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Monzel Report

Citizens on Patrol Honors Chris Monzel
Last month the Cincinnati Police Department’s Citizens on Patrol program honored Councilman Chris Monzel for “Exceptional Dedication to the Program.” Monzel is an active member of the Spring Grove Village (formerly known as Winton Place) Citizens on Patrol group and has been an outspoken supporter of the program Lt. Larry Powell & Officer Terri Windeler present for many years. Citizens on Patrol a special award to Chris Monzel members act as the eyes and ears of the police by patrolling their neighborhoods and reporting critical quality of life issues. Often times their mere presence is enough to deter criminal activity and make citizens feel safer. The next training session for new volunteers will begin in September and consist of three thursday evening classes. For more information about the Citizens on Patrol program, contact Officer Terri Windeler at 513-3523533 or email terri.windeler@cincinnati-oh.gov.

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June 2007
Volume 3, No. 6

Cincinnati City Councilman Chris Monzel

Councilman Chris Monzel recently introduced legislation that will continue the City’s property tax “roll back” for 2008. In order to maintain a consistent level of property tax collections, it is necessary to annually adjust the millage rate. Discussing the issue, Monzel said that “keeping the amount of collected property tax consistent with previous years effectively stops an un-voted tax-increase (from increased home values) and helps put the brakes on runaway spending.” Each year he has been on council, Monzel has introduced similar legislation. The current proposal is pending before the Finance Committee.

Monzel Proposes Property Tax “Roll Back” for 2008

Volunteers of America to Hold Convention in Cincinnati
The Volunteers of America, a group that operates a treatment center in Over the Rhine that imports 100’s of sex offenders into our community, will be holding their national convention at the Duke Energy Center from June 22-26.

FreestoreFoodbank Plays Important Community Role
Councilman Chris Monzel recently had the opportunity to tour the warehouse operations of the FreestoreFoodbank in Paddock Hills. While there Monzel saw firsthand how this organization was able to marshal the resources from over 150 corporate partners to deliver over 9 million pounds of food last year to the area’s needy families. The food is distributed through a network of food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, community centers, child/eldercare centers and residential f e e d i n g programs. They are also a member of America’s S e c o n d Councilman Monzel speaks Harvest, the with CEO John Young about the Nation’s Food Foodbank’s operation Bank network. In addition, the organization proudly boasts that 94 cents out of every dollar they receive goes directly to programs that feed the hungry. For more information about the FreestoreFoodbank, please call 513-4823663 or visit www.freestorefoodbank.org.

a community profile...
The Cincinnati neighborhood of Roselawn was originally laid out in the 1930s to replace dairy farms and older country clubs. Its housing stock consists of attractive Tudor style homes on elegant tree-lined, gas lighted streets. It also features many multi-family buildings, especially along Reading Road, that were built to keep pace with a growing population after WWII. The neighborhood is also home to a “1000 Hands” playground, built in 2002. Cultural diversity has become one of the neighborhood’s hallmarks and it contains a very active community council. For more information about Roselawn, please visit www.roselawn.org.

Roselawn

Councilman Monzel Wants to Hear from you!!!
ph: 513-352-3640 fax: 513-352-4649 801 Plum St., Room 346-B Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 email: chris.monzel@cincinnati-oh.gov

In mid-May three Americorps programs (Public Allies, Notre Dame Mission Volunteers and the Urban Appalachian Council) came together for a recognition ceremony and a day of service projects in upper and lower Price Hill. The ceremony took place at the scenic overlook pavilion in Mt. Echo Park. Councilman Chris Monzel was one of the dignitaries on hand to offer words of encouragement and to relate his own experiences as a volunteer. Monzel thanked particip a n t s for their service and for the important roll groups like Americorps plays in making a difference in Cincinnati and across the nation. For more information about the Americorps, visit www.americorps.org.

Americorps Groups Make Price Hill Shine

Celebrate the Ohio River........at Paddlefest 2007........July 6 & 7........For info call 513-588-6936........www.ohioriverway.org

Local news

Cincinnati.Com » The Enquirer » Local news » City wrestles with billboards Last Updated: 5:24 am | Monday, May 14, 2007

City wrestles with billboards
BY JANE PRENDERGAST | JPRENDERGAST@ENQUIRER.COM

OAKLEY - At midnight, it seems like daytime in a second-floor bedroom here. Edna Ritchie can't resist fresh air at bedtime, so she opens up her window despite the billboard across the street from her house that shines a giant advertisement for Montgomery Cyclery. Next to it is one advertising Kings Island. "I look out and there are those people on the bicycles," she said. "I have room-darkening shades, but it's still very much lit up at night." The city can't do much about the billboard that lights up Ritchie's house along Ridge Road since it's already in place. But City Council members are working on some new rules to restrict future billboard locations. Councilman Chris Bortz thinks billboards, along with those advertising benches at bus stops and racks that hold newspapers, cut into Cincinnati's overall curb appeal. Councilman Chris Monzel has been pushing a plan that would prevent new situations like the Ritchies' - he wants to keep billboards at least 200 feet outside residential zones. City regulations already put them 200 feet from schools and hospitals, he said. The issue is scheduled to be discussed again May 22 by council's economic development committee. Representatives of out-of-town billboard companies asked for a delay so they could attend. "I don't see West Chester having this problem, or Loveland," Monzel said. "We don't need it either." He doesn't believe the restriction would put the billboard companies out of business, which is what he said company officials have been concerned about. Billboard companies could not be reached for comment.
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THE ENQUIRER/CARA OWSLEY When this billboard is lit at night, it shines in the window of the room where Edna Ritchie is trying to sleep.

"You have to look at what these do to our neighborhoods," he said. "Who's going to want to buy a house with a giant billboard in the yard?" Among the examples he points to: at Guerley Road and Kellywood Avenue in West Price Hill, there's a billboard advertising Cricket. It's in the parking lot of a business, but also next door and across the street from where people live. He also recently heard from residents on Prosperity Place in Westwood about a new billboard at Glenway Avenue and Ferguson Road they think is too close to their houses. The city already has some restrictions on billboards. They can go up only in zoning districts that allow outdoor advertising (residential zoning does not) and they can't be within 200 feet of any school, hospital or recreation area. They can be 40 feet tall, 25 feet wide and have 624 square feet for the advertisement. And for about a decade, there's been a cap, meaning the more than 800 that stand in the city now can't be increased. Billboard company representatives complain that their business is being hurt by fewer options for billboard locations, officials said. Carl Uebelacker, a board member of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Council, supports Monzel's idea to keep billboards at least 200 feet outside any residential zoning boundary. He also thinks new rules should be set for future technology, to restrict existing billboards from being converted to digital ones "that change every 10 seconds." "Billboards do not belong in the vicinity of residential neighborhoods," he said. "It's just not right." Wasson and Paxton roads, near Hyde Park Plaza, are among the areas council members are concerned could become targets for more billboards, he said. Bortz, chairman of council's economic development committee, has been talking to billboard company representatives for months trying to work out various details, including new leases for some city-owned spots where billboards already stand. Monzel, who introduced his idea last summer, says the giant signs crop up more in poorer neighborhoods, "places that don't need that." Ritchie agrees with that. She's lived in her home for 20 years, and moved in before the first billboard popped up. She admits she's pretty much gotten used to perpetual daylight, but gets a little annoyed when she thinks about somebody else making money off it. "The people who are making money off these," she said, "you can bet they aren't living in these houses. Is this just the price we pay for living in the city?"