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City Hall 120 W Loveland, Loveland OH 45140  •  •  513-683-0150   

Message From the Mayor

The city is charged with providing basic services – public safety, public works, tax collection, maintenance of parks and public grounds – things that are available to everyone and paid from general tax revenues.  Activities which go beyond this, such as special events, incur costs which must be paid by those enjoying the particular city service or city facilities.  Thus fees are assessed.

Fees are set by Council, periodically reviewed and adjusted.  Recently Council has increased fees for water connections, recreation impact, and planning/zoning/building as well as those for special events (passed unanimously in December).  Fees are intended to offset costs incurred providing services that specifically benefit an individual, organization or group.  These are for services outside usual and customary city operations which are for the general public.

Distinct from fees, policies, such as the events policy, are established by the city administration in order to carry out city business and operations.  Events policy issues have been discussed since at least 2012 under three different city managers.  In April 2016, city staff circulated a final draft of the events policy to Council for its input.  It elicited a positive response from the business community with the request that it be put in effect as soon as possible.  It was then implemented by the City Manager.

Policies are modified from time to time as circumstances warrant.  In fact, Council and some who have commented on recent event fee changes and/or event policies have received a copy of the policy adjustment made in response to concerns raised at last Council meeting, i.e. the “hardship” provision. The Manager added this because he listened carefully and worked to balance event organizers desires and those of the city and its tax payers.

Events add to the sense of community and often provide sources of revenue to the groups and organizations that sponsor or participate.  The merits and motives of the various event sponsors are noble; however, Council is responsible for the overall health, safety and welfare of the city and must protect the interest of all citizens and tax payers.  Thus whether it is an event, field or facility use, inspections, or a new water service, there are costs incurred.  These costs are to the particular benefit of a select group or individual.  It would be unfair and imprudent for those costs to be borne exclusively by the taxpayers. 

City Council is committed to being prudent fiscal stewards and strives to make the tax payer whole.  To that end an aggressive compliance effort was undertaken to assure all those owing taxes and responsible for filing a return do so. The “no new taxes” message is not lost upon us. Toward this same end and through the efforts of our staff we’ve worked to identify costs for “extra governmental” activities (such as special events) and assess those costs equitably among those who use and benefit from those services and facilities.

Council is charged with protecting the interest of property owners, residents and businesses.  Their investment, comfort and convenience are important.  While we have no desire to eliminate special events we must assure they are regulated and not a burden to the tax payer.

Loveland's 2017 Valentine Lady

Valentine Ladies are women who have distinguished themselves in community, school, or family endeavors. The Valentine Lady serves as the ambassador for the Chamber's Valentine Program, and visits area businesses, nursing homes and schools, among her duties as Valentine Lady.

At the January 24 City Council meeting, Mayor Fitzgerald introduced the 2017 Valentine Lady, Carol Williams. Carol moved to Loveland during her sophomore year of high school.  She graduated from Loveland High School, as did her husband and all three of her children.  Carol was a Girl Scout Leader and President of the Lloyd Mann Elementary School PTA.  Carol worked for Dr. Comisar, an Optometrist in Loveland, for 12 years.  After that, she ran a catering business with Joyce Baron for eight years.  Carol worked for Loveland Schools as a child Nutritionist Supervisor for 10 years before retiring.  Carol has been active in the Loveland Woman's Club for 15 years.  She is also active in many bridge clubs in the Loveland area.

Previous Valentine Ladies include: Doris Pfeister (1972-1981); Ruth Jackson (1982-1988); Pat Randolph (1989); Rose Wene (1990); Martha Hockman (1991); Doris Osborne (1992); Kathryn Sidney (1993); Margaret Keifer (1994); Mary McDonnell (1995); JoAnn Richardson (1996); Bobbie Books (1997); Barbara Dee (1998); Winona Franz (1999); Anne Fowler (2000); Marirose Stiver (2001); Patricia Furterer (2002); Kathryn Undercoffer (2003); Helen Gosch (2004); Lu Boike (2005); Peggy Goodwin (2006); Sue Ann Newburger (2007); Kay Napier (2008); Linda Cox (2009); Bonnie Larson (2010); Avery Foster (2011); Jan Ranard (2012); Marjorie Henderson (2013); Janice Fogle (2014); Sue Lundy (2015); and Laurie Gordon (2016)

To attend the Annual Valentine Breakfast at Oasis Conference Center on February 10, 2017, at 8:00am, contact the Little Miami River Chamber Alliance.

AARP Tax Counseling Assistance

AARP representatives will be available at Loveland City Hall to provide free tax assistance to individuals who cannot afford professional tax help. The AARP program focuses on basic returns for the elderly, handicapped, and low income individuals. Priority will be given to those 60 years of age and older. Representatives will be available at Loveland City Hall on the following dates:
  • Wednesday, February 15
  • Wednesday, March 1
  • Wednesday, March 15
  • Wednesday, March 29
  • Wednesday, April 5
You must have an appointment. AARP will schedule appointments for 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. or 12 p.m. To make an appointment, please call 513-536-4160. 

AARP's Increment Weather Policy: If Loveland City Schools close then AARP appointments will also be canceled for that day.

Employment Opportunity - Mechanic/Maintenance Worker

The City of Loveland will be holding a civil service examination for full-time position of Mechanic/Maintenance Worker on February 22, 2017 from 6:15-8:00 p.m. at the Loveland Safety Center, 126 South Lebanon Road, Loveland, Ohio 45140 (check-in 5:45-6:15 p.m.; no latecomers admitted).

Position performs general maintenance and vehicle mechanical duties, street repair, grounds maintenance, and snow/ice control.  Must have high school diploma or GED.  Diesel mechanical experience strongly preferred. Must have or be able to obtain CDL.  Current salary ceiling is $24.25 and position includes excellent benefits.  Send résumé and cover letter (with e-mail address if any), plus completed employment application and test application together with nonrefundable $15 examination fee, no later than February 10, 2017, to Mechanic/Maintenance Worker Position, 120 W. Loveland Ave., Loveland, OH  45140.  Employment and test applications and info on position available at, or pick up copies at City Hall (above address).  No phone calls, please.  Loveland is an equal opportunity employer.

Spring Recreation Field Requests

The Spring recreation field request period is now open.  Recreation league organizers can contact Misty Cheshire at 513-707-1437 or to receive an application.  The deadline to submit applications is Friday, February 10.
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