A little less conversation, a little more action please
All this aggravation ain’t satisfactioning me
A little more bite and a little less bark

A little less fight and a little more spark
Close your mouth and open up your heart
and baby satisfy me

– The King

We went to the Planning Commission meeting for the Village of Newtown on 8/24 in order to hopefully obtain approval for our proposed parking lot. It was a lot of conversation, but not a lot of action, and in the end we did get a little satisfaction with respect to being allowed to park on the grass.

Attending the meeting were 5 members of the Newtown Council (including Mayor Kobasuk and Planning Commissioner Gerry Stoker). From Cincy SC, Brett attended along with AM Kinney (owner of our field) and his civil engineer Dave Hollowood, who explained our parking proposal and reasons behind it. One of our neighbors spoke and expressed major concerns with the our impact on the neighborhood. Other neighbors expressed support. I’ll continue to add to this post when I have time to share the details on what transpired over the 2:45 meeting & post-meeting discussions. For now, here are the outcomes:

  • The board tabled the decision on the paved parking area until the next meeting (in 30 days)
  • We have been granted permission to park on the grass inside the fence
  • We need to show that we can minimize the disturbance to our neighbors on W. Jefferson St., particularly related to parking and to traffic jams
  • Newtown’s Mayor Kobasuk wrote an awesome letter on our behalf to the pastor of St. John Fisher Church (where the mayor’s family are long-time parishioners), suggesting that Christ would try to help us out by either letting us park in their lot or at least letting us use a portion of their driveway as our exit (which would allow Jefferson St. to be enter-only) – no reply yet.

W. Jefferson St. Rules:

  • Drive slowly
  • Only park and drop off inside the fence. Do not park on Jefferson St., in the gravel, or on the Kinney driveway anymore.
  • When leaving, make sure to yield to incoming traffic. If you’re leaving just before a “start time” (5:00, 5:45, 6:30), consider staying a few extra minutes to allow the inflow to complete.