Update on Clifton Water Main Replacements

The Clifton neighborhood has had multiple water main pipeline replacements happening over the past two years. Greater Cincinnati Water Works (GCWW) presented an update on the work to CTM in April 2015. CTM asked for a fresh update from GCWW during February so that residents would be advised. GCWW responded with the following details.

The Clifton 30” Water Main project is on schedule. The project started later than anticipated due to issues with the contract. The project officially started in November 2015 and is estimated for completion beginning of May 2016. The remainder of the work for the Clifton 30” Water Main will be between Ludlow Avenue and Woolper. Construction will be slower in this corridor due to the increased traffic, narrower roads, and installing the new water main in the trench of the existing 30”. This is a slower process removing the old water main and then installing the new one in the same location. The production decreased significantly, but our Contractor is doing a great job staying on schedule.

Once the 30” water main is complete, there is one more Clifton water main project that still needs to finish. The Clifton McMillan Water Main project includes installing 12” water main from Ludlow Avenue to Woolper. The Contractor cannot install this water main until the Clifton 30” Water Main is complete. The 30” Water Main is being installed first since it is deeper than the 12” water main will be.

The Ludlow Jefferson Water Main project was installed in 2015 and is complete. The Morrison Terrace Avenue Water Main was also installed in 2015 and is complete.

CTM Education: Call to Action

Does Your Child Have Access to Quality Education? This is a call to action for Clifton as well as Clifton Heights, University Heights and Fairview (CUF) residents concerned about public education access. Did you know that our neighborhood assigned public school is failing on the state report card?

Access to Fairview-Clifton German Language School, a CPS magnet school, is only available through the CPS lottery. Not having access to quality public education in Clifton could result in fewer families moving to and staying in Clifton, which may also negatively impact our property values.

Let’s join together to improve the ability for all children in our neighborhood to attend a quality public school. Our neighborhood and CTM Education Committee is working hard to make positive change happen.

If you are interested in getting involved in now or would like to be added to our education email list, please click here to subscribe to the email list. Additional information is available here and in other posts on the Community News section.

CTM Renews Support for Bicycling Infrastructure Resolution

The following resolution was sent by email on January 20, 2016:

Mayor John Cranley, City Manager Harry Black, and members of Cincinnati City Council:

This month Clifton Town Meeting (CTM) passed a resolution regarding bicycling infrastructure in Cincinnati. This resolution is the same one we sent to you in August of 2014. Our community continues to desire more bicycling infrastructure, and we are amplifying their voices to you. We have seen improvements in 2014 and 2015 such as the installation of 3 Red Bike stations in our neighborhood, a climbing lane on Woolper Avenue, the installation of a portion of the Central Parkway protected bike lane, and the installation of a pilot thermal traffic sensor at the intersection of Ludlow Avenue and Central Parkway. We see these as the beginnings of progress, and we look forward to meeting with DOTE staff and you to plan and implement additional infrastructure that connects Clifton with other neighborhoods. CTM formed a Transportation Committee at the beginning of 2015, and bicycling infrastructure topics will be handled by this Committee.

Our resolution does not necessarily connote acceptance of the current traffic issues raised regarding Central Parkway. As such, CTM urges the City to continue to address issues and solve the problems affecting cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists along Central Parkway. CTM requests that any change to the current protected bike lane on Central Parkway must continue to include a safe, protective bicycling infrastructure route on Central Parkway and not negatively impact the efficient travel of cyclists.

Resolution for Bicycling Infrastructure
Clifton Town Meeting desires to make Clifton into a premiere bicycling community within greater Cincinnati in order to improve the vibrancy, safety and overall health of visitors and residents. To do so requires continued investment in on-street infrastructure such as the Central Parkway protected bikeway, bike lanes, sharrows, and bicycle related signage. These features add tremendous value for local businesses and help make our communities more livable and attractive to active individuals and families. Our neighborhood supports the initiative to promote more on-street bicycle infrastructure that connects Clifton to other neighborhoods in Cincinnati. Residents of Clifton use bicycles on established roadways in order to commute to work, school, and shop. We need and endorse the full usage of roads for cyclists for a full and productive lifestyle, not just recreational riding on off-road trails.

Sincerely,

Eric Urbas, President
Clifton Town Meeting

CTM Resolution to CPS Board of Education to Reserve Spaces for Clifton

CTM voted to pass the following resolution in late November 2015, and it was transmitted to the following parties by email on November 28:
Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) Board of Education
Superintendent of CPS Mary Ronan
Fairview-Clifton German Language School Local Decision Making Committee (LSDMC)
President of GEBAS at Fairview-Clifton German Language

November 28, 2015

RESOLUTION

A Resolution of Clifton Town Meeting (CTM) in requesting that the Cincinnati Public School Board of Education (CPS BOE) reserve spots for children living in the 45220 zip code in the event that the Fairview-Clifton German Language School expands its current location or obtains additional space in the former Clifton school building which is currently occupied by the Clifton Cultural Arts Center.

Whereas, the Cincinnati neighborhood of Clifton has a population of 8,500; and
Whereas, the children living in Clifton do not have a neighborhood school within their neighborhood; and
Whereas, the assigned neighborhood school is rated as failing and thus inhibits Clifton’s ability to attract and retain young families; and
Whereas, an expansion of Fairview-Clifton German Language School would create new openings and thus not decreasing the current number of openings for city wide students; and
Whereas, Cincinnati Public Schools has set a precedent with the Hyde Park School for a magnet-neighborhood merged school; now, therefore

Be it resolved:

1)CTM requests that any future expansion of the Fairview-Clifton German Language School include reserved Kindergarten spots for children living in the 45220 zip code.

2)CTM requests that Cincinnati Public Schools provide CTM with the enrollment data for children living in the 45220 zip code. Specifically; how many children enrolled and the corresponding data on school placement versus preference.

3)CTM requests that an Assistant Superintendent be assigned to work with CTM in order to help facilitate input towards achieving equitable short and long term solutions.

Decorating Ludlow for the Holidays

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Under the direction of the CTM Beautification Committee, several volunteers decorated Ludlow Avenue light poles with lighting, pine roping, and ribbons on Sat, Nov 21, 2015.  Adam Balz is the Chairperson of the committee, and he is the steadfast organizer of this event (from getting supplies to providing training).  CTM is grateful for the following […]

2015 Membership Drive

Clifton Town Meeting is your local community council. CTM sponsors many activities and festivals throughout the year for our community including: Memorial Day Parade & Cookout, Lantern Walk, CliftonFest, the House Tour, Golf Outing, Holidays on Ludlow and more. We provide funding for beautification projects such as the new flower pots on Ludlow Avenue and Holiday decorations on Ludlow Avenue. We provide communications including community email Clifton News, website and the Clifton Chronicle. We partner with the Clifton Business and Professional Association (CBPA) to keep the Clifton Plaza operating.

In addition to these great things, we also advocate on behalf of the Clifton community. Issues we have promoted in the past year include the return of a local grocery store, renovation of the Probasco Fountain, more programming at the Clifton Plaza, restarting CTM efforts on Public Safety & Parks, creating Transportation & Education Committees to focus more on these areas, creating a more active and useful Community website, and engaging more in social media on Facebook and Twitter to promote CTM produced and sponsored events.

To support our important community work, we need your generous support. Membership dues are tax deductible and make up the second largest source of income for CTM. Starting or renewing your membership will help us keep Clifton a vibrant, desirable, and fun place to live, work, and play. You can click here to renew online.

If you wish, you can also use this Membership Form to do a mail in membership renewal.

Thank you for your support.
CTM Membership Committee

CTM Proposed Bylaws Changes

CTM Trustees formed an ad-hoc Bylaws Review Committee during the October meeting this year. Various bylaws topics were set for review. During the November CTM meeting, three bylaws changes were proposed and the Trustees voted to put these changes before the membership at the December 7, 2015 meeting. All CTM members who have paid their dues for 2015 are eligible to vote on these changes.  The CTM Bylaws may be amended by a vote of two-thirds of the members present and voting provided the amendments have been introduced in writing at a previous CTM meeting and proper notice has been given.

This post summarizes the changes being proposed. The actual language is linked below at the very end. If you have feedback on these changes, feel free to email Trustees.

Click here to read the current CTM Bylaws as revised by the membership during 2010.

Officer Succession

Current bylaws language is not clear on how the President is succeeded if s/he resigns. Trustees encountered this issue during September. This proposed bylaws change creates a very clear succession plan for President and Vice President by ensuring the Vice Presidents are elected with new titles: 1st Vice President and 2nd Vice President. The 1st Vice President shall succeed the President. The 2nd Vice President shall succeed the 1st Vice President. In addition, the proposed bylaws changes make it mandatory to immediately replace the Treasurer or Secretary position should a Trustee resign either position.

Five Trustee Election Cycle

Current bylaws language does not advise on how to ensure that 5 Trustees are elected each year. The CTM Board is comprised of 15 Trustees.  To have a good balance of veteran and new Trustees, there should be 5 elected each year for full 3 year terms. This balance provides for a more effective Board. This proposed bylaws change create language to ensure that this cycle is preserved when there are more than 5 positions open for election by providing for less than 3 year terms to Trustees who are elected with lowest vote counts.

Nominating Committee Formation and Report

Current bylaws language does not set a deadline on when the Nominating Committee must fully form. The language also has no details on what the Committee’s required report to the Board must contain. If the Nominating Committee is formed too late in the year, it will not have time to properly perform it’s work of finding candidates and preparing for the Fall election of Trustees. This proposed bylaws change sets the August CTM meeting as the latest formation date. The current Board feels that the required Nominating Committee report should have some minimum acceptable standards and details. This proposed bylaws change provides for specific report requirements. This creates a minimum standard for future Nominating Committees to meet.

Proposed Bylaws Language Files

In each of the pdf files linked below, the existing bylaws language is shown first, and the proposed changes for member approval are shown afterwards.  We urge you to read these changes carefully.  If you have feedback on these changes, feel free to email Trustees.

ARTICLE V – Paragraph 2

ARTICLE VI

ARTICLE VIII – Paragraph 1 and 2

 

Call for NSP Project Suggestions

Every year, CTM receives money from the City as part of the Neighborhood Support Program (NSP) for directed project(s). For the current City fiscal year July 2015 – June 2016, we will receive $6,800. In order to select the projects, we hold a vote of all residents who attend the meeting. You do not have to be a member of CTM to vote on NSP projects. We will vote at the December membership meeting, Monday, December 7.

We need project suggestions from you now so that we can publicize them before the December vote. There are a guidelines for what cannot qualify. Ineligible activities and expenses include:

  • Direct social services such as emergency food and housing assistance.
  • Routine operating expenses of the Community Council such as rent, utilities, building maintenance, repair, and equipment rental, except for Community Council expenses of a Community Council phone service and post office box not to exceed $1000 per contract year.
  • The purchase of office supplies to support the ongoing operations of the Community Council.
  • Food expense, with the exception of fund raising resale purposes, limited to $1,500 per contract year.
  • Entertainment, other than events widely promoted for general attendance by the residents of the community.
  • Hiring an NSP Manager.
  • NSP compensation for Project Coordinators and other contractors for performing routine office duties or conducting activities unrelated to those of the Community Council.
  • Direct cash awards to individuals or groups
  • A Community Council using NSP funds to purchase advertising that appears in its own NSP subsidized publications.
  • Activities that duplicate government services which are currently available within the neighborhood.
  • Hiring of Community Council officers or their immediate family members, with the exception of minor children who may not earn more than $500 per year from NSP employment.
  • Use of NSP funds to endorse or promote political candidates.
  • Activities that fail to serve any public purpose.

Everything else is a possibility!

Now is your chance to suggest something. The more details (what, when, cost details) you put into your suggestion, the more likely voters will understand it…and then possibly vote for it. An absolute must is that we can implement the project and finish spending before end of June 2016; otherwise, we lose the money. Send your suggestions to us here. We will publicize the project suggestions just before Thanksgiving holidays. Our hope is that anyone making a project suggestion will come to the December meeting to answer any questions before everyone votes.

You can read more about the City’s NSP program here.

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) .

Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Going through life with limited vision can be very challenging. The Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) is ready to help with those challenges, bringing independence back into one’s life. CABVI is the only private, not-for-profit organization in our community that provides services to help improve the quality of life and independence for those with vision loss. Those services include, but are not limited to, rehabilitation, providing employment and access to technology. Their certified instructors work with young children all the way to elderly adults and are committed to helping them find a comfortable, independent lifestyle that works.

The African American community is more prone to vision loss due to our high rates in diseases like diabetes, cataracts and sickle cell anemia when left untreated. Macular degeneration and glaucoma are other eye conditions that are commonly found in seniors and can lead to blindness. In 2012, the National Federation of the Blind reported that African Americans make up 2.9% (1,117,000) of the vision loss community, holding the second leading spot for ethnicities.

CABVI encourages people who are experiencing sight loss to seek help through one of their many services. Regular eye exams are important and can help with early detection of the mentioned diseases plus heart disease and strokes. Services are based on ability to pay, and other funding is available.

Today CABVI helps nearly 5000 people each year through all services. Vision aids and special computer training help clients live active lives. CABVI also makes news and information accessible through its Radio Reading Services with around-the-clock broadcasts and Personalized Talking Print voice mailsystem.

For more information on how the CABVI can help you or a loved one, contact them at 513-221-8558 or www.cincyblind.org.

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.