Sunday, January 23, 2000

Union Twp. reviews projects

Handling boom an overall goal

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        UNION TOWNSHIP — Township officials for this fast-growing community took a long pause Saturday to review the status of various projects and community issues.

        During a public meeting of more than five hours, Union Township officials heard reports from department heads, reviewed presentations from local groups seeking funding and discussed coming projects.

        The overriding theme: maintaining quality services while continuing the economic and population boom that has made the township Butler County's fastest-growing com munity.

        “We are growing and it's only the beginning,” Union Township Administrator David Gully told township trustees and a small audience.

        “We are going to be as different 10 years from now as we are now from the previous 10 years,” Mr. Gully said in reference to the township's rapid influx of residents — from 39,000 residents in 1990 to more than 59,000 today.

        Along with that surge have come more cars and, though the new Union Centre Boulevard interchange at Interstate 75 receives much attention, officials said other roadways are not being ignored.

        Scott Bressler, township project manager, told trustees there are 82 separate roadway projects, with budgets totaling more than $200 million.

        Township officials also said they are mindful of preserving the natural beauty of southeastern Butler County. The coming conversion of the Voice of America site into a recreational area — just off of Tylersville Road — is designed to provide green space.

        Bill Zerkle, director of parks, said the 200-acre site is being surveyed by a park design consultanting firm.

        “It's one of the most exciting things going on ... ,” said Mr. Zerkle.

        He said there will be three public meetings to garner opinion about what the park site should contain. The first meeting will be on Feb. 16.

        “We're trying to take everyone's dreams and turn them into parks that will make the community proud,” he said.


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