August 2020
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Commissioners approve renewals for fall ballot
Renewal levies that support services for abused and neglected children, those suffering from mental health issues and drug addiction, and seniors will appear on the Nov. 3 ballot.

The Board of County Commissioners on Aug. 29 finalized the process of placing the levies requested by Children's Protective Services, the Mental Health and Recovery Board and Senior Services before voters. The levies are renewals, not increases.

Contribute items for COVID-19 time capsule
Clermont County residents can help preserve history by contributing their thoughts in writing and other remembrances to a COVID-19 pandemic time capsule. The project is co-sponsored by the Board of County Commissioners and the Coalition for a Drug-Free Clermont County.

“We’ve been impressed at how Clermont County residents have come together during this extremely challenging period in our history,” Commissioner Claire Corcoran said. “We will honor their efforts with this special time capsule. We want people in the future to better understand the difficulties that people faced, and how they worked to overcome them.”

Mary Wolff, director of the Coalition for a Drug-Free Clermont County, added: “We’re very excited to have the community join us in this positive endeavor, helping preserve history for future Clermont County residents. I can’t wait to see what people provide for the time capsule.”

The time capsule will be placed in Municipal Court during a ceremony later this year with representatives from County Government and the Coalition for a Drug-Free Clermont County. Plans call for opening the capsule in 10 years.

Help preserve this time in history by submitting photos and writups via email to Clermont County residents also may mail items to COVID-19 Time Capsule, 101 East Main St. 3rd Floor, Batavia, OH 45103.
Child Support helps invest in our future
More than 12,500 Clermont County families benefited from more than $35 million in child support collected in Fiscal Year 2019, according to a proclamation approved by the Board of County Commissioners on July 29.

"Parenting and support go hand in hand in ensuring children grow up safe and healthy, and children and families stay out of poverty," states the Child Support Awareness Month proclamation. "Our children are our most precious resource, and by investing in them, we secure a future of hope and opportunity for us all."

At the Commissioners meeting, Brenda Gilreath of Child Support noted that three children from Clermont County had submitted artwork in conjunction with awareness month that will appear on a 2021 statewide calendar. In the photo, Commissioner David Painter (right) holds the calendar, while (from left) Commissioner Claire Corcoran, Gilreath and Commissioner Ed Humphrey (virtually) look on.

Artwork by Clermont County's own Alexis Mullis, 6, is on the cover of the 2021 calendar.
Economic development leader brings experience
Former Butler County Development Administrator Michael McNamara has been named Director of Economic Development for Clermont County. The Board of County Commissioners approved the hiring on July 8. McNamara starts Aug. 3.

McNamara served as Development Administrator for five years, a position that included Executive Director of the Butler County Port Authority and President of the Butler County Land Bank.

He closed several multi-million dollar agreements related to a variety of economic development projects in Butler County, including a $140-million sports facility and event center, a $44-million bond agreement for construction of a senior living facility, and a $40-million distribution center.

Commissioner Painter named to national board
David Painter, President of the Clermont County Board of County Commissioners, has been appointed to the National Association of Counties (NACo) Board of Directors. He also was named Vice Chairman of the Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee for the upcoming year. He is the first Clermont County commissioner ever to serve at the national level.

County OK's radio tower
Clermont County's radio communication system consists of 11 towers with buildings that house computer equipment (below) nearby.
The Board of County Commissioners on July 15 approved a License Agreement with Great Oaks Career Campus Board that will allow Clermont County to build a 450-foot radio tower for the public safety radio system.

Commissioners allocated $782,000 to construct the tower, part of a system that provides coverage for police, firefighters, emergency medical services, buses, engineers and the like.

There is no cost to lease the land.

“This will allow us to continue communications without any dead zones,” said John Kiskaden, Director of the Clermont County Department of Public Safety Services.

“This tower is critical to the communications infrastructure. If we would have to move it, we would have a chain reaction of coverage issues, costing the county additional money to regain the existing coverage.”

In 2015, Clermont County upgraded its 800 MHz radio system to the Ohio Multi-Agency Radio Communication System (MARCS) Motorola P25 IP 800Mhz system.

The statewide system allows the Highway Patrol and Sheriff’s offices and other users of the system to get coverage as they travel through different counties. It greatly enhances interoperability among various agencies.

No detection of PFAS contaminants in county water supply
Recent sampling of Clermont County’s water system for chemicals called Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) found no detection of PFAS — the chemicals in the movie Dark Waters, about a town in West Virginia whose groundwater is contaminated by a neighboring chemical company. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) has been sampling water systems across the state.

“This is very good news,” said Lyle Bloom, Director of Clermont County Water Resources.

County approves funding for project to help reduce algal blooms
Clermont County has taken another step in its effort to lessen harmful algal blooms (HABs) at Harsha Lake: Designing a system to capture storm water rich with fertilizer nutrients that feed the blooms.

The Board of County Commissioners on July 18 approved a two-year, $42,400 contract with Sustainable Streams of Louisville to design a passive wetland system in Williamsburg for Harsha Lake sourcewater protection.

Board of Elections seeks poll workers for Nov. 3 election
Get involved in your community: Participate in A Day for Democracy. Become a Clermont County poll worker.

Earn base pay of $125 plus $30 for 3-hour training for a minimum of $155. Great experience for high school seniors and college-aged adults. Excellent opportunity for your employees.

With a presidential election coming Nov. 3, Clermont County needs to recruit about 200 poll workers to put the overall total at 700. The Board of Elections also is seeking to add 10 office workers to start in September to help process mail voting. Early voting starts Oct. 3 in the main Board of Elections Office in Batavia. About 100,000 of the county’s 139,000 registered voters usually participate in presidential elections.

Library offers online content, videos

Clermont County Public Library staff has been busy since March creating online content for you to enjoy. Visit the library’s YouTube channel for some great videos. There are lots of story times for young children.

The library also offers videos on how to create a pin board, how to make tile decoupage coasters, how to make bubbles, and how to make a tote out of an old T-shirt, and more.

You may also view videos by staff offering tips about what to read next. If you want to try your hand at making something new to eat, watch one of the cooking videos. The videos also cover local history, a walk through Sycamore Park, and how to make a lava lamp.

The library is open with limited hours, but online content is available 24-7. Don’t forget, the library continues to offer contact-free Curbside Pickup service for those who want to pick up a hold, but would prefer not to come into the branch.

Build your Hope Chest now
Ohio State University Extension designed a Hope Chest to “help people help themselves” amidst these uncertain times. A temporary or transitional spending plan is needed to build hope and manage financial stress. Use this great resource to help you identify and make plans for increasing savings and start an emergency fund. Call FCS educator Margaret Jenkins at (513) 732-7070 if you would like coaching as you complete the steps.

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