Clermont County Ohio
September 2017
Public hearing Sept. 25
 on Newtonsville sewer project
If you are a property owner in Newtonsville, you'll want to attend an important public hearing on Sept. 25 on a planned wastewater treatment and sewer project in your village. The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. at the Pattison Park Lodge, 2228 US 50, Batavia 45103.

The hearing will allow the Board of County Commissioners to receive input from property owners on the construction project. Currently, property owners in Newtonsville have septic systems, many of which are failing, and creating a public health risk.

Read more here.
New treasurer in Clermont County

Jeannie Zurmehly was sworn in on Aug. 25 as county treasurer, replacing longtime Treasurer Bob True, who has retired. Her husband, Tim, held the Bible while True conducted the oath of office. Jeannie has worked in the Treasurer's Office for 10 years. Congratulations, Treasurer Zurmehly!
Candlelight Vigil Sept. 13
The Clermont County Suicide Prevention Coalition will host its 16th annual candlelight vigil to remember, honor, and cherish the lives of those individuals lost to suicide over the past year on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Union Township's Veterans Memorial Park. The vigil will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Commissioners visit White House
Commissioners Uible and Painter visit White House on Aug. 29, 2017, along with other Ohio county commissioners. Commissioners David Uible and David Painter visited the White House on Aug. 29, along with other county commissioners from Ohio. Vice President Mike Pence was among the officials who spoke. The administration invited commissioners to hear first-hand their concerns. Many spoke about the opioid epidemic and its impact on Ohio and their communities.

Congressional staffers visit Judge Shriver
The congressional spotlight was on Clermont County Aug. 21, as staffers came to meet with Juvenile Court Judge James Shriver and Tim Dick, Deputy Director of Children's Protective Services. Staff members from the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee,  Sen. Rob Portman's office, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's office, and the Congressional Research Service -- among others -- were in Clermont County to learn more about how Juvenile Court and Children's Protective Services work together to deal with the impact of the opioid epidemic on the child welfare system. They learned more about the Family Dependency Treatment Court, which offers a treatment program to parents whose children have been removed by Children's Protective Services. The visit was arranged by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
County administrator retires

We were a little teary-eyed saying goodbye to County Administrator Steve Rabolt (center -- the one with the beard), who retired in late August. Steve has been county administrator since 2012, and has guided the county through many challenging times. During his tenure, the county established the Community Alternative Sentencing Center, which provides a treatment alternative for misdemeanants convicted of drug- and alcohol-related crimes. He also oversaw the development and installation of a new radio communications and computer-aided dispatch system. Tom Eigel is now the interim county administrator, and Andy Kuchta, the interim assistant county administrator.

Above, from left: Commissioner David Uible, Holly Cruey, Betsy Haddad, Commissioner Ed Humphrey, Steve Rabolt, Judie Kocica, Commissioner David Painter, Debbbie Britton, Tom Eigel, Andy Kuchta.

Commissioners tour limestone mine
Commissioners David Uible and David Painter, along with several other county employees, toured Clermont County's only limestone mine on Aug. 1. Operated by Arch Materials, a division of Rogers Group Inc., the mine covers more than 300 acres 1,000 feet below ground. Limestone is a primary component of concrete and asphalt, and most of the crushed stone product is trucked within the Greater Cincinnati region to be used on construction projects. Thanks, Arch Materials, for a fantastic tour!

Read more here.
Fight the bite!
Mosquito season is not over

Ohio's first human case of West Nile virus for 2017 was discovered in August in a Clermont County resident. Even though summer is winding down, mosquito season is in full swing. When you're outside, do your part to protect yourself from mosquitoes. Here are a few tips from Clermont County Public Health to fight the bite:

* Wear long sleeves and long pants when outside, or use an EPA-approved insect repellent. Mosquitoes are most active between dusk and dawn.

* Remove any standing water in your yard. Empty buckets, old tires, or shallow ditches can hold enough water for mosquitoes to lay eggs. 

* Check your window screens and repair any holes to keep the mosquitoes out of your home.
For more information on West Nile virus or mosquitoes visit
Park naturalist pop-up series!
TREEmendous Trees 
Saturday, Sept. 9, 10- 11:30 a.m., Pattison Park
Join naturalists for a guided hike around the beautiful trails of Pattison Park (lakeside). On this hike, you will learn how to identify native trees while discovering their importance and uses throughout history. Find out what kind of plants can be used for food and medicine and even sample a few edibles for yourself. Program will meet and begin at the Pattison Park lakeside shelter.

Mommy & Me Discovery Day
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 9-10:30 a.m., Sycamore Park
Bring your little one for a morning of exploration (ages 6 & under). Naturalists will lead a short hike on the paved trail and introduce you to the Park District's animals. We will finish the morning off with story time and a nature craft to take home. This program is free but reservations are required. Please call Naturalist Jana Marshall-Westhoven at 513.240.2615 or email

Family Night Ride
Friday, Sept. 22, 6-7 p.m., Williamsburg-Batavia Hike/Bike Trail
We'll meet at the trailhead of the Williamsburg to Batavia Hike/Bike Trail located at the end of Old Broadway Road in Williamsburg. Families will enjoy a nice evening bike ride and finish up with refreshments. You must bring your own bike. RSVP to or 513.240.2615.

News from around the county
HOSTING INTERNATIONAL VISITORS: The Clermont County Department of Job and Family Services and Commissioner Ed Humphrey (back row, center) recently hosted a group of four specialists from Colombia who were participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program. The topic of the July 14 meeting was "Enhancing Justice in Rural Communities." The visit was coordinated by the Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council. Read more here.

GET IMMUNIZED: School is back in session, and Clermont County Public Health has all of your immunization information. If your child needs a vaccination for school, call 513.735.8400 for an appointment. More immunization information can be found online at

SWCD ANNUAL BANQUET:  Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District is celebrating its 74th year with its annual banquet on Sept. 14 at Pattison Park Lodge. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Voting for the election of two SWCD Board supervisors will remain open until 7 p.m. Banquet tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information, including tickets, go to the SWCD website, or contact Susie Steffensen at, or call 513.732.7075 ext. 2. 

BUSINESSES INVITED: The Clermont County Emergency Management Agency and the Clermont Chamber of Commerce will host a free lunch and learn on Sept. 20 offering local businesses practical advice on how to prepare for an emergency or disaster. The lunch will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Eastgate Brew & View. Speakers will discuss lessons learned from the March 1-2 severe storms that hit areas of Clermont County, and provide tips and resources to improve preparedness. You can register here.

GREAT OUTDOOR WEEKEND: Join the Clermont County Park District on Sept. 23 during the Great Outdoor Weekend for a naturalist-guided canoe adventure down the East Fork of the Little Miami River to search for beaver, wood ducks, turtles, and other aquatic wildlife. Read more here. 

DD BOARD SEEKS MEMBERS: The Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities is seeking board members to fill three positions beginning in January 2018. Two members will be appointed by the Clermont County commissioners; the third will be appointed by Clermont County Probate Court Judge James Shriver. Those interested must be a current resident of Clermont County. Read more here. 

LOOK TO CLERMONT: The LOOK to Clermont Youth Leadership Program is off to a great start for the 2017-18 school year. Participants include 27 juniors and seniors from all nine Clermont County school districts. Students and parents came together for the Call to Action orientation and overview. They are looking forward to finetuning their leadership skills and giving back to their community via a service project. LOOK to Clermont Youth Leadership Program is managed by OSU Extension Clermont County in partnership with UC Clermont College.
AT THE LIBRARY: The Clermont County Public Library has some great activities during September and a great giveaway: A USB hub. Come in and get a library card. Or use your card to check out a book or movie. Some of the activities this month include:

* A used book sale at the Union Township Library through Sept. 9.
* A concert by the Americana/folk group Skirts and Boots, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, Milford-Miami Township Library.
* Used book sale at the Bethel Library during regular hours Sept. 16, Sept. 18 and Sept. 19.
* Spy School Escape Game, an interactive game where patrons find hidden clues to ID a reported double agent in the library; one-hour sessions start at noon Saturday, Sept. 16, Williamsburg Library.
* Learn how to paint at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, Milford-Miami Township Library.
* Learn how to use unusual spices while cooking at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, Union Township Library.
* Artist John Middick will teach you how to draw with colored pencils, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, Goshen Library.
* A concert by Ma Crow and the Ladyslippers, 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, Goshen Library.
* Pet a shark from the Newport Aquarium, 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, Amelia Library.
* Learn about historic cameras, 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, Williamsburg Library.

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