2/2015 • February Newsletter

blogpostEAST END NEWSLETTER • February 2015
Editor:  Barb Rider

PRESIDENT’S CORNER • Jeff Kirschner

Please join us at our February meeting on the 2nd.  Although we did not meet in January, much has been happening and our Board has been busy.

A number of Board members met with a group of architecture students from UC’s DAAP program who are participating in a course/contest to preset design concepts for a home that would be suitable for construction in the Garden District within the flood plain.  In addition, a well attended meeting was held on Jan 28 to formally kick-off our efforts to develop a community land use plan for the Garden District.

While we are proactively focusing on the Garden District, there are a number of other projects being planned for – or proposed for – the East End.  These include interest in potentially relocating the Showboat Majestic to a land-based site in the East End.  Leaders of this effort are scheduled to be at our meeting on Monday.

Well be talking about the bike trail at the meeting also! Hope to see you on Monday!

Introducing Your 2015 EEAC Officers
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Laurie Keleher (sec), Jeff Stewart (treas), Michael Bolan (VP), Tad Schroeder (NSP rep). Re-elected president Jeff Kirschner is not pictured.
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Jackie Weist, moving to City Liaison position, swears in our new officers on December 1.

AGENDA – Feb 2   7PM   LeBlond RecPlexPresident’s Report – Jeff Kirschner
December 1 Minutes – Laurie Keleher
Financial Report – Jeff StewartCommunity Reports:
Police – Officer Germaine Love
LeBlond – Alayne Kazin
Riverview East Academy – Charlene MyersCommittee Reports:
Garden – Joe Corcoran
Development – Melisse May
Community Relations – Jane Sites
City Liaison – Jackie Weist
NSP – Tad SchroederOld Business:
Health Center UpdateNew Business:
Showboat Majestic Relocation
Bike Trail
Monthly litter pick-up – Barb Rider

Litter Solution?
Litter along the roadways of the East End is a persistent problem.  Sometimes random residents will spend a few hours picking up beverage cans, fast food bags, etc. from Riverside, Collins, etc.  But there’s a more effective – and fun – idea for keeping the East End looking good!On 2nd Saturdays each month at 10:00 in the LeBlond parking lot, volunteers will meet to choose areas of East End roadways to clean-up.  Plastic bags will be provided; bringing gloves is recommended.  Work as long as you wish, with whomever you want! “Second Saturday Sweeps” will begin this month – on Feb. 14!  Yes, Valentine’s Day!  Could there be a better way to show your love for the East End?! See you at LeBlond on Sat, 2/14 at 10:00! — Barb Rider

Meet & Greet – Feb 17
Come join your EEAC neighbors and enjoy Mardi Gras on Tues, Feb 17 at Swampwater Grill, 3742 Kellogg Ave! —  Jane Sites

East End Sewer Work
MSD is revamping the sewer mains in the Garden District. The project includes removal of the Pump Station surrounded by chain link fence in the front yard of the school. In the past, sewer overflows frequently spilled over from Humbolt and Lower Delta into the Ohio River. Known as Combined Sewer Overflows, CSO’s are a major source of pollution to our river.

In our area, during wet weather conditions, rain water gets infiltrates into the sewers and overwhelms the capacity of the pipes as well as the treatment plant, causing raw sewage spills into the Ohio River. Cincinnati is under court order to stop violating EPA regulations under the Clean Water Act.

Although huge, multi-million dollar dirt-moving projects like this are part of the solution, green practices like rain barrels and improved drainage practices also minimize the sewer overflows by holding back rain water during peak flows. The rain barrels also lower the use of expensive and energy-consuming tap water to irrigate gardens during dry weather.

The East End Garden District is on the forefront of using best green practices as an example of how to make our lovely river even more beautiful and healthy. — Michael Bolan

February Calendar of Events
Feb 2  7PM:  East End Area Council meeting at LeBlond RecPlex
Feb 14  10AM: Second Saturday Sweep (litter pick-up).  Meet at LeBlond RecPlex
Feb 17  6PM:  Meet & Greet at Swampwater Grill

 

 

11/2014 • November Newsletter

blogpostEAST END NEWSLETTER • November 2014
Editor:  Barb Rider

PRESIDENT’S CORNER • Jeff Kirschner

On Wednesday October 29th, the East End Area
Council hosted a special presentation related to Garden District planning.

The Garden District is roughly bounded by Schmidt Fields to the west, Delta Ave to the east, the Ohio River and Riverside Drive. As one of our presenters, Frank Russell from the UC DAAP Program, pointed out this area is a unique community asset. The purpose of the meeting was to share some ideas for the area that had been put together by Mr. Russell and DAAP students, and to hear ideas and issues from community members related to land use. A second guest speaker Kathy Schwab of LISC who had helped fund this study encouraged the audience members to work together to develop a unified vision. This well attended meeting ended with near unanimous consent that pursuing a land use plan for this area would be a worthwhile effort for the area council.
Parking was raised as a priority issue. The success of Eli’s, has led to some concerns being expressed related to parking, noise and drinking. To this end we will be welcoming the owner of Eli’s to our Meeting on Monday November 3rd at 7pm at Leblond. In addition at this meeting we will be sharing our nominating committees report prior to our December elections, and will be considering amending our by-laws to re-establish our western border. Hope to see you there!

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EEAC President, Jeff Kirschner, welcomes the crowd to the Garden District Community Forum held at Riverview East Academy on October 29, 2014.

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Frank Russell of the University of Cincinnati DAAP program explains one of several proposed visions that the UC DAAP students explored for the East End Garden District.

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Kathy Schwab of LISC explains to the group the importance of a cohesive vision by all interested parties for the Garden District.

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A large group of neighbors and interested parties turned out on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 for the East End Garden District Community Forum.

Nominating Committee Presents Slate of Officers at Meeting on November 3, 2014 — Jane Sites
The EEAC Nominating Committee will announce the slate of officers for the 2015 Program Year at the East End Council meeting on Monday, November 3, 2014. Nominations may also be taken from the floor.  Please plan to attend Monday’s meeting! A BIG THANK YOU to our 2014 nominating committee which consists of Joe Corcoran, Mary Dyar, and Jane Sites.

Trash Cleanup Continues in the East End
Some of our neighbors continue efforts to keep the East End free of trash.  This is a never-ending process that requires ALL of our efforts! Recently spotted helping in the neighborhood were Connie Greene, Michael Bolan, and Barb and Ed Rider. Please help us keep the East End trash-free.  If you spot an area that has debris and trash, take a few minutes to clean it up. We will all benefit. Thank you to our SUPER unofficial liter patrol!Six grocery bags filled with trash, picked up on Collins by Barb and Ed Rider.  Thanks you to the Rider
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