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 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.



Elmore to Central Parkway Connector

If you missed the June and July CTM meetings, you may not be aware of CTM taking a position on some of the details of the proposed connector bridge/road from Elmore St. in South Cumminsville to Central Parkway in Clifton. This news post details recent correspondence between CTM and Ohio DOT on the project. It also contains a link to recent project drawings/plans:

After a detailed report by the Transportation Commmittee and subsequent discussion, CTM Trustees agreed to send a email regarding the connector as follows:

——– Beginning of email —–
August 11, 2015

Lee Matthes, P.E.
Project Manager
District 8, ODOT
Phone: 513-933-6612

Dear Mr Matthes,

Thank you for the opportunity to provide public comment on the Elmore to Central Parkway Connector (PID 98109) on July 21, 2015. The public information session was attended by a Clifton Town Meeting (CTM) Trustee (Mike Schur) and several Clifton residents. The public information session designs, along with subsequently provided certified traffic report, were presented and discussed at the August 3, 2015 CTM meeting. The Trustees voted unanimously to submit the follow comments.

Although we appreciate the completion of a certified traffic study, we feel the traffic impact of the connector to Clifton is indeterminate at this time. CTM still has concerns regarding the effect of the connector to Clifton residents and businesses. Please continue to update CTM and include in any future planning and public input.

CTM welcomes the planned shared use bicycle-pedestrian path on the new roadway. However, we note the absence of separated bike lanes on Central Parkway in the current plans. In June of 2014, CTM passed a resolution of support for the Central Parkway Separated Bike Lanes and their extension to Ludlow Avenue. We request that the connector plans include separate bike lanes on Central Parkway consistent with the City of Cincinnati Bicycle Transportation plans and recommendations.

Thank you again for the opportunity to provide comments.

Anthony Sizemore
President, Clifton Town Meeting
cc: City Councilmembers, Mayor of Cincinnati, City Manager
——–End of email————-

On August 19, Mr. Matthes replied by email as follows:
Mr. Sizemore,
Thank you for your comments regarding the Elmore/Central Parkway Connector project.

Per discussions with the City of Cincinnati DOTE (Department of Transportation and Engineering), the cycle track that has been installed south of Marshall Avenue was planned to extend north to Ludlow Avenue. This extension will be a separate project, locally sponsored by the City. The proposed Elmore to Central Parkway Connector project will not preclude that work.

FYI – See below link to access all the exhibits that were displayed at the Public Involvement meeting. Exhibit #1 shows the proposed Connector Road (connecting Elmore Street to Central Parkway; large bridge that spans over I-75, Mill Creek and Dirr Street). Exhibit #2 is zoomed out – showing more of the surrounding area. Exhibit #3 states the Purpose of the project and shows the current schedule. ODOT will continue to update CTM regarding project status and schedule.

Link: Click here.

Lee Matthes, P.E.
—– End of reply —–

CTM’s Transportation Committee will continue to follow this topic and provide updates at monthly meetings when new information is available.

BIG Weekend Clifton – July 24-26

The posters above & below tell it all (click on them to make them larger & easier to read). All sorts of exciting things happening. It starts Friday evening, July 24, at 5pm and runs through the weekend. Special performances, dinners, and first ever “Around the World Cocktail Hours.” Spend some time in your business district this weekend.

Big Weekend Clifton program poster-1

cocktail flyer

Clifton Deer Project

By Beth Whelan, for the Clifton Deer Project

Here’s an exciting update about the collaboration between Clifton, the Cincinnati Parks and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to address our overabundance of white-tailed deer. We love our deer in Clifton and don’t want to harm them . . . we just wish there weren’t so many!

Too many deer devastates the eco-system and endangers drivers on our roads. For a healthy eco-system, experts say there should be 15-20 deer per square mile. Clifton is up to 50 per square mile in 2015. That’s a 30% increase over last year!

As Ben Pantoja reported in the Spring edition of the Chronicle, Cincinnati’s award-winning Parks, the ODNR and Clifton, are testing an innovative and lasting approach to overabundant deer: Cincinnati’s first non-lethal deer sterilization Pilot Program. On May 11, 2015, the ODNR issued a permit authorizing Dr. Anthony J. DeNicola, Ph.D., President of White Buffalo, Inc., to proceed with a 3-5 year pilot research program. White Buffalo is a non-profit research organization that conserves ecosystems through wildlife population control with an emphasis on wildlife management alternatives in non-traditional settings (http://www.whitebuffaloinc.org/). Over the past 22 years Dr. DeNicola has conducted contraceptive and sterilization projects, as well as sharpshooting programs throughout the United States.

How will the Sterilization Pilot Program work?
Easy – ovariectomies! Confused? An ovariectomy is the removal of a female deer’s ovaries. It’s similar to, but less invasive than, spay surgeries to sterilize dogs and cats. The “rapid ovariectomy” technique developed by the White Buffalo team takes place in the field and typically takes 20 minutes or less.

Surgical sterilization is routinely used to control population growth of domestic animals (i.e., dogs and cats) and at least 14 other species. It is recognized as safe and humane for use in deer by The Humane Society of the United States. Both The Humane Society and White Buffalo reports that the mortality rate is less than 1%. Plus, sterilized deer tend to be healthier and calmer than fertile deer — and they don’t attract bucks thereby reducing the chasing behavior that can result in dangerous deer-vehicle collisions.

Capture and sterilization happens at night when deer are most active and few people are in the parks. Female deer are lured to bait stations and darted with a tranquilizer. The team tracks the deer until they are unconscious then transports them to a temporary sterilization site where a licensed veterinarian performs the ovariectomy and injects long-acting antibiotics and pain medication. The lead veterinarian for the Program is Dr. Randy Junge, DVM, DACZM, who has 25 years of experience in zoo medicine and has performed approximately 60 deer sterilizations. Dr. Junge, who is currently VP of Animal Health at the Columbus Zoo, will perform the ovariectomies and train and supervise local veterinarians to also perform the procedure.

All sterilized deer are tagged. Plus, one mature doe in each matrilineal group will be radio-collared to make future capture easier, track migration rates and patterns and assess survival rates. Treated deer are returned to the area where they were captured (in locations with the lowest likelihood of human disturbance during recovery), administered a reversal agent and monitored for recovery complications. The entire process, from darting to release, takes approximately one hour per deer.

As a result of sterilization, the herd size is at first stabilized and then shrinks through attrition. Most communities experience a 10-20% annual reduction in the number of deer.

We need YOU to help make this Program a success in our community!

To be blunt, we need your BUCKS — not deer, we have plenty of those – but your pledges and cash donations. This Pilot Program will begin in the fall of 2015 so the time is now to make this program a success. There are many volunteer opportunities, including fundraising, neighborhood canvassing and field station volunteers. To learn more, to follow our progress, and to make a pledge/donation, please visit our website at www.cliftondeer.org or go directly to www.cliftondeer.org/donations/.

We and the deer THANK YOU!

All-Star Clifton Neighborhood Events

Vintage All Star Baseball Game

Sat, Jul 11, 2:00 PM at University of Cincinnati. Watch an all star game played by 1860’s rules! Join us on Corey St entrance. Feel free to wear your vintage uniform. No entry fee. This event is part of the All Star Clifton Neighborhood series of events.

Wiffle Ball Home Run Derby

Sun, Jul 12, 2:00 PM in Burnet Woods. Take the cement slide down to Lower Trailside. Test your skills. See how far you can send a wiffle ball flying! Divisions for adults and kids. Prizes for the best distance. Brought to you by All Star Clifton and Cincinnati Neighborhood Games.

Clifton All Star Neighborhood Celebration

Tue, Jul 14, 5:00 PM. Catch the baseball game with your friends on the Clifton Plaza on Ludlow Avenue. Bring a chair or a blanket. The fun starts at 5pm with Jake Speed. We will have photo props with a baseball theme. We will have a raffle with merchant gift certificates. Food trucks, beverages and beer! You do not have to live in Clifton to attend this fun event.


Clifton Street Rehabilitation

The City administration has published the full list of streets to be rehabilitated during the 2015-2016 fiscal year which began on July 1st. Clifton has numerous streets that made the list. Work is expected to start very soon.

Bishop Street – Martin Luther King Jr. Dr to Glenmary Av
Brookline Avenue – Jefferson Avenue to Glenmary Av
Clinton Springs Lane – Vine Street to West Terminus
Cornell Place – Ludlow Av to North Terminus
Crestmont Avenue – East Terminus to Biddle Street
Gano Avenue – Howell Av to Ludlow Av
Glenmary Avenue – Vine St to Clifton Av
Lafayette Avenue – Ludlow Av to McAlpin Av
Rawson Woods Circle – Rawson Woods Ln to Rawson Woods Ln
Rawson Woods Lane – Middleton Av to West Terminus
Senator Place – East Terminus to Clifton Av
Shiloh Street – Telford St to Middleton Av
Wentworth Avenue – Bishop Av to Brookline Av

To see the full City wide program details click here.