Announcement Regarding Ridgewood Subdivision

Ridgewood and Cliffridge Water Main Replacement and Repaving
Greater Cincinnati Water Works (GCWW) advised Columbia Township officials it plans to begin its Ardmore Water Main Project #WW002742 construction on replacing water mains beginning June 13, 2016. The project includes new water mains for Ridgewood and Cliffridge Avenues. The work schedule given is as follows, dependent upon weather:

  • Start layout of the water main               June 13, 2016
  • Start saw-cutting for the water main   June 14, 2016
  • Start laying of the water main               June 20, 2016
  • Start installing fire hydrants                 August 17, 2016
  • Start to test new water main                 August 30, 2016
  • Start tie-ins and services                        August 30, 2016
  • Start the final tie-ins                               November 16, 2016
  • Start final restoration                             Fall 2016

Since the water main construction will require half of Ridgewood and half of Cliffridge to be repaved, the Township tagged onto the project to have the balance of the streets repaved which will save a significant amount of money, increase the lifespan of the streets and improve the look of the streets.

Ridgewood Avenue work will include a new water main and curb-to-curb resurfacing while Cliffridge will include a new water main, curbs, driveway aprons and resurfacing.

The project will begin on Cliffridge. Once GCWW is finished with its water main work, the roadwork will begin and be completed in the fall.

As one might expect, there will be occasional delays, noise and inconveniences. Efforts will be made to keep these to a minimum during the four 10-hour day schedule planned for the job.

Columbia Township trustees weigh fire levy

The possibility that Columbia Township residents who live in the Ridge Fire District may be asked to approve a fire levy this fall is growing closer to a probability.

The township’s Board of Trustees has voted to ask the Hamilton County Auditor to certify how much a 3.4-mill levy would cost homeowners in the Ridge Road-Highland Avenue area annually and how much it would generate for Columbia Township annually.

“After receiving the certification, the trustees will determine whether to pass a resolution to proceed to place a levy on the ballot, which would only affect the Ridge Fire District,” Columbia Township Administrator Michael Lemon said.

Township trustees David Kubicki, board president; Susan Hughes, board vice president, and Christos Kritikos were not immediately available for comment on whether they are leaning toward asking voters to approve a fire levy.

Lemon has said projections show a shortfall in the Ridge Fire District of more than $120,000 per year over the next five years without an increase in revenue.

Columbia Township has a three-year contract in which it will pay the Golf Manor Fire Department $355,000 this year, $360,000 next year and $370,000 the last year for fire and emergency-medical services in the township’s Ridge Fire District.

Other areas of Columbia Township are served by other fire departments and would not be affected by the possible levy under discussion.

The current fire levy millage in the Ridge Fire District is 6.77.

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Who is affected?

The Ridge Fire District includes the Ridge Road and Highland Avenue business district, the Ridgewood subdivision and township streets off Kennedy Avenue.

Streets involved are Blueridge Avenue, Brackenridge Avenue, Charloe Street, Cliffridge Avenue, Crestridge Circle, Dogwood Lane, Donald Drive, Highland Avenue, Hill and Dale Drive, Kennedy Avenue, Kenoak Lane, Losantiridge Avenue, Lucille Drive, Monardi Circle, Ridge Circle, Ridge Road, Ridgewood Avenue and Viewpoint Drive.