Wednesday, August 22, 2001

Petition to save woods submitted

By Steve Kemme
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — A citizens group has moved a step closer to placing on the November ballot a charter amendment to block Hamilton's plans to extend Washington Boulevard through Millikin Woods.

        The Millikin Woods Preservation Association has submitted a petition containing 1,280 signatures, more than the 1,066 required to place the issue before Hamilton voters.

        The group wants to stop a quarter-mile road from being built through the 47-acre woods in western Hamilton. Project opponents say it would create a safety problem for children, harm wildlife and plants, and destroy too many trees.

        City officials say the road will make the woods more accessible to more people.

        The petition will go to City Council and then to the Butler County Board of Elections, which will have to validate the signatures before the charter amendment can go on the ballot.

        City officials say the proposed charter amendment is on shaky legal ground. They contend the amendment can't legally overturn an action of Council.

        The association has been fighting the project for four years.


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