Meeting Minutes

  • 09/22/2017 1:30 PM | Jessica Overley (Administrator)

    Oakley Community Council Meeting

    Date: August 1, 2017, 7 PM       Oakley Community Center

    Trustees Present: Sean Fausto, Jason Wilcoxon, Jes Overley, Chris Mengel, Evan Nolan, and Colleen Reynolds, Chris Mucha, Stacy Lehman, Tim Langmeyer, Kenny McNutt 

    Trustees Not Present: Dave Schaff, Jon Bernier



    City Hotline-591-6000; Cincinnati District 2 Police Non-Emergency – 949-4400Fix it Cincy! Mobile App

    Cincinnati Fire Department – Station 31 not present

    Cincinnati Police Department Report – District 2: Shawn Tarvin CPD - Phone 979-4480 -not present



    Cincinnati City Council Member – Chris Seelbach  - on city council for 6 years. Population is growing for the first time in 60 years.  Things we can do much better on: 50% of our families are still below the poverty line.  Public transportation.  Heroin epidemic.  Safe and valued as part of our community.

    Candidate for City of Cincinnati City Council – Michelle Dillingham – lives in Kennedy Heights.  Asking for a vote with someone that has worked in city hall for 4 years.  Served on a community council for over 10 years.

     Candidate for Cincinnati School Board – David Brenner – - wants to bring a parents perspective for the board. Sees need to invest in neighborhood schools.


    Candidate for Cincinnati School Board – Marcia Futel – Lives in East Walnut Hills for over 37 years. Comes from a family of teachers.  Three points: 1. Accountability.  2. Transparent. 3. Engagement.

    OCC Election – Conducted at the December 5th meeting – Must be an OCC member (see for details) to vote.

    Great American Cleanup – August 19th 9-12 AM – Sign ups on Nextdoor, Facebook, and  Meet at Geier Esplanade

    Recap of June Community Input Meeting – Quarterly meetings.  10-12 folks joined.  Ideas for community gardens, community watch programs and community engagement Also maybe a movie night!! 

    Oakley Master Plan (OMP) Steering Committee – a 12 – 18 month commitment to volunteer.  See Chris Mengel or Jes Overley to express interest.  First Steering Committee meeting will be Sept 5th.


    Committee Reports:

    - Membership – Kenny McNutt – membership is on the website. 

    -Business – Kenny McNutt & Jon Bernier- no updates.

    -Oakley After Hours – Jon Bernier & Dave Schaff –Next OAH Friday August 25th

    -City Hall Liaison – Chris Mengel, Evan Nolan, Colleen Reynolds, & Tim Langmeyer – no updates

    -Recreation Center Project – Chris Mucha & Evan Nolan –  CRC celebrated their 90th anniversary.

     Hyde Park School – Jason Wilcoxson – gifted program has been removed from the Hyde Park School.  School is 95% Oakley residents.  There is a new principal search for the Hyde Park School. 


    City of Cincinnati Department of Transportation and Engineering

                Brandon Lacrone – Senior Engineer, Structures. Marburg Ave Bridge Project Update.  On schedule to open by Sept 16th.  


    Al. Neyer – David Okun – Real Estate Development Manager – Potential development at the SW corner of Kennedy Ave and Mill Ridge Rd

    -          Showed renderings of potential development.

    -          Motion to have the OCC support the Prolink project by Chris Mengel, seconded by Colleen Reynolds, approved 8-2 -opposed by Chris Mucha and Tim Langmeyer.

    Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition – Mark Mussman, PhD, Director of Education 25,000 people will experience homelessness in Hamilton County in 2017.  Create a trust fund for an affordable housing trust fund.

    Approve June 15th Meeting Minutes:  Motion to approve by Chris Mengel, seconded Evan approved unanimously. Kenny McNutt, Stacy Lehman, and Chris Mucha abstained.

    Financial Report – Motion to approve by Jes Overley, seconded by Chris Mengel approved unanimously.


    Speaker Cards


    Evelyn Ries – Asked about update on 5/3 development  - Fortis sold to the developers that are developing 2940 Markbreit.


     New Business:

    ·         FCC – do you have any strong feelings on the FCC stadium being built in Oakley either way?  see Evan Nolan after the meeting.

    ·         Third Thursday meeting on August 17th.  Oakley Pub and Grill Basement.

    ·         Next first Tuesday OCC meeting is on Tuesday, September 5th.          


     8:36 PM – Motion to adjourn meeting, is seconded by Chris Mengel , and approved Jes Overley unanimously. Meeting ends.


  • 08/03/2017 8:18 AM | Jessica Overley (Administrator)

     Oakley Community Council

    Oakley Pub & Grill Basement

    June 15, 2017; 8:00 PM



    Trustees present: Sean Fausto, Evan Nolan, Chris Mengel, Dave Schaff, Jon Bernier, Tim Langmeyer, Jes Overley (by phone)

    Attending: Bob Gallo & Dan Krohn

    Approve minutes from May 18th meeting – motion to approve by Chris Mengel, second by Evan Nolan, approved by Sean Fausto, Evan Nolan, Chris Mengel, Dave Schaff, Jon Bernier, Tim Langmeyer, Jes Overley (by phone).

    Approve minutes from June 6th meeting – motion to approve by Evan Nolan, second by Chris Mengel, approved by Sean Fausto, Evan Nolan, Chris Mengel, Dave Schaff, Jes Overley (by phone), Jon Bernier and Tim Langmeyer abstain.

    NBDIP/Gateway Project Update – Awarded NBDIP grant of 215K. Oakley ranked 7th out of 31 neighborhoods.

    Neighborhood Engagement Open House - June 25th 1-3 PM Stacey and Colleen to host. They will post information regarding the meeting on Oakley Now website and Facebook.

    T&T Lighting Invoice/Landscaping 2017 - Evan Nolan makes a motion to authorize the OCC officers to pay T&T Landscaping lighting invoice #6725 in full for $6825 subject to a reasonable attempt to obtain verification of the purchase price of the lights, second by Chris Mengel, approved by Sean Fausto, Evan Nolan, Chris Mengel, Dave Schaff, Jon Bernier, Tim Langmeyer, Jes Overley (by phone).

    Discuss committees and roles – topic tabled.

    Chris Mengel makes a motion for the OCC to provide a $500 sponsorship for the Ault Park Fireworks event scheduled on July 4th, second by Dave Schaff, approved by Sean Fausto, Evan Nolan, Chris Mengel, Dave Schaff, Jon Bernier, Tim Langmeyer, Jes Overley (by phone).

    9:27 Motion to adjourn by Chris Mengel, second by Tim Langmeyer. Meeting ends.

  • 06/25/2017 1:00 PM | Anonymous

    Community Input Meeting Notes
    6/25/2017 1-3:00 pm at Red Tree Coffee Shop

    The below notes are brainstorming that occurred during the 6/25 Oakley Community Input Meeting. The OCC Board Members in attendance (Colleen Reynolds and Stacy Lehman) will follow up up on each section discussed, and will give updates/follow up to discussion at next Community Input meeting (goal to have these meetings every 2-3 months). The below topics were brought up by residents in Oakley in attendance to the meeting. These meetings have the goal of providing further discussion after OCC meetings as well as hearing from our neighbors, and giving residents an opportunity to share their stories, concerns, or ideas to improve our neighborhood.

    1. Community Gardens: Residents discussed many benefits to community gardens (increase sense of community and stewardship, get to know others from various life stages/backgrounds, learn about different groups/clubs/activities in the community, increase eyes on the street/more people visible around town). Community member Lisa Staggenborg shared her experience in her previous neighborhood and the overwhelming benefits their community garden had to the neighborhood. Cincinnati Civic Gardens also helpful in starting community gardens. Four things needed for a successful garden: Access to parking, water, sunlight, flat piece of land. Would be a citizen ran program, plots would be paid for by residents. Looking into feasible public property in Oakley that would work for this use.

    2. Citizen Watch Program: Community member Cathryn Isaac would like to lead Citizen Watch program. Ideas include creating a schedule for folks to walk in groups of 3 in the neighborhood certain times of the night (also picking up trash, while they are patrolling) to increase citizen presence on our streets. She has already gauged interests from the community on NextDoor and has organized a meeting to take place 7/27. OCC board is contacting officers Princess Davis/Shawn Tarvin to see about the possibility of an extra training for Oakley for the Citizens On Patrol Program, logistics, safety of volunteers, etc. to share with Cathryn.

    3. Community Engagement: Below are several ideas from the community as well as OCC Board Members to improve community engagement and neighborhood involvement:

        -Periodic updates from Oakley Library at OCC meetings and work on stronger relationship with library overall. Discuss with librarian possibility for historical Oakley section, “Oakley Stories” showcasing historical information about the neighborhood. Partner with Historical Society for neighborhood tours (suggested historical ghost tour in October). Stacy Lehman to meet with librarian to discuss above ideas as well as invite to OCC meeting.

        - Street Ambassador Program. Discussion of how to engage neighbors and parts of our community that are not reached at OCC meetings and/or through social media. How can we be better neighbors, and how to make our neighborhood safer. Plan to initiate a program to connect neighbors and improve engagement/involvement in Oakley. Good feedback from community at meeting, more information and details to be shared at upcoming OCC meeting. Date TBD.

        - Great American Clean Up in late summer/early fall date TBD to address some of the neighborhood’s concerns for areas with higher need for clean up.

        - Movie night on the Square date TBD and details to come. Colleen Reynolds looking into cost/logistics/etc.

  • 06/16/2017 8:50 AM | Jessica Overley (Administrator)

    Oakley Community Council Meeting

    Date: June 6, 2017, 7 PM       Oakley Community Center

    Trustees Present: Sean Fausto, Jason Wilcoxon, Jes Overley, Chris Mengel, Dave Schaff, Evan Nolan, and Colleen Reynolds (late)

    Trustees Not Present: Jon Bernier, Chris Mucha, Stacy Lehman, Tim Langmeyer, Kenny McNutt 



    City Hotline-591-6000; Cincinnati District 2 Police Non-Emergency – 949-4400

    Fix it Cincy! Mobile App


    Cincinnati Fire Department – Station 31

    ·         Fireworks – not in the city!

    ·         137 EMS runs (27 advanced life support) (87 basic life support) (22 false calls)

    ·         5 fire runs

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

    Captain Grampke spoke on:

    ·         Cars being keyed in multiple neighborhoods in the city. Do not have a good photo ID at this point, are working on identifying the culprit.

    ·         Traffic issues – The Mayor and City Manager is asking each District on how traffic safety will be managed in the next year.

    CRC – Pool is open, you can get memberships at the pool.

    ·         513-342-5000 CRC phone number to report any issues, suspicious activity.

    ·         Recycling program at the CRC.


    Tamie Sullivan- Running for City Council – Born and raised in Cincinnati.  Has spent 30 years on working on social issues in Cincinnati.  Biggest concern is the opiate epidemic.

    Laurie Quinlivan – Running for re-election for City Council – 2009 – 2013. Championed Wasson Way.  Cleaner, Greener, Smarter. – Running as an independent. Need a better bus system, focus on regional funding and bike paths. 

    Renee Hevia – Running for CPS Board of Education.  Was a public school teacher. Focus on how to deal with social issues that are part of the students’ lives. Focus on community learning centers.

    Brian Gary – Wants to hear about your concerns

    Darlene Rogers – Running for Judge.  Former teacher that became an attorney. Heroin epidemic is a main focus and detox and treatment.


    Committee Reports:

    -Business – Kenny McNutt & Jon Bernier- Waiting to hear back about gateway streetscape request to the city on Friday.  (Also, check out

    -Oakley After Hours – Jon Bernier & Dave Schaff – Great turn out in May.  Next OAH Friday June 30th, Flip Cup All-Stars are playing.

    -City Hall Liaison – Chris Mengel, Evan Nolan, Colleen Reynolds, & Tim Langmeyer

                - Lisa from Salon on Markbreit having issues with parking.

                - 3653-3663 Brotherton Rd. Development – Hearing update – was denied.

    -Recreation Center Project – Chris Mucha & Evan Nolan – Evan spoke regarding the difference between Cincinnati Parks and Cincinnati Recreation.  An investment in a new recreation building in Oakley would create revenue. Push for a Recreation Foundation.


    City of Cincinnati Department of Transportation and Engineering

                Brandon Lacrone – Senior Engineer, Structures. Marburg Ave Bridge Project Update.  On target to finish in October.


    City of Cincinnati Department of Public Services

                Jude Johnson – Street Sweeping Program – New plan will touch the communities once a month.  Goes into effect July 2017.  Have two new pieces of equipment. Will need community support. Oakley is schedule the 2nd and 4th Thursday. will post a map and times.  Also, check the city twitter feed on street cleaning updates.


    Crunch Fitness – 3335-3415 Ibsen – Bill Davin – proposed for 30 employees.  Will be a shared parking agreement between Crunch and Crossroads.  Meets all current city zoning requirements. Dave Schaff makes a motion to support the sale of the city of Cincinnati property on Ibsen to Crunch Fitness, amended by Evan Nolan to no objection. Seconded by Colleen Reynolds, passed unanimously.  Chris Mengel to draft the letter.

    Fair Districts Ohio – Andrea Dannenberg
    - Bipartisan coalition to draw congressional districts in a nonpartisan way.  Looking for signatures to get on the ballot in November.  Need 305,000 signatures by July 5th.


    Approve May 18th Meeting Minutes:  Motion tabled.


    Colleen Reynolds – Hosting a coffee hour to talk about a street ambassador program on June 25th from 1-3PM, will be published on the website and FB.


    Financial Report – Motion to approve by Evan Nolan, seconded by Chris Mengel approved unanimously.


    Speaker Cards

    Fred Yager – Parking situation – study shows 400 parking spaces that are open but not public parking spaces.


    Andy Bosiljevac – Concerned about all the through traffic. Asking for street calming – spoke to District 2 in this meeting. Captain Grampke suggested Andy reach out to Michael Moore on the street issue.

    Justin Dunn – Concerns on Verne Ave.  Resident has had the police called in multiple times in the past few weeks.

     New Business:

    •          Third Thursday meeting on June 15th.  Oakley Pub and Grill Basement.

    •          No OCC meetings in July.

    •          Next first Tuesday OCC meeting is on Tuesday, August 1st.          

    9:03 PM – Motion to adjourn meeting Colleen Reynolds, is seconded by Chris Mengel, and approved unanimously. Meeting ends.

  • 06/16/2017 8:49 AM | Jessica Overley (Administrator)

    Oakley Community Council
    Oakley Pub & Grill Basement

    May 18, 2017; 8:00 PM



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

    Attending: Bob Gallo, Fred Yager, Dan Krohn, Seth Shaifer, Hugh McManus, and John Heilan

    Approve minutes from April 20th meeting – motion to approve by Chris Mengel, seconded by Colleen Reynolds approved by Kenny McNutt, Jon Bernier, Stacy Lehman, Evan Nolan, and Jes Overley.


    Approve minutes from May 2nd meeting - motion to approve by Tim Langmeyer, approved by Jason Wilcoxson, approved by Chris Mengel, Jon Bernier, and Evan Nolan abstained. – Chris Mengel sent the support letter to the city for Wings and Rings.


    Kathleen Colley – Development Officer – City of Cincinnati Department of Community and Economic Development

    • Crossroads proposed sale of 3335-3415 Ibsen – sale of city property and Crossroads- an agreement to sell between from both – for a fitness center
    • Fortus Group project – No new updates, have not come to the City yet, OCC will send letter with St Cecilia and The residents of Taylor Ave
    • Eastern Gateway- Bus tour went well, 16th stop out of 32. Good feedback overall. 1.3MM is available for projects this year.
    • Oakley Yard – project is stalled at this point.  Would be several years for the city to match the state for Edwards connector funds.

    Website/Email address maintenance – Will create a page for correspondence from the board.

    Marburg Bridge- OCC is going to wait to see if there are any further developments.

    Oakley Master Plan – The city would like 4 people from the board and will want community involvement as well. Jes Overley, Chris Mengel, Jason wilcoxson and Chris Mucha will represent the board.

    Oakley After Hours – Would like help passing out posters and postcards.

    Christmas Lights invoice – Motion to pay $3,875 from the invoice for paid in full status by Tim Langmeyer and seconded by Evan Nolan, approved 9-2 (Dave not present) Chris Mengel and Jon Bernier abstained.

    Landscaping for 2017/GO Local – GO Local! - Saturday May 20th, 8AM

    OCC is looking for bids for landscaping for 2017. Nextdoor and Facebook will post for bids.

    City of Cincinnati Bi-annual proposed Budget – Oakley impact: Community Council funding was dropped by 25% in this proposed budget, but this still needs to go through the Mayor's office and full City Council. Funding for the new eastside community center has been stalled. We will update the community on where/when organizing will be the most effective.

    Oakley Station Maintenance – Steve Dragon responded to Chris Mengel – they are having trash pickup increased and reaching out to owner/tenants to please focus on minimizing trash in the development. Chris Mucha is updating residents on Nextdoor. Residents should use FixitCincy if they have issues with trash or runaway grocery carts.

    Allston St Warehouse Renovation – No updated requests with the city at this point.

    Ombre Gallery - Seth Shaifer would like to request the OCC put together a directory of all Oakley businesses.

    9:47PM – Motion to adjourn meeting by Colleen Reynolds, seconded by Chris Mengel and approved.  Meeting ends.

  • 05/19/2017 8:13 AM | Jessica Overley (Administrator)

    Oakley Community Council Meeting

    Date: May 2, 2017, 7 PM       Oakley Community Center

    Trustees Present: Sean Fausto, Jason Wilcoxon, Jes Overley, Chris Mucha, Colleen Reynolds, Dave Schaff, Stacy Lehman, Tim Langmeyer, Kenny McNutt

    Trustees Not Present: Evan Nolan, Jon Bernier, Chris Mengel



    City Hotline-591-6000; Cincinnati District 2 Police Non-Emergency – 949-4400

    Fix it Cincy! Mobile App

    Cincinnati Fire Department – Station 31

    ·         Remember – grilling season, keep grill clean, in open area and keep kids and pets away.

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

    ·         New Captain for District 2 – James Grampke

    ·         Junk cars on your street? – use the Fix it app, or call District 2

    ·         Theft from autos – spike in Cincinnati – please lock your cars

    ·         Arrest in the CVS robberies was made

    Candidate for Cincinnati City Council – Tamaya Dennard

    First time candidate – from Cincinnati – went to UC. She thinks we could do better with poverty.  Grew up with a single mom in Cincinnati.  She would like to stop looking at Band-Aids, instead of looking at root causes.

    Platform: Transportation and Government accessibility

    Candidate for Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District – Richard Crosby

    Primary in Spring or 2018. Works as an attorney.  Grew up in Columbus, wife is a native Cincinnatian.  First time candidate.  Passionate about criminal justice, heroin epidemic, education, and health care. Wants to meet with everyone.  Reach out if you would like to meet one on one.   Info is online. 

    Committee Reports:         

    Website/Membership- Kenny McNutt – New Website is live.  Subscription based membership is now available from the website.  Donations are available online as well.  Minutes, agendas, etc are available online also.  Go check it out!

    Business – Kenny McNutt & Jon Bernier – no updates

    Oakley After Hours – Jon Bernier & Dave Schaff – Rain and weather lowered first month attendance.  Check out the new set up and stage at the next OAH Friday May 26th, Naked Karate Girls will be there again.

    City Hall Liaison – Chris Mengel, Evan Nolan, Colleen Reynolds, & Tim Langmeyer- no updates

    Recreation Center Project – Chris Mucha & Evan Nolan- no updates

    City of Cincinnati Department of Transportation and Engineering

    • ·         Bill Shefcik – Supervising Structural Engineer - Marburg Ave Bridge Project
    • ·         7 weeks into construction. Bridges closed March 20th.  Old bridge has been demolished.
    • ·         Check cincyroadmap also for updates

    Vandercar - Steve Dragon - Oakley Station

    • ·         Buffalo Wings and Rings will be located over by the movie theater, will be going to zoning later this month. No zoning variances requested.
    • ·         Tom Davis, Direct of Construction for Buffalo Wings and Rings.  Local Company full service restaurant. 55 locations nationwide.  6,000 sq ft restaurant.
    • ·         Motion of letter to support the plan for Buffalo Wings and Rings by Chris Mucha seconded by Colleen Reynolds.  Passed unanimously. Colleen will draft the letter.

    Oakley Parking Study – Fred Yaeger – Oakley Resident

    • ·         Parking Study for 2 weeks for 5PM – 7PM
    • ·         Study is posted to NextDoor.
    • ·         On average, 64% of the parking spots are vacant 5-7PM each day.
    • ·         Dave Schaff commented this would be useful when we start talking about the Oakley Master Plan in 2018.
    • ·         Fred would like residents to work with him to look into shared parking agreements in Oakley.
    • ·         Kenny McNutt (MadTree owner) is working with MadTree's neighboring businesses to create shared parking for them.
    • ·         Father Jamie from St Cecilia says parking in their lot after school hours for the community is open.

    Fortus Group – Stephen Dronin - Update on former Fifth Third property on Madison Rd

    • ·         Taylor Ave – submitting letter with signatures to formally request for the OCC to not support the variances.
    • ·         St Cecilia – Fr. Jamie Weber read their written statement objecting the project as presented for the former Fifth Third property.
    • ·         Motion to support the Fortus Group plan with 2 variances up to 82 units and reducing the rear yard setback to 15’ by Jason Wilcoxson seconded by Chris Mucha. 6 in favor. 3 opposed – Tim Langmeyer, Sean Fausto and Jes Overley.
    • ·         No hearing date at this time.

    3653-3663 Brotherton Rd Development – Ron Miller

    • ·         Requesting OCC to deny any special exception for this development. 
    • ·         Ron Miller is attending hearing on May 10th 9:30AM before the Zoning Hearing Examiner to oppose the special exception for the illegal parking in front of the development.
    • ·         Motion to deny the applicants request for a special exception at Brotherton Green 3653-3663 Brotherton Rd by Tim Langmeyer and seconded by Chris Mucha. Passed unanimously.  

    Candidate for City of Cincinnati School Board – Christine Fisher

    Has worked at P&G For 12 years finance manager. Has two boys about to start into the public school system.  Wants to bring community and businesses to collaborate.  Wants to create more board transparency. Lives in Mt. Lookout.

    Financial Report

    ·         NSP/NBD & Treasurer’s Report

    o   Motion to approve the April Treasurer’s report by Jes Overley. Motion is seconded by Stacy Lehman and approved unanimously.

    Speaker Cards:

    Craig Rozen – Update on Oakley Gators Swim team – went from 48 kids to over 85 kids. 

    • ·         Motion to donate $150 to the Oakley Swim team by Chris Mucha and seconded by Colleen Reynolds.  Passed unanimously.

    Susan Farber – Housing affordability & Metro Stops – could shopping carts be corralled and litter be managed at Oakley Station?

    Approve April 20th Meeting Minutes:  Motion tabled, not enough attendees from the April 20th meeting to approve.

    New Business:

    Third Thursday meeting on May 18th.  Oakley Pub and Grill Basement.

    Next OCC meeting is on Tuesday, June 6th.       

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

  • 05/19/2017 8:10 AM | Jessica Overley (Administrator)

    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


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