Thursday, May 29, 2003

Commissioners at odds over zoning changes


Suburban Insider

Compiled By Jennifer Edwards
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Warren County Commissioner Mike Kilburn is on another tangent. He wants Commissioner Pat South to recuse herself from voting on upcoming proposed zoning changes for larger lot sizes and green space requirements in new subdivisions.

Kilburn is upset because he thinks South is too close to homebuilders who advised the Warren County Rural Zoning Commission as they crafted changes for the code.

He also thinks she already has made up her mind about the changes because she recently told the Enquirer the new draft is a good compromise between the county and homebuilders and she was happy with the proposal.

Since that time, South has publicly said she has some changes she would like to make to the proposed zoning. And she vehemently denies she is too close to the homebuilders, saying she is disappointed in Kilburn's accusations.

"I work too hard to be fair and open-minded and to apply common sense to every decision I made in the last 10 years to put up with accusations that are wrong," she said. "I am no closer to the homebuilders than I am to the residents who want balanced growth and those residents who want no growth. They all make up the mix and my vote certainly has not been decided. There are some additional changes that I want to see."

South also said she has consulted the county's assistant prosecutor who has told her she has done nothing wrong and doesn't have to recuse herself.

Jennifer Edwards

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Grand ball: Invitations recently hit mailboxes for the upcoming inaugural Governor Corwin's Grand Ball.

The June 27th event is being held at the Shaker Run Golf Course in honor of the 15th governor of Ohio and the state bicentennial. It's a fund-raiser for the Lebanon Conservancy Group.

In case you need brushing up on your mid 19th-century manners, the invitations included some helpful suggestions for proper etiquette at the dinner and dance. A few examples:

For Gentlemen: Loud talking and boisterous laughter are not to be tolerated. If a gentleman attempts to dance without gloves, he must hold his handkerchief in his hand in such a manner as to prevent its contact with the bodice of the lady's gown.

For Ladies: Young ladies should never be so unwise as to appear on the floor at every dance. Ladies should not cross the ballroom alone. It invites attention.

Jennifer Edwards

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