A new state law went into effect on July 1, 2022 that allows Ohioans to discharge consumer-grade fireworks (1.4G) on approximately 20 specific holidays/days designated by the Ohio legislature. Prior to the passage of this law, it was illegal for anyone other than a licensed fireworks exhibitor to discharge fireworks in Ohio.
The new law allows cities, villages, and townships to implement further restrictions or “opt-out” of the law completely. For communities that opt-out, the discharge of consumer-grade fireworks remains illegal under local ordinance. The Village of Newtown reviewed the new law and consulted with its police chief and the Anderson Township fire chief. Village Council also considered the density of its neighborhoods, the impact that fireworks may have on veterans living in the Village, and the effects fireworks can have on some pets. After weighing these considerations, Village Council voted to “opt-out” of the new law at its June 14, 2022 council meeting, thus maintaining the status quo and continuing its ban on the discharge of consumer grade fireworks in the Village. Any person who discharges such fireworks in the Village, even on the days that the state legislature would allow, will be in violation of Newtown’s ban on the discharge of fireworks set forth in Section 91.02(B) of the Ohio Basic Code and may be cited by the police department.
Dear Residents and Businesses,
For several years, the Village of Newtown has provided a natural gas aggregation program to eligible residents and small businesses as a competitive fixed price alternative to Duke Energy Ohio’s variable Gas Cost Recovery (GCR) rate. The current aggregation expires in June 2022.
Newtown worked closely with its energy consultant, Energy Alliances, to evaluate options for renewing the program beyond June 2022. Due to a significant increase in energy prices since summer 2021 and particularly this past winter, Energy Alliances has recommended to Newtown not to lock into any prices at this time and to have all accounts on the program go back to Duke’s GCR rate starting with their July 2022 bill.
Why did Energy Alliances make this recommendation?
- A combination of a cold winter and geopolitical tensions in Europe have driven natural gas prices to their highest levels in several years.
- Locking in a price now to keep the program going through the summer of 2022 would force participants to lock into historically high prices for 2022 and beyond.
- Sending accounts back to Duke’s default rates for the summer gives Energy Alliances and Newtown Village Council time to evaluate the market to see if prices come down before next winter.
- The average resident consumes only 7% of their annual natural gas usage during the months of July – October. Finding a favorable rate for the Winter of 2023 is very important.
What do accounts on the program need to do and what should they expect?
- Nothing must be done. The change will occur automatically.
- Constellation NewEnergy, the supplier of the aggregation program, will start sending accounts back to Duke in May, effective for June. This process will continue until all accounts are returned to Duke by mid-June.
- Accounts will receive a letter from Duke notifying them of the change after Duke receives the drop notification from Constellation NewEnergy.
Will the aggregation program return in the future?
- Energy Alliances will continue to monitor the market and work closely with Newtown to lock in a price before Winter 2023.
- A tentative timeline is for opt-out letters to be mailed to eligible accounts in August 2022.
If you have any questions regarding the aggregation program, you can reach out to Energy Alliances at 513-794-5555.
Please see below link from Energy Alliances for more information:
There are 3 facilities in Newtown that can contribute to asphalt odors: Barrett Paving, Brewer Coat, and Valley Asphalt. Barrett and Valley are both asphalt plans that have active air permits with Ohio EPA. Newtown Fill is a construction and demolition landfill that also has permits for its operations.
How to register an air quality complaint:
The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency has a complaint hotline to receive complaints such as odor, dust, or general air quality concerns. You can register a complaint by calling 513-946-7777. Resident can also register a complaint online at https://www.southwestohioair.org/260/Complaints
Air Sampling in Newtown:
In response to odor complaints and concerns presented by the Village of Newtown, the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency, in cooperation with the Ohio EPA Division of Air Pollution Control, conducted specialized monitoring in Newtown and Anderson Township. View the Newtown Monitoring Plan here. The monitoring project ended in September 2022. The results of the monitoring can be found at https://www.southwestohioair.org/234/Newtown.
Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency has prepared an “Ambient Air Sampling Plan for Newtown, Ohio” and air sampling has begun. Once data has been collected and a report has been finalized, info can be found here https://www.southwestohioair.org/234/Newtown
The Village is updating its Comprehensive Plan!
Stay up to date on upcoming news and events about the comprehensive plan at: www.PlanNewtown.com
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
STEERING COMMITTEE PURPOSE AND MEETING INFO:
The steering committee is established specifically to serve as a representative group of the citizens and businesses of Newtown to provide insight, active discussion, and consideration of important topics essential to the creation of the updated comprehensive plan.
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND EXPECTATIONS
As a member of the steering committee you are agreeing to:
• Attended the scheduled meetings. (5-6 over the next 8 months)
• Review provided documents and materials in advance of scheduled meetings where they will be discussed.
• Come prepared with questions and comments to discuss with the committee and planning consultant.
• Participate in civil and open dialogue about challenging topics for which there may be many or opposing perspectives.
• Serve as a liaison to your neighbors and social networks to help spread awareness of opportunities for participation in the planning process.
• Bring important topics and issues to the attention of the committee and consultants when you feel they have not been adequately discussed with the committee.
• Direct any request from the media for comments to city officials.
• Communicate to Village staff and consultants any concerns you may have which you feel cannot be discussed with the whole committee.
MEETING FACILITATION AND DECISION MAKING
• Meetings will be facilitated by planning consultants and will generally be 1.5 to 2 hours.
• Meetings will include presentation of relevant milestone deliverables and information as well as group exercises and discussion of topics by the committee members.
• Voting and ranking exercises may be used as appropriate to generate general consensus on topics and plan direction.
• Iterative drafts of critical plan documents will be provided to the committee for your review and comment, any issues which are not resolved among the steering committee members will be presented to planning commission as topics for their direction.
• Some participation may occur via electronic distribution and responses.
• All documents will be made available online at www.PlanNewtown.com, a site specifically dedicated to the plan.
STEERING COMMITTEE OVERVIEW AND SCHEDULE | TENTATIVE MEETING SCHEDULE (Located at Village Municipal Building,) unless otherwise discussed.
The Steering Committee have met three times with the remaining below two dates for 2019. Meetings take place Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:00P.M. with some meetings going until 8:30 if needed.
1. November 6, 2019
2. December 4, 2019
The time of day, and location are to be determined, and the date may change based on committee input and direction.
• Policy Exploration Workshop- October 23, 2019 (See above Workshop info)
• Open House (Plan Review)-January 22, 2020
INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTS |NOTIFICATIONS AND DOCUMENTS
All meeting dates, documents produced in the process, and content presented at meetings will be posted on the project website www.PlanNewtown.com.
We will also email you when new content is posted or if meetings change from the listed dates above.
Statement from Mayor Kobasuk – statement has been reviewed by Hamilton County Public Health, the regulator of the landfill. 8/20/2019
Newtown Fill is a construction and demolition debris (“C&DD”) landfill regulated by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (“OEPA”) and Hamilton County Public Health. Newtown Fill is defined as 39.92 acres in the Village of Newtown. An annual license to operate is required to construct and operate a C&DD landfill in Ohio. Newtown Fill’s 2019 license signed by the Health Commissioner for Hamilton County is attached.
C&DD landfills receive materials resulting from the construction or demolition of man-made structures. C&DD does not include any material that is a hazardous waste, infectious waste or material removed from the structure prior to demolition. C&DD does not include any solid waste other than specifically allowed in law and rule.
The final grade of Newtown Fill including capping is set at the elevation of 596 feet. The elevation of the roadway at Little Dry Run is 542 feet, so Newtown Fill can be approximately 54 feet above the roadway at an interior point approximately 215 feet from the base of the landfill. Newtown Fill is approved for a 4:1 slope, which means for every one foot of elevation there are four feet of horizontal distance. A 2017 survey showed the current grade at approximately 576 feet, which means that Newtown Fill had at that time the ability to place up to 18 feet of additional debris (followed by 2-foot cap) onto the property before it reached its maximum height restrictions. Additional debris and soil have been placed since the 2017 survey, so actual remaining height is less than 18 feet. A survey of Newtown Fill is required in 2019 and the survey must be submitted prior to or with the 2020 license application.
Newtown Fill has recently removed some trees and vegetation along SR32. Newtown Fill is clearing some of the vegetation on its property in order to survey the final grade and slope so it can cover the south side of the landfill with dirt. According to Hamilton County Public Health, the operator has indicated that much of the south side of Newtown Fill along SR 32 should be covered with dirt by the end of the summer.
The Village’s understanding from Hamilton County Public Health is that Newtown Fill is operating in compliance with the rules and regulations for C&DD landfills.
The current Village of Newtown Zoning Code does not permit landfills. Newtown Fill dates back several decades and is considered a legally non-conforming use and is permitted to operate.
Attached is a 2019 presentation to the Village by Hamilton County Public Health regarding C&DD landfills. The presentation depicts a covered C&DD landfill.
Questions on Newtown Fill should be directed to Hamilton County Public Health at (513) 946-7879.
Newtown Landfill C&DD Landfills 4-9-19.pdf 1pp