Citizens For A Better Norwood

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Cincinnati Beacon: Should Cincy take over Norwood?

That would be quite illegal, wouldn’t it?

Today’s Beacon article asks, “If Norwood and St. Bernard (the only other Hamilton County cities) were created by corporations trying to stay separate from Cincinnati government, was that a good idea? Does it continue to be a good idea? Would it be more beneficial to all parties if these two cities stayed separate, or should Cincinnati engage a takeover?”

The last time we checked with a couple of local attorneys, one a former Norwood Law Director, the only way Norwood could become part of Cincinnati is if Norwood voters approve a ballot issue making it so. If any of our readers know differently, please leave a comment. Also, the Beacon would welcome comments from Norwood historians who can shed some light on the motives of those who originally incorporated our city.

As for whether or not it’s a good idea to stay separate from Cincinnati government, we'll start with this: what Norwood resident would like to have a Cincinnati fire truck show up when what you urgently need is a NFD ambulance with the current 3-minute response time?