May 6th, 2024 Meeting Minutes


Steve Johns, President, opened the meeting at 7:00. He thanked Tim Hinde from the East End Community for the great job on the Flying Pig, once again raising money for EEAC and cheering on all the participants.


Anna is still out of the country. The April meeting minutes will be presented along with the May minutes at the June EEAC meeting for review and approval.


Police Report:
-  Officer Barry reported that we had a good month with only 3 thefts and one of those complaints was dropped.
- There was a question about maintenance of the Oasis line.  Officer Barry will pass along her contact with the railroad
-  Lt. Mitch reported real time crime center monitors concerns thought the area for Homeland Security with CCTV..  Businesses and residents can contact her to link their video security devices to the system


School Report:
- no report


LeBlond Report:
-  Teresa reported that the pool will open June 3 - August 3 from noon - 5pm T-Th; 1-6pm on Saturday.  Summer hours for the Center will be M-F 10-7 and possibly on Saturday.

The pool may be rented for private parties by calling the Aquatic Division of the CRC.


Guest Speakers
There were two guest speakers from DOTE (City of Cincinnati Department of Transportation and Engineering) Chris Kelly and Kell Geisler, Engineering Co-op


Columbia Tusculum was awarded a City of Cincinnati Community Budget Request (CBR) grant in 2021 for installation of a sidewalk along Airport Road near Tammy’s and the Lunken bike path trailhead. The funds have been appropriated to install the sidewalk and the City wanted to know if the East End neighborhood wanted it on the north or south side of Airport Road. There was discussion that this was a Columbia Tusculum request and which side were they in favor of.  The south side seemed the logical choice due to ease of construction. Kathy moved that the EEAC support the installation of the sidewalk on the south side, Zach seconded. It passed with 1 opposed.


Garden Report:
Both the KCB grant and the Urban Agriculture grants deadlines have ended.  Report will be sent in and the funds reimbursed to EEAC.


Treasurer’s Report
- Kathy reported that there were expenses from the Urban Agriculture grant of $294.30 and $211.73 for communications that come out of our NSP funds.    The balance in our checking and savings accounts is $12,844.81.


- Regina reported that our 2024 NSP funds have been received.


President’s Report
- Water Works will begin closing Riverside Drive on May 20th.  Metro buses will be detoured.
- DOTE will be installing speed cushions outside of LeBlond on Riverside drive after the water main has been replaced.
- Connected Communities, Steve outlined the zoning changes that are being proposed, made everyone aware of both the online Q&A regarding the legislation and said the vote will come before Planning Commission on May 17 which will provide a forum for speakers to voice their concerns or support.  The EEAC decided not to take a formal stand as a neighborhood organization but encouraged others to weigh-in as they see fit.
-  City of Cincinnati Futures Commission has recommended Lunken Airport be managed by CVG. We will keep an eye on this issue to see what the City does


New Business:
- 2024-2025 CBR - Community Budget Request from the city is due in August.  The East End can apply for 3 projects.  Based on our survey from last year top projects of community interest were major improvements in Schmidt Park (playground flooding, new benches, grills); pedestrian handicapped access at Delta/Riverside intersection; benches throughout the East End; Riverside steps; traffic calming.  Tanya and Kathy will put together the grant application for Schmidt Park and we ask for volunteers for input on the other requests.  We will need to review these requests at our July meeting for a vote prior to submission to the City in August.


Zach moved to close the meeting at 8:00, Joe seconded it.

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