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OTRCC MEMBERSHIP MEETING MONDAY AUGUST 22 @ 6:00 PM

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

During my first 6 months as President of OTRCC I have had the opportunity to meet many OTR residents and to participate in countless meetings and discussions about OTR’s future.  It has been a busy, eye-opening and wonderful experience to engage with OTR residents and City officials as we talk about how to improve our neighborhood every day for everyone.

My goal as President is to fulfill the mission of OTRCC as stated in the Preamble to our Bylaws which is “to improve the quality of life within the community by empowering the community and organizing it into a recognizable voice.”   More specifically, the by-laws state that the purpose of The Over-the-Rhine Community Council is to:

  1. Guarantee rights and responsibilities of residents of Over-the-Rhine.
  2. Be a source of information and communication.
  3. Formulate policies and regulations pertaining to Over-the-Rhine services.
  4. Upgrade living standards in Over-the-Rhine by working together toward common goals.
  5. Discuss and offer solutions related to problems affecting the community and take appropriate action.

 In order to further that Mission and those purposes, I have sought to fill our membership meetings with speakers who provide information about programs and services that can help OTR residents improve their quality of life.  This month’s agenda is the third consecutive membership meeting devoted solely to speakers who will inform you about resources in OTR that can benefit you directly.

In addition, this month you will have the opportunity to express your preferences about what OTR projects the City should fund in its 2017 budget.  And you will learn about the opportunity to express your preferences about the specific plan that the City will adopt to “put Liberty Street on a diet.”

This month’s agenda is delayed because I have been updating our mailing list to include over 50 new members who have joined since I became President.  So if you are a new member, I want to welcome you and encourage you to reach out to me and to attend meetings so we can make OTR even better.

For those of you who are not new members, a friendly reminder that you may need to renew your membership.  The OTR Bylaws provide that all memberships expire at the end of March each year.  So if you have not paid your $2 to renew in or since March, you may be due to renew.  When you come to the meeting on Monday and check-in, you can find out if you need to renew and you can pay on the spot.  That will ensure that you can vote at our September meeting.

The agenda for our August 22 meeting is shown below.  Minutes from our past meeting will be available to review in paper form at the meeting.  Once approved, they will be posted on our web-site which is (finally) undergoing some much needed refurbishment.

In closing, I want to thank everyone for giving me this opportunity to serve OTRCC and the OTR community.  Please feel free to reach out to me about anything!
Best,
Martha Goodunnamed

BOARD OF TRUSTEES VACANCY

As announced at our July membership meeting, there is a vacancy on the OTRCC Board of Trustees. Since no one submitted an application by August 14, we are still accepting applications. Trustees must be members of OTRCC and live within the boundaries of OTR as defined in OTRCC By-laws.  Interested persons should submit an application (available atwww.OTRCommunityCouncil.org) to Joan Kaup (JoanKaup@gmail.com).  Applicants will be interviewed by the Board at the September 12 meeting at Graydon on Main (1421 Main Street) and the new Board member will be presented at the September membership meeting for ratification.

COME TO MEMBERSHIP MEETING JULY 25, 2016!

All Over-The-Rhine residents are invited to attend the regularly scheduled Membership Meeting
Monday July 25, 2016 at 6:00 PM
HUB/OTR Rec Center, 1715 Republic Street.
(Entrance and parking from Race Street.).
Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting.
But for just $2 OTR residents can become a member and get to vote at next month’s meeting.

OTRCC July 2016 Meeting Agenda

Membership Meeting Agenda June 27, 2016, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

1) Call to Order
a. Neighbor Introductions
b. Approval of Agenda
c. Ratify Board’s selection of new Board Member

2) Guests & Presentations (5 minutes each)
a. Cincinnati Police District 1 Report
b. Amber Simpson, Principal, Rothenberg School
c. Bob Sehlhorst, August Job Fair
d. Rev. John Suguitan, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
e. Sherman Bradley, Hope Fest for Health & Education
f. Anthony Ooley, Recover Together
g. David Walters, Zoning Change for Nano Brewery, 260 Stark St.
h. Julia Rose Fischer, Play Library
i. John Walters, OTR-UC Streetcar Shuttle
j. Sokoni Hughes, Chatfield College
k. Erin Owen & Lorri Winchester, Great Cincinnati Water Works

3) Trustee Reports:
a. Approval of consent agenda items:
Minutes from May membership meeting
Treasurer’s Report
b. President’s Report
c. Other reports

4) Announcements
a. Political Candidates: Aftab Purval, Hamilton County Clerk of Courts
b. July 9: Neighborhood Games Kick-off at Washington Park
c. July 11: Second Sunday on Main
d. August 2: Neighborhood Night Out
e. August 6: OTR Community Festival

5) Adjourn

June 2016 Membership Newsletter

OTRCC Board of Trustees Opening
Due to a resignation, there is an opening on the OTRCC Board of Trustees.  If you are interested, please complete the application form on OTRCC web-site
and email it to JoanKaup@gmail.com by June 10, 2016.
REPORT ON MAY MEMBERSHIP MEETING
A draft of the May 23 Meeting minutes is now posted on the OTRCC web-site.
Highlights of the meeting include the following:
  1. There were informational presentations from
    1. Jake Williams, Invest in Neighborhoods
    2. Ken Wilson, Cincinnati Works
    3. Lorri Manchester, Greater Cincinnati Water Works
    4. Sokoni Hughes, Chatfield College
  2. Voted to oppose the demolition of the Denison Hotel.
  3. Voted to sign a letter asking Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber not to exercise the power given to them by City Council to suspend streetcar operations for Heritage Events with 90 days notice.
  4. Voted to support Concept Plan for Liberty Corner Development.
  5. Voted to advance funds to support Neighborhood Night Out on August 2, 5:30-7:30 at Findlay Market.
  6. Voted to advance funds for 31st Annual OTR Community Council onAugust 6, noon – 6 pm at Washington Park.
  7. Announcement of new Board Opening and invitation to submit applications by June 10.

May 2016 Meeting of OTRCC Board of Trustees

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the OTRCC Board will be
Monday, May 9 at 6:00 PM
Location:  Graydon on Main, 1421 Main Street

Board meetings are always open to the public.
At this Board meeting there will be a presentation from City Planning Commission Staff and Source 3 Developers about the proposed development on the northwest corner of Elm & Liberty.
The Board will offer OTR residents the opportunity to ask questions or to comment about the plan. Comments will be limited to 2 minutes and each person may speak only once.
If you wish to speak, be sure to sign up on the clipboard near the entrance when you arrive.

Other topics on the agenda include the proposed Mohawk Historic District, the Dennison Hotel and Neighborhood Night Out, and Committee Reports.

COME TO MEMBERSHIP MEETING APRIL 25, 2016!

All Over-The-Rhine residents are invited to attend the regularly scheduled Membership Meeting
Monday April 25, 2016 at 6:00 PM
HUB/OTR Rec Center, 1715 Republic Street.
(Entrance and parking from Race Street.).
Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting.
But for just $2 OTR residents can become a member and get to vote at next MONTH’S Membership Meeting.
The REVISED meeting agenda is below. 

OTHER NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS

OTRCC MEMBERSHIP

Our by-laws provide that all OTRCC memberships last no longer than 1 year and that they all expire right before the March Membership meeting.   Unfortunately, the Board failed to notify members that they needed to renew by the March meeting.  Members who did not renew by the March meeting would lose their voting rights for the April meeting and not be able to vote again until they had paid their dues and waited a month.  Because  this would have deprived many members of the right to vote at the April meeting, an emergency Board meeting was held April 6 to consider how to remedy the situation.  The Board voted to allow a one-time extension of the renewal requirement to the April meeting.  Therefore,  anyone who was a member in good standing as of March 2016, can maintain their voting rights for the April meeting by paying their $2 dues before or at the beginning of the April meeting.
Anyone who joins as a new member at the April meeting or whose membership had lapsed prior to March 2016 will still need to wait a month before being able to vote.  Only OTR resident members can vote.  

LIBERTY & ELM UPDATE
The Planning Commission hearing on the Liberty & Elm Project concept was held April 15.  The Planning Commission did not approve the project but asked that the developers address all of the concerns of the community.  They will reconsider the application at their May meeting after OTRCC has had a chance to review and weigh-in on the project at a special meeting to be held during the first week in May.  Discussions are on-going between developers, OTR Foundation and other interested parties.

REPUBLIC STREET APPEAL SUCCESS

The deck above the bar to be developed at 1332 Republic Street had been approved by Historic Conservation.  On April 21 the Board of Zoning Appeals reversed that approval while granting approval to the first floor bar.  OTRCC was among the appellants in this case and Martha Good spoke at the appeal hearing to express OTRCC”s opposition to the second story deck.  Score one for the home team!

Free Smoke Alarms!
On May 7 the Red Cross wants to install free smoke alarms in every home in OTR.
If you need an alarm, call  513-579-3003 and ask to have one installed.
If you would like to help install the alarms in May, call and let them know that, too.
If you have an item to include in a future newsletter or wish to comment on the newsletter please send it to Martha Good.
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March 28, 2016 OTRCC Meeting Agenda & Announcements

Come to Membership Meeting March 28, 2016!

All Over-The-Rhine residents are invited to attend the regularly scheduled Membership Meeting

Monday March 28, 2016 at 6:00 PM
HUB/OTR Rec Center, 1715 Republic Street.
(Entrance and parking from Race Street.).
Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting.
But for just $2 you can become a member and get to vote at our next Membership Meeting.

The meeting agenda is below.

To learn what happened at the February 2016 meeting you can view the meeting minutes on the OTR Community Council web-site (http://otrcommunitycouncil.org/)  along with the minutes from the March 2016 OTRCC Board of Trustees meeting and the Treasurer’s report.

March 28, 2016 OTRCC Meeting Agenda

OTHER NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS OF INTEREST

LIBERTY & ELM UPDATE
The Planning Commission hearing on the Liberty & Elm Project concept is scheduled for April 15 and it is open to the public. About one week prior to that date, the Planning Commission will issue its report. Objections to the Project should be submitted in writing to Steve Briggs, Senior City Planner at steve.briggs@cincinnati-oh.gov as soon as possible. Specific objections explaining why aspects of the project are a problem are most helpful. In addition, solution oriented, concrete suggestions for what can be done to improve the project are helpful.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT SCPA
BUGZ-Kindergarten and 1st GRADE MUSICAL
Corbett Theater
►Thursday, April 7, 2016 7:00PM
►Thursday, April 7, 2016 12:15PM
Ticket Price: Donation Suggested

SWAN LAKE- SPRING BALLET
Corbett Theater
►Friday, April 22, 2016 7:00PM
►Saturday, April 23, 2016 7:00PM
►Sunday, April 24, 2016 2:00PM
Ticket Price: $15, $10

Get more information HERE

Free Smoke Alarms!
In May the Red Cross wants to install free smoke alarms in every home in OTR.
If you need an alarm, call 513-579-3003 and ask to have one installed.
If you would like to help install the alarms in May, call and let them know that, too.

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If you have an item to include in a future newsletter or wish to comment on the newsletter please send it to Martha Good.

Preschool Promise OTR Town Hall

Tonight! March 3rd, 2016
Doors open at 6pm. Program from 6:30-7:30pm

The Preschool Promise is an independent initiative to ensure that every child has access to two years of high-quality, affordable preschool. Come out to learn more, have your questions answered, and give input!

Hosted by: Councilman Chris Seelbach, Craig Schultz, Ryan Messer, James Musaraca-Messer, Councilwoman Yvette Simpson, Sean Lee, Robin Lee, Jon Harmon, Martha Good, Margy Walle, Bob Selhorst, Dr. Mark Manley, Annette Wick, Nora Mock, Colin Groth, James Marable, Ben Greenberg, William Thomas, and Mike Moroski

Facebook Event:

2016 Neighborhood Summit

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http://cincyneighborhoodsummit.org/register/

Registration is open!

Open Board Seats!

Bittersweet news.

The bitter: we have two members leaving our board.

The sweet: there is room for new talent.

 

Nomination forms are due by March 8th and need to be sent to joankaup@gmail.com

 

Click here: OTRCC Nomination Form