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2 EXTRAEast Central THF. CINCINNATI F.NQU1RF.R Friday, October 25, 1991 idepeedeete spice up Silverton election Meet the candidates giving their respective views on all the important issues concerning our city," said Norita Englert, an association member. "And it will give all voters the chance to listen to what is being said and to ask questions regarding any problems they have." Phyllis Williams, school principal, will be the moderator. Silverton residents can meet alt their local candidates for the November election during a town meeting at 7:15 p.m. Oct. 30. The meeting, to be held in Silverton Elementary School, 6829 Stewart Road, is sponsored by the Silverton Community Association. "This will give each of (the candidates) a chance to be heard by place to live, with road improvements a major priority," Hunter said. Harry Shelby, campaign manager for the Independents, said his group thinks the city is going downhill, and they want to stop the "steady decline." The Independents want extensive street, curb and sidewalk work, help to improve the business district and action on citizens' complaints. They want Hunter and some other incumbents ousted. "We're not personally mad at (Hunter)," Shelby said. "But the administration is doing such a lousy job on planning ahead for the things we need, we want to get him out." Colley, formerly on council 10 years, said he's not against his fellow Democrats, but he has "different viewpoints on how things should be run." The "current council is not doing all the things they could do," including not letting residents "have enough input into the decision-making aspect. They tend to exclude, rather than include people," Colley said. BY JANET C. WETZEL The Cincinnati Enquirer Silverton's election campaign is anything but dull, with Democrats and Independents (but no. Republicans) on the ballot, and incumbents running against former officeholders. The Independents were Democrats and Republicans until two years ago. Since then, several candidates decided it would be better to run without party affiliation and instead emphasize proposals for bettering the city. To add another twist, the president of Silverton's Democratic party, Edward Col-ley, calls himself an "independent Democrat" and has not allied himself with other Democratic candidates. Colley said it stems from a dispute following his seventh-place showing in the 1989 council race for six seats; he was passed over for appointment to an open seat shortly thereafter. Candidates say issues include managing city affairs and funds, overseeing street repairs, and working with employees and residents to make the city better. for mayor is that people asked me to run and get the city back to where it should be back to what they call the old days," Benken said. "And that includes many, many blacks. He is trying to bring racism into it, and that's ridiculous." If elected, Benken said, he wants to establish a program for sound money management, "which has been really abused up there over the past several years"; promote city cleanliness; and devise a street program with money set aside. Nine people are vying for six council at-large seats: Incumbents are Helen Cas-sidy (D), Kenneth Dye (D), Charles Fischer (I), Peter Gilligan (I), Arthur Hack-ett Jr. (D) and James Siegel (D). Colley (D), Donald Newman (I) and Lucille Scott (I) are challengers. Incumbent Brenda Williams is trying to keep former clerk Bernard Pohlman from taking over her post. Incumbent Charles Clark (D) is unopposed for treasurer. The incumbents have "done a good job, and have certainly been responsive to the needs of city residents," Hunter said. "One of the main goals of the incumbents is to keep Silverton a clean, safe Incumbent Richard Hunter, mayor almost 12 years, is running against Richard Benken, who was mayor 12 years in the 1960s and 1970s and wants the job back. Benken, who is white, claims Hunter, who is black, is trying to make racism an issue in the campaign, but Hunter says he is just telling it the way he sees it. "The city of Silverton cannot afford to go back to the 1960s and 1970s ... his disrespect for the citizens and the employees of the city," Hunter said. While Benken was mayor and Hunter on council, there were "a lot of injustices" in City Hall, and the city had to settle four racial-discrimination suits , filed by black employees, Hunter said. "That whole business was a direct result of mismanagement during those years," Hunter said. "Mr. Benken's record, when he was mayor before, was very poor." Benken said the opposite is true. "One of the main reasons I'm running Stadium Bowl bound Deer Park likes quiet campaigns No battles dividing candidates ' JV " K& ;1 :-& ' , A' Ufe x-- '.vis, y.i ' Iflm J I, rm,Sr-f L... ..A .,...,.... SfA . X., - . , BY JANET C. WETZEL The Cincinnati Enquirer Though campaigns are active in Deer Park, officeholders and office seekers agree the political climate there is friendly and low key. No major issues are dividing candidates and there are no battles to put up the biggest or the most political signs. There are no political signs. Democrats and Republicans agreed four years ago to eliminate campaign signs to end clutter, save money, and still be fair to all involved, said Harvey Alcorn, Deer Park's Democratic chairman, and Donald Rohdenburg, Republican chairman. It has been effective, they said. "And there's no mudslinging," said Democrat Francis Healy, mayor nearly 16 years. "I just wouldn't be a party to that kind of campaign." His opponent, David Collins, a Republican finishing six years as council president, agreed. "If we have to sell ourselves by berating or downgrading our opponent, I want no part of it," Collins said. "We socialize and are friendly. I like that type of atmosphere." Healy served on council six years and was council president two years. Collins said he sees no serious problems in the city, but there's room for improvement. "I would want to take advantage of any state or federal money the city could get," Collins said. "We want to see things continue as they are," Alcorn said of the Democratic slate. "Our roads are in the best shape they've ever been, we've had a lot of park improvements over the years, and the city is financially sound." Rohdenburg said that since some of the Democrats have been in office for many years, he thinks residents are ready for a change. In the race for council president, Democrat Dorothy Condon, who is finishing her fourth year on council, is challenged by Republican Pat McGoron, a newcomer. Three council at-large seats are being sought by Harvey Alcorn, Democrat, now council clerk, who has served 24 years total as councilman, president of council and clerk; Republican Michael Brune, a political newcomer; Incumbent Thomas Fussner, a Republican who is now a ward councilman, but is seeking an at-large seat; P. Thomas Glynn, a Democrat who served part of a term in council but lost in his bid for the seat in 1989; James Lenihan, a Democrat who was appointed to council in 1990; and Patricia Stewart, a Republican who is now city treasurer. Eight are seeking the four council ward seats: Incumbent Robert Hackett Jr., Democrat, seeks a third term, and Lois Seiler, Republican, a political newcomer, will challenge him in Ward 1; Newcomers Eric Frayer, Democrat, and Rodney Steidle, Republican, seek the Ward 2 seat; Andrew Diehm, Republican, and Jeffrey Miski-mens, Democrat, also first-time candidates, are competing in Ward 3; and two more newcomers, Dar-ryl Jackson, Republican, and Flora Vaughn, Democrat, are vying for the 4th Ward seat. Auditor John Applegate, Republican, and Law Director George Diersing Jr., Democrat, who was appointed in 1990, are unopposed. The Cincinnati EnquirerPhaedra Singelis Ken Stanley, in sunglasses, and his Cincinnati Youth Football League Sharonville Golden Eagles, will be among dozens of Southwest Ohio teams participating in the league's first Riverfront Stadium Bowl this weekend. See story, page 8. Blue Ash, Montgomery seek new Pfeiffer ramp, light Upfront tax money funds road projects Symmes developer will buy notes BY ALICE HORNBAKER The Cincinnati Enquirer flue Ash and Montgomery continue to negotiate with "the Ohio Department of Norwood bar is likely to stay open for appeal Montgomery thinks that third traffic light is needed for future tenants so they can get to Pfeiffer Road from office buildings zoned for the former swim club property.". Easement required ODOT needs a property easement from Montgomery before construction can begin on the new right ramp. Blue Ash City Council already gave ODOT permission to use Blue Ash roads for its heavy equipment going to and from the site during construction, Thompson said. In 1990, Blue Ash offered to pay for the new ramp construction. But Montgomery held out for the third traffic light, so no decision was reached, Thompson said. Blue Ash and ODOT still think that a third traffic signal in such close proximity to two others would increase traffic problems. Thompson said construction of the ramp could be completed next year if the two cities reach an agreement with ODOT soon. will be used to buy the notes back from the developer and pay for the road construction, Schear said. "Up until now there hasn't been much money around to build the collector road and do the improvements," Schear said. "But through tax increment financing we get the cash we need right away." After the road is completed, Hank Schneider, a partner in Midwest Commercial Group, said his company will build Symmes Station. Plans call for a 400,000-square-foot commercial development. "Our site also will have green-belt areas between the shopping center, the apartments and the single family homes," Schneider said. "The six out-lots will not be used for any kind of fast food restaurants." Schneider said bids could be awarded by the year's end. BY ALICE HORNBAKER The Cincinnati Enquirer Symmes Township trustees will use tax increment fi-' nancing to begin improvements on Fields Ertel Road at Montgomery Road and to construct the first leg of a northeast collector road to help divert traffic from Fields Ertel and Union Cemetery roads. Township Clerk Neal Schear said estimated costs are $900,000 for Fields Ertel and between $300,000 and $400,000 for the collector. , "We hope to extend the northeast collector at Fields Ertel to Lebanon Road and then eventually to Rich Road," Schear said. The township will issue notes for the construction costs. Midwest Commercial Group, developers of the Symmes Station commercial property at Fields Ertel and Montgomery, will buy them from Symmes. When Symmes Station is completed, tax money from its tenants Transportation (ODOT) to construct a new right-lane ramp and a traffic light at Pfeiffer Road and Interstate 71. Marvin Thompson, city manager of Blue Ash, and Jon Bor--met, city manager of Montgomery, said they would work with ODOT to solve the traffic flow problems at that location. They have been working on the problem for two years. Blue Ash wants a right lane from eastbound Pfeiffer Road to the southbound 1-71 entrance ramp and a new traffic light at Pfeiffer. Montgomery, which owns the property needed for the ramp, wants a third traffic light constructed near the old Montgomery Swim Club property entrance on Pfeiffer Road. "We agree it doesn't have to be right at the old club property," Bormet said, but he wants one near the Red Roof and Ramada inns. BY JANET C. WETZEL The Cincinnati Enquirer The Edge Inn in Norwood probably will stay open while an appeal of its liquor-permit denial is pending. A hearing on the renewal appeal could take up to three months. The appeal was filed Friday with the Ohio Liquor Commission by John Connor, the Columbus attorney who represents the bar. Karen McDaniel of the Ohio Liquor Commission office said the business would be allowed to stay open if there are no outstanding taxes or permit violations to prevent it. The hearing date will be set by the state attorney general's office within about a month, McDaniel said. The state liquor department denied the Edwards Road bar's application for a permit renewal Sept. 18. Neighbors of the bar testified during a hearing Sept. 18 that Edge patrons caused disturbances in the neighborhood and created parking problems. City police and fire officials testified that the bar had been cited for overcrowding several times. EAST CENTRAL ZONE Trick-or-treat The following cities, villages and townships have established Halloween trick-or-treat times on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.: Blue Ash, Deer Park, Deerfield Township, Fairfax, Indian Hill, Madeira, Mariemont, Mason, Montgomery, Norwood, Silverton, Sycamore Township, Symmes Township. Other communities and times include: Amberley Village: 6 to 9 p.m. Loveland: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Hamilton Township in Warren County: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Montgomery Mount Lookout Oakley Plalnville Pleasant Plain Pleasant Ridge Rossburg Rossmoyne Salem Township Sharonville ; Silverton Socialvllle Sycamore Township Symmes Township Terrace Park Twenty Mile Stand Union Township Woodvllle Zoar Reaching us General information......... ..721-2700 Advertising..... 369-1781 EXTRA new 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, ''"oe, time and cost, if applicable. Include a Hi, nd-white glossy photograph if possible. 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