Friday, March 24, 2000

Montgomery names 3 to council

They fill seats left by resignations

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MONTGOMERY — Three new City Council members were named Thursday to fill seats vacated in February by resignations.

        City Manager Cheryl Hilvert said Thursday the new members are Edward Daniel, who has served seven years on the city's planning commission and is the associate director of a communications consulting group; and attorneys Michael Hawkins and Lynda Roesch, both with the law firm of Dinsmore and Shohl.

        Ms. Roesch has been a member of the Montgomery Arts Commission and the Public Art Committee. Mr. Hawkins, a former law director in Fairfax and Blue Ash, is a board member of the Greater Cincinnati Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.

        The three will be sworn in April 5 to fill the unexpired terms of former council members Ernest E. “Gene” McCracken, Janeanne Archiable and Gary Gross, all of whom resigned Feb. 2, citing reasons that included philosophical differences with the rest of the seven-member panel. The terms expire Nov. 25, 2001.

        “We are very pleased with the interest expressed by our citizens in these positions, and I'm looking forward to working with our three new council members,” Mrs. Hilvert said.

7 were interviewed
        The appointments followed interviews conducted by the remaining council members last weekend with seven candidates for the seats. An eighth candidate withdrew from consideration. Council members earn $1,200 a year.

        Mr. Daniel said: “Council, foremost, has a responsibility to the citizens and the community; and, while that is the primary responsibility, others are to maintain and enhance the services that really attract the citizenry and businesses to the city of Montgomery.” Mr. Daniel, 49, and his wife, Barbara, have two children, Mark, 15, and Leah, 13.

        Mr. Daniel said he intends to continue working closely with city officials and leaders on reworking the city's zoning code — a review that has been going on for about two years.

        Mr. Daniel is associate director of Corporate Consulting Group, an arm of CAP Ventures, based in suburban Boston. He has been active in community projects, including revitalization of the Storybook Neighborhood Association and the successful campaign to fund Pioneer Park through a property tax issue.

        Mr. Hawkins, 52, said: “I've always been community service oriented. I know and have followed Montgomery politics and have been a resident for five years. ... I believe I can offer a contribu tion.”

        Mr. Hawkins said he sees a need for a “coming together of council members for the development and implementation of a positive strategic plan for the community that is practical in its nature” and ... “reflects the views and ideas of the citizens.”

        Mr. Hawkins, 52, and his wife, Diane, have three daughters, Allison, 27, of Chicago; Ashley, 21; and Meagan, 18. He specializes in employment litigation, employment law counseling, collective bargaining, in-house training, and mediation and arbitration.

"Distinctive heritage'
        Ms. Roesch, a 10-year Montgomery resident, said: “The city has a unique and distinctive heritage and has a lot to offer in terms of physical characteristics and community — especially the spirit. The response to the tornado was a great example.”

        She said an already excellent park system could be improved even more, and added attention given to the Montgomery Road Heritage District to make it an even more attractive gateway to the community. The challenge, she said, will to accomplish improvements without additional impact on the tax base.

        Ms. Roesch focuses her law practice on trademark and unfair-competition law, and copyright and intellectual property law. She has worked with Congress to draft and pass laws relating to trademarks and the Internet.


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