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Signs of spring growing in Lawrenceburg PDF Print E-mail
Written by Erika Schmidt Russell   
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 8:46 PM

Signs of spring are popping up all over. Some of those signs are actual signs and others are routine topics at city meetings.
Lawrenceburg’s dog park will be getting a sign naming it in honor of Gus a well known dog-about-town, but first spring had to

come and now the quotes for the sign must be for “apples and apples.” The budget was set at $2,000, but two very different types of signs were quoted as revealed during the Lawrenceburg park board meeting Monday, May 6.

A sign quote by The Sign Store featured a Corian sign that was pretty much “bullet proof, paint proof, marker proof,” while the sign quote from Sign-A-Rama was for a conventional sign.

The park board voted to have both companies requote for the sign using the same specs and materials.

The park board also approved signs on the concession stands at the Todd-Creech Park Little League fields, and encouragement to have the grass cut at the Little League fields twice a week due to recent rain, and if weather allows.

Cutting the grass also was on the agenda for the Lawrenceburg Board of Works. City building inspector Carl Fryman wanted to know how long residents should have to cut their grass after they were notified by certified letter.

Some property owners responded immediately to the letter and cut the grass, said Fryman, adding others have not.

BOW member Donnie Bryant asked if the weather might have hampered people’s ability to mow and how many properties are vacant or foreclosures.

Fryman said some are empty lots, some are foreclosures, and councilman and BOW member Bill-Bill Bruner interjected “some are residents who have not mowed.”

The city ordinance does not have a number of days to comply after receiving the certified letter, said Fryman, adding he thinks five days after receiving the letter should be plenty of time to mow.

The city can have the grass cut and then put a lien on the property for the cost, he added.
Broadband & more

Lawrenceburg’s utility board signed a pole use agreement and a service agreement with Cincinnati Bell. The telecommunications company had approached the cities of Greendale and Lawrenceburg about supplying businesses with broadband services.
The agreements were tabled in April, pending a revision and a decision by Greendale, said Lawrenceburg Utilities Director Mel Davis.

While the fi-optic service will be for businesses Davis and Greendale officials are hoping the competition to supply Internet, phone and cable services for business customers spills over into the residential sector.

Once the Cincinnati Bell service has been installed, “I encourage folks to call them and urge them to supply residential services,” so people can get the lowest possible rate, said Davis.

City council OK’d the city being a sponsor for the Ripley-Ohio-Dearborn Special Olympics Fire Truck Pull Saturday, June 15. Lawrenceburg Fire Chief Johnnie Tremain said the department supplies the truck, and is involved in other ways as well.
Council also approved changing the fees for the city garbage cans. The first can will cost a resident $20 and the second can will be the full price the city has to pay, $60. Mayor Dennis Carr noted the city garbage cans are “nice and tend to leave the city.”
In other business council discussed appointments to the 10-county grant program committee as well as a revolving loan fund committee that hopefully will help re-write guidelines and an ordinance establishing the fund can be passed this year.