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What is the Clifton Town Meeting?

In Spring 1961, a group of Clifton residents began meeting to explore how a community within the city could express its needs and goals within the framework of city government. The result was the Clifton Town Meeting–an official community council recognized by the City of Cincinnati. CTM, as it is commonly referred to, is the planning and policy organization for the residents of Clifton. The impetus for the establishment of CTM was the flight of people from the area to the suburbs, caused at that time primarily by interstate highway construction. The founders of CTM wanted to keep and improve what they had inherited in Clifton. This goal is still reflected today in the CTM Bylaws, which state that “the object of the organization is to preserve and develop the community of Clifton. The founders of this organization recognized that Clifton is one of Cincinnati’s first suburbs and has a traditional charm; and that the unique character of Clifton should not be left to chance. On the contrary, its growth and development should be guided by actively interested residents.” Some of the issues that the founders of CTM were concerned with continue to be concerns of Clifton residents in the 21st century–streets and traffic patterns, an attractive and vibrant business district, and of course, the preservation of Clifton’s gas lights. Some of the CTM actions over the past 40 years include:

  • Preserving Clifton’s historic gas lights
  • Helping to save the Esquire Theater and assisting in financing its remodeling
  • Supporting the neighborhood BlockWatch program to enhance the quality of life in Clifton
  • Arranging for street tree planting, local park improvements such as new playground equipment, and landscaping in public areas of Clifton
  • Spearheading the Clifton School Playground Project
  • Supporting efforts to activate & beautify neighborhood public parks.
  • Participating in the preparation of an Urban Design Plan for Clifton
  • Persuading the City of Cincinnati to rethink its plans for the widening of Clifton Avenue
  • Advocating for opening a new public elementary school in 2018 on Clifton Avenue

On a continuing basis, CTM:

  • Sponsors the Clifton Chronicle, a quarterly newsletter mailed to all residents of Clifton
  • Maintains the community website – cliftoncommunity.org
  • Sponsors & presents the Memorial Day Parade & Grill out
  • Sponsors & presents the triennial Clifton House Tour – to be held next in either 2021 or 2022 due to COVID-19
  • Sponsors & presents the Lantern Walk
  • Sponsors & presents the Golf Outing for a charitable cause
  • Conducts various community forums and meetings on issues of interest and concern to Clifton residents

The CTM Board of Trustees meets on the first Monday of each month. Check the Community Calendar for exact meeting dates, times, and locations.  CTM welcomes your participation in these meetings as well as any of the CTM committees actively dealing with neighborhood concerns and special events. If you have suggestions, questions, need assistance, or just want to talk about Clifton, please send an email to contactctm@cliftoncommunity.org or come to our monthly meeting. Remember, Clifton is your community and CTM is here for all Clifton residents, so get involved! Click here to see the neighborhood boundaries of Clifton.

2021 CTM Committees and Liaisons

CTM Committees are always seeking volunteers for specific activities or for longer-term participation in the work of the Committee. Your involvement, be it big or small, is welcome and desired.

ExecutivePresident Joe Brunner
Beautification & CaretakingGerald Checco
Business DistrictJan Brown-Checco
ChronicleJan Brown-Checco
CommunicationsChris Harding
MembershipKevin Marsh
Housing and ZoningMalcolm Montgomery
NominatingJoe Brunner
Clifton Community LLCJoe Brunner & Gerald Checco
Transportation/Public SafetyMark Jeffreys
ParksMark Jeffreys
EducationBrian Duffy
Arts & CultureJoyce Rich (interim)
GovernanceMalcolm Montgomery
FinanceTreasurer Gerald Checco
Ad Hoc Committees
Strategic PlanningRobert Hamberg
FundraisingJoe Brunner
Save the CCACMalcolm Montgomery
Neighborhood Community PlanJoe Brunner
Liaison Roles
Uptown Consortium / UC HealthBrendon Cull
Invest In NeighborhoodsIoanna Paraskevopoulos
TriHealthJoe Brunner
Clifton Community FundTeresa Hoelle
Clifton Business AssociationJan Brown-Checco
Neighborhoods of UptownMalcolm Montgomery

Some of our Committees hold public engagement / discussion meetings to gather input on specific topics. These are announced in advance by email and put onto social media channels. Click here to view the 2019 approved budget for CTM.

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