Clermont County Ohio
June 2018
Groundbreaking at Shor Park
Mrs. Sylvia Shor fourth from left.

Mrs. Shor with Park District
 Director Chris Clingman
On Thursday, May 31, the Clermont County Park District celebrated a groundbreaking at Shor Park in Union Township for its new pavilion, playground and restrooms. Sylvia Shor, who donated the pristine 56 acres to Clermont County Park District 15 years ago, was there with her granddaughter. 

Commissioners Ed Humphrey and David Painter attended.

The land was originally used by the Shor and Baker families to raise race horses for River Downs. After the deaths of her husband, and Mr. and Mrs. Baker, Mrs. Shor made the decision to donate this land.

Now, it is a beautiful piece of nature smack dab in the middle of suburban Union Township. Its wetlands have been restored. It has several trails, but no 'amenities,' which the addition of this playground and pavilion will change.

The cost of the project is $1.2 million. This is only possible because voters in November 2015 passed a levy --  the first ever -- in support of the Park District. As Park Board Chairman Bill Stearns said, "The taxpayers gave us a huge gift in passing the levy."

$5 fee increase approved
Commissioners on May 23 approved a $5 increase to the annual motor vehicle registration fee for Clermont County residents. It will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2019, and will fund the county's Road Improvement Program.

County Engineer Patrick Manger initially requested the increase when he came before Commissioners on March 12. At that time, he presented information about the need for the additional revenue -- approximately $1 million -- the fee would raise in the county.

OhioMeansJobs/Clermont is moving
The last day to visit OhioMeansJobs/Clermont at its current Cincinnati Old SR 74/Batavia Pike location is June 22.

The staff is moving to 2400 Clermont Center Drive, Batavia 45103, and will be open for regular business on Monday, July 2. OMJ's phone number is not changing. If you need to reach an OMJ staff person during the week of our move, please call 513.943.3000 or call them directly and leave a message. 

The OMJ staff is looking forward to serving you in the new location!
Overdose deaths decline
76 deaths in 2017 caused by accidental drug overdoses

Clermont County had some promising news in May. Deaths due to drug overdoses declined for the second straight year in the county, according to the Clermont County Coroner's Office.

In 2017, the Coroner's Office, under the direction of Dr. Brian Treon, ruled that 76 deaths were caused by accidental drug overdoses. This compared to 83 in 2016, and 94 in 2015 -- the highest number since Clermont County began to see the effects of increased opioid use in the late 2000s. 

Tax abatement OK'd for Bryan Equipment 
Clermont County Commissioners approved on May 23 an enterprise zone tax abatement agreement for Bryan Equipment Sales, Inc., of Miami Township. Bryan Equipment plans to construct a 170,000-square-foot building at a new location on State Route 28 in Goshen Township.

In concert with Goshen Township Board of Trustees, Commissioners OK'd a 60 percent property tax abatement for 10 years, saving Bryan Equipment Sales approximately $1.5 million. Rick Bryan, Chief Executive Officer of Bryan Equipment, said, "These savings will be directly reinvested in the project." 

(Photo: Steve Pegram, left, Goshen Township administrator; Trustee Bob Hausermann; Commissioner David Painter; Lisa Taylor, Director of Accounting and HR at Bryan Equipment Sales; Commissioner Ed Humphrey; Adele Evans, Community & Economic Development; Commissioner David Uible)

Assistant county administrator named

Sukie Scheetz, Director of the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) for Clermont County, was named assistant county administrator on May 9 by the Board of County Commissioners. Ms. Scheetz has worked for Clermont County government since 1994, when she was hired as finance director for the Water Resources Department. 

In 2001, she was named Controller and Director of OMB. As Director of OMB, Ms. Scheetz oversees all budgetary and fiscal operations that come under the purview of the Board of County Commissioners. 

New Records Center coming

At their session on May 9, County Commissioners approved a $1.89 million contract for the construction of a new Records Center facility to Perkins/Carmack Construction LLC of Milford. The groundbreaking, above, was held on May 21.

The 20,000-square-foot metal building is expected to be completed by February 2019, according to Facilities Manager Wade Grabowski. It will be built off Clermont Center Drive on property next to the Clermont County Family Support Center.

Read more here.
Check out our Multimedia Annual Report

Our 2017 Multimedia Annual Report is ready for your viewing pleasure! Click on the photo above to find it -- or at the link below.

From the drone footage spotlighting our county's beauty and diverse geography, to videos from our Commissioners, to updates from many of our departments and offices --  you'll find it here

Clermont County's Annual Report
News from around the county

GCB TO CONTINUE TO MANAGE CASC: Clermont County Commissioners approved on May 30 one-year contract with Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services (GCB) to continue to manage operations at the county's Community Alternative Sentencing Center (CASC). GCB has operated the CASC since June 2015. Read more here.

YOGA IN THE PARK: It's summer -- and that means Yoga in the Park is back! It's 9-10 a.m. Saturdays at Sycamore Park. Find out more about summer park activities at the Park District's website.

PUBLIC HEARING: There will be a public hearing on the 2019 Tax Budget for Clermont County on Monday, June 25, at 10 a.m. in the Session room of the Board of County Commissioners, 101 E. Main St., Third Floor, Batavia.
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