February 2020
Your monthly news & updates
Commissioners set schedule for 2020
The Board of County Commissioners established its 2020 meeting schedule for Regular Sessions at THE annual Reorganization Meeting on Jan. 13. The commissioners are scheduled to meet every Wednesday of the year, except for certain holiday weeks, and the second and fourth Mondays of the first six months of the year. All meetings are at 10 a.m. unless otherwise noted. Commissioners are mandated to have at least 50 Regular Sessions during the calendar year.

Commissioner David Painter was elected president, and Commissioner Ed Humphrey, vice president, for 2020. Commissioner Claire Corcoran will serve as member.

Work begins on new Safety and Training Facility
Local officials broke ground on an $852,000, 4,585-square-foot Clermont County Sheriff’s Office Safety and Training Facility on Jan. 27.

“We’re excited to begin work on a new facility which will support our number one resource, the men and women of the Law Enforcement community who serve and protect citizens throughout Clermont County,” Sheriff Robert S. Leahy said.

Overdose deaths continue to fall
In 2018, the number of drug overdose deaths in Clermont County decreased for the third year in a row, according to a recent Ohio Department of Health report.

During 2013-2018, Clermont County ranked eight among Ohio's 88 counties in the overdose death rate.

Commercial Driver's License training available
Grant Career Center in Clermont County, Butler Tech in Butler County, and Southern Hills Career Technical Center in Brown County are teaming up to bring Commercial Driver's License (CDL) training to Batavia.

The five-week training classes are offered 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, at Olympic Fields, 299 Haskell Lane, Batavia. Enrollment requirements include being 21 years old for an interstate license or 18 for Ohio intrastate, passing a DOT physical exam and drug screen, and having a valid driver’s license and good driving record.

For more information about the CDL class or to register, call (937) 378-6131, ext. 401.
Education coordinator retires after 31 years
Judy Krebs, Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District’s education coordinator, touched many lives during her 31 years of service. We caught up with Judy before her Jan. 31 retirement. 

"I can’t imagine doing anything else with my life in the past 31 years. I love kids and I love environment education -- and so I had the best of both worlds."

Commissioners OK services to help kids stay in school
More than 100 Clermont County youth from low-income families will continue to get support to help them stay in school and plan a career.

County Commissioners on Dec. 11 approved an agreement with Pressley Ridge for the provision of a Comprehensive Case Management and Employment Program for a maximum of $695,000, effective for the period of Oct. 1-Sept. 30, with the option to renew for two additional one-year periods. Pressley Ridge is expanding services formerly offered by EasterSeals TriState.

Family Recovery Court receives certification
The Family Recovery Court of the Clermont County Juvenile Court has earned final certification from the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Specialized Dockets.

Clermont DD students help out, learn
Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities students are helping Clermont County Soil and Water Conservation District prepare materials for educational programs.

“While they are working, the students also have a chance to learn something about nature."

Community invited to sweet time at free play date in Batavia
Make a valentine, decorate a sweet treat., laugh, play... 
at the next Free Community Play Date:

-Feb. 8 
-10 a.m.-noon
-Widley Center, 2040 US 50, Batavia

Register here: Play Date
Apply for tornado safe room $
A program that provides a rebate to Ohio homeowners for purchase and installation of tornado safe rooms has resumed. 

Homeowners have until April 6 to apply: https://ema.ohio.gov/ema_saferoom/saferoom-concept.aspx

For info about safe rooms, visit: https://fema.gov/residential-safe-rooms

Students sought for art contest

All local K-12 students are invited once again to participate in the annual Spring Litter Clean-Up (SLC) Logo Design Contest.

Panel explains latest drug trends facing county

Heroin use down; meth up
A panel on Jan. 9 educated the Opiate Task Force of Clermont County about an explosion of meth abuse this past year. A drug called “ice” is flowing in from Mexico. It’s often laced with fentanyl.

Thankfully, opiate and heroin use has dropped off considerably. However, former opiate and heroin users are turning to meth.

The task force will continue to work together to address various addictions.
Clermont County hiring for variety of positions
Looking for meaningful work? Full-time. Good benefits. We're hiring. Check out our latest job openings.
Free training offered to help identify and relay storm-related info
Storm spotters play an important role in identifying and relaying storm-related information to the County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), local public safety officials, and the National Weather Service. Next month, meteorologists from the National Weather Service will provide FREE severe weather awareness training.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 26
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
American Modern Insurance Group Conference Center
7000 Midland Blvd.
Amelia, Ohio 45102
Topics Include:
How to safely observe storms
How to identify important features of storms
Visual clues that may precede tornado development
How to make accurate and timely reports
Cost: FREE
Register: 513-732-7661 or clermontema@clermontcountyohio.gov

Co-hosted by Brown County and Clermont County Emergency Management Agencies
Real estate taxes due soon
Feb. 12 is the last day to pay first half 2019 Clermont County Real Estate Taxes without penalty and possible interest, according to a reminder from Clermont County Treasurer Jeannie M. Zurmehly.

Failure to receive a tax bill will not avoid such penalty and interest. If you have not received a tax bill, you may obtain one by calling 732-7254. Office hours of the Clermont Treasurer’s Office are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Work to start on $12.4 million sewer project
County Commissioners on Jan. 13 voted to proceed with the $12.4-million sewer project for the Newtonsville area in Wayne Township. The vote cleared the way for the Water Resources Department to begin securing easements and permits. Construction is expected start in the fall, with completion in early 2022.

The project will be funded through a combination of grants, loans, wastewater funds and special assessment of benefited properties.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has declared a public health nuisance resulting from the area's reliance on septic systems.

On Dec. 3, the commissioners conducted a public hearing at Clermont Northeastern High School regarding the project. A number of other meetings and hearing regarding the project have taken place over the years.
At our parks in February

Square Dancing Lessons!
6:30 – 8 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 4 and 11, Pattison Lodge

Maple Days Hike 
2 – 3 p.m. Sunday Feb. 9, Pattison Lodge

Winter Lecture Series: Coyotes: Mischievous or Misunderstood? 
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday Feb. 13, Pattison Lodge

Great Backyard Bird Count
10 – 11 a.m. Feb.15, Kelley Nature Preserve
1 – 2:30 p.m. Feb. 15, Sycamore Park

Critter Feeding
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 19, Chilo Lock 34 Park

From Sap to Syrup
Session 1: 1 – 3 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 26, Pattison Lodge
Session 2: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Thursday Feb. 27, Pattison Lodge

Hikes with Tykes: Searching for Sweet Syrup
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Friday Feb. 28, Pattison Lodge

Discovery Days: Art and Tools of Maple Sugaring
2 – 3 p.m. Saturday Feb. 29, Pattison Lodge

Pop-Up Naturalist: Fossil Collecting
Location and timing will be announced on Facebook before the event.

At our libraries in February

Winter is finally here and the Clermont County Public Library has plenty of programs to enjoy indoors.

• Learn how to make bread, Felicity Library, Feb. 1, 11 a.m.
• Bring your daughter for a Victorian Tea, Amelia, Feb. 1, 2 p.m.
• Learn more about Medicare, Felicity, Feb. 4, 6 p.m.
• Used Book Sale, Miami Township, Feb. 6-8.
• Explore paint pouring while making a wall hanging, Bethel, Feb. 8, 10 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.
• Library Science Fair at the Clermont County Fairgrounds, Feb. 8, 9:30 a.m.
• Meet Graham Cracker, a therapy horse, Owensville, Feb. 8, 2 p.m.
• Tour the renovated Owensville Library, Feb. 8, 1 p.m.
• Learn more about and taste lots of chocolate, Goshen, Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m.
• Enjoy tabletop games, Amelia, Feb. 18, 6 p.m.
• County historian Gary Knepp will talk about President Lincoln and slavery, Batavia, Feb. 24, 6:30 p.m.
• Make Morse Code jewelry, Williamsburg, Feb. 25, 6 p.m.
• Cincinnati Museum Centers presents Blacks Made a Difference, Union Township, Feb. 25, 6 p.m.
• Learn how to draw images for video games with artist Steve Harpster, Miami Township, Feb. 29, 11 a.m.

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