniformed patrol, neighborhood officers and the bicycle patrol. The Support Services Division is responsible for all ancillary services, including: accreditation, traffic, school resource officers, investigations, plain clothes investigations and civilian employee oversight. Colerain Police Department “Community Resource Center” is a central staging location for southern redeployment of Police Department Neighborhood Resource Officers and Bike Team Members. It is located at 7560 Colerain Ave.

Online Services

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Website – – access to a wealth of Township information, documents, and codes. Action Line – file complaints and suggestions, register to volunteer, respond to surveys, etc. (see the e-Government Services link on the Township homepage) Facebook – current information about events, news, etc. (see the link on the Township homepage) Email Listserv – announcements sent out to subscribers about once a week regarding Township events and hearings (sign up via the Action Line).

• Proactive police department presence near the criminal activity

The policewomen of Colerain are, from left, Elisabeth Doll, Melissa Johnson, Lt. Angela Meyer, Cpl. Kristy Fritz, Keyonia Lumpkins, Jennifer Sharp and Ashley Meyer.

center can help to mitigate the effect and presence of criminals. • Demonstrate the township’s efforts to revitalize the area • One nearby business has already initiated improvements to their business by painting the exterior of the business • The ownership has offered to repave their parking lot as well when our remodeling is complete

Benefits to Colerain Township • Increased police presence

through the redeployment of officers to Resource Center • Over time, an improved perception of this portion of the township • Lower “fear of crime” for residents and businesses • In time, through proactive involvement and community participation, reduced rates of crime • While a Colerain Police Department station will not, itself, cure the problem, it demonstrates that the township wants to be a part of the solution




Senior & Community Center services that engage the mind, body and spirit. If you are 55 or older and looking for opportunities to socialize with friends and to participate in active and enriching programs, Director Marie Sprenger the center is for you. Many exciting changes The Colerain Township are happening at the center. We invite you to stop Senior Center is a nationby for a tour or sit in on a ally accredited center class that is of interest! offering membership to Newcomers are welcome those ages 55 and above. The Colerain Township at any time and members Senior Center offers a vari- are always encouraged to bring a friend. ety of classes, events and 4300 Springdale Road 741-8802 Fax: 513-741-9048 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Active adult living is a lifestyle choice, and the Colerain Township Senior Center offers many opportunities for participation and involvement. Membership fees for the calendar year are $10 for Colerain Township residents and $20 for nonresidents. Visit www.colerain Current newsletters, programming calendar, travel opportunities, flyers and menus can be found at The facility is comprised of two halls, two kitchens, an arts room, art gallery, music room, game room, computer center, atrium area and outdoor garden/fountain area. The center also offers transportation to residents of Colerain Township.

Senior Programs Classes Computer I, II and III plus Excel and Digital Downloading, Jewelry Design-Beading, Enameling, Glass Fusing, Stained Glass, Mosaic, Porcelain, Clay HandBuilding, Pottery Wheel, Ceramics, Watercolor Painting, Oil/Acrylic Painting, One-Stroke Painting, Clavinova Digital Piano, Group Drumming, Zumba Gold, Jazzercise Low Impact, Tai Chi, Yoga, Chair Volleyball, Silver Foxes, Resistance to Muscle Loss, AARP Driver Safety Events Monthly Members’ Party, All Day Bingo, Lunch Bunch, Shopping and Entertainment Trips, Movies, Poker Tournaments, Billiards Tournaments, Card


Parties, Breakfast with the Arts, Informational Speakers, Kiwanis Chicken Dinner, Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, Artisan Craft Fair, Holiday Concert Other Day and Multi-Day Travel Opportunities, Artist Gallery, Book Club, Bridge, 500 Cards, Poker, Euchre, Bunco, Wii, Billiards, Mah Jong

art mediums of Painting, Jewelry, Clay and Stained Glass take place. For information on evening classes, both drop-in and classes, call 513-741-8802. Visit ult_programs.cfm.

Special Events

As scheduled Make memories with us! The Colerain Township Center has added Community Services Special Events. The annuTransportation al Daddy Daughter Date (Center/Medical/Shoppin Night and Mom Prom g), Noon Meal, Massage, (Mother and Son Date Blood Pressure Checks, Night) are very popular. Computer Center, Additional events Volunteering, AARP Tax planned include a Aid Halloween Family Monster Bash and a Lunch with Adult Evening Santa. Tickets are purchased Programs at the center in advance and Monday-Friday, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. go on sale three weeks prior Add a little class to to the event. your life! During the Plan to get your tickets evening hours, the early to avoid disappointColerain Township ment of a sellout. Visit Community Center offers evening adult programs cial_events.cfm. for ages 18 and up. Courses in Evening Rentals Computer, Zumba, Jazzercise, Yoga and the See CENTER on page 15


Community Groups Center, 4300 Springdale Road from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Meetings feature a guest Colerain Community Association was speaker, recognition, awards, or are formed and began work in June of 1998 working meetings. For more information visit by former Trustee Diana Lynn Rielage in an effort to make sure Colerain’s visible, public areas were always well-groomed Western Economic Council and maintained. The Western Economic Council The group, which currently has about (WEC) is a non-profit Ohio corporation 60 members, is comprised of business professionals, teachers, community lead- organized in 1985 by business leaders and interested citizens. ers, retirees and many more who come Their purpose is to promote high to the group with varied interests, expequality and balanced economic developriences and motivations for participament and redevelopment throughout tion. western Hamilton County. For twenty Members maintain property at five years, we have worked to stimulate Colerain Avenue and I-275, Hamilton Avenue and I-275, and Ronald Reagan at detailed understanding of the challenges our area faces and to encourage commuColerain Avenue. nity pride and support. There are 10 gardens altogether, Their monthly Leaders Breakfast including an area designed as part of the Meetings are held the third Friday of Ohio Legacy of Trees program that feaeach month at the Twin Lanterns tures 37 trees. Banquet Center on Harrison Avenue For more information visit www.colnext to Veterans Park. These meetings present timely and informative topics as well as providing the perfect forum to Colerain Township meet new businesses, community leadBusiness Association ers and residents. Established in 1979, the business The partnership with government, association speaks collectively for busieducation, business and residents results ness professionals to local, county, state in protecting and improving our quality and federal agencies. of life here in western Hamilton County. The group meets the second Please contact Frank Birkenhauer Thursday of each month at the Colerain 385-7500 for additional information. Township Senior and Community

Colerain Community Association

To advertise in the 2012 This is Colerain Township call 687-4614 today.




Colerain Avenue Streetscape Project Colerain Township Trustees approved the implementation of the first phase of the Colerain Avenue Streetscape Project which will include development of a community gateway on the former BP property at Springdale Road and Colerain Avenue. In early 2011, the board of trustees hired the firm of Kinzelman, Kline, Gossman Consultants to do the final design work needed to begin the first phase of the streetscape project. Phase One will include installation of specialty pavements and walls, at the four corners of the Colerain/Springdale intersection and installation of ornamental traffic control mast arms, street lighting, a Memorial to Safety Service and our Armed Forces Personnel. The preliminary plan also calls for the partial burial of the utilities at the intersection and will also

Streetscape concept for gateway.

include new sidewalks, street trees, planted buffers for parking lots a stone veneer on the existing Northgate Mall wall and a decorative rail at the top of the wall. Colerain Township Economic Development Director Frank Birkenhauer said issuing the bonds and committing the township to Phase One of the streetscape plan and the corresponding revitalization of Northgate Mall is good progress. “The implementation of the

Phase One of the Streetscape should begin in late fall of 2011. This Gateway along with extensive landscaping will set a standard for the quality of future development in the area,” he said. Clete Benken, KKG Consultants, said, “This is an opportunity to send a signal to potential investors that the township is taking leadership. It is important for the public sector to show it is willing to invest in the community.”

Local Happenings Aug. 4 Concert in the Park Come see a free Concert in the Park at 7 p.m. at the Colerain Park amphitheater, 4725 Springdale Road, featuring Jump n’ Jive Show Band.

Aug. 5 Teen Night in the Park Activities for teens begin at 7:30 p.m. followed by a movie at 9:30 p.m. This month’s movie: “Tron Legacy”

Aug. 11 Shakespeare in the Park See Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s production of “Julius Caesar.” The free play will be held at 7 p.m. at the Colerain Park Amphitheater, 4725 Springdale Road.

Aug. 12-14 Taste of Colerain Visit the Taste of Colerain August 12-14! Enjoy great food, great bands, and bring the kids for fun entertainment in the Children’s Tasteland! Hours: Friday 5 p.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 4 p.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Free admission. No

parking on site. Free shuttle parking, including Access transportation, at Northgate Mall, Colerain High and Middle schools.

the Park at the Colerain Park amphitheater, 4725 Springdale Road at 8 p.m. featuring Bacchanal Steel Band.

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Aug. 26

Movie in the Park

Movie in the Park

Oct. 1

Come to the Colerain Park Amphitheater, 4725 Springdale Road, for a free movie in the park. Kids karaoke starts at 8:30 p.m. and the movie will begin at dusk.

Visit the Colerain Park Amphitheater, 4725 Springdale Road, for a free movie in the park. Kids karaoke starts at 8:30 and the movie will begin at dusk.

Residential Recycle Day

Aug. 17 Senior Computer Classes Learn to download photos, video, music and more to use in various applications. Bring your device/USB cord to class. Class times are Wednesdays and Fridays (times vary – call for availability). Classes consist of two classes, two hours each, at a fee of $20. Desktop computers used or students may choose to bring their own laptops. A Center membership is required. Call the Center at 513-741-8802 for registration information.

Aug. 19 Concert in the Park


Come for a free Concert in

Sept. 16 Concert in the Park The Hopfenblaser Band will hold a special concert at Colerain Park. Time to be announced. The home of the band is the Allgaeu region in Bavaria, Germany. Their repertoire consists of Bavarian polkas, marches and waltzes. They also play modern blasmusik. They play at village festivals, wine festivals, birthday parties, weddings and blasmusik band meetings. In 2008, the band opened the world’s second biggest Oktoberfest in Cincinnati. They also performed at the Mount Adams Oktoberfest and the Hofbräuhaus in Newport For

this year’s trip to Cincinnati the band is also looking forward to entertain the citizens of Colerain Township with original Bavarian blasmusik.

Please join us for Colerain Township’s Annual Residential Recycle Day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For additional information, please call 385-7503. You must be a resident of Colerain Township to participate; proof of residency is required.

Oct. 31 Halloween Trick-or-Treat The Colerain Township Board of Trustees has set Halloween Trick-or-Treat hours for Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact the Administration Department at 385-7500. Remember: use caution if you are out driving – little ghosts and goblins are quick and don’t always remember to look both ways before running into the street!

Keeping the community in tune Communication is key for a vibrant community. Waycross Community Media is unlocking doors of opportunity to great communication for Colerain Township. “Waycross is a communication resource for the community adding transparency to government proceedings, showcasing happenings in the Northwest schools, and giving residents and non-profits an opportunity to produce programming for their neighbors,” explained Chip Bergquist Waycross executive director. For video Waycross overview of Community programming, Media provides please visit public, educationhttp://www.way al and governossIs. ment access services to Colerain Township. They began serving Colerain Township in November, 2010. Waycross has served Greenhills, Forest Park and Springfield Township since 1982. The programming can be viewed on Time Warner cable channels 4, 8, and 979 in Colerain or online through Residents are able to check out video production workshops, have access to free video equipment usage, and free cablecast/webcast of your program. “Anyone can volunteer on a production crew, making local government transparent by videotaping trustee and school board meetings or highlighting community and school sports and concerts – helping to present the positive things happening in the community,” said Bergquist. Township residents can also participate as a viewer, following their local government, school, church or organization – on Time Warner Cable or online.

Check it out


Parks & Services Department 4725 Springdale Road 385-7503 Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Obergiesing Soccer Complex at Dravo Park 16 Acres | Located along the Great Miami River on East Miami River Road, one mile southwest of Blue Rock Road. Soccer fields, swings, picnic shelter and canoe access ramp.

Director Kevin Schwartzhoff Colerain Township currently has a compliment of 11 parks.

Meehan Park 2501 John Gray Road near Hamilton Avenue 1.5 Acres | Play equipment, small baseball field, and basketball.

Colerain Park 4725 Springdale Road 29 Acres | Visit Colerain Megaland playground and numerous other play equipment. Sand volleyball and basketball courts are available along with two state-ofthe-art baseball fields that are open to the public when not otherwise being used by teams who have reserved the fields. Three shelters are reservable on weekends April through October for a $70 fee for residents (reservations are accepted beginning March 1 of each year). The fourth shelter is reservable in June, July and August for a $70 fee for residents, but is available on a first come, first served basis in April, May, September and October (unless otherwise determined by the Township). Free Summer Daytime Youth Activity Program for residents during June, July and August. Evening entertainment through the activities program including teen concerts, camp outs, magic shows, and free movies in the park during the months of June, July and August. Also enjoy the Concerts in the Park series in June, July and August featuring everything from big bands to rock. One set of restrooms at the Park serves as a severe weather shelter. Additional recreational facilities include a 1-mile walk path, amphitheater, a concession stand, three restroom facilities, tot play area, and parking.

Clippard Park 10243 Dewhill Lane 21 Acres | Newly Renovated Clippard Park reopened to the

Palm Memorial Park Next to Colerain Fire Headquarters, 3251 Springdale Road 1 Acre | Basketball courts.

Skyline Park 8400 Pippin Road 1.5 Acres | Play equipment, basketball, walking trail connecting to Skyline Community Center with exercise stations along the path. The Community Center next door has a full playground and gymnasium.

Nakaelah Peek loves the water buckets at the Clippard Park sprayground. She said they were her favorite feature.

public Sept. 18, 2010. Accessed from Colerain Avenue to Redskin (by Outback Steakhouse) to Fairglen. The park can also be accessed from Springdale Road to Seasons Drive to Pottinger Road to Dewhill Drive. Visit Clippard Park’s sprayground Memorial Day through Labor Day each year to cool off from the summer heat! In addition to the 13 motion activated water features at the sprayground, the newly renovated Park has something for the whole family to enjoy. An additional driveway is now available providing easier and quicker access to the park off of Colerain. Thanks to a grant from CVS and Boundless Playgrounds, the park has a brand-new 10,000-squarefoot, fully accessible playground for people of all abilities that features a poured rubber surface.

Three shelters, which include an electric outlet and a grill, are reservable on weekends April through October for a $70 fee for residents (reservations are accepted beginning March 1 each year for residents). The park has two new state of the art baseball fields and a brand new basketball court. Clippard Park has our area’s first skatepark! Located near the back of the park and visible from I-275, the skatepark has a 10-foot bowl with pool coping, a 4-foot bowl with a ledge, a spine and death box, and street features including a staircase, ramp, railings and much more! The park has a 1/2 mile paved walking path with an additional 1/4 mile loop natural trail behind shelter C. Corn Hole sets will be installed in mid to late summer 2011.

Drew Campbell Memorial Commons 4160 Springdale Road 6.5 Acres | Soccer fields, open space for miscellaneous activities and township functions.

Coleraine Heritage Memorial 4200 Springdale Road, in front of Government Complex 25 Acres | Colerain Township historical plaque, gazebo, inscribed brick walkway, monuments to township service personnel, settlers and military veterans. Includes historic artifacts from the township.

Heritage Park 11405 East Miami River Road 126 Acres | One mile southwest of Ross Bridge, along the Great Miami River and adjacent to the Historic Dunlap Station Cemetery. Property is flat, has one mile of river frontage, and is home to an

See PARKS on page 15 AUGUST 2011



Public Schools of the community serving just over 9,800 students in one early learning center, The Northwest Local School District is located in eight elementary schools, Hamilton County, approxi- three middle schools, two high schools and two mately 12 miles from career centers. downtown Cincinnati, NWLSD has formed a Ohio, and covers an area partnership with Butler of 56 square miles. Tech to enhance the It serves pupils from Colerain, Green, Ross and opportunities for our students in the career techSpringfield Townships, nology programs. with Colerain Township The district offers a serving as its nucleus range of academic proThe Northwest Local School District is a source grams to its students through advanced placeof pride and a major part

Northwest Local School District

ment courses, gifted education, college preparatory courses, as well as career vocational and special education programs. The Northwest District actively works to integrate technology into the curriculum, and to evaluate the effectiveness of its programming in order to maximize student achievement. Northwest High School 10761 Pippin Road Cincinnati, OH 45231 Phone: 851-7300 Colerain High School 8801 Cheviot Road Colerain Twp., OH 45251 Principal: Maureen Heintz Phone: 385-6424

Principal: Becky Karlak Phone: 825-3000 Struble Elementary 2760 Jonrose Ave. Colerain Twp., OH 45239 Principal: Claudia Farmer Phone: 522-2700 Pleasant Run Elementary 11765 Hamilton Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45231 Principal: Joan Farabee Phone: 825-7070 Monfort Heights Elementary 3711 West Fork Road Cincinnati, OH 45247 Principal: Deborah Estabrook Phone: 389-1570

Colerain Elementary 4850 Poole Road White Oak Middle School Colerain Twp., OH 45251 3130 Jessup Road Principal: Denny Nagel Colerain Twp., OH 45239 Phone: 385-8740 Principal: Jamie Birdsong Phone: 741-4300 Bevis Elementary 10133 Pottinger Road Pleasant Run Middle Colerain Twp., OH 45251 School Principal: Collin Climer 11770 Pippin Road Phone: 825-3102 Cincinnati, OH 45231 Principal: David Maine Houston Early Learning Phone: 851-2400 Center 3310 Compton Road Colerain Middle School Colerain Twp., OH 45251 4700 Poole Road Principal: Barbara Hill Colerain Twp., OH 45251 Phone: 385-8000 Principal: Chris Shisler Mt. Healthy City Phone: 385-8490

School District

Welch Primary School 12084 Deerhorn Drive Cincinnati, OH 45240 Principal: Linda Dawes Phone: 742-1240 Weigel Elementary 3242 Banning Road Colerain Twp., OH 45239 Principal: Holly Coombs Phone: 923-4040 Taylor Elementary 3173 Springdale Road Colerain Twp., OH 45251


The Mt. Healthy City School District is located in Hamilton County in southwestern Ohio, and consists of three small communities: the City of Mt. Healthy and parts of Springfield and Colerain townships. Mt. Healthy is a culturally diverse school system, with a minority enrollment of 72 percent. Comprehensive educational programs span pre-

Rachel Whitehurst, a Colerain High School student, is an American Heritage Girl who is working to earn her organization’s highest honor: the Stars and Stripes Award.

kindergarten through 12th grade, with college preparatory and vocational opportunities. These programs, coupled with co-curricular activities, provide the district’s young people with an opportunity to develop into well-rounded and knowledgeable citizens. Mt. Healthy High School 8101 Hamilton Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45231 Acting Head Principal: Karen Austin Phone: 729-0130 Mt. Healthy Junior High School 8101 Hamilton Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45231 Associate Principal: Bob Kelly Phone: 742-0666 South Elementary 7900 Werner Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45231 Principal: Eugene Blalock Phone: 728-4683 North Elementary 2170 Struble Road Cincinnati, OH 45231 Principal: Jenni Moody Phone: 742-6004 Rex Ralph Center Preschool only 1310 Adams Road Cincinnati, OH 45231 Administrator: Susan Heitner Phone: 728-4685


Center Continued from 10 Colerain Township Center has the perfect setting to accommodate your hall rental needs from 30 to 300 guests. Fort Coleraine Hall has a capacity of 300 and Bevis Hall accommodates 120. Fees include a two-hour set up, day of rental, and four hour rental time. Visit als.cfm

Fort Coleraine Hall Residents $350 deposit/$850 rental fee Non-residents $350 deposit/$1,000 rental fee

Parks abundance of wildlife species. The river frontage provides for both water recreational opportunities and serves as an easily accessible ramp for the Fire & EMS Department on water rescue emergencies. The flat topography allows for both active sport fields and passive recreational activities coexisting with the greenspace environment of the Great Miami River. The land is reported to be the site of Fort Coleraine,

Continued from 13 the scene of a fierce Indian attack on Colerain settlers in the 1790s. Heritage Park offers 4 NCAA regulation sized baseball fields (grass infields on two), Disc Golf course, a picnic shelter available for a $70 rental fee to township residents, a playground, canoe access ramp onto the Great Miami River, walking trails, ecolab, and a rain garden.

Groesbeck Park 8296 Clara Avenue 16.8 Acres | This prop-

erty is located next to the Groesbeck Branch of the Hamilton County Library and St. Ann’s Church on Galbraith. The park has four baseball fields, a gradeschool sized football field with press box, and a new playground with poured rubber surfacing. A picnic shelter will be added in late summer 2011.

Wert Family Park 3460 W. Galbraith Road 10 Acres | Undeveloped park donated by Bob Wert

and family in October 2009. Kleingers and Associates developed a Master Plan for the park to be used as a primarily passive/natural park in the winter of 2011. Site preparation for the first phase of development began in June 2011. We are very excited to have received a grant from KaBoom to develop a playground at the park in September 2011. Additional plans for the park include a natural walking trail, community gardens, and a parking lot.

Bevis Hall Residents $350 deposit/$350 rental fee Non-residents $350 deposit/$450 rental fee Colerain Township resident 50th or 60th anniversary reception $350 deposit/rental fee waived Sundays only in Bevis Hall Group Rates Civic/nonprofit (501c3 document required) $100 non-refundable deposit $50 per hour, MondayThursday rental $125 per hour, Saturday-Sunday rental For Profit $100 non-refundable deposit $200 per hour any day of the week * Occupancy includes guests, caterers, bartenders, musicians, etc. using the hall(s) during a single event. Auditorium style seating is available upon request.

Contact Andrea Wade 513-741-8802



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