Proposed Tethering Law

One of the most frequent complaints received by the Village is in regards to barking dogs!  Not too long ago, a resident sent me information pertaining to the tethering of dogs outside and asked if the Village could pursue such legislation.  I am pleased to report that the Laws & Rules Committee of Council has been reviewing proposed tethering legislation and the Committee intends to forward an ordinance to the full Council next month for their consideration.

Under the new law, a dog could not be tethered outside:

1)         for more than six (6) hours in a twenty-four (24) hour period;

2)         between the hours of 10 pm and 7 am;

3)         when the owner or keeper is not home;

4)         in any area where there is an accumulation of feces or other waste, insect infestation, rodent infestation, foul odor, or another unsanitary or dangerous condition within the radius of the tether;

5)         or if there is a heat or cold advisory or a severe weather warning.

There are other stipulations, as well.  For example, a tether could be no shorter than 10 feet in length, or less than four times the length of the dog’s body.  The dog must not be able to cross a property line.

All too often when the Police respond to a barking dog call, the dog is either no longer out or is no longer barking.  To take any action the Police must be able to witness/hear the dog barking.  However, with the new law, if it is between the hours of 10 PM and 7 AM, there is an obvious violation and it will not be necessary to hear the dog barking.

The new law will also protect “man’s best friend” from careless neglect in severe weather.

 

Greenhills will be a busy place in 2018!

There are a lot of projects being discussed and planned. At the top of the list is our housing initiative on the west side of Winton. A project originally presented in the Greenhills 2009 Comprehensive Plan is finally coming to fruition! With the completion of demolition in the “C” block will come the task of seeking a qualified developer to build the new homes in our Historic District.  We will be taking our time to track down the right developer for the job!

Also underway is the design work for the new K-6 school building that will be constructed in Greenhills.  The new school will be on the site of the existing Middle School on Farragut Road. Construction is anticipated to start in 2019 and open for classes in 2021.

During 2018 the Greater Cincinnati Water Works will be designing a new 8” water main project that will take place on the east side of Winton.  Streets included are: Ireland, Illona, Japonica, and Junefield from Ireland to just south of Japonica.

This year the Home Improvement Repair Fund returns! This popular program helps property owners make exterior repairs to their homes.  Historic renovations are encouraged with a grant amount up to $5,000. Details of the program should be out by late March.

This year brings the opening of new ADA-compliant restrooms and pathway in the Village’s recreation complex, thankfully replacing port-o-lets!  Users of the golf course, picnic shelter and playground will appreciate this new amenity!

Weekly Highlights (Jan. 16-19)

Demolition Update:

If you have been following the progress of the demolition in the “C” block, you know that 2 of the 4 buildings have now been totally removed and graded.  The building at 25/35 Chalmers has been torn down as of today; removal of the debris will begin next week.

New Restroom Facilities and Pathway

The new facilities – located near the golf course and picnic shelter – are nearing completion!  The new restroom and pathway will be a tremendous asset to our recreational facilities in this area!

2018 Season at the Greenhills Golf Course

The Greenhills Golf Course will be ready for the 2018 season!  This week we were fortunate to find a candidate with extensive experience in golf course maintenance. We are excited about the possibilities!  Let this be the year you join the golf course.  We have simplified the memberships – having a rate of just $150 per member  if you are a resident of Greenhills, and a rate of just $200 if you are a non-resident.   Membership applications are now available on the Village website.

Snow Removal

Snow removal over the last week has kept the Service Department busy!  We appreciate the compliments from the residents for a job well done by the Service crew!

How Did We Get the “Green” in Greenhills?

The answer is: our unique GREENBELT!  Did you know Greenhills is one of three federally planned and constructed greenbelt communities in the nation? The other two greenbelt communities are Greenbelt, Maryland and Greendale, Wisconsin.  Planned and constructed by the federal government in the 1930’s, the purpose of the greenbelt project was to 1) supply jobs, and 2) offer an escape from the congested inner city neighborhoods through the construction of a small town with plenty of park-like areas surrounded by a greenbelt.

I find it interesting that of the three greenbelt communities, Greenhills is the only one that has maintained its greenbelt. According to our Comprehensive Plan, our greenbelt encompasses approximately 270 acres, representing 30% of our land area. The Hamilton County Park District is the biggest owner of our greenbelt.

The greenbelt offers a very unique quality to our community.  Not only is it a natural buffer of greenery, it also protects from encroaching development.

The concept of greenbelt is often misunderstood:

> Some think any green space or park in the Village is greenbelt – but it is not. In Greenhills, we actually have a zoning district entitled: greenbelt. That district – for the most part – encircles the community.

> Some think it must be publicly owned for it to be greenbelt – but it does not.  Approximately 90 home owners in Greenhills own greenbelt land.  The benefit to those homeowners is that their park-like surroundings will not change over time.

> Some think that if they own greenbelt land they can use it as they please – but they cannot. The only uses that are currently permitted in the Greenbelt zone (whether publicly or privately owned) include public park reservation and playgrounds, public recreational buildings, allotment gardens (now known as community gardens), farms, nurseries and gardens; public utilities; bus passenger stations; or signs erected by public authorities.

> Some think that if they consolidate their parcels into one it will change the zoning to residential – but it will not.  And don’t be confused by the County Auditor’s website indicating your greenbelt land is “residential.” The Auditor’s notation is only indicating the use for which the land is being taxed – not identifying the zoning.

> It may interest you to know that any changes to the text of the greenbelt zoning district can only occur if approved by the voters of Greenhills.

Click here to check the Greenhills Zoning map on our website to see the locations of greenbelt parcels.

Greenbelt is not identified in property deeds so if you have recently moved to Greenhills you may not know if you own greenbelt land.  To find out, contact the Greenhills Municipal Offices at 513-825-2100.