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2 EXTRAEast Central THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Tuesday, October 15, 1991 Hearini Norwood bars make case against closings set on center St. Theresa move needs zone vote test 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. "The board has no qualms with how they handled the petitions or the election." Wiethe said she plans to have secretary of state officials testity about proper election procedure. 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 pro should be declared 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. Two sets of petitions filed? 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 preventing the board from certifying the election results and from closing the bars until the issue is settled. Sides make their points 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 patronr. A1-. though 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 BY JANET C. WETZEL 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, attorney for the bar owners. The bars Mergy's, Caps Tavern, Norwood Cafe and Mentor Cafe were granted a temporary restraining order Aug. 30 Two parishes are 'making a whole new school' Former principal at Summit spearheads reunion in Clermont BY RICHARD LITHEN Enquirer Contributor BY JANET C. WETZEL The Cincinnati Enquirer Plans to move the Mercy St. Theresa Center into the former Our Lady of Mercy Hospital in Mariemont late next year may move a step forward at the end of this month. The property is zoned residence B, which does not permit long-term health care, nursing homes and retirement homes, said Steven Haber, Mariemont planning commission chairman. Mariemont will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in the municipal building on a proposal to amend the village zoning code to expand the uses allowed when a minimum acreage requirement is met. The village planning commission has recommended council adopt the amendment, Haber said. Following the required public hearing, council will vote on the change, Mayor Richard Adams said. All residents within 300 feet of the hospital property will be notified of the public hearing, Adams said. While there was no opposition to the plans during a recent public meeting and the planning commission meeting, some residents have voiced concerns over the handling of exterior lighting, drainage, A fter years of consultation, St. Andrew and St. Elizabeth got back together for the sake of the kids. - '-I'M hp - s 1 I vvr V . o MIX VA;isr k j - "A.. : 7- ' ! X j NJ.: .: No, this isn't revisionist Church history. It is a new education system for two Catholic schools in Clermont County. This fall, St. Andrew Middle School, 555 Main St. in Milford, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Elementary School, 5900 Buckwheat Road in Miami Township, began operating as one school on two different campuses. "We are two separate parishes but we really never did become two parishes in the traditional way," said the Rev. Bill Wagner, pastor of St. Andrew. From about 1960 until 1976, St. Elizabeth was an extension of St. Andrew. But with the rapid population growth in Miami Township, the diocese of Cincinnati divided the two schools into separate parishes. . In June, they hired Jim Renner as principal of both schools. "We thought is would just be better to make a clean start," Wagner said. "I think they wanted to get someone who would not be perceived as having a certain loyalty to one school over another," Renner said. Renner, 29, taught math and science at Summit Country Day School for five years before being hired as principal of St. Mary's school in Aurora, Ind. two years ago. Renner did more than meet the requirements of the search committee, said the Rev. Tom Dennemann, pastor of St. Elizabeth. "He is a high energy person, which enables him to run between two campuses which are five miles apart." "What I do is split my day," Renner said. "I go to Seton from say eight to twelve and come down (to St. Andrew) from twelve to four." Combination of strengths Renner said his goal is to unify the curriculums of the two schools. "As far as I was concerned it was more or less making a whole new school," he said. The Cincinnati EnquirerFred Straub Jim Renner was hired as principal when St. Andrew Middle School was reunited with St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Elementary. landscaping and traffic, Adams said. All those issues will be discussed during the public hearing, he said. $4.3 million price tag Mercy has been vacant since 1988. Plans call for moving St. Theresa Center, now in Silverton, into the hospital in late 1992 or early 1993. The total project cost, including renovation of the new site, is $4.3 million, said Mark Pastura, vice president of long-term care of Mercy Health System. Mercy took over management of the center in April. It had been operated by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The move should mean the end of long waiting lists at the center, officials said. Adult day care and physician diagnostic services will be added and home health care and on-site physicians are also being considered, Pastura said. The new site will have nearly double the space, with room for about 176 patients. If Mercy's state certificate of need, which is required by law, is approved by early December, construction will start 30 days later, Pastura said. The current building on Belkenton Road opened in 1925 with space for 120 residents, and the 40 existing residents, including its founder, Mary Shanahan, moved in. Shanahan died at the center in 1923. tion from one school to the other was not always a smooth one for the children. "Sometimes we had trouble making our curriculum come together just perfectly," Wagner said. Keeping up with growth Another problem facing the two parishes was growth. While St. Andrew has seen little population growth in recent years, St. Elizabeth "is exploding," Wagner said. "We have grown from about 450 families to near 1,000 families at the parish in the last four years. And it continues to grow," Dennemann said. There are about 300 students at St. The idea, he said, is to combine the strengths of each school rather than have them working in competition, he said. "We're able to share music teachers and P.E. (physical education) teachers. And we're able to share resources such as computers." Each parish has fewer grades that the average elementary school. St. Elizabeth has kindergarten and grades 1 through 4. While St. Andrew goes from grades 5 through 8. Most of the students from St. Elizabeth continued their education at St. Andrew. But because the schools were run by different parishes, different school boards and different principals, the transi Elizabeth and about 125 at St. Andrew. After studying the problem for about a year, the pastors decided to combine the schools under one administration. "Now we have one school board and can make decisions for the (all) eight grades," Wagner said. The new eight-member school board has three representatives from each school and the pastors of both churches. By working together, St. Andrew can benefit from gaining access to a larger school and St. Elizabeth can benefit from the financial assistance St. Andrew can provide, Wagner said. Kathy L. Rielage Address: 5804 Hawthorne Ave. Age: 27. Occupation: Commercial Lines senior underwriter. Political experience: not available. Goals: Compliance with state law, including getting financial reports to the Virmorgan L. Ziegler Address: 3912 Watterson Road. Age: not available Occupation: Clerk-treasurer of village of Fairfax. Political experience: Secretary of Fairfax Civic Association, secretary of Fairfax Senior Citizens, board member of Fairfax Swim Club. Theodore W. Shannon Jr. Address: 3717 Simpson Ave. Age: 58. Occupation: Director of Linen Services at UC Medical Center. Political experience: Councilman (16 years), vice mayor (10 years), chairman of safety committee (16 years), chairman of Community Improvement Corp. (6 years), Assistant Fire Chief of Fair Gary L. Hodge Address: 3806 Lonsdale Ave. Age: 47 Occupation: self-employed. Political experience: Councilman (6 years), police officer (10 years). Goals: Getting greater input by residents into city council matters and the budget; placing more issues on the ballot. 11 Shannon Ziegler Rielage state auditor on time and making daily deposits to the bank fax Volunteer Fire Department (16 years). Goals: Forming storm water district; improvinq Red Goals: Maintaining a solvent financial position and still providing all the services the residents would like; meeting recycling standards. Bank Road; recycling; maintaining balanced budget. Fairfax CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 dance record was "terrible," and he was ineffective because he would not agree on anything. As for ordinances, Shannon, 58, a Fairfax native, said in "most cases" council has three readings before voting. Protocol is decided by council, not the mayor. And Hodge is the only resident that complains about more time to speak at meetings, he said. The five-minute limit is part of commercial engineering degree. Rielage said Ziegler frequently fails to comply with state laws when she files year-end reports late and deposits village money late. She also makes residents fight for public records or information, Rielage said. If elected, Rielage said she will keep her full-time job. Other goals include, immediately asking council to split up the clerktreasurer's jobs to "give more checks and balances," and "being accommodating to residents." 1955, and clerktreasurer since 1987, said the clerk's job was part-time many years ago. Population growth and new state and federal regulations have required full-time attention, said Ziegler. Ziegler called claims she controls the village ridiculous. Rielage said Ziegler has "absorbed" duties over the years that "should have been delegated to someone else." That includes taking over treasurer duties when the former one died in 1987 and running the recreation center, Rielage said. council rules adopted when Hodge was on council because Hodge "wanted to have filibusters," he "kept interrupting council." Speaking time is unlimited when council receives a written request 48 hours or more in advance, Shannon said. Shannon said he wants a second term as mayor to follow through with major projectsand continue developing the villages five-year plan. Ziegler, village clerk since recreation center at the request of the recreation commission; and state law allows the jobs of clerk and treasurer to be combined. Ziegler said she wants to be re-elected because she has "a deep interest in the village." Residents think Ziegler "has too much power," said Rielage, who graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1986 with a degree in finance and real estate. "Too much power. I cannot understand that opinion," said Ziegler, 1937 graduate of UC with a "I do the work that's required of me by state statute, plus all other work council tells me to do. A clerk is the hub in a wheel only the central part that dispels the information. That does not constitute power. That constitutes service to the community," Ziegler said. Additionally, she said, she always tries to accommodate residents. The treasurer and clerk jobs were combined by council, not by her; she handles rentals of the Reaching us Corrections EAST CENTRAL ZONE Montgomery Mount Lookout Oakley Plainville Pleasant Plain Pleasant Ridge Rossburg Rossmoyne Salem Township Sharonvllle SHverton Soclarvllle Sycamore Township Symmes Township : Terrace Park Twenty Mile Stand Union Township Woodvllle Zoar General information .....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 for Tuesday's EXTRA must be recielved by 2 p.m. the preceding Thursday; other Items for Friday's EXTRA are needed by 2 p.m. the previousTuesday. Items should be typed and Include a description of the event, person or award with name, address, phone, date, place, time and cost, If applicable. Include a black-and-white glossy photograph if possible. Send to Enquirer EXTRA, 4820 Business Center Way, Cincinnati 45246. Publication is ' at the discretion of The Enquirer. Items may be edited for space considerations. Letter 7he Enquirer EXTRA welcomes letters from its readers. Letters should be written expressly for EXTRA and should not be copies of letters sent to others. All letters are subject to editing In the Interests of brevity and good taste. Address letters to Enquirer EXTRA letters, 4820 Business Center Way, Cincinnati, 45246. A phone number must be Included for verification. Unused letters cannot be returned. Amberley Village Blue Ash ' Bullervllle Camp Dennlson Columbia Township Columbla-Tusculum Cozaddale Deer Park Deerfleld Township Dlllonvale East End East Walnut Hills Evanston Fairfax Foster Hamilton Township Harlan Township In the Oct. 11 EXTRA, comments about the 100th anniversary of Ulysses S. Grant's birth celebrated in 1922 should have been attributed to Hazel Davis, a member of Historic New Richmond. Mason City Council candidate Bill Kidder is a full-time member of the Even-dale fire department, not the Mason fire department, as reported in an Oct. 11 story. Kidder had been a fire lieutenant in Mason for more than five years. In addition to civic involvement listed in an Oct. 11 story, Mason City Council candidate Cay Steinhauer was a Red Cross teacher and disaster chairman. 1 1 Hopklnsvllle Hyde Park Indian Hill , Kennedy Heights Kenwood Kings Mills Llnwood . Loveland Madeira Madlsonville Malneville Mariemont Mason Mddleboro V

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