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Last Updated -- November 11, 2009

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This page will be devoted to documenting citizen concerns and communicating information to improve the neighborhoods and resolve our City's problems. The first part of solving any problem is seeking to understand the issue. Communication is essential. I hope you find this page informative and encourage your participation by contacting your representative to inform him of your ideas and views. Your involvement is greatly appreciated!!!! Thank You!!!!


CLICK:  #09-029 Letter to the Chief Auditor/ Audit Division, Athens Region dated November 10, 2009 requesting consideraton for the Auditor of State to perform the City of Portsmouth 2009 annual comprehensive and compliance audit.  (11/11/09) 

CLICK:  #09-028 Letter to the Chief Auditor/ Audit Division, Athens Region dated October 28, 2009 concerning the 2008 Audit Report and unresolved concerns.  (10/30/09)

CLICK:  #09-027 Letter to the Mayor dated October 29, 2009 concerning reported nuisance, communication, and code enforcement.  (10/30/09)

CLICK:  #09-026 Letter with ideas for improvement to our City 911 Emergency Service. Enclosed a copy of Chapter 175 of the City of Zanesville, Ohio Codified Ordinance for fact finding and open discussion.  I encourage input.  (10/27/09)

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  #09-025 Letter to the Mayor requesting appropriate actions for reported nuisance complaint at 1436 Layton Drive.  (10/14/09)
CLICK:   RESPONSE Letter from the Mayor dated October 19, 2009 supplied in October 26, 2009 Council Packet.  (10/24/09)

CLICK:  #09-024 Letter to Gregory Caudill, CPA of Caudill & Associates requesting FY 2008 Audit assessment of previously requested items.  (10/5/09)

CLICK:  #09-023 Letter to the Mayor, Council members, and Solicitor dated September 22, 2009 requesting additional information to better define the deer problem within the City limits and to assist in the decision-making process.  (9/27/09)

CLICK:  #09-022 Letter to the Mayor, Council members, Health Commissioner, Fire Chief, Police Chief, and Solicitor dated September 22, 2009 providing proposed revisions to Codified Ordinance Chapter 711 - Ambulance and Transport Vehicles to address a reported safety concern with the City 911 Emergency Service.  (9/27/09)

CLICK:  #09-021 Letter to the Mayor and Council members dated September 9, 2009 requesting an open dialogue at the September 14, 2009 on a reported safety concern on the City 911 Emergency Service.  (9/12/09)

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  #09-020  Letter to the Mayor dated August 24, 2009 expressing concerns on the Combined Sewer System Long Term Control Plan.  (8/26/09)

CLICK:  #09-019 Letter to the Mayor, Auditor, and Council members dated August 24, 2009 requesting proposed administrative actions required to finish the year in the black.  (8/26/09)
CLICK:  RESPONSE from the Mayor dated September 28, 2009 delivered to Council members at the Council meeting concerning year-end General Fund Revenues.  (10/5/09) 

CLICK:  #09-018  Letter to inform the 2nd Ward Councilman I strongly support your ongoing efforts for a prompt resolution to blighted and unsafe conditions reported on St. Patrick Court.  (8/20/09)
CLICK:  RESPONSE  Letter from the Health Department dated August 24, 2009 declaring 1219 St. Patrick Court a public nuisance.  (9/12/09) 
CLICK:  RESPONSE  Letter from the Health Department dated August 24, 2009 declaring 1227 St. Patrick Court a public nuisance.  (9/12/09)
CLICK:  RESPONSE  Letter from the Health Department dated August 24, 2009 declaring 1229 St. Patrick Court a public nuisance.  (9/12/09) 
CLICK:  RESPONSE  Letter form the Health Department dated August 24, 2009 declaring 1231 St. Patrick Court a public nuisance.  (9/12/09)

CLICK:  #09-017 Letter to the Mayor dated August 7, 2009 requesting appropriate evaluation and action to address a growing neighborhood concern with blighted conditions at 2827 Sherman Road.  (8/8/09)
CLICK:   RESPONSE Letter from the Mayor dated October 16, 2009 supplied in October 26, 2009 Council Packet.  (10/24/09)

CLICK:  #09-016 Letter to the Mayor dated July 13, 2009 requesting alley repair at 1929 Hutchins Street.  (7/15/09)
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RESPONSE from the Public Service Director dated July 17, 2009.  (7/25/09)

CLICK:  #09-015  Letter to the Mayor dated June 29, 2009 requesting additional information concerning street resurfacing, funding, and informed decision making.    (6/30/09)

CLICK:  #09-014  Letter to the Mayor dated June 22, 2009 requesting additional information concerning street resurfacing, funding, and informed decision making.  (6/22/09)

CLICK:  #09-013  Letter to the Mayor, Solicitor, and Council members dated June 2, 2009 requesting a Work Conference Agenda Item for Storm Water Strategic Solution update.  (6/6/09)

CLICK:  #09-012  Letter to the Mayor dated May 11, 2009 in response for video request of April 29, 2009 3rd Ward Neighborhood Meeting.  (6/6/09)
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RESPONSE Letter from the Mayor dated May 4, 2009 requesting video of April 29, 2009 3rd Ward Neighborhood Meeting.  (6/6/09)

CLICK:  #09-011  Letter to the Mayor dated April 27, 2009 requesting additional information on several items to better understand the proposed 2009 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Budget.  (4/28/09)

CLICK:  #09-010  Letter to the Mayor dated April 6, 2009 informing of questions and comments concerning the proposed 2009 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Budget.  (4/6/09)
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Proposed City of Portsmouth 2009 Capital Improvement Budget (3/31/09)
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RESPONSE from the Mayor dated April 20, 2009.  (4/24/09)

CLICK:  #09-009  Letter to the Mayor dated March 23, 2009 reporting nuisance complaint at 1652 Logan Street and request to consider for Land Reutilization Program.  (3/31/09)
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RESPONSE from the Health Department dated March 26, 2009.  (3/31/09)

CLICK:  #09-008  Letter to the Mayor, Solicitor, and Council members requests public updates concerning 2001 Storm Water Regulations and status of actions proposed to prevent future basement flooding.  (3/16/09)

CLICK: #09-007  Letter to Caudill & Associates, Chief Auditor/Audit Division, and City Auditor documenting concerns for the City of Portsmouth FY 2008 Audit.  (3/10/09)

CLICK: #09-006  Letter to the Mayor and Solicitor reporting a complaint at 1615 Carroll Drive.  (2/23/09)

CLICK: #09-005  Letter to Council Members, Mayor, Solicitor, and Auditor dated February 23, 2009 requesting a proposed requirement for petitions prior to tax levies on the ballot.  (2/23/09)

CLICK: #09-004  Letter to Council Members, Mayor, Solicitor, and Auditor dated February 23, 2009 requesting exploring community gardens.  (2/23/09)
 
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Letter to the Mayor, Solicitor, and Council members dated February 23, 2009 requesting compliance with ordinances and regulations for new construction permit.  (2/23/09)
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RESPONSE from the Engineering Department supplied in the March 9, 2009 Council Packet.  (3/7/09)

CLICK: #09-002  Letter to Council Members dated February 23, 2009 requesting citizen problems and seeking strategic solutions.  (2/23/09)

CLICK: #09-001 Letter to Scioto County Prosecutor dated January 26, 2009 requesting assistance concerning the Marting Annex Roof expenditure of public funds without legislative approval.  (1/27/09)
CLICK:  RESPONSE from Scioto County Prosecutor dated February 18, 2009.  (2/21/09)

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#08-037 Letter to Council Members, Auditor, and Solicitor dated December 29, 2008 requesting a discussion of my concerns with available actions at our earliest date to assure the public confidence is maintained involving City of Portsmouth Financial Auditing and Accountability.  (12/30/08)

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#08-036
Letter to the Mayor dated November 20, 2008 reporting barking dog(s) nuisance. (11/23/08)

CLICK: #08-035 Letter to the Mayor and Solicitor dated November 11, 2008 requesting a written legal opinion on the practice of labeling negotiated unratified collective bargaining contracts as "confidential" and the legality of discussing all details of this agreement behind closed doors in round-robin meetings within the Mayor's office. (11/12/08)

CLICK: #08-034  Letter to the Auditor of State dated November 11, 2008 requesting support to encourage a positive change for the City of Portsmouth. (11/12/08)

CLICK: #08-033 Letter to the Mayor dated November 5, 2008 requesting repair of deteriorated curbs and gutters located on Highland Avenue. (11/8/08)
CLICK: RESPONSE from the Mayor dated November 17, 2008. (11/23/08)

CLICK: #08-032 Letter to Council Members seeking support to represent safety concerns expressed by citizens with the proposed removal of traffic signals along US23 and US52. (9/16/08)

CLICK: #08-031 Letter to the Attorney General of Ohio and Ohio Auditor of State's Office dated September 8, 2008 requesting support to encourage a positive change for the City of Portsmouth. (9/8/08)

CLICK: #08-030 Letter to the Solicitor dated August 28, 2008 requesting legal opinion related to public money appropriations and public speaking. (8/28/08)
CLICK: RESPONSE from the Solicitor dated September 3, 2008. (9/5/08)

CLICK: #08-029 Letter to the Mayor dated August 11, 2008 to document constituent concerns over degraded asphalt pavement condition on Seneca Drive and requested information pertaining to preventative maintenance plans. (8/13/08)
CLICK: RESPONSE from the Mayor dated August 25, 2008. (8/28/08)

CLICK: #08-028 Letter to the Mayor dated July 14, 2008 in response to the Mayor's July 10, 2008 letter concerning the proposed City government office space and downtown revitalization plan. (7/14/08)
CLICK: RESPONSE from the Mayor dated July 17, 2008. (7/26/08)

CLICK: #08-027 Letter to the Mayor and Honorable Council Members dated July 1, 2008 to encourage relevant dialogue to provide unified leadership with coordinated efforts and a positive community partnership concerning the proposed City office space and downtown revitalization. (7/1/08)
CLICK: RESPONSE from the Mayor dated July 10, 2008. (7/12/08)

CLICK: #08-026 Letter to the Mayor dated June 23, 2008 requesting response to delay in opening the McKinley Pool. (6/24/08)
CLICK: RESPONSE from the Public Service Director dated July 16, 2008. (7/26/08)

CLICK: #08-025 Letter to the Mayor dated June 19, 2008 requesting street light relocation on Robinson Avenue. (6/22/08)

CLICK: #08-024 Letter to the Mayor, Honorable Council members, and Solicitor dated June 11, 2008 requesting a paradigm shift to represent citizens. (6/11/08)
CLICK: RESPONSE from the Director of Public Service dated June 16, 2008. (6/22/08)

CLICK: #08-023 Letter to the Mayor, Auditor, and Honorable Council members dated June 3, 2008 requesting additional information for fact finding City Government Office Space. (6/3/08)

CLICK: #08-022 Letter to the Mayor dated May 27, 2008 documenting reported problems creating blighted conditions in residential districts. (5/28/08)

CLICK: #08-021 Letter to the Mayor dated May 23, 2008 documenting previously reported traffic safety concerns expressed with hopes of encouraging a paradigm shift and solution. (5/24/08)

CLICK: #08-020 Letter to the Mayor dated May 16, 2008 with additional information to correspondences #08-014, 015, 016, 017, and 018. (5/17/08)

CLICK: #08-019 Letter to the Portsmouth Daily Times dated May 8, 2008 suggesting potential to educate, engage, and encourage improvements within our neighborhoods. (5/8/08)

CLICK: #08-018 Letter to the Mayor and Auditor dated May 8, 2008 requesting update on the status of cell phone and credit/debit card policy. (5/8/08)
CLICK: RESPONSE from the Mayor dated May 12, 2008. (5/17/08)

CLICK: #08-017 Letter to the Ohio Auditor of State dated May 2, 2008 requesting assistance to assure compliance with the legislative criteria, as reflected by the Ohio Constitution, Revised Code, policies, procedures and guidelines. (5/2/08)
CLICK: RESPONSE from the Mayor dated May 12, 2008. (5/17/08)

CLICK: #08-016 Letter to the Mayor dated April 30, 2008 requesting information to evaluate and approve the proposed 2008 Capital Improvement Budget. (4/30/08)
CLICK: The proposed 2008 Capital Improvements Budget dated April 18, 2008 (posted on "Reports" Page 4/22/08)
CLICK: RESPONSE from Engineering Department dated May 9, 2008 concerning 2008 CIP Budget. (5/10/08)
CLICK: RESPONSE from the Mayor dated May 12, 2008. (5/17/08)

CLICK: #08-015 Letter to the Mayor, Auditor, Solicitor, and 1st Ward Council Member dated April 21, 2008 requesting information on the new roof on the Marting Building Annex. (4/22/08)
CLICK: RESPONSE from the Mayor dated May 12, 2008. (5/17/08)

CLICK: #08-014 Letter to the Mayor dated April 21, 2008 requesting information associated with the current practice of power washing City sanitation trucks on the City Garage property. (4/22/08)
CLICK: RESPONSE from the Mayor dated May 12, 2008. (5/17/08)
CLICK: RESPONSE from the Wastewater Director dated May 12, 2008. (5/17/08)

CLICK: #08-013 Letter to the Solicitor dated April 17, 2008 on citizen rights, Ohio Sunshine Laws, and Portsmouth Municipal Office Space. (4/18/08)

CLICK: #08-012 Letter to the Portsmouth Daily Times Managing Editor dated April 14, 2008 requesting fair and balanced reporting on the condition of the Municipal Building in response to an article published April 13, 2008. (4/15/08)

CLICK: #08-011 Letter to the Mayor dated April 2, 2008 reporting incorrect street sign located at the intersection of Shawnee Road and Coles Boulevard, across from Dorman Drive. (4/3/08)

CLICK: #08-010 Letter to Ohio Attorney General dated March 31, 2008 requesting an investigation and appropriate actions to resolve constituent questions concerning citizen rights, Ohio Sunshine Laws, and Portsmouth Municipal Office Space. (4/2/08)

CLICK: #08-009 Letter to Scioto County Prosecuting Attorney dated March 18, 2008 requesting assistance and unbiased opinion on the legal questions concerning citizen rights, Ohio Sunshine Laws, and Portsmouth Municipal Office Space. (3/18/08)
CLICK: RESPONSE from the Scioto County Prosecuting Attorney dated March 20, 2008. (3/22/08)

CLICK: #08-008 Letter to Council, Mayor, Auditor, and Solicitor dated March 7, 2008 concerning change for our City government and Municipal Building. (3/7/08)

CLICK: #08-007 Letter to the Mayor dated March 3, 2008 with a response concerning the Municipal Building, Budgetary Issues, Tax Abatements, and Sunshine Laws. (2/29/08)

CLICK: #08-006 Letter to the Auditor dated February 25, 2008 with a response concerning the Sunshine Laws, Budgetary Issues, and Tax Abatements. (2/29/08)

CLICK: #08-005 Letter to the Mayor, Auditor, Council Members, and Solicitor dated February 14, 2008 expressing concern that our elected officials may not be embracing the concept of the Open Meetings portion of the Ohio Sunshine Laws. (2/15/08)
CLICK: RESPONSE from the Auditor dated February 19, 2008 concerning correspondences #08-003, #08-004, and #08-005. (2/24/08)
CLICK: RESPONSE from the Mayor dated February 22, 2008. (2/29/08)

CLICK: #08-004 Letter to the Council Members, Mayor, Auditor, and Solicitor dated February 14, 2008 requesting a discussion and fact finding to consider amending the one hundred percent (100%) tax abatement process automatically given through the Community Reinvestment Program or the Urban Jobs & Enterprise Zones per Ohio Department of Development. (2/15/08)
CLICK: RESPONSE from the Mayor dated February 22, 2008. (2/29/08)

CLICK: #08-003 Letter to the Council Members, Mayor, Auditor, and Solicitor dated February 14, 2008 expressing my objections, concerns, and unanswered questions with the 2008 Operating Budget. (2/15/08)
CLICK: RESPONSE from the Mayor dated February 22, 2008. (2/29/08)

CLICK: #08-002 Letter to the Mayor and Solicitor dated February 6, 2008 expressing concern for the existing condition of the City Building and requesting a thorough inspection with actions required to provide a safe environment for citizens and City employees while on City premises. (2/6/08)
CLICK: RESPONSE from the Mayor dated February 22, 2008. (2/29/08)

CLICK: #08-001 Letter to Time Warner Cable (TWC) Manager of Government Relations dated February 4, 2008 to express constituent concerns with TWC moving the Ohio News Network (ONN) programming from basic cable to premium channel selection (100). (2/4/08)
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CLICK: #07-062 Letter to the Mayor dated December 28, 2007 expressing appreciation for response to safety concern expressed on Buena Vista Lane. Updated residents on status of issue and Mayor's recommendations. (12/30/07)
CLICK: RESPONSE from the Health Department dated December 20, 2007. (1/16/08)

CLICK: #07-061 Letter to the Mayor dated December 27, 2007 documenting questions and comments concerning my review of the proposed 2008 Operating Budget. (12/28/07)

CLICK: #07-060 Letter to the Mayor dated December 14, 2007 reporting a safety concern at Buena Vista and Simpson Street. (12/15/07)
CLICK: Response from the Mayor dated December 18, 2007. (12/28/07)

CLICK: #07-059 Letter to the Mr. Clemmy Womack dated December 8, 2007 describing the process for requesting a street light in the City of Portsmouth. (12/13/07)

CLICK: #07-058 Letter to the Honorable Council Members dated November 19, 2007 expressing concern over the value of monthly budget statements and money required to be in treasury. (11/24/07)

CLICK: #07-057 Letter to the Honorable Council Members dated November 13, 2007 expressing constituent concern over the lack of local broadcasting of the Ohio State Football games. (11/13/07)

CLICK: #07-056 Letter to the Mayor dated November 13, 2007 expressing constituent concern for the pay for protection practice. (11/13/07)

CLICK: #07-055 Letter to the Mayor dated November 2, 2007 requesting gun dealer notification of the repeal of Codified Ordinance 705.30 and the destruction of the records (pink form) created since March 14, 2007. (11/2/07)

CLICK: #07-054 Letter to the Mayor dated October 29, 2007 requesting improvements to the City 911 Emergency Service by providing personal testimony from a user's perspective. (10/29/07)

CLICK: #07-053 Letter to the Mayor dated October 8, 2007 requesting appropriate resources to identify and solve problems associated with reported thefts for recycling scrap metal, reported nuisances on 17th Street and Albert Street. (10/9/07)

CLICK: #07-052 Letter to the Mayor dated October 4, 2007 concerning reported prostitution and associated crimes in our community. (10/4/07)
CLICK: Citizen Anti-Prostitution Petitions delivered to the October 8, 2007 Regular City Council Meeting. (10/20/07)

CLICK: #07-051 Letter to the Solicitor and Council dated September 25, 2007 requesting amendment to the Rules of the Government of Council. (9/25/07)

CLICK: #07-050 Letter to the Portsmouth Daily Times (PDT) Managing Editor dated September 24, 2007 responding to comments made by the Solicitor to the Editor dated September 18, 2007 concerning the gun law article published September 16, 2007. (9/25/07)
CLICK: Letter to the Portsmouth Daily Times (PDT) Editor from the Solicitor dated September 18, 2007 concerning the gun law article published September 16, 2007. (9/25/07)
CLICK: The Portsmouth Daily Times gun law article published September 16, 2007. (9/25/07)

CLICK: #07-049 Letter to City Council and Solicitor dated September 10, 2007 requesting evaluation of potential conflict between City Codified Ordinance 705.30 Gun Registration and recently passed Ohio House Bill 347. (9/1/07)
CLICK: Signed Ordinance 2007-72 which repeals City Codified Ordinance 705.30 which takes effect after it passage on October 8, 2007. (10/14/07)

CLICK: #07-048 Letter to Council dated August 27, 2007 requesting dialogue to prepare a Strategic Plan for the City of Portsmouth. (9/1/07)

CLICK: #07-047 Letter to the Mayor dated August 1, 2007 reporting nuisances at 1327 & 1331 Lincoln Street and nuisance abatement status requested at 1225 Albert Street. (8/3/07)
CLICK: RESPONSE from the Mayor dated August 20, 2007 concerning abatement status. (8/25/07)
CLICK: Nuisance Notice dated 10/15/07 to 1225 Albert Street. (11/10/07)

CLICK: #07-046 Letter to the Mayor dated July 23, 2007 reporting traffic safety concern on 16th Street and Dewey Street. (7/24/07)

CLICK: #07-045 Letter to Council dated July 23, 2007 requesting amendments to the proposed farm animal ordinance. (7/24/07)

CLICK: #07-044 Letter to the Mayor dated July 18, 2007 requesting action as needed to resolve nuisances expressed and reported from 1225 Albert Street. (7/19/07)

CLICK: #07-043 Letter to the Mayor dated July 15, 2007 requesting action as needed to resolve concerns expressed and reported on 1431 Layton Drive. (7/17/07)

CLICK: #07-042 Letter to the City Clerk dated July 13, 2007 reporting Traffic Committee Appointment. (7/15/07)

CLICK: #07-041 Letter to the Mayor dated June 11, 2007 reporting concerns on street parking, vines and weeds nuisance, and smoking policy by others. (6/11/07)

CLICK: #07-040 Letter to the Mayor and City Council dated May 17, 2007 informing of options for working together for a better tomorrow in the City of Portsmouth. (5/17/07)

CLICK: #07-039 Letter to City Council dated May 14, 2007 expressing concerns with housing our City Government. (5/17/07)

CLICK: #07-038 Letter to the Mayor dated May 3, 2007 expressing resident concerns over the utility repairs and uneven pavement on Cleveland Avenue and similar to concerns on Waller Street north of Kinney's Lane. (5/12/07)

CLICK: #07-037 Letter to the Mayor, Solicitor, and Council President dated April 19, 2007 encouraging transparency and accountability to build trust and integrity. (4/19/07)

CLICK: #07-036 Letter to the Mayor dated April 9, 2007 documenting unresolved reported problems creating blighted conditions within our neighborhood. (4/11/07)
RESPONSE - I appreciate the steps being taken by the Health Department to resolve these issues. I will follow up as needed. THANKS!! (4/19/07)
CLICK: RESPONSE - Update from the Mayor in a letter dated April 30, 2007 concerning the reported problems creating blighted conditions within our neighborhood. (5/12/07)

CLICK: #07-035 Letter to Council Members dated April 2, 2007 to request a change in direction to move our City forward and stop the "circus sideshow". (4/2/07)

CLICK: #07-034 Letter to Council President dated March 20, 2007 in response to the false allegations and intimidating behavior by our Police Chief during the March 12, 2007 Work Conference Session. My expectations for future disruptions at official meeting, the intimidation tactics, and disrespect shown by elected and appointed officials must cease. (3/20/07)

CLICK: #07-033 Letter to the Mayor dated March 12, 2007 reporting concerns expressed with the condition of the existing asphalt pavement on Cleveland Avenue and the parking of vehicles on the sidewalk. (3/14/07)
RESPONSE -- The City Engineer contacted to inform this area has been inspected and will be added to a list for consideration. THANKS!!!!!!
CLICK: The Mayor emailed response dated March 16, 2007. THANKS!!!! (3/20/07)

CLICK: #07-032 Letter to Council dated March 6, 2007 suggesting Council require the Mayor to manage the City's resources and recommend which line items may be amended to reflect reductions in the ten (10) month appropriation ordinance prior to the March 12, 2007 Regular City Council Meeting. (3/6/07)

CLICK: #07-031 Letter to Mayor dated March 6, 2007 requesting support and input to the Traffic Committee to evaluate the conditions at the Buena Vista Lane and Simpson Street intersection and recommend appropriate actions for all parties involved. (3/6/07)
CLICK: March 13, 2007 City of Portsmouth Traffic Committee Meeting Minutes. Within these minutes a reported unsafe traffic condition at the intersection of Buena Vista Lane and Simpson Street was discussed with Captain Thoroughman and Fire Department to evaluate safety concerns and make a recommendation to the Traffic Committee at the next meeting. (3/23/07) THANKS!!!

CLICK: #07-030 Letter to Council members suggesting that Council conduct an additional Budget Meeting next week prior to the March 12, 2007 Regular City Council Meeting. (2/28/07)

CLICK: #07-029 Letter to the City Solicitor dated February 26, 2007 in response to his letter dated February 21, 2007 requesting assistance and discussing expectations of our City Solicitor from a Citizen's Perspective. (2/26/07)
CLICK: Letter from the City Solicitor dated February 21, 2007 in response to various 3rd Ward Letters addressed to the City Solicitor and copied. (2/26/07)

CLICK: #07-028 Letter to the Mayor dated February 26, 2007 reporting an Ongoing water problem at 1204 Bilman Drive. (2/26/07)
February 26, 2007 the Water Department flushed the local fire hydrant. Also, after flushing the water system in the house the Water Department change to meter which has made some improvements. I will continue to monitor the situation until resolved. Thanks Water Department for your support! (2/26/07)

CLICK: #07-027 Letter to the Mayor, Auditor, and Solicitor dated February 19, 2007 requesting their assistance to resolve a Public Records Request submitted February 13, 2006. (2/20/07)

CLICK: #07-025 Letter to Council members and Solicitor dated February 19, 2007 requesting public discussion concerning of the relationship between the City of Portsmouth and the current Southern Ohio Growth Partnership (SOGP). (2/19/07)

CLICK: #07-022 Letter to Council members dated February 12, 2007 requesting a communication paradigm shift to encourage participation within our community and a partial list of 2007 Goals for consideration by Council. There are many challenges facing our community and I feel positive by involving the public we will meet these challenges. (2/16/07)

CLICK: #07-011 Letter to the Mayor dated February 7, 2007 reporting reduced water pressure, unwanted basement drainage, and Street repairs on Waller Street - North of Kinney's Lane. (2/8/07)

CLICK: #07-010 Letter to the Mayor and Council President dated February 7, 2007 to document concerns and apprehension over approval of the proposed 2007 Annual Operating Budget. (2/8/07)

CLICK: #07-009 Letter to the Mayor dated January 31, 2007 to document reported storage of vehicles and nuisance concerns at Buena Vista Lane and Simpson Street. (2/1/07)
CLICK: RESPONSE from City Engineer informing subject cars have been moved and shed will be moved as soon as the weather allows. (2/10/07) Thank You!!
CLICK: RESPONSE from Traffic Committee dated February 20, 2007 within the meeting minutes. (2/28/07)

CLICK: #07-008 Additional letter to the Mayor dated January 31, 2007 requesting reconsideration on his decision to remove traffic signal at Coles Boulevard and Gilbert Avenue. (2/1/07)
CLICK: RESPONSE from Traffic Committee dated February 20, 2007 within the meeting minutes. (2/28/07)

CLICK: #07-007 A thank you letter dated January 30, 2007 to Frances McCaslin and Phil Gollihue for their involvement in our neighborhood and demonstrating qualities that enhance our community. (2/1/07)

CLICK: #07-006 A thank you letter dated January 30, 2007 to Richard and Helen Hoffer for their involvement in our neighborhood and demonstrating qualities that enhance our community. (2/1/07)

CLICK: #07-005 Letter to the Mayor dated January 23, 2007 to document reported concerns expressed at 1232 17th Street to avoid creating conditions for a blighted community. (1/23/07)
CLICK: RESPONSE from the Public Service Director dated January 29, 2007 and Health Department dated January 24, 2007 to address blighted conditions at 1232 17th Street. (2/1/07) Thank You!!

CLICK: #07-004 Letter to the Mayor dated January 23, 2007 to document reported health and safety concerns expressed at 1614 Waller Street. (1/23/07)
CLICK: RESPONSE from the Health Department dated January 24, 2007 to address the health and safety concerns at 1614 Waller Street. (2/1/07) Thank You!!

CLICK: #07-003 Letter to the Mayor dated January 23, 2007 to document reported nuisance conditions at 1225 Albert Street. (1/23/07)
CLICK: RESPONSE from the Public Service Director dated January 29, 2007 concerning reported nuisance conditions at 1225 Albert Street. Thank You for the response but I feel the the ordinance is fine as written and should be enforced as stated "Furthermore, no owner, occupant, lessee, tenant or agent shall allow the growth of any unkempt vines, brush or shrubbery whose presence creates a nuisance or a health or safety concern." (2/1/07)

CLICK: #07-002 Letter to the Mayor dated January 22, 2007 to report safety concerns expressed with Coles Boulevard, Sherman Road, Forrest Avenue, and traffic signal at Gilbert Avenue. (1/22/07)
CLICK: RESPONSE from the Mayor dated January 23, 2007 to document his decision to remove the traffic signal at Coles Boulevard and Gilbert Avenue. Thank You for the response but I disagree with the decision to remove the traffic signal at this time and feel the public must be notified of the intentions for removal as described in my response above #07-008 dated January 30, 2007. (2/1/07)
CLICK: RESPONSE from the Public Service Director dated January 23, 2007 to reported safety concerns at Coles Boulevard, Sherman Road, Forrest Avenue, and traffic signal at Gilbert Avenue. (2/1/07)
Although, I do not agree with the responses, I do respect the reverence of the response. Thank You!!

CLICK: #07-001 PRESS RELEASE dated January 22, 2007 inviting 3rd Ward citizens to nominate an individual for a "Good Neighbor Award." (1/22/07)
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CLICK: #06-061 Letter to the Mayor and Ameresco dated October 23, 2006 documenting a review of the July 31, 2006 Preliminary Proposal - Executive Overview describing the basic project scope associated with energy conservation and capital improvement projects for the City of Portsmouth facilities. (10/24/06)
CLICK: Ameresco Executive Overview dated October 12, 2006 describing the basic project scope for the Letter of Intent energy conservation and capital improvement projects for the City of Portsmouth. (11/9/06)
CLICK: Ameresco response to Letter #06-061 dated November 3, 2006. (11/9/06)

CLICK: #06-060 Letter dated September 25, 2006 to the Mayor requesting appropriate actions concerning reported complaints on Layton Drive. (9/27/06)

CLICK: #06-059 Letter dated September 25, 2006 to the Traffic Committee with suggestion from 3rd Ward resident concerning two (2) hour parking on Findlay Street between 6th and 7th Streets. (9/27/06)

CLICK: #06-058 Letter dated September 15, 2006 to the Solicitor requesting legal opinion regarding the legal status of the AFSCME Local 1039 collective bargaining agreement. (9/17/06)
CLICK: Letter dated August 1, 2006 to the Mayor from the AFSCME Ohio Council 8 AFL-CIO informing rejected contract is unfair labor practice. (9/17/06)
CLICK: Response dated September 27, 2006 from the Solicitor in response to Letter #06-058. (10/9/06) AFSCME Local 1039 collective bargaining agreement was passed by City Council during the October 23, 2006 Regular City Council Meeting. (10/24/06)

CLICK: #06-057 Letter dated September 14, 2006 to the Mayor requesting appropriate action to resolve reported offensive odors and question of fence height at 1336 Lincoln Street. (9/17/06)

CLICK: #06-056 Letter dated September 11, 2006 to the Mayor stating the City must undergo a paradigm shift to improve our business conduct. The shareholders, our taxpayers, expect a more proactive and responsive business. If the laws are inept, then Council must be informed so corrective actions can be legislated. If the problem is due to inadequate resources, Council must be informed to ensure proper planning and budgeting. (9/13/06)

CLICK: #06-055 Letter dated September 11, 2006 to the Mayor and Auditor requesting budget information previously requested and any precautionary measures in place to avoid future overruns. I am perplexed as to why Council did not receive prior notification or documentation concerning fuel budget deficient and why these corrective actions are being implemented after the fact. (9/13/06)
CLICK: Letter dated September 11, 2006 from the Auditor with the Mid-Year 2006 General Fund Analysis. (9/13/06)

CLICK: #06-054 Letter dated August 30, 2006 to the Mayor requesting action to address unanswered letters #06-011, #06-027, #06-040, #06-06-43, and #06-045. Taxpayers expect and deserve the reverence of a response both in actions and through documentation of any and all their complaints; after all it is their hard-earned tax dollars that should be at work. (9/1/06)
CLICK: Response from Public Service Director dated September 8, 2006 received in Council Packet. (9/10/06)
CLICK: Response from Engineering concerning property located at 1647 Robinson Avenue. (9/23/06)

CLICK: #06-053 Letter dated August 7, 2006 to the Mayor requesting additional information to reduce or eliminate anxiety expressed concerning City water supply deposits in our distribution system. (8/8/06)
CLICK: Response from Public Utilities Director of Water dated August 8, 2006 received in Council Packet. (8/13/06)

CLICK: #06-052 Letter dated July 13, 2006 to the Mayor requesting assistance to reduce or eliminate the anxiety felt concerning City water supply deposits and encrustations in distribution system. (7/14/06)
CLICK: Response from Public Utilities Director of Water dated July 21, 2006 received at the July 24, 2006 City Council Meeting.  (7/28/06)

CLICK: #06-051 Letter dated July 12, 2006 to the Portsmouth Municipal Court Honorable Judge in response to his concerns expressed in his letter dated July 6, 2006. (See below @ Response to Letter #06-046) (7/12/06)

CLICK: #06-050 Letter dated July 11, 2006 to the Mayor in response to his concerns expressed in his letter July 3, 2006. (See below @ Response to Letter #06-046) (7/12/06)

CLICK: #06-049 Letter dated June 30, 2006 to the Mayor and Council requesting sufficient and pertinent facts for decision making concerning Municipal Building and other proposed City office space options. (7/2/06)

CLICK: #06-048 Letter dated June 30, 2006 to the Mayor concerning unanswered health & safety concerns expressed to the Health Department at 1725 Franklin Blvd. (7/2/06)

CLICK: #06-047 Letter dated June 30, 2006 to the Mayor concerning Rental Licensing Program. This letter is in response to the Mayor's request for comments June 23, 2006. (7/2/06)
CLICK: Memo dated June 23, 2006 from the Mayor to Council requesting immediate response to the letter concerning the Rental Licensing Program. (6/25/06)
CLICK: Response dated July 31, 2006 from the City of Portsmouth Health Department to the Mayor and Council. (8/13/06)

CLICK: #06-046 Letter dated June 30, 2006 to our Municipal Court Judges researching options and soliciting the support from the Portsmouth Municipal Courts to supply temporary workers to support improvements around Portsmouth. (7/2/06) CLICK: Response dated July 3, 2006 from the Mayor stating interference jeopardizing the effectiveness of the Mayor's ability to do his job. (7/12/06)
CLICK: Response dated July 6, 2006 from the Portsmouth Municipal Court expressing their concern for community service workers, funding, staffing, and providing an appropriate, safe, and clean work space (City Municipal Building). (7/12/06)

CLICK: #06-045 Mayor documenting and requesting action on various issues raised concerning an obstructed alley between Oakland & Sunrise Avenues, damaged guardrail near Greenlawn Cemetery at 17th & Garfield Street, traffic safety at the intersection of North Hill Road & Sandstone Drive. (6/11/06)

CLICK: #06-044 Letter dated June 1, 2006 to the Mayor concerning enforcement of Traffic Laws within our Residential Districts. (6/2/06)

CLICK: #06-043 Letter dated May 24, 2006 to the Mayor documenting and requesting action on various issues raised about enforcement of codified ordinances on Franklin, Highland, Hutchins, and Robinson Avenue. (5/25/06)

CLICK: #06-042 Letter dated May 23, 2006 to the Mayor documenting and requesting action on concerns raised about enforcement of codified ordinances on Timlin Road. (5/25/06)
CLICK: Additional letter dated May 30, 2006 to the Mayor from a 3rd Ward constituent requesting clarification of the City Codified Ordinances pertaining to issues on Timlin Road. (6/2/06)
CLICK: Response letter dated May 31, 2006 to the Mayor from the Health Department concerning City Codified Ordinances pertaining to issues on Timlin Road. (6/2/06)

CLICK: #06-041 Letter dated May 17, 2006 to the Mayor documenting and requesting action on concerns raised about enforcement of codified ordinances on Timlin Road. (5/25/06)

CLICK: #06-040 Letter dated May 16, 2006 to the Mayor documenting and requesting action on various issues raised by his constituents living in the 3rd Ward. (5/17/06)

CLICK: #06-039 Letter dated May 1, 2006 to Council President and Solicitor requesting witnesses for the May 15, 2006 Tim Loper Public Hearing. (5/1/06) CLICK: Memo dated May 1, 2006 from the Solicitor in response to Council request to consider witnesses for the Public Hearing for Tim Loper. (5/6/06)

CLICK: #06-038 Letter dated May 1, 2006 to the Mayor after a review of the proposed 2006 Capital Improvement Program as submitted April 24, 2006. I attached a request for adequate information to justify the expenditures and a five (5) year plan to provide accountability to the public. (5/1/06)
CLICK: Proposed 2006 CIP Budget - Fund 301 data submitted by the Mayor April 24, 2006.
CLICK: Proposed 2006 CIP Budget - Various Divisions data submitted by the Mayor April 24, 2006.
CLICK: Letter dated May 1, 2006 from the Auditor in response to request for additional information concerning proposed 2006 CIP Budget. (5/6/06)

CLICK: #06-037 Letter dated April 27, 2006 to thank a citizen for taking the time to express her concerns. I appreciate a vocal public because it indicates a desire to change. The expectations of our City government must be raised. Accountability is the only way to return integrity and respect to our City government. (5/1/06)

CLICK: #06-036 Letter dated April 27, 2006 to the Mayor seeking to clarify on a case-by-case basis constituent parking questions and how it may be interpreted to avoid conflict with the recently enacted Front Yard Parking Ordinance. (5/1/06)

CLICK: #06-035 Letter dated April 24, 2006 appointing Mr. Robert Gambill to the Traffic Committee as the 3rd Ward representative effective April 24, 2006. Bob is a dedicated citizen and brings much experience to this position. This is a three (3) year term. (4/25/06)

CLICK: #06-034 Letter dated April 20, 2006 to Council President and Solicitor requesting Council to repeal Ordinance #80-2003, which reportedly gives $2.5 million to a private entity (SOGP) over a twenty year water contract. Council should initiate discussion to provide a contract within the City Charter which reflects accountability to the users of the water and recognizes the concerns of the citizens of the City of Portsmouth. (4/21/06)

CLICK: #06-033 Letter dated April 20, 2006 to the Mayor requesting expressing additional concerns, questions, and comments on the proposed Rental Licensing Program for the City of Portsmouth. (4/21/06)

CLICK: #06-032 Letter dated April 20, 2006 to the Mayor requesting additional information concerning the "Tabled" 2006 Camp Ground Rate Increase Ordinance. (4/21/06)

CLICK: #06-031 Letter dated April 20, 2006 to Council members requesting a recognition of good neighbors existing quietly within our community. Portsmouth community is really a very caring community with neighbors who care for one another. In an effort to recognize this spirit of compassion I am requesting Council to consider implementing a "Good Neighbor Award" Program. (4/21/06)

CLICK: #06-030 Letter dated April 17, 2006 to Council President compelling Council to promote accountability by exercising their authority to reject future disruptive activities and encourage civility. I am requesting Council to investigate the unprofessional, unwarranted, and unacceptable actions and behavior displayed at the April 10, 2006 Regular City Council Meeting by 6th Ward Council member as provided by Section 8 of the City Charter. (4/19/06)

CLICK: #06-029 Letter dated April 10, 2006 to the Mayor requesting the consideration to install a four-way stop on Franklin Blvd. at 19th Street. I received a petition passed by young citizens requesting their safety concerns be expressed about speeding traffic on Franklin Blvd. (4/14/04)
CLICK: I received a copy of Traffic Committee Meeting Minutes dated May 9, 2006. Item 3 - New Business acknowledged concern and will re-evaluate in 90 days and Captain Thoroughman will alert patrol to pay particular attention to speed in the area. (5/25/06)

CLICK: #06-028 Letter dated April 7, 2006 to the Mayor requesting the reverence of a response concerns expressed at 2102 and 2112 West Timlin Road including any actions or inactions with justification. Communication is key to our success in reducing conditions associated with blighted neighborhoods. (4/7/06)

CLICK: #06-027 Letter dated April 6, 2006 to the Mayor and Solicitor requesting the reverence of a response on the status of the animal complaints at 1329 Park Avenue including any actions or inactions with justification. Communication is key to our success in reducing conditions associated with blighted neighborhoods. (4/7/06)

CLICK: #06-026 Letter dated March 27, 2006 to the Mayor and the Solicitor requesting information and educating Council concerning County seizure of suspected drug forfeiture houses within the City limits. (3/27/06)
CLICK: Response from Solicitor- Comments written on copy of letter #06-026 dated March 27, 2006. Per info from the Chief of Police there is an agreement in place between the City and the County Prosecutor's Office dividing the net proceeds from the sale of forfeited property located in the City, with one-third (1/3) going to the City. (3/29/06)

CLICK: #06-025 Letter dated March 27, 2006 to the Mayor and the Solicitor requesting the legal respect to be given to a Public Records Request by their constituent and 3rd Ward resident dated February 13, 2006. (3/27/06)

CLICK: #06-024 Letter dated March 20, 2006 to the Scioto County Prosecutor requesting assistance to resolve public access to "unratified" collective bargaining agreements. I am requesting the County Prosecutor's office to help maintain the assurance and protection of the public's right to know and allow the "Sun to Shine" on our local government. My motivation at being proactive is to avoid further City expenses associated with future litigation resulting from the refusal of a public records request and promoting discussions of such public business in "round-robin" sessions in violation of the Open Meeting Act. (3/21/06)
CLICK: Response from the Scioto County Prosecutor Mark Kuhn dated March 23, 2006. (3/26/06)

CLICK: #06-023 Letter dated March 20, 2006 to the Mayor requesting assistance and communication to provide accountability and avoid a blighted community on Layton Drive. The continued lack of action places the City at risk and compels the public to take action. Instead of the City protecting the public; the public is forced to hold the City accountable by filing court action to force the City to enforce the laws. (3/21/06)

CLICK: #06-022 Letter dated March 20, 2006 to the Mayor requesting assistance and communication to provide accountability and avoid a blighted community on Baird Avenue. The continued lack of action places the City at risk and compels the public to take action. Instead of the City protecting the public; the public is forced to hold the City accountable by filing court action to force the City to enforce the laws. (3/21/06)

CLICK: #06-021 Letter dated March 20, 2006 to the Mayor requesting consideration for the use of a proposed sign "Reserved for Customers" in the downtown district. The intent would be to educate and encourage the public utilizing these parking spaces immediately in front of our downtown stores. (3/21/06)
CLICK: Response in the form of March 21, 2006 Traffic Committee Meeting -- New Business Item "8". It was discussed we are ready have two (2) hour parking signs to discourage all-day parking in the downtown. "No Action" was taken. I disagree, the intent for the "Reserved for Customers" sign in conjunction with the two (2) hour parking sign is to educate and encourage parking for retail shoppers. (3/29/06)

CLICK: #06-020 Letter dated March 13, 2006 to Council members supplying draft of a policy for Council's review and discussion to broadcast Portsmouth City Council Meetings on Adelphia cable. Supplied information on concerning estimate on proposed equipment cost. (3/14/06)

CLICK: #06-019 Letter dated March 13, 2006 to Council members and the Mayor suggesting a paradigm shift to encourage public participation during the Conference Meeting. This action would provide a means for the public to have a two-way public communication with Council, as a whole, on meeting agenda and discussion items. (3/14/06)

CLICK: #06-018 Letter dated March 8, 2006 to Council members requesting Council to use caution and not discourage open discussion by the legislative body. Consider the potential to violate the Ohio Sunshine Laws while expressing desires to avoid deliberations during City Council Meetings to expedite the meetings. (3/8/06)

CLICK: #06-017 Letter dated March 7, 2006 to the Mayor requesting an assessment of the practice of labeling unratified collective bargaining agreements as confidential. I attached "The State ex rel. Calvary v. Upper Arlington (2000), 89 Ohio St.3d229" court case to resolve my question concerning the legality of the "Confidential Notice" on an unratified collective bargaining agreement which was discussed at the December 28, 2005 City Council Meeting. I wish to keep public records public. (3/07/06)

CLICK: #06-016 Letter dated March 2, 2006 to the Mayor documenting our discussion at his office concerning the new MIEX Filtration System. This letter documents our meeting and contributes relevant information to establish a sunshine environment to encourage open communication by all. (3/3/06)

CLICK: #06-015 Letter dated February 27, 2006 to the Council members requesting support to broadcast (tape delay) City Council Meetings on Adelphia Communication Government Channel. Communication is key to our future success. The City has many challenges ahead and citizens must be a part of those challenges and not victims. City Council must provide a transparent government to create an environment which encourages public involvement and open communication. (2/28/06)

CLICK: #06-014 Letter dated February 21, 2006 to the Mayor requesting action to resolve constituents concerns at 1908 Baird Avenue. I attached digital photographs and a summarized list of complaints from the Health Department beginning in 1998 to present. (2/22/06)

CLICK: #06-013 Letter dated February 20, 2006 to the Mayor requesting relevant information concerning the decision to utilize the MIEX Filtration Treatment System at the Portsmouth Filtration Plant. (2/22/06)

CLICK: #06-012 Letter dated February 2, 2006 to the Mayor informing of a additional grievances concerning residence at 1431 Layton Drive. (2/02/06)

CLICK: #06-011 Letter dated February 2, 2006 to the Mayor informing of a constituent animal (chickens) complaint at 1329 Park Avenue. (2/02/06)

CLICK: #06-010 Letter dated January 31, 2006 in response to the Mayor's January 26, 2006 letter. I am requesting the Mayor to address my constituents' concerns and discontinue unprofessional behavior expressed in the response to #06-005. (1/31/06)

CLICK: #06-009 Letter dated January 31, 2006 to the Mayor informing of a constituent concern for damaged burned-out tree in Greenlawn Cemetery. (1/31/06) The Mayor stated the burned-out tree was inspected by the Public Service Director. The Mayor reported the Public Service Director stated the tree was not damaged sufficiently to require action. (2/28/06)

CLICK: #06-008 Letter dated January 26, 2006 to the Council President requesting appointments to the Planning Commission and the City Traffic Committee. (1/31/06)
I was informed by Council President during his February 13th Report the City Planning Commission position was filled and accepted by a vote to accept his report at that meeting and the Traffic Committee position was appointed by Ward which 3rd Ward would not be due an appointment in April 2006. I requested, in 3rd Ward Report, what vacancy did the City Planning Commission appointment fill. (2/18/06)

CLICK: #06-007 Letter dated January 20, 2006 to Council President requesting to Un-Table proposed legislation addition to Section 351.23 Front Yard Parking. This proposed ordinance was Tabled for further discussion at the April 25, 2005 Council Meeting. I have included recommended amendments for discussion. (1/24/06)
The question of Front Yard Parking will return to Council for discussion at the February 27th Council Meeting. (2/18/06)
The Front Yard Parking Ordinance was amended and passed March 27, 2006 Council Meeting. It was amended to give the resident a twenty-four (24) hour warning then the vehicle owner will be fined. (3/29/06)

CLICK: #06-006 Letter dated January 15, 2006 to National Rifle Association - Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) concerning City of Portsmouth Gun Registration. I enclosed a copy of the article, "NRA: City should ease restrictions", published by the Portsmouth Daily Times on January 15, 2006. I am seeking options or suggestions for ways to protect citizens' rights and provide security for citizens and law enforcement. (1/24/06)
CLICK: Response from 1st Ward Councilman to Council dated January 22, 2006 concerning Gun Registration Ordinance 705.30. (1/24/06)
CLICK: Response dated February 16, 2006 from the National Rifle Association - Institute for Legislative Action. (2/19/06)

CLICK: #06-005 Letter dated January 25, 2006 to the Mayor requesting pertinent information or actions taken on various topics previously discussed. (1/25/06)
CLICK: Mayor's response dated January 26, 2006 (1/31/06)

CLICK: #06-004 Letter to NRA-ILA concerning City of Portsmouth Gun Registration dated January 11, 2006 with attached response from the City of Portsmouth Chief of Police. (1/15/06)

CLICK: #06-003 Additional Information dated January 11, 2006 supplied to Mr. Kevin Johnson concerning the request for parking improvements in our downtown district. (1/15/06)
On Thursday 1/12/06, I contacted the Canal Winchester Downtown Association Program Manager (Main Street) for input concerning parking problems and possible solutions.

GENERAL CONVERSATION Discussion was direct, guarded, and thought provoking. John was an advocate for Main Street and suggested familiarizing myself with the process first. The Main Street approach required a "grassroots group" to solve their own problems with less involvement from the local government. Local government must support the Main Street program, which in their case involves appropriating approximately $20,000 for the Program Manager (part-time) salary. The group must have people involved that will organize, work, prepare a plan, work, communicate, and work to meet self established goals. It has turned around their retail from nine (9) empty building to none in their downtown district. The City has realized income tax and property value increases. He stated based on his participation with the Portsmouth report it has problems that will not get any better unless aggressively attacked. It did not occur overnight and will not return overnight but must be addressed. The group also acts as a buffer to assist retail with building permit process.

PARKING METERS
John felt parking meters would be a step backwards. He felt the Main Street approach would be beneficial to solve the parking issue because it is a precious commodity for a successful retail business. The Main Street group prepared a report on available parking spaces and parking trends. Then attached retail generated dollars to the available parking spaces. The group was able to educate the businesses to deter employee parking. He stated the parking issue was resolved by
communication and education. (1/24/06)

CLICK: #06-002 Request dated January 6, 2006 for the Council President and the Mayor to evaluate and involve appropriate departments to resolve the parking issues in our Downtown District. (1/07/06)
CLICK: February 13, 2006 Letter to the Mayor and City Council concerning immediate (in-front of or very nearby) parking for potential customers is critical and important to the success of our downtown. This also includes a"Petition for Consideration by City Council and Mayor of the City of Portsmouth Concerning Downtown Parking Enforcement" submitted at the February 13, 2006 Council Meeting. (2/19/06)

CLICK: #06-001 Request dated January 5, 2006 for the Solicitor to support repealing or amending Gun Registration Codified Ordinance 705.30. This letter is in response to #05-014. (1/07/06)
CLICK: Memo dated January 4, 2006 from the Solicitor to Council concerning the Codified Ordinance Section 705.30 Dealers in Firearms and Ammunition; Fee; Records and Reports. (10/7/07)
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CLICK:
#05-027 Request dated December 30, 2005 for the Mayor to evaluate and involve appropriate departments to resolve the reported complaints at 1431 Layton Drive after a site visit and included photographs. (12/31/05)

CLICK:  #05-026 Request dated December 30, 2005 for the Mayor to evaluate and engage the appropriate departments to resolve a reported safety concern at 1670 Highland Avenue. (12/31/05)

CLICK: #05-024 Request dated December 28, 2005 for the Mayor to evaluate and involve appropriate departments to resolve the reported complaints at 1431 Layton Drive. (12/31/05)

CLICK: #05-023 Request for information dated December 27, 2005 to the Mayor concerning the status of repairs to the Solid Waste Transfer Facility and potential safety concerns. (12/27/05)
CLICK: Pertinent 2004 Correspondence enclosed with Letter #05-023 concerning repairs to the Solid Waste Transfer Facility. (12/27/05)
CLICK: Letter from the Director of Public Service dated December 14, 2005 concerning my visit to the Solid Waste Transfer Station. (12/27/05)

CLICK: #05-022 Request to the Mayor dated December 12, 2005 to assess establishments that sell alcoholic beverages in the City. The Division of Liquor Control informed Permit Renewal Objections must be filed by January 3, 2005 if a valid objection exists with pertinent evidence provided. (12/12/05)

CLICK: #05-021 Request to the Mayor dated December 8, 2005 for additional information concerning the 2006 Operating Budget. (12/12/05)
CLICK: Response from the Mayor dated December 27, 2005 concerning request for additional information in #05-021 Correspondence. (12/27/05)

CLICK: #05-020 Provided information to the Mayor dated December 8, 2005 concerning the request for Improvements to the City Loading Zones Guidelines. (12/12/05)
CLICK: Letter of Resignation of Mr. Kevin Johnson as a member of Traffic Committee dated December 7, 2005 which was received in the Council Packet on 12/9/05. (12/12/05)
CLICK: I received a copy of Traffic Committee Meeting (December 21, 2005) minutes which responded to the request for improvements to the City Loading Zone Guidelines in "New Business" Item #3. I do not know what was meant by the comment "The Councilman's request should follow the procedures outlined in the City Charter" but I do understand "The committee would provide input should the Mayor request it." (1/3/06)

CLICK: #05-019 Ohio EPA Inspection at the Lawson Run Wastewater Plant. (12/6/05) CLICK: Response dated December 22, 2005 from the Director of Wastewater to Ohio-EPA. (12/27/05)

CLICK: #05-018 Potential City Ordinance Conflict with Federal Gun Registration Law. (12/6/05)

CLICK: #05-017 Various correspondences and requests for information to the Mayor in response to correspondence dated 11/28/05. (12/6/05)
CLICK: Mayor's response, dated 11/28/05, to the associated letters below.

CLICK: #05-016 was sent to Mr. Kevin Johnson in response to a letter he posted on River Cities EZine, Redeveloping Downtown Portsmouth - Revisited (11-17-05).

CLICK: #05-015 was sent to the Mayor on November 17, 2005 requesting monthly billing for users of the Public Utilities, instead of quarterly. Requested update on the status of any studies and/or evaluations and feasibility studies. The Mayor stated in correspondence dated 11/28/05 (Delivered at the Council Meeting)"We are moving forward with the feasibility study on a wireless connectivity network. Negotiations and evaluations are ongoing for the Energy Conservation program. We should have some preliminary plans for the City Council to review early in 2006. I don't feel that monthly billing is an option for the upcoming year." The 2006 Operating Budget was given a First Reading at the November 28, 2005 Council Meeting with the Capital Improvements Budget to follow early 2006. The City must prepare a PLAN to implement improvements and better utilize our resources to give customers the best product most efficiently. (11/29/05)

CLICK: #05-014 was sent to the Solicitor on November 17, 2005 requesting an update of actions taken to resolve this potential conflict with federal law involving the enforcement of the City of Portsmouth Codified Ordinances Section 705.30 Dealers in Firearms and ammunition; Fee; Records and Reports.
  • CLICK: David Kuhn November 18, 2005

Attachments:

  • CLICK: Request dated September 8, 2004
  • CLICK: Request dated September 20, 2004
  • CLICK: Request dated October 1, 2004
  • CLICK: Request dated November 29, 2004
  • CLICK: Request dated January 25, 2005
  • CLICK: Request dated February 24, 2005
  • CLICK: Request dated March 14, 2005

Requested a copy of the resubmitted correspondence sent by the Solicitor to the NRA. (11/29/05)

  • CLICK: Received copies of the Solicitor's letters to the National Rifle Association. (12/01/05)

Contacted Mr. Pack and provided him with copies. His concern was why NRA was contacted instead of the State of Ohio Attorney General Office. (12/02/05)

CLICK: #05-013 was sent to the Mayor on November 17, 2005 reporting an undesirable condition of the alley between Stockham Lane and Baird Avenue. Attachment:

  • CLICK: Pavement Inspection Sketch dated November 16, 2005

The Mayor stated in correspondence dated 11/28/05 (Delivered at the Council Meeting)"The Engineering Dept. and the City Service Director performed an inspection of this alley. This alley was reported as not being a priority to pave this year." Thanks to both departments for their inspection of the alley. If the condition of the alley changes or the amount of funding for asphalt paving it will be revisited. (11/29/05)

CLICK: #05-012 was sent to the Mayor on November 14, 2005 reporting a safety concern on Hutchins Avenue due to vehicles exceeding speed limits. The Mayor stated in correspondence dated 11/28/05 (Delivered at the Council Meeting)"Police Dept. has been made aware of the concern. Persons violating the 25 mph speed limit will be ticketed." Hutchins Avenue residents will be the best judge of the City's progress to reduce safety concern....Please contact as needed. (11/29/05)

CLICK: #05-011 was sent to Adelphia on November 2, 2005 expressed concerns and requests from my constituents concerning the news coverage supplied via Adelphia Cable to the City of Portsmouth via Channel 3 & 5. The Mayor stated in correspondence dated 11/28/05 (Delivered at the Council Meeting)"I was not given a copy of this correspondence. It appears that a response from Adelphia is requested." The Mayor was electronically sent (#05-011) to provide information to keep him informed of user requests. (11/29/05)

CLICK: #05-010 was sent to the Mayor on November 2, 2005 seeking to understand the parking issue for the residents near the SOMC Dialysis & Financial Services Facility at 17th and Waller Streets. Requesting the voting rules of the City Planning Commission to be evaluated. Concern for providing SOMC or other companies in our community with adequate information and direction in a timely matter to avoid future conflicts.
CLICK: The Mayor delivered a letter from the Engineering Department (dated 11/3/05) at the November 28, 2005 Council Meeting. It is obvious adequate parking was not addressed by the City, otherwise it would not be an ongoing issue. I am also concerned about SOMC's approved request and future building permit requests to utilize the sloped property for parking and how it effects the adjacent property owners. (11/29/05)

CLICK: #05-009 was sent to the Portsmouth Traffic Committee on October 31, 2005 requesting their support to consider resolving a safety issue with parking in the alley between Kinneys Lane and 18th Street near Wurster Drugs. The alley is congested with traffic from patrons visiting local businesses, medical, and fitness facilities.
CLICK: The Mayor submitted pertinent Traffic Committee Meeting minutes dated November 15, 2005 relating to the above correspondence (#05-009). I appreciate their consideration of the documented safety concern for parked vehicles in the above alley. It was noted the Police should be contacted to take enforcement action on illegally parked vehicles.....most drivers may not realize unless posted because it does not look like an alley. I will follow up to assure the issue is addressed.  (11/29/05)
CLICK: Response from Director of Public Service dated December 19, 2005. (12/27/05)
CLICK: I received a copy of Traffic Committee Meeting (December 21, 2005) minutes which responded (Item #2 - Old Business) to a safety concern in the alley between Kinneys Lane and 18th Street near Wurster Drugs. I do not agree with their response because I do not feel it is clear to the Wurster Drugs customers that parking in the alley is illegal. I may further evaluate with some photographs for their review. (1/3/06)
I noticed a sign posted -
Thanks!!!  (5/17/06)

CLICK: #05-008 was sent to the Mayor on October 24, 2005 requesting an update of the City's efforts to coordinate and improve the City's infrastructure to meet the future demands for an expanding SOMC Campus and Services.
CLICK: The Mayor delivered correspondence from the Director of Wastewater dated November 28, 2005 at the Council Meeting. (11/29/05)

CLICK: #05-007 was sent to the Solicitor on October 24, 2005 requesting an explanation why property at 1111 Third Street was sold through the City of Portsmouth for one ($1) dollar on October 14, 2005. This property was not taken by the City by eminent domain. The Solicitor supplied a hand written response on a copy of this letter dated October 24, 2005. "The eminent domain ordinance which was defeated at the 10/10/05 City Council Meting, had no effect on the other contracted obligations of the City contained in the Development Agreement with Campus View. One of those obligations, provides that properties in the development area can be conveyed to the City, which will (illegible) convey the property to Campus View. This is why many of the parcels in the development area were initially conveyed to the City & the re-conveyed to Campus View, and in all likelihood, that procedure will be employed in the future." David W. Kuhn City Solicitor (10/24/05)
CLICK: The Solicitor prepared correspondence (hand written) at the October 24, 2005 Council Meeting. (11/29/05)
CLICK: The Solicitor delivered correspondence (typed) and dated November 28, 2005 was delivered to me at the Council Meeting. (11/29/05)

CLICK: #05-006 was sent to the Mayor on October 24, 2005 voicing concerns for adequate parking for residents and proper drainage of the proposed asphalt parking lot at 1202 17th Street by SOMC. The City Planning Commission was scheduled to have a Special Meeting October 25, 2005 to discuss this request. The Mayor stated in correspondence dated 11/28/05 (Delivered at the Council Meeting) "Agenda Item for SOMC property at 1202 17th St. As requested, I read your concerns and preferences regarding the issue at the Planning Commission meeting. You should have received a copy of the minutes for the meeting by now. If you do not have them, please contact the Engineering Dept. or me and we will make sure you get a copy." I received a copy of these minutes. I am concerned two (2) City Planning Commission members may approve requests. The City Planning Commission has five (5) members and should be required to obtain a majority of three (3) members to approve any requests. (11/29/05)

CLICK: #05-005 was sent to the Mayor on October 18, 2005 requesting a twenty (20) foot section of curb in need of repair reinstalled as a result of a water line break at 1721 Offnere Street. The request for repair was initially made December 27, 2004. Public Service Director has contacted and informed the repair will be made soon. (11/17/05)
The Mayor stated in correspondence dated 11/28/05 (Delivered at the Council Meeting)"Answered in October 21, 2005 letter from the City Service Director. If for some reason it is still not resolved, please notify me." Reported Complete at May 15, 2006 Special Meeting - Thanks!!! (5/17/06)

CLICK: #05-004 was sent to the Mayor on October 18, 2005 voicing concerns with the Mayor's comments at a public forum "the City Building was imploding and your fear or concern for the public safety as a result of plaster hitting someone in the head and the potential lawsuit against the City." Suggested a thorough inspection with documentation of any findings and corrective actions required to keep our public employees and citizens safe while on City premises. Mayor has stated informally a contractor has been hired to repair plaster with no mention of any safety inspections. (11/17/05)
The Mayor stated in correspondence dated 11/28/05 (Delivered at the Council Meeting)"I informally stated to you at the time of your correspondence that a contractor had been hired to address the safety issues at the City Building. The contractor has been working in the building on a daily basis for nearly a month now. Safety of employees and citizens is a priority and corrective actions have been taken for the existing issues and future problems will be addressed as they become necessary." As I stated in the above correspondence (#05-004) to the Mayor, the statement "imploding" was made by the Mayor at a public forum while describing the City Building, raised my concerns to request a thorough inspection documenting any findings and corrective actions required to keep our public employees and citizens safe while on City premises. (11/29/05)

CLICK: #05-003 was sent to the Auditor on October 10, 2005 requesting information and recommendations on account numbers and the status of the 2005 Budget. Auditor replied in October 24, 2005 Council Meeting Budget will end the year on a positive reserve. (11/17/05)

CLICK: #05-002 was sent to the Mayor on October 3, 2005 to restore the faith citizens have entrusted in their local government to enforce codified ordinances as needed to provide a safe environment for all. Complaints on the parcel at 1803 Baird Avenue. The Mayor stated in correspondence dated 11/28/05 (Delivered at the Council Meeting)"appropriate departments have been notified and notice will be sent to property owner regarding any violations. Repeat violations should result in misdemeanor charges being filed according to Section 941.99(b) of the Codified Ordinances. I will be in contact with the Health Department to see why this has not been done." I will continue to follow this issue to restore faith citizens have entrusted in their local government to enforce codified ordinances as needed to provide a safe environment for all. (11/29/05)

CLICK: #05-001 was sent the the Mayor on October 3, 2005 for safety concerns on Sherman Road. The request was made to install four-way stop signs at the 28th Street and Sherman Road intersection. A request was also made to resolve the complaints from residents of unwanted traffic to and from SOMC properties. Four-Way signs have been installed. No reply yet on the unwanted traffic. (11/17/05)
The Mayor stated in correspondence dated 11/28/05 (Delivered at the Council Meeting) "The new signs and regular police patrol should help to resolve any complaints of speeding on Sherman Road." The Mayor stated he noticed the above correspondence (#05-001) was copied to Mr. Arnett at SOMC. He stated "Mr. Arnett would have what little control there would be as to what vehicles use Sherman Road to travel to and from SOMC by requesting drivers who do business with the hospital (vendors, ambulances, employees, etc.) to use an alternate route." He stated "I don't believe the City would want to get involved in choosing what traffic is allowed on public streets." SOMC addressed these issues at the June 17, 2003 City Planning Commission Meeting. The Mayor should follow up to assure the citizens statements represented at City Planning Commission meetings will be enforced as needed. (11/29/05)

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