Tuesday, October 26, 1999

In Colerain: Four candidates, 1 trustee seat

All say growth needs controls

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — Managing growth, preserving and expanding park land and maintaining the safety of the community are among the issues defining the race for township trustee here.

        Four candidates, including the incumbent, are vying for the seat. They are:

        • Trustee Keith Corman, who was elected to the seat in November 1997.

        • Thomas Hart, a former trustee who had been appointed to the seat in early 1997 after then-trustee Patricia Clancy was elected in November 1996 as state representative in the 35th District.

        • Bernie Fiedeldey, a local businessman.

        • Shad O'Shea Lovdal, a record producer and radio announcer.

        All of them mentioned growth and development as main issues in the race, adding recreation and green space, and maintaining fire and police protection.

        “The main thing is to institute smart and common-sense growth for the community,” Mr. Corman said of the most populous township in the state, with 62,000 residents. “We're not going to get away from any growth; it's going to happen. We need to make sure the growth works for us.”

        Mr. Hart said he is in favor of maintaining single-family residential growth and discouraging a lot of multiple-family projects, which put a burden on township services and the school district.

        “I don't believe it adds that much value to the neighborhoods,” Mr. Hart said. “I like the rural environment of Cole rain Township.”

        Mr. Fiedeldey said that more citizen input should be encouraged in land use and zoning issues, and that growth would be held in check if officials paid attention to what residents have to say.

        “I am not a proponent for maximum growth,” said Mr. Fiedeldey, who pointed out that he has the endorsement of the Concerned Citizens of Western Hamilton County, a group that proposes limited development in western county communities.

        “I think low, steady growth is much better. I believe residents should have a voice in the future of our township.”

        Mr. Lovdal said that what has happened over the years to Colerain Avenue, with its uncontrolled development, should not be allowed to happen elsewhere in the township. He also proposes regulations that would apply if a business changed owners or use on Colerain Avenue.

        “All you can do is try to ensure the quality of the growth so that our grandkids and their kids won't be thoroughly embarrassed by what we now have as Colerain Avenue,” said Mr. Lovdal. “It's an absolute mish-mash.”

        Mr. Corman defeated Mr. Hart, 56 percent to 44 percent, for the trustee seat in November 1997 after Mr. Hart had been appointed to the seat earlier in 1997. The seat had been vacated by Ms. Clancy, who would have had to run for re-election this year.

        The salary of a trustee is $10,400. The term is four years.


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