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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Vote is Monday, January 3 at the EEAC Meeting

$300.00 Email Community Newsletter

$300.00 Insurance

$350.00 Cooperative Projects with Columbia-Tusculum

$200.00 Eastern Avenue Beautification Project
Payment for Joe and crew to maintain sidewalk from Stanley to pedestrian tunnel along Stacon and Congress and for Keep Cincinnati Beautiful sign for Eastern Avenue clean-up by Tusculum Pizza

$150.00 Water Tank
Purchase of a portable water tank (on a vehicle) to water gardens, pots and planters in cooperation with the CTCC. Tank storage and water donated by Tarvin Plumbing on Eastern Avenue.

$800.00 East End Garden District (EEGD) maintenance:
hand tools, tool repair, gasoline and oil purchase for
lawn mowers and other power tools, tools purchase

$2000.00 Garden improvements:
Entrance garden at Kemper/River
East End Garden District entrance at Delta/Kellogg

$550.00 Dumping Fees
Dumpsters, chippers, trucks
removal of brush and tree roots from project clean-up areas

$700.00 Way-Finding Signs for entrance to East End Garden District

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Council Meeting Minutes, December 2010

EEAC MINUTES – MONDAY, December 6, 2010

Call to order
Laurie Keleher - called the meeting to order at 7PM. Nick Motz was appointed to Secretary Pro Temp, with no objections from the audience attending. Anne Gilliam, Volunteer Special Parliamentarian, presided over our meeting and will again in January. She will be helping with the changes to the bylaws as well as making recommendations on how we can run smoother meetings going forward. Contact:

Guest Speakers

Recreation Department
Christian Armstrong Owens – Leblond Xmas Breakfast is on 12/11/10. Full set of classes and events are in full swing. Holiday hours coming up, call for hours. Call the Rec center for latest events and more info @ 513- 281-3209. Contact:

Ohio River Way
Don Mills – Ohio River Way is looking for donations and support to privately fund and complete the Ohio River Trail on the Oasis Line from Carrel Street to Downtown Cincinnati. They have raised $1.5M of the necessary $4M needed to make this happen. The plan is to have a shared 50' right of way that can be shared by one lane of heavy rail (currently in use), one lane of light rail (proposed) and one lane of bike path (proposed). Contact the Ohio River Way @ for more information or to contribute to the fund!

Police Report
Officer Love – Presented crime stats. Same number of instances compared to last month, however some more serious offenses - two rapes and one assault are the highlights. A breaking and entry suspect was arrested that may have likely been completing a good number of the B&E's we have been seeing. Go to to get text message alerts on crime as it happens! Call 513-765-1212 for any non-violent/emergency crimes. Contacts:

Secretary’s Report
Nick Motz Pro Temp Secretary – Presented Michael Bolan's minutes. Accepted & filed. Contact:

Treasurer’s Report
Nick Motz – December 2010 status report was presented. Although we had initially proposed a profit of $480 for the year, it looks like we will finish the year carrying a loss of close to $2000. Nick explained the concept of income vs. expenses, and the fact that our income has not matched our expenses - in other words, we have spent approximately $2000 more than we brought in or produced for the year. The question was raised of where the money that we overspent has come from. Answer: a slow depletion of our checking and/or savings. He also warned that, as any entity must do, we need to get serious about adopting a plan to have income outpace expenses, or at the very least match expenses. A slow depletion of our reserves will put us in a position to be of little or no help to our community. Next, Nick presented the proposed 2011 budget. As it sits now, the budget is proposing a break-even scenario. However, break-even is assuming that for the first time in 4-5 years, we raise a minimum of $500 (after expenses)!! Fundraising of any kind in 2011 will be key to balancing the budget for the EEAC. Discussion followed on some minor allocation changes. Jackie Wiest made a motion to allocate $275 of our private monies for the LeBlond Recreation Center. It was seconded and approved. Due to the NSP program unknowns, final budget will be on hold until January. The treasurer's reports were accepted & filed. Contact:

NSP Report
Patrice Allen – The NSP program is still questionable as to whether funds will be allotted for 2011. We should know by January. Patrice ran thru our proposed allocations for spending the NSP funds, should they be allotted in the amount of $5000. All is on hold until we know for sure. Accepted & filed. Contact:

Unfinished Business
By-Law Changes: Lew Seiler spend copious amounts of time revising our by-laws, using the expertise of his lawyer background. He read aloud all the proposed changes. With a few questions, we moved on. The final reading will be at the January meeting, followed by a vote on whether to approve the changes. Thanks, Lew, for all the hard work!
LeBlond Pool and Facilities Committee Formation: We are thinking about the possibility of forming a committee to help keep our great facility intact in future. Stay tuned.
New East End Sign Location: We are meeting with city representative on Thursday to finalize exact location of our gateway sign at the East End of the East End - transition of the East End to California @ Salem and Kellogg Roads. If all goes well, our gateway entrance will be in place by the 1st of the year.

New Business
Public Nuisance Meeting on 2526 Riverside Drive Burnout Building: There is a public hearing on 12/17 concerning the building across from St. Rose that burned out almost 2 years ago. Lew Seiler volunteered to attend the meeting. A motion was made that the EEAC write a letter to present to the Department of Buildings and Inspections for the meeting, stating that the EEAC is in support of razing the building. The motion passed with one dissenting.
Bus Rapid Transit: There is discussion in the works on providing direct rapid transit buses from the outlying suburbs into downtown Cincinnati. Of course, the East End will be on the routes should they ever occur. Stay tuned for info as developments occur.

Adjournment - Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

Council Meetings Minutes, November 2010

East End Area Council
November 2010 Minutes
The Nov 1, 2010 meeting was held at Leblond Recreation Center and called to order by President, Laurie Keheler at 7:00 PM.
Officer Love from District 2 gave the October police report. The number of offenses increased from 9 to 13 on a month-to-month basis. There were 10 thefts from autos including a catalytic converter removed from an exhaust system of a car.
Leblond Recreation Center:
Christian reported on the activities at the recreation center including a plan for a Breakfast Event December 18 with Santa.
Treasurer’s Report:
Nic Motz gave the financial report and outlined the actual versus budgeted spending. A current balance of $15K remains in the Mt Washington Savings and Loan account of the EEAC.
Secretary's Report:
The minutes of the October meeting were distributed and approved for the record.
Other Topics Discussed:
1 Sharon Smith of the Recycle bank discussed the changes to the Cincinnati waste stream. New trash cart have been issued to each residence with the goal of recycling most of the solid household waste to keep it out of the landfill as well as lower the demand we place on our environment. The special recycling containers are issued in three sizes: 96, 64 and 32 gallons. The carts will be emptied every other week and their contents taken to the Rumpke recycling center. There is an RF ID computer chip embedded in each cart that is used to positively identify the container and to monitor the waste stream The cart remains the property of the city not the homeowner. The goal is to recycle 80% of each household. The plan is to not only keep Cincinnati Green but also keep down the cost of the sanitary collection service.
2 Tracie Hunter is running for Judge of Hamilton County Juvenile Court. She discussed her vision of how the justice system might be better run by putting more emphasis on rehabilitation. Without behavioral change, the repeat offender rate stays at an unacceptable level. A more enlighten approach could brake the cycle of youths transitioning to non-productive adults that go on to commit crimes against you.
3 Patrice Allen talked about our NSP wish list for the 2011 budget. The NSP future funding remains in jeopardy because of the dire financial circumstances of the City. She also discussed some amendments to the EEAC bylaws with the intention of making our council more effective. The proposed changes will be put on the blog and discussed again at the Dec meeting. A motion was passed to hold off on elections till the January meeting.
4 The proposed accommodations for bicyclists along Riverside Drive were discussed. Laurie Keheler requested that the council offer guidance to the city on the 5 concepts offered by the city. A vote was taken. 90% where in favor of a bike facility for the East End. It was recommended that the city continue to search for additional parking resources as the Riverside Drive pedestrian and bike provisions impacts parking. It was suggested that the City stay engaged with the EEAC, that the bike trail initiative stay differentiated from the bike lane, and that the 3-mile stretch be optimized for unique situations. A vote was taken on the city’s proposals. Results: 0 in favor of #1, 0 in favor of #2, 5 in favor of #3, 9 in favor of #4, 0 in favor of #5 and 6 in favor of none of the 5 city proposals.

The meeting adjourned.

Michael Bolan, Secretary