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Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 8:00 AM
FAIRFIELD — A group of Fairfield residents has asked the city to delay a vote on demolishing a 19th century home in hopes it will be converted into an educational facility.
The Save the Cooper House committee, lead by resident Dean Bruewer, is passionate about saving the building because it was owned by Thomas Cooper, an immigrant that was one of the first inhabitants of what is now the city of Fairfield.
“This is critical to the areas to preserve the cultural heritage of Fairfield,” Bruewer said. “This actually was more than likely the first inception of the first settlement within (what is now known as) Fairfield.”
The land was eventually transferred from the Cooper family to Ellis Muskopf, one of the city’s first council members, according to Bruewer.
Bruewer said the group’s goals are in line with the city’s parks mission of preserving Fairfield’s history, and an educational and environmental education center “fits perfectly in the whole context of what the parks board wants to do with Marsh Park.”
The Cooper House sits on the former Muskopf property that the city purchased earlier this year with a $250,000 Ohio Public Works grant. The grant prohibits the city from making a profit from the property.
The 3.3-acre Muskopf property includes a barn — which has since been razed — and the 1824 Cooper House. The city had intended to raze the Cooper House and expand the parking lot of Marsh Park.
Fairfield Mayor Steve Miller said the city doesn’t need to subsidize another historic building, as it does with the Elisha Morgan Mansion, a registered historic building on Ross Road. The city subsidizes that building, which hosts community and private events, at $40,000 a year, he said.
“We want the wallets,” Miller said, adding that if the property will be used for educational purposes, then Fairfield City Schools should play a role in funding its upkeep.
“If it’s going to move forward, you’re going to need a firm commitment from the schools — both that they’re in and how much money are they going to put forward to it,” he said.
More than 700 people have signed a Change.org petition in favor of saving the Cooper House.
The Save the Cooper House committee isn’t just adult residents. Sam Schwamberger, a junior at Fairfield High School and a member of the school’s tree club, said her group wants to see the Cooper House saved.
“It’s such a great opportunity for students to have an alternative learning space for environmental science,” she said Monday evening. “The Cooper House is a part of Fairfield’s history. Not only is it important to maintain this piece of Fairfield’s history, but it will create a place where the community can learn about the environment and a new place for people to explore.”
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 11:44 PM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 12:45 AM
NEW CARLISLE — UPDATE @ 12:45 a.m. (Jan. 22)
It is unknown if anyone was inside or suffered injuries at the Miami Valley Feed & Grain establishment when a large grain elevator collapsed Sunday night, according to sheriff’s deputies on scene.
Officials continue to investigate the incident, which caused a loud explosion, startling area residents.
DP&L are on scene to assess the brief power outage that occurred.
We will continue to update this story as additional details become available.
UPDATE @ 12:10 a.m. (Jan. 22)
A large grain elevator collapsed Sunday night at Miami Valley Feed & Grain, 880 W. Jefferson St.
Residents in the area reported hearing a loud explosion, grain as high as 15 feet across a portion of Jefferson Street (Ohio 571) and a brief power outage.
Crews were called late Sunday night to a report of an explosion at a grain bin.
The blast was reported shortly before 11:40 p.m. in the 300 block of Garfield Street.
Power also was reported knocked out in the area.
We are on the way and will update this report.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:35 AM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 12:27 AM
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Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 4:29 AM
Updated: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 10:00 PM
— A few passing showers are possible overnight, but more dry time is expected heading toward daybreak, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Temperatures overnight will be somewhat steady in the 40s.
Monday: A dry start is expected before more rain returns in the afternoon and early evening. Some of that rain could be heavy at times. Highs will be in the lower to middle 50s.
Tuesday: Colder air returns with highs in the upper 30s early in the morning. Temperatures are expected to fall throughout the day. There is a chance for snow showers or flurries as well.
Wednesday: Another cool day is expected with partly cloudy skies and highs in the middle to upper 30s.
Thursday: Temperatures top out in the upper 30s under partly sunny skies.
Friday: It will be mild under mostly sunny skies with high temperatures in the upper 40s.
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 8:18 PM