To let West Chester and Liberty Township residents catch up with the news that they need to know, WestChesterBuzz.com will list and link to all of last week’s top local stories every Monday.
YMCA gets through zoning commission – The West Chester Zoning Commission unanimously approved a major zoning change Monday night that could lead to the development of a $12 million YMCA in the heart of West Chester. Home to more than 60,000 residents, Ohio’s largest township has never had a YMCA or recreation center and while the zoning change has been approved by the zoning commission it will be years before any ground breaking.
Lakota teacher suspended – A Lakota West High School math teacher’s license has been suspended for “inappropriate” communications with students, including exchanging recollections of sexual experiences and orientation. But the teacher, George C. Merk, will return to the classroom at the start of the school year next month, Michael D. Clark reported last week.
User fee coming to Liberty Center – In what could be a first in Ohio, shoppers at the proposed $300-million Liberty Center mega-retail project in Butler County are expected to pay a half-percent more for purchases to help fund roads, sewers and other public improvements at the development. Liberty Township officials approved the creation of a community authority last Tuesday night that would collect the additional fee, with the intention of approving the increase later.
Judges select the best of Homearama – Dan Dressman, executive director of the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati, said this year’s showcase is attracting good crowds. He expects to draw roughly 300,000 visitors at the event that kicked off last Saturday and runs through July 28. There is still plenty of time to visit the event, but that doesn’t mean it is too early to pass out some awards. This week, a group of independent industry judges from around the state selected their winners.
Local students earn UC’s top scholarship – Recent Lakota East graduate Jeffrey Back and recent Ursuline graduate Kaitlin Burnam, both of West Chester, received The University of Cincinnati’s highest scholarship award — a four-year, $92,000 Cincinnatus Presidential scholarship to pay for tuition, room and board, books and fees. The prestigious scholarship competition selects students on the basic of academic achievement, leadership and commitment to community service.