Clermont County Ohio
March 2018
And now the recovery phase ...

New Richmond and other riverside communities in Clermont County experienced substantial flooding the weekend of Feb. 24-25. And then a tornado came through early Sunday morning.

The Clermont County Emergency Management Agency worked as the coordinating agency for all the jurisdictions involved in a Unified Command set up first at New Richmond Middle School and then at Pierce Township Administration Building, where it continues to operate.

Tonight -- MONDAY -- a town hall meeting is being held for residents of ALL communities affected by the flooding or tornado. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the gymnasium at Market Street School, 212 Market St., New Richmond. Officials will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.

Many thanks to all the non-profit agencies and businesses that have helped during this time: The Greater Cincinnati American Red Cross (shelter & assistance); Tri-State CART (pet shelter); Matthew 25 Ministries (cleaning/hygiene supplies, partnering with P&G and Cintas); Lowe's; Salvation Army, and Team Rubicon to name a few. Also, thanks to New Richmond schools for sharing their facilities.

Eigel named administrator
Clermont County Commissioners named Thomas J. Eigel county administrator on Feb. 21. He had been interim administrator. 

Eigel, who reports directly to the Commissioners, is responsible for the budget and operations of all county departments that fall within the purview of the Commissioners. 

Photo above: Commissioner David Uible, left; Eigel; Commissioners David Painter and Ed Humphrey.

Newtonsville meeting scheduled
A public information meeting on the proposed Newtonsville wastewater system and treatment plant will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at CNE High School, 5327 Hutchinson Road, Batavia. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Newtonsville property owners are invited to attend and participate. 

The Clermont County Water Resources Department and Clermont County Public Health will present information and answer questions regarding the need for a sewer system in Newstonsville. Commissioners will listen to comments from property owners both for and against the project.

March at our parks

Winter Lecture Series: Bringing Nature Home:  6:30-7:30 p.m., March 6,  Pattison Park Lodge.
Join one of the park district's master gardeners from the OSU Extension to learn landscaping with native plants and turn your lawn into a haven for wildlife. Free.

13th Annual Pancakes in the Park: 8:30-11:30 a.m., March 10, Pattison Park Lodge. Tickets: $6 adults, $5 seniors, $3 children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under free. Price includes pancake breakfast, tours of the sugar bush trail, sugar shack, entertainment and more. The park district's award-winning maple syrup will be available for sale.

Learn How to Square Dance: 7-8:30 p.m., March 13, Pattison Park Lodge.
Callers Russ Childers and Barb Hirst Shade Childers teach these fun adult lessons. Free. 

Habitat Help Day: 10 a.m.-noon, March 24, Pattison Park Lakeside.
Enjoy the great outdoors and help remove invasive species like honeysuckle to preserve the diversity of our forests and fields. (Volunteers must be at least 15 years old.)

Pop-Up Naturalist Series: Wildflower Walk: 10-11 a.m., March 25, Sycamore Park.
Join our naturalists for a stroll through the park to look at spring flowers on the rise. Free.

  Park District website
Scout builds a bridge for Pattison Park

Milford High School sophomore Max Kelley, above center, designed and built a bridge on the sugar bush trail at the Clermont Park District's Pattison Park for his Eagle Scout project.

"It feels pretty darn good, like a lot of hard work has been completed," Kelley said of the finished bridge. "I hope I can come back with my own kids some day, show them this bridge and ask them, 'What do you want to do with your lives?' This bridge for me is the beginning of what I want to do with mine." Read more here.
Syringe services program begins
Mercy Clermont Hospital and Clermont County Public Health have partnered to offer a free syringe services program starting March 1.

The Exchange Project van, which is operated by Hamilton County Public Health, will visit the Clermont Hospital campus every Thursday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The hospital is located at 3000 Hospital Drive, Batavia, Ohio 45103.

The program also offers testing and referral to treatment for HIV and Hepatitis C, education on prevention of infection and an access point to substance use disorder counseling and treatment programs. The program also provides naloxone, also known as Narcan, an opiate overdose reversal medication. Read more here.
$300K available for farmers for conservation
Thanks to the efforts of the East Fork Watershed Cooperative, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service recently announced that $300,000 in funding has been allocated for agricultural conservation practices in the East Fork Little Miami River watershed.

The funds are provided under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Through EQIP, agricultural producers may receive financial help with conservation practices such as cover crops, nutrient management, conservation tillage, filter strips and more. Farmers in the East Fork watershed -- including those in Brown, Clermont, Clinton, Highland and Warren counties -- can submit applications for funding through April 20.
Read more here.
News from around the county

OMJ TO MOVE: The OhioMeansJob/Clermont center at 756 Cincinnati Batavia Pike behind Eastgate Mall will be moving in June. The new location will be at the Family Support Center in Batavia, 2400 Clermont Center Drive. Same friendly staff, same excellent services for both employers and job seekers! Stay tuned for more information!

HOTEL POOL/SPA CLOSED: The Clermont County Board of Health has closed the pool and spa at the Ameristay Inn and Suites at 2188 Winemiller Road in Batavia. Read more here.

POLL WORKERS: The Clermont County Board of Elections is recruiting precinct election officials  - better known as poll workers - to staff polling locations for both the May 8 primary election and the Nov. 6 general election. Poll workers are paid a minimum of $155 for attending the 2-3 hour training course held at the Board of Elections, and working Election Day. On Election Day, polls are open 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. in Ohio. Read more here.

MARKETREADY: MarketReady prepares food producers to sell directly to consumers and wholesale buyers. MarketReady workshops and resources guide producers through the decisions needed for entering various direct marketing channels. Training is March 23 at the Clermont County fairgrounds via OSU Extension. Read more here  .

LOOK LEADERSHIP: Do you know a motivated and mature high school student who is academically strong and would like to explore topics not available in high school? Contact OSU Extension Clermont County for more information regarding the LOOK Leadership program. Read more here. 

DINING WITH DIABETES: This OSU Extension interactive cooking school will give those with diabetes the motivation and resources to meet the challenge. Enroll now. Read more here.
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