Clermont County Ohio
February 2018
$5M OK'd for next phase of SR 32 work

More improvements are coming to State Route 32 -- making the commute faster and smoother. The Ohio Department of Transportation announced recently that it would invest $5 million to fund the purchase of properties related to the construction of an interchange to replace the intersection of SR 32 with Bach-Buxton Road and Elick Lane. Read more here.
Major sewer project in Bethel
A major sewer replacement project is scheduled to begin in February in Bethel neighborhoods that are primarily south of SR 125. Last week, Commissioners approved a bid of $1.5 million from Howell Contractors of Fort Wright, Ky., to construct the Bethel Area Sewer Replacement Project. Read more here.
Property taxes due Friday
A timely reminder from Treasurer Jeannie Zurmehly: Your first-half property taxes are due Friday, Feb. 9.

If you haven't received your tax bill, that doesn't mean you'll be excused from paying a penalty and interest if you miss this deadline. If you haven't received your tax bill, please call 513.732.7254.

Taxes can be paid by mail, or in person from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. this week at the Treasurer's Office on the second floor of the County Administration Building, 101 E. Main St., Batavia. Taxes may also be paid by credit card or e-check at or by phone at 1.800.272.9829.

A night deposit is located at the Main Street entrance of the Administration Building for payment of taxes after hours. Questions? Call 513.732.7254 or email

Deadline extended to buy 2018 dog tags
Good news for dog owners -- you have until the end of February to buy a 2018 license for your pooch without incurring a penalty.

Clermont Animal CARE Humane Society, which took over management of the county animal shelter on Jan. 1, requested the extension as it continues marketing efforts. All license fees go directly into the operation of the animal shelter for the rescue, care and housing of the community's lost and homeless dogs. Read more here.
Law Library offers resources for all

Law librarians Debbie Smith, left, and Kim Crowthers

"We provide equal access to justice," says Kim Crowthers, director of the Clermont County Law Library. Not only does the Law Library serve the courts and local governments, it also offers its resources to the public. Read more here.
So you want to be a weather spotter ....
If you are interested in becoming a weather spotter -- i.e., knowing what clues may signal an impending tornado -- meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Wilmington are coming to Clermont County to provide the training.

  • 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 20
  • County Engineer's Office, 2381 Clermont Center Drive, Batavia.
  • How to safely observe storms
  • Visual clues to tornado development
  • How to make accurate and timely reports

To register: 513.732.7661;
At our parks in February
Winter Lecture Series: Responsible Dog Ownership: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, Pattison Park Lodge

Calling all dog lovers! Cheryl Kocher, dog behavioral trainer and owner of Raise the Bar Dog Training, will show responsible dog owners how to administer first aid and CPR to our furry friends. Recommended for high school students and adults. Refreshments and snacks provided. Free.

Learn to Square Dance: 7-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 13, Pattison Park Lodge
Grab your partner and save the dates for free square dancing lessons! Call 513.240.2615 or email to register.

Maple 101 for Homeschoolers: 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, Pattison Park Lodge
Take a tour of our sugar bush as you follow the process of maple syrup making. Recommended for grades 2-5. To make a reservation, call 513.240.2615.

Maple Sugaring for Scouts: 5-6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, Pattison Park Lodge
Scouts tour our sugar bush and learn how maple syrup is made. Recommended for Daisies and Tigers.
News from around the county
APPLY FOR BOARDS: Are you interested in serving on a local board? Commissioners are looking to fill several openings on the Convention and Visitors Bureau Board, the Law Library Board, and the Planning Commission.  A great opportunity to get involved and make a difference! Read more here.

WANT TO BE A POLL WORKER? The Board of Elections is recruiting poll workers for the May 8 primary and Nov. 6 general election. Poll workers are paid a minimum of $155 for attending a training course and working the day. Read more here.

DIABETES HELP: Changing your diet and cooking habits can be a real challenge. Dining with Diabetes is an interactive cooking school that will give you motivation and resources to meet the challenge. March 7, 14, 21 and 28.  Read more and register here.

4H REGISTRATION: Registration for the Clermont County 4-H program is due by March 15. 4-H gives youth a chance to pursue their own interests -- from photography to computers to cake decorating, from building rockets to raising sheep. Find a club here.

SENIORS: Do you know of a caregiver who goes above and beyond to help an older adult? Clermont Senior Services, Inc. would like you to nominate them for the Patricia A. Scherer Caregiver Award. Read more here. 

SAFE ROOMS: Interested in setting up a tornado safe room? Ohio Emergency Management Agency is accepting applications for the Safe Room Rebate Program. This program provides a rebate to Ohio homeowners for the purchase and installation of tornado safe rooms. Apply by March 19. Read more here. 

CHILD FOCUS: Child Focus hasn't moved, but its address has changed. The Aicholtz Road connector project, which was completed last fall, necessitated the renaming of some roads, and Child Focus was one of the businesses affected. Old address: 551 Batavia Pike, Cincinnati 45244. New address: 4633 Aicholtz Road.

VETERANS: The Clermont County Veterans Service Commission has reorganized. The lineup:
  • President: Cliff Riley, Vietnam Veterans of America.
  • Vice President: Thomas Cooper, American Legion.
  • Secretary: Ken Cook, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
  • Member: Donald Sheppard, Disable American Veterans.
  • Member: Robert Derr, American Veterans.
AT THE LIBRARY: It's warm inside the branches of the Clermont County Public Library. Here are just some of the February activities:
  • Learn to play a harp, 11 a.m., Batavia; and 2 p.m., New Richmond, Feb. 10.
  • Learn how to take good photos, 1 p.m. Feb. 10, Owensville.
  • Enjoy a winter luau, 2 p.m. Feb. 10, Williamsburg.
  • Learn how to draw with colored pencils, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, Union Township.
  • Learn how to take good photos, 1 p.m. Feb. 17, Bethel.
  • Discover the Iditarod, 2 p.m. Feb. 24, New Richmond.
  • Make a fringe necklace, 6 p.m. Feb. 27, Williamsburg
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