Straight From The Heart – June 15, 2020

William Gibbs-Heard was presented with the Paxton Ranger’s Award by Mayor Bailey. Mr. Gibbs-Heard is a graduating senior at Loveland High School who chose to hold a sock drive for the homeless instead of having a graduation party. His initiative aimed at collecting 2,020 pairs of new socks by June 11.

Just a friendly reminder that the extended tax deadline is July 15.  This deadline applies to 2019 returns and first and second quarter 2020 estimated payments.The Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) collects and distributes income tax for the City of Loveland.  You may access their website at www.ritaohio.com to e-File your return free of charge, download paper forms, and research frequently asked questions.  Residents can pay online to RITA by logging into MyAccount or by phone at 800-860-7482.City of Loveland staff members are also available to prepare your tax return on a walk-in basis.  You will need to provide copies of W-2’s, Federal Forms (Schedule C, Schedule E, 1099 MISC and K-1) and tax returns from other cities.  Credit for tax paid to another city can be taken by Loveland residents up to 1% of those wages.  Please note walk-in assistance will be limited from June 11-June 22nd.    The City of Loveland staff members will be happy to answer any questions you may have concerning the income tax.  Our web site address is www.lovelandoh.gov  and our phone number is 513-707-1452. 

On Tuesday June 9, William Gibbs-Heard was presented with the Paxton Ranger’s Award by Mayor Bailey. Mr. Gibbs-Heard is a graduating senior at Loveland High School who chose to hold a sock drive for the homeless instead of having a graduation party. His initiative aimed at collecting 2,020 pairs of new socks by June 11, which is also his birthday.  Mayor Bailey stated how grateful and impressed she was for Mr. Gibbs-Heard’s efforts in these times of uncertainty and strife. At present, Mr. Gibbs-Heard has collected over 3,000 pairs of socks. The socks collected will be distributed to a variety of local organizations that aid with homelessness.

Temporary parking has been added to the City’s downtown district.  With demand for downtown parking at an all-time, the City has constructed temporary parking spaces on a vacant lot, adjacent to City Hall.  The vacant lot, which will serve as access to the new parking facility along First Street, offers new spaces at a very convenient location.  The surface was constructed using blacktop millings at no cost to the City. Upcoming improvements include the planting of a natural buffer along the adjacent residence.

The project at the TriHealth facility, 10675 Loveland Madeira Road, has been completed. Their facility included permits for alterations that expanded their existing space with additional space for a section that would provide physical therapy services. The project at 115 Karl Brown Way (Bond Warehouse) in the Downtown District, has begun construction on their south sidewalks and entryway to the conference center portion of the building.  The renovations to the building also include the addition of both Mexican and Italian restaurants.

In effort to aid our community restaurants and business to further promote that they are “Open For Business”, those establishments are permitted to advertise by means of temporary banners and/or signs in accordance with Loveland’s Code of Ordinances. Processing fees associated with temporary banners and signs will be waived. The advertisement by means of temporary banners and/or signs is set to expire on August 3, 2020 unless otherwise extended. Additionally, restaurants are permitted to temporarily provide outdoor dining until the COVID-19 pandemic state-wide restrictions on indoor dining capacity are lifted.  Any restaurants seeking to operate outdoor dining shall be required to obtain a Zoning Permit from the Building and Zoning Department and are subject to the Standards outlined in the Loveland Code of Ordinance. Any related processing fees will be waived. Outdoor dining areas are subject to the following development standards:
Outdoor dining areas are permitted in any yard.
Outdoor dining areas shall not be located in such a manner as to require: customers and employees to cross driveways or vehicular use areas; and/or go between the food service area and the principal building.
Outdoor dining areas wider than 10 feet shall be surrounded by decorative railings or fencing that separates the eating area from the sidewalks and/or vehicular traffic.
Umbrellas that shelter diners from the elements shall be secured so as not to create a hazard in windy conditions.
Permanently enclosed outdoor dining areas either by a permanent roof or to expand an existing structure shall meet all the requirements of a building within the applicable zoning district.
Outdoor dining areas shall not include the use of visual electronics including televisions and projecting screens that are visible from the public right-of-way.

Restaurants seeking to implement outdoor dining under the above provisions shall provide a diagram or sketch of the proposed outdoor seating to the Building and Zoning Department for review and ensure that it will not encroach into a public right of way, or block access to a public sidewalk. This provisions for Temporary Outdoor Dining Areas shall remain in full force and effect until thirty (30) days from the date which the temporary restrictions on indoor dining capacity are lifted by the State of Ohio, or the City ordinance is amended, revoked or repealed by City Council, whichever occurs first.

Thanks in part to a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ NatureWorks Program, the restrooms within Nisbet Park received a much-needed facelift.  The $25,685 project included, painting of the building’s interior and exteriors, new roof, skylights, lighting, and exterior doors.  The project also included a new roof for the adjacent picnic shelter and a drinking fountain which will be installed at a later date.With users of the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail growing every year, Nisbet Park and its restrooms are a popular stopping point. The City extends its thanks to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for their grant funds totaling $18,294, which made this project possible. Other recent improvements to Nisbet Park include the repair of the existing lighting located throughout the park and new landscaping which is currently underway. Future plans for the park include the replacement of the small gazebo along the bike trail and upgrades to the entranceway along Karl Brown Way.

As the City of Loveland has initiated its COVID-19 re-opening, please remember that any residential property that is occupied as a rental unit is required to be inspected. The central focus of the Residential Occupancy Inspection Program (ROIP) is to ensure the safe and habitable living conditions of rental units.  Registration and inspection are free of charge and conducted by the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department.  For more information, click here.

On Sunday, June 28, Rooster Ridge will take the stage in Nisbet Park from 6-8 p.m.  Speakers will be positioned in a way to broadcast music throughout the entire park, which will allow concertgoers and bike trail users to enjoy the music and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

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Straight From The Heart – May 15, 2020

Since the closure of City Hall on March 17, City personnel have worked to maintain continual delivery of essential services to our residents and respond to all communications in a quick, timely manner. On Tuesday May 12, and in compliance with State orders, City Hall opened to the public. Hours of operation will be from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  While we strongly recommend the continual utilization of on-line resources and the City Hall drop box option for utility bill payments, walk-in payments will be accepted on May 12.

Since the closure of City Hall on March 17, City personnel have worked to maintain continual delivery of essential services to our residents and respond to all communications in a quick, timely manner. On Tuesday May 12, and in compliance with State orders, City Hall opened to the public. Hours of operation will be from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  While we strongly recommend the continual utilization of on-line resources and the City Hall drop box option for utility bill payments, walk-in payments will be accepted on May 12.Although it is a significantly positive step-forward, this re-opening comes with restrictions to assure the safety of City Staff and all visitors to the building. In accordance with the State of Ohio Stay Safe Order, the following procedures will go into effect commencing May 12: 
Exiting and Entering the Building. We ask that all visitors to City Hall enter from the west side entrance of the building (parking lot) and exit through the south side entrance (West Loveland Ave.);
Specific Hours for At-Risk Populations. Between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 9:00 A.M., City Hall will be dedicated to serve senior citizens and at-risk visitors only;
General Hours of Operation. City Hall will be open from 9:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M. to general, non-At-Risk Populations. City Hall will close at 4:00 P.M. to allow employees to clean their work-spaces and lobby/common areas;
Facial Coverings. Per State orders, City Staff will be wearing facial coverings. Although not required, we recommend that visitors wear facial coverings as a best practice when visiting City Hall;
Visitor Access. Visitor access will be restricted to the main lobby/common areas;
Restroom Access. Access to City Hall building restrooms will not be made available to the public at this time.
Physical Spaces. Social distancing of a minimum of 6 feet between people within the lobby/common areas is required;
Building Occupancy. Occupant capacity within City Hall will be limited to meet social distancing guidelines;
Business Meetings. In-person, face to face meetings with City Staff must be made by appointment in advance and approved by the City Manager.

Just like our residents and businesses, we at City Hall are adjusting to the various restrictions in place.  As a result, health and safety modifications to City Hall are currently underway. These modifications will permanently restrict access to areas outside of the main lobby/common areas, including restroom facilities.  Glass protection has been installed at the Utility and Building Department counters, and sanitizing stations have been added to the lobby/common areas.On behalf of all of City Staff, we greatly appreciate the patience of our residents, business, and other stakeholders as we adjust our operations throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.  We will continue to monitor the evolution of this situation and update our residents as information is made available. We welcome any questions or concerns to be submitted via email at [email protected]

 As part of this year’s capital improvements budget the City of Loveland has installed an AED, Automated External Defibrillator, at the City Clock along the Loveland Bike Trail. The Loveland-Symmes Fire Department has long been promoting a heart smart community with installation of AED’s in public buildings such as schools, churches, and large commercial buildings. This device will be readily available to the public for cardiac emergencies in the Historic District. The cabinet is climate controlled to keep the AED at its peak performance. When the AED is removed from the cabinet the 9-1-1 center is automatically notified and an ambulance is dispatched to the area of the clock. In addition, the City’s 9-1-1 camera system will record the person who is removing the AED in the 9-1-1 Center. “Having an AED on hand during a cardiac emergency will save lives,” stated District Fire Chief Mike Books who is responsible for the Fire Department’s paramedic program. Patients in sudden cardiac arrest have a much better chance of recovery with little or no heart muscle damage. “Learning to use an AED and learning CPR should be everybody’s responsibility,” stated Fire Chief Otto Huber. Our department provides this training to our residents throughout the year. Residents can go to www.lsfd.org to learn more about how you can help to keep our community heart smart.

The City of Loveland’s modified Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) went in effect noon, Saturday, May 9.  For those unfamiliar with what a DORA is, in a nutshell, it permits people to purchase an alcoholic beverage from a local business and consume it outside the liquor establishment provided it is within a specific cup and within specific boundaries.  You may not bring your own alcohol; it must be purchased from a DORA establishment.Previously, the DORA was in effect only during specific events, e.g. July 4, Saint Patrick’s Day, and New Year’s Eve. Through the adoption of legislation on April 28, 2020 by City Council, and authorized by the City Manager, the DORA is now in effect seven days a week, from noon to 11:00 p.m.  This modification runs for a period of sixty days, with the option of an additional sixty-day extension.Why did City Council and the City Manager take this action? Quite simply to help our downtown restaurants recover from the impact of the restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.  By modifying the DORA legislation, the City has expanded the outdoor seating area of each of our downtown restaurants and bars to an area that now includes the boundaries of the DORA.  As restaurants begin to slowly re-open, they will have limited occupancy.  With the amended DORA, restaurants will be able to serve more customers as they will have the option to order food and an alcoholic beverage and utilize various seating areas located within the DORA boundaries.Although unanticipated congregation along portions of West Loveland clearly occurred on the opening of the modified DORA hours, all in all it was a success for our restaurants and our visitors. Also, it is very apparent that we (city staff) needed to make additional modifications to better encourage social distancing while within the DORA boundaries.  As we approach our second weekend with the modified DORA in place, the City has further expanded outdoor seating areas to include the front lawn of City Hall and has secured additional signage to remind visitors to avoid congregating.  Also, some businesses along West Loveland Avenue are modifying how they will be serving their customers to provide for better social distancing.While the modification of the DORA is a positive for the businesses and a welcome escape for so many that have been staying close to home, the City cannot emphasize enough how important it is that visitors to our beautiful downtown district practice social distancing. It is also important to note that all rules regarding the DORA remain in place and we encourage anyone with questions, to please go to our website for more information about the DORA by clicking here.

The Comprehensive Plan is in the second phase of development. A Comprehensive Plan steering committee has been established to provide an outline for business development, traffic, parking, neighborhood preservation, and many other key issues involving the future of the City of Loveland.  Public engagement is strongly encouraged. However, social distancing guidelines and building occupancy restrictions will be in place. As such, viewership will be available via YouTube Live by subscribing to the Loveland, Ohio City Government channel. It is anticipated that the first meeting will be held at the end of June at the Loveland City Hall. In addition to meeting attendance, a brief eleven question Googledocs survey is attached: https://forms.gle/pMVMnRZjDfshofHa9. Participation in this survey will significantly aid in the development of the City’s comprehensive plan.

The Building and Zoning Department is pleased to report amid the pandemic the following development projects continue to move forward:
115 Karl Brown Way (Bond Warehouse) in the Downtown District, has submitted an application for their fire line and water tap permits. Both permits were issued.  The renovations to this building will be adding both a Mexican and Italian restaurant as well as a conference room.
DJ’s Food Mart, located at 320 Loveland-Madeira Road has submitted plans to convert their building into a laundry mat. The plans have been approved.  
The project at the Fischer building in the Commerce Park has completed the addition to their building and has been issued a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy.
TriHealth continues a remodel of their facility with permits for alterations being issued. The alterations include the addition of a physical therapy section.

Please remember that protecting the aesthetics, integrity, vitality, and property values of residential neighborhoods and commercial zones are integral to health, safety, and wellness; and provides a sense of propriety that assists in the growth of personal and community investment.  As springtime approaches in the coming months, here are a couple of tips that will enhance the appearance and value of your home.
Remove and replace loose peeling paint;
Trim back trees or foliage to provide for additional sunlight to exterior mold areas;
Cleaning and removing leaves, branches, and debris regularly from gutters can prevent damage to fascia, soffit, roofing, and in some cases leakage into your home;
Proper storage of vehicles that are inoperable and/or unlicensed; 
Proper storage of lawn equipment, trash, garbage, and refuse; and
Removal of any mold or mildew that may be surfacing on exterior walls 

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Congratulations, Loveland residents! In 2019, we recycled 1,058.57 tons of metal, glass, plastic, and paper. Residents saved resources, conserved energy, and reduced pollution by not sending these items to the landfill.The recycling efforts in Loveland:
Conserved enough energy to power every home in Loveland for 14 days.
Reduced more air pollution than if every household in Loveland rode their bicycle to work for 9 weeks.
Saved 9,141 trees from being harvested.

On average, each household in Loveland recycled 433 pounds in 2019. That’s 20.33% of all the waste we generate. Want to start recycling? Call 683-0150 to request your recycling cart today. Check out the list below to make sure you recycle the correct items.  Have a question about recycling?  Call Hamilton County’s Recycling Hotline at 513-946-7766 or visit HamiltonCountyRecycles.org. 

In 1990, Tim Berner published a proposal about something called the “World Wide Web.” It’s hard to believe how much has changed in 30 years. To those of us that can remember it may seem like a lifetime ago. During National Police Week LPD asks you to pause and honor the extraordinary service of Officer Tim Wilmes who began his law enforcement journey 30 years ago.Tim grew up in Loveland and never left his beloved hometown. He worked at a Loveland business while working his way through college and began his career with the LPD family in May, 1990. Over the years Tim became active on the bike team, as a field trainer, and managing the LPD fleet. He is often affectionately referred to as “fleet services” by his friends in the LPD family and still serves as “fleet services” today. It was during his time in fleet services that his love of the Ford Crown Victoria grew. Today, Tim is famous for patrolling town in his Crown Vic! But it is Tim’s passion for his community, and keeping it safe, that we are all the most thankful for. Although Loveland has changed quite a bit in 30 years, Tim is always a constant reminder to us that we exist to provide the very best service for our community. And that is what keeps LPD, and Loveland, so special.Thank you for 30 years, Tim!        

May 25, 2020 – Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. Members of the Loveland Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will be placing wreaths at the Veterans Memorial.May 31 – Concert in the ParkJune 6 – Bands and Brews 

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Straight From The Heart – March 17, 2020

City of Loveland officials have been continually monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in coordination with the Hamilton, Clermont and Warren County Health Districts, State of Ohio, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 
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Straight From The Heart – October 25, 2019

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