Have you seen the Loveland OH "Super Truck?" - Follow Up

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Remember the Loveland “Super Truck?” The City of Loveland paid Stantec Consulting Services $30K to analyze the cities street conditions. The report is now in and Eye On Loveland is providing an update on the results of the analysis.

First, in an effort to provide clarification from the original story posted on July 31, 2018 - the city did not purchase the truck, the vehicle is part of the services provided by Stantec Consulting.

The City of Loveland has approximately 101 miles of roadway. Here is a brief summary of the Stantec Road Report - Click here to read the entire report.

  • 50.9% of road network is at poor overall service level

  • 55.2% of road network is rated failed or poor, the remaining roads 36.7% is fair and 8.1% is good condition

  • In terms of rideability, 25.5% is poor, 74,2% is fair or good

  • Surface distress index, 55.8% is in poor condition, 4.6% failed surface distress index and 23.7% is fair

  • Average rating of existing curbs is fair

At the November 27, 2018 City Council meeting, City Engineer Cindy Klopfenstein appeared before council where she presented an evaluation of the cities roadways. Click here to view the presentation.

Eye On Loveland will be providing a more in-depth article on the roads and infrastructure issue in the New Year so stay tuned.

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Original story - July 31, 2018 follows:

The City of Loveland recently purchased this high tech truck at a cost to taxpayers =$29,800. This cost was not discussed or included in the 2018 budget.  It is part of an agreement with Stantec Consulting Services for a road condition assessment and report. This "super" truck will analyze the cities street conditions. 

Is city council decision to spend almost $30K of taxpayer money to help develop a road maintenace plan or is the purpose to justify a decision to increase taxes that was already being discussed among some council members as early as February?

Listen to our podcast - The Shadows of Loveland are Hiding a Tax Man - you can then you decide if there is more to this story. 

Loveland - What We Have Here Is A Failure To Communicate

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Transparency, Accountability, Public Engagement - powerful words and we hear them a lot from politicians especially at election time. When Kent Blair was appointed to the vacant council seat he stated “I am a strong supporter of accountability of elected officials to the people they serve, an expectation of inclusion - Loveland should stand for all residents, not the few who lead it.” However, once they are in office do they govern as promised? Is the new council majority led by Mayor Kathy Bailey delivering on this committment of openness and inclusion?

Listen to our latest podcast - click here - where we discuss these questions and the actions of our elected ( and un-elected) representatives.

We would love to hear what you have to say so send us an email at eyeonloveland@gmail.com. Please follow us on twitter @eyeonloveland and facebook at eyeonloveland. Be sure to sign up to receive regular updates and subscribe to our podcasts on iTunes,apple.com - eyeonloveland.

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What Is Bike Shedding?

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Bikes, sheds, what the heck are you talking about?

According to Wikipedia, the term bike-shed effect or bike-shedding was coined as a metaphor to illuminate the law of triviality. Bike-shedding is when time and energy is spent disproportionately on trivial matters. Does the Loveland City Council majority engage in the practice of bike shedding?

Listen to our latest podcast - click here - where we discuss this issue and give examples of council members actions and questions related to decisions that impact our community.

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Downtown Master Plan - Process Begins

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The Master Plan process is beginning. The first meeting of the downtown planning committee will be held tomorrow evening - November 5, 2018, 6pm at City Hall. Click here for agenda ( p1-14) . Click here ( p15-33)

Eye On Loveland has been following the decision of the current council to spend $128K of taxpayer money to fund another Master Plan. Listen to our podcast to hear our thoughts on the issue.

Stay tuned for future developments and information. We encourage everyone to attend this meeting and learn more about the decision making process that will affect all of us who live, work and play in Loveland, OH.

Loveland is Changing - Be A Part Of It. Let your Voice Be Heard.

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Original Post from August 7, 2018

Albert Einstein is credited with saying “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”. It seems that Loveland City Council doesn’t think Mr. Einstein is correct since they recently voted to spend $128K of taxpayer’s money on yet another Comprehensive Plan. See Attached

As a business owner I know the importance of planning so it is not that the city should not have a plan for development and future growth; what I am questioning is whether hiring a firm at a cost of $128K to create another master plan is the most effective and financially responsible way to achieve the cities goals.

Many in the community may not know that the city commissioned a comprehensive plan in 1993 and since that time had at least nine plans and development updates prepared and paid for with taxpayer money, see attached, one as recently as 2011. See Attached. There was also a comprehensive plan workshop, paid for by taxpayers, held in September 2015. See Attached. Some of those results were included in the current proposal and identified areas that were in most need of attention. See attached.

Most of these reports can be found on some shelf in city hall. Which leads me to the question, why are we paying to have another report prepared that will most likely have the same recommendations as the others? Why is the primary focus of this "new" master plan, downtown Loveland? The above mentioned map shows this area as stable and in transition. Instead of spending additional taxpayer money, why are we not looking at the previous plans? Why don’t we review the reports, what was accomplished, what wasn’t and why and then update the ideas based on current needs. Why do a replication of what we’ve already paid for many times over?  Don’t you think it is time we try something new and different, something that will produce actual results? 

We should look at how Over-the-Rhine and other communities were redeveloped. It was through a private citizen and stakeholder group – 3CDC that invigorated downtown Cincinnati. These types of organizations developed a strategic plan, a vision that was created by business owners, residents and experts in development, not a committee created by the government, made up of members of a connected political group or officials beholden to elections.

In these days of tight budgets, it is more important than ever that planning dollars be spent as productively as possible. Sadly, Mayor Bailey, Vice-Mayor Weisgerber, Councilman Ted Phelps, Tim Butler, Kent Blair and Neil Oury voted to spend $128K of taxpayer’s money on another comprehensive plan that is likely to join the others on the city hall book shelf.

Listen to our podcast – New Dust for New Master Plan - to hear more about this discussion. 

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Our Purpose

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Eye on Loveland and The Loveland Tattler were conceived as organizations to watch and report the words and actions of city officials and elected representatives. We are a watchdog group. Our websites and podcasts are where we discuss the issues and decision making process regarding the Loveland community. Our mission is to provide information to you. We will present the facts gathered from the various sources and make that information available to the public. It is our hope that you, the ordinary citizen, will become an effective advocate for your beliefs. Our call to action - Be Informed, Be Involved, Be Influential.

Known as a watchdog to the Loveland city government, people have approached us with information about individuals in and around Loveland Ohio. Many times, these stories are “rumor” backed by very little facts. We will not write or talk about stories fueled by rumor. We will also not write or talk about the personal matters of those in authority if their actions have no relation to the use, or misuse, of public resources provided to them by taxpayers. The many people who live, work, and play in Loveland Ohio all have their own individual lives. They have sadness and joy that is shared with the people closest to them. We respect the privacy that individuals are entitled to and these stories have no appeal to our mission. We believe in the path of positive policy, not in the politics of personal destruction.

That is our purpose. Thanks for being part of the journey.

We would love to hear what you have to say so send us an email at eyeonloveland@gmail.com. Please follow us on twitter @eyeonloveland and facebook at eyeonloveland. Be sure to sign up to receive regular updates and subscribe to our podcasts on iTunes,apple.com - eyeonloveland.

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Pamela Gross - President - Follow me on Twitter @ lovelandpam