Sycamore Township Trustees/ Hamilton County, Ohio, County Sheriff’s Department–Sycamore Township,– held a Special Public Meeting on Monday, July 27, 2015, at 07:00 p. m.

It was held in the Community Meeting Room, adjacent to the Sycamore Township Fire Department, North End Station, 11580 Deerfield Road, Sycamore Township

Partial Summary/ Personal Observations(s):

Dais Attendance:  Bittermann *–Moderator/ Facilitator

(* Michael Bitterman, Deputy Sheriff, Uniform/ Road/ Patrol/ Enforcement Division; Hamilton County, Ohio, County Sheriff’s Department–Sycamore Township–Cincinnati, Ohi0

Media: None

Citizen Journalist:  Joseph (Janusiewicz)(“Jay”) Janus, Jr.; Chief Disability Advocate; Citizen “Watchdog,” Super Paralegal; Notary Public; Web Blogger:  http://www.jjanusjr.word; Link…Sycamore Township, Ohio, Stuff…

(NOTE: Sycamore Township Trustees provide no microphone(s) or speaker(s) for these BLOCKWATCH  public meetings.)

On a hot, humid summer evening 16 Sycamore Township populi/ community activists met to share their input and concerns with law enforcement related issues in Sycamore Township, to wit:  The Highpoint Community.

Enforcement Officer Bittermann  commenced the meeting promptly with a general query to all in the audience as to if anyone had any concerns concerning anything related to law enforcement in Sycamore Township?

He received no response from the audience.

He then commenced with an update to those present about petitions being circulated to property owners in Sycamore Township–Highpoint community–concerning the status of  future lighting districts.

He apprised all that Holbert, Jr., STZD Administrator, had advised that several of the streets, roads, and avenues, were about within 3 owner signatures of meeting the majority threshold needed for imminent action by the Sycamore Township Trustees.

The majority of these dedicated public roadways had numerical designations.

He mentioned a few other roads, streets, avenues, that were not even close to that goal.

A lengthly conversation ensued between the audience and D/ S Bittermann concerning the status of the location of some additional possible petitions, and future signatories?

It was mentioned that one activist had recently died.

A few volunteered that they would attempt to communicate with that person’s relatives to discern that status of the petitions, and where any others may be at this time?

Another audience member offered to all that he would, personally, go and meeting Holbert, Jr., on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, to in essence, “be brought up to speed,” on the status of what is needed, what has been turned into Sycamore Township, etc.

D/ S Bittermann  then mentioned that there are open felony warrants out for a few social malcreants that seem to be in and about the Highpoint community.

He, also, mentioned that recently it was reported that there was a reported residential burglary in that community. The occupants reported two television sets were stolen.

Other topics that were discussed throughout this meeting aloud, between D/ S Bittermann and the audience included:  quality of life issues; loose running dogs; vicious dogs; cruelty to animals;  illegal narcotics–possession-sale, distribution; shots fired related issues; public urination; companion animals that have been left behind by their humans that have been evicted from residential premises; township trustees’ continuity of this community’s Blockwatch meetings; street lighting, etc.

D/ S Bittermann and the “regulars” at these public meetings oft refer to incidents and locations with great familiarity.

They may omit full names, and or numerical addresses.

They may, instead, say, to the effect, as only, herein, as a demonstrative example,  “..that is at the third house from the corner of such and such street, avenue, or road.”

E/ O Bittermann  frequently shared with  all during this public meeting, “…I know the players.”

During a conversation, he mentioned that if he is following someone that is on foot, for example, and if he turns  and they disappear, he cannot go into houses on that pretense, alone, for many a case.

A virulent attendee wailed, to E/ O Bittermann, and all in attendance, “What difference does it make, then? If you cannot do anything, why should be bother to call in?”

All, then, were advised by the moderator that for the most part he and his minions can only arrest if they see the person and the offense being committed in their presence.

He/ they need the help of ALL citizenry.

He continued, to the effect, if the people call in, and give an address, there is a record of that communication within the dispatch system.

He kept mentioning throughout this evening to all to “call it in,” regardless of their perception of the law enforcement type issue at hand.

Ongoing dispatches to the same area or address may result in additional investigations, possible arrests, prosecutions, convictions, etc.

He encouraged all to record license numbers of suspicious activities and persons.

He frequently urged all to “call it in,” for their concerns.

The telephone number for emergencies is:  911.

The telephone number for non-emergencies is: (513)-825-2280.

He declared that the average response time to a dispatched call for law enforcement service to the Highpoint community in Sycamore Township is seven minutes or less.

If a dispatch is received as “shots fired,” multiple personnel will respond.

He shared when he first started this Blockwatch he apprised all that, “…things would get worse before they got better.”

He then told all that, “…things are now getting better.”

Again, he informed all that he does follow up to queries directed to him by citizenry on law enforcement related issues–in person, by phone, email, etc.

He encouraged all to contact him at any time.

He mentioned oft that the reasons for such a wide variation in attendance at each monthly Blockwatch meeting and its success or failure depends upon those in attendance and their levels of interest.

A person may attend once, address their issue, and if it is resolved, then, they may not return.

A person queried about the status of new laws in Ohio concerning cruelty to animals?

E/ O Bittermann mentioned that calls of that nature typically involve both his department and the SPCA.

However, he was somewhat ambiguous on the purported “new” law to all present.

Again, he encouraged all to “call it in.”

A participant queried as to if these Blockwatch meetings would continue?

E/ O Bittermann advised, with the present numbers in attendance, that they would.

(NOTE: I have been to several of these public meetings. E/ O Bittermann allows any and all in attendance to ask questions of him during each of these meetings. No one is ever denied that opportunity.)

There was no complimentary “comfort” beverages/ foods in evidence at this special public meeting.

There was no known “sign in” sheet in view at this special public meeting.

A participant queried as to the date and time of the next monthly STT/ Highpoint Community public Blockwatch meeting?

E/O Bittermann advised that, at this time, it was unknown to him.

Participants should check back with him, soon, at a later date, for that information.

This Special Public Meeting adjourned:  08:16 p. m.


Information:  D/ S Bittermann (E-Mail);

(513)-218-2369 (Telephone)