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  1. WWWarrior added a post in a topic Greenhills...From Caviar to Pork Rinds   

    Regulate something that doesn't exist?
    Treat the entire Village as a historic site and not just the part of it that is?
    One of my great fears is that those properties that have been "blessed" as "historic" will be hamstringed with "social or political activism regulations" ex. the color of paint, the style of door, the landscape, etc. and will be over-lorded those who claim to know better because they're activists.  Your life, your lifestyle, your individual freedoms, are now challenged by self-proclaimed activists who seem to want to run everyone's life.  No, Utopia is a made place or a crossroad in the middle of a Nevada desert or among the cornfields of Southern Illinois. A trip to Greendale, WI or Greenbelt, MD will easily convince you that they shed the Depression era "craftsmenship" long ago for the benefit of the community. Do you not know the Greenbelt is the home of a large NASA research facility and 10's of thousands of residents? Greendale has the largest shopping mall in Wisconsin?  In Greendale, where after learning the mistakes from building Greenbelt & Greenhills units without benefit of an attached garage, those tiny garages have now largely been turned into living space (family rooms and larger kitchens). Two family units have regularly been turned into larger, fancy one family homes.  Well, there goes history.  Yet all I hear from activists are we need to be more like them !
    Like it or not, we live in a community, not a museum.  It is not a perfect community and it has both its charm and its challenges. While it is very important to recognize our past, it is also important recognize that we can't relive that history.  While you may feel we should, I respectfully disagree.

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  2. WWWarrior added a post in a topic Greenhills...From Caviar to Pork Rinds   

    I have to agree with Bryan M as I really hadn't noticed this to be a growing problem.  RV's on the older West side of the Village could and would be generally problematic.  Frankly, parking for just normal vehicles is an issue there.
    So, I embarked on a rather non-scientific drive-by count of RV's on the East side streets yesterday.  I came up with a total of nine recreational vehicles (including a john boat on trailer on Julep, which based upon the amount of rain lately, could be just being prepared).  All were parked on hard surface as required, one on Ireland actually behind the house.  So.....nine out of say 650ish residents does not seem to be the invasion level of RV's suggested.  Activist, huh? 
    As long as the RV's are not on the street, blocking foot traffic excessively, they are not a legal issue.  The only concentration of units occurred on Carini with two being across the street from on another.  So, my instinct from posting many years here on Junedale tells that "perhaps" someone is trying to needle someone about their RV
    So why would an "activist" be driving around looking for issues to complain about?  Why would they be so concerned that they would be "defamed", of course just after they got done defaming some neighbors????  The "elite" and their undervalued homes??   Hmmm....let me ponder that point?
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  3. WWWarrior added a topic in General Discussion   

    EXTENDED - Spring Clean Up
    OK, OK........will this crazy weather ever change???
    Greenhills "Spring Clean Up" Leaf Collection

    The Village of Greenhills Service Department
    will also collect leaves between April 16th-20th.

    Each Greenhills street will get at least one pass by the leaf truck.  To ensure your leaves are collected, please have them raked into neat piles along the right-of-way prior to April 16th.  Avoid raking leaves into street gutters where they may clog storm drains or behind parked cars where the leaf truck cannot reach.

    After April 20th, you may bag leaves for collection by Rumpke on the regular collection day.
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  4. WWWarrior added a post in a topic Complaints Against Property Values   

    Several well known names in either the Bayham area or Ligorio/Carini areas, then some properties on Avenell.  It seems the intent was to target both them and their neighbors, judging from the person's email indicating their intent to attend the meeting.  A rough count of residents attending the meeting was about 60. A great majority still didn't really understand what and why it had happened.  The meeting was chaired by the Village Manager and was intended to give those residents information on best how to proceed to counter-claim the complaint to the County Board of Revisions.  No representative from the County was present.
    Of the 76 complaint properties filed with the county before the March 31st deadline, 74 were for substantial increases.  Two were for decreases, properties of the person complaining and one other property in the "D" section.
    Besides the apparent targeting of past and present Village officials, the person filing the complaints offered justification for their action as a way to increase property tax income for both the Village and the School District  (one assumes shared blame).  Unfortunately for the those two folks who asked for decreases, any such increases they were proposing would not provide the "WINDFALL" they claimed.  School levies and Village levies are voted upon and are a specific dollar amount that do not increase with higher values.  This has been long standing law in the State of Ohio for nearly 50 years. Voted millage is called Outside Millage and represents the great majority of anyone's property tax bill. There is a small provision in what's called the 10 Mil Inside Millage that does float with assessed values.
    In this case, if in some really bad dream the $2.5 Million of increased value being claimed were to proceed (which is unlikely but affected residents still have to go through the process of counter-claim) the Inside Millage would generated $2,678 for the Village and about $11,000 for the schools......certainly not a "Windfall",  Both amounts pale in comparison the amount of time, effort, cost of hearings, etc. that this whole effort by one person has caused.  Certainly, the County Auditor's office never intended the Board of Revision to be used to be "weaponized" for neighbors to attack neighbors in such manner.  I suspect that some new filing guidelines are forthcoming at the County in the future.
    The Village intends to assist in whatever way with the 74 property owners in their counter-claims, assuming all do not wish to have there assessed/taxed property values increased over and above what the County has already calculated and does for the entirety of Hamilton County.
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  5. WWWarrior added a topic in Neighborhood news   

    Complaints Against Property Values
    Residents, it has come to the Village’s attention that a private citizen has filed complaints against the property values of various homes in the Village of Greenhills.   If you have received a letter from the Hamilton County Board of Revisions entitled “Notice of Intent” or “Complaint Against the Valuation of Real Property” and are unsure how to proceed, please contact Amy Humphrey with the Hamilton County Auditor at 513-946-4031 or by email at amy.humphrey@auditor.hamilton-co.org .  The Village is not involved in this process or the complaints being made.  However, we encourage you to take this notice seriously as it may ultimately result in a change in your property value.  It is in your best interest to follow up with the County for additional information related to this notice.  You have 30 days from the date of the letter to take action.
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  6. WWWarrior added a topic in Neighborhood news   

    Special Meeting Tuesday 7:30
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  7. WWWarrior added a post in a topic Complaints Against Property Values   

    Let me help you out, this certain individual resident of the Village requested in the months of December and January, 18 separate requests for public records, covering 70 different subjects, usually requesting all documentation back to the year 2000 to present (in other words the last 20 years).  Again,  this just for just  2 months, as this resident has had a substantial history in making such requests over many years and many times for the same information.
     Current Ohio and federal law allows for public records requests and they should be available.  However, at what point does such numerous requests fall into the category of taunting and, frankly, “paper terrorism”.  What is the cost to the taxpayers in Village staff time and materials to comply with such requests?  And to what purpose except to cost the Village tens of thousands of dollars, your dollars.
    At the same time, the recent demolition of vacant, beyond repair and uninhabitable Village owned properties, was held up by subsequently denied and thrown out multiple court filing requests by this same individual, causing the Village to defend itself in five separate hearings  and to spend even  thousands of dollars more to defend ourselves, involve the time of the Greenhills police at various times, interrupt contractors working for the Village under legal contracts, and involve federal  agencies  from the EPA and the National Park Service making claims that just weren’t true.  Again, what is the purpose?  What is the cost to the taxpayers in legal fees, increased insurance costs, and property taxes on distressed property that should and will be developed into compatible, consistent, and habitable properties in an important part of the Village.
    A reasonable person would have to wonder the intent not only because of these actions.   The public name calling and character assassination on social media, grandstanding at council meetings (not standing for the opening prayer, the silliness of “taking a knee” during the pledge of allegiance, standing in front of the audience during the entire council meeting (one assumes to be on camera), let alone the interruptions, inaccurate and at times insulting public comments).  A reasonable person would also need to consider what drives a person to be disowned from the historical interests (GH Historical Society) they claim to represent and banned from at least two local public discussion websites because they just can’t help themselves.
    What drives a person to be this bitter and shameless?   Now this resident has chosen to involve seventy some neighbors in her twisted view of the world. Shame.
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  8. WWWarrior added a topic in General Discussion   

    April Spring Leaf Collection

    Greenhills "Spring Clean Up" Leaf Collection

    The Village of Greenhills Service Department
    will collect leaves between April 9th - 13th.

    Each Greenhills street will get at least one pass by the leaf truck.  To ensure your leaves are collected, please have them raked into neat piles along the right-of-way prior to April 9th.  Avoid raking leaves into street gutters where they may clog storm drains or behind parked cars where the leaf truck cannot reach.

    After April 13th, you may bag leaves for collection by Rumpke on the regular collection day.
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  9. WWWarrior added a post in a topic Complaints Against Property Values   

    The Board of Revisions received 76 complaints filed by this one person.  The intent was to raise the taxes of these property owners, with the exception of her own which, she file to lower.
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  10. WWWarrior added a topic in Neighborhood news   

    GH Pool and Golf Memberships 2018
    Pool and Golf Memberships Now Available!!!
     2018 Memberships for the Greenhills Swimming Pool and the Greenhills Golf Course are now being accepted! 
    For the Pool application please click here. 
    For the Golf application please click here. 
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  11. WWWarrior added a topic in Neighborhood news   

    Greenhills Seeking Developer
    Greenhills is seeking a developer to construct new single-family homes on a number of vacant sites throughout the Greenhills Historic District. Greenhills had conceptual renderings prepared to help developers visualize what it is we are looking for. New homes will be required to incorporate historic elements of original buildings in the Historic District.  New construction must respect the defining elements that led to Greenhills being designated a National Historic Landmark. Those elements include the layout of the streets, taking advantage of the existing topography, maintaining green space, staggering setbacks, etc. 
    Here are some concept images of what is envisioned:
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  12. WWWarrior added a topic in Neighborhood news   

    Is It Time To Designate A Local Historic District
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  13. WWWarrior added a topic in Neighborhood news   

    Q & A on Demolition
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  14. WWWarrior added a post in a topic The Snow Blower Guy Recognition   

    Sounds like their name is "Putts".   Carry one "TD" !!!!  Let it snow !
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  15. WWWarrior added a post in a topic Jan. 2018 Beer Klub BARLEYWINES   

    A big thank you to Kovu and fam for hosting.  All I can say is "cheese and crackers" were those barleywines good.  Not only were we giggling by the 3 or 4th entry, but a couple of you knuckleheads forgot to write down scores, which makes the Kommish's job on a fuzzy morning a bit more interesting.  Whatever the average was for the other scores were was what I plugged in.  There was rash talk about meeting at Brink for February and JED hosting in March.  We'll see if that holds up.
    TotalPlace    London Balling - English BarleywineKovu42.61 *Against The Grain   Pastry Life Uncle #141.53 *Listermann   2014 Killer PenguinWWW #135.89 *Boulder   Hog Heaven Blade Runner 139.754 *Avery   Panic SwitchBlade Runner 238.256 *Platform/ Wolf's Ridge    Old Ruffian Barrel Aged Series 2016WWW #239.055 * Great Divide   Old Numbskull Uncle #2368 *Alesmith   Barrel ProjectJED41.752 * Kees   BarleywineBR#337.57 *Brink 
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  16. WWWarrior added a post in a topic Fictional Greenhills Brewery & Fictional Beers   

    Ahhh yeah.....funding.....always that f-word.
    Look, to your point, a properly capitalized establishment will work in the Village.  However, you have to find the sweet spot beyond the Butt Shack's of world who can't stay put as they are always looking for the next best place (leaving a community that supported them well.... high and dry) and outfits like (I'm only surmising) Dream's Pizza that can't afford to properly remodel the space, probably won't be able to survive long term and already fighting with the landlord.  How many times do we have to hear that story.
    Laying out a big slug of cash (to do it right) and having to plan to lose money for the next 2-3 years before making a real profit is a tough pill to swallow. (Let alone be responsible 24/7). Microbrews and the "drink locally, think globally" ideal can be a winning combo.
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  17. WWWarrior added a topic in Neighborhood news   

    GH Natural Gas Aggregation Program

    Village of Greenhills Natural Gas Aggregation
    The Village of Greenhills is excited to announce that we have renewed natural gas aggregation for two years with IGS Energy.  Residents and businesses enrolled in the program receive competitive rates for natural gas.  Over the last 45 months, the Village natural gas aggregation rate has been lower than Duke Energy's rate.

    If you are currently enrolled in the program and wish to remain enrolled, you're all set!  No action is needed if you currently enjoy the aggregation's competitive pricing. 

    If you aren't enrolled, you can sign up by calling IGS directly at 1-877-353-0162.  Be sure to mention the Village of Greenhills Community Aggregation.  Pay close attention to any contract obligations you may have with your existing supplier, including termination fees.

    Newly eligible account holders who receive their gas supply from Duke Energy will also receive a notice from IGS Energy explaining the rate formula, terms and conditions, and various means of opting out of the Village’s aggregation program.  Please read it carefully before making your decision.  These accounts will be added to the program unless they opt out as explained in the letter.  

    If you have questions about the aggregation program, you may contact IGS directly at 1-877-353-0162.

    Don't forget to visit the newly launched blog from Municipal Manager Evonne Kovach at: https://greenhillsmanager.blog!
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  18. WWWarrior added a topic in Neighborhood news   

    Village Manager Blog

     From the desk of the Municipal Manager

    I'm excited to announce the debut of a blog intended for all who are interested in learning more about what's going on in the Village of Greenhills!  The blog will provide detailed information about projects and in-depth perspective about the operation of Greenhills' municipal government.  Keep reading to stay up-to-date on what's going on in the community!  I want you to feel informed, excited and proud of the work your Village is doing!  Thank you for checking my blog, and I hope you will stop back often!

    Click here to read the latest: https://greenhillsmanager.blog/

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  19. WWWarrior added a post in a topic Fictional Greenhills Brewery & Fictional Beers   

    Oh Soccer Dad, you have hit upon subject that has confounded certain members of this discussion board for years.  Alas, the lack of capital, fortitude, and follow through has pretty much missed the opportunity wave this could have been before the market got so crowded with micros.  There was even discussion of a "Growler Garage", a growler fill site (of course you could have a pint while waiting) that would offer a space for those who have collector cars to show/store their cars allowing others to appreciate them while having a brew.  It would be sort of free entertainment, public service and theme (hook) to attract folks.  But......as you know, day jobs, lack of free time, money and remaining married to your spouse seem to be immediate drawbacks.
    Here are a couple of names I came up with:
    Pioneer Pilsner
    Charger Ale
    Springfield Stout
    Warrior IPA (using what else, Warrior hops)
    let alone your Hop Bombers Double IPA, perhaps a "Bacon" infused Porter, a Lancer  (OK, gave up on that one).
    Styles celebrating local and infamous personalities from the past and present. Radar Walt comes to mind.
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  20. WWWarrior added a post in a topic The Snow Blower Guy Recognition   

    I'm pretty sure that's what Dave did, the ol' "civic duty" tactic. God, Country, Family, and cleaned off sdiewalks  (apple pie and Chevrolet come in at some point)
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  21. WWWarrior added a topic in Neighborhood news   

    The Snow Blower Guy Recognition
    It seems every neighborhood has one or at least one.  You know the person nearby who owns a serious snow blower and, when the "white death" warnings actually produce a worthy snowfall, will extend (even preclude) efforts on their own driveway and clear sidewalks for others. Bundled up to the cold, if not to hide their identity, they move without comment up one side and down the other of your street.  Mrs. WWW has even had me deliver fresh baked pies as a thank you to our "Snow Guy" after following his trail home.
    They seem to shun recognition, but only do their duties because they see it has 1) fun, 2) altruistic, or 3) figured out that Return On Investment on this big piece of machinery is greatly enhanced by actually using it more than their own one car driveway.
    Our guy is Dave Stenger, who has taken on this task for years.  I know he prefers the warm weather when he can read a good book on his front porch, keeping 1/2 an eye on the ebb and flow of traffic and a neighbor to say hello.   But he takes pride in his "fun" and it does not go unappreciated.  Thank you Dave !!
    Who's your Snow Blower Guy?
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  22. WWWarrior added a topic in Beer Talk   

    Jan. 2018 Beer Klub BARLEYWINES
    Host:  KOVU
    January 31st  at 7:00PM
    Theme:  Barleywines
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  23. WWWarrior added a post in a topic Important Garbage Collection Info   

  24. WWWarrior added a post in a topic Important Garbage Collection Info   

    Well I would but a recent update to my corporate owned laptop has blocked that site as a "social networking" site.  But feel free to copy there.
    This got over 80 views here.
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  25. WWWarrior added a post in a topic Dec 2017 Beer Klub Holiday/Winter Ales   

    Christmas Ale
    Uncle #1
     *Great Lakes
    Winter Welcome Ale
     *Samuel Smith
    Gingerbread Stout
     *Hardywood Brewing
    Bourbon Barrel GBS
    WWWarrior #2
     *Hardywood Brewing
    Holly Jolly Christmas Ale
     *Fat Head
    4 Elfs Winter Ale
     *Dark Horse
    Egg Nog IPA
    Kovu #1
     *Evil Twin
    Uncle #3
    Blizzard of Hops
    Uncle #4
    Trappist Holiday Ale
    Kovu #2
    1st – Hardywood Bourbon Barrrel GBS   WWW #2 – 5 points
    2nd – Hardywood Gingerbread Stout  WWW #1 – 3 points
    3rd- Dark Horse 4 Elfs  - BeerBob – 1 Point
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