Category Archives: Local Politics

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

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  

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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Deerfield Township Trustee: “I Understand Your Concern, But…”

Deerfield Township LimitAlexis De Touqueville’s quote bears repeating.  “We get the government we deserve.”  So it goes in the Kabuki Theater of power and government – even at the local level.

Deerfield Township trustees continued the May 7 public hearings for a major PUD modification at the June 4 meeting – a seeming reprise of talking points and explanations in the face of unanimous opposition from township residents in attendance (video).

To most, this is not sexy or interesting stuff, but illustrates a larger point. Continue reading

North COAST’s Deerfield Levy Letter to Trustees

Deerfield Township signThe following letter was sent to Deerfield Township Trustees on April 28, 2013.

Dear Township Trustees,

We are writing to express concerns about your decision to place a levy on the August ballot. North Coast agrees Public Safety is the top priority of Township Government but we have concerns with the path the Trustee’s are taking. Continue reading

Deerfield Twp Trustees Timing of August Sheriff’s Levy Will Cost Extra?

Deerfield TownshipIn politics as in life, timing is everything.  So is strategy and cost for a single issue special election for the Deerfield Township police levy in August.

Voters in one of Warren County’s largest townships will be asked to decide whether to raise property taxes and keep current levels of police staffing at 25 or cut the current number of deputies to 15.  Continue reading

Rep. Beck Faces Constituents on Obamacare in Ohio

No KasichCareIt was a bit of political theater with an unexpected twist and a huge dose of public policy for wonks – an example of local politics and the effectiveness of grassroots in action.  Chris Littleton was guest speaker at a meeting in Rep. Peter Beck’s district to present “A Case against KasichCare”, a plan to block Governor Kasich’s proposal to voluntarily advance Obamacare in Ohio.

Stacks of precinct walk lists, maps, KasichCare flyers, sign-up sheets, phone lists, scripts, and postcards were prepared and organized – ready to paper Beck’s district. Continue reading

Groundswell Against KasichCare Gains Momentum in Rep. Stautberg’s Backyard

CETP Stop Medicaid Expansion Mtg. 3.21.13A huge turnout of eighty or so gathered at the 21st Century Theater in Oakley Square for a Medicaid Expansion Mobilization meeting  –  in State Representative Peter Stautberg’s own backyard.

Concerned citizens and opponents of Medicaid expansion from Stautberg’s district and surrounding counties came to learn strategies to defeat Republican Governor John Kasich’s budget plan in the state legislature and urge a “no” vote from Rep. Stautberg.  Continue reading