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  • 11/22/2019 6:49 AM | Cody Gausvik (Administrator)

    Oakley Community Council Meeting

    Tuesday, November 5, 2019 – 7 PM

    Oakley Recreation Center

    oakleycouncil@oakleynow.com 

    www.Facebook.com/Oakley45209

    Trustees Present: Cody Gausvik, Dan Krohn, Colleen Reynolds, Seth Shaifer, Sean Fausto, Jason Wilcoxon, Sandy Gross, Evan Nolan, Dave Schaff, Jon Bernier

    Trustees Not Present: Kenny McNutt, Joe Groh

    MEETING MINUTES

    GENERAL:

    ·         City Hotline – 591-6000

    ·         Cincinnati District 2 Police Non-Emergency – 949-4400

    ·         Fix it Cincy! Mobile App

     

    Call to order - Pledge of Allegiance

    Welcome

    • Sign in sheet; Speaker Cards
    • Trustee Introductions
    • City Hotline-591-6000; Cincinnati District 2 Police Non-Emergency – 949-4400
    • Fix it Cincy! Mobile App

    Cincinnati Fire Department – Station 31

    Not present

    District 2 Police report

    Violent crime is down; do not leave anything visible in sight. Put things in your trunk when you leave your house NOT when you get to your running destination – thieves are watching for recently parked cars.  

    CRC

    Mini Camp was today due to Election Day (6am-6pm). CRC will be closed 11/11 for Veteran’s Day as well as Thanksgiving Day and Friday after. Breakfast with Santa 12/14 8AM-12PM $5 person – free breakfast to anyone who brings gift for donation. You can drop the kids off on 12/6 and 12/13th $10/kid for adults’ night out.

    Guests

    • Thread’s Boutique (Grand Opening Saturday, November 16th)
      • Not present.
    • TriYoga with LQ – Christianne Green
      • Different types of classes based on level of expertise.
    • Census 2020 – Marissa Pherson
      • Important everyone responds. You can respond online this year. ‘Census Takers’ are paid $19/hour in Hamilton County: 2020census.gov/jobs

    City of Cincinnati

    • Oakley Urban Parking Overlay District: Brian Ogawa & Gio Rocco
      • College Hill, Northside also considering this plan.
      • Would remove parking minimums for businesses in designated areas in Oakley.
      • Cons: change/uncertainty what this could bring.
      • If Oakley decides to do this, map would be created with the Department of Community and Economic Development and OCC. Board would be heavily involved.
      • Master Plan suggests that we participate in this process.
      • Envision this only applying within NBD.
      • There is no formalized process when Community Council requests this. Board would need to write a letter to the Department of Community and Economic Development to initiate.
      • Concern about residential parking congestion on neighborhood streets. This program could create residential parking permit program ($40/ year).
      • Request to obtain data from the City on how many parking variances OCC has had to grant.  
      • Move to Third Thursday Discussion; form committee. Spring deadline?  

    Development Items

    • McBride Dale Clarion – Letter of Support Request: Greg Dale, Jeff Laine
      • 2853 Madison (corner of Andrew and Madison); proposing single-family condos.
      • Two buildings, one with 5 units and one with 2 units.
      • Need for four variances: 1.) 1 principle building per lot; 2.) front yard variance (8ft reduction), 3.) Side yard variance; and 4.) rear lot 19ft variance.
      • ½ story on first level (with garage) with two stories above.
      • ~$400k+ price point.
      • Owner-occupied, two car-garage in most units. 20-17 ft. wide each.
      • No motions taken. Tableted for 12/3 meeting; asking to see landscape plan (Sandy will be the lead).

    Committee/Project Items:

    • Neighborhood Guidelines Update – Sandy Gross, Colleen Reynolds
      • Provide to developers which would summarize Master Plan, landscape initiatives, Oakley’s priorities, etc.
    • Troy McAndrews (Establishment owner) was present to update us that the project is completed.  
    • Oakley Flag/Flagpole Motion – Dan Krohn, Joe Groh
      • You can purchase your own Oakley flag at local Flaggs USA.

    Motion by Dan Krohn to spend up to $1000.00 on flag-related expenses outlined in the email dated 11/5/19. Seconded by Seth Shaifer. Unanimous approval.   

      • Includes purchasing three flags, a gold ball for the top of the flagpole, new equipment to raise and lower flag with theft protection and a table runner for local events.
    • Esplanade Christmas Lights Motion – Cody Gausvik
      • Cody Gausvik motions to spend $3,500 for holiday lights for twenty trees on the esplanade; seconded by Sandy Gross. Unanimous approval.   
    • City Paint the Streets Initiative – Joe Groh
      • Tabled for next meeting.

    CRC Update? Evan Nolan, Colleen Reynolds and Jalisa (of CRC) have spoken with Ignite Philanthropy over the past few months. Working to create prototype for new CRC center.   

    Approve October 17th Meeting Minutes

    Motion to approve 10/17/19 meeting minutes by Sandy Gross; seconded by Evan Nolan. 8 approved. Cody Gausvik and Dave Scaff abstained

    Financial Report – Jason Wilcoxon

    Motion to approve financial report as presented by Jason Wilcoxon; seconded by Evan Nolan. Unanimous approval.

    NSP Funding: City allocates funds every year for OCC’s use. $6,078 total (OCC decided to divide up funds as follows: $1,000 membership, $1,500 to beautification, $1,000 to operations, $2,578 to events). Oakley Resident Vote: 22 yes’; 1 no.

    NBD Funding: Earmarked for NBD: $3,800 total = OCC decided to divide funds up as follows: ($1,000 for beautification, $2,800 for special events)

    Oakley Resident Vote: 21 yes’; 1 no.

    New Business

    • Next Third Thursday Meeting is on Thursday, November 21st – Brazee
    • Next Tuesday OCC meeting is on Tuesday, December 3rd – OCC Board Elections!

    Motion to adjourn the meeting by Cody Gausvik; seconded by Seth Shaifer. Meeting ends at 9:00PM


  • 11/06/2019 7:31 AM | Cody Gausvik (Administrator)

    Oakley Community Council
    Brazee Street Studios – 4426 Brazee St

    October 17, 2019; 7:00 PM

    oakleycouncil@oakleynow.com 

    www.oakleynow.com

    Meeting Minutes

    • ·       Attendance:   Colleen, Evan, Jason, Dan, Sean, Joe, Seth, Jon, Kenny, Sandy. Absent: Cody, Dave
    • ·       Approve 10/1 Minutes Motion: Seth Seconded: Jason  Vote 9-0 in favor, 1 abstain
    • ·       Elections & Board Vacancies – Colleen Reynolds
    • o   Elections held at December meeting (12/3/2019)
    • o   2 members not returning (Sean, Dave)
    • o   2 members are running (Colleen, Sandy)
    • o   Anyone interested in running should contact us
    • o   3 individuals have mentioned running
    • ·       Pedestrian Safety Grant Discussion – Joe Groh & Colleen Reynolds
    • o   $5k grant from Justin Doyle Homes to be used for Vision Zero efforts
    • o   Joe presented information about the intersections/crosswalks in the Isabella Paxton/Wasson area, and potential uses for the $5k (Signs, crosswalk painting)
    • o   Due to Metro plans to remove bus stops at the plaza main entrance/light and in front of Chipotle (Mt. Vernon), increased emphasis on crosswalk at Ferdinand (where bus stop will stay). This crosswalk top 8 on resident list of concern, this elevate that priority.
    • o   Joe will look into working the city to supplement our $5k to cover costs so can get better signals.
    • o   Discussion about having SOP/guidelines for accepting grants/donations. Colleen will check on how the city handles it.
    • ·       NBD / NSP – Jason Wilcoxon & Craig Rozen
    • o   NBD
    • §  Reimbursed for 18/19 funds
    • §  Submitted 19/20 application
    • ·       $3800 total, $1000 for landscaping, $2800 for events
    • o   NSP
    • §  Submitted claim for 18/19 funds, awaiting reimbursement
    • §  19/20 application to be submitted, 11/26 review
    • ·       $6000 total, $1500 membership, $1000 board operations, $1000 beautification, $2500 events
    • ·       Real Estate Development Updates – Sean Fausto
    • o   Initial discussion of Taco Caso/Mio’s properties
    • o   Anchor Properties, on behalf of a national bank, looking to buy existing CC-A properties and 1 SF-6 property on Isabella
    • o   One way drive thru on to Isabella, non-traditional bank, remove curb cuts at Mio’s
    • o   Each member able to provide input. Key concerns/points raised:
    • §  Commercial creep, change from SF-6
    • §  Drive thru
    • §  If not this development, what could come next? How long?
    • §  This corner listed as an area of opportunity to redevelop/cleanup during master plan process.
    • o   Sean to ask them to introduce themselves at November 5th meeting, present at December 3rd meeting.
    • ·       Oakley Recreation Center Update – Evan Nolan
    • o   Kickoff meeting help with fundraiser, key city/rec directors, OCC reps (Evan, Colleen)
    • o   Scott (fund raiser) asking for help with:
    • §  Contact info for potential business donors
    • §  Identifying community leaders/businesses to champion the effort
    • ·       OMP One-Pager for Developers – Sandy Gross
    • o   Sandy had met with Karen Crawford (OMP steering committee member) and discussed a set of developer guidelines geared to landscaping and adding to our tree canopy. Wondered if we could come with one pager covering all aspects. Require an arborist review to be part of each development review.
    • o   Joe reminded the board that the OMP team had started putting together such “neighborhood guidelines” last January. Each of the 4 teams were to provide theirs to Jared Ellis, but not sure if anything had been done with them. Will check with each team and have their list sent to Sandy
    • o   City “ReLeaf” program (free trees), Sandy like to start an “Oaks for Oakley” campaign to increase our tree canopy.
    • ·       Arborist Motion – Sandy Gross 
    • o   Related to previous topic. Sandy will prepare a motion for arborist review and one pagers at 11/5 meeting.
    • ·       Oakley Flag / Board To-Do’s – Dan Krohn & Joe Groh
    • o   Dan reported that Flaggs USA say they will be producing and selling the Oakley flag (house size) for sale
    • o   Dan suggested buying a bigger Oakley flag for use on the esplanade
    • o   Joe suggested lowering the cleat on the flag pole so a ladder not required to raise/lower the flag. Flaggs USA can do this for us.
    • o   Brought up potential for adding lights for the flag pole.
    • o   Dan & Joe to put together a motion, with costs estimates, to present for a vote at 11/5 meeting for these items.
    • ·       Revisiting SOPs – Colleen Reynolds
    • o   Looking to get back on track with developing/approving our SOPs
    • o   Each member should look at what drafts they have, any new ones, and let Colleen know.
    • o   Want to address one SOP at each third Thursday meeting.
    • ·       November 5th Agenda Requests
    • o   In effort to help in agenda setting process, this will become a regular item for third Thursdays.
    • o   Send suggestions to Colleen ASAP
    • o   Suggestions: Bank development intro; city parking overlay presentation; arborist motion; flag motion
    • ·       Christmas lighting
    • o   Need to make arrangements for Christmas lights on the square.
    • ·       Adjourn Meeting:  Motion: Sandy_  Seconded: Jon  Vote: all in favor


  • 11/06/2019 7:30 AM | Cody Gausvik (Administrator)

    Oakley Community Council Meeting

    Tuesday, October 1, 2019 – 7 PM

    Oakley Recreation Center

    oakleycouncil@oakleynow.com 

    www.Facebook.com/Oakley45209

    Trustees Present: Cody Gausvik, Dan Krohn, Colleen Reynolds, Seth Shaifer, Joe Groh, Sean Fausto, Jason Wilcoxon, Sandy Gross, Evan Nolan

    Trustees Not Present: Kenny McNutt, Dave Schaff, Jon Bernier

    MEETING MINUTES

    GENERAL:

    ·         City Hotline – 591-6000

    ·         Cincinnati District 2 Police Non-Emergency – 949-4400

    ·         Fix it Cincy! Mobile App

     

    Call to order - Pledge of Allegiance

    Welcome

    • Sign in sheet; Speaker Cards
    • Trustee Introductions
    • City Hotline-591-6000; Cincinnati District 2 Police Non-Emergency – 949-4400
    • Fix it Cincy! Mobile App

    Cincinnati Fire Department – Station 31

    200 EMS and 15 fire runs in September. 10/6-10/12 is ‘Fire Prevention Week’. Sunday (10/6), 1-5PM is the Open House at Station 31.

    District 2 Police report

    Violent crime and thefts trended down in September.  

    CRC

    10/21 – all day camp available due to in-service day at CPS; $50.

    10/26 – 530-7PM Trunk or Treat. Local businesses can participate and attend. Usually hosts 100+ kids.

    Tide Cleaners – Brandon Gilstrap

    Grand Opening Saturday, October 5th from 8-5PM. Anyone can have two garments cleaned for free.  

    Oakley Flag – Henry Frondorf

    Oakley’s new flag presented. Grant secured in 2018 was used to create individual Cincinnati neighborhood flags. You can order a flag at National Flag Company (locally made) on their website.

    City of Cincinnati

    • ·       Census Update: Joe Groh
    • Today was the kickoff. ‘Complete Count Committee’ – gathering of business leaders, community councils, etc. that can help encourage people to complete their census form. Oakley had a completion rate of 91% in 2010. Important to complete for federal aid (Medicare/Medicaid, etc.). You can complete census online next year.
    • ·       Vision Zero: Joe Groh, Colleen Reynolds, Derek Bauman
    • Mission to reduce fatal injuries involving pedestrians; City Council recently adopted. CPS has supported this mission since many students have been involved in pedestrian-related injuries. Since 2013, there has been a 50% increase in pedestrian-related accidents.
    • ‘Vision Zero Cincinnati Advisory Committee’ – we received 15 yard signs and a large sign to place over the bridge.
    • www.cincinnati-oh.gov/visionzero - community members can submit data via survey.
    • Where does the funding come from? City Council approved spending $750,000 each year. Duke Energy has agreed to increase lighting. Grants are also available. 
    • How do they prioritize improvements? Data driven from people who complete survey (above). Specific crash data utilized as well.  
    • Vision Zero Resolution 
    • Whereas, pedestrian related crashes in the city of Cincinnati have increased approximately 50% since 2013, and more than two dozen school children have been struck by cars in Cincinnati in the last 12 months, and traffic crashes decrease safety and quality of life in our community, and
    • Whereas, the Vision Zero model adopted by the city of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Public Schools seeks to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes, particularly involving pedestrians, and seeks to make our streets safe and equitable for all users through Engineering, Enforcement, and Education;
    • Be it therefore resolved that the board of the Oakley Community Council supports Vision Zero and pledges to work collaboratively with Vision Zero partners and stakeholders to increase the safety and mobility of all who use our streets making Oakley a more vibrant and attractive neighborhood for residents, visitors, and businesses alike.
    • Cody Gausvik motions to support the Vision Zero Resolution as written above; Sandy Gross seconds. Unanimous approval; motion passes.

    Local Elections

    • ·       Issue 22 Letter of Support Request: Joe Groh & Colleen Reynolds
    • SORTA Board approved to include an increase of $0.8% to the sales tax in Hamilton County on the March 2020 ballot.
    • Metro Resolution 
    • Whereas, pedestrian safety, improved traffic flow, and increasing transit usage are key goals and action plans in our Oakley Master Plan, and;
    • Whereas, the Reinventing Metro plan will expand transit services, and be consistent with our Master Plan, and given the historic efforts by city council, county commissioners, state representatives, the Regional Chamber, and the Better Bus Coalition to develop a sustainable means of funding the plan;
    • Be it therefore resolved that the board of the Oakley Community Council supports voting YES on Issue 22 to repeal the City Earnings Tax in November 2019, and voting in support of Hamilton County Sales Tax in March 2020, in support of funding the Reinventing Metro Plan, and the historic collaboration by city, county, state representatives, and SORTA board.
    • Cody Gausvik motions to support the Metro Resolution as written above; seconded by Jason Wilcoxon. 7 in favor. Sean Fausto and Dan Krohn opposed. Motion passes.
    • ·       Fair Cincy – Council Districts Ballot Initiative: Henry Frondorf
    • Would change the way councilmembers are voted into City Council.
    • There would be five council members each in a separate district and four at-large council members. 6,000 signatures needed by the end of November to get on March 2020 ballot.
    • Faircincy.org  

    Judge Berkowitz – Seeking reelection

    Development Items

    • ·       LAB Development LLC – Letter of Support Request: Doug Bartsch
    • Adding additional antennas to existing tower. Concerns about electromagnetic signals; emissions are heavily regulated by FCC.
    • Sean Fausto moves to support the addition of the Verizon antennae on the existing Duke Energy transmission tower as presented at the 10/1/19 meeting at the corner of Brownway Ave and Enyart Ave in Oakley; Dan Krohn seconds. Unanimous approval.
    • ·       Preserve Hyde Park: Ann Gimbert
    • Developer proposes building six single family homes on Wasson Ave across from Kroger. Concerns about fitting such a large development on a small parcel, subdividing land, being so close to the Wasson Way trail, etc. Crosswalks would have to be approved by DOTE.
    • Ask is that we support Hyde Park Neighborhood Council and oppose the zone change.
    • Colleen Reynolds will reiterate what OCC said during the 9/3/19 meeting and what we supported via email to each City Council member and the Mayor along with the City Planning Staff. OCC has not taken any position on zone changes or set back requirements.
    •  
    • ·       Isabella Townhomes – Groundbreaking & Donation: Craig Rozen
    • $5,000 is being donated for Vision Zero initiatives. Craig encourages OCC to ask for developers to fund certain initiatives in the neighborhood. Thursday is the official groundbreaking at 4:30PM.

    Approve September 19th Meeting Minutes

    Motion to approve 9/19/19 meetings by Joe Groh; seconded by Sean Fausto. 7 approvals; minutes approved.

    Cody Gausvik, Evan Nolan and Jason Wilcoxon abstained.

    Financial Report

    Motion to approve financial report as presented by Evan Nolan; seconded by Dan Krohn.

    Unanimous approval.

    Oakley Community Council Elections are on 12/3.

    New Business

    • Invest in Neighborhoods Event – Thursday, October 3rd
    • Oakley 5K – Saturday, October 5th at 730AM
    • Third Thursday meeting on Thursday, October 17th – Brazee Street Studios
    • Next Tuesday OCC meeting is on Tuesday, November 5th – Election Day!

    Speaker Cards

    11/1 Oakley Masquerade: $50.00 tickets include food and drinks – benefits ‘Save the Animals Foundation’ at the 20th Century Theatre.

    Planning Commission approved Oakley Master Plan. Goes to City Council for approval this month.  

    Motion to adjourn the meeting by Cody Gausvik; seconded by Seth Shaifer. Meeting ends at 9:15PM


  • 10/02/2019 8:48 AM | Cody Gausvik (Administrator)

    Oakley Community Council
    Brazee Street Studios – 4426 Brazee St

    September 19, 2019; 7:00 PM

    oakleycouncil@oakleynow.com 

    www.oakleynow.com

    www.Facebook.com/Oakley45209

    513-533-2039

    Minutes

    Present: Seth, Joe, Colleen, Sandy, Sean, Sandy, Dan

    Absent: Cody, Jason, Jon, Evan, Dave

    Tide Dry Cleaning:  Brandon Gilstrap, marketing Manager

    • ·       Grand Opening 8:5 on Saturday Oct 5
    • ·       Ribbon Cutting (4pm 10/4)
    • ·       Working being first LEED certified facility in the US

    Approve 9/3 Minutes

    Motion: Sean

    Seconded: Dan

    Yes: All

    Abstain: None

    Reminder: Oakley Master Plan is before Planning Commission 9/20 9:00AM

    Oaktoberfest Recap – Joe Groh

    • ·       Great turnout
    • ·       Among the largest, if not the largest, volume of beer sold
    • ·       Sold 14 Oakley Proud Series shirts
    • ·       Had history timeline, before/now pictures, join OCC
    • ·       Missed opportunity, more volunteers

    Council Elections – elections coming up, get word out and look for interested parties.

    City Council Rounds – Colleen Reynolds

    • ·       Make rounds with council members to talk about our on goings
    • ·       Invest In Neighborhood event at Madtree, 10/3
    • o   If interested in attending, send Colleen email

    Prospective Pedestrian/Bike Bridge Next Steps – Dan Krohn

    • ·       DOTE meeting with Neyer reps, OCC reps (Dan, Joe, Colleen)
    • ·       Obstacles: Duke easement, RR height
    • ·       Funding sources: CMAQ an option
    • ·       General options 1-6 presented – 4 Bridge alternatives, 2 tunnel
    • ·       Next step - engineering drawings, meet with all parties

    Committee Updates & Discussion:

    • ·       Business
    • o   Monthly Coffee Meetings – 1st Tuesday, 8am, RedTree
    • o   Joe & Kenny working on potential app (like the safety app) that would show listing of businesses who joined OCC
    • ·       Economic Development & Zoning
    • o   Colleen would like to come up standard letters of support, etc.
    • o   Staff meeting city/Red Corner – traffic concerns, design aesthetics, rental vs owner
    • o   Hubbard ground breaking Wednesday
    • o   Northpoint tax abatement denied
    • o   HP Wasson Homes
    • §  HP asking us consider changing our support
    • §  Or letter/motion: “We move to support for the concept of six single family homes on Wasson Rd as presented by Ken French at the OCC meeting on June 4th. This support is subject to continuing review of the development from the city and feedback from the community advisement team.”
    • §  Been several meetings since where Ken stated we supported him unanimously, but failed to mention the conditions we added
    • §  Changes:
    • ·       Zoning change SF6 to SF2
    • ·       5ft setback from street
    • ·       Variance for rear setback – from 20 to 7
    • §  Colleen to draft letter to share; doesn’t think need to rescind our letter
    • ·       Finance
    • o   NBD NSP submitted
    • ·       Membership
    • o   Real Estate
    • §  Of Note : 9/5 Local Oakley LLC to BSS LLC (NorthPointe) for 2.75m
    • § 
    • ·       Beautification
    • o   New flag on the Esplanade has been purchased and installed
    • ·       Major Events
    • o   No report
    • ·       Education
    • o   No report

    Major Projects:

    • o   Community Engagement
    • o   No report
    • o   Master Plan Implementation
    • o   No report
    • o   OCC Newsletter
    • o   No report
    • o   Oakley Recreation Center
    • o   No report
    • o   Pedestrian Safety - Joe
    • o   Safety app gaining traction, outside area too
    • §  19 Issues
    • §  35 unique logins
    • §  2 closed
    • §  3 submitted to city for review
    • ·       Updates to fleet feet
    • ·       Flaggs
    • ·       Crosswalk at Brotherton
    • o   Neyer related upgrades in discussion
    • o   Working with HP counterpart on upgrades around HP school and along Wasson
    • o   City looking for support to amend charter to allow hand held cameras and not require officers to issue tickets in person at the time.
    • o   Metro – vote yes on Issue 22
    • o   Oakley History - Joe
    • o   Oaktoberfest booth
    • o   Growing support/input on FB group
    • o   Next steps:
    • §  Resident meeting
    • §  Storage/online
    • §  Oakley Guide app?
    • o   Website - Kenny
    • o   Payment options changing in 2020 (April), have to decide to stay with our current payment system, or pay higher fees for vendor option
    • o   Social Media
    • o   No report

    10/1 Agenda Requests – send requests to Colleen

    Adjourn Meeting

    Motion: Sean

    Seconded: Seth

    Yes: All


  • 10/01/2019 10:23 AM | Cody Gausvik (Administrator)

    Oakley Community Council Meeting

    Tuesday, September 3, 2019 – 7 PM

    Oakley Recreation Center

    oakleycouncil@oakleynow.com 

    www.Facebook.com/Oakley45209

    Trustees Present: Cody Gausvik, Dan Krohn, Kenny McNutt, Colleen Reynolds, Evan Nolan, Seth Shaifer, Joe Groh, Jon Bernier, Sean Fausto, Jason Wilcoxon, Sandy Gross, Dave Schaff (arrived after Master Plan vote)

    Trustees Not Present:

    MEETING MINUTES

    GENERAL:

    ·         City Hotline – 591-6000

    ·         Cincinnati District 2 Police Non-Emergency – 949-4400

    ·         Fix it Cincy! Mobile App

     

    Cincinnati Fire Department – Station 31

    Not present.  

    Cincinnati Police District 2 Department Report – Phone 513-979-4480

    Joe Groh presented appreciation award to Officer Tarvin. Officer Christine Berry will replace Officer Tarvin.

    Remember to keep car doors locked – all break-ins were the result of cars being unlocked.

    CRC Report – Jalisa

    Trunk or Treat 10/26 – businesses and organizations can sponsor trunk for free.  

    Full house at Hyde Park and Kilgour preschool and afterschool programs.

    Job opportunities available at CRC starting at $10.69.

    City of Cincinnati

    Oakley Master Plan – FINAL VOTE

    Latest version available online at Oakleynow.com under Projects. After OCC approval, the OMP will be presented for approval to the City Planning Commission at their September 20 meeting and scheduled with City Council during the first week of October for final approval.

    Special thank you to the Master Plan Steering Committee, all residents involved in the four working groups over the past two years, the OCC Board and Jared Ellis of the Department of City for guiding us through this process.

    Motion by Dan Krohn to approve the Oakley Master Plan as presented; seconded by Sandy Gross.

    11 approve. Motion passes. Sean Fausto to provide support letter to Jared Ellis.

    Transportation Coalition – Councilman Greg Landsman, SORTA, Pete Metz (Cincinnati Chamber) and Cam Hardy (Better Bus Coalition)

    A city our size lacks a regional public transit system. Our current bus system is funded by income taxes, but it only generates a fraction of what’s necessary. Upcoming vote for sales tax increase from .08% to 1% and the income tax would be a 0.3% reduction (from 2.1% to 1.8%) to provide an additional $150 million ($40 million to infrastructure) for our bus system. If the SORTA board approves of this option, the measure would be on the ballot next year. Enhancement to Oakley: there would be a 24/7 route from Madisonville to downtown, additional express routes, etc. [www.reinventingmetro.com]

    Development Items:

    Oakley Yard/Kenner Site – Neyer Properties

    Current plan includes public park, 63 single family lots, 300 apartments, senior living component and a half-mile walking trail. Here tonight seeking concept support.

    Resident requested status of a pedestrian bridge across the RR tracks to Oakley Station. Greg Landsman said he would support our efforts pushing for a pedestrian bridge in that location.

    Who owns greenspace/park once complete? Likely the City.

    Motion by Sean Fausto to support the concept of the Oakley Yard site on Robertson Ave for the current Neyer Properties proposal as presented at the 9/3/19 meeting.

    Evan Nolan moves to amend Sean’s motion.

    Motion by Sean Fausto to support the concept of the Oakley Yard site on Robertson Ave for the current Neyer Properties proposal as presented at 9/3/19 meeting, subject to continuing commitment and cooperation in building a pedestrian bridge over the RR tracks. Seconded by Evan Nolan.   

    Unanimous approval. Colleen Reynolds abstained.

    Madison Park, former Masonic Lodge Site – Circle Development and Reztark

    19 units, 3 stories, each with a two-car garage. First and parts of the second level will be stone/brick to match neighborhood. First step is to combine two parcels into one. Developer will insist Maple Park Avenue remain closed to Ridge Ave. Estimating a 2020 start date. Nearby Madison Park Ave residents are in favor or converting two parcels into one.

    Motion by Sean Fausto to provide a letter of support to Circle Development for the Madison Park zone change from RMX & SFT to RM 2.0.

    Sandy Gross proposes amendment to Sean’s motion.

    Motion by Sean Fausto to provide a letter of support to Circle Development for the Madison Park zone change from RMX & SFT to RM 2.0 contingent on making a best effort to maintain current Oak Trees on property; seconded by Joe Groh. Unanimous approval. Colleen Reynolds abstained.

    Nearby property owners will receive notice of the zoning hearing scheduled for 9/17 at 4:30PM at 2 centennial Plaza downtown.

    Gateway Pedestrian Bridges – Brian Ogawa

    $480,000 to repair western pedestrian bridge; demo would be $128,000

    Options:

    1 – fully fund repairs to the western pedestrian bridge;

    2 – fund demolition (rejected as a group before narrowing to potentially either repair or keep bridge as is); or

    3 – leave the bridge as is.

    Business owner spoke in support of funding repairs.

    Resident spoke opposing the of funding repairs.  

    Kenny McNutt presented history of the Gateway site; bridges were last updated in 1982.

    Dave Schaff mentioned TIF brings in $1 million per year – why not do both projects (repair western bridge and pedestrian RR bridge) in the future?

    Could we wait since the bid is so high? No, because construction costs increase over time.

    Dan Krohn encourages us to leave the bridge as is and use that money to invest into the pedestrian bike bridge over RR tracks.

    Sean Fausto encourages us to leave the bridge as is.

    Seth Shaifer encourages us to spend the money on greenspace instead of bridge repairs.  

    Cody Gausvik encourages us to support repairs to the bridge.

    Evan Nolan encourages us to support repairs to the bridge.

    Sandy Gross read letter from previous board member and Oakley business owner, Brent, who is in support of repairs to the bridge.

    Dave Schaff referenced urban plans that are still in effect today that planned to have both bridges functional. Dave reached out to several business owners to get their input. Dave is in support of funding the bridge repairs.

    Jon Bernier supports repairs to the bridge.

    Jason Wilcoxon supports repairs to the bridge.

    Motion by Dave Schaff to support funding repairs to the western pedestrian as a part of the Gateway Bridge project, not to exceed what was previously budgeted ($1.89 million). Seconded by Cody Gausvik.

    9 approvals. Joe Groh, Dan Krohn and Sean Fausto opposed.  

    Beautification – Cody Gausvik

    8/2/19 – Wimberg Landscaping returned to trim the suckers off the trees, weed and mulch any remaining unkempt tree wells. 8/24/19 – all beds were sprayed with weed preventer by Cody.

    Education: Hyde Park Neighborhood Schools

    Requesting a letter of support to begin expansion process. Plan includes 8 new classrooms, new gym and cafeteria.

    Motion by Cody Gausvik to provide a letter of support for the district to begin the Hyde Park School expansion process (attached letter for reference); seconded by Jason Wilcoxon. Unanimous approval.

    Evan Nolan will write support letter.

    Pedestrian Safety: New App (Joe Groh & Kenny McNutt) – FREE!

    Download app: https://occ-safety.glideapp.io; you can report speeding, people parking too close to your driveway, requests for additional lighting around crosswalks and you can comment on other pins that were placed by others in the area. 

    safety@oakleynow.com – email address dedicated to pedestrian safety requests/updates in Oakley.

    History: Oaktoberfest update

    Booth will be set up at Oaktoberfest on Saturday, 9/14. 5-7PM Reds mascots will be there. Live music – School of Rock.

    Oakley and Reds 150th anniversary is this year; Reds will include tickets in random goodie bags at the event.

    Approve OCC 8/15/19 Meeting Minutes

    Motion by Jason Wilcoxon to approve 8/15/19 minutes; seconded by Dan Krohn. Minutes approved. Colleen Reynolds and Seth Shaifer abstained.

    OCC Financial Report – Jason Wilcoxon

    Motion by Evan Nolan to approve the current financial position of the OCC as of August 31st; seconded by Seth Shaifer. Minutes approved; Colleen Reynolds abstained. Financials approved.  

    OCC Board Elections – If you’re interested, you must be member by October 3rd and attend at least 3 meetings.

    Brazee Street Event - 9/12, 13 and 14th beadmaking for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital patients.  

    Motion to adjourn meeting by Cody Gausvik; seconded by Jason Wilcoxon. Meeting ends at 9:28PM.

    New Business:

    • ·       Election Reminder
    • ·       Third Thursday meeting on 9/19/19 – Brazee Street Studios 7-9PM
    • ·       Next Tuesday OCC Meeting 10/1/19 – Oakley Recreation Center 7PM


  • 09/04/2019 7:03 AM | Cody Gausvik (Administrator)

    Oakley Community Council 3rd Thursday Meeting

    Brazee Street Studios

    8/15/19; 7PM

    oakleycouncil@oakleynow.com

    www.oakleynow.com

    www.facebook.com/oakley45209

    513.533.2039

    Trustees Present: Dan Krohn, Cody Gausvik, Joe Groh, Evan Nolan, Sandy Gross, Kenny McNutt, Sean Fausto, Dave Schaff, Jason Wilcoxon, Jon Bernier

    Trustees Not Present: Seth Shaifer, Colleen Reynolds

    Approve 8/6/19 Minutes

    Motion by Joe Groh to approve 8/6/19 Minutes; seconded by Dan Krohn. Sean, Sandy, Jason and John abstained. Minutes approved.

    Gateway Project - Jeff Stine

    Option 1. $450,000-480,000 for repairs to western pedestrian bridge that will allow the bridge to last 30+ years.

    Option 2. Demo western pedestrian bridge for $128,000

    Option 3. leave as is - if we leave it, it will last 10-15 yrs. 

    OCC board agrees to spend $20,000 for light packs, regardless of the above options chosen at the next meeting.

    Dave motions to provide direction to the City to move forward with maintenance under Option 1 to the western pedestrian bridge with the OCURC funds being utilized last; seconded by Sandy Gross.

    After OCC board discussion, Dave withdrew his motion.

    Parking: Gio Rocco - Department of Community and Economic Development

    “Urban Parking Overlay District” – took away parking requirements in OTR. This would be an amendment to the zoning code.

    If property is zoned “CCM”: first 2000 square feet are exempt from parking requirements.

    Question from Joe: What steps would the council have to take to explore this option? OCC would request Department of Community and Economic Development to review Oakley and come up with a proposal to submit to OCC board.

    Evan Nolan motions for Gio Rocco and his team to come back to a public Tuesday OCC meeting in the future to present a recommendation on where a possible Urban Parking Overlay District would be located; seconded by Cody Gausvik. Unanimous approval.

    Vandecar – Steve Dragon (sp?)

    Seeking informal input on remaining Oakley Station lots – two locations (1 location is 3.44 acres; 1 location is 6.22 acres) currently zoned as office space. Asking for a modification to the zoning code to be acceptable for apartments, hotels or senior living. Currently zoned commercial industrial use. Environmental studies still need to be conducted prior to any plan being presented to OCC board. Lots are priced at $600,000 per acre.

    Financial Reports:  Jason

    Approve financials at the next meeting.

    Hyde Park Neighborhood School: Jason & Angela

    School is at maximum capacity – working to build extension on the property. OCC board to review letter and vote to support or propose this letter at 9/3/19 OCC public meeting. ~40%+ students live in Oakley

    Supporting this proposal doesn’t negate a school from opening in Oakley.

    Motion to adjourn meeting at 9:00PM by Cody Gausvik; seconded by Evan Nolan. Meeting Ends at 9:00PM


  • 08/19/2019 9:22 AM | Cody Gausvik (Administrator)

    Oakley Community Council Meeting

    Tuesday, August 6, 2019 – 7 PM

    Oakley Recreation Center

    oakleycouncil@oakleynow.com 

    www.Facebook.com/Oakley45209

    Trustees Present: Cody Gausvik, Dan Krohn, Kenny McNutt, Colleen Reynolds, Evan Nolan, Seth Shaifer, Dave Schaff, Joe Groh

    Trustees Not Present: Jon Bernier, Sean Fausto, Sandy Gross, Jason Wilcoxon

    MEETING MINUTES

    GENERAL:

    ·         City Hotline – 591-6000

    ·         Cincinnati District 2 Police Non-Emergency – 949-4400

    ·         Fix it Cincy! Mobile App

     

    Cincinnati Fire Department – Station 31 

    Very busy summer.

    Cincinnati Police District 2 Department Report – Sean Tarvin – Phone 513-979-4480

    Not present.

    CRC Report – Jalisa

    Not present.

    City of Cincinnati

    Oakley Master Plan – Final Draft Presentation (vote in September) – Jared Ellis

    Next step is approval from OCC; then onto City Council for final approval.

    What is a neighborhood master plan? It’s a vision for what the neighborhood could be and what we envision for the future. Includes guidelines for development, etc.  

    Reasons we are not voting on OCC Master Plan tonight:

    • 1.      We want to give residents time to provide feedback after viewing on oakleynow.com
    • 2.      City department directors still need to vote
    • 3.      We want to provide additional time for the OCC board to review

    Gateway Pedestrian Bridges – Jeff Stine and Brian Ogawa

    Executed contract; construction likely to begin in February. Project includes the complete removal and replacement of the eastern pedestrian bridge. We cannot afford to replace the western bridge. Cost of $450,000 to keep western bridge alive for another 20-30 years.

    Board discussion planned for next Thursday; vote in September.

    Jeff Stine will get an estimate for demolition of western bridge.  

    Development Items:

    Madison Park, former Masonic Lodge Site – Circle Development (Greg Lund, Sean, Ray)

    Corner of Madison and Ridge. Need zone change to convert two parcels to single family use. Proposal includes 20 single-family attached townhomes, each three stories. Townhomes are planned for rental property.  

    Several residents expressed concerns about increased traffic. Traffic study has been completed; estimated 7 trips per hour at peak hours.

    Resident expressed concerned about contemporary styling that doesn’t match the traditional look of the nearby homes.  

    Rental price point unknown currently.

    Storm water question raised; will be addressed with the City.  

    Developers will return next month requesting a letter of support for the zone change.  

    Oakley Yard, Kenner Site – Neyer Properties

    Includes walking and bike path along the perimeter; proposed playground and dog park. Also includes 63 single family lots, 300 apartments and senior living. Will return in September requesting a letter of support for the site concept in September.

    CinFed – Jay Sigler and Jay Kincaid

    CinFed has purchased home at 4704 Ridge Road; they want to purchase additional land along Ibsen. 

    Asking for a letter of support for City-owned property to create greenspace.  

    Motion by Dave Schaff to provide a letter of support for CinFed’s request to acquire the City owned property at 4700 Ridge Ave contingent upon CinFed maintaining the lot as green space and returning to the Oakley Community Council for future development requests. Seconded by Kenny McNutt.

    Unanimous approval; motion passes.   

    Beautification – Cody Gausvik

    50+ tree wells were weeded and mulched in May by Wimberg Landscaping. The tree wells aren’t filled with weeds and look the best they have in years. We need a way to communicate to all of our property owners/businesses within our NBD that the tree wells and landscaping are their responsibility.

    Proposal: issue reminder/clarification letter to property owners from Gills to MadTree along Madison.

    74 property owners total.

    Motion by Cody Gausvik to authorize Cody Gausvik to mail tree well/landscaping reminder/clarification letter via certified mail to all property owners along Madison Road within our NBD at a cost not to exceed $300; seconded by Kenny McNutt. Unanimous approval.

    Pedestrian Safety: New App (Joe Groh & Kenny McNutt) – FREE!

    Download app: https://occ-safety.glideapp.io; you can report speeding, people parking too close to your driveway, requests for additional lighting around crosswalks and you can comment on other pins that were placed by others in the area.  

    safety@oakleynow.com – email address dedicated to pedestrian safety requests/updates in Oakley.

    History: Oaktoberfest (Joe Groh)

    Booth will be set up at Oaktoberfest on Saturday 9/14.

    Oakley and Reds 150th anniversary is this year; Reds will include tickets in random goodie bags at the event.

    Transit Levy – Joe Groh

    Proposal to reduce earnings/income tax for Cincinnati from 2.1% to 1.8% and that is conditioned on the county levy increasing the sales tax by .07%. The charter issue would be in November and the levy in the spring of 2020. That would make the Hamilton County total sales tax 7.07%. Countywide sales tax increase of .07 – raises $110m for SORTA.

    Result: Madison Road would have 24/7 bus access; greater frequency of runs; extended holiday/weekend hours, etc.

    OCC Financial Report – Jason Wilcoxon

    Tabled due to Jason’s absence.     

    6/4/19 OCC Meeting Minutes

    Motion by Joe Groh to approve the 6/4/19 minutes; seconded by Dan Krohn. Minutes approved; Cody Gausvik, Dave Schaff, Kenny McNutt abstained. Motion passes.

    OCC Board Elections – If you’re interested, you must be member by October 3rd and attend at least 3 meetings.

    Motion to adjourn meeting by Cody Gausvik; seconded by Joe Groh. Meeting ends at 9:29PM.

    New Business:

    • ·        McAlister’s Deli Opening – Monday, 8/26/19 at 10AM
    • ·        Third Thursday meeting on 8/15/19 – Brazee Street Studios 7-9PM
    • ·        Next Tuesday OCC Meeting 9/3/19 – Oakley Recreation Center 7PM


  • 08/08/2019 8:22 AM | Cody Gausvik (Administrator)

    Oakley Community Council
    Oakley Community Center

    June 4th, 2019; 7:00 PM

    oakleycouncil@oakleynow.com 

    www.Facebook.com/Oakley45209

      513-533-2039

    Meeting Minutes

    Call to order - Pledge of Allegiance

    Welcome

    • Sign in sheet; Speaker Cards
    • Trustee Introductions
      • Colleen__X__ Joe__X__Dan_X__Kenny___Cody____Dave____Jon__X__
      • Jason____Sandy___Seth__X__Sean_X___Evan__X__

    Cincinnati Fire Department – Station 31

    No representative

    District 2 Police report

    Capt. Jones, Officer Tarvin

    Schools out, be aware of more children out.

    Crimes down from last month, exception a brief spike in auto break-ins, but suspect caught.

    CRC

    Jalissa – CRC going through Business Plan review, looking at Management Standards and funding.  Key points of emphasis:

    • ·       Organization structure
    • ·       Facilities
    • ·       Programming

    Summer camp is full – 175 kids, which is highest count of any rec center in city

    Pool is open, hours can be found here: https://cincyrec.org/search/facility.aspx?id=96

    OCC Summer Schedule – Colleen Reynolds

    • ·       Third Thursday Meeting:  20 June at Brazee
    • ·       Not July OCC Tuesday meeting, next meeting be 6 August
    • ·       Hope to schedule Oakley Master Plan review meeting in July
    • ·       Possibly Neyer design/community meeting

    Guests:

    • ·      Brigid Kelly, State representative
    • o   Provided update on legislation of interest
    • §  State Budget in process
    • §  HB6 Renewable energy passed
    • §  HB 137 – pay Statements be provided to employees
    • §  HB 178 – Permit less carry
    • ·      Oakley Master Plan – Jared Ellis
    • o   Full plan not ready to be presented, goal to have ready to present at some point in July
    • o   Meet with OMP steering committee before OCC meeting, there are updates/changes to be worked.
    • ·      Cincinnati Zoo & Pollinators – Molly O’Neil
    • o   Pollinator Challenge – to promote awareness of pollinator issues and encourage residents to plant pollinators
    • o   http://cincinnatizoo.org/conservation/pollen-nation/
    • o   Provided pocket guides with tips and recommendations
    • ·      Property Management Signage – Shane Kennedy
    • o   No show

    Development Items:

    • ·      Oakley Yard – Neyer Properties
    • o   Jeff Chamot (Neyer), Clete Benken (MKSK Architects)
    • o   Provided Neyer background
    • o   Goals:
    • 1.    ESTABLISH A VISION TO TRANSFORM THE OAKLEY YARD INTO A GREAT WALKABLE NEIGHBORHOOD.
    • 2.    OFFER A MIX OF RESIDENTIAL USES, LIVING STYLES AND AMENITIES THAT ENHANCES OAKLEY AND THE CITY.
    • 3.    BUILD STRONG LINKAGES TO OAKLEY SQUARE, OAKLEY STATION, AND ROOKWOOD.
    • 4.    BUILD ENTHUSIAST SUPPORT FOR PREFERRED DEVELOPMENT ALTERNATIVES AMONG NEIGHBORHOOD LEADERS AND CITY OFFICIALS
    • o   Presented two preliminary/potential options for the property, both had combination of”
    • §  Greenspace/parks,
    • §  single family homes (“Alley loaded”)
    • §  senior housing,
    • §  3 and 4 story apartments
    • o   Density/# of units of each type varied slightly between the options
    • o   Support pedestrian/bike bridge/tunnel into Oakley Station
    • o   Cleanup of Robertson Ave
    • o   Addition of bike and walking paths
    • o   Presentation available online under Meeting Documents
    • ·      Local Oakley – Bill Davin
    • o   Continuing to work with the city, subdivision approved
    • ·      Habitation Development Group LLC – Kenneth French
    • o   Looking to develop property on south side of Wasson, near corner of Paxton and Wasson, across the street from Kroger’s.
    • o   Property in Hyde Park Neighborhood District, but within the Oakley Statistical Area, so they presenting to both councils.
    • o   Proposing to build 6 stand-alone single-family homes, between the road and proposed Wasson Way
    • o   In coordinated site review process currently.
    • o   Motion for letter of support made by: Dan     Seconded by: Evan   Vote: All in favor
    • o   Motion #06042019_1
    • §  We move to support for the concept of six single family homes on Wasson Rd as presented by Ken French at the OCC meeting on June 4th. This support is subject to continuing review of the development from the city and feedback from the community advisement team.
    • ·      Justin Doyle Homes – Michael Heines
    • o   Presented on their development on Isabella
    • o   Motion for letter of no opposition made by: Evan     Seconded by: Joe   Vote: All in favor
    • o   Motion #06042019_02
    • §  We move to provide a letter of no opposition to the development as approved by the city and presented to the OCC.

    Approve May 16th Third Thursday Meeting Minutes

    Motion: Sean Seconded: Seth

    Yes: 6 (Collen, Joe, Dan, Seth, Evan, Sean)

    No:

    Abstain: Jon

    May Financial Report

    • ·       Tabled until 20 June third Thursday, neither Jason or Kenny present

    New Business:

    • Oakley After Hours – Friday June 7th
    • Third Thursday meeting on Thursday, June 20th – Brazee Street Studios

    Speaker Cards

    • ·       James Farber – asked attendees to support Better Bus Coalition and their petition to have a SORTA/Metro tax increase added to the City charter (requires an amendment). Would help offset Metro budget deficit and allow Metro to expand services.
    • ·       Evan Nolan – Update on Rec Center/CRC Foundation payment.
    • o   Initially indicated our $45,000 check would be paid directly to the CRC Foundation, but has in fact been paid directly to the fund raiser.
    • o   Simplifies the process and would allow easier return of our funds when/if fund raising goal met.

    Adjourn Meeting

    Motion: Evan  Seconded: Seth

    Yes: All

    No:

    Abstain:


  • 06/12/2019 8:54 AM | Cody Gausvik (Administrator)

    Oakley Community Council 3rd Thursday Meeting

    Brazee Street Studios

    5/16/19; 7PM

    oakleycouncil@oakleynow.com

    www.oakleynow.com

    www.facebook.com/oakley45209

    513.533.2039

    Trustees Present: Dan Krohn, Cody Gausvik, Colleen Reynolds, Joe Groh, Evan Nolan, Sandy Gross, Kenny McNutt, Seth Shaifer, Sean Fausto, Dave Schaff, Jason Wilcoxon

    Trustees Not Present: Jon Bernier

    MEETING MINUTES

    Montgomery Food Share 5013(c): Wendy New & husband

    Grassroots organization that started in 2012. Works with the Freestore Foodbank to collect donations; nearly 100k children classify as food insecure in Cincinnati.

    Looking for someone to start Oakley Food Share. Contact the below if you’re interested: www.connectmontgomery.org; foodshare@cincirr.com; wnew2018@outlook.com

    Recap Action Items from 5/7 Meeting: Letter Drafting

    Discussion about who should be writing each letter following the 5/7/19 meeting – suggestion to assign who is writing each letter during the public meetings. A complete listing of all motions (create a motion log) was suggested by Craig Rozen.

    5/7/19 Meeting Minutes

    Motion to approve 5/7/19 Meeting Minutes by Jason Wilcoxon; seconded by Joe Groh. Unanimous approval; motion passes. Sandy Gross abstained.  

    Future of Neighborhood Pollinators – Sandy Gross

    New study suggests that humans would only live for 4 months if the bees were extinct. 

    What can we do?

    • 1.       Mention the importance of pollinators in newsletter.
    • 2.       Pursue pollinator-friendly plants at the Duke Energy Substation site.
    • 3.       Install native bee houses around in Oakley.
    • 4.       Sandy to present at a public meeting what people of Oakley can do – differentiate what is and what isn’t a ‘pollinator’.
    • 5.       Install pollinator-friendly plants on the land near the Oakley Recreation Center.
    • 6.       Reach out to Park Board about the possibility of pollinator plants on the Esplanade.

    Summer 2019 Schedule – Colleen Reynolds

    Master Plan is being presented next month (June) – lets have Jared present the plan and hold questions until everyone has a chance to review it. Suggestion to have a Master Plan specific meeting in July.

    Neyer Properties is requesting an interactive meeting on preferences for the future of their site in June.

    Colleen Reynolds to make rounds with members of City Council to give an update on what’s going on in Oakley and what projects we’re currently pursuing.  

    Protocol Check-in: Colleen Reynolds, Evan Nolan, Cody Gausvik

    Discussion about whether the president of the board should vote; Board agreed president should be allowed to continue voting on motions. Agreed that President should not be making the motions during the meetings.  

    Suggestion to prep motions in advance; ask developer to draft the motion they are requesting from OCC.

    Discussion about using “Slack” as a way to communicate; lets get everyone using email first.

    Brief Committee Updates & Discussion: 3-5 Minute Check-in per topic

    • ·       Business – Business Coffee/Happy Hours still taking place; working to engage local business owners. Encouraging attendees to become OCC Business Members.
    • ·       Economic & Zoning – committee serving as liaison between residents and developer.
    • ·       Finance – PO Box renewed; event insurance being renewed/may need to revise limits.
    • ·       Beautification – 50 tree wells are in the process of being cleaned up; huge difference in our NBD.
    • ·       Major Events – Ault Park Fireworks still looking for donations from local businesses; suggestion to have Ault Park Fireworks organizers attend the Business Coffee/Happy Hours
    • ·       Education – stay tuned. OCC needs to continue to be engaged with CPS.  
    • ·       Major Projects:
    • o   Community Engagement
    • o   Master Plan Implementation – June presentation
    • o   OCC Newsletter
    • o   Oakley Recreation Center
    • o   Pedestrian Safety – flashing crosswalk installed; 4-way stop at Minot installed; continue to have speed reduction requests from residents.
    • o   Oakley History
    • o   Website
    • o   Social Media

    6/20/19 Meeting RE: tax abatement and property taxes in City of Cincinnati. 9AM Centennial Plaza downtown.  

    Craig Rozen encouraged OCC to weigh-in on Mayor’s budget, so our voices are heard during this budget cycle

    Motion to adjourn meeting at 9:17PM by Seth Schaifer; seconded by Joe Groh. Meeting Ends at 9:17PM


  • 05/17/2019 12:59 PM | Cody Gausvik (Administrator)

    Oakley Community Council Meeting

    Tuesday, May 7, 2019 – 7 PM

    Oakley Recreation Center

    oakleycouncil@oakleynow.com 

    www.Facebook.com/Oakley45209

    Trustees Present: Cody Gausvik, Dan Krohn, Sean Fausto, Kenny McNutt, Colleen Reynolds, Sandy Gross, Evan Nolan, Jason Wilcoxon, Seth Shaifer, Dave Schaff, Joe Groh*

    *arrived late to the meeting during the Hubbard Radio presentation

    Trustees Not Present: Jon Bernier

    MEETING MINUTES

    GENERAL:

    ·         City Hotline – 591-6000

    ·         Cincinnati District 2 Police Non-Emergency – 949-4400

    ·         Fix it Cincy! Mobile App

     

    Cincinnati Fire Department – Station 31 

    32 fire and 184 EMS runs in April. Important to install smoke detector at the highest point in the room; replace smoke detectors if they are older than ten years. Red Cross provides Fire Department with smoke detectors if you need one.

    Remember to complete your profile on Smart911 – provides dispatcher with crucial medical information.

    Narcan usage has slowed down – only 3 reported for April

    Microwaves should not be plugged into extension cord – plug them directly into a wall.

    Cincinnati Police Department Report – Sean Tarvin – Phone 513-979-4480

    25 thefts (including thefts at Target, Meijer and Kroger). One person was responsible for 11 of the 25 thefts at Kroger. Be mindful when using crosswalks.  

    CRC Report – Jalisa

    175 kids registered for summer camp. CRC will be closed the week of 5/26 for a deep clean.

    COMMITTEES

    Gateway Project

    Only one bid was returned for the project for $2.1 million; we had $1.9 million budgeted. If we wait to the do the project, construction materials could rise, and we may not receive any additional bids. OCC scaled project down to $1.3 million and can only afford to fix one pedestrian bridge. There was a lengthy discussion at the 4/18/19 meeting about options. The $1.3 million option no longer requires OCC to spend $90,000 in OCURC funds.

    Motion to support the Gateway project base bid of $1.3 million by Dave Schaff; seconded by Sean Fausto.

    9 approved; abstention by Seth Shaifer. Motion passes.

    It was suggested that OCC should draft a separate, detailed letter to the City about what the OCC would like the remaining ~500k in funds allocated to this project to go towards.

    Beautification – Cody Gausvik

    50 tree wells were marked on 5/7/19 – Wimberg Landscaping expected to start cleanup this week. If you see an area that’s being neglected, reach out to Cody and he can notify the City.

    Oakley After Hours

    Well attended event; School of Rock brought out a ton of people to Oakley. School of Rock has been booked for the next three events. We sold 18 cases of beer.

    Oakley Master Plan (OMP) – Jared Ellis from the City of Cincinnati

    Will be presented to the community soon.

    Local Oakley (former CastFab Site) – Bill Davin

    Met with DOTE on 3/19/19 for the subdivision of land – traffic study was submitted to DOTE. DOTE believes current infrastructure can sustain this new development (from Disney to the Madison Road traffic lights). DOTE would determine if any new roads need to be built. Current plan is for two hotels, a self-storage facility, restaurants, office space, etc.  

    Dan Krohn asked how the pedestrian bridge would fit into their development. Working with DOTE, Local Oakley created a space in their plan for a potential landing spot for the bridge. This location is subject to working with Duke Energy and the railroad. DOTE asked that the bridge be 10 feet wide to accommodate both pedestrians and bicycles. No funding for this bridge has been developed at this early stage, but both Local Oakley and Neyer plans are being reviewed by DOTE with the prospective bridge in mind.

    Bill plans to attend an upcoming Planning Commission meeting (shooting for the second meeting in June).

    Bill has received over 100 different layouts of what could be on the sites.  

    Master Plan’s expectation is that green space should be included in this development.

    Resident asked about environmental concerns: they are participating in the Ohio Voluntary Action Program currently.

    Tax Abatement: will be dependent upon each individual lot.

    They are here tonight to request a letter of support for the subdivision of land at the site.

    Motion to provide a letter of no opposition to the platting as presented, containing the proposed pedestrian/bike bridge, access to the right of way on the north-end of the property, with consideration of green space, tax abatements, individual site plans and TIFF, contingent on the City’s approval of the traffic impact study by Kenny McNutt; seconded by Seth Shaifer. Unanimous approval; motion passes.   

    NorthPoint Development – Fred Kindle and Johnny Sweeney

    Seeking Community Reinvestment Area “CRA” (tax abatement) from the City for 10 years.

    Value of building is $6.5 million once constructed. Employing two full time employees.

    Here tonight to request a letter of support for a CRA – requesting 55% tax abatement.

    Oakley would receive ~12.5% of taxes generated from project.

    Motion to provide a letter of support for CRA tax abatement by NorthPoint development as requested, contingent upon a signed CRA application as submitted to the City by Dave Schaff, seconded by Dan Krohn. 9 approved; Cody Gausvik opposed. Motion passes.

    Here tonight to request a parking variance for “outdoor storage parking” for RVs, moveable vehicles etc.

    Motion to provide a letter of support granting the parking variance contingent upon additional landscaping and greenspace to buffer the landing of the pedestrian/bike bridge by Dan Krohn; seconded by Sean Fausto. 4 approved; 4 opposed. Motion fails. Cody Gausvik, Evan Nolan, Seth Schaifer and Colleen Reynolds opposed. Kenny McNutt Abstained.

    Hubbard Radio – Mike Heekin, Mike Fredrick

    Privately-held local company in Cincinnati (broadcast B105, Q102, MIX 949, etc.); 100+ full-time employees.

    Requesting variance for 190’ monopole on the property. Monopole will not contain flashing lights. Hubbard is spending $75,000+ to make it a monopole rather than a traditional radio tower.

    Dry detention pond will be installed - 100-year storm grade.

    Ryan Schwallie and Darin Bowman (homeowners directly adjacent to the property) expressed their concerns about the monopole height and location of detention pond. Both residents are opposed of development of monopole and detention pond. Requesting a copy of the detention pond study.  

    President of Hubbard to provide requested documents to all homeowners.

    Motion to provide a letter of support for the monopole variance request by Hubbard Radio as presented tonight, without lights on the monopole by Sean Fausto; seconded by Seth Shaifer; Unanimous approval. Joe Groh abstained.

    Tide Cleaners – Oakley Location, Brandon Gilstrap

    Plan to open 6/21/19; P&G will own it. 10/15 jobs will be created. Seeking LEED certification.

    Ault Park Fireworks

    Requesting $500 for Ault Park fireworks. Discussion on if OCC should sponsor fireworks.

    Motion to provide $500 sponsorship to the Ault Park fireworks by Jason Wilcoxon; seconded Kenny McNutt. Unanimous approval; motion passes.  

    Cincinnati Educational Justice Coalition - Michelle Dillingham

    20% of all abatements in Cincinnati went to Hyde Park and Mt. Lookout.

    Public hearing on tax abatement issues and how they’re effecting our school on 5/8/19, 4:30PM School Board office on Burnett Avenue. 

    Chris Smitherman has created a working group that will meet on Thursday 5/16 9:00AM; 805 Centennial Plaza.

    More info about issues: contact cincinnatieducationjustice@gmail.com

    Oakley Recreation Center – Evan Nolan

    Many on the OCC and in the community have worked on this project for many years.

    $4.5 million is currently allocated for the Oakley Recreation Center. New proposal is for the recreation center to be located where the current tennis and basketball courts are. Evan has been engaging with Ignite Philanthropy. $45,000 initial cost for Ignite to determine if fundraising goal is feasible. If Ignite determines it can raise $2 million for the project, OCC would receive $45k back. If Ignite determines they can’t raise $2 million for the recreation center, they will still give us access all data and access to their findings. We have been told by the City that we need to decide quickly what our course of action will be to fund the $2 million gap.

    Evan Nolan motions to spend $45,000 from OCURC funds to engage Ignite Philanthropy to fundraise for the new east side recreation center; seconded by Jason Wilcoxon. Unanimous approval; motion passes.  

    April OCC financial report – Jason Wilcoxon

    Tabled due to time.

    4/18/19 OCC Third Thursday Minutes

    Motion by Joe Groh to approve of the 4/18/19 minutes; seconded by Dan Krohn. 6 approved; Sean Fausto, Jason Wilcoxon, Dave Schaff, Seth Shaifer abstained. Motion passes.

    Motion to adjourn meeting by Cody Gausvik; seconded by Seth Shaifer. Meeting ends at 10:13PM.

    New Business:

    • ·       Third Thursday meeting on 5/16/19 – Brazee Street Studios 7-9PM
    • ·       Next Tuesday OCC Meeting 6/4/19 – Oakley Recreation Center 7PM


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