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Florence to Address Cellular Poles, Welcomes 5 New Police Officers

The City of Florence is working on its regulations for cellular towers.
 
At Tuesday night's city council meeting, Councilwoman Julie Metzger-Aubuchon reported that the city's planning commission will make a recommendation soon and that there will be a presentation at the next council meeting on October 18.
 
"We will also have a companion piece to the text amendment," said City Coordinator Richard Lunnemann. "If anyone wants to come into the city and put the poles up, they will have to have a city franchise before they can do it, so we will have a property franchise agreement."
 
In other business on Tuesday, council approved the transfer of surplus equipment to Cincinnati State Technical & Community College's fire science program. 
 
Public Services Director Eric Hall told council that the opening of the southbound ramp to I-75 from Mall Road would take place as soon as the oversized signs are put in place, which could be next weekend. There will not be a grand reopening ceremony, Hall said.
 
Leaf pickup in the city will begin next Monday and end in mid-December. Residents can count on three pickups during that time. Leaves have to be raked to the curb in order for them to be picked up.
 
Fall clean up week will start next Monday also, and run for a week. Items can be taken to the public works building at 7850 Tanners Lane from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the week and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. More information about what is accepted will be on the website. Proof of residency is required.
 
The city will host a Halloween event on October 25, from 5 to 7 p.m., for children. This is an annual event, and children can wear their costumes and collect candy from booths set up at the government center. Regular Halloween hours in the city will be 6 to 8 p.m. on October 31.
 
Families of five new police officers filled the council chamber to watch the oath of office be administered. Tim Johnson, D.J. Hutcherson, Derek Jackson, Dustin Zink, and Michael Gonterman were sworn in by Mayor Diane Whalen while their families looked on proudly.
 
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
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