Meeting Minutes

  • 05/19/2017 8:10 AM | Jessica Laine

    Oakley Community Council
    Oakley Pub & Grill

    April 20, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

    Trustees Present: Kenny McNutt, Jon Bernier, Stacy Lehman, Colleen Reynolds, Evan Nolan, Jes Overley, Chris Mengel

    Trustees Not Present: Sean Fausto, Chris Mucha, Dave Schaff, Jason Wilcoxson, Tim Langmeyer

    Attending: Bob Gallo, Craig Rosen, James Hearst

    Planning Meeting Minutes

    ·         April 4th OCC Meeting Minutes – motion to approve by Evan Nolan, seconded by Jes Overley, approved unanimously.

    ·         Marburg Bridge – Still in Limbo, no formal action made by the city at this time.  Colleen will follow up with a letter.

    ·         Buffalo Wings and Rings – Will present at the May OCC meeting

    ·         Fortus Group development at former 5/3 site- May request a vote at the May meeting.

    ·         Bones Burgers – contacted OCC with interest.

    ·         Great American Cleanup on Allendale Drive led by Ron Miller- does not preclude OCC from participating in the Great American Cleanup later this year.

    ·         Cinfed Opening – Friday, April 28 at 1 PM at 4801 Kennedy Ave.

    ·         Parking Study by Fred Yaeger

    ·         Oakley After Hours update – First OAH April 28th

    ·         New website: – Board Member capabilities – please log on and set up your profile.

  • 04/16/2017 2:30 PM | Kenny McNutt (Administrator)

    Oakley Community Council Meeting

    Date: April 4, 2017, 7 PM        Oakley Community Center

    Trustees Present: Evan Nolan, Sean Fausto, Jon Bernier, Jason Wilcoxon, Jes Overley(late), Chris Mucha, Colleen Reynolds, Dave Schaff, Chris Mengel, Stacy Lehman, Tim Langmeyer

    Trustees Not Present: Kenny McNutt



    Fix it Cincy mobile app: Use the app to report pedestrian issues. If there are any concerns with not hearing back from the City, contact Stacy Lehman.

    Dave Schaff: Gil Richards, the founder of Richards Industries, passed away on April 1, 2017. He was a big advocate and supportive of Oakley. Richards Industries has been a wonderful partner for our local community and recognized as one of the top places to work.

    ·       Cincinnati Fire Department – Station 31

    ·       196 dispatches in March: 30 non fire, 158 EMS, 8 fire responses

    ·       Awards banquet for CFD is April 4, 2017. Chief Braun retires on April 8th.

    ·       Make sure your smoke detectors work. Check to make sure they’re working so Station 31 doesn’t have to see their neighbors in a work capacity.

    ·       Clean your dryer’s lint trap. It’s the #1 cause of home fires.

    ·       Don’t put anything other than food on the stove top.

    ·       With severe weather season here, develop an emergency plan and keep necessary supplies on hand.

    ·       Cincinnati Police Department Report – District 2: Shawn Tarvin CPD - Phone 979-4480

    §  Theft from autos is still high. Our local stores are still getting criminal activity but arrests are pretty good

    §  Rash of robberies at fitness clubs

    §  District 2 is reviewing Nextdoor posts

    Darlene Rodgers – running for Judge – former public defender and high school teacher

    Jeff Pastorrunning for Cincinnati Council – currently a teacher -

    City of Cincinnati Council Member & Candidate for Mayor of Cincinnati

    Yvette Simpson - looking to bring in new companies and jobs in Queensgate.  We grow revenue for Cincinnati by bringing in jobs. Is ready to sit down and talk with MSD.

    Committee Reports:

    ·      Business: Kenny McNutt and Jon Bernier – First business happy hour was held in March, about 90 people attended.  if you are a local business, please reach out to Jon and Kenny to be invited to future events.

    ·       Oakley After Hours: Jon Bernier and Dave Schaff- first event April 28th – final Fridays April through September. 6PM- 10PM.

    ·       City Hall Liaison: Chris Mengel, Evan Nolan and Colleen Reynolds – no update

    ·       Recreation Center Project: Chris Mucha and Evan Nolan – no update

    ·       Website:  Kenny McNutt – no update

    City of Cincinnati Department of Transportation and Engineering

    ·       Brandon Lecrone – Senior Engineer – Marburg Ave Bridge Project

    ·       On schedule for 6 month time frame.

    ·       We would like to see both Oakley and Hyde Park on the bridge, and would like to stay in that conversation. Support the inscription of both Hyde Park and Oakley on the bridge letter to all of council and the mayor The OCC supports the inscription of Oakley and Hyde Park on the new Marburg bridge.  We respect and share the City's view that the bridge connects two vibrant communities and provides economic vitality and quality of life benefits to both.  We remain committed to the common vision of cooperation and progress with our sister neighborhood.  The OCC requests that any changes to the bridge design requiring community input be addressed through a joint, face-to-face meeting with the City and the communities that the bridge directly serves. Motion by Evan Nolan and Chris Mengel and passed unanimously.

    Fortus Group – Update on former Fifth Third property on Madison Rd Steve Dronin – will send a pared down version of the presentation to OCC to post on Nextdoor and Facebook. Not asking for any votes from OCC at this time.

    Tap & Screw – Update on status.  Adam Lorenz – working on location (corner of Markbreit and Madison) – had asked for a parking variance, but have withdrawn variance to meet zoning code. They are being reviewed, and they are being held up – getting a property survey. Brew River (Joby Bowman) catering will also be part of this location.  They will use this location for the catering business.  The amount of red tape they are experiencing is keeping both businesses down. Individual support from residents would be helpful with zoning issues, per Adam and Joby.

    Oakley Pub and Grill – Jon Bernier – Looking to expand off the back side of the building, not requesting any variances.  Requesting letter of support. Motion to approval letter of support to expansion that adds office, restroom and storage space for Oakley Pub and Grill by Colleen Reynolds seconded by Jason Wilcoxon – approved by 10, Jon Bernier abstained.

    Mike Martin– Property Development at 4016 Allston St. – would like to create kitchen design studio and office space.  No requests for any variances at this point.

    Cincinnati Preschool Promise – Colleen Reynolds – Parent Info sessions April 10, 11, 17, 18, 19 go to

    Ashley Martin – TriHealth – upcoming July 15 8AM – 2PM Women’s free screening event. 513-862-1050 – will have flyers at the June OCC meeting.

    March 7th Meeting Minutes. Motion to approve the March 7th meeting minutes is made by      Chris Mengel. Seconded by Chris Mucha. Motion is approved.  Stacy Lehman abstained.

    Financial Report

    ·       NSP/NBD & Treasurer’s Report

    o   Motion to approve the March Treasurer’s report by Jes Overley . Motion is seconded by Chris Mengel and approved unanimously.

    o   Motion to spend up to $500 for tablets to use for OCC events by Dave Schaff. Seconded by Colleen Reynolds.  Motion is approved unanimously. 

    New Business:

    Third Thursday meeting on April 20th. Oakley Pub and Grill Basement.

    Next OCC meeting is on Tuesday, May 3rd.

    Speaker Cards:

    Mark Rogers – thanks for funds and very happy to have the $30,000 paid off.  Will still allow the OCC to use the 20th Century Theater free of charge for community events like the Daddy/Daughter Dance.

    Robert Elsner – not with the Oakley Pup Crawl -  Has reviewed financials for the Oakley Pup Crawl and is concerned only $.10 of every dollar goes to research.

    Dave Space and Scott Gumble – will be offering free financial educational events for Oakley if there is any interest.

    Bruce Evans – Hyde Park Ave – experiencing water pressure issues.  Is anyone else having issues? Contact Water Works if you are having issues.

    9:24 PM – Motion to adjourn meeting by Colleen Reynolds, is seconded by Chris Mengel, and approved. Meeting ends.

  • 12/11/2016 9:13 PM | Kenny McNutt (Administrator)

    Trustees Present: Sean Fausto, Jason Wilcoxon, Chris Mucha, Jes Overley, Jon Bernier, Dave Schaff, Evan

    Nolan, Mike Bonomo, Lisa Williams

    Trustees Not Present: Kenny McNutt, Tim Langmeyer, Chris Mengel


     Tap & Screw – Owners attended

    o Property on Oakley Square previously operated as a funeral home, which was a non-conforming

    use. T&S plans to open a brew-pub but are 2 parking spaces short for compliance with zoning

    requirements.  Changes to parking lot would add 2 spaces of public street parking. A planned

    outdoor patio, which requires conditional use permit for proximity to apartments above, would

    also require 2 extra spaces. Parking lot would include several more parking spaces, which are

    currently not in use, compared to similar businesses on Oakley Square, which also have outdoor

    space and apartments above.

    o Motion to support (1) the variance request for Tap & Screw parking requirements, (2) the

    conditional use request for a patio, and (3) a variance request for parking for the patio.

    Motion made by Chris Mucha, seconded by Jon Bernier. Approved 8-0. Sean Fausto was not

    present at the vote.

     Condemned House at 3808 Drake Ave.

    o Owner passed away. Next of kin cannot be located. House has been condemned.

    o Motion that the OCC petitions the Port Authority Land Bank to expedite foreclosure of the

    property at 3808 Drake Ave. Motion made by Dave Schaff, seconded by Chris Mucha.

    Approved 7-0-2. Lisa Williams and Jes Overley abstained.

     New Year’s Eve on the Square

    o Discussed Brian Ferry’s plan for a family-centered NYE event similar to the one that was held

    last year. It would be a 1 hour event from 7:30 – 8:30pm with a countdown and fireworks.

    There would be a DJ and the CRC could provide favors. Total cost would be about $3500, which

    could be offset by sponsorships. Brian offered to coordinate the event up until the end of

    December and Stacy Lehman offered to coordinate the day of.

    o Motion to approve the New Year’s Eve plan from Brian Ferry up to $3500. Motion made by

    Chris Mucha, ### seconded. Motion rejected 3 – 6. Evan Nolan, Jason Wilcoxon and Chris

    Mucha voted for. Jon Bernier, Dave Schaff, Sean Fausto, Jes Overley, Mike Bonomo, Lisa

    Williams voted against.

     Holiday Lights on the Square

    o T&T Landscaping provided a quote to set up, maintain and take down the lights, and store them

    when not in use. They would also buy the lights at cost from a home improvement store. T&T

    does the business district landscaping and is an Oakley company.

    o Quote breakdown is:

     $3875 for labor and lift rental

     $250 for storage

     Up to $3000 for lights: $30/strand and anywhere from 40-80 strands needed.

    o Discussion about September proposal for having volunteers put up the lights versus hiring it

    out. Questions that were asked and discussed are: Is there a way to verify if the quote is

    reasonable? Is there enough time to still organize volunteers? Does the OCC have the budget?

    How can the OCC plan for events like this and others in the future including New Year’s Eve?

    Agreed that the OCC should start with an annual planning meeting in January 2017.

    o Motion to approve the T&T proposal for Christmas lights in Oakley Square for $6825 and the

    park board electrical costs with the agreement to discuss a formal budget for all of 2017

    holiday events in January 2017. Motion made by Evan Nolan and amended by Chris Mucha,

    Jes Overley seconded. Approved 8-1. Chris Mucha voted against.

     Island/Patio in Front of Belmont

    o T&T was requested to put together a proposal and design for redoing the landscaping of the

    island/patio in front of Belmont’s.

    o They were asked to include an option for a natural rain garden or other water management


  • 12/10/2016 1:30 PM | Kenny McNutt (Administrator)

    Trustees Present: Sean Fausto, Jason Wilcoxon, Chris Mucha, Tim Langmeyer, Jes Overley, Jon Bernier, Kenny

    McNutt, Dave Schaff, Evan Nolan, Chris Mengel, Mike Bonomo

    Trustees Not Present: Lisa Williams


     Cincinnati Police, District 2 – Officer Shawn Tarvin

    o October crime stats: theft from autos is still the major crime in the area.

    o Heroin calls are down vs September.

    o Crossroads and Isben parking: Tim from Crossroads

     For the last month and a half, volunteers are posted to direct people to park elsewhere

    and have reduced the street parking dramatically.


     Membership – Kenny McNutt

    o Trustee Elections – Tuesday, December 6th – Chris Mucha

     4 positions will be voted on.

     You must be a member by December 4th in order to vote in the election.

     There are 6 candidates. Candidate info will be sent out in November.


     CRC Report

    o Joe Berta: CRC Director of the Oakley Community Center

     Senior party was held with a comedian.

     Trunk or Treat was a big success with over 200 kids attending.

    o Crossroads made a $25k donation this summer to keep pools open city wide. Thank you!

    o Daniel Betts for the Recreation Center

     Still have a $2.5M gap to meet a new rec center.

     The CRC Foundation is going through a transition, so current focus is rebuilding the

    Foundation. Then need to figure out how to close the gap through a campaign to get big

    donors in Oakley, Hyde Park and Mt. Lookout.

     Daniel and the OCC will continue to meet to work to close the funding gap.

     The Oakley Community Center is one of the few CRC sites that generates revenue.

    o Dave Schaff: Need to look at resealing the walking trail either now or in the spring at a cost of

    $3000. The CRC has half of the money per Steve Gerth.

     The trail was installed in 2008.

     Q: Is this setting a precedent for future maintenance of the trail or other projects?

     We could look at requesting this through the City budget process.

     $1500 is a lot to spend when the trail could change with a new rec center.

     This is on the CRC 6 year capital plan for seal coating but not in the next 12 months. Seal

    coating should be done before the winter and the CRC has about 2 weeks to complete it

    if wanted.

     Will revisit the status in the spring. Request to Steve Gerth for when it must be resealed.

    o The Oakley Daddy Daughter Dance is back for its fourth year and is scheduled for Sunday,

    February 19th. (CPS is off school Monday, February 20th for President’s Day). As in previous

    years Keith Jones and the Makeshifts will provide the music, the CRC is partnering with us, and

    it will be held at the 20th Century Theatre. Tickets will go on sale in December.

     City Council Member Christopher Smitherman

    o Lives in North Avondale. Has 5 children, ages 8 to college age. Owns a stock brokerage business,

    so City Council is a part time job for him.

    o Big supporter of Mayor John Cranley.

    o Against the City managing its municipal pension. Funded by employees and employers (e.g.

    City) funding the pension.

    o Not against public transportation but against the streetcar.

     City of Cincinnati Dept. of Traffic and Engineering – Brandon Lecrone

    o Marburg Ave Bridge Replacement – replace bridge just south of Marbug/Wasson intersection.

    o Funding is secured.

    o Utility relocation: Oct ’16 – Feb ’17. Bridge construction: March – December 2017.

    o Roadway surface will be made wider for better maintenance. Sidewalk width will also be

    increased. Could have neighborhood insignias on the bridge.

    o Bridge will have to be closed to replace it. If did a staged replacement, it would double the build

    time and drastically increase cost. Traffic will be directed toward Paxton and Herschel. Will

    monitor traffic to ensure not too much traffic is going on unintended residential streets.

     Issue 53: Children’s Services Levy – Teri Nau from Talbert House

    o Renewal of existing levy. Critical for children’s services. Is matched by other levies. Renewal for

    5 years.

     The Fortus Group purchased the 5th/3rd building site. There are no development updates.

     Traffic study being done on Rosslyn and Brotherton because of multiple bicycle/car accidents.

     Minot residents requested adding 4 way stop at Minot and Eileen or Millsbrae and that study is

    being done.

    New Business:

     The next OCC working meeting will be Thursday, November 17th starting at 8pm in the Oakley Pub &

    Grill basement. The meeting is open to everyone.

     The next OCC general meeting is December 6th.

    8:55 PM – Motion to adjourn meeting by Chris Mengel is seconded by Evan Nolan and approved. Meeting


  • 10/06/2015 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    Oakley Community Council Meeting

    Date: October 6, 2015, 7 PM

    Trustees Present: Sean Fausto, Dave Schaff, Chris Mucha, Chris Mengel, Kenny McNutt, Brian Ferry, Jason Wilcoxon

    Trustees Not Present: Evan Nolan, Lisa Williams, Mike Bonomo, Jon Bernier, Tim Langmeyer



    ·      Cincinnati Fire Department

    o   September had 8 fire runs, and 142 EMS runs.

    o   The time will change will happen this month. Make sure to change your batteries in your smoke detectors, and replace them if greater than 10 years old.

    o   All City firehouses are open to the public this Sunday from 1-5pm.

    ·      District 2 Police Report – Officer Shawn Tarvin (Desk 513-979-4480, Email:

    o   Biggest problem in District 2 continues to be property crimes. All burglaries in September were solved. Majority of thefts are from Oakley Station retail section.

    ·      OCC Elections – Chris Mucha

    o   Key dates for the upcoming OCC Board elections:

    §  10/13: Deadline to be a member to run as a candidate.

    §  11/6: Deadline to declare candidacy to the Nominating Committee (Dave Schaff, Chris Mucha, Evan Nolan).

    §  11/23: Deadline to be a member to vote in the election. Deadline to request absentee ballot if needed. Absentee ballots can be requested via email to

    §  11/30: Deadline to return absentee ballots

    §  12/1: Election Night

    ·      Cincinnati Recreation Commission – Ellen Brewster

    o   December 13 will be the last day the center is open before being closed for renovations.

    o   Mini-camps are available for school age children. See Ellen at the center for details.

    ·      Oakley After Hours

    o   Friday Oct 9 is the last Oakley After Hours of the year, from 6-10pm.

    ·      Cincinnati Honor Flight – Bill Mallard

    o   October 25 event at 20th Century Theater from 2 – 7pm.

    o   Live music and food available. 100% of ticket sales go to Honor Flight. Tickets are $25 in advance and available at 20th Century.

    ·      City of Cincinnati, Department of Transportation and Engineering – Matthew Andrews & Butch Gaut

    o   Presentation of the new Metro bus hub in Oakley Station. Will have 4 stations. Routes 11, 4, 12X, 41 and 51 will stop at the station. Station will be located behind LA Fitness.

    o   Planning to get bids for construction this winter, with construction to start in spring 2016.

    ·      Save Our Parks – Don Mooney

    o   Encouraging residents not to vote for Issue 22.

    ·      Supporting the Parks Levy - Chris Watkins

    o   Encouraging residents to vote YES for Issue 22. 25% of money raised will go towards maintenance of existing parks across the City. Provides sustainability to the Park Board budget and allows for adequate staffing and maintenance of our parks.

    ·      Brigid Kelly – Candidate for State Representative in Ohio’s 31st District

    o   Election is in March 2016 in the Presidential primary.

    o   Grew up in Norwood. Elected to Norwood City Council. Works for United Food and Commercial Workers Union.

    o   Go to for more information.

    ·      Speaker for Judge Josh Berkowitz – Running for re-election for judge in Hamilton County

    ·      Shane Herzner – Running for judge in Hamilton County 910-2196

    ·      Craig Rozen

    o   About one week left in the Releaf campaign, a free program to provide trees to residents in their front yards. Contact if interested.

    ·      General: Gateway project to provide $30k for a revitalized streetscape by the railroad overpass on Madison. Work on the project will start in 2016.

    ·      General: There will be a flagpole dedication on 11/11/2015 for the installation of a new flagpole in the Oakley Esplanade.

    ·      Membership: 5 new members in September. Go to to register as a member or renew your membership.

    ·      Zoning: Third draft of the redevelopment code will be released in early 2016. More discussion will happen at that point.

    New Business:

    ·      The next OCC working meeting will be Thursday, October 15th at the Oakley Pub and Grill basement starting at 8pm.

    8:04 PM – Motion to adjourn meeting is seconded and approved. Meeting ends.

  • 09/01/2015 11:01 PM | Anonymous

    Oakley Community Council Meeting

    Date: September 1, 2015, 7 PM

    Trustees Present: Sean Fausto, Dave Schaff, Chris Mucha, Evan Nolan, Jason Wilcoxon, Chris Mengel, Lisa Williams, Mike Bonomo, Jon Bernie, Tim Langmeyer

    Trustees Not Present: Kenny McNutt, Brian Ferry



    ·      District 2 Police Report – Officer Shawn Tarvin (Desk 513-979-4480, Email:

    o   Majority of thefts are from Oakley Station retail section.

    o   If witnessing a potential drug deal, dial 911 with a detailed description of the vehicle (color, make, model), the license plate, and any other useful information. The best immediate action for a neighborhood is to be visible and active, because dealers will avoid activity.

    o   If questions, can contact Capt. Jeff Butler: or 979-4444. Email is best.

    ·      Cincinnati Fire Department

    o   August had 16 fire runs, and 150 EMS runs.

    o   This month’s focus is abandoned, unsecured buildings. If you know of a building in your neighborhood, call 591-6000.

    ·      Cincinnati Recreation Commission

    o   200+ children in afterschool care at Kilgour and Hyde Park Schools

    o   The pool construction is underway. Scheduled to reopen June 1

    o   The community center will be closed starting January 1 for 3-4 months for remodeling. An plan for alternate sites is being developed. The Community Council will investigate what can be done with the CRC for a regional center.

    o   The new CRC director will be announced soon.

    ·      Oakley After Hours

    o   Friday, September 11th is the next OAH starting at 6pm.

    ·      Duke Energy Home Energy House Call Program – Josh Thompson

    o   A program offered to area residents. Allows a Duke employee to do an energy audit to look for ways to lower your monthly bill by improving efficiency. This service is FREE to residents. The reason for the program is that Duke is looking at ways to reduce demand due to the expected growth in energy demand by the year 2030.

    o   The auditor will provide you a report with ways to save energy and lower your monthly bill.

    o   To qualify, you must be a Duke customer with a stand-alone, single family home.

    o   For more information, call 855-739-9114

    ·      Oakley Station – Steve Dragon

    o   Bear Paddle may open by end of 2015, instead of previously announced to be 2016.

    o   Phase 2 of the Boulevard (apartments) development plans is going to City Planning this month for approval.

    o   Resident shared concern about over-saturation of “luxury” apartments in Oakley, when the community has traditionally been an owner-occupied community.

    o   Motion to provide a letter of support for the Phase 2 development plan for Boulevard at Oakley Station. Motion is seconded and approved.

    ·      Hyde Park Center for Older Adults – Susan Pittman

    o   Non-profit organization that provides information and support for seniors, including social work and counseling. Lunch is served 3 days / week. There are activities and classes available for interested seniors.

    o   Located on corner of Erie and Shaw in Hyde Park.

    ·      Sprint / Radio Shack – Josh Hall

    o   Located in the Radio Shack store in Hyde Park Plaza. Wanted to introduce self and welcome people to visit the store.

    ·      Queen City Lecture Series – Ryan Keyes

    o   Representative from Hyde Park Bethlehem Methodist Church. The lecture series is an informational seminar about the history of Cincinnati. Topics include the musical history, things you should do, and unique area information.

    o   There is a $5 cover charge to cover the lecture fees. Two-for-one coupons are available.

    o   The series starts October 4 at 5pm.

    o   Go to for more information.

    ·      Judge Kissinger is running for a District 4 judicial election.

    ·      Judge Burkowitz is running for a District 4 judicial election.

    ·      Treasurer’s Report – Mike Bonomo

    o   Motion to approve the August treasurer’s report. Motion is seconded and approved.

    o   NSP/NBD funds for 2016: Budget plan was approved for this year.

    ·      Community Outreach: Lisa Williams is working to respond to inquiries from residents and businesses.

    ·      Membership: Elections will be on December 1. You must be a member to vote. To be eligible to run for a Board spot, you must be a member for at least 60 days and have attended 3 meetings throughout 2015. If you are interested in running for a Board spot, please notify contact Sean Fausto or Chris Mucha.

    ·      Hyde Park School: Request the Council to create a “Student of the Month” and “Student of the Year” program. The Hyde Park Council does a similar activity for their neighborhood schools. Will be discussed at the next Third Thursday meeting.

    New Business:

    ·      The next OCC working meeting will be Thursday, September 17th at the Oakley Pub and Grill basement starting at 8pm.

    8:54 PM – Motion to adjourn meeting is seconded and approved. Meeting ends.

  • 08/04/2015 11:06 PM | Anonymous

    Oakley Community Council Meeting

    Date: August 4, 2015, 7 PM

    Trustees Present: Chris Mucha, Kenny McNutt, Evan Nolan, Jason Wilcoxon, Chris Mengel, Lisa Williams, Dave Schaff, Mike Bonomo,

    Trustees Not Present: Brian Ferry, Tim Langmeyer, Sean Fausto, Jon Bernier



    ·      Cincinnati Fire Department – Lt. Inman

    o   171 runs in July with 3 fires. 140 EMS runs – 62 requiring advanced life support.

    o   This month’s focus is kitchen fires – one of the top reasons for home fires. Don’t walk away without turning the burners off. If you see a fire in an oven, keep the door closed, turn off if safe, and call 911. If trying to suppress a fire, you can use a lid or pan to cover the fire. Make sure you always have a way to escape.

    ·      Welcome to the owners of Oakley Animal Hospital, RP McMurphy’s and Rooted Juice Bar.

    ·      Cincinnati Recreation Commission

    o   The community center will be closed from Jan. to May 2016 while renovations are being done.

    o   The pool renovations started and are still scheduled to reopen in next summer (2016).

    o   The Oakley Gators is a free swim team through the CRC.

    o   Motion to donate $75 to the CRC for a party for staff members and lifeguards as appreciation for their hard work. Motion is seconded and approved.

    ·      Oakley After Hours is scheduled for Friday, August 14 from 6 – 10pm.

    o   Volunteers are needed. Contact Dave Schaff if interested.

    ·      501c3 Status

    o   Application for the OCC to become a 501c3 was accepted. Any donations made after April 29 to Oakley After Hours is tax deductible.

    ·      NSP/NBD Status

    o   Reimbursement for NSP and NBD funds will be submitted to the City.

    o   2016 plans for NSP/NBD funds will be discussed at the August 20th working meeting.

    ·      Treasurer’s Report

    o   Will be tabled for discussion until the August 20th meeting.

    ·      Oakley Esplanade Flagpole

    o   Dave will have a report in the September meeting.

    ·      Kroger at Oakley Station – Ed Begley, Store Manager (

    o   Largest store in the area. Store amenities include selling apparel (which is new to Kroger in Cincinnati), an expanded bistro area, a combined Little Clinic & Pharmacy, a 5th/3rd Bank, and a beer growler station and internet shopping (at a later date).

    o   Grand opening is on Sept 10, and all are welcome.

    o   Ryan McNealy, a local artist, is designing a unique mural for the store depicting the history of Oakley.


    ·      Rooted Juice Bar – Anne and Megan

    o   100% vegan kitchen for take-out food and some table space that opened in July.

    o   Proposing a mural on the parking lot side of the building. Requires a hearing with the City. Will be applying for that hearing this week. Can agree to paint over if the business ever moves.

    o   Motion to submit a letter to the City to support Rooted’s sign request, pending modification of the sign to include parking directions. Motion seconded and approved.

    ·      Environmental Community Organization – Gabrielle Russell

    o   Working to ensure affordable rates for all residents. Also proposing incentives for “green” initiatives. Trying to get minimum bill eliminated and have billing be done by usage instead. Proposing to eliminate water shutoffs. Working to improve MSD appeals process, especially for infrastructure billing issues. Trying to work with the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) to get these initiatives approved.

    o   Is working on a petition drive as a community effort to get MSD to look at opportunities to improve the infrastructure.

    ·      Urban Planner & Oakley Resident – Christine Celsor

    o   Working on improved transit ideas for Metro to bring riders between the high-demand neighborhoods.

    o   Talking with all neighborhoods along the route to get support.

    o   Motion to provide a letter of support for the transit plan to Christine Celsor. Motion is seconded and approved.

    ·      Oakley Station – Steve Dragon

    o   Bar Louie is planning to open approximately September 1; Pet Supplies Plus is opening in the beginning of October; Tile Shop opening at the end of November; Bear Paddle opening early spring of 2016.

    o   New Tenants: Ladles - a soup and sandwich concept – 1st shop outside of the Carolinas; Orange Fitness Theory – workout studio focused on oxygen consumption – 1st in this area

    o   Apartment expansion for 148 additional units: approved by City Council and working on final development plan. Planning to start construction by November.

    o   2 new zoning items:

    §  Office tenant located west of apartments will be an 80k ft2 office for Anthem Insurance. Bringing 500 employees relocating from the Walnut Hills facility. Pat Moore with Neyer Group explained the design concept. Plan to complete construction in Fall 2016.

    ·      Motion to provide a letter of support to Vandecar for the final development plan for the Anthem office and garage. Motion is seconded and approved.

    §  2nd concept development: Hotel operator would like to do a 5 story hotel near the Anthem building. Need an amendment to the original development plan. Would also like an amendment to potentially build another parking structure in the future if a tenant demands it.

    ·      Concerns raised about overdevelopment from the original plan.

    ·      Resident raised a concern about increased traffic and congestion in Oakley.

    ·      Motion to support the hotel development. Motion is seconded and approved. Chris Mucha opposed. Chris Mengel abstained.

    ·      Motion to support the conceptual development plan of Oakley Station to include a new parking garage for a future tenant. Motion is seconded and approved. Chris Mucha and Evan Nolan oppose.

    o   Chris Mengal will contact DOTE to get an update on the traffic plan in Oakley Station.

    o   Chris Mengal and Evan Nolan (Zoning Committee) will work with Steve to get development information in advance to work on consensus building ahead of the monthly meetings.

    ·      Tire Discounters Signage Request – Evan Nolan

    o   Signage for the new building will not face the residents.

    o   Main sign will be backlit, but turned off during non-business hours. Also proposing a brick monument sign, which is different from the current Ridge location. Adding a “Welcome to Oakley” sign for traffic coming off of I-71.

    o   Tire Discounters has already filed a variance application with the City.

    o   Motion to provide a letter of support for the Tire Discounters sign variance for the Oakley Station site. Motion is seconded and approved. Mike Bonomo abstains.

    Committee Reports:

    ·      Zoning – Chris Mengal: Waffle House is looking to buy the property at 3315 Duck Creek Rd. This will not be where the business will be built, but to establish sight lines and ingress or egress. The City is looking for feedback by August 13 if opposed. Chris Mengal will email the details to the OCC Trustees.

    New Business:

    ·      The next OCC working meeting will be Thursday, Aug 20th at the Oakley Pub and Grill basement starting at 8pm.

    9:35 PM – Motion to adjourn meeting is seconded and approved. Meeting ends.

  • 06/02/2015 11:15 PM | Anonymous

    Oakley Community Council Meeting

    Date: June 2, 2015, 7 PM

    Trustees Present: Brian Ferry, Chris Mucha, Kenny McNutt, Evan Nolan, Sean Fausto, Tim Langmeyer, Jon Bernier, Jason Wilcoxon, Chris Mengel, Lisa Williams, Dave Schaff

    Trustees Not Present: Mike Bonomo



    ·      Motion is made to approve the May meeting minutes with modifications. Motion seconded and approved.

    ·      District 2 Police Report – Shawn Tarvin

    o   Shawn Tarvin – new neighborhood officer for Oakley, Mt. Lookout and Hyde Park

    o   Desk Phone: 513-979-4480

    o   Auto thefts still remain the biggest crime in Oakley

    ·      Honor Flight for Veterans – Bill Mallard

    o   Initiative to raise $35,000 for an honor flight to Washington D.C.

    o   Planning to have a dinner to raise money. Details are still tbd – tentatively on Oct 18.

    o   Looking for anyone to get involved either through monetary or voluntary support.

    o   Go to for more info.

    ·      Community Action Agency – LaVerne DeArmond

    o   The agency provides services to help with workforce development, as well as helping with utilities & rent.

    o   Workforce development program focuses on training for manufacturing certifications.

    o   For more info, go to, or contact LaVerne DeArmond at 513-924-2027 or

    ·      Cincinnati Fire Department – Lt. Inman

    o   176 runs in May with 3 fires. 137 EMS runs – 57 requiring advanced life support.

    o   Checked 699 fire hydrants in May.

    ·      Cincinnati Recreation Commission

    o   The City needs lifeguards. There is ongoing training. Pay starts at $9.23/hr. Brownouts may occur at pools across the city if there are not enough lifeguards.

    o   The Oakley pool is now OPEN!

    o   The basketball and tennis courts are being redone and should be done by end of this week.

    o   The new pool is still planned to start construction in August.

    o   The plan for the rec center is now just minor renovations, which is different from previous plans. The City recommended to Dave Schaff and the OCC to collaborate with the Hyde Park and Mt. Lookout communities to make the rec center a location for all surrounding communities.

    ·      Oakley Station – Steve Dragon

    o   Building 8 was approved by the Planning Commission.

    o   Planning Commission approved the parking garage for the prospective tenant. The parking garage will add 300+ spaces. Vandercarr has studied the existing parking spaces and determined that a garage is required for this tenant.

    ·      Oakley After Hours – Sean Fausto:

    o   $6000 was raised for Starfire.

    o   The next OAH is June 12 from 6-10pm.

    ·      Intersection of Isabella and Markbreit – Chris Mengel

    o   Striping is gone between Isabella and Markbreit.

    o   City is looking for input from residents on how to handle.

    o   Chris Mengel will provide the City with resident input.

    ·      Treasurer’s Report – Sean Fausto

    o   Mike will contact

    o   Motion is made to approve the May Treasurer’s report. Motion is seconded and approved.

    ·      July 4th Ault Park Fireworks

    o   The Ault Park Advisory committee is asking the OCC to donate $500.

    o   Motion is made to donate $500 to the Ault Park fireworks. Motion seconded and approved.

    ·      Oakley Square Maintenance – Lisa Williams

    o   General landscaping maintenance is needed around the Oakley Square Esplanade.

    o   Lisa is studying different options to pay for the landscaping.

    ·      Streetscape Project – Tim Langemeyer

    o   Working on a project to improve the streetscape entrance into Oakley from Madison and Ridge.

    o   Tim is waiting for approval on funding.

    Committee Reports:

    ·      Traffic, Safety, Pedestrians & Bicycles – Brian Ferry: Motion is made to send a letter of support to the Wasson Way Project to send to the City Commission. Motion is seconded and approved.

    ·      Hyde Park School – Jason Wilcoxon: Enrollment is very high. Starting with 3 kindergarten classes, and may get to 4 K classes by the start of the school year.

    New Business:

    ·      Board of Trustee Meeting on June 18 at 8pm in the Oakley Pub and Grill basement.

    ·      There will be no monthly or Third Thursday meeting in July.

    ·      The next meeting is on August 4 at 7pm in the Oakley Community Center.

    ·      Oakley Library Branch: The Summer Learning Program started on June 1. It goes through July 31. There are incentives for reading. There are also Brain Camps to offer fun learning activities for kids.

    o   Amnesty days for late fines are offered on days that new libraries are being opened at the new branches. Reading and St. Bernard branches are being opened soon.

    o   Request made to the Library to share info about its Maker Space at the Main branch at one of the fall OCC meetings.

    8:38 PM – Motion to adjourn meeting is seconded and approved. Meeting ends.

  • 03/03/2015 11:18 PM | Anonymous

    Oakley Community Council Meeting

    Date: March 3, 2015, 7 PM

    Trustees Present: Mike Bonomo, Brian Ferry, Chris Mucha, Kenny McNutt, Evan Nolan, Sean Fausto, Dave Schaff, Jon Bernier, Jason Wilcoxon, Chris Mengel, Lisa Williams

    Trustees Not Present: Tim Langmeyer



    ·      Cincinnati Fire Department Report:

    o   8 working fires. 121 EMS runs. 160 total responses. 69 building inspections.

    o   With the time change, also a reminder to change smoke detector batteries. If you have an old smoke detector, bring it to the firehouse and they will give you a replacement.

    o   Recommend to develop an escape plan and a meet point in case of emergency.

    o   Paperwork was submitted to install a No Parking sign on Brentwood Ave near the corner of Parkline Ave,, in order to be able to make the turn onto the street.

    o   Motion for OCC to support the CFD’s request for a No Parking sign on Brentwood near the corner of Parkline, in accordance with the CFD request. Motion seconded and unanimously approved.

    ·      District 2 Police Report: (Officer Al Brown, Capt. Jeff Butler)

    o   9 of the offenses for the month are between Target and Kroger. CPD analyzing data to see if there are trends.

    o   Leads online: Program where pawn shops report on incoming goods. CPD has had good success in tracking down thefts from this.

    §  Recommend to record serial numbers of goods to help with tracking down stolen property.

    o   Reminder to keep valuables out of sight in your car, house, property, and keep doors/windows locked.

    o   Auto theft and street level heroin trafficking have increased in Oakley, and they are related. If a citizen witnesses a potential drug deal, the most important thing is to call 9-1-1 with a detailed description of the dealer (make/model/color/license plate of vehicle, bumper stickers, description of dealer, etc). Be aware that CPD either sends an officer to the scene or puts the info into a database without sending an officer. More officers are starting that will improve the police presence in the neighborhood.

    o   Can contact District 2 Capt. Jeff Butler at 979-4444 if any questions/concerns.

    ·      Oakley Pup Crawl: (Chris Pike)

    o   3rd Annual Oakley Pup Crawl to support canine cancer and the National Canine Cancer Foundation is scheduled for April 26th from 11AM – 5PM.

    o   Net proceeds raised during the event go to grants supporting various research organizations.

    o   Motion for OCC to support the Pup Crawl by donating $525 for the reservation of the esplanade. Motion seconded and unanimously approved.

    ·      Tire Discounters (T.D.): (Bob Ostreicher, Steven Wood)

    o   Plan to build new flagship store at corner of Alamo and Marburg.

    o   Requires conditional use approval by City. Approval requires buffering and screening between residential properties. T.D. working on these plans, and is willing to work with the residents on these details.

    o   Ridge and Highland store will be closing in fall 2015, so the Alamo store will be a relocation of that store. The Ridge store is a leased property. T.D. will own the Alamo property.

    ·      Markbreit Parking Lot: (Nick Lingenfelter)

    o   2940 Markbreit lot purchased in December 2014.

    o   Intent for site is to pave and make a private parking lot. 19 spaces + 1 handicapped space for off street parking for nearby apartments. Final parking mix (public/private) will be determined with demand.

    o   Will have a public hearing on the plans after the permit is finalized.

    o   EDI is the engineering firm.

    o   All ingress/egress will be off of Markbreit. Will lose 1 public metered space.

    ·      Oakley After Hours:

    o   Will meet Thursday March 12 at 6pm at RP McMurphy’s to continue planning.

    ·      Treasurer’s Report: (Mike Bonomo)

    o   NSP/NBD funds: Need any amendments to proposal done in March.

    §  Mike Bonomo will send draft proposal to the Trustees. If a public hearing is required, it can be held in April.

    o   Motion to approve February Treasurer’s Report was seconded and unanimously approved.

    Committee Reports:

    ·      Community Outreach: Saturday May 9 from 9AM – noon is Great American Cleanup by Keep Cincinnati Beautiful.

    ·      Membership: 1 new member in February. Working on new software to make membership application, renewal, and management more efficient. Currently being tested.

    ·      Zoning:

    o   Property of former Avocado Salon, now owned by John Hutton. Variance for new 3 story building was denied because parking plan didn’t meet City requirements.

    o   Hyde Park neighborhood has cross-claimed various parts of Oakley, street by street. This includes the business development that contains Bonefish Grill, residential streets from Andrew, Hyde Park Ave, Hyde Park Plaza, and a few streets along Brotherton.

    §  Oakley’s proposal is due to the City by Friday March 20.

    §  Motion to research the historical Oakley boundaries and Sean will take this information to the Hyde Park Community Council to try and resolve the cross-claimed areas. Motion seconded and approved.

    New Business:

    ·      Application for 501(c)(3) status:

    o   Benefits: tax deductible contributions, higher standards for record-keeping (filing tax returns)

    o   Would require an attorney to support process, and a CPA to file tax returns.

    o   Motion to spend reasonable expenses, up to a maximum of $2000, to apply for 501(c)(3) status. Motion unanimously approved.

    Speaker Cards:

    ·      Judge Curt Kissinger: Replaced Judge Mock about 4 weeks ago. Introduction to the community. Phone # if anyone has questions about what is happening in the courts: 946-5138. Will run for reelection for 4th District Court of Appeals in November.

    ·      Shane Herzner: Running for 4th District Court of Appeals in November. Introduction to the community. Currently a criminal defense attorney.

    ·      Jean Savona: Updated Oakley Business map will be distributed to all neighborhood business and at various places in the surrounding communities (e.g. hotels). In print now. Plan is for map to be updated periodically.

    ·      India: Representative of Grace Christian Fellowship church, and a volunteer counselor at the Eve Center. See for various event information. Grace Christian has a monthly movie night that is open to all in the community.

    9:11 PM – Motion to adjourn meeting is seconded and approved. Meeting ends.

  • 02/03/2015 11:20 PM | Anonymous

    Oakley Community Council Meeting

    Date: February 3, 2015, 7 PM

    Board Members Present: Mike Bonomo, Kenny McNutt, Evan Nolan, Sean Fausto, Dave Schaff, Tim Langmeyer, Jon Bernier, Jason Wilcoxon, Chris Mengel

    Board Members Not Present: Chris Mucha, Brian Ferry



    ·      New room arrangement: clipboards available to replace the tables which were taken out. Nameplates were replaced to be uniform.

    ·      Lisa Williams was elected to the open board position at the Jan 15th working meeting.

    ·      Cincinnati Fire Department Report (James Jasper, CFD station 31):

    o   January #’s: 172 responses- majority are medical related.  8 fire related runs. 

    o   Electrical safety: be careful with appliances to check for frayed/cracked cords, or anything loose.  Only use extension cords on a temporary basis.  Install receptacle covers on outlets in homes with small children. Don't overload circuits.  Follow manufacturer’s instructions for new appliances. If a circuit keeps tripping, have an electrician check it out.  Careful with lamp placements (lamps to close to a curtain, lamp with a bulb that's too strong). If you are a renter, your landlord is required to have a working fire alarm installed.  Have a working co2 detector.

    o   T-shirt design is still being worked on.

    ·      District 2 Police Report (Officer Al Brown):

    o   Oakley and Hyde Park have a large problem with thefts from autos. Residents need to ensure cars are being locked. CPD is working to get resources to identify hot spots and add plain clothes officers.

    o   Part 1 (more serious) crimes have increased: Burglary on Atlantic with a door kicked in; aggravated robbery w/ pedestrian robbed at gunpoint; aggravated robbery at 5/3 bank on Madison; rape report on 1/18

    o   Crime stats are available online w

    o   Oakley crime stats may look high due to Center of Cincinnati and Hyde Park Plaza crimes included.

    o   Question: How to get Citizens on Patrol restarted and refunded? Officer Brown will look into steps to restart.

    o   District 2 is willing to help with the flag pole installation.

    ·      CRC Report (Ellen Brewster):

    o   Daddy Daughter dance Feb 15th is sold out.

    o   Summer day camp priority signup was last week - 66 kids already for 120 spaces.  Open registration started yesterday.  11 week program.   

    o   Aquatic center construction starts Aug 1 this year - pool will close 10 days early.  Ceremony to drain the pool. 

    o   Mike Bonomo and Dave Schaff are looking for volunteers to work on supporting the recreation facilities in Oakley. The pool was part of the master plan. There is momentum to renovate or rebuild the Rec Center as part of the master plan. OCC will wait for a permanent director to lobby to replace the rec center. It is the city’s smallest and most other centers have been renovated within the last 20 years. 

    o   CRC has an independent board from city council who provides funding, but the commission needs to buy in. 

    ·      Flagpole Update (Dave Schaff)

    o   Oakley has 2 large poles via donation. The OCC would like to erect one on the esplanade, and would like police and fire help with installation and unveiling (target Memorial day). Other location to erect the pole is still tbd. Still many steps to be completed – permits, park board contact. Plan to install lighting so that the flag can stay up at night.  A local cub scout pack would like to help.

    ·      Recto Molded Products

    o   Property purchased at corner of Appleton/Robertson, formerly a roofing distributor.  Begun primary work of new location: approx 9,000 sq feet.  2 buildings, new building will connect to current property. Exterior will be gray "split block" and metal. Building will be used as warehouse space; currently own building across the street which has clients. Building was originally a lumberyard. 

    o   Going to the city in the next 2-3 weeks for the permitting process.

    o   No new employees to be added

    o   No parking has to be installed, but they are adding some parking

    ·      Treasurer's Report (Mike Bonomo)

    o   1 transaction in the general account to pay for OCC insurance, which is additional insurance that the city requires for us to get NSP/NBD funds. Membership check from last month was deposited today.

    o   Balance is approx $14,000

    o   $2400 in OAH account

    o   Oakley Pay Pal account approx $5400. Expenses from DD Dance not removed yet. Last year it was about $1500, and this year looks to be about the same. 

    o   Treasurer’s report was approved unamimously.

    o   NSP/NBD amendments have to be made by next month. Will work with the Chamber to establish some beautification ideas before the deadline.

    Committee Reports:

    ·      Community Outreach: Brian is going to take over to clean up Oakley Events.  Kroger carts rounded up from all over Oakley - trying to work with Kroger on that to be more proactive.  Need to work with Buckingham about the construction debris near ridge and Cardiff.  Streets are a mess.

    ·      Communications: January meeting minutes approved at our mid-month meeting and posted online so that things are approved and publicized on a timelier basis. 

    ·      Membership: 11 new members. Looking for software solutions to solve membership; will be discussed on Feb 19. Looking for feedback about membership to help improve and increase overall members. Looking at doing a membership packet for new Oakley Residents

    ·      Oakley After Hours: 2/12 OAH planning meeting; 3rd Thursdays at 6 pm in basement of OPG for a standing OAH meeting. 

    ·      Zoning: Two zoning issues. 

    o   Sean and Chris attended public meeting re: Madison Rd where the avocado salon used to be. Variance on setback from the street due to a utility post with a transformer. No concerns from board for that. There is a 3 story building going in there - plans have just been filed. There are going to be concerns about parking - call is in to the city about the parking issue. 

    o   Tire Discounter looking for a conditional use permit at corner of Marburg and Alamo.  Vandercar did not present to the Community council - meeting is Weds 2/4 at 11 am.  Emergency meeting 1/29 with Tire Discounters, Vandercarr, Board and some residents.  Zoning issue to use that building for auto.  We reported to the city that we had the meeting that the conditional permit was opposed by residents; the Board took no position on it.  Belief that this is likely to get passed; the land needs to be developed and Tire Discounters is willing to build, but concerns about impact on residents.  Follow up phone call with TD, if this goes through, we need to work to ensure good benefits for the residents.  They are willing to be on board for that if it gets to that point.  They also agreed to maintain.  We also requested a "welcome to Oakley" sign on that property as part of that being a gateway to the neighborhood.  Meeting is at centennial 2 at 11 am.

    o   Frustration from board members and the trustees about the lack of notification, and worries about the future of the plan development for Oakley Station.

    ·      Traffic/Safety/Pedestrians: David Mann's chief of staff mentioned that the intersection at Isabella/Madison has become an issue at city hall. 

    ·      Hyde Park School Liaison: HPS was ranked as the highest elementary school in the state of Ohio for the Performance Index - out of 3,400 schools.  The Principal won a distinguished "Cincinnatus" Award for outstanding educator in the city.  Registration is ongoing for kindergarten next year. 

    New Business:

    ·      Board meeting Feb 19th at OPG as a working meeting for stuff we discussed tonight

    ·      MadTree is official drink of Oakley.

    Speaker Cards:

    ·      Laura: Vacant House for 8.5 years on 33rd ave.  What to do about it?  Property is attracting people who don't live there. 

    ·      Grace Christian Fellowship: Church in the community for about 2 years, retired from the city.  Very community oriented, aimed at families and children, working with international ministries.  They would like to help the OCC in any way.  They also offer karate classes.  Looking to put on events on Oakley Square.  2960 Madison road, across from 20th C. Theatre., also on facebook

    Motion to adjourn meeting is seconded and approved. Meeting ends.

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