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Are Deerfield Twp Trustees Avoiding Recorded Public Meeting about “Downtown Deerfield”?

 

Heads up, Deerfield Township, Ohio residents.

Are you aware of the development plans well underway in your community?   “Introducing Downtown Deerfield…”

Current Township trustees have scheduled a second pivotal community informational meeting regarding their plans for “Downtown Deerfield”, which replaces their original plan to develop Kingswood Park on the site of the former Kingswood Golf Course on Irwin Simpson Road.

Meeting Details:

Wednesday, November 29

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Fire Station 57

3435 US-22, Loveland, OH 45140

 

However, the devil’s in the details.

This proposed meeting format is a significant departure from typical township meetings, usually held at the Township Administration Building, 4900 Parkway Drive, Suite 150, Mason.

Trustees have scheduled a second offsite informational meeting, well away from the lens of meeting room cameras and taxpayer purchased recording equipment, which results in the meeting being unavailable online as a public record, for future viewing or reference.

The September 25 public information meeting was set up in the fire station bay, with interactive stations for small group Q&A, poster boards, and Post-It notes to be used for comments for the developers.

Yes, Post-It Notes.

Deerfield Twp Meeting 9.25.17

No, this was not an elementary school science fair.

Could this “meeting” format be a cleverly designed strategy to minimize public reaction and input, decrease visibility and strength of constituents opposed to “Downtown Deerfield”, and shield Trustees from constituent interaction, and public reaction?

IF this meeting date, place and time is planned to inform, educate, and elicit the most participation and feedback from the community, then why the following:

  • 5:30 PM meeting time on a weekday is inconvenient for families just getting off work/school
  • Fire Station 57 is not centrally located in the township.
  • The meeting cannot be recorded and won’t be made available online – unless special arrangements are made.
  • Fire Station 57 has limited available parking, which is plentiful at the Township Administration Building
  • Individual “interactive” Q&A stations do not allow Trustees and attendees to hear ALL other comments, questions, and answers, therefore messaging, community reaction, and comments are effectively diluted and less impactful.

The Trustees are elected by the voters of Deerfield Township. Their salaries are paid by the taxpayers of Deerfield Township.

Is this meeting tactic one of elected officials striving for transparency and community participation? Maybe the trustees’ lack of responsiveness to community input regarding The Grand in 2013 was not an aberration.

Chris Romano, Dan Corey, and the trustees should be urged to reschedule this crucial public meeting at the Township Administration building, at a more convenient time , where it can be recorded and posted online, and community participants have the opportunity to simultaneously hear all the same information.

Deerfield Trustees can be contacted at the administrative offices by phone or online

 

“All politics is local” (Tip O’Neill)

Deerfield Township Public meeting 9.25.17

Deerfield Township 9.25.17

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Ohio’s Founding of America Curriculum Assessments Face Elimination by State Board of Education – Your Calls Urgently Needed

 

Well.  THAT didn’t take long…Kasich signs SB165

Leftists, liberals, and progressives never give up.   They work tirelessly, incrementally to continue advancing their agenda.

Are liberals on the Ohio State School Board trying to eliminate American History and American Government standards for Ohio students?

On April 3, 2012, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed Senate Bill 165 (SB165), The Founding Documents Bill,  into law, and with it, the Founding of America Documents curriculum, which includes The U.S. Constitution, The Declaration of Independence, The Bill of Rights, the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers, The Northwest Ordinance, and The Ohio Constitution for students in grades 8-12 with a required end-of-course exam.

On Monday, September 18 and Tuesday, September 19, 2017, The Ohio State Board of Education will meet to reconsider Ohio’s constitutional curriculum passed less than six years ago. On the agenda, a resolution proposing removal of the required end-of-course testing, AND with it, the need for teaching instruction in constitutional studies.

The Ohio General Assembly would have to approve the proposed changes to state-mandated testing, according to the ODE.

The Ohio State Board of Education 24-member “committee” has recommended changes to statewide testing requirements which will ELIMINATE the high school American government assessment for all Ohio high school students. Board members will be asked to vote on this elimination Monday, September 18 and Tuesday, September 19.

PLEASE contact Ohio State Board of Education members at (614) 728-2754 and tell them to VOTE NO on the resolution and KEEP the Founding of America curriculum and end-of-course exam.  Liberals know if they control our children’s education, they control the future direction of our country.

The U.S. Constitution was signed 230 years ago on this day in 1787…how many Americans have actually read it?

We’ve all seen the “man on the street” interviews with college students and adults who have absolutely NO clue how to answer basic questions about American history, American government, or our elected representatives!  Sad, but true.  Do not let this be the case for students in Ohio.

Ohio students must be proficient in constitutional studies, and American history and government in order to understand our representative republic, its founding principles and documents, branches of government, and our rights as U.S. citizens to prevent further encroachment and erosion of our liberty, and indeed, restore it.

“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”  – Edmund Burke

“But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored.
Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” ~John Adams

For more information and links about Saving Founding of American Documents Curriculum in Ohio, visit the Ohio Christian Alliance website.

 

 

Ohio Senator Kris Jordan Introduces Smart Meter Consent Bill

Ohio Senator Kris Jordan (R)Ohio energy customers may soon have something to cheer in the ongoing battle for consumer rights and protection.

Ohio Senator Kris Jordan (R-Powell) introduced Senate Bill 181 on September 3. 

If passed, SB 181 would “require electric distribution utilities to obtain a customer’s consent prior to installing a smart meter on the customer’s property.”   Continue reading

Voter Turnout Tells the Story of Deerfield Township’s August 6 Police Levy

Deerfield Township Administration signVoter participation for special elections is notoriously low.  Tuesday, August 6 was no exception.

Voter turnout numbers for Deerfield Township Sheriff’s levy are extremely illustrative. Continue reading

Deerfield Township Holds Questionable Distinction While Asking Taxpayers for More Police Funds

Warren County/Deerfield TwpDeerfield Township ranks first amongst Warren County townships with a dubious distinction. 

That’s right.  Number one.

As Ohioans across the state prepare to vote on local issues in Tuesday’s August 6 special elections, there’s a final thought to consider. Continue reading

Should Deerfield Township Taxpayers Hand Over More Money to Trustees?

Keep Deerfield Safe signSummer evokes images of family vacations, trips to the pool, picnics, back to school shopping, and… elections?

This Tuesday, August 6, Ohioans will cast their votes in special elections.  For those with issues on the ballot, absentee voting has been underway since early July. Continue reading

Campaign Treasurer for Warren County Sheriff Supports Deerfield Township Police Levy

Deerfield Township Sheriff PostDeerfield Township’s Police Levy is the topic of a letter to the editor at Cincinnati.com.  

After over a year of discussion, Deerfield trustees voted in March to place a police levy on the ballot in the August Special election. (Video 1:09:10)

Questions about the timing of the Sheriff’s levy, taxpayer costs for a special election, and low voter participation have been publicly and privately raised with township trustees and administration.

Mary Jo Kubicki, treasurer of Warren County Sheriff Larry Sims’ re-election campaign, wrote a letter to the editor posted on June 5.

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