Friday, July 06, 2001

Group hopes suit is roadblock to road

By David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        HAMILTON — A group fighting a proposed road through Millikin Woods filed suit in federal court this week asking a judge to stop the project.

        The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati on Thursday, maintains that neither Hamilton nor Ohio — both of which have earmarked money for the project — has obtained necessary permission from the U.S Department of the Interior to build the road.

        “We're putting up as many obstacles as we can,” said Chris Pagan, attorney for the Millikin Woods Preservation Association. “We have two irons in the fire.”

        City officials said they have always intended to seek the Department of the Interior's approval for the project.

        “We're not going to violate any federal regulations,” City Manager Steve Sorrell said.

        “That really wasn't an issue with us.”

        Permission from the Interior Department is required because the city in 1980 used $66,225 in federal money to repair the 47-acre park.

        Mr. Sorrell said he doesn't think the city will have a problem.

        “At this point our law director believes that what (preservationists are) doing isn't going to achieve their goals,” he said.

        The group is preparing petitions to put a charter change on the November ballot over the issue.


Fertilizer thefts signal a growing meth lab problem
Fuller lags Luken in money for race
Officer hurt in crash while aiding in chase
Butler County sues Shell Oil
DCI drops its backing for study of gay issue
New park is looking up
RADEL: Cyclist's zeal
Ohio Guard requests duty: Repair Hillcrest Cemetery
Baby's mother gets probation
Blue Ash airport: bids vs. dibs
Breeder loses top mare, other horses to lightning
City's designation angers owners
Driver-licensing chief fired
Ex-Bengal out of prison
Ex-firefighter sues Mason, claims rights violated
- Group hopes suit is roadblock to road
Kids, adults hurt by fireworks
Local trucker charged as meth seized
Man accused of killing woman met on Internet
Man's appeal hinges on treaty
No-hoops law crashes boards in streets of Woodford County
Office seekers love a parade
Ohio's top court backs death sentence for killer
State's busiest library to start on new home
Suspect captured in latest bank heist
UK reduces chain of command
Kentucky News Briefs
Tristate A.M. Report