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West Chester eNewsletter - April 2014
 
WEST CHESTER POLICE OFFER
MEDICATION DISPOSAL DAY


On Saturday, April 26, officers with the West Chester Police Department will staff a drop-off location for prescription drugs.  Residents may stop by Walgreen's, 7804 Cincinnati-Dayton Road any time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs in a safe manner.

No syringes or lancets will be accepted at this drop-off, nor will over-the-counter syrup or liquid medications. 

This event is hosted in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Agency.

For more information, contact Officer Berling at MLBerling@WestChesterOH.org or by calling 513-759-3985.

 

FIRE DEPARTMENT ASSOCIATION ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT, SATURDAY APRIL 19


The annual Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the West Chester Fire Department Association and the Tylersville Road Kroger will begin promptly at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 19.

The family event is held at the Keehner Park tennis court area located at 7411 Barret Road in West Chester.

All children ages 0 to 8 are welcome to participate in the egg hunt. Participants will be grouped by age and will hunt for candy filled eggs as well as a special golden egg that contains a special prize. All are asked to "mind their manners" and allow the children to enjoy the experience of finding eggs on their own.

Plan to dress for the weather and bring along a bag or basket to gather eggs.

For more information, contact the West Chester Fire Department Association by calling 513-777-1133.

 

START SUMMER ON THE RIGHT PEDAL
AT THE BIKE RODEO


The West Chester Police Department hosts the annual Bike Rodeo on Saturday, April 26, at the West Chester Library, 9363 Centre Pointe Drive, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Bike Rodeo provides an opportunity for children to learn the rules of the road and bicycle safety while experiencing positive interactions with law enforcement officials.

During the event, police officers will review bicycle maneuverability and braking before children go through an age-appropriate obstacle course, complete with cones and street signs. Goodie bags and certificates will be handed out upon completion.

In order to participate, children must be accompanied by an adult and have a bicycle and a helmet. Big Wheels and non-motorized scooters are also welcome. This event is free and open to the public. In case of rain, the Bike Rodeo will be offered from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 3.

For more information, visit www.WestChesterOH.org or call Officer Berling 513-759-3985.

 

SPRING FLOODING ISSUES

 

When storm water has nowhere else to go due to over saturation, it will cause flooding especially in ditches, drainage channels and low lying areas.

If water appears to be moving, keep your distance. Six inches or more of water can cause loss of control of a passenger vehicle and a foot of water will cause most vehicles to float.

As the rainy season begins, West Chester Township encourages residents to check drainage ways on their property and in the roadway.  Blocked drainage ways on private property can usually be cleared by raking debris away from the drain structure. In the public right-or-way, make note of blocked drainage outlets/inlets and notify West Chester Township through ACTION LINE on WestChesterOH.org. This can be done from any computer including mobile devices.

 

WEST CHESTER REQUIREMENTS
FOR OPEN BURNING


Before putting the backyard fire pit to use, there are a few important things to know about open burning.  

Hamilton County Environmental Services (HCES) regulates Butler County communities with regard to "open burning". The HCES defines open burning as any kind of outdoor fire.  Most are prohibited in Ohio, although there are a few exceptions.

Residents building bonfires, camp fires, and/or using outdoor fireplace equipment must follow certain guidelines, whether they are being used for cooking, pleasure, religious ceremonies or recreation. These requirements include:

· Fires must be fueled by clean firewood, natural gas, or an equivalent material.

· Fires cannot obstruct visibility from road ways or railroad tracks, and burning is prohibited whenever there is an air pollution warning, alert or emergency in effect.

· Fires cannot be in piles larger than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height and must be at least 25 feet away from buildings.  15 feet away from buildings if in an approved container.

· Keep in mind that you are legally responsible for any fire that you start. The fire must be constantly attended by someone who has a means of quickly extinguishing the fire.

· If the fire department receives a complaint regarding a fire, the fire must be extinguished. This includes fires with a permit.

Fires may not be used for waste disposal purposes, because burning yard waste, garbage or leaves can result in air-borne pollutants that may cause irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, headache, loss of coordination and nausea.   To burn yard waste, contact the West Chester Fire Department on the rules related to yard waste fire.

Any other kind of open burning requires a permit, applications for which can be obtained at the West Chester Fire Department located at 9577 Beckett Road, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

 

TAKE COVER WHEN SIRENS SOUND


When sirens are sounded, it is critical that individuals seek shelter immediately due to hazardous weather in the area. The West Chester Fire Department recommends all residents tune into weather reports on television and a battery-operated NOAA weather radio so news of approaching weather can be monitored even during power outages.

The sirens are meant as an immediate warning to take cover and are designed to provide warning to those individuals who are outdoors.

The warning sirens are sounded in West Chester when:

· The National Weather Service issues a tornado warning for all of Butler County

· The National Weather Service issues a tornado warning for the immediate area

· A tornado is spotted in the immediate area by a reputable source.

The Township monitors the latest storm prediction technology available through the National Weather Service in predicting storms and their paths and in determining the appropriate and most effective times for sounding the sirens.


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APRIL SHOWERS SHOULD MAKE YOU THINK SUMP PUMP CLEANING

We have to get through April showers before we get to the May flowers, so homeowners should ensure their sump pumps are maintained and in good working order to protect property from water damage.

Basement flooding tends to occur simultaneously with power outages and heavy spring rains and storms. To ensure your sump pump continues to work during a power outage, consider a battery back-up sump pump or having a qualified electrician hook the sump pump up to a properly installed emergency generator. The installation of an emergency generator must meet all codes for the protection of the homeowner and the power company.

Homeowners should make a practice of checking the sump pump once a month or once a quarter. With the sump pump powered on, fill the sump pit with water to make sure the sump pump float switch is turning on as necessary. It may be necessary to clean debris from the sump pump pit if it is not working properly.

Finally, sump pump drains should not be routed to the curb or right-of-way. Water should drain away from the house and into a ditch or culvert. Sump pumps drained directly to the right-of-way cause deterioration of the curb and create pooling in the roadway damaging asphalt.

KEEP THE PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY CLEAR FOR SAFETY & AESTHETICS

Keeping West Chester's roadways neat and clear of unnecessary items, helps to keep the community looking great, helps maintain property values and prevents dangerous and costly accidents.

Residents are reminded the public right-of-way is protected space and is not intended for placement of signage, landscaping, sports equipment, sprinkler systems, boulders and/or other diversions.

Signs promoting garage sales, as well as lost pets and business enterprises are also not permitted on utility poles, street sign posts or anywhere else within the public right-of-way. Inappropriately displayed signs may be removed and disposed of by Township crews.

West Chester Township secures public right-of-ways according to Ohio Revised Code 5571.14. The right-of-way is protected primarily for the safety of motorists and residents.

Placement of play equipment in the right-of-way encourages children to play in the roadway which presents a dangerous situation. Large boulders, signage and other items in the right-of-way can impair visibility for motorists.

Various jurisdictions and agencies are responsible for maintaining some items which are permitted in the right-of-way such as, street signs, utilities, curbs and roadways. Their work can be restricted by personal items placed within this public space.

The right-of-way in most residential communities is identified as 30 feet from the center line of the roadway; this may vary slightly and can be verified by reviewing individual property records. Corners of roadway intersections are popular for temporary signage, but these corners are also protected as part of the public right-of-way.

To better understand right-of-way on your property and/or to seek a permit for placement of something within the right-of-way, contact West Chester Community Development at 777-4214.