East End Area Council Minutes – Feb 6 , 2017 7PM LeBlond RecPlex
Editor: Barb Rider
The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m. by President Pat Ormond. There were 30 in attendance, including 18 voting members.
The January minutes were accepted anonymously without c01Tection. Motion by Joe Zimmerman, seconded by Tim Haldemann.
Treasurer Jeff reported $16,786 in the treasury, with no activity since the last meeting. The report was accepted anonymously without correction. Motion by Mary Dyer, seconded by Tim Haldemann.
The Le Blond report was given by director Elayne Kazin, who reminded all of the winter hours for the RecPlex 9am-9pm. Membership is just $10 for those over 50 (good at all CRC facilities); $25 for under 50; $2 for kids. There are free spinning classes in the evening & morning, and yoga in the evening for members.
Erik Thomas from Riverview East Academy reported that the review of the school for their
accreditation will occur on Feb 27 and 28. A student (the first from Riverview East) was chosen to participate in a student exchange with Taiwan. There will be fundraisers to defer the $2700 cost to the family.
The Garden District plan vote has been postponed from January to March. Patrick has been knocking on doors to hear their concerns (traffic, littering and parking). A residents’ only Meet and Greet will occur within the next 3 weeks. Patrick will report on that at the March meeting.
Paddlefest will be a Friday-Saturday festival. Patrick asked Columbia-Tusculum and Boys Club/Girls Club to partner with us, especially with providing volunteers. He will also ask Thrive (they supplied I 000 gift bags last year) and Riverview East to participate, although volunteers need to be at least 18 years of age.
Officer Butler provided the January police report. There were no robberies and burglaries in the East End. Larceny thefts are up to 17 (compared to 9 in January last year). There was an arrest today concerning some auto thefts, which will help considerably.
Dr. Anisa Shomo, director of Riverview East Health Center, distributed monthly calendars of East End events. The clinic is doing wellness activities for the students and staff at the school. Flu vaccines are still available, as well as pneumonia, etc (no shingles). They collected lots of coats and other items for the recent clothing drive. happ
There was a discussion about whether the bimonthly Meet N Greets will continue. There’s been a switch to Wednesday nights at BrewRiver Gastropub. Mardi Gras will be celebrated there on Feb 28.
Attorney and resident Lew Seilor, head of the new EE Hillside Committee, reported on recent activity. He distributed information from the City of Cinti. There are two separate slides concurrently happening west of Collins. The top part is rapid; the bottom is slow. There used to be 12″ movement in 50 years. The western slide in the 2000 block of Riverside is much more active than expected at the rate of 2″/ma. The City has acknowledged that this is impacting utilities on Riverside Dr. There are obvious questions about the safety & stability of the hillside. Most days there are utility trucks working in the area. The head of the geotechnical dept in the City is involved, and they have hired an outside consultant. Inclinometers are in now (at least 12). The issue was addressed today in front of the Neighborhoods Committee, and there was much interest. Ruth Coon, living on the n01th side of Riverside, said that she sees movement every day. Patrick said this could be the most serious problem the EE has faced in 20 years. Property tax relief may be forthcoming.
Regina Moss (representing her co-chair William Sanders, who was at work) presented the EE 2017 NSP proposal, with 7 projects: insurance $900, event insurance $900, website maintenance $260, clinic supp01t $700, Riverview East $4000, landscaping $540, banners $400) for a total of $7700. Discussion included clarification on the purpose and history of NSP. Dr. Shomo asked how school needs would be determined; Melisse explained that the LSDMC of the school helped put together the list of capital needs that the EEAC could purchase through NSP. Vote: 17 yes 1 no O abstentions. Melisse May motioned; Barb Rider seconded.
Cam King, chief investigator of the Citizens Complaint Authority, spoke about the program. In existence since 2002, the agency investigates anytime a Cinti police officer is accused of misconduct. There are several staff members and a board of7 members appointed by the mayor and approved by City Council. Meetings are held on first Mondays at 5pm. Complaints can be emailed or called in: www.cinti-oh.gov/ccia. 513-352-1600. Meetings are on public access TV. In 2015 District 2 had 28 complaints (1 complaint from the EE)
Municipal Court Judge Curtis E. Kissinger spoke. He was appointed in Feb 2015, and is up for election in Nov for 6 yr te1m. He explained what municipal court does, and said he loves his job. Judge Kissinger also serves on the court’s Mental Health Committee. Hamilton County is divided into 7 municipal judge districts; EE is in district 4 (Anderson, Hyde Park, Norwood, etc). 946-5438.
Michelle Dillingham, candidate for City Council in Nov 2016 from Kennedy Heights, spoke. She served with David Crawley and worked on hillside issues with him. Ms Dillingham also ran for council in 2012. www.votedillingham.org
Marissa Reed, of Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, a small non-profit, described what the organization does. From March-November, they support communities in the “Great American Clean-up” by providing supplies (water, gloves, bags, etc) free of charge. Staff members plan events in neighborhoods – SeptNov is available. They can always use volunteers for other clean-up projects around the city. 513- 352-4380. KeepCincinnatiBeautiful.org. The EE is scheduled for its “Blitz”Nov 6-10. Public services/a dumpster will be in the neighborhood all week. She advised scheduling a community cleanup the Sat afterwards, so we can get another dumpster.
Jackie discussed getting an auditor; in the past, we used the treasurer of Columbia Tusculum (Matt Ackerman).
Meeting was adjourned at 8:00.