Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Monday, February 26, 2007
A new periodic feature
We just found out from reading Mr. Moore’s recent Ward 1 newsletter that he and Mayor Williams are hosting a live call-in show on cable channel 24 at 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Thursday’s of each month. We missed last Thursday’s show but certainly hope to catch the next one on March 8.
Our thanks to Mr. Moore for giving us the opportunity to spread his news to community members beyond the borders of Ward 1. Our readers are welcome to comment on the content in his newsletter, but please do so on this page…or call him on March 8 and let him know what you think.
And a short disclaimer: We are not responsible for the content in "Ward One Update," do not necessarily agree with or endorse it, etc., etc.
3/3/07 UPDATE: Keith Moore's and Tom Williams' new show “Upfront ” broadcasts live on cable channel 24, but the replays for their 2/22 program will air on channel 23 with this schedule:
Sunday @ 9:00 p.m.
Monday @ 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday @ 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Resolution A also caught our eye:
A) RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE CITIES READINESS INITIATIVE (CRI) PLAN, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY
According to this website , “The Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) is a pilot program to aid cities in increasing their capacity to deliver medicines and medical supplies during a large-scale public health emergency such as a bioterrorism attack or a nuclear accident.” This sounds like an excellent idea.
We noted on our visit to Norwood City Council Online that a batch of council meeting minutes for the 11/7/06, 11/14/06, 11/28/06, 12/12/06 and 12/28/06 council meetings appeared on the 1/13/07 agenda for approval. However, none of these has been posted yet. The last published minutes are for the 10/24/06 council meeting. Clerk of Council Brian Mumper has done a spectacular job improving and adding value to Council Online. We just hope whatever difficulty there is can be overcome so the minutes can be brought more up to date in the near future.
Friday, February 23, 2007
Introducing…this year’s candidates for city offices
One Republican primary, some running unopposed
(D) Tom Williams
(R) Al Boehm
President of Council: (R) Jane Grote
Law Director: (R) Ted Kiser
Republican Primary for Auditor:
(D) Keith Moore
(R) James Stith
(R) Steve Thornbury
(D) Chuck Barlow
(D) John Mumper
(R) Todd Tittle
Joseph S. Geers, Joe Sanker, Peter Tepe
Mike Gabbard, Victor Schneider, Cassandra Brown
While we do not know if the intended Democratic candidate for Ward 2 met a similar fate or not, we were told by the Board of Elections this morning that a female Democrat attempted to file but did so after the 4:00 p.m. deadline.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Jeff Anderson’s Rookwood Exchange property taxes down again…waaaaaay down!
Below is a typical “value history” page posted on the Auditor’s website for one of Anderson’s parcels:
2006 -10/13/2006 - $18,800 - $0 - $18,800 - Value of Bldgs, Destroyed or Demolished
2006 -10/13/2006 - $18,800 - $118,400 - $137,200 - All ReClassified Real Property
2005 - 9/29/2006 - $18,800 - $118,400 - $137,200 - Changes by Board of Revision, Tax Appeals, Courts
2005 - 9/17/2005 - $18,800 - $216,200 - $235,000 - Reappraisal, Update or Annual Equalization
2002 - 10/8/2002 - $18,900 - $100,000 - $118,900 - Reappraisal, Update or Annual Equalization
1999 11/6/1999 - $16,200 - $85,900 - $102,100 Reappraisal, Update or Annual Equalization
Sunday, February 18, 2007
December '06 Norwood Police call stats
A monthly feature
The December NPD call report showed a lower total call volume than November’s report.
Total NPD calls:
August: 2,853 = 92 per day = 3.8 per hour
September: 2,688 = 89.6 per day = 3.73 per hour
October: 2,850 = 91.9 per day = 3.83 per hour
November: 2,407 = 80.2 per day = 3.34 per hour
December: 2,358 = 76.06 per day = 3.16 per hour
Auto Accidents: 78-78-70-75-74
Criminal Damage: 58-54-47-42-41
Dom. Violence: 35-34-39-20-27
Traffic Stops: 298-184-317-287-189
Noise Complaints: 50-71-49-36-37
Theft/Motor Vehicle: 21-12-14-7-12
Rape/Attempted Rape: 4-2-4-1-1
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Everybody's invited to Jesse Layne's retirement party!!
Superman calls it quits…
Here’s when and where we can bid Jesse our fond farewell:
When: Friday, February 23rd
Time: 5:00 p.m to ll:00 p.m. and beyond
Where: Norwood Community Center, 1810 Courtland Avenue
R.S.V.P. to the Norwood Health Dept. at 458-4600 by Tuesday, 2/20, to assure enough food and liquid refreshments.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Special Report - Mr. Schneider’s campaign workshop a success!
“Approximately a dozen Norwood residents attended. Mr. Schneider’s presentation was excellent, showing he’d done a lot of preparation. He covered important deadline dates (2/22/07, 4:00 p.m., at the Board of Elections is the filing deadline for partisan candidates; and 5/7/07, 4:00 p.m. at the Board of Elections is the filing deadline for independent candidates); political parties; networking; campaign finance, including complimentary cd.’s for everyone, etc. A Q & A session followed, then folks just networked and socialized. Judging from some of the conversations I had, there seemed to be some potential candidates for council as well as other city offices, and a good time was had by all.”
Friday, February 09, 2007
Thursday, February 08, 2007
BOE to discuss Linden Pointe TIF at Monday's committee meeting
Bessie’s COW report for February
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Musical performances were evaluated at difficulty levels ranging from the most difficult (Class A) to the least difficult (Class C). Student ratings range from a number 1 (Superior) through a number 5 (Poor). A round of applause for these outstanding Norwood High musicians:
Matt Hursh - Superior - Class A Vocal Solo
Page Pilman - Excellent - Class A Trumpet Solo
Lena Brumley - Excellent - Class B Clarinet Solo
Laura Wilson - Excellent - Class B Clarinet Solo
Kevin Sluder - Excellent - Vocal Solo **
** Our apologies to Kevin for misspelling his name "Suder" and our thanks to the commenter who corrected the mistake.
Monday, February 05, 2007
But was it a fair test?
We called the NCS district offices this morning to find out exactly how the email system for school board members works. We were told the system does not prompt board members when they have an email; rather, each member must remember to periodically check the system for emails and can do so from any computer by using a special code. We were also told the 2006-2007 District Calendar publishes each board member’s home telephone number. That being the case, why not also publish them on the school board’s webpage, which is where we think most people would actually look for and expect to find them?
As for the Enquirer’s email that Board President Rick Guy didn’t answer after a week, we’re not convinced a fair test was conducted. We think the Enquirer should have sent a minimum of two emails in different weeks for their test to have any kind of validity. But we also think the school’s system is flawed in terms of board members not being prompted/notified when they have emails. Why not post the personal email addresses of board members - a la Norwood city council - on their webpage? Wouldn’t that result in faster responses to parents' and community members' emailed questions and concerns?
1/10/07 UPDATE: Yesterday, we contacted a high ranking school official to ask if emails sent to BOE members “@norwoodschools.org” are previewed by anyone at the district before the members see them. Our source has no knowledge of this being a practice and said there is no evidence that emails are previewed by anyone prior to board members reading them. S/he confirmed that the school email system does not prompt board members when emails arrive and that each one must remember to regularly check the system for emails from a home or other computer.