1996, City Preserves Sage Tavern

Significant Events

Barton’s Bakery was a favorite downtown Montgomery stopping place for many years. When the property owner wanted to destroy the building, elected officials made the decision to purchase the property (9412 Montgomery Road) and formed the Sage Tavern Urban Renewal District in 1996.

In 1996, the City constructed the Service Department facility on Cornell Road and the municipal pool and bathhouse on Hopewell Road. The Montgomery municipal pool opened in May of 1996.

From 1987 – 1996, the City constructed 10 miles of bike paths on seven of Montgomery’s major roads.

Work started on the development of the 20-acre Weller Park, bringing the total number of parks in Montgomery to six.

Montgomery Woods acquired a new sidewalk: five feet of paver block sidewalk on the east side of Valleystream Drive from Cornell Road to Lakewater Drive and on the north side of Lakewater Drive from Valleystream Drive to Shadowhill Way and on the west side of Shadowhill Way from Lakewater Drive to Deerfield Road.

Other Facts

Elected Officials

Montgomery City Council was comprised of Gail Winiarz, William Niehaus, Janet Korach, David Shardelow and Fred Kleiser and joined by Mayor Ivan Silverman and Vice Mayor Richard Tuten. David Shardelow resigned in August 1996 and Gary Blomberg was appointed to fill that vacancy.


As part of City Council’s responsibilities for establishing policies and enacting legislation, City Council oversaw operations and administration of a cash budget of $7,216,476.

  • Total Revenues for 1996 $7,717,868
  • Total Expenditures for 1996 $7,216,476


A full range of City services was undertaken by 51 full-time and 34 part-time employees.

  • Michael Schepers was appointed as city manager.
  • The City hired Fire Lieutenant Paul Wright.
  • Kathleen Buckley was hired as community development director.


Pool HouseVacancies in the downtown historical area prompted the City to offer a linked deposit program to attract and retain new retail businesses.

City Council voted to allow the City to bill non-property owners for emergency medical transports.

With the construction of the municipal pool, the Recreation Department was created to offer more meaningful recreational opportunities for Montgomery residents.

Businesses and Partners

Bethesda North Hospital constructed a $13 million surgical wing

Bethesda North Hospital also constructed a $10 million fitness center which opened in January 1997.

The car wash at 9555 Main Street was redeveloped into a 2-story, 10,000 square foot medical office building.

Elm-Cris MotelOhio National Life Insurance Company moved into its newly-constructed 220,000 square foot facility and became Montgomery’s third-largest employer.

The Elm Cris Motel at 9300 Montgomery Road was redeveloped into a one-story, 20,000 square foot medical office building for the University of Cincinnati Health System.