CTM Candidates for Trustee Bios – 2018

Below are the bios for candidates running for CTM Trustee at the upcoming elections on Monday, December 3 from 6-7pm. Elections will be held at the Clifton Recreation Center on the 2nd floor in the large meeting room. The Rec Center is universally accessible to all. Take the elevator or the stairs to the 2nd floor.

There five positions to be filled by the five candidates receiving the most votes.

Voting by proxy is prohibited in the CTM bylaws. You must be present to vote. It takes only a few minutes. You can pay your membership current prior to voting in advance or at the night of elections.

Joe Brunner

My name is Joe Brunner and I am seeking a Trustee position with Clifton Town Meeting. I have lived in Clifton since 2010, first on Amazon and now on Whitfield. My family and I have benefitted greatly from everything Clifton has to offer, from our business district on Ludlow to our parks, the CCAC, the library, and of course the great people. Clifton has both history that should be preserved, such as our architecture, walkable streets, and independent businesses, and room to grow and change, as is happening with CCAC and the development on the Howell street parking lot, for example. We love our neighborhood and I would be honored to have the opportunity to help preserve and grow our community by joining CTM. I am currently a lawyer at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease downtown and have extensive experience working with individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and government entities to manage and resolve disputes and develop plans for future growth and success. I would love to be able to use my skills to help my neighborhood and community. Thank you.

 

Malcolm Montgomery

  • Passion, experience, results!  Lifetime of passion for protecting, enhancing Clifton, record of accomplishments, seasoned perspective complements new trustees. I believe that collaborating is not only the best way to get things done, but absolutely essential to strengthening the bonds of community.
  • VP two of the last three years, fought to save CCAC and guarantee good school for Clifton.  Sought unified “win-win” that would not fracture our community.   Currently chair CTM’s “Keep CCAC in Clifton.“
  • Chair bylaws committee to make CTM more responsive and accountable, see announcement this issue.
  • One of handful of Lifetime CTM Members. UC career in  Educational Technology, now consult pro bono. Volunteered over 1,000 hours during my current three-year term.  Also trustee 1990 and 2009.
  • public safety: police liaison, funding for hidden cameras to catch drug dealers, limiting side street traffic and speeding enforcement
  • to improve our quality of life and protect our property values – chaired CTM Housing and Zoning Committee, testified before City Zoning Commission and City Council for a more effective chronic nuisance law, for better zoning laws, for fairness in the enforcement of zoning regulations, and for neighborhood improvements.
  • With your vote, I can keep at it another three years!  Thanks!

 

Peggy Spohr

Hello CTM members! Always looking for ways to contribute to the beauty, livability, and richness of our community experience, I ask for your vote this year.  We are a neighborhood of eclectic tastes, architecture, and people, and I love every strand of our unique tapestry.  Many decades before I was born at Good Sam, and continuing until this very day, my family has lived and/or worked within a two-mile radius of Ludlow and Clifton.  Some amazing historic contributions from those early years are still with us, and many more are yet to evolve.  I hope to help grow our vibrant business district, enhance the sustainable lifestyle we all seek, and keep a mindful eye on the preservation of treasures we have inherited.  Please join me in supporting our neighborhood association with your on-going membership, and thank you for your vote.

Clifton Volunteer Work past 5 years:

  • Decorating Ludlow with holiday lights and greenery;
  • Planting bulbs at Richie’s;
  • Cleaning/weeding Plaza gardens;
  • Set-up for Memorial Day Parade;
  • Registration table at Clifton House Tour;
  • Honeysuckle Hit Squad in Burnet Woods;
  • CliftonFest 5K Race registration;
  • Attend Invest in Neighborhood Summit;
  • Submit proposals for use of NSP Funds;
  • Regularly attend monthly CTM meetings and community engagement sessions

 

Brian Duffy

I am a native Cincinnatian, originally from the West Side. My partner Chris and I have lived in Clifton for the past 11 years with our twin daughters Clare & Julia who are students at Fairview-Clifton German Language School. We also have a 12-year-old Goldendoodle named Ella. I attended UC and before that SCPA.

At home, I love gardening, I am a runner, have a great passion for the arts and architecture.

Professionally, I’m an executive at a Cincinnati based manufacturing company where I’ve worked for the last 20 years. As a senior leader in the organization, my expertise lies in customer experience, project management and distribution operations. I also run a small business providing the most unique lodging in Hocking Hills.

In choosing Clifton as our family home we came for the schools, architecture, arts, walkability, parks, and diverse community, all of which we believed to be the perfect place to raise our family. I’m most interested in preserving the arts in Clifton, working with CPS to ensure a smooth transition as CANS opens its doors, and the continued revitalization of the Clifton Business District.

Thank you for your consideration!

 

Peter Block

Given the craziness of the larger world, I am committed to bringing more cooperation to our neighborhood and city. It is what I have written about and made a living at. This is the overriding reason I am asking to be voted onto CTM again.

There are many questions in front of us which I would like to be a part of. We have to find a way to sustain Clifton Market. It is in our interests to  maintain the neighborhood engagement in the Howell Street Development, which will be starting up again in 2019. We want CCAC to stay as local as possible. We need to come together in caring for Burnet Woods and end the acrimony. The Ludlow business district is still vulnerable with too little foot traffic.

Plus, there are new opportunities to create a current Neighborhood Plan for Clifton, bring more visible art, murals, and gateway signage to the business district.

All of this requires participation from all of us. We need more civic engagement. There are still too few of us, as trustees, acting as if we know what the “neighborhood wants.” I would like to keep working on this.

Derby Day on the Clifton Plaza – Moved to Lydia’s on Ludlow

This event has been moved inside to Lydia’s on Ludlow (next to the Clifton Plaza) due to expected weather.

Come join us Saturday May 6th from 3-8PM for a live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby on the Clifton Plaza. Presented by Clifton Business and Professional Association, Clifton Town Meeting, and Ludlow 21. Check the poster for further details.

 

Cincinnati Public Schools – New School serving Clifton, CUF, and Spring Grove Village

At our May 1st Regular Board meeting at approximately 7:50PM administration and school board representatives from Cincinnati Public Schools will adress Clifton Town Meeting about a new neighborhood school including plans for use of the Historic Clifton School(3711 Clifton Ave) and adjacent Rawson Farm property as its future home. We invite all members of the community to come out and hear the information CPS has to share with us. There will be an amount of time for Q&A and opportunities to learn how to be a part of the process in shaping this change to our community.

Clifton Town Meeting has over the last almost 2 years worked on the issue of assured high quality education access for children of Clifton and keeping the Clifton Cultural Arts Center in its current building. Early on these two issues became intertwined due to the fact that Cincinnati Public Schools had suggested a new school as an option for solving the education access concern. Of course it was clear a possible location for this school could be the Historic Clifton School Building where the CCAC currently resides.

CTM worked with the several stakeholders and developed a position statement. Our board of Trustees unanimously passed supporting this statement last year. Two goals in that position were:

  1. Assured access to a high quality public school
  2. The CCAC remain in its current building.

This position was clearly and repeatedly provided to CPS.

Recently CPS announced termination of the lease with CCAC and also moved to purchase the neighboring Rawson Farmhouse property. Our understanding is both will be used for a new neighborhood school serving Clifton, CUF, and Spring Grove Village, or parts thereof.

The lease termination action was taken without knowledge or consent of Clifton Town Meeting and in contrary to our stated position of support of which CPS was well aware.

Now that this situation exists it will begin to have many impacts on our neighborhood, other Clifton education institutions, the immediate surrounding property owners, traffic on Clifton Ave, etc. CTM wants to start today to reach out to our community and begin a process of collecting input for the property use as a school. This input will help us formulate the positions we want to take as community with regard to the future development of the property as a school. Our intent will be to again reach out to CPS and advocate these positions with the purpose of helping make this a successful high quality public school.

Comments from the public at the April CTM Board Meeting on this subject are here.

VoiceScapes – A Story Telling Festival

Saturday April 22 from 7-9PM at The CCAC (3711 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, OH). Come join your friends and neighbors for an evening of storytelling. Clifton Town Meeting in partnership with Clifton Cultural Arts Center, TriHealth, and Clifton Community Fund proudly present this spoken word experience. This event is free and open to the public. Check out the event poster.

Storytellers from across the region tell stories in a variety of traditions and styles

Omope Carter Daboiku (Dayton, Ohio) is a nationally renowned storyteller and will share stories from the diverse cultures of Appalachia

Cheryl Maxine Couch (Cincinnati , Ohio) is a local actress and storyteller and will be performing a selection of original stories

Jim Flanagan (Circleville, Ohio) is a national award winning storyteller and will tell a collection of both funny and very scary stories

Kevin Cordi ( Columbus, Ohio) is an international award winning storyteller and author, specializing in world-tales, story craft, and imaginative thinking…he will also serve as the evening’s M

Clifton Market Funding Proposal Update

Members of the CTM Executive Committe met with the attorneys providing the opinion on the funding proposal for Clifton Market that was approved by the members at the December special meeting.  The details of the update are here.

The opinion letter is expected to be received in March.

Clifton Zoning Map Draft #2 Public Review 10/22/2015

There will be a review of the 2nd draft of the proposed Zoning Map for Clifton on October 22nd, 6:30PM at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Clifton. Details for this event are in the calendar. This meeting and input received will support the creation of a letter from CTM as requested by the City Planning Department as part of the Zoning Map review process.

You can view a comparison of Clifton’s Proposed Zoning Map and the Current Zoning Map here.

You can view all the community proposed and existing zoning map comparisons here.

We encourage you to review the areas that interest you and provide input or concerns at the public meeting or directly to the city through the City Planning Department feedback form (at bottom of page) .

CTM Education Committee – Special Meeting October 7th at 7PM.

Clifton town meeting is hosting a special meeting to discuss recents changes to the magnet school enrollment process which will affect all Clifton residents is some way. The meeting will take place October 7th at 7PM in the Clifton Recreation Center, 320 McAlpin Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220.You may have also received a mailing about the meeting. The contact person from CTM for the meeting is Nicholas Hollan.

Link to Clifton Community Calendar Event

Facebook Event Link

 

 

CTM Trustee Nominations for 2016

Do you have an interest in serving Clifton and its residents? Would you like to participate in helping to guide the happenings in Clifton? Do you feel there is a leadership role in Clifton you can fill?

Being a board member of Clifton Town Meeting is a good answer for these questions. Elections for CTM will be held at the regular December meeting. Nominations are due by the end of October. If you or someone you know is interested in being part of CTM, please reach out to any Trustee or email CTM directly at contactctm@cliftoncommunity.org.

Being a Trustee is rewarding and informative, please consider running in the upcoming election.

 

 

CliftonFest On Ludlow 2015

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Come join your friends and neighbors at this years CliftonFest on Ludlow. Spanning three days from Friday September 25th at 6PM the festivities continue during daytime and evening hours until Sunday the 27th at 6 PM. There is a great musical line-up, chalk art, street vendors, artisans, a 5K race on Sunday, and much more. Many more details including volunteer information is available at the link above. Be sure not to miss out on the fun!

You can also keep up on the happenings at the CliftonFest Facebook page.