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2 EXTR ACentral THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Tuesday, October 8, 1991 Letters Edge Inn must appeal license decision or close He referred to the case of Mergy's bar Norwood good example for other situations to show that this is a good way to solve problems." He said he hopes the agreement will continue if the bar wins an appeal. In the state's denial of the liquor license, evidence showed that Doud, manager of the Edge, had been "convicted of crimes which relate to his and the corporation's fitness to operate a liquor establishment." Doud was convicted several times of violating fire codes by allowing overcrowding. "Mr. Doud stated he was a capitalist who wanted to make money and would rather pay a fine than turn away patrons," the ruling said. The decision was applauded by Robert Kelly, Norwood law director. "I think the neighbors are very relieved," Kelly said. "And this is the best way to do things, to target the problem, not throw the baby out with the bath water." BY JANET C. WETZEL The Cincinnati Enquirer Owners of the Edge Inn bar on Edwards Road in Norwood have until Oct. 18 to appeal the state department of liquor control's decision not to renew their liquor license. If co-owners Joseph Doud and Cliff Hall don't appeal, the bar will be forced to close. "They have not told me one way or the other if they want to appeal," said John Connor II, the Columbus attorney representing the owners. "I would think they would appeal, since that business is a going concern. But there's plenty of time." Connor said he was "surprised" by the state's ruling of Sept. 18, because he did not think the "evidence supported it." Doud was out of town last week and could not be reached for comment. Hall did not return telephone calls. on Prentiss Avenue, where neighbors tried to get complaints about bar patrons resolved. In May, residents of the ward got a local option issue on the ballot to close all bars in the precinct. Voters later approved the issue, which forced businesses such as Mergy's and three other bars not involved in the dispute to fight to stay open. The bars remain open while the case is pending. Neighbors pleased Ron Stover, one of the bar neighbors on Dacey Street who has complained about Edge patrons and signed the agreement, said he is happy the permit was not renewed. "The neighbors like the idea that the bar will likely close," Stover said. "We think this will put an end to the neighborhood problems." The denial was! based on evidence heard in a liquor-permit hearing July 9 in Cincinnati and Norwood Council's objection to the renewal. Some neighbors of the bar testified that Edge Inn patrons had caused numerous disturbances and created parking problems. In June, Joe Hochbein, Norwood councilman for that ward, worked with the owners and neighbors to settle the dispute. Neighbors and owners signed an agreement drawn up by Hochbein calling for various measures designed to end the problems. But neighbors who testified at the hearing said that while the situation had improved, some problems couldn't be corrected by Edge owners. Hochbein said he did not feel his efforts were in vain. "If nothing else, it sets a Showers for flowers One solution: If no number, then no mail To the editor: When I read Walt Schaefer's column of Sept. 20 ("Number lack adds up to street hazard") his complaints about the lack of address numbers on houses and businesses hit me like a hammer. Up to now, I thought I was the only person in the U.S.A. infuriated by this lack. We live half the time in Florida near Fort Myers where the main drag is Cleveland Avenue (Florida 41 or Dixie Highway). This major, busy street is about three miles long, six lanes wide and is solid business. On that street, I defy you to find more than one number every mile. The same thing is true in Cincinnati. And from traveling around the country, I assure you it is also true in Tucson and Denver, too. The solution is simple. Let the U.S. Postal Service declare that after a certain date no mail will be delivered to any house our business that doesn't have an easily-seen number on the front of it. This should solve the problem in a hurry with the added advantage that it will happen at the same time all over the U.S. Scott Bowles Wyoming Bring back Soap Derby to Cincinnati To the editor: I read ,with great interest your article of Sept. 6 "Cincinnati youth deserve the Soap Box." As a four-time participant, twice runner-up and city champion in 1968, I know what the Soap Box Derby has meant to me and the hundreds of other youths who participated during the 1960s. My hope in writing to you was that perhaps the other former Soap Box Derby supporters may have written to you as well. If it is possible to get a group together, then a Soap Box Derby competition may again be in Cincinnati's future. If you have received similar letters, could you please forward names, addresses or phone numbers, and I will contact them to see what the interest level is. Thanks again for giving the Soap Box Derby the publicity level it deserves and igniting the spark that may again bring a derby to Cincinnati. 1 ' Michael J. White Cincinnati . ." f, ' f ' ' -L'i' '"? yW) 'K''hfsJ School board rides cruisers to check youths BY BOB ELKINS The Cincinnati Enquirer Members of the Northwest Local School Board are taking a closer look from the vantage point of a police cruiser at students' night-time activities. Robert Boyles, school board president, planned to ride with a Colerain Township police officer last Friday night. Two other school board members, Helga Schwab and Michael Wagner, also have accepted an offer from Police Chief Edmund Phillips to see the district as an officer sees it. The police chief said he had not received any information of organized gang activity in the township. Boyles said the board sees nothing wrong with young people being out with their friends. But "we do oppose gang-type antics that can develop." He said gang activities can influence what takes place among students during school hours. Wagner said he will not be looking specifically for gangs. "It's to see what basically is going on in the community at night," he said. "You hear of kids running around in the neighborhood, but maybe they're from Forest Park or Mount Healthy." The Cincinnati EnquirerGary Landers Helen Funke gives some sets of mums an early-morning watering last week at her greenhouse, located on Gray Road in Winton Place. Norwood tax battle looms Benefits Railway Business Women of Cincinnati's Annual LuncheonCard Party, for various charities will be Saturday at noon at Town & Country, Covington, Ky. Information: 451-4363. The deadline for reservations is Wednesday. All railroaders are welcome. Joe Sanker Joe Hochbein Training, programs ABC, Adults Beyond Co-Dependency, a self-esteem program, meets weekly on Mondays, 7:30 p.m., at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3174 Mack Road, Fairfield. For more information, call 852-9144. Tax-code change would help city, resident argues A Norwood resident who pays earnings taxes twice because he works in Campbell County, Ky., said he's seeking a tax law change in Norwood not just to save himself money, but for the good of the city. "All it involves for me is $237.50 a year. That's not worth all the argument," said Gary Hensley, who has lived in Norwood for seven years. "It's become a matter of principle ... and where we want to take Norwood in the future." After learning that Cincinnati and St. Bernard give their residents an earnings tax credit in situations like his, Hensley said he figured Norwood's system was just an oversight that could be corrected easily. But he learned that was not to be. Joe Hochbein, the councilman in their ward, took the matter before council after discussing it with Hensley and his wife, Patricia, in August, 1990. After many months of discussions, during which Hensley addressed council three times, council voted 7-2 on Sept. 10 to extend the earnings tax credit to people who work in counties that charge an earnings tax. Previously, only residents paying earnings taxes in other cities were given the tax credit. Mayor Joe Sanker vetoed the ordinance Sept. 20. But council is expected to override that veto at today's meeting. Hensley said that while he is proud of his city and its good schools, he can't recommend co-workers live there because of the taxes they would have to pay. Norwood will suffer if the tax codes aren't rectified soon, he said. "If people looking to live in a city look into the taxes, Norwood will lose out," he said. "I don't want to see Norwood shut people out of the housing market because of unfair taxes." JANET C. WETZEL Council, mayor may clash today BY JANET C. WETZEL The Cincinnati Enquirer Norwood officials are heatedly debating a proposal that the city give credit on earnings taxes to residents who work in counties with such taxes. The proposal also has council looking to override the mayor's first veto during today's meeting. An ordinance passed last month by council extends the earnings tax credit, now given only for Norwood residents who work in another city, to those who pay earnings tax in a county. Some say the financially strapped city can't afford to give up the tax. But proponents say the tax code change is needed to remove the double-tax burden on some residents and to encourage growth in the city. Councilman Don Johnson, who along with Councilman Mike Bain voted against the ordinance, called the action a "political favor," giving "preferential" treatment. "It's the principle involved," Johnson said. "I support the veto. I will never support selective legislation . . . doing something for a handful of residents." Question of fairness Councilman Joe Hochbein, who proposed the ordinance, said it will mean "fair" treatment for Gary and Patricia Hensley, the couple who came to him about the double taxation more than a year ago. "This ordinance treats the Hensleys "If it were not this critical financial time, I would probably frown on it, but I wouldn't do anything," Sanker said. "We have a deficit of about $1.7 million. Council has not done anything constructive to bring in any more money. I resent them giving the city's money away." And why address the ordinance "during an election year and only on the request of a couple?" Sanker asked. Tax code changes should be by a vote of the people at the polls, not by council, Sanker said. John Hanrahan, city tax commissioner, said Norwood would lose about $5,000 with the tax change, based on an estimate of 25-50 Norwood residents who work in a Kentucky county. That would increase if more people go to work in Northern Kentucky, "and I see that happening." Given the city's financial condition, "we shouldn't be giving money away," said Hanrahan, who recommended not passing the ordinance. The money is a significant loss, but the main issue is doing what's right, Johnson said. Encouraging new residents Hochbein and other council members have argued that people who work in counties that charge an earnings tax will be encouraged to move to Norwood if the double taxation aspect is removed. "In the long term the change will help our city and expand the tax base," by bringing in other residents who work in counties, he said. Regardless of whether the ordinance is the "right thing," it will not hurt the city's tax base, Hochbein said. The cities of Cincinnati and St. Bernard already give the credit. the same way as other people who live in Norwood and work elsewhere," Hochbein said. "That's tax equality. Tax fairness. Not special treatment." The tax credit would mainly affect Norwood residents who work in Northern Kentucky. Ohio counties cannot levy an earnings tax unless they operate under a charter, said Paul Fallon, with the Hamilton County Commissioners office. Only Summit County now has a charter. Hochbein said Norwood should be prepared for the future. Ohio law could change or counties could seek charters, he said. Hochbein said the Hensleys approached him more than a year ago saying the tax code is unfair. Hensley pays 2 earnings taxes to Norwood, and 0.95 in Campbell County, Ky., where he works. Hochbein said he took the matter to council several months ago. On Sept. 10, after much discussion by council and "great consideration" by the law and ordinance committee, council passed the ordinance. Mayor Joe Sanker exercised his veto power for the first time in his eight years in office. But council is expected to override his action today. Sanker said council acted irresponsibly in passing the ordinance. Support groups Widowed Persons Service Support Group will meet at the following locations: First Baptist Church of Greenhills, Winton and Sharon roads, on the second and fourth Saturdays, 6:30 p.m. St. Lawrence Catholic Church bingo hall, 3680 Warsaw Ave., Price Hill, second and fourth Sundays, 6 p.m. Kentucky Frisch's, Turfway and Burlington pikes, Florence. Breakfast at 10 a.m., second and fourth Saturdays each month. No reservations are needed. For more information, call 984-6837 or 631-7695. Widowed Persons Service dinner and social hour will be at Bill Knapp's Restaurant, Kings Island, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. No reservations needed. For more information, call 631-7695. Compiled by Michelle McAdams CENTRAL ZONE Norwood : Paddock Hills Plsgah Port Union Gver-the-flhlne Reaching us General Information................... ........721-2700 Advertising , .,,.369-1781 EXTRA news 860-51 80 Circulation , 651-4500 Reader editor , 369-1851 Submission! 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