Sunday, June 04, 2000

New member sees increasing role for village council in Cleves

By Lew Moores
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        CLEVES — Patricia Green, who has lived her entire life in the village, thinks it's “most likely” that she will stand for election in November 2001, after being appointed to fill a vacancy on the village council.

        Mrs. Green was appointed by council to fill the vacancy left when Becky Howard re signed from council in early April. It was the second vacancy this year. Council filled a vacancy in February with Ron Bowling when Jim Mills resigned.

        “That is a year-and-a-half away,” said Mrs. Green of the November 2001 election. “Most likely I would. But my philosophy is just take one step at a time.”

        Councilman Jeff Wullenweber said he was among those who had pushed to have Mrs. Green appointed.

        “She is such a doer,” said Mr. Wullenweber of Mrs. Green, citing her community involvement in the local American Legion and her help in putting together community musicals that benefit Taylor High School.

        “She has a tendency to really get people motivated into getting involved in the community,” Mr. Wullenwe ber said.

        Mrs. Green was one of five people who expressed an interest in serving out the term of Ms. Howard, who resigned saying she wanted to devote more time to family. She is one of six council members.

        Mrs. Green, who is 62 and semi-retired, said she was encouraged to serve because she thinks the village council is taking a more active role in the community. Two years ago, voters turned down a referendum to dissolve the village.

        She cites the plans under way for improvements at the 65-acre Gulf Park, efforts to landscape along Miami Avenue in the heart of the village and street repairs as indications village council has become more active.

        “We're growing finally,” said Mrs. Green of popula tion increases as new subdivisions have been added in recent years. “Five years ago, for example, our Memorial Day parade was just a handful of people here. (Monday) there were 52 units in the parade and the streets were packed.”

        It's so good to see that everything is coming together.”


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