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2 EXTRACentral THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Tuesday, October 15, 1991 Springdale Leaders hope to clarify charter issue BY GINA GENTRY-FLETCHER The Cincinnati Enquirer ount Healthy officials lobbying for approval of a charter issue on the November ballot say their only video touts community City aims to draw residents, companies BY GINA GENTRY-FLETCHER The Cincinnati Enquirer about the future of the city of getting qualified people to fill the positions." The city has always used a statutory form of government, following state laws that dictate how a municipality can operate. According to the statute, the auditor and law director are elected positions, and must live within Mount Healthy city limits. With a charter, officials can make changes with voter input and tailor a government structure that best suits a community's needs. Thus, Mount Healthy could eliminate the election and residency requirements for the auditor and law director, and appoint qualified candidates to the positions. Meier and Wolf said officials will discuss the proposal at the "Meet the Candidates Night" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in City Hall, 7700 Perry St. "The good thing about it is that nothing can take effect until the citizens see the charter draft," Meier said. Meier and Wolf said they intend to lobby the commission for proposed charter changes in how law director and auditor positions are filled. Wolf said complaints from city Republican and Democratic leaders that both parties have difficulty finding candidates to run for the two part-time positions prompted council's decision to put the charter questions on the ballot. "We just want to make a few minor adjustments that will make it easier to operate the city," Wolf said. "We're not looking to reinvent the wheel. I'm a strong supporter of the charter concept, of allowing cities to manage their own affairs." Meier agreed. "We are concerned Mount Healthy year to draft a charter. Candidates for the commission are: Mayor Stephen Wolf; Mary Ann Schenk, law director; Lois Melvin, safety-service director; Roger F. Roettele; Dennis Hil-vers; Eugene Reichert; Albert Schaefer; Betty Hutzel; Karl Lemmerman; William Bobinger; Howard Lawson; Al Peters; Jerome Miller; David. Girmann; and Joseph Bobinger. A series of public hearings would be held to get opinions from residents about issues they want included. Residents would then vote on the proposed charter during the general, primary or special election in 1992. obstacle is clearing up voter confusion. "People have a misconception about charters," said Leroy Meier, council president. "We want to get the word out that with a charter, the people have more control of how their government is run." Before a charter can take effect, voters must answer two questions at the polls: Should a charter be framed? Should a commission be formed to draft a charter? If the issues are approved, the 15 commission members elected would have a vear-lone oroiect to caoture "the A quality of life" in Springdale has mresulted in a Dromotional video to .bootbal. Winton Terrace youth program scores r n ft : " t ' " MT vjc- lure more home buyers and businesses. The 10-minute video was previewed at the Oct. 2 council meeting. "We're very satisfied with it," said Bill Nelson, assistant city administrator. It features reasons residents stay in Springdale, the variety of housing available, city history, recreation opportunities and the busy commercial district, said Councilman Randy Danbury, a liaison between the Community Improvement Corp. (CIC) and city council. "This is a way to let people know that Springdale has more of an identity than being the home of Tri-County" Mall, Danbury said. Cost: $15,000 The video, which cost about $15,000 to produce, will be sold to local real estate offices, and will be available for viewing at the municipal building and recreation center. Tri-County Mall officials will show the video periodically in the food court. Cincinnati-based Video Features began taping the video last fall. Danbury said it includes aerial shots of the city and visits to the new racquetball courts and amphitheater, homes and business areas. The project was initiated by Danbury and other CIC members who were looking for ways to promote growth in the city. The group talked with local real-estate agents and found that most home buyers were attracted by: The city's proximity to major highways, including Interstates 75 and 275. Its demographics. Affordable housing. Recreation facilities, including $300,000 in improvements to the community center. The school system. Springdale is in the Princeton City School District. City services. ' t" ' f v ' C r ZT ??3 IL 1 r The Cincinnati EnquirerErnest Coleman Tim Back helps two boys with their blocking. ' v . " t. ' i.T.'. ' ' r ' -' ' ' i . . ,",. : ' ,-,r -.-. a. . v.- ..iX.-mtiA The Cincinnati EnquirerErnest Coleman Coach Shepard Hillson III watches 1 2-year-olds, the oldest group of Falcons, during a warm-up exercise. ft teers. "It's something I like to do," Evans said. "I was a cheerleader at Hughes High School,- and I obtained a cheerleading instructor certificate from the University of Cincinnati." The Falcons coaches stress excellence in the classroom as well as on the field. "We try to work with the players as far as their school work," Black said. "We want to see the kids do well on the field and off. Each player signs a contract, and in the contract is a clause which says they must do well in school to stay on the team." CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 this year we have 175. Last year we didn't have any cheerleaders, and now there are cheerleaders for every team." Volunteer cheers Shirley Evans of Forest Park, the cheerleading coordinator, said she is working with "68 girls and 12 coaches this year. We're going to be involved in the cheerleading competition at Princeton High School this year, with about 1,000 girls from all over the area." The Falcons' cheerleading coaches, like the football coaches, are volun Billy Carter, Bryon's father and the president and coordinator of the Falcons program, said the group that moved the teams to Winton Terrace "started with nothing. We had no money, no equipment. We had to raise money through raffles. But we made it." Having some fun Carter, a computer programmer for Cincinnati Bell, said many of the youngsters on the 10-year-old team he coaches "had never played football before. We try to teach them football and have some fun." r Si Courses Widowed Persons Service offers fall training classes for Outreach Volunteers beginning Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m. and continuing four weeks at Cottingham Retirement Center, Route 42, Sharonville. Qualifications: be widowed and desire to help newly widowed. For more informa The Cincinnati EnquirerErnest Coleman Demetrius Thomas tackles Dominic Million. Bars make case against vote Collector's filing delays Green Township park plans Lawyer cites violations to invalidate petitions Bt IIIIET l llCTTrl tion, call 631-7695 or call 984-6837 for an application. Support groups ABC, Adults Beyond Co-Dependency, a self esteem program using 12 STEPS, meets weekly on Mondays, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3174 Mack Road, Fairfield. For more information, 852-9144. Widowed Persons Service meets at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1553 Kinney Ave., Mount Healthy, 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 6:30 p.m. The PisgahWest Chester group meets at the Christian Church, 9309 CincinnatiColumbus Road, Suite 4, 1st and 3rd Sundays at 6 p.m. For more information, call 631-7695. BY JANET C. WETZEL Norwood Library Trustee Pete Rebold, who voted against the contract, said Kleve's appeal "kind of puts the township in legal limbo. "I think it's going to have to be put on hold," Rebold said. He said it could be at least six months before Kleve exhausts his legal options. However, Trustee Tony Upton said that because unofficial appraisals from experts show Kleve's autos have little value, they could be junked legally. Attempts to reach Kleve for comment were unsuccessful. The auction would have come a year after Kleve filed for an injunction against the township to keep from having his cars removed from his property on Harrison Avenue near the Cheviot corporation line. Kleve sought $5.7 million in damages should they be removed. The township sought unspecified expenses when it coun-tersued to remove the cars. Although Kleve's motion for an injunction has since been denied and the cars removed from his Harrison Property, the township's claim is pending in Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge William Matthews' court. BY LYNDA HOUSTON The Cincinnati Enquirer Westwood car collector Karl Kleve has thrown another legal wrench into the Green Township administrative machine. In the escalation of a legal battle with the township over 40 of his rusting cars, Kleve acted as his own legal counsel last month and appealed the ruling that named a receiver to auction his autos, now being stored on township property. Kleve's fleet including the 21-foot-long Kleve, a convertible he designed in the 1940s rests at the Green Township Veterans Memorial Park, a former drive-in theater on Harrison Avenue in Dent. The appeal is putting a damper on the township's plans to make a park of the 12-acre site. Several weeks ago, trustees granted a $230,000 contract to Broome Paving Inc. for preliminary excavation at the site. But they had expected Kleve's cars to be auctioned by the time work was to begin. His appeal has canceled an auction that was to occur Saturday. Check it Out!, an all-day workshop, will be at the Main Public Library, 800 Vine St., Wednesday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It's for people who work with children, including librarians, teachers, parent aides, children's literature students and others. Free, but pre-registration is required. For more information, call 369-6922. The Cincinnati Enquirer Four Norwood bars, forced to close after voters approved a local-option issue, will take their battle to Hamilton County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday in an attempt to get the May vote declared invalid. The trial stems from a lawsuit filed Aug. 29 against the Hamilton County Board of Elections and board members by Barbara Wiethe, lawyer for the bar owners. The bars Mergy's, Caps Tavern, Norwood Cafe and Mentor Cafe were granted a temporary restraining order Aug. 30 preventing the board from certifying the election results and from closing the bars until the issue is settled. Neighborhood vs. livelihood? Neighbors near Mergy's said they worked to get the issue on the ballot after many efforts failed to put an end to problems created by unruly patrons. Although Mergy's was the target, the issue had to include all bars in that precinct. Bar owners have said their business provides their families' livelihood, and closing would devastate them. The suit contends that the local-option issue should not have been on the ballot, and the results are invalid because the petitions were altered. It also contends that there were not enough names on the petitions to get the issue on the ballot; that board of elections employees changed the number of names listed at the bottom of a petition; and an employee altered a petition by using white-out on a section, which should have voided the petition. Also, the petitions "are considered one instrument" and by law must be filed as one, Wiethe said. But the petitioners filed two sets of petitions on two separate occasions one in January, one in February, she said. "An employee of the board of election verified the signatures, then held the first set of petitions, to the advantage of the petitioners, and clocked them both in at one time, which is against the law," she said. By law, the bar owners liquor permit holders must be notified within five days after petitions to get a local-option issue on the ballot are filed, Wiethe said. The first set of petitions were in the board office on Jan. 22, but bar owners were not notified until Feb. 26, she said. "The board of elections covered this up," Wiethe said. "They never made it known at the protest hearing" in March to determine if the issue could go on the ballot. Chris Snyder, with the Hamilton County Prosecutor's office, who is representing the board, said he's confident the board followed the law regarding the petitions and the election. "We intend to demonstrate that the petitions and the election were handled according to law. And that's all we're out to prove," Snyder said. Compiled by Michelle McAdams St. Vincent CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 By September, the group had raised more than $10,000, she said, and in the next few weeks it hopes to meet its $15,000 goal. The first batch of 48 new winter coats were distributed to needy children in Fairmount in early October. The group will continue to distribute new coats to children throughout Cincinnati. On Oct. 19, adults will get used coats. "I don't want people to misunderstand," O'Brien said. "These are used coats. The children's coats will all be given away at the schools. Last year, somebody started a rumor that new adult coats would be given away. About 2,000 people showed up here and we nearly had a riot. "That's why I'm hiring two deputy sheriffs to work that day." Last year, the group gave away about 4,000 coats and several thousand used sweaters. "We still needed more," Jansen said. t Reaching us General information... ....i.;...........721-2700 Advertising........... 369-1781 EXTRA news.. .....860-5180 Circulation .651-4500 Reader editor 369-1851 Submissions Calendar Items for The Enquirer EXTRA must be received one week prior to publication. Other Items tor Tuesday's EXTRA must be reciefved by 2 p.m. the preceding Thursday; other Items for Friday's EXTRA are needed by 2 p.m. the previousTuesday. 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