Sunday, January 13, 2002

Mayor launches wish list

By Cindy Schroeder
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        CRESTVIEW HILLS — With Thursday's swearing-in of a new city administrator, Mayor Paul Meier will have already accomplished one of his 10 major goals for the coming year.

        Dan Groth, now city administrator in Dayton, Ky., starts his new job Feb. 4.

        “I'm really anxious to get started here and carry on the work that Kevin Celarek began six years ago,” the 53-year-old Fort Mitchell resident told City Council.

        Mr. Celarek resigned this month to take a job as Green Township's administrator.

        Other mayoral objectives for 2002 include:

        • Working with the owners of the Crestview Hills Mall to attract more quality retail establishments. Mr. Meier said the mall's owner recently told city officials an announcement about new retail development could come this spring.

        • Leading the opposition to a mini-power plant that an affiliate of Cinergy Corp. has proposed for a site bordering Crestview Hills. A hearing on opponents' appeal of an air-quality permit issued by state officials is set for July.

        • Supporting the public works committee in identifying and completing city street projects, new lighting and floral plantings.

        • Expanding recreational offerings.

        • Seeking economic-development projects that enhance the city and are compatible with current developments in the Thomas More Research Park.

        New projects slated for construction this year in clude a 41,000-square-foot office complex by Hemmer Cos. at Centre View Boulevard and Chancellor Drive, a 160-bed dormitory for Thomas More College and a 5,000-square-foot Panera Bread store scheduled to open March 3 in front of the Crestview Hills Mall.

        • Working with Thomas More College on the future expansion of its campus.

        • Working with other governmental agencies to improve the efficiency of city services.

        • Supporting a strong leadership role in the operation of the Lakeside Park-Crestview Hills Police Authority and supporting citizen-based Neighborhood Watch programs.

        • Providing the best possible services at the least possible cost to the city's residents and businesses.


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