Clermont County receives more than $1.5 million in state capital funding for community projects

BATAVIA, OH – Clermont County will receive a record $1.55 million for community projects throughout the county through the State of Ohio’s biennial Capital Budget. This marks the third straight two-year cycle that Clermont County has received increased capital funding.

The Clermont County Port Authority, in conjunction with the Clermont County Commissioners, two State Representatives and a State Senator, organizes the countywide effort to encourage local communities and nonprofits to submit projects worthy of capital funds.

The committee has representatives from the Port Authority, city and township government, legislators, businesses and county government. The committee evaluated 23 applications to grade and recommended 12 applications for funding to the legislature.

Representative Adam Bird, Representative Jean Schmidt, and Senator Terry Johnson participated in the process to recommend funding for Clermont County communities. Once the committee recommends projects for consideration, the success of the process rests with Clermont’s three legislators.

Projects receiving funding include:

-YMCA Domestic Violence Shelter East, $250,000. Sponsor: YWCA

-Liberty Landing, Phase II, in New Richmond, $300,000. Sponsor: Village of New Richmond

-Scout Camp Flooding Mitigation in Miami Township, $223,000. Sponsor: Dan Beard Council

-Grant Presidential Sculpture in Monroe Township, $50,000. Sponsor: Port Authority

-Jim Terrell Park Canoe/Kayak Launch in Milford, $190,000. Sponsor: Milford City

-Ohio River Stabilization, Phase II in Moscow, $50,000. Sponsor: Moscow Village

-Clepper Park PIckleball Courts in Union Township, $122,000. Sponsor: Union Township

-Grailville Park Improvements in Miami Township, $260,000. Sponsor: Clermont Park District

-Grant Memorial Building, Phase II in Bethel, $50,000. Sponsor: Bethel Historical Society

-Buckeye Trail East Fork Wildlife Area in Williamsburg Township, $56,000. Sponsor: Williamsburg Township

“We’re extremely pleased that teamwork among the Port Authority, county leadership and state legislators helped bring this funding to Clermont County,” said Bonnie Batchler, President, Board of County Commissioners. “This will continue to enhance our efforts to keep Clermont County a great place to live, work and grow.”

Since 2006, Clermont County has received more than $5 million in capital funding for projects ranging from parking facilities to agricultural improvements as well as historical landmarks and youth activities.

“We are grateful to our state legislators for fighting for and funding a variety of projects that benefit so many people,” said Michael McNamara, Director, Clermont County Community and Economic Development. “More and more businesses choose to grow here largely because of the quality of life and amenities our county offers.”