Meeting Minutes

  • 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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