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ADDITIONAL NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
MSD would like to inform you that the Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) will conduct an additional public hearing to consider the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati’s (MSD) recommended 2018-2022 Capital Improvement Program (CIP), 2017 Operating Budget, and a revised rate structure for sewerage service charges and surcharges.

There are two scheduled public hearings at the Hamilton County Administration Building, 138 East Court Street, Room 603, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202:

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.

There is also a a public meeting where sewer rates will be discussed but it is not an official public hearing. It is scheduled for
Monday, November 13, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Communities United for Action (CUFA), 1814 Dreman Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45223

MSD’s annual capital improvement budget and annual operating budget are developed and recommended by MSD to the BoCC each year along with any rate or fee recommendations that support the budget proposal. The budgets and associated rate recommendations reflect the resources required to ensure full compliance with all regulatory requirements as well as to protect public health throughout Hamilton County.
View the Additional Notice of Public Hearing.

View the original Notice of Public Hearing.
Sincerely,
MSD Communications
Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati

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Thank you so much for donating and joining us on Dec 8, 2017 at Mount Auburn Presbyterian Church 6:00 p.m. 103 Wm Howard Taft Rd.

If you have any questions please call or email MarilynMwall@gmail.com or call 513-226-9235

We’re looking forward to seeing you!

Vegetarian Indian Dinner fundraiser

December 8, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. the Miami Group Sierra Club will host a fundraising dinner at Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church, 103 Wm Howard Taft Rd.

Aftab Pureval will be our dinner speaker!

Kaniz Siddiqui will prepare home cooked vegetarian Indian cuisine for us to enjoy. We are asking for donations ranging from $30 per person to $50 per person, or more! We’ll have a speaker, a brief update on our work and some great food.

Please send a check with your name and names of guests to Sierra Club, 103 Wm. Howard Taft Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45219. If you’d like to pay at the door, please bring a check and RSVP to marilynMwall@gmail.com!
You can also donate through Paypal using the donate button below. Please enter the number of guests and your name on the donation confirmation page. Thanks!



Join us, bring a friend and enjoy good food and company! For more information or to volunteer, call Marilyn Wall at 513-226-9235 or email at marilynMwall@gmail.com.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Dec 8!

Prof. Kirsten Schwarz – The legacy of environmental lead

will be speaking at the Sierra Club meeting on November 6 at at the Scouting Achievement Center, 10078 Reading Road, Evendale, Oh 45241

The legacy of lead in the environment: What it means for urban soil, urban gardens, and urbanites.

2000 B.A., Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine

2010 Ph.D., Ecology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey Dissertation Title: The Spatial Distribution of Lead in Urban Residential Soil and Correlations with Urban Land Cover of Baltimore, Maryland.

2012-Present: Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY

Dr. Schwarz has had publications and received numerous professional developmental awards from NKU and various grants for work on soil lead contamination.

“Often when we think of lead poisoning the mind conjures an image of old lead-based paint and we likely imagine that the harsh lessons of lead poisoning have long been learned. Many are surprised to hear that the legacy of lead is still with us, lurking in the most obvious of places, like the walls of old buildings, as well as surprising and unlikely places, like the soil beneath our feet.
When our soil contains elevated levels of lead it can be a source of lead to humans when we unintentionally breathe it in or eat it. This makes elevated soil lead an important public health issue that has direct ties to our environment. Ecologists can contribute to our understanding by identifying where in the urban landscape we would expect high levels of soil lead. Predicting “hotspots” – or areas of high soil lead – allows residents, public health organizations and city planners to efficiently and effectively mitigate soil lead exposure.”

“Understanding patterns of soil lead is critical as we strive to transform our older industrial cities into sustainable cities- places where we envision ample green space, local sources of healthy food, and economic vibrancy. Urban gardens are a key component of sustainable cities, providing nutritious food and a connection to community and place. But we must also manage tradeoffs to gardening in the city, like exposure to pollutants, including lead. I’ll discuss on-going research at NKU that is addressing this trade-off. Urban ecological research is contributing part of the solution by exposing the spatial legacy of lead. By better understanding the patterns of soil lead in the city, we can support safe and healthy urban gardening, helping to build a brighter and more sustainable future for our cities.”

A short description of Kirsten Schwarz’s research interests can be found on the NKU website:
https://artscience.nku.edu/departments/biology/people/faculty/schwarz.html
Or her website:
http://www.kirstenschwarz.com/

Cincinnati Parks Director Wade Walcutt

Wade A, Walcutt, Director Cincinnati Parks will be speaking Dec. 4, 2017  at 7 pm at Sierra Club meeting at the Scouting Achievement Center, 10078 Reading Road, Evendale, Oh 45241.

An overview of all the Cincinnati parks
Recreation, flora, fauna.
Details of some of the newer parks
What organizations are responsible for various aspects of park plans
How he plans to get these various organizations to work together better
What he hopes to do differently going forward
How Sierra Club might fit into his plans

Wade A. Walcutt, the new Director of the Cincinnati Park Board, has over 15 years in Parks and Recreation experience. Wade served as the director of the Greensboro, North Carolina Parks and Recreation department. He was promoted to this position in 2013, after serving as division manager. Prior to joining the Greensboro parks and recreation team, Wade was the facilities manager and park operations director for Columbus Recreation and Parks department and The National Audubon Society; he also served as program supervisor for Westerville Parks and Recreation. Wade has a degree in Recreation Management from Ohio University and was recently selected to serve a three-year term on the National Recreation and Parks Association Board of Regents. Wade and his wife, Kelli, have two children, Whitney, 4, and Drew, 1.

Miami Group Memorial Tree Planting and Dedication

Miami Group Sierra Club Tree Planting & Memorial Grove Dedication

The Miami Group Sierra Club Memorial Grove project was started in 2012. Through it, the Miami Group seeks to provide an ecological memorial to members, family and friends. Join us Saturday as we plant 15 native trees in French Park to commemorate those we have lost over the past several years. After the planting, help celebrate their lives with an informal ceremony and hanging of personalized plaques.
The planting is scheduled to from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM.  The Memorial Ceremony will follow the planting, starting at 11.30 AM to about noon.
We hope to see you there.

When: Saturday, November 4, 2017
9:30 AM to 11.00 AM – tree planting
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM – memorial ceremony
Where: French Park
3012 Section Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45237

Preparing the Grove

Leader: Elizabeth Durrell, Co-Leader: Karen Anderson-Brown

We are grateful to have help from the Cincinnati Parks staff for this event.

 

City of Cincinnati General Election Endorsed Candidates 2017

 

Endorsed Candidate for Mayor Candidate Website
Yvette Simpson yvettesimpson.com

*Incumbent candidate

City Council – Candidates Candidate Website
Derek Bauman http://www.derekbauman.com
Tamya Denard http://tamayadennard.com
Michelle Dillingham http://www.votedillingham.com
Greg Landsman http://greglandsman.com
David Mann* https://www.davidmannforcouncil.com
Laure Quinliven http://www.qforcouncil.com
Chris Seelbach* http://www.seelbachforcouncil.com
P. J. Sittenfeld* http://www.pgsittenfeld.com
Wendell Young* http://www.keepwendellyoung.com

Help make a difference! Call Louise Hosburgh (812) 707-9579 (cell) to volunteer or email Louise and she’ll connect you with the  campaign of your choice.

Cincinnati and Hamilton County rush to deal on 45-year County take-over of Sewer District

Infighting between Cincinnati and Hamilton County has gotten in the way of implementing sewer consent decree projects that would clean some of the worst polluted water in the United States. By the Sewer Districts own reckoning, over 8 billion gallons of untreated sewage mixed with rain water, go into the Ohio River, Mill Creek and Muddy Creek. The Sewer District continually violates the Clean Water Act, exceeds standards by millions and continues to maintain illegal Sanitary Sewer Overflows.

Sierra Club remains concerned that the creation of a new five-member board of City of Cincinnati (2) and Hamilton County (3) appointed members to oversee operations, recreates the same potential for conflict. “Supermajorities” (4of 5) are required for major decisions; supermajority requirements tend to prevent, rather than encourage projects. The commitment letter seeks to let the City out of the consent decree, yet maintains a level of control that could interfere with consent decree work. These delays will add to the City’s prediction that a number of consent decree projects will already be late. The importance of the consent decree work needs to have primacy in the new agreement, but currently doesn’t. At the same time, the commitment letter also leaves the dispute about asset ownership up in the air.

We sought to have the deadline extended to allow for more consideration of this 45-year deal to fix it and allow other options to be explored. While the deadline was extended from the original 1 week, it did not allow sufficient time for the public to be more fully informed and consider other options.

The mediation between the City and County, which led to the commitment letter, was under a gag order by the judge assigned to the consent decree. The next set of projects to be completed by the Sewer District, under the consent decree, were due to US EPA on June 30. The County requested, and may still want, a one year delay in submitting this set of commitments for work that begins in 2019. US EPA, at this point, has granted a 4-month extension until October 31, 2017. Bizarrely, the City and County will not release even a draft of the Phase 2 plan for public review (beyond the list created in 2010 which has most likely changed in at least some respects.)

Sierra Club is also concerned about the status of verbal commitments made by the current management to businesses and residents about sewer projects. Will they be honored by the future management?

Thanks to diligent and fast work by Sierra Club attorneys and many members of the public, some changes were made to the commitment letter, over the weekend before the Monday morning vote. Sierra Club offered draft language, some of which was accepted. We appreciate members of Council and the Commission’s willingness to meet and discuss issues of concern about this 45 year agreement.