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The CTM 3rd Annual Golf Outing was held on August 22. It was a great day for golfing, and 80 golfers worked the Avon Fields Golf Course. CTM is grateful for the sponsors of this event. Check them out in all the pictures. We will be adding more along with some results of the event […]
This coming Monday, 9/14/15, Clifton Town Meeting will be evaluating a proposed one time donation of $5,000 to the Clifton Deer Fertility Control Pilot Program. Because this is a relatively large unbudgeted expense, we wanted to provide the community with some background information and invite residents to attend our 9/14/15 Monthly Board Meeting at 7 pm at the Clifton Recreation Center. The agenda will include this and other topics such as formation of a new CTM committee to respond to the CPS decision regarding Magnet School enrollment and an update on resolving concerns related to noise from the air conditioning units at Good Samaritan Hospital. If you are unable to attend our meeting, please consider sending your comments to us at email@example.com. We recognize that not everyone will be able to speak on Sept 14 and some may not be able to attend.
Events Leading To This Funding Request
Last fall, the Cincinnati Park Board concluded that, to protect the health of the forests, they needed to reduce the population of deer in three of Clifton’s Parks: Mt. Storm, Rawson Woods, and Edgewood Preserve. At the August and the October CTM Board Meetings, the Park Board proposed starting a program to use certified bow hunters to “cull” the deer herds in the Clifton Parks in the fall of 2014.
Although some residents felt they should accept the Park Board’s opinion that this was their best option, many other residents protested, collected petitions and in October eventually persuaded the Park Board to cancel the bow hunting plans for 2014. The Park Board, however, said that there still was a need to control the deer. They said they could support a non-lethal alternative approach under these circumstances:
1. The non-lethal deer management program would need to be a research project approved by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)
2. CTM would need to vote in favor of the research project proposal so that the Parks would have some evidence of Clifton community support.
3. The project would need to be privately funded.
4. All city, state, and federal approvals and permits would need to be complete by June 15, 2015.
Two alternative approaches were presented to CTM: a sterilization program and a contraception program. CTM narrowly voted in favor of the sterilization program on 2/2/2015. Here is a link to their website: http://cliftondeer.org/donations/. At the time of this vote, we did NOT expect to provide any funding or resources for the project. We were only stating a preference at the request of the Park Board so that they could request ODNR approval for one and only one approach.
On 5/11/2015, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued a permit for the program. The Clifton Deer Project started fundraising immediately but they apparently underestimated the challenge of raising $40,000 prior to starting the program in November. Most of the cost is in the first year ($40,000 versus $5,000 or less in subsequent years) because of the experience of their contractor, White Buffalo, indicating that the most effective approach may be to sterilize 95% of the does in the first year of the program. This is actually the research goal that they presented to ODNR: to prove that a program that sterilizes 95% of the does in the first year will effectively reduce deer population in a park system as is found in Clifton that is partially isolated from surrounding forests. For this $40,000 goal, the Clifton Deer Project has raised over $12,000 so far and just received a $20,000 grant from the Humane Society.
Although the Project is still fundraising, this leaves them about $9,000 short of the funding they need to start this program in November. Due to this unexpected shortfall, they are asking CTM to provide a $5,000 matching grant. If they can then get others to donate a matching $5,000, they will have enough money to pay White Buffalo to sterilize most of the does this year.
Arguments For and Against the Funding
Arguments for the funding
1. The Clifton Deer Project is the only option available this fall/winter to get deer population under control. The number of does in these parks grew from 30 to 40 just since last fall. There is not enough time to switch to bow hunting or to start a new process to gain ODNR approval for the other major non-lethal option of contraception. If you believe the Park Board, getting the deer population under control benefits the ecology of the parks. Also, it reduces collisions between automobiles and deer, reduces the risk of Lyme diseases, and reduces damage to household gardens.
2. The Project is innovative. If successful, it could lead to an ODNR approved option for every neighborhood in Ohio to address deer population issues without hunting. Maryland became the first state to approve this wildlife management technique after a similar study by the same contractor who would lead the work in Clifton, and, if Ohio follows Maryland, non-lethal deer management options could spread.
3. The Humane Society sponsorship is good PR for Clifton. This huge organization is featuring this Clifton project in their national campaign to celebrate their 60th Anniversary.
4. Animals do feel pain. If we can address ecological needs with less pain and suffering, why not do so?
5. The project is close to raising what it needs, but the November deadline is approaching. With CTM’s contribution and additional fundraising by the Project, they are likely to succeed.
6. This project is relatively affordable for CTM. We have some annual expenses ranging from $1,000 to $6,000. A $5,000 one-time expense is relatively affordable. Also, CTM’s $80,000 cash balance is much more than most community councils, and there are many who feel we should be looking for opportunities to use this money on worthy projects.
7. If this program is NOT funded for 2015, costs are likely to increase along with damage to the ecology in the parks by the time we get to 2016. The population of does grew from 30 to 40 in just one year from 2014 to 2015. This caused the budget for the first year to grow from $30,000 to $40,000. This would be likely to increase further if the Deer Project can’t raise enough funds to start the program in 2015.
Arguments against the funding
1. When we approved this program in February, we were not told we might be asked to provide any funding. The Clifton Deer Project may not have anticipated the challenges of fundraising, but this is still an unpleasant, unexpected outcome for CTM.
2. What is the “will of the people”? This is a tough question to answer because many Clifton are not aware of all the plusses and minuses of this issue. Also, it may be impossible to get majority support for ANY one option because at all the CTM meetings involving this topic some people were advocated bow hunting, others advocated contraception, and a third group advocated this sterilization project. Everyone was passionate and everyone disagreed. Another complication is that one could argue that people living near these parks are more directly affected by the Project and should somehow have more say.
3. Will costs after year 1 exceed current projections? The Clifton Deer Project expects to use sources other than CTM for all funds in years 2-5. They project annual costs in years 2-5 because this study aims to complete 95% of the sterilizations in year 1. But this IS a research project and nothing is certain.
4. Also, although this contractor has had success in similar projects elsewhere, given that it is a research project, there is no guarantee that it will effectively reduce the deer population.
Good News, Deer Friends!
Clifton’s partnership with the Cincinnati Parks to humanely reduce overabundant deer in three Clifton parks just acquired another major partner. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has agreed to contribute $20,000 to the Clifton deer project, and they will be featuring the program in their 60th anniversary national campaign. This grant brings us to over 75% of our fundraising goal, but we still need your help raising the last 25%.
For those who objected to the Parks’ plans to bow-hunt in Mt. Storm, Rawson Woods and Edgewood Preserve, those concerned about the ecological and social problems caused by too many white tailed deer, and those just weary of the debate, HSUS’s financial support is welcome news.
Under a research permit issued by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the three to five year study will begin this November when veterinarians and a capture team managed by wildlife biologist consultant, White Buffalo, Inc., will spend a week in Cincinnati anesthetizing, sterilizing and tagging the does in the three parks. If the program works as it has in other jurisdictions we should see deer populations shrink though attrition at the rate of 10% to 20% per year, rather than increasing by 30% as they did in these three parks last year.
CliftonDeer.org again thanks CTM and the Cincinnati Park Board for engaging in the collaboration that made this innovative program possible, as well as all the Clifton residents who have made generous donations to date.
Please consider a tax deductible donation to launch the program in November. Just follow the easy steps on our website at http://cliftondeer.org/donations/.
Written by the CliftonDeer.org, an Ohio nonprofit corporation qualified as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
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.
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:
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August 11, 2015
Lee Matthes, P.E.
District 8, ODOT
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.
President, Clifton Town Meeting
cc: City Councilmembers, Mayor of Cincinnati, City Manager
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On August 19, Mr. Matthes replied by email as follows:
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.
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CTM’s Transportation Committee will continue to follow this topic and provide updates at monthly meetings when new information is available.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Clifton was one of the original Red Bike stations when Cincy Red Bike launched in Cincinnati during September 2014. The Clifton station is located on Howell Avenue next to the Business District Parking lot.
Whether this station is your start or end point, or even just a waypoint on a set of errands you are running, you can connect easily to all points Uptown. There are stations around Uptown also so you can return your bike there, and get a new one when you are ready to travel again. In a short amount of time, you can also cycle from Clifton to a variety of other locations in the urban core: Findlay Market, Washington Park, Northside. Phase II stations are starting to be installed during June 2015 including nearby at Hoffner Park in Northside and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.
You can find nearby Red Bike stations as well as the status at any station by using the smart phone app for iPhone or Google Play.
Cincy Red Bike has a great website explaining the system & the bikes, and you can sign up for a membership as well.
You can put a Red Bike on the front of a Metro Bus in case you don’t want to ride uphill on your return back to Clifton. The Red Bikes come with integral cable locks, baskets, flashing front/rear lights, and fenders. Bring your own helmet for safety.
At the June CTM meeting, the CPD District 5 team (Capt. Bardua, Sgt. Volkerding, Officer Hageman) updated us with the Clifton neighborhood crime statistics for YTD 2015. Check out more details here.
Clifton Town Meeting is hosting their third annual golf outing Saturday, August 22 at Avon Fields Golf Course. The monies raised will be donated to the TriHealth Cancer Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital. We will honor long-time Clifton resident, volunteer extraordinaire and artist Tom Lohre with the third annual “Friend of Clifton” award.
The event includes an 18 hole scramble golf tournament, dinner cookout on the Avon Fields deck overlooking the course, and great prizes. Once again we will have the Beat the Lady Bearcat closest to the pin contest and great on the course food from Northside’s Django Western Taco.
Shotgun start at 2pm. Cost is $80 per player. 2015 CTM Golf Outing Entry Form
Online tickets are not available after August 18 evening. Please email CTMGolfOuting@cliftoncommunity.org to obtain entry to the golf outing.
We are seeking Presenting and Hole sponsors for this event. For more information about the event or sponsorship opportunities, contact CTMGolfOuting@cliftoncommunity.org.