A Note from the Community Council President

Spring has arrived!

As I look out the window I see that spring is once again visiting the valley. My grass has turned quite green and during the recent rainstorm I saw a river of water running down my driveway towards the street.

As many of you know, the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) has been ordered by the EPA to reduce combined sewer overflows into the Mill Creek by 2018. As a result a project has begun to separate storm and sewage sewers and return the Lick Run to a historic state

The media company Numediacy visited our council and spent many days in the area gathering photo footage and interviewing people about South Fairmount. They helped create “Too Shallow for Diving, the Weight of Water”, a multimedia presentation currently showing at the Weston Art Gallery adjacent to the Aronoff Center, free to the public.

What you may not know is that the City Department of Transportation plans to increase the number of traffic lanes on Westwood Avenue and make it a two way boulevard with seven lanes. This will require the demolition of all the existing homes on the south side of Westwood Ave. between the Western Hills Viaduct and White Street. In addition Queen City Avenue would be changed to a two way street with one lane in either direction and parking on one side of the road.

David Mann, the Vice Mayor, is planning to attend our next meeting on the 14th of April. I would like to see many attend and share their views on this project.

We are currently working to have a spring party day in Shadwell Park. It would likely involve food, games and a walking tour of the areas to be affected by the MSD project. We are still looking for ideas so please stop by the Council meeting and let us know your thoughts.

In closing. the City Sanitation Department is changing garbage collection schedules so that Fridays can be used to help clean problem dumping sites. On April 24th they will target South Fairmount. If you would like to help with the coordination please let us know at southfairmountcouncil@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you in the near future.

Jim Casey

President, South Fairmount Community Council