December 2020
Your monthly news & updates
Year in Review: County tackles big challenges
No doubt, 2020 will go down as one of the most memorable in our lifetimes.

A global pandemic. A contentious national election. A major employer coming to Clermont County. And more!

As the New Year approaches, we take a look at the challenges and opportunities of 2020.

We had plenty to celebrate -- especially Nestlé Purina PetCare's plans to invest $550 million in a new plant in the South Afton Industrial Park. Deaths due to ODs declined for the third-straight year. Experienced new leaders joined the county administration team as assistant director and Economic Development director...

Meanwhile, the county allocated millions in federal CARES Act funds to help small businesses, non-profits and governmental units during the economic slowdown.

Long-serving Humphrey bids farewell
Ed Humphrey carries a lot of gratitude and satisfaction into his retirement after 31 years as an elected official. Humphrey, 76, serves his last day as a Clermont County commissioner on Dec. 31. He decided not to run for a fourth term to devote more time to family and address health concerns.

“I’ve had my ups and downs in life -- and I’m very blessed to be here,” he said. “I love what I do as a commissioner. I would run again, but I want to stay married. I’ve been married 53 years and I want that to continue.”

He beams a smile of appreciation for his marriage, family -- and recuperation from two bouts with cancer, a serious traffic accident and a snow skiing mishap.

County allocates millions in CARES Act funds
Clermont County continues to allocate nearly $10 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding. Another nearly $10 million in CARES Act funding has been allocated for local municipalities and townships.

The Board of County Commissioners on Nov. 4 approved memorandums of understanding and agreements with a number of entities for use of CARES Act funding.

Partners supply essentials to those struggling during quarantine
The County Emergency Management Agency in conjunction with Clermont County Public Health, local social service agencies, faith-based partners and non-profit organizations are working to ensure a safety net for residents.

EMA Director Pam Haverkos (left) and Marcie Langendorfer of United Way of Greater Cincinnati distributed groceries recently.

Team addresses COVID-19 cases
Clermont County has expanded a group in place since March to build its COVID-19 Defense Team. Gov. Mike DeWine recently called for counties to form defense teams to address the dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases.

Representatives from the library, faith-based partners, social services agencies, the private sector and local government have been recruited.

County once again offers holiday light recycling
Don't throw away your old strands of holiday lights.

The Clermont County Office of Environmental Quality is partnering with Cohen, the Clermont County Park District, Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District, Pierce Township and the Cincinnati Nature Center to recycle the lights.

Please see the list to the left for a site convenient to your home.

The recycling program runs through Feb. 1.
Include youngsters from Children's Protective in shopping plans
Every year, Clermont County Children’s Protective Services strives to ensure that children in care have a wonderful Christmas.

If you are interested in sponsoring a child or family this year, please e-mail Sanna Gast at: Ages range from birth to 18 years of age.
Partnerships help reduce ODs
During 2020 Appreciation Week in Clermont County, the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board (CCMHRB) together with the Clermont Opiate Task Force (OTF) would like to acknowledge those that have gone above and beyond in the fight against the opioid epidemic in our County. Without your partnership, Clermont County could not have seen a 43-percent decrease in opioid related unintentional overdoses in the past several years. THANK YOU!

Six participants graduate from OVI program
The Clermont County Municipal OVI Court Specialized Docket held its 33rd graduation ceremony on Nov. 13. The event, presided over by OVI Court Judge Jason E. Nagel, featured six participants who successfully completed the program.

OVI Court Specialized Docket is dedicated to rehabilitating high risk multiple OVI offenders through a combination of intensive community control supervision, frequent judicial monitoring, and specialized substance abuse treatment at the Clermont Recovery Center.

The specialized docket started in 2005. Clermont County OVI Court is certified by the Specialized Docket section of the Supreme Court of Ohio. Anyone interested in learning more about the Clermont County OVI Court please contact Brian Dixon at 732-8142.
Commissioners salute first responders with proclamation
County Commissioners proclaimed Oct. 28 as National First Responders Day. Commissioner David Painter (right) read this proclamation. Chief Kevin L. Riley accepted the proclamation.

"We as citizens need to pay tribute to the men and women who serve Clermont County in their capacity as first responders," the proclamation states. "It is important for citizens to show appreciation for the remarkable job being done by first responders across our county each and every day."
Veterans honored during session
County Commissioners today approved a proclamation designating Nov. 8-14 as Veterans Awareness Week in Clermont County.
Photo (from left): Commissioner Claire Corcoran, American Legion Fourth District Commander Steve Foster, Commissioner Ed Humphrey (virtual) and Commissioner David Painter.
Public library continues to provide variety of great services
The Clermont County Public Library changed the way it operated during the 2020 pandemic - just like everyone else. The library still delivers all of its great services, just in new ways.

The library continues to offer curbside service for those who don’t want to come inside a branch. Just call the library, tell what you would like and set a pickup time. Soon, the library will add book lockers so patrons can pick up their items even when the branches are closed. The lockers are expected to be installed by Dec. 31.

While library meeting rooms are being used to quarantine materials to keep the public and staff safe, no in-person programs are being conducted. Instead, our talented staff has created lots of interesting online programs for you to enjoy. Some are videos and others are Zoom meetings. You can find storytimes for the youngest patrons.

The library has STEAM programs for kids to enjoy making things like slime and bug hotels. Adults may enjoy a history of Milford, Cincinnati TV or Unusual Facts, just to name a few. Fines have been lowered on movies. New movies have been added to the collection.

Check, Facebook, and YouTube to see what you can discover at the library.
Child Support leader to retire
Brenda Gilreath, long-time leader of Clermont County Child Support, was honored at a recent Board of County Commissioners meeting. Gilreath will retire at the end of the year after 35 years with the county.

"She is a tremendous person and a tremendous leader," said Timothy Dick, director of Clermont County Department of Job and Family Services.

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