|West Chester eNewsletter - July 2014|
|CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY BY PRACTICING 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:
West Chester Fire and Police departments encourage all residents to use common sense safety during their holiday celebrations. FOR MORE INFORMATION.
2014 INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM
"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
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
The West Chester Fire Department encourages these safety tips to prevent cooking fires:
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.