Monzel Report

Citizens on Patrol to Hold Training Session in October
The Cincinnati Police Department’s Citizens on Patrol Program announced that there will be a volunteer training session beginning on October 25th. The training consists of three consecutive Thursday evening classes at the Cincinnati Police Academy, in Lower Price Hill. Once completed, volunteers may then join one of the many active COP units throughout the city. COP members patrol their neighborhoods, acting as the eyes and ears of the police by concentrating around problem areas and helping the police by increasing visibility. COP units deter crime by their mere presence and visibility to the general public. There is no cost for the course or membership and all citizens are encouraged to apply. The deadline for application is October 19th. For more information, or to apply, please contact Officer Terri Windeler at 513-352-3533 or Last year, Councilman Chris Monzel took the course and has been an active member of his neighborhood’s Citizens on Patrol group.


September 2007
Volume 3, No. 9

Cincinnati City Councilman Chris Monzel

Truancy Hotline in Place to Report Kids Skipping School
Now that school is back in session it is important to know that if you see schoolaged children hanging around during the day instead of being in school, there is a number you can call to report them. The Cincinnati Public Schools has established a Truancy Hotline for citizens where truant children can be reported. The number is:

Neighborhood Block Club in Price Hill is Working to Make a Difference
The old saying that “when the going gets tough, the tough get going” certainly rings true with a group of dedicated neighbors on “short” Pedretti Ave. in West Price Hill. After experiencing numerous criminal issues & other activities associated with problem properties in their community, several residents banded together to form a neighborhood block club. The group has been meeting since early summer and has already started seeing results. For instance, their efforts working with the Police and local businesses have resulted in a Police Sub-Station being established in a donated storefront at nearby Eighth & Pedretti. They h a v e a l s o b e e n working with the city to address s t r e e t Councilman Chris Monzel speaks with members of the “Short Pedretti” Block lighting Club about ways to improve their i s s u e s neighborhood’s quality of life. which has resulted in a new streetlight that will soon be erected over an area where drugdealing has been known to take place. At a recent meeting, attended by Councilman Monzel, an officer with the Cincinnati Police Department’s District Three distributed & discussed local crime statistics with the group and fielded questions about ways to help make a difference on their street. The group plans to continue monthly meetings and is planning to establish working relationships with other community groups in Price Hill.

Dispose of Your Old Television Sets - for Free
Do you have an old television that needs to be thrown away? The Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services has announced that on three separate days in October they will accept old TV’s as part of a special recycling program. In order to participate, you must contact the department at 513-946-7719 or email in order to get an event confirmation and a voucher that will be mailed out to you. Your drop-off location will also be included along with your confirmation. There is a limit of two tv’s per household.

Literacy Program Seeks Volunteer Tutors
Did you know that one in five adults cannot perform the basic literacy requirements of a typical job? In fact, it is estimated that over 200k adults in greater Cincinnati need help with basic literacy skills. The Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati champions the development of literacy by raising awareness, improving access, and serving as a catalyst for literacy efforts. Once a month, the organization holds a Saturday training session for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer tutor. The training dates for the 4th quarter of 2007 are September 29, October 27, and November 17. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact call 513-6217323, or visit Any time you’re able to give will be greatly appreciated.

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Share Your Thoughts With Councilman Monzel
ph: 513-352-3640 fax: 513-352-4649 801 Plum St., Room 346-B Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 email:

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.........September 22nd thru 23rd.........Downtown

One by one…street by street

WHY should your community council have a Quality of Life Committee?
In some cases, to help your community to survive in this transition time, in other cases, keep your community viable as it faces future changes. Create a sense of pride and community ownership while holding City services accountable for action.

WHAT would we do?

Identify any properties and property owners that are in non-compliance of any City ordinance that is causing disorder in your community, follow an established process and be persistent in resolving the issue.

WHERE do we start? Come to this presentation for one process that has been
used in College Hill effectively for the past three years to deal with many issues in an organized, persistent, and accountable way.

WHO will do it?

It only takes you to get it started. Bring a neighbor!
Presented by

College Hill Forum Quality of Life Committee & City Councilman Chris Monzel

6:30 – 8:30 PM
Oakley Community Center 3882 Paxton Cincinnati, OH 45209
Please RSVP by September 21 to 513-352-3640 or