This is the joint press release prepared by Loveland Mayor Rob Weisgerber and City Manager Tom Carroll. Carroll submitted his resignation yesterday. Council voted to accept it at a special meeting Wednesday night.
Loveland, Oh. - After a closed door meeting late Wednesday night, Council accepted the resignation of city manager Thomas Carroll. Vice-Mayor David Bednar was absent from the meeting. Brent Zuch and Weisgerber voted to not accept the resignation. Voting to accept was Linda Cox, Mark Fitzgerald, Angie Settell, and Paulette Leeper.
Carroll is on vacation and was not at the meeting. His last day of employment is December 4, when he returns from vacation. Police Chief Tim Sabransky has assumed the position of acting city manager, and will continue in that role until council appoints someone else, or hires a new manager.
Council did not discuss the resignation or compensation package offered to Carroll at the council table, except that the Mayor praised Carroll’s performance as city manager and expressed regret over his resignation. Weisgerber, who negotiated the compensation package with Carroll, said just before the vote, “I’ve not been real thrilled with this whole process. I do not want to see Mr. Carroll resign and leave.”
After the meeting, a joint press release previously prepared by Weisgerber and Carroll, praising Carroll’s accomplishments, was released.
The resolution passed by council was also prepared ahead of the meeting, but was not on the meeting agenda. Even though it had become law, Weisgerber denied a pubic record request for the document after the meeting.
Weisgerber and city solicitor Frank Klaine also refused Wednesday night to release a copy of the severance agreement that council approved, and would not reveal details of the compensation Carroll will receive.
None of the other council members commented during the vote or after the meeting was over. Council member Linda Cox said that the agreement permitted only Weisgerber to comment on the resignation.
Carroll has served as city manager since 2005, and prior to that he was the assistant city manager, hired in 2001.
Loveland Magazine has since learned that Carroll will be retained by the city as a consultant, for up to six months at his regular rate of pay.
He will receive a “Positive Recommendation” to prospective employers and inquiries must be answered by Weisgerber. Carroll can also submit up to $5,000 of legal expenses related to negotiating the agreement with Weisgerber.
The agreement also contains a “Non-Disparagement Requirement” binding on current council members, newly elected council members, and city employees.
If Carroll takes full benefit of the severance by being employed as a special consultant to the city at his “normal wages” for the prospective six month period, he will make $55,000.00. In addition he will receive accrued vacation and sick leave, an automobile allowance, life and health insurance packages, all totaling more than $73,000.
In addition, he will receive a “Lump Sum Severance” on January 2 of $43,343.80.
Loveland, Oh. - I am investigating what happened in Centre Alley of the West Loveland Historic District on the night of October 26, 2013. I'm jumping right on this story.
To paraphrase the Urban Dictionary: A proper Sleuth needs to be intelligent, witty, and always a few hops ahead of all others. In fact, she never reveals all her discoveries or conclusions. Her wisdom is her greatest asset and she needs to hide that wisdom if she expects to jump to the proper conclusion.
Sherlock Holmes enjoyed a proper Sleuthing, like a boss!
On Thursday, November 21st, from 11:30 AM until 1:00 PM, U.S. Representative Brad Wenstrup’s Traveling Help Desk will be held at his Union Township office. The office is located in the Civic Center at 4350 Aicholtz Road in Union Township.
The Traveling Help Desk is a monthly invitation for constituents to meet one-on-one with a member of Representative Wenstrup’s staff. These meetings are a good opportunity to share opinions on legislative issues or get assistance dealing with federal agencies, like the VA or Social Security.
Staff will visit each of the eight counties in Ohio’s second district on the third Thursday of every month to ensure constituents have personal access to congressional services closer to their hometowns.
No appointments are necessary for the Traveling Help Desk. In addition to these monthly visits, constituents are invited to call Representative Wenstrup’s office or utilize his website, www.Wenstrup.House.gov, to share their concerns. If you are unable to attend the Traveling Help Desk, but would like to request a meeting, contact the Cincinnati office at (513) 474-7777.
Loveland, Oh. - Police Chief Tim Sabransky said this morning that there is nothing new to report about the bomb threat last week to the Loveland Middle School. He was asked if there was truth to rumors that a Middle School Student committed the crime. He said, "We do not know if it was a student or not. As is usual in these type of events, rumors swirl. Thanks for asking to verify this one."
The Chief added, "There was also a rumor that a student was arrested the day of the threat. Obviously that was not correct either."
Loveland, Oh. - Loveland School Superintendent, Chad Hilliker and Loveland Police Chief Tim Sabransky were at the Loveland Safety Center this morning to talk about the ongoing investigation into the bomb threat to thee Loveland Middle School.
The Loveland District just released this statement about the bomb threat to the Loveland Middle School:
Update: Safety Concern
After an extensive search of both Loveland Middle School (LMS) and Loveland Intermediate School (LIS) with specially trained K-9 units, the Loveland City Police Department has indicated both buildings are safe for students to enter.
For today, all remaining LMS and LIS students who were transported to Loveland Elementary School (LES) and Loveland Primary School (LPS) will eat lunch at those buildings and then finish the remainder of their day at those buildings – they will not be transported back to LMS or LIS.
In addition, all activities set to take place at LIS and LMS this evening, including the parent-teacher conferences and the band concert, are cancelled. Those will be rescheduled.
The evacuation occurred around 7 a.m. after a district administrator received an email indicating a bomb threat for LMS. The decision was immediately made to transport all LMS and LIS students to LES and LPS, and to evacuate staff, to ensure the safety of all. All other buildings operated as usual.
We want all of our Tiger Family to rest assured that safety for all is at the forefront of each decision made by the administration. We appreciate your continued patience with us as we work to communicate with you in a timely and accurate manner.
We thank the Loveland City Police Department for the swift and thorough action they took in this situation. They will handle the complete investigation.
Senior administrators received an email indicating a bomb threat for Loveland Middle School (LMS). The decision was made to transport all LMS and Loveland Intermediate School students to the primary and elementary buildings. The Loveland City Police Department is working with the district to ensure the buildings are safe for students. They are bringing in K-9 units to search the buildings. All students and staff are safe. We will update you on the situation. Any concerned parent is welcome to pick up their student at the elementary and primary school.
The State of Ohio War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission announces a research contest open to any Ohio student ages 13 to 18 and in grades 7 through 12. The contest boasts $10,000 in cash prizes.
“We are very grateful to our sponsor, Medical Mutual of Ohio, for providing the funding for this contest,” said Joseph H. Zerbey IV, chairman of the commission.
The research project may take the form of an essay, a Web site, a podcast, or a Powerpoint presentation.
“Our goal is for students to present historical narrative and interpretation in a compelling and informative manner,” said Dr. Peter Hahn, a Commission member and chairman of the history department at The Ohio State University. “Not only do we want them to conduct research for the contest, but we hope they share it with their classmates. We want all Ohio students to know the rich history of Ohio.”
Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in each grade category. First place winners will each receive $3,000. Second place winners will each receive $1,500, and third place winners will each take home $500.
The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is inviting customers to celebrate their recent honor from the library field’s leading professional publication. The Library Journal Index of Public Library Service awarded the Public Library a Five-Star Rating for service on November 1st and this week, when the print edition of the publication was released, we learned that our Library got the second highest score in the country within its expenditure category of $30+ million.
To celebrate, the Public Library invites customers to visit any of our 40 neighborhood branches or the Main Library in downtown Cincinnati on Saturday, November 16th at 1 p.m. to share in a free piece of cake (while supplies last). Read on...
“Giving from the heart” is such an incredible emotion
Dear Loveland Magazine Readers,
Loveland Interfaith Effort is powering up for the L.I.F.E. of Giving Shoppe. The generosity and past support from the Loveland community towards this program has permitted local families in need to celebrate the spirit of the season for the last 14 years! Such kindness allows a family to select gift items for each member of the family, have them gift wrapped, then carried to their cars – all free of charge.
LIFE of Giving Shoppe assisted 179 families last year to celebrate the season! This year we have 216 families in need; a 20% increase since 2012! We are asking for the entire communities’ backing to again make the LIFE of Giving Shoppe a wonderful success.
There are three ways to help us in this great cause!
You can donate new, unwrapped gifts. Our focus is filling needs of everyday life. Articles of clothing covering children and adults, toys and teen gifts for younger family members, basic household goods such as sheets, towels, blankets and small appliances are welcomed as well.
Not a holiday shopper? A monetary donation assists in two ways. One: It allows us to shop for you. Two: We are able to fill the need for hard-to-find sizes that are an essential item for some families.
We need “People Power” to have the Shoppe prepared for our clients. Volunteers are always welcomed and appreciated! We need assistance in setting up, working the event, running errands, and cleaning up when event is over. Seeing a client smile is a great reward for all of us at LIFE and for our volunteers. Please send an email to the following email address if you would like to lend a hand: email@example.com. Hope you join us!
The Charles Brigham, Jr. Masonic Lodge located at 11665 Lebanon Road has generously donated their facility. Drop off hours for gifts at the Masonic Lodge are listed below:
Gift Drop off Hours: Sunday, December 15th from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday, December 16th 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and lastly, Tuesday, December 17th 9:00 to noon.
Operation Hours for the Giving Shoppe: Tuesday, December 17th 1:00p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and Wednesday, December 18th 9:00a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Please help give LIFE this Holiday Season to the less fortunate in our community. “Giving from the heart” is such an incredible emotion and brings happiness to all involved!! Please join us.
Celeste Hefner and Beth Rawson, both seniors at Loveland High
School, were captured by a Associated Press photographer, and featured in national stories about Veterans Day as they held hands and prayed at the grave of Loveland graduate, Marine Capt. David Seth Mitchell,
at Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day. They are with fellow students on the annual Senior trip to the nation's capital. Read on and see photo...
Loveland Magazine writer, Ricky Mulvey is also on the trip and attended ceremonies yesterday at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. These are photos he took of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
Haiyan swept across the central Philippines on Friday leaving a trail
of massive destruction in its wake. With sustained winds reported at
over 145 miles per hour, and significantly stronger gusts, Haiyan was
the second category 5 typhoon to strike the Philippines this year. Read on...
Loveland, Oh. - The Loveland Police Division, in partnership Loveland Kroger and
Loveland High School “Tigers in Service” community service club, are
sponsoring a food drive November 16 to benefit the Loveland LIFE
Food Pantry. The Police Division is hoping to stuff one or more cruisers
with donated, non-perishable items.
“As Thanksgiving approaches and folks are thinking about stuffed
turkey, we wanted to reach out to help those in need by stuffing a
cruiser,” said Police Chief Tim Sabransky. “We are looking forward to
working side by side with our “Tigers in Service” students to help our
Kathy Schroeder, LIFE Food Drive Coordinator, is also excited about
this venture. She said, “LIFE Food Pantry is grateful to the City of
Loveland and its people. They have a history of being generous to their
neighbors in need.”
The “Stuff A Cruiser” food drive will take place from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday,
November 16, 2013 at the Loveland Kroger store, 800 Loveland Madeira
Road. A list of suggested items will be available at the collection
Branch Hill-Guinea is being closed in order to replace a culvert. The
closure will be between 6221 & 6223 Branch Hill Guinea Road and will
take place from Monday, November 18 through Saturday, November 23.