Friday, October 19, 2001

Traffic's a Glendale concern

Some hopefuls also would look at income sources

By Michael D. Clark
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        GLENDALE — This historic 19th century village finds itself increasingly threatened by 21st century problems of sprawl and traffic, say Village Council candidates.

        Nearly 200 Glendale residents attended a candidates forum this week to hear how seven contenders for the upscale community's Village Council election next month intend to address such issues.

        Though the northern Hamilton County community of 2,700 residents is rich in history — in 1977, the 292-acre village was declared a National Historic Landmark — the smallish Glendale has limited financial resources with neither a local income nor earnings tax.

        “We don't have a lot of money in Glendale. So when it comes to resources, we have to prioritize,” candidate Ed Hartwig, a 17-year resident, told an audience at the Glendale Town Hall.

        With development booming in neighboring Woodlawn and Springdale, traffic has become a concern for the village, which was established in 1855 and features expansive yards and tree-lined roads. Sharon Road and Springfield Pike, both major thoroughfares, run through Glendale and draw drive-through traffic.

        Besides Mr. Hartwig, council candidates include: Monica Alles-White; Steven Brockman; Debbie Grueninger; Tim Kilgour; Will Sawyer; and Joseph Hubbard. The seven are competing to win voter approval Nov. 6 to fill four of the Village Council's contested seats.

        In 2000, village officials launched an updating of a community transportation plan that would guide Glendale in handling several challenges — from parking shortages and controlling traffic from surrounding communities to maintaining the integrity of buildings in the village's large historic district.

        Ms. Grueninger told the forum audience that she is “committed to solving the traffic problem of the village” without harming Glendale's designation as one of the nation's 2,310 historical landmarks.

        But traffic solutions will likely require spending more local monies.

        “I think we have to look at creative ways of looking to increase village income,” she said.

        Mr. Sawyer said whatever the solutions, residents “absolutely do not want four-lane roads through Glendale.”

        Sherry Veverka, a 22-year resident, said that as an undecided voter she appreciated the forum for helping to clarify the paramount issues. Those include personal property rights under proposed zoning laws that adhere to the historic landmark designation.

        The public forum puts the candidates on record for their various positions on the issues and “everyone will be held accountable,” she said.


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