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Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 5:09 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 @ 4:23 PM
SPRINGBORO — Developers have withdrawn their plans for development of the historic Easton Farm in Springboro.
The city tweeted at 3:13 p.m. that the application for the development had been withdrawn.
During a meeting to begin at 6 p.m., the Springboro Planning Commission was scheduled to consider rezoning and approval of a plan by HP Acquisitions for 86.7 acres of the Easton Farm, a 101-acre property at 605 N. Main St., Ohio 741 in Springboro.
Staff recommended denial of the rezoning and the plan.
The staff recommendation noted “the proposed residential development densities exceed those identified in the city’s land use plan and the proposed development is not consistent with development patterns of this portion of the community, specifically the relationship of proposed higher density multi-family residential to existing lower density residential neighborhoods.”
The new plan reduced the number of residences from 467 to 463, and the number that would be for multiple families from 360 to 356.
The Blue Ash-based developer proposes a mix of commercial, single-family and multi-family residential development.
Ted and Becky Hall would continue to live on 16.1 acres on the west side of the property.
The developer was sent back to the drawing board on Jan. 11, March 8 and May 10 by the commission.
Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 4:00 AM
HAMILTON — Under a Butler County Solid Waste Management Plan recently adopted for the next 15 years, fees charged for disposing of trash will rise slightly. Not this year, and not in 2019, but on Jan. 1, 2020.
There’s good news about that fee increase, of 18 cents per ton of disposed waste: Even after it rises from 82 cents per ton to $1 per ton in 2020, the fee will be half what it was early this decade, when it was $2 per ton.
Butler County officials recently approved the plan, as did Hamilton City Council, which as the county’s largest city had veto power over the plan. The solid waste generation fee is a charge that is assessed on all waste that is generated in Butler County and disposed of in Ohio landfills.
“Butler County Solid Waste District has made strides to reduce the solid-waste generation fee from a high of $2 a ton to $1 a ton in 2013,” said Anne Fiehrer Flaig, director of the Butler County Recycling & Solid Waste District. “We actually had an additional fee reduction again in 2014, bringing the current fee to 82 cents a ton.”
“Our fee reduction was unprecedented in the state of Ohio,” Fiehrer Flaig told Hamilton officials. “We are very cost-conscious, and we are truly able to operate, (and) provide programming to citizens.”
All the programming the district has had during the past 10 years will continue, including reduction of household hazardous waste, collection of Freon-using appliances and an electronic waste program that recycles televisions and other electronics.
“We consider this (2020 increase) a ‘just-in-time’ funding mechanism to ensure that we have sufficient funds to maintain all of the programs that are outlined in the plan,” she told Hamilton officials.
The plan already has preliminary approval from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
One significant change in the plan from the past is the district will be required to estimate the greenhouse gases reduced through recycling in the county, Fiehrer Flaig told this media outlet.
“They want us to be able to calculate an impact for that,” Fiehrer Flaig said. “Some people find that controversial, depending on your world view.”
The new plan also gives the waste district the option of adding recycling incentives.
She also told Hamilton officials she pledged to support any recycling programs Hamilton wants to create, including possibly additional recycling bins in the area where officials wish to create a downtown outdoor refreshment area. The organization also helped with recycling bins near the RiversEdge Amphitheater when that facility was launched, she said.
City officials thanked her for her efforts and indicated they will take her up on her offer to help with recycling downtown.
“I think one of the emphases in this plan will be to work in a greater capacity with the school districts, to help them divert more waste (for recycling) our of the schools,” she said. “We have a mission to do that. We also want to work with our elected officials to help them feel more empowered about implementing additional recycling strategies.”
Butler County Recycling
Here are the goals of Butler County’s recycling program:
Source: Butler County Recycling & Solid Waste District
Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 1:07 PM
LEBANON — The Warren County Board of Commissioners voted today to contract with the Ohio architectural firm Wachtel & McAnally to design the new Warren County Jail.
The firm replaces KZF Design, a Cincinnati firm that planned to collaborate with California-based Dewberry on the project.
The commissioners picked KZF over Wachtel & McAnally, the firm preferred by a staff committee.
Sheriff Larry Sims said this firm has designed about a third of the state’s county jails.
“Today is a great day for Warren County. We are grateful our commissioners have agreed to a contract to hire Wachtel & McAnally as our architect and planners for our new jail and sheriff’s office,” Sims said in an email after the vote.
Negotiations broke down with KZF, and the commissioners authorized negotiations with the Ohio firm in December.
With Commissioner Dave Young absent, commissioners Shannon Jones and Tom Grossmann voted on Tuesday to approve a contract with the Ohio firm, agreeing to pay it 7.5 percent of the total construction cost, expected to be $44 million to $45 million. The estimated fee is $3.3 million.
“Our jail has been overcrowded for years now, and we have been releasing or refusing inmates on a regular basis. This can’t come soon enough,” Sims added.
Next, the county is to select a construction manager for the project and complete construction design by June 2019.
Deputy Administrator Martin Russell said the architect and construction manager will work with county staff on plans, including whether to build an entirely new facility or expand the existing jail in the county complex in Lebanon, or build the new facility on land on the edge of Lebanon.
“We’ll evaluate all options. It’s preferred it would be kept on the current site,” Russell said, adding he hoped to shorten timetable.
Construction of the new jail is expected to take two years, meaning it is expected to open in 2021.
Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 5:03 PM
Those responsible for caring for Miami County’s roads are pleased they’ve been able to expand the county paving program in recent years, but could do a lot more with an added $5 annual license fee allowed by the state legislature, County Engineer Paul Huelskamp said Tuesday, in presenting his annual report.
Huelskamp “respectfully” requested the county commissioners to consider an August 2017 letter he submitted discussing the provision to add onto the annual vehicle registration fee, a move he said would generate another $600,000 each year.
The $5 added tax to register a vehicle was approved last month in Montgomery County, where it will become effective Jan. 1, 2019 and is expected to raise $2 million more annually for projects.
The commissioners heard Huelskamp’s report and commended his department for its efforts, particularly the leveraging of local funds with state and federal grants for road and bridge projects. The commissioners did not discuss the fee proposal Tuesday. The state law allows counties, but not other governments, to pass the tax following public hearings.
In the annual report, Huelskamp said the county paved 24.55 miles in 2017 at a cost of $1,642,670. He noted, though, the county has 423.5 miles of roads under its care and the industry standard for paving cycles is 10 years. To meet that standard, the county would need to pave about 42.35 miles per year.
In the 2017 letter, Huelskamp said the added money would help the county to get to a 15-year cycle.
Commissioner Greg Simmons asked what other counties had taken advantage of the additional tax.
The $5 added tax has been passed by several larger counties while a few others have scheduled required public hearings.
“The larger counties are the ones that have already (passed the tax),” Huelskamp said.
Published: Sunday, March 11, 2018 @ 8:19 PM
PIQUA — Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor won the Miami County Republican Party endorsement in the gubernatorial election.
Miami County is the only county in the State to hold Republican Convention to endorse candidates. The convention was held at Edison State Community College in Piqua.
This was an upset for candidate Mike DeWine, Ohio Attorney General, who was excepting to win the endorsement. His campaign worked the phones all week contacting delegates in support of DeWine.
Taylor was not at the convention. Her running mate Nathan Estruth spoke on their support at the convention.
The 431 seated delegates at the 9th Miami County Republican Convention for contested primaries in Ohio endorsed the following candidates:
Mary Taylor 181
Mike Dewine 142
80th Ohio House District:
John W. O'Brien 207
JD Winteregg 67
Jena Powell 31
George Lovett 27
Mike Gibbons 176
Jim Renacci 137
Dan Kiley 25
Don Elijah Eckhart 4
Robert Sprague (endorsed)
Sandra O'Brien (did not make appearance)
5th District State Central Committee (Woman)
Mary Beth Kemmer 291
Lisa Hayes 33
5th District State Central Committee (Man)
Steve Bruns 209
Dave Cook 115