January 2020
Your monthly news & updates
Board of Elections seeks poll workers
On Election Day, thousands of Ohioans play an important role in our democracy by helping to operate neighborhood polling places. Ohio’s precinct election officials (P.E.O.s) work hard to ensure their neighbors have a positive experience when casting a ballot. These volunteers help safeguard the process so all Ohioans can have confidence in the results. Join us on the front lines of democracy and exercise your civic duty by signing up to be a poll worker today.

The Clermont County Board of Elections is recruiting registered voters in Clermont County to work as precinct election officials in the upcoming March 17, 2020 presidential primary election. Please contact:

  • Leann Helton at 732-7488 or email: lhelton@clermontcountyohio.gov or
  • Stephanie Haight at 732-7489 or email: shaight@clermontcountyohio.gov

Interested individuals may also follow this link at the Board of Elections website:  https://boe.clermontcountyohio.gov/precinct-election-officials/

Clermont County also needs temporary office workers in the weeks leading up to the March 17, 2020 presidential primary election. Duties include taking incoming phone calls, staffing the early voting station at the Board of Elections, compiling voter mailings, and visiting local nursing homes to assist residents voting there. If interested please call the Clermont County Board of Elections at 513-732-7275 or send resumes to: cdennison@clermontcountyohio.gov. 
Commissioners approve $71.2 million total General Fund budget
Clermont County Commissioners approved a 2020 General Fund operating budget of $61.5 million at their Dec. 11 session. 

The non-operating budget of $9.7 million includes one-time expenses for capital and economic development projects within the General Fund.
General Fund program areas

Criminal justice: $26.8 million
Judicial services: $14.7 million
General government: $12.3 million
Public safety: $4.5 million
Health and human services: $3.3 million

Read more here
Clermont County honors 15 forever families at Joy of Adoption
Clermont County Children's Protective Services celebrated the adoption of 22 children into 15 forever families during the 15th Annual Joy of Adoption at Living the Word Church in Bethel on Nov. 21.

In those 15 years, the county has celebrated 679 adoptions.

Fifteen children are now waiting for adoptive families. See https://clermontforkids.org/
Seeking parents to provide safe, stable homes
Trina Farrell has been recruiting foster parents for Clermont County Children’s Protective Services for eight years. The Board of County Commissioners recently contracted with her for continued service. Learn more about Farrell and her important work in this interview.

'Treecycle' your live Christmas tree
When the holidays are over, make sure you treecycle your live Christmas tree.

Many communities and the Clermont County Park District are offering opportunities for you to treecycle. But before you take your tree to a collection site or haul it to the curb for pick-up, please be sure to remove all lights, tinsel and decorations.

Recycle old holiday light strands, icicle lights and rope lights
The Clermont County Park District, Adams-Clermont Solid Waste District and Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District are partnering with Cohen Recycling to provide bins to collect and recycle old holiday lights.

Through Jan. 20, Clermont County residents and visitors can recycle used holiday lights at several locations around the county, including:

• Chilo Lock 34 Park Visitors Center: 521 County Park Road, Chilo, Ohio 45112
• Hartman Log Cabin Office: 5260 Aber Road, Williamsburg, Ohio 45176
• Clermont Water Resources Lobby: 4400 Haskell Lane, Batavia, Ohio 45103
• Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District: 1000 Locust St., Owensville, Ohio 45160

Items to be recycled include indoor and outdoor light strands, icicle lights and rope lights. Please do not bring individual bulbs, pre-lit trees, wreaths or other decorations.

For more information on recycling holiday lights, please contact Hannah Lubbers of the Solid Waste District at hlubbers@clermontcountyohio.gov or visit www.CohenUSA.com/lights.
Two events seek artists for design contests
The Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District is encouraging students and local artists to participate in design contests for two popular events to be held in the spring – the annual Spring Litter Cleanup and the 8th-Annual Rain Barrel Art Project.

Revitalized effort promotes safety
After about a five-year absence, the Clermont County Safe Communities program has returned. 

The University of Cincinnati Area Health Education Center (UC-AHEC) was once again awarded $42,000 from the Ohio Department of Public Safety's Ohio Traffic Safety Office for Fiscal Year 2020, which started Oct 1. This is the second year UC-AHEC has received the funding and is planning on using the funds to expand last year's reintroduction of Safe Communities' programs and activities to the county.

Jennifer Stewart-Hamblen of UC-AHEC said that the program has identified lack of seat belt usage and increased use of electronic devices while driving as priorities. 

UC-AHEC is using the grant funds to promote education and encourage the general public to put down electronic devices while driving, buckle up, be observant of motorcyclists, and drive sober. There is a special interest on building awareness for high school and college students on the hazards of impaired and distracted driving.  

You may follow Clermont County Safe Communities on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DriveSober55/

A committee that includes representatives from UC, government and law enforcement plans to have booths at local festivals and events at area schools.
Newtonsville residents attend hearing on proposed sewer project.

Sewer project proposed
County Commissioners on Dec. 3 conducted a public hearing evening at Clermont Northeastern High School on the proposed $12.4-million sewer project for Newtonsville.

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

Several residents asked questions at the brief hearing. Written comments were also accepted.

Commissioners most likely in January will consider a resolution to proceed or not. If the project proceeds as planned, construction would start in the fall, with completion in early 2022.

Dissolution of the village, approved by voters in November, has no impact on potential grants and loans that would help fund the project.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has declared a public health nuisance resulting from the area's reliance on septic systems.
Clermont County hiring for variety of positions
Looking for meaningful work? Full-time. Good benefits. We're hiring. Check out our latest job openings.
Haven't gotten a flu shot? There's still time
It’s not too late to get your flu shot! If you or your family haven’t gotten the seasonal flu vaccine, Clermont County Public Health can help! Call 513-735-8400 to schedule an appointment for your flu shot.
At our parks in January

Square Dancing Lessons
6:30-8 p.m. every Tuesday from Jan. 7-Feb. 11, Pattison Lodge

Drive those winter blues away as Russ and Barb Childers teach a six-week series of FREE square dance lessons at Pattison Lodge, courtesy of the Clermont County Parks. Email or call to register: rgreen@clermontcountyohio.gov or 513-760-8393.

Winter Lecture Series - Ice Age Mammals of Ohio
6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 16, Pattison Lodge

What kinds of unusual animals walked right through our backyards at the time that the glacier was retreating from Ohio? Learn about the variety of interesting animals that lived in the state at the end of the Pleistocene, many of which are now extinct. See actual fossils and casts from Ice Age species like the mastodon, mammoth and giant beaver in this interactive program. Curator of Natural History at the Ohio History Connection, David Dyer, speaks on Ohio’s Ice Age history.              

Winter Bird Count
8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, multiple parks

Join Park District Naturalists and staff for our annual winter inventory of which birds are inhabiting our parks. We'll spend the morning searching for and counting which bird species are in our parks, then join us for lunch at the as we warm up with hot chocolate. No experience necessary. Please email rgreen@clermontcountyohio.gov to sign up.

Claws, Paws and Jaws
1-3 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29, Pattison Lodge
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Thursday Jan. 30, Pattison Lodge

Discover how predators succeed at hunting their prey through hands-on examination of skulls, claws, talons and more. Track animals through the woods to discover where prey hide and create your own animal track imprint to take home. Play an interactive game of predators and prey to explore how limiting factors affect wildlife populations.

At our libraries in January

It will be warm in all the Clermont County Public Libraries in January -- and there will be lots of great programs for individuals and families in enjoy. 

• Learn or hone your crochet skills, Goshen Branch Library, 6 p.m. Jan. 6.

• The Clermont County Park District will introduce children and teens to local animals and their habitats, Union Township, 11 a.m. Jan. 10.

• Kids can explore the concepts of coding with hands-on activities, New Richmond, 2 p.m. Jan. 11.

• Challenge yourself in our 80s Escape Room, Miami Township, 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. Jan. 13.

• Learn how to paint a festive piece of art on canvas, New Richmond, 6 p.m. Jan. 13.

• Learn about a black family from Clermont County who were kidnapped and how the community worked to rescue them, Owensville, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13.

• Used Book Sale, Union Township, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Jan. 17 and Jan. 18. 

• Used Book Sale, Bethel, during library hours Jan. 25, Jan. 27 and Jan. 28.

• Paint a porcelain plate, Batavia, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27.

• Create a junk journal, Williamsburg, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28.

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