April 2020
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#InThisTogetherClermontCounty
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Clermont County has pulled together in many ways to help each other during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To keep the momentum going, we plan to create a video featuring citizens holding hand-made signs with the #InThisTogetherClermontCounty hashtag. Please email yours to mboehmer@clermontcountyohio.gov.

If you don't already, please follow Clermont County Government on Facebook and Twitter. We're sharing timely updates, links to resources, phone numbers and email addresses related to everything from health concerns to unemployment payments. We're also providing relevant information on Nextdoor.

For those having trouble coping, please call 528-SAVE. Experts are there 24/7. To report child abuse or neglect, call 732-STOP.
Counties matter in countless ways
Imagine a world with nowhere to call to report a crime or house a criminal -- a place with ramshackle roads, polluted waterways, unsafe drinking water, decimated farm fields, limited job opportunities, and no services for seniors, veterans or the developmentally disabled.

Thanks to county government, we don’t have to face such a situation.

The nation’s 3,069 counties provide essential services to create healthy, safe and vibrant communities, serving more than 300 million Americans. 

During National County Government Month, Clermont County will demonstrate how “Counties Matter,” especially in supporting older adults, their families and caregivers. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more informative facts during the month.

Census 2020: Easy, safe, important
Once every decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States. The goal is to count everyone once, and only once, and in the right place. 

Census 2020 is Ohio’s chance to make sure that every individual is counted and has a voice.This opportunity to count the population only comes once every decade and shapes how Ohio spends and operates for the next 10 years.

Animal shelter implements changes to keep staff, visitors safe
As your county shelter, Clermont Animal CARE is committed to caring for lost and homeless animals and supporting Clermont County pet owners through these challenging times.

"Our commitment to the animals in our care and implementing new measures to keep our staff and visitors safe is our primary focus," according to shelter leaders. "Toward that end, we are remaining open, but in a modified format that we believe best serves our staff, the community and the animals of Clermont."

Clermont Animal CARE has implemented these changes:
• Appointment- and schedule-based model for animal adoptions, intake, reclaims and fostering
• Animal intake limited to emergencies only
• Curbside service for animal pick-up and drop-off
• Phone service extended to 10 a.m.-4 p.m., seven days a week
• Maintaining animal control & protection services, 8 a.m.-midnight, seven days a week
• Offering adoption hours for dogs from outdoor kennels, noon-4 p.m. each day
 
Clermont County welcomes assistant administrator
Greg Bickford, former Administrator of Sycamore Township in Hamilton County, has joined Clermont County as Assistant County Administrator.

“I’m really excited to have Greg on our team,” said Tom Eigel, Clermont County Administrator. “He brings more than 20 years of experience with Sycamore Township, including six as Administrator. Clermont County will benefit from his extensive background in economic development and public administration.”

Residents recycle 300-plus pounds -- or 4 miles -- of holiday lights
The Clermont Park District’s partnership with the Adams-Clermont Solid Waste District and the Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District to collect and recycle old holiday lights yielded more than 300 pounds.

The agencies placed recycling bins at four locations throughout Clermont County – Chilo, Jackson Township, Batavia and Owensville – from Dec. 1, 2019 to Jan. 20, 2020.

Severe Weather Awareness Week brings attention to preparedness
While maintaining social distancing, Clermont County Emergency Management Director Pam Haverkos listened to a proclamation for Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week read by Commissioner David Painter yesterday.

"Clermont County residents face a yearly threat of spring storms that include severe thunderstorms, high winds, flooding, flash-flooding and tornadoes," states the proclamation also signed by Commissioners Ed Humphrey and Claire Corcoran.

"It is incumbent upon government at all levels to promote effective emergency preparedness and management practices that will better protect the lives and property of their citizens."

Haverkos added: "Even though we're dealing with a public health issue (COVID-19), we still need to be aware."

She noted that the county tests its outdoor warning system at noon on the first Wednesday of every month.

The week took place March 22-28.
Developmental disabilities awareness month focuses on inclusion
County Commissioners designated March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. (Note: Photo taken before social distancing started.)

Clermont County Board of DD focused on inclusion in the community -- and volunteered at several locations throughout the month, including the Ronald McDonald House, James Sauls Homeless Shelter, Ohio Veterans Home, Batavia Nursing and Care Center and the League for Animal Welfare.

The volunteer projects and on-site volunteering included all age levels: toddlers, school-age children, adults and staff.
Clermont County hiring for variety of positions
Looking for meaningful work? Full-time. Good benefits. We're hiring. Check out our latest job openings.
OSU Extension offers email wellness challenge
During this time of uncertainty, OSU Extension Clermont County is offering a way for adults to connect virtually through email and work on self-care in the “It’s All About Time” Email Wellness Challenge. 

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Library provides wide array of online services

The Clermont County Public Library has many resources online for all ages.
• Overdrive with Libby App for books, audiobooks, movies and more
• Hoopla – no wait for items like audiobooks, movies, TV shows and more
• RBdigital – may offer shorter wait times than Overdrive for digital books, audiobooks and magazines
For informational resources, try:
• Lynda
• Hobbies and Craft Reference Center
• Transparent Languages
• Teaching Books
• World Book Early Learning (kids)
• Explora (kids)

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