Warren County leaders have some big decisions to make about how to fill the soon to be vacated Lebanon Raceway.
With the Miami Valley Gaming racino on track to open in early 2014 in Turtle Creek Township, (Union Rd. and St. Rt. 63) a Warren County planning committee is starting to examine how to fill the space Lebanon Raceway no longer will. The 93 acre Warren County Fairgrounds is owned by the taxpayers and Commissioner Dave Young says he wants to make sure they get their money's worth. There are many possibilities. He likes an equestrian center.
The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments wants to hear from people and groups who bicycle in Cincinnati as it begins updating its Bike Route Guide map. OKI is asking for comments, ideas and questions about the current map.
"It was last updated in 2010," said OKI Senior Planner Don Burrell. "It's fairly popular with cyclists and gets distributed through our office and a number of bike shops."
All three Hamilton County Commissioners are optimistic about Governor John Kasich's proposed state budget.
Republicans Chris Monzel and Greg Hartmann call the plan bold and filled with a lot of changes that could affect county government. Hartmann adds the proposed budget has the potential to be revolutionary.
Democrat Todd Portune agrees. He especially likes the plans for Medicaid.
Now that Democrat David Mann is a declared candidate for Cincinnati City Council, he has stepped down as co-convener of Beyond Civility, a project aimed at promoting more civil discourse and understanding among people of different political views.
Mann will be replaced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black, who was appointed to the federal bench in 2010 by President Obama.
Black joins U.S. District Court Judge Sandra Beckwith, who was appointed to the federal bench in 1992 by President George H.W. Bush, as co-convener of the organization.