Update - Back Rooms and Land Deals

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Background - The City Council Majority - Mayor Kathy Bailey, Vice-Mayor Rob Weisgerber, Kent Blair, Ted Phelps, Tim Butler and Neil Oury voted on May 28, 2019 via “emergency” to purchase land on 1st Street ( next door to the Works) for the publicly stated price of $550K to build a parking garage and cut through. Later during that meeting we learned it would actually cost the taxpayers another $50K to settle a legal dispute related to the purchase. That brings the actual cost to taxpayers to $600K for the land. We also learned from council comments that they were having discussions with “ council members about other options” related to the property - one mentioned building a multi level city hall on the property.

Update - Well, its a new week and guess what, there is now a new price estimate for the above mentioned land. According to the latest council memo the new amount is $700K. Click here. Eye On Loveland looks forward to this Tuesday’s council meeting (6/25/19) to hear what other “private conversations” the majority members have been conducting and what new options they’ve discussed outside the view of the public forum.

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What Is The Plan?

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What is the plan for the land that Loveland OH council majority voted to purchase for $600K?

Through all the confusion, we have three questions:

  • Why buy the land via “emergency?”

  • What is the plan for the property?

  • What is the total cost to taxpayers?

Eye On Loveland is going to stay on top of this issue, Check out our recent discussions on the purchase and council comments regarding this decision.

Click here - Back Rooms and Land Deals - May 30, 2019

Click here - Future of Downtown Loveland - June 8, 2019

Click here - Deep Thoughts About Parking - June 13, 2019

Council members have said they want to hear from the public. We have reached out to all members of council and city manager Dave Kennedy . We will keep you updated on their response. If you would like to ask council questions, please send an email to them and remember the next council meeting is Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at 7pm. Come and let your voice be heard.

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Deep Thoughts About Parking

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Eye On Loveland has a Question - Can you tell us when a parking garage is not a parking garage?

Answer - How about when council members decide to spend money on land and tell the public it is for a parking garage and traffic cut through. Then they say they’ve discussed other options, and now they say they haven’t discussed other options. We’re certainly confused, are you?

At the May 28, 2019 city council meeting, members Kathy Bailey, Rob Weisgerber, Kent Blair, Ted Phelps, Tim Butler and Neil Oury voted 6-0 to spend $600K to purchase land via an “emergency” for the stated purpose of “improving parking and vehicular access into downtown.” However, during that same meeting Mr. Oury stated “ council had discussed other options.” Rob Weisgerber stated “all options are open for discussion, for example, one option could be to move city hall to that location and put another commercial building on the city hall property.” Click here to view their statements.

On our podcasts - Back Rooms and Land Deals and New Loveland - we stated that we had lots of questions regarding this $600K land purchase. Unfortuanately those questions were not answered at the June 11, 2019 council meeting and based on the council members current comments, we have even more questions.

Councilwoman Settell ( who was not at the 5/28 meeting) asked Councilman Neil Oury about his comments regarding council members discussing other options. She stated that she did not know about any other options nor any other private conversations with council members. Mr Oury responded by saying “ no outside items were discussed outside of individual deep thoughts, and people who came into his shop.” As the video from the 5/28 meeting shows, this is not what he said at the previous meeting. Click here ( go to minute mark 59:24 ) Mayor Kathy Bailey then stated “ why are we discussing what people are talking about, council will ultimately make the decision.” Councilman Tim Butler then stated that Mr. Oury was “inviting the public to participate in the review and identify the best use of the property, it was an outreach to the public to help us decide.” Click here to view the videotape. ( the conversation begins at minute mark 36:23)

What is going on here? In this short period of time - 5/26 - 6/11 - council voted to purchase land for $600k via “emergency” with the publicly stated purpose of alleviating parking and traffic concerns. Now council is saying that it might be something else. Loveland taxpayers deserve to know what plan council has for using our money on this land purchase. Before the city spends even more taxpayer money, maybe they should look at our current underutilized parking assets like the Linda Cox parking lot.

Please listen to our latest podcast - Deep Thoughts on Parking - where we discuss the words and actions of city council and offer other solutions to address our parking and traffic issues in the NOW and without more taxpayer dollars. Join us, won’t you?

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Term Limits, What the People of Loveland Want?

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One year ago we published a poll on what the voters of Loveland thought about term limits on the elected members of the city council (Read it here). It turns out a large majority of the registered voters in Loveland wanted to limit the terms on their elected representatives.

Around the time we published the survey, the Loveland City Council’s Charter Review Committee started meeting. Recently the committee presented their final proposal for changes to the city’s charter. There was minimal discussion within the committee about term limits and no discussion on the length of terms or the direct election of the Mayor. One needs to ask, did the Charter Committee take into account the wants of Loveland voters, or did the committee prioritize the wants of the City Council majority who appointed them?

We decided to commission another poll, one with a few more specific ideas on term limits and other issues, and the results look very similar to the poll in 2018. Along with term limits, the poll also asked the people of Loveland how they felt about reducing the term of each elected member of the city council from four years to two years, and if the voters should directly elect the Mayor. Each issue garnered more support than opposition with term limits once again holding an over 60% approval.

The numbers do not lie. Loveland wants term limits.

Want to see the poll for yourself? Here it is: 

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Future of Downtown Loveland OH?

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Eye On Loveland has had numerous discussions throughout the year regarding the $128K Master Plan:

Click here - A Master Plan for 2019 - Jan 10, 2019

Click here - The Magic of Master Planning - Jan 24, 2019

Click here - Master Plan Part 1 - A Rough Draft - April 4, 2019

Click here - Why Loveland Madeira Rd - April 18, 2019

Click here - New Loveland - May 31, 2019

We will continue following very closely the actions of city council now that the final recommendations are complete. Click here to view the master plan power point presentation. Will Mayor Bailey and her council majority allow for a public discussion on the proposals? Will council engage the public and answer their questions? Will council members publicly discuss their thoughts and ideas on the plan, or will they just vote to adopt the recommendations? Who are the “players” in implemeting this new vision for downtown Loveland? How much will this transformation cost the taxpayers? How do they plan on paying for it? Will this plan lead to increased taxes?

City Council members - Kathy Bailey, Kent Blair, Rob Weisgerber, Tim Butler, Ted Phelps and Neil Oury have already voted to buy land at a cost of $600K for a future parking garage. This amount included $550K for an original purchase agreement and another $50K in a legal settlement related to the purchase. Click here to view the videtape of the council session on May 28, 2019. Several residents spoke during open forum, starting at minute mark 12:27 regarding the land purchase. You can also fast forward to minute mark 1:18:04 to hear the discussion that followed the executive session regarding the legal dispute that cost taxpayers $50K. What is the actual cost of constructing this future parking garage? How does the city, i.e. taxpayers fund this future project? Will this actually solve any of our parking and traffic issues?

Please stay tuned for future podcasts where we will discuss and hopefully get answers to the above questions. Our newest podcasts will drop on Thursday. Join us, won’t you?

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New Downtown Loveland?

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On Wednesday May 29, 2019 the final public meeting took place regarding the taxpayer paid $128K Master Plan. The recommendations are in and we have the pictures. (landing) (bike trail) (eads) (overall)

This plan shows a total transformation of downtown Loveland. If this development takes place it will create a New Loveland. Is this the plan the public had in mind? Are the recent decisions by the majority of council led by Mayor Kathy Bailey already changing the look, feel and attitude of our community? It seems they are turning our downtown into an entertainment district with numerous events, amplified music and outdoor alcoholic drinking. People have always used the words quaint, family friendly, small town feel to describe our community. Are we already losing what makes us Loveland and this plan just continues that trend?

Check out our latest podcast - New Loveland - where we discuss these changes and the affects the master plan recommendations will have on our city now and in the future. This podcast does not focus on the specifics of the plan but SPOILER ALERT - we will on future podcast epsodes. Join us, won’t you?

Sign up to receive regular updates and find our show - eyeonloveland - here or wherever you get your podcasts. Please follow us on twitter @eyeonloveland and facebook at eyeonloveland.  We would love to hear what you have to say so send us an email at eyeonloveland@gmail.com.

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Pamela Gross - Founder & CEO - Follow personally on Twitter @ lovelandpam

RD Kulik - Founder & COO - Hit him up on Twitter @ tattlerloveland