Thursday, June 22, 2000

Council to pitch a tent

By Lew Moores
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        CLEVES — Village Council is taking its meetings on the road. Literally.

        Beginning with its Wednesday, meeting, council will conduct one of its two monthly meetings on a street in the village that will be blocked off to traffic.

        Council will set up three banquet tables, bring folding chairs and set up a tent covering and hope residents respond by attending. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the block bounded by West Scott and Porter streets, near the Municipal Building.

        “We'll be letting people literally walk out their front door and come on down,” said Councilman Larry Loebker.

        The whole idea is to make council more accessible to village residents, and some council members think that holding the meeting outdoors on village streets in their own neighborhoods is even more inviting than a public building.

        An amplifier is being provided by a neighbor, and council is hoping a “friendly neighbor” near West Scott and Porter will let them use an outlet to plug in the equipment.

        “We don't want this to be too technical,” said Mr. Loebker. “Less is better. We want people to feel comfortable, to come down and chat with us.”

        Another reason for the outdoor, neighborhood meetings is to encourage residents to get involved in the community, to volunteer for different functions and activities in the village.

        Councilman Ron Bowling also proposed moving the second of the two monthly meetings to the Miami Township Hall on North Miami Avenue. Council now meets at its Municipal Building.

        Mr. Bowling said they are thinking of going door to door in the neighborhood to let residents know of the outdoor meeting. They chose West Scott and Porter because it is one of the older sections of this village of 2,300.

        “We have a couple of goals,” said Mr. Loebker. “One is to understand what may be gnawing at some residents, if they have any issues or concerns. Second, we need volunteers. We need people who not only just say there is a problem, but want to be part of the solution.”


Council to OK Nordstrom
PULFER: Clean out your desk, Mr. Shirey
UC approves garage plans
Ohio, Kentucky can't cut gasoline sales tax
Passers-by help nab suspect in rape attack
Driver gets top penalty for death
Man arrested in clerk's beating
New parks chief named
Piketon reels from news of plant closure
Uranium plant shutting down
Mason's water source still low
SAMPLES: Race fans give columnist an earful
Report: Ohio 20th in per-pupil spending
KNIPPENBERG: Kaplans mark 50th amid 400 friends
French Park offers a wooded wonderland
KIESEWETTER: WCPO seeks HDTV e-mail addresses
Pig Parade: Monte(sow)ri Pig in a (Peace) Blanket
'Salome' draws out soprano's stamina
Who should be cast away?
Cops to add substation
- Council to pitch a tent
Court weighs in on harassment
Erlanger library plans to almost double in size
For local sources, go to the ultimate source: Richardson
Fort Wright appoints fire chief
Kentucky Digest
Local Digest
Lot size an issue in home plan
Man killed, officer hurt in shootout
Man pleads guilty in slaying, attempted rape
Neighbors build garden
Pension hike gets political
Plan to restrict water use in droughts OK'd
Queen City's moments to shine reflected in book
Residency proposal debated
Runner's efforts give girl funeral
Students choose old school
Teller charged in county theft
Theater finds friend - again - in restorer
Young ones also get letter grades