Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report

Anti-violence vigil is Thursday evening

The 14th annual Take Back the Night vigil against violence is set for Thursday.

Survivors of violence will speak about their experiences. The Clothesline Project, T-shirts made by survivors, friends and family of women whose lives have been touched by violence, will be displayed.

The event starts at 7 p.m. at Bicentennial Commons. After a march across the Taylor Southgate Bridge, the ceremony will be held at the Millennium Peace Bell in Newport.

The program will end at 9 p.m. with a discussion about what people can do to prevent violence.

Decision delayed for Harbour Town Village

WEST CHESTER TWP. - The township zoning commission late Monday delayed for a month its approval of a zoning change for a new residential development on Hamilton-Mason Road that will back up to the Wetherington, a golf and country club community.

Harbour Town Village would hold 84 homes on 26 acres, or about three units per acre, and target empty nesters, according to township records filed by the developer, Great Traditions Development Group of Cincinnati. Planners want to see traffic and drainage studies and also want the developer and the homeowners' association in Wetherington to agree on proposed gates.

The subdivision eventually would be gated and included as a part of Wetherington via Harbor Town Drive, a small road that will be extended to Hamilton-Mason Road.

West Chester trustees will vote on the issue next month, but it takes a unanimous decision to overturn the zoning commission.

Coroner issues ruling in death on track

NEW MIAMI - A 56-year-old Hamilton man died of internal injuries after being struck by a train, Butler County Coroner Dr. Richard P. Burkhardt said Monday.

Leonard Halcomb was intoxicated Sunday evening when he was struck on railroad tracks on South Street. "That may have clouded his judgment," Burkhardt said.

Halcomb was walking south, while the train was heading north about 8:35 p.m. Sunday. He was pronounced dead an hour later at Middletown Regional Hospital.

The coroner said investigators were still trying to gather evidence to show whether the death was a suicide or an accident.

Butler OKs tax deal for incoming business

HAMILTON - Color Resolutions International LLC will receive a 75 percent, 10-year tax abatement when it moves from Woodlawn into a plant that will be built in Fairfield.

Butler County commissioners approved the abatement Monday.

The company, which manufactures water-based ink for use in the commercial packaging industry, will transfer 105 jobs to its new facility. The plant will cost $4 million.

During the 10-year tax-abatement agreement, the company will spend $156,691 in real property taxes and $41,976 in personal property taxes.

Time to clean up in Deerfield Twp.

DEERFIELD TWP. - Through May 2, this Warren County township will hold its annual clean-up days.

The road department will be out Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., to pick up brush. Other yard items such as tree stumps can be dropped off at bins at the township offices, 3378 Townsley Drive, during that time.

Township residents with identification can drop off nonhazardous items, including furniture, glass and plywood, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the township service garage on Townsley Drive. Tires, oil, refrigerators and some construction-related items are among the items that will not be accepted.

For more information, contact the township at 683-5805.

County agency staff granted 3% raise

HAMILTON - Butler County commissioners Monday approved a three-year contract for 104 employees of the county's Department of Environmental Services.

The contract gives the employees 3 percent annual pay raises.

It also gives management the flexibility of transferring employees into vacant positions with lower salaries instead of laying them off, and of promoting some employees without posting job openings, said Doug Duckett, county personnel director.

The employees were represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3396.

Volunteers needed for outdoor sweep

Volunteers - individuals and groups - are needed for the 25th annual Great American Cleanup of neighborhoods on Saturday.

Tritate residents should contact Keep Cincinnati Beautiful at 352-4380 or log onto www.GreatAmericanCleanup.org to register as a volunteer or learn more.

The program, in cooperation with Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, will involve more then 7,000 volunteers working throughout the Tristate. They will pick up litter, clean vacant lots, plant flowers and trees, collect tires and paint out graffiti.

Last year nearly 5,000 volunteers cleared 293,985 pounds of trash out of their neighborhoods and downtown.

Kick-off is 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Washington Park, Over-the-Rhine, rain or shine.

- Compiled from staff and wire reports

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