Thanks for the Flowers!

The twenty-four large flower pots on Ludlow have been an amazing success. If you are enjoying all of the life and color that they bring to the business district, please take the time to thank the organizations, businesses, families, and individuals who made them possible. They were sponsored by the following: Evanswood Place, Nanda, THE LUDLOW WINE AND SUPPER CLUB, Live at Ludlow Garage (two pots), The Rich Family, The Hammons Family, The Garden Club of Clifton (two pots), Jan and Gerald Checco, Buddy Goose and Mary Rita Dominic, Gaslight Property, Gaslight Bed & Breakfast, Dennis Turner of DT Properties, Larry Johnson, Tom Ridgeway and Donald Imwalle, Skyline Chili (three pots), Clifton Town Meeting (CTM) (three pots), and Clifton Business and Professionals Association (CBPA) (three pots).

This financial support made it so CTM and CBPA could save some of their beautification budgets for other projects. The flower pot project was planned by CBPA’s Scott Crawford and the pots were installed by he and CTM Beautification Committee members. The pots are a partnership with Cincinnati Parks. For the low cost of $200 a piece, the parks plant them for three seasons, water them twice weekly, and replace dead plants. This solves the most difficult problem with plantings on Ludlow—how to water them. CTM is hopeful that this program will continue to have city support and keep our neighborhood business district looking beautiful into the future.

—Adam Balz, CTM Beautification Committee Chair

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CTM Resolution Supporting Bicycling Infrastructure

The following resolution was sent by email on August 11, 2014:

Mayor Cranley, Interim City Manager Scott Stiles, and members of Cincinnati City Council;

In recent months, there has been increased interest and debate regarding bicycling infrastructure in Cincinnati, including the Central Parkway Bike Lanes, the Bikeshare program, and the expansion of dedicated bike trails. Clifton Town Meeting (CTM) believes it is important for the City of Cincinnati to understand our position regarding bicycling infrastructure. At our July 14th meeting, the Board of CTM unanimously passed the following resolution:

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 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.

– Ben Pantoja, President, Clifton Town Meeting

2nd Annual CTM Golf Outing Info & Photos

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The 2nd Annual Clifton Town Meeting (CTM) Golf Outing held on Saturday, August 16th was a huge success! 73 golfers participated in the event that raised over $7,000 for the benefit of the Clifton Cultural Arts Center (CCAC). The golf outing also honored David Mann as the 2014 Friend of Clifton. CTM thanks the following […]

Probasco Fountain Restoration & Relocation Photo Album

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We will be putting various photos of the progress of the Probasco Fountain Restoration & Relocation project into this news posting.  They will also appear on our Facebook page. Update on construction from early October: The granite has been cleaned. The bronze has been cleaned and is ready for patination during October. The bell jet […]

American Salute at Burnet Woods – July 3rd

This past July 3rd, the Cincinnati Parks Department organized an American Salute event at our very own Burnet Woods. The event consisted of an evening of music presented by the CCM Preparatory Department, the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, and finally, The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra brass quintet. Following the wonderful music, there was a fireworks show over the lake. Based on our limited research in speaking with a long time resident of Clifton, this was the first fireworks display at Burnet Woods. We’ve included some pictures in case you missed this event.

Lots of people attended, some with picnic dinners while others enjoyed offerings from food trucks at the event.

Spring 2014 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, Holidays on Ludlow and more. We provide funding for beautification projects such as the new flower pots on Ludlow Avenue. We provide communications including the community email listserv, 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, redesign of Woolper Avenue, an improvement study for the Ludlow Avenue Business District, Central Parkway bike path, and launch of a revamped version of the CTM website and a Facebook page.

To support this important community work, we need your generous support. Membership dues are tax deductible and make up the second largest source of income for CTM. The house tour is our major fundraiser. Starting or renewing your membership will help us keep Clifton a vibrant, desirable, and fun place to live, work, and play. You can process memberships online at our website.

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

Pedaling on Central Parkway

On April 18th, a story in the Cincinnati Enquirer suggested that a planned, major Bicycle Lane Project in Cincinnati was in danger of being cancelled. Cincinnati Traffic Engineering has been working for 18 months on a project to create protected bicycle lanes on both sides of Central Parkway from Ludlow to Elm Street. The Federal Government had agreed to pay $500,000 of this $600,000 project, but only if Cincinnati committed to a construction contract by May 2nd. The Enquirer story said that Mayor Cranley and some Council members were now wanting to review the project before making this commitment.

Part of the role of your neighborhood community council, Clifton Town Meeting (CTM), is to represent Clifton on issues that impact the neighborhood such as these bike lanes. Because these bike lanes run from Ludlow to downtown, they clearly impact transportation and recreation options for our neighborhood. CTM prefers to discuss and vote on these matters during our monthly public meetings. However, CTM had an emergency email vote on this topic on 4/18 because our next Public meeting would have been May 5th and the entire project was in jeopardy of losing Federal funding by May 2nd. All Trustees who voted agreed to support a resolution in favor of the bike paths. We forwarded the a resolution to City Council on April 19th.

Here’s an excerpt from CTM’s letter to Council:
“This bikeway promotes public health and recreation, reduces pollution, reduces parking issues, and encourages people to explore other neighborhoods.  For the many people who love to live in an urban environment but are scared to ride bikes in heavy traffic, these protected bike lanes may be the ONLY way we will get out of our cars and on to our bikes. These bike lanes are what will get us to ride to Findlay Market, Washington Park, the Gateway Quarter, and the Banks.  By connecting the biggest population centers from Uptown, Northside, and other neighborhoods to Downtown, this project probably will spell the difference between success and failure in giving Cincinnati a bicycle friendly reputation.”

Clifton Memorial Day Parade

Please join Clifton Town Meeting (CTM) and the Clifton Business and Professional Association (CBPA) for a parade and grill-out to celebrate Memorial Day. The parade forms up at 1030am at the intersection of Middleton and McAplin Avenues. All residents, businesses, and friends of Clifton are welcome to participate in the parade!

The parade begins at 1100am. The route proceeds north on Middleton Avenue, then west on Lafayette Avenue, ending at Mt. Storm Park, where neighborhood volunteers have a fundraising grill-out waiting. There will be burgers, veggie burgers, and hot dogs on the grill. There will also be other exciting events.
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CliftonFest 2014 Call for Artisans

CliftonFest 2014 is seeking the finest arts and crafts talent in our region for this end-of-summer street party!

Reserve a 10’ x 10’ booth footprint for just $50. Get your payment in early to be positioned in the heart of the festival midway that stretches from Middleton Avenue in the west to Diggs Plaza in the east. Request an application form to submit your information and photos of your art/wares at jan@brownchecco.com Applicants who are accepted into the program will have space reserved as their payments are received. Checks will be payable to CliftonFest, 360 Resor Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220-1616.

What you get: A reserved space on Ludlow Avenue on Saturday and Sunday. Bring your tent, your tables and shelves, we’ll help you schlep! Load in: 7 am on Saturday; Load out: 5 pm on Sunday.

To get a copy of the flyer with all details click here. All instructions are on this flyer.

CTM Resolution Supports Grocery

At the March meeting, your Clifton neighborhood council (CTM) passed a resolution stating its support for a full-service grocery store in the property formerly occupied by Keller’s IGA. Vice Mayor and Clifton resident David Mann introduced a motion in support of CTM’s resolution to City Council that has been referred to the Council’s Neighborhood Committee for consideration on Monday, March 24 at 2pm.

CTM felt strongly that the neighborhood’s wishes regarding a grocery store should be voiced to the City now, since it appears that the purchase of the former IGA property may be more likely now that its current owner, Steve Goessling, is considering offers less than the $2.3 million he has been asking for the building. CTM’s position is that if developers purchase the property, they and the City should be aware that the Clifton neighborhood wishes it to contain a grocery store component. We believe the resolution is worded such that it will not deter any developers interested in the property, even developers who may want to include a grocery component as part of a larger mixed-use development.

It is important to note that because CTM has a critical role in neighborhood zoning issues and other decisions impacting local businesses, it cannot and will not endorse any particular enterprise, including the Clifton Market Coop. CTM’s role is to strongly advocate for the return of a grocery store to the Ludlow Avenue business district, and we believe the resolution passed Monday night is an effective tool for Clifton.

The resolution is provided below, verbatim.

Resolution to Support Grocery Development on Ludlow Avenue, March 10, 2014

In the three years since Kellers IGA closed its doors on Ludlow Avenue, residents of Clifton have made their wishes clear: they want another grocery store. They’ve expressed their wishes in hundreds of posts on social media, at almost every meeting of CTM (Clifton Town Meeting), and in letters and emails to CTM. Clifton is a walkable neighborhood, and walking to the grocery store is something residents sorely miss.

Many businesses have also told CTM Trustees that their sales declined after the grocery store closed. They say they are barely hanging on, that they miss having a grocery store as a big anchor to increase foot traffic and patronage throughout the business district.

In February, 2011, CTM affirmed to the Mayor, the City Manager, and City Council that CTM’s goal was to “promote a full-service grocery store that serves the neighborhood.” It is now time that CTM reaffirms that goal. On March 10th, this resolution was reviewed with and accepted by the Clifton Business and Professional Association (CBPA).

The current administration of Clifton Town Meeting would like to reassert that the highest and best use for the property located at 319 Ludlow Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45220 is full service grocery retail. CTM is not endorsing any specific grocery solution and will not take the lead for any specific solution. If the building remains a stand-alone grocery store (or supermarket as the current land use definition would imply), the solution could be a grocery chain, an independent grocer, or a Food Coop. If the current building is replaced, the solution could also be a mixed use property with a minimum of 15,000 square feet of street level grocery retail in concert with a multi-storey co-occupant(s).
– Ben Pantoja, President, Clifton Town Meeting

CliftonFest 2014 Neighborhood Tables

CliftonFest 2014 is seeking applicants for Neighborhood tables. Your non-profit organization can join in CliftonFest Programming while raising funds for your own programming. Each request for registration for a Neighborhood Table must be accompanied by a minimum of 9 hours of volunteer service at the event.  Requests will be reviewed by the event planning committee prior to being added to the official CliftonFest program. Table reservations considered the most desirable will add to our audience’s enjoyment of the event. Table participants will bring all of their own furniture and signage. Please, no tents, though umbrellas will be allowed.

To get a copy of the form to fill out click here. All instructions are on this form.