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West Chester eNewsletter - September 2014


Student drivers take the wheel with a probationary driver license to learn the rules of the road. West Chester Police request motorists allow some extra time and patience when encountering these student drivers.

Studies by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show that one passenger doubles the risk of a fatal crash among teen drivers, two passengers triples the risk, and three or more passengers increase the risk by more than six. Several restrictions are in place to protect all Ohio drivers.

A few restrictions for drivers under the age of 18 include:

Under the age of 18 years old:

  • Temporary permit holders cannot drive between the hours of midnight and 6:00 a.m., unless accompanied by a parent, guardian, or legal custodian who holds a valid license. This is a change to the previous restriction of 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.
  • Safety belts must be available to all passengers, and everyone must be buckled up. This applies to all licensed drivers under age 18.
  • Cellphone use is banned while operating a motor vehicle for everyone under age 18, and texting is banned for all drivers.

Between age 17 and 18 years old:

  • Probationary driver license holdersare restricted from driving between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. unless the holder is accompanied by a parent or guardian, with the following exceptions: an emergency situation, driving to or from a school activity, or driving to or from work. Travel to or from work is permitted provided the teen has written documentation from the employer.

Under the age of 17 years old:

  • Probationary license holders are prohibited from driving between midnight and 6:00 a.m. unless accompanied by a parent or guardian with the same exceptions as above. This is a change to the previous restriction of 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.
  • Probationary driver license holders are not permitted to operate a motor vehicle with more than one person who is not a family member in the vehicle unless accompanied by the license holder's parent, guardian, or legal custodian. 
  • If a probationary driver license holder is convicted of having committed one moving violation during the first six months of having a driver license, the student driver must be accompanied by a parent or guardian whenever operating a motor vehicle during the six-month period commencing on the date on which the person is convicted of or pleads guilty to the moving violation or until the person attains the age of 17.

For more information on driver license restrictions, contact the police department at 513-777-2231.


Construction trucks are moving dirt in West Chester as new projects are under way or in the pipeline for development in all areas of the Township. From a planned Cabela's in West Chester's Uptown, to Butler Tech's bioscience academy at Midtown to Bass Pro in West Chester's Downtown, the community continues to support and inspire a wide range of commercial investment.

In the healthcare industry, West Chester Hospital recently announced plans to expand services offering maternity and OB/GYN; and Group Health/ Tri-Health is nearing completion of a medical services facility on State Route 747. Ground has been broken for the new Butler Tech bioscience academy just off the I-75 exit to Cincinnati-Dayton Road. The new educational facility will focus on programs for the healthcare industry and will work cooperatively with the bioscience industry to develop workforce training opportunities.

West Chester in-demand corporate office space will grow with the addition of Union Centre Office Park II currently under construction on Union Centre Boulevard.  

Three new hotels are planned, under construction or ready to open in West Chester's Downtown. The Hilton Garden on Muhlhauser is scheduled to open this fall. Homewood Suites is under construction on the former Max & Erma's site, and Centre Park of West Chester – a Holiday Inn hotel and conference center – is in the early stages of construction.

Bass Pro Shops announcement of plans to build on Allen Road, near the terminus of a planned extension of Civic Center Boulevard, fuels renewed energy for retail development in West Chester's Downtown. Opportunities continue to expand as owners of the Streets of West Chester recently announced plans to move forward with a planned 200,000 square-foot expansion slated to open in spring of 2016. In West Chester's Uptown, along Liberty Way, Keefe Properties is moving forward with a retail development to include Cabela's.

Investment also continues in the manufacturing sector with the addition of the recently announced corporate headquarters of Sugar Creek Packing Company and the recent opening of GE Energy Services, the nearly completed Industrial Tube & Steel and Systecon.


Sports injuries can range from scrapes and bruises to serious brain and spinal cord injuries, but most injuries fall somewhere between the two extremes. Some common types of sports related injuries include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Growth plate injuries
  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Heat-related illnesses

Injuries can happen to any child who plays sports, but the West Chester Fire Department recommends following these tips to prevent injury:

  • Enroll children in organized sports through schools, community clubs, and recreation areas that use coaches who are trained in first aid and CPR, are well versed in proper use of equipment and have a plan for responding to emergencies.
  • Organized sports programs generally have adult staff certified as athletic trainers. These individuals are trained to prevent, recognize, and provide immediate care for athletic injuries.
  • Make sure your child has proper gear and uses that gear for each sport participated in. This may reduce the chances of being injured.
  • Learn the follow safety rules and suggestions for your child's particular sport.
  • Make warm-ups and cool-downs part of your child's routine before and after sports participation. These practices will warm the body's tissues, make more flexible and will loosen muscles that have tightened during exercise.
  • Make sure your child has access to water or a sports drink while playing. Encourage him or her to drink frequently and stay properly hydrated.

If your child suffers a soft tissue injury (such as a sprain or strain) or a bone injury, the best immediate treatment is easy to remember: RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) the injury. If the injury persists, seek medical treatment.

For more information, contact the West Chester Fire Department at 513-777-1133.

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September Calendar of Events & Meetings


The search for a West Chester Chief of Police has been narrowed to five candidates from among the 24 applicants who initially expressed interest in leading the nearly 100-member department.

The field of 24 applicants was narrowed to 14 in late July based upon qualifications and experience, said Township Administrator Judi Boyko. The Township is focused on finding a candidate who has community policing, command and operational (budgeting, personnel, etc.) experience, but also demonstrates a broader skill set.

The chief of police position became vacant in early May when Mr. Erik Niehaus resigned to accept a position as an attorney and named partner in a local law firm. Assistant Chief Dave Kelly, a 26-year veteran of the West Chester Police Department, has stepped in as acting Chief. Kelly will return to his role of Assistant Chief of Police when a new Chief is appointed.

Community stakeholders have been engaged to participate in the review of the applicants, according to Township Administrator Judi Boyko.

While the application period has officially passed, West Chester will continue to accept applications until the Chief of Police position is filled.

The five candidates identified will continue to be vetted, and a few will be forwarded to the Board of Trustees for their consideration. A decision to hire is expected to be made by the end of the year.

Candidates still under consideration for the post are:

  • Alexander P. Bebris – Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety for City of Oakwood, Ohio
  • Joel M. Herzog – Police Captain for West Chester Township, Ohio
  • Jason J. Lyons – Police Commander for Castle Rock Police Dept., Colorado
  • Stewart A. Steele – Police Major for Boynton Beach Police Dept., Florida
  • Chris L. Williams – Major (Superintendent) City of Dayton Police Dept., Ohio.


Star Gazing is a free evening event on September 6th from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. Members of the Dayton and Cincinnati Astronomers Society will set up their powerful telescopes to view the stars at the Keehner Park tennis court area located at 7411 Barret Road.

Please dress according to the weather and keep in mind that rain will cancel the event. The rain date is scheduled exactly one week from the event date, on September 13th.

This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.