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West Chester eNewsletter - July 2014
 
CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY BY PRACTICING FIREWORK SAFETY


The Fourth of July is a great time to make memories with family and friends, but before the celebrating begins it is important that everyone understands laws regarding use of fireworks and firework safety. 

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), more than 9,000 firework related injuries occur each year around Independence Day. Generally, these injuries occur when common sense and basic safety measures were not taken into consideration while handling fireworks.  

Ohio is one of the most restrictive states with regard to firework laws. Consumer fireworks can only be ignited by individuals with an exhibitor's license through the Ohio Department of Commerce. The "fireworks" type devices that can be purchased and used in Ohio include sparklers, snaps and smoke bombs. Other products such as firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles and fountains can be purchased in Ohio, but must be transported out of state within 48 hours of purchase to be ignited.

In hopes of preventing firework injuries, the West Chester Fire Department offers some common sense safety tips: 

  • Observe the local laws
  • Adult supervision is always needed around firework activities
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket
  • Designate one person to organize and light the fireworks
  • Never alter products, use as directed only
  • Always purchase from a reliable source
  • Never mix alcohol and fireworks, wait to drink until after the show
  • Only use fireworks outdoors in a clear area; away from buildings
  • Never relight a "used" or "dud"
  • After 20 minutes,  soak "dud" fireworks in water
  • Have water readily available when shooting fireworks
  • Never experiment with homemade fireworks
  • Wear safety glasses when using fireworks
  • Only light one firework at a time
  • Soak used fireworks with water before placing in an outdoor trash can
  • Report illegal explosives to the West Chester Fire or Police Department

West Chester Fire and Police departments encourage all residents to use common sense safety during their holiday celebrations.  FOR MORE INFORMATION.

 

2014 INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM 


The summer season brings with it orange barrels. West Chester crews have been working through the early weeks of summer to repair and replace curbs and culverts in preparation for paving roadways.

"West Chester will repair or replace 12,450 lineal feet of curb throughout the Township at a cost of $367,000," said West Chester Community Services Director Tim Franck. "Residents throughout the community have no doubt observed orange cones and new concrete where work has been completed."

By mid-July, a dozen culverts throughout the Township will also have been repaired or replaced at a cost of approximately $190,000.

In 2014, $950,000 has been budgeted to pave 10.37 miles of roadway.  This is this most aggressive asphalt paving program undertaken since 2008. Of the 10.37 miles, the Butler County Engineer's Office will pay to pave .16 miles of township roadway.  West Chester will pave 1.72 miles of county roadway and 1.62 miles of township roadway within township TIF Districts at a cost of $1 million from TIF Funds (not the Township Road Fund).

An additional $230,000 has been budgeted for slurry sealcoat application on 6.65 miles of roadway. Black Mat Slurry is a product applied to roads in good condition to protect them and extend the life of the pavement.

"Slurry is similar to applying a sealer on blacktop driveway," Mr. Franck said. "It has been proven to extend the life of the paving beneath."

Specific roadways and schedules for paving and slurry will be announced in the coming weeks as the Butler County Engineer's Office finalizes contracts and every effort is made to limit the inconvenience to residents.

Residents on roadways scheduled for paving will experience little inconvenience. Paving can be accomplished and driven on right away. There may be some lane closures and residents will be asked to remove parked vehicles from the road.

Those impacted by slurry experience greater inconvenience due to the need for the product to cure or "dry". These residents will be asked to move their vehicles to an adjacent street on the day of resurfacing and will have to walk to get their vehicles. Emergency vehicles will still be able to get to homes if necessary.

"It is important that residents understand we do our best to maintain set schedules for work, but we have little control over mechanical breakdowns and no control over weather conditions," Mr. Franck said.

Complete lists of impacted roads and schedules, when available, will be posted to the Township's website at www.WestChesterOH.org and will be announced on the Township's Twitter feed (@westchestertwp) on the day prior to scheduled work.

Residents with listed land-based telephone lines or who have registered their cell numbers or unlisted numbers with West Chester's telephone notification system will receive recorded, automated calls the day prior to scheduled work. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT REGISTERING YOUR NUMBER.

Residents on roadways affected by slurry and/or paving will also receive letters in the mail.

 

WEST CHESTER TAKES STEPS TO BUILD ROADWAY TO NEW BUTLER TECH CAMPUS


West Chester will fund construction of a new roadway that will lead to Butler Tech's new bio-sciences academy with the school being assessed for the cost of construction, including legal fees, interest, etc. over a 10-year assessment period. The construction of the roadway will be managed by the Butler County Engineer's Office.

Butler Tech petitioned the Board of Trustees requesting consideration for the roadway which will require redesign and reconstruction of Highland Greens and further new construction of the roadway. The petition also assigns cost of the construction to Butler Tech.

In a statutorily required special meeting June 16th, West Chester Trustees walked the path of the new roadway beginning at Highland Greens to assess the necessity of the new public roadway. Future steps will include approval of a resolution and public hearing to be scheduled later this summer.

The proposed road, to be called Capstone Boulevard, will lead from the existing entrance to Lakota Lakes Apartments (Highland Greens) and continue to the Butler Tech property which is visible from I-75 just south of the Cincinnati-Dayton Road exit.

Potential future extension of the roadway could result in opening previously inaccessible property to future development.

The Butler Tech bioscience center will unlock countless opportunities for high school students pursuing careers in the health/medical field, as well as hospitals and bio-science companies coordinating specialized workforce training opportunities.

"Butler Tech's biosciences academy will be an institutional anchor for West Chester's Midtown at Cincinnati-Dayton Road," said Judi Boyko.

The site for Butler Tech, with additional available property nearby, has tremendous visibility and is easily accessible. More than 125,000 vehicles travel daily on I-75 through West Chester and pass the Cincinnati-Dayton Road interchange. Nearly 46,000 vehicles exit I-75 on Cincinnati-Dayton Road every day.

A groundbreaking for the facility is expected to occur in January or February with anticipation of the new facility opening in August 2015.

 

FIRE DEPARTMENT ENCOURAGE SAFETY IN THE KITCHEN TO PREVENT COOKING FIRES


Cooking fires are the most common cause of home fires and home injuries in the United States. The leading cause of these home structure fires was unattended cooking in the kitchen.

The West Chester Fire Department encourages these safety tips to prevent cooking fires:

  • Be on alert when cooking. If sleepy or having consumed alcohol don't use the stove, stovetop or grill;
  • Stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling or boiling food. If leaving the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove;
  • If simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer as a reminder that food is cooking;
  • Keep anything that can catch fire including oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains away from the stovetop or grill;
  • If a cooking fire occurs, get out of the house! When leaving, close the door behind you to help contain the fire;
  • Call 9-1-1 to dispatch the Fire Department;
  • If trying to fight a small fire, be sure everyone else is out and you have a clear way out;
  • Keep a lid nearby when cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cool;
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

Unattended cooking caused 43% of reported home fires, 16% of home fire deaths, 38% of home fire injuries, and 12% of the direct property damage in home fires during 2011. Keep your family safe by eliminating unattended cooking fires.

For more information on ways to protect you and your family from cooking fires, contact the West Chester Fire Department at 513-777-1133.


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July Calendar of Events & Meetings

5/3 BANK CONCERT SERIES HOSTS INDEPENDENCE DAY FESTIVITIES

The 122nd Army Band will perform on July 5th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. as a part of the Fifth Third Bank West Chester Concert Series at Keehner Park.

Come celebrate and honor the 70th Anniversary of D-Day and the Independence Day holiday week.  Patriotic and traditional military tunes will be played by active members of the Ohio Army National Guard as part of this complimentary concert for the community.

All concerts are free to the public and all attendees are encouraged to pack a picnic and bring lawn chairs for the event. Alcohol is not permitted in Keehner Park.

For more information of the Fifth Third Bank West Chester Concert Series or to view the full schedule, visit our Fifth Third Concert Series page.  

INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT DEMONSTRATES COMMITMENT TO PROTECT PROPERTY VALUES

The Township's annual infrastructure improvement program is critical to "keeping up" with the repair and maintenance of infrastructure as it matures and thereby protecting taxpayers' property investment and the community's reputation has an exceptional place to live, work and play.

"Quality, well-maintained infrastructure attracts new business to the community and preserves the value of our beautiful neighborhoods," said Township Administrator Judi Boyko.

West Chester's visibility, accessibility, and location have long been cited as significant attributes for encouraging economic development. A strong commitment to maintaining and replacing this infrastructure is critical to sustaining the community's enviable position as the economic epicenter of the Interstate-75 corridor and as "one of America's best places to live" (CNN Money Magazine).

West Chester has 220 center line miles of roadway for which it is responsible.  Since 2003, the Township has gained 18.59 miles of roadway to maintain and repair. Nearly all of this mileage was added between 2003 and 2008 during the height of the community's development boom.

In order to direct the most resources possible to these assets, West Chester partners with the Butler County Engineer's Office to ensure the best investment of taxpayer dollars. In the coming year, West Chester anticipates a $600,000 reduction in cost to West Chester residents through this partnership with BCEO.

LEARN TO SHOOT VIDEO LIKE A PRO: TRAINING FOR VOLUNTEER OFFERED JULY 23rd

The West Chester video production team captures events and activities, and government meetings in the community for broadcast on local public access channels and on the internet.

Training will be available on Wednesday, July 23rd, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the West Chester Township Administration Building for those interested in becoming volunteer camera operators. Training will include operation of the cameras, basics of remote video production and, if interested, can include basic training in graphics, audio, replay and directing.

Camera Operator Training will also be offered on Wednesday, August 20th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the West Chester Township Administration Building, 9113 Cincinnati Dayton Road.

To register for the training sessions and more information on becoming a volunteer camera operator with West Chester Township, contact Mike Lyons by email at mlyons@westchesteroh.org or REGISTER FOR THE CLASS.