Saturday, October 05, 2002

Recent examples of neighbors fighting back

        Butler County

        After commissioners raised the sales tax to pay for 11 road projects late last year, residents - led by West Chester Township Trustee Catherine Stoker - launched a petition drive for enough signatures for a referendum. After they filed the signatures, the commissioners rescinded the tax.

        Colerain Township

        Residents are gearing up to fight the proposed expansion of the Rumpke landfill.

        Deerfield Township

        Activists got enough signatures for a referendum on the November ballot asking to make the township thefirst in the state to expand from three to five trustees.


        Residents formed a group called Concerned Citizens of Evendale the day after village officials announce they had hired Officer Stephen Roach. The group unsuccessfully sued for a referendum to overturn the hiring decision. Now the group is meeting weekly with the mayor and police chief to work out the dispute and is pushing for changes to police hiring policies.


        After more than 100 residents packed the Fairfield Municipal Building in April to urge City Council to use a state grant that would cover 75 percent of the purchase of a flood-prone piece of property on Sir Lancelot Lane and raze it, Council approved the measure.

        Residents along Lake Michigan Drive protested a planned subdivision nearby that would open their road to downtown Fairfield. This month, City Council will discuss whether to cul-de-sac the road to address their concerns.

        Neighbors furious over plans for a proposed 9-acre sludge pit have been jamming the municipal building for months, urging officials to deny it. Last month, the Fairfield Planning Commission recommended approval of it to City Council, which will vote on it in October. Neighbors vow a referendum if City Council doesn't deny the pit.

        Fort Wright

        Residents banded together to fight plans for a Wal-Mart Superstore at the intersection of Madison and Highland pikes, but the store was approved.


        Residents rallied to fight the extension of Washington Boulevard through Millikin Woods, a 47-acre woods, saying it would create a safety problem for children, harm wildlife and plants and destroy too many trees. City officials disputed those concerns and said the extension would make the park accessible to more people. City Council voted 4-3 to approve the extension, saying it didn't want the city to lose the $200,000 it had invested in engineering plans and $600,000 in first-phase federal funding.

        Liberty Township

        Residents at Four Bridges have united over the proposed eastward interchange off the Michael A. Fox Highway at Interstate 75 by way of an extended Cox Road. They are asking trustees to increase buffering requirements between their homes and the highway - for now and may later decide to fight the interchange altogether.


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