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2 EXTRACentral THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Friday, September 20, 1991 Gleedale council debates village office expansion Matthews said changing the office location which also houses the village post office would be like moving a popular landmark. "There should be no debate about the location," Matthews said. "It almost has to be chairwoman. Council-men Alex Brockmeier and Tom Benjamin are also on the committee. That's when discussion took a nasty turn, Councilman Herbert Wengler said. Wengler, angered that the committee might drae the propos BY GINA GENTRY-FLETCHER The Cincinnati Enquirer A proposal to expand Glendale's administrative offices has sparked heated debate among some council members. Council's Public Buildings, Parks and Recreation Committee has been criticized for the amount of time it is taking to study how the project should be handled. Mayor Harry Matthews earlier this year proposed to expand the cramped offices at 30 Village Square. Preliminary sketches were drawn by Champlin-Haupt Inc. of Cincinnati. But the committee announced Sept. 9 that it would study other alternatives, including moving the offices and consulting with other architects. "We need other options," said Council-woman Margaret Carlton, committee about the cost of renovating without checking alternatives. "We are in total agreement that something needs to be done. I just didn't realize that things had progressed to the point where there were (designs)," she said. But Matthews said designs had been displayed near council chambers and that Carlton had discussed them with Administrator Walter Cordes. The designs also were altered in response to requests from some residents and Carlton. Matthews, mayor for 16 years, had hoped to have the expansion under way before he leaves office at the end of the year. He is not seeking re-election in November. The post office occupies the front of the building with a small cubicle for the post officewater works clerk. Two rear offices are shared by Matthews and Cordes, and an office manager and office accounting clerk. The plans by Champlin-Haupt call for creating additional office space, a waiting room and a conference room. The exterior would be restored to resemble a stable its original function. "I have nothing against those plans, and we probably could recommend those plans," Carlton said. "I have a problem with spending a great deal of money and not having any other options." Carlton said renovation might cost $250,000 to $500,000. She said the committee is considering relocating the offices because it might cost less. "I just don't think we should rush into spending ($250,000)," she said. The committee is expected to report on its research at the Oct. 7 meeting. Margaret Carlton there. It's such a logical place where all the residents come." Wengler agreed. "The majority of the people in the village would like to see the village offices remain on the square," he said. Carlton said she agrees that village employees need more space, and does not want to move the offices. But she is disturbed that Matthews didn't seek the committee's opinion, and is concerned al on for months with- Harry Matthews out taking any action, argued with Carlton about overriding Matthews' proposal. "The architect has spent a great deal of time with the people that actually work in the offices ... and it seems to me that we don't need anybody else," he said. "The village offices have been in bad shape for a long while, but there's never been the funds available to do. it. Now; there is money available, so why wait?" 1 Meeting center being planned in Sharonville j BY GINA GENTRY-FLETCHER The Cincinnati Enquirer ; Sharonville council was reviewing designs this week from five architectural firms that want td, design a new convention center. The city paid each architect $3,000 to prepare designs, said Mayor Paul Kattelman. The city is transforming a vacant building on 3 acres at 11355 Chester Road into a convention centet and meeting facility. The city bought the property for $650,000 and will spend another $800,000 to rencK vate it. ; The building will be used for mid-sized conventions and meetings, something officials say will boosi Sharonville's economy. Kattelman said the architects were given guidelines, including dollar limits, from which to work. Construction will be completed in stages, and the JWflW t : sW - i " -is. - fiinV V 1 '. Baseball CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 of the East End Area Council, were planning for next year's event. Robertson said later that the COP teams will try to take more kids to the game. But he said each district may go to a different game. As it was, the kids attending last week's game took up two sections. Officer Jim Gramke, who patrols in Corryville, said the mothers of the youths were surprised when their children told them about the trip. "You're going where? With who?" was the response of many a mother, he said. Gramke said he had gotten to know many of the area youth since the COP program started in May. He met one of them, Chris Wheeler, 12, of Corryville, while shooting baskets in the neighborhood. Friday's game was the first time Chris had ever been at the stadium. Seeing the game live was great, he said. "You've got a closer view. You can see them better in person!" His favorite player: Mariano Duncan. Other favorites? "Billy Hatcher," said Jonathan Lawson, 11, of Madisonville. "He's just a good baseball player." "Barry Larkin," said Eric Wick-emeyer, 10, of Madisonville. "He's got good moves." "Chris Sabo," said Missey Co-by, 11, of Northside, "because he is good and he looks a little like my dad." "Chris Sabo," said Adam Kling, 8, of Northside, "because he hits all kinds of home runs." They weren't disappointed. In the second inning, Sabo smacked one out of the park. The officers were surprised and relieved to find that their 350 charges were well-behaved and into the game. At the 7th-inning stretch, the officers smiled when they heard 350 young voices shrieking the words to Take Me Out to the Ball Game. Chants of "Let's go Reds Let's go Reds!" were deafening. Officer Greg Meadows , who patrols in Northside, helped whip up the enthusiasm. When Sabo came to bat, he got them calling, "Sabo, Sabo, Sabo." And when Sabo was called out, the kids handled their disappointment. They booed. i ' architects were asked to reflect those stages in the designs. "We had some very clever uses of the existing space," Kattelman said. "Some suggest that we add on to the building, but, of course, adding on to it means spending more money." Kattelman said renovations might exceed the million-dollar mark, but officials are prepared to pay it. He added that the city will consider including a deadline clause in the contract. "We knew going in that costs are going to jump, and deadlines don't get made, but that's just one, of those things," he said. "Once an architect is selected, we will tie down some time frames," he said. The building is the former site of Wall Street Disco lounge and Emperor's Wok restaurant. Preliminary plans call for a large theater-style meeting room on the main level, with smaller conference rooms on the lower level. The center will be financed and operated with income received from a motel tax increase from 1.5 to 3. The increase will raise $500,000 more a year. Architectural firms participating are: PDT & Co.; KZF Inc.; Gartner, Burdick, Bauer-Nilsen (GBBN); Smith, Stevens & Young; and Glaser Associates. All are from Greater Cincinnati. A selection should be announced by the end of the month. ABOVE: Kevin Howard, left, and Clint Richman, 11 -year-olds from the Price Hill area, enjoy a hot dog, a drink and an outing to the Reds game with Cincinnati police officers. RIGHT: Cincinnati Police Officer John Goodloe and Pat Ormond, president of the East End Community Council, help keep and eye on their charges last week at Riverfront Stadium. The Cincinnati Enquirer Ernest Coleman m ii il i mi ! P - - - " ' 1 1 So long, summer Fairfield welcomes autumn with festival this weekend Woodlawn CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 framing of a charter. I want to be mayor, but I don't want to have absolute power. I think it's dangerous." A charter gives a municipality the power to tailor the government structure to suit its needs such as i. 14 K. Reading to put in line to help drain cul-de-sac BY GINA GENTRY-FLETCHER The Cincinnati Enquirer Reading's Orchard Knoll subdivision will soon get relief from flooding and drainage problems caused by an inadequate sewer system. The city is reviewing bids to install a sewer line that also would rid the cul-de-sac area of snakes and mosquitoes caused by the flooding. Mayor Tony Gertz had vetoed an ordinance adopted in May that would allow the city to spend $3,000 to hire KZF Inc., the city's engineering firm, to design the sewer. Gertz said last week the project "is not a city responsibility." "He's wrong," said Councilman Frank Carnevale, who lobbied others on council to help residents in the cul-de-sac. "The city should pay for it and go back after the developer. We should solve the problem now and get the money straightened out afterward." Council overrode the veto with a 5-2 vote. Carnevale said the city should be responsible for correcting the problems because it approved the subdivision. The project will cost the city $30,000 to $40,000, Gertz said. Gertz said he didn't want to establish a precedent by correcting problems for which the city was not liable. He said similar projects had been done on other streets, but only because the city accepted full or partial responsibility for correcting the problems. U v saving a strong mayor X J f or city manager I m I uhil ctatiit-nmr ruloc outline specific guidelines for operation. A charter issue on rhp hallnt Haac nrt al ii lU THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Fairfield's 14th annual Indian Summer Days festival will feature bands, food, games of chance, bingo, crafts, sports and carnival rides. The festival runs from today through Sunday behind Central Elementary School, 5058 Dixie Highway. Admission is 50t per person, with a $2 maximum per family, and includes entertainment. Hours are 6 p.m. to midnight today, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. More than 100 groups have signed up for booths. On Saturday morning, Nilles Road between Southgate Boulevard and Dix- -ie Highway (Ohio 4) will be closed to ' through traffic for the parade. The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Southgate and Nilles, proceed up Nilles to Ohio 4, and then head north to the fairgrounds. On Sunday, residents can participate in the Fairfield Blister Bicycle Tour beginning at 8 a.m. Cost is $7, which includes the tour, refreshments and a patch. Riders may choose 25-, 50- or 65-mile routes. Scheduled activities include: TODAY 6 p.m.: Festival grounds open, bingo begins. 9 p.m.: White Lightning Express rock band. SATURDAY 9 a.m.: 5K runwalk, Harbin Park. 10 a.m.: Three-on-three basketball tournament, Freshman School gymnasium. 10:30 a.m.: parade. Noon: Fairfield High School Marching Band. 12:30 p.m.: 5-4-1 Christian rock band. 1 p.m.: Fire department demonstration and Air Care helicopter. 2:45 p.m.: Taekwondo demonstration. 4 p.m.: Harmonettes. 5 p.m.: Bingo. 5:30 p.m.: Oui dance group. 8 p.m.: Decade of music, disc jockey. SUNDAY All day: Car show. 8 a.m.: Fairfield Blister Bicycle Tour. 10 a.m.: Mixed volleyball round-robin tournament, Freshman School gymnasium. Noon: Animals from the Cincinnati Zoo. 1 p.m.: Rotary Club auction. 1:30 p.m.: Spaghetti-eating contest. 3 p.m.: Southern Cut band. Susan Farley ways guarantee success at the polls, however. First, voters must accept or reject two ballot questions: Should a charter be written? Should a commission be formed to write the charter? On the ballot will be a list of candidates seeking election to a 15-member charter commission. The commission would have a year to write the charter, after a series of public hearings to get comments from residents. The issue would go back on the ballot in 1992 for approval of the final Reaching us CENTRAL ZONE East Central West East draft. Candidacy rules Residents interested in becoming candidates for the charter commission must collect signatures from 25 registered voters and file them with the board of elections no later than Thursday. The 15 people with the most votes will form the commission, and the remainder will be part of a charter subcommittee. To serve on the subcommittee, a name does not have to appear on a petition or ballot, but members must be registered voters. Petitions can be obtained at the Municipal Building, 10141 Woodlawn Blvd. Norwood Paddock Hills Plsgart Port Union Over-the-Rhlne Reading . 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