Presidents Message – September 2014

Dear neighbors,
With the kids back in school, and the pool about to close for the season, it is clear that fall is right around the corner. As much as we will miss the nice and temperate summer of 2014, we can now look forward to a beautiful North Avondale in fall colors. That being said, we all should complement the beautification committee, chaired by Beth Ewing, for keeping our parks and flower pots looking absolutely stunning this season.

Despite taking a summer break from our general meeting and the newsletter in August, the NANA board and our great volunteers have been active over the summer.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our July 4th Bike n’Trike parade and especially all the children who decorated their bikes in so many festive ways! And a huge thanks to CarolynGillman, NANA’s membership chair for organizing the event, with great help from Marybeth Flashpohler, Heather Herr, and our MC Reg Crutcher. Also thanks to the police department and Sgt. Anderson and Officer Hamann for getting the parade off to a safe start, and to Mike Volkerding (Frequency City Sound) for supplying the speaker system. With beautiful weather and record participation, it was again a very successful event.

The NANA committee, chaired by Gerry Kraus, responsible for reviewing the new proposed City Land Development Code(LDC), met regularly over the summer and submitted a comprehensive set of comments to the city by the August 8thdeadline. As most of the residential code did not change, our comments were focused on the proposed zoning amendments along Reading Road, Dana Avenue, and Clinton Springs Avenue. Thank you to Gerry and the rest of the LDC committee: Michael Caporale, Nina Caporale, John Jones, Marvin Kraus, Hanne Loken Larsen, Marvin Masterson, NicolePatitucci, Dana Winn, and Maura Wolf, for all the comprehensive research, reviews, and thoughtful comments. This is just the first step in a probably lengthy process to finalize the City LDC, but I feel that NANA got our arms well around the right issues at this stage.

NANA also submitted the Community Priority Requests (CPR)to the city for funding of the top three projects voted on by the NANA members at the general meeting in July: Traffic study of Reading/Paddock intersection, update of the North Avondale Comprehensive (development) plan, and for historical markers.

We also got notified by the City’s Department of Trade and Development that two of our three projects have been recommended for funding for the 2014-2015 Neighborhood Business District Improvement Program (NBDIP). Pending City Council final approval, the North Avondale Business District will be funded $30,000 for Safety improvement projects (security cameras) and $30,000 for a Market feasibility study. Thank you to Maura Wolf for leading this grant application for us.

Finally, we would like to welcome the new City of Cincinnati Police, District 4, Captain Maris Herold (see below). We are looking forward to continued strong relationship and close cooperation with our local police force. We hope to see many of you at the September general meeting!

~ Hanne Loken Larsen

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