BATAVIA, OH — All local K-12 students are invited once again to participate in the annual Spring Litter Clean-Up (SLC) Logo Design Contest. The contest is sponsored locally by the Duke Energy Foundation, the Clermont County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the Southern Ohio Association of Realtors (SOAR) to promote the SLC event and encourage student civic engagement.
The student with the winning design will receive a $100 cash prize, with an additional $100 going to their school’s art department. There will also be 13 grade level awards given at $25 each. This year’s winning design will be printed on a stainless steel water bottle, a promotional gift each volunteer will receive for their participation. Any student attending a school located in Clermont County, or within the East Fork Little Miami River watershed, may register to compete. Students should register and review the rules on the event website: www.springlittercleanup.com. Designs must be submitted by Friday, March 6.
The Spring Litter Clean-Up will be held 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, May 16, in various communities across the county and watershed. The SLC event is coordinated each year by the Clermont SWCD and Valley View Foundation.
Valley View Foundation is a non-profit organization that preserved a 190-acres that is a nature preserve and education center located near the confluence of the East Fork and Little Miami Rivers in Milford, Clermont County.
Clermont SWCD is a political subdivision of the State of Ohio charged with promoting the wise use of natural resources through service and education.
For more information about the Spring Litter Clean-Up or the design contest, please contact Becky McClatchey at the Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District at 513-732-7075.
BATAVIA, Ohio (Jan. 13, 2020) – Commissioner David Painter was elected president, and Commissioner Ed Humphrey, vice president, of the Clermont County Board of Commissioners for 2020 at today’s annual Reorganization Meeting. Commissioner Claire Corcoran will serve as member.
The 2020 meeting schedule for Regular Sessions was also established. The commissioners are scheduled to meet every Wednesday of the year, except for certain holiday weeks, and the second and fourth Mondays of the first six months of the year. All meetings are at 10 a.m. unless otherwise noted. Commissioners are mandated to have at least 50 Regular Sessions during the calendar year.
Commissioner Painter described 2019 as a great year for Clermont County, with booming economic development, improved roads and the securing of financing for work on State Route 32. Commissioner Corcoran expressed hope for a safer and more gentle year across the county in 2020, with Commissioner Humphrey concurring.
The Reorganization Meeting was followed by Regular Session at which the following 2020 appointments were made:
Commissioner Painter to serve on the Area 12 Workforce Board as a chief elected official, alternative official voting representative for Clermont County at the County Commissioners’ Association of Ohio,
Commissioner Humphrey to serve as chairperson of the Clermont County Records Commission, member of the Clermont County Automatic Data Processing Board, official voting representative for Clermont County at the County Commissioners’ Association of Ohio,
Commissioner Corcoran to serve on the Clermont County Board of Revision and as an alternate on the Area 12 Workforce Board as a chief elected official, and
All three commissioners to serve on the County Investment Advisory Committee.
BATAVIA, Ohio (Jan. 13, 2020) – The Clermont County Board of County Commissioners today adopted a resolution declaring its opposition to any restrictions to the Second Amendment. All three commissioners, President David Painter, Vice President Ed Humphrey and member Claire Corcoran, voted for the resolution.
“We stand as a Second Amendment Sanctuary County,” said Commissioner Painter, moments after the vote, to the applause of gun rights activists in attendance.
Here is the exact wording of the resolution:
A RESOLUTION RELATING TO THE CLERMONT COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS DECLARING THE OPPOSITION OF CLERMONT COUNTY, OHIO, TO ANY RESTRICTIONS ON THE SECOND AMENDMENT.
WHEREAS, The Ohio Constitution: Article 1, Section 4 states that “The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security”; and
WHEREAS, The 2nd Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America states “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”; and
WHEREAS, The 2nd Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America was ratified in 1791, and is still the Law of the Land; and
WHEREAS, Article 6 of the Constitution of the United States of America states “This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding” and
WHEREAS, Article 15, Section 7 of the Ohio Constitution states: “Every person chosen or appointed to any office under this state, before entering upon the discharge of its duties, shall take an oath or affirmation, to support the Constitution of the United States, and of this state, and also an oath of office; and
WHEREAS, County Commissioner David L. Painter, County Commissioner Edwin H. Humphrey, and County Commissioner Claire B. Corcoran have all taken such oath and believe it to be binding on them morally, ethically, and legally; and
WHEREAS, the Clermont County Commissioners fully affirm their support of the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms and stand firm against any law or ordinance on any level of government to remove that right from any law-abiding citizen without due process; and
WHEREAS, the Clermont County Commissioners will not authorize any County Official to expend County funds for the purpose of enforcing illegal and or unconstitutional laws or ordinances that seek to limit a law-abiding citizens right to keep and bear arms; and
WHEREAS, the Clermont County Board of Commissioners believe the best way to prevent gun violence is to address the growing mental health crisis, hold those accountable who use a political agenda to disarm law abiding citizens, and the enforcement of already existing criminal laws that aim to stop violence and not to limit the inalienable rights of law-abiding citizens; and
WHEREAS, the citizens of Clermont County Ohio derive economic benefit from lawful use of firearms, including hunting, recreation and shooting sports; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of County Commissioners of Clermont County Ohio by the authority granted the Board by the laws of the State of Ohio and the people of Clermont County, Ohio to stand and defend their rights and liberties, which are guaranteed by the United States and Ohio Constitutions, we hereby declare this Resolution to be a Second Amendment Preservation Resolution and declare Clermont County Ohio to be a “2nd Amendment Sanctuary County”; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Board does hereby pledge not to appropriate funds, resources, employees, or agencies to initiate unconstitutional seizures in Clermont County Ohio; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board demands that the state and national legislature cease and desist any further actions restricting the Second Amendment rights of citizens and instead address the real and fundamental challenges in our communities.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of County Commissioners hereby finds and determines that all formal actions relative to the passage of this Resolution were taken in an open meeting of this Board and of its Committees, and that all deliberations of this Board and of its Committees, if any, which resulted in formal action, were taken in meetings open to the public, in full compliance with applicable legal requirements including Section 121.22 of the Ohio Revised Code.
BATAVIA, OH (Jan. 2, 2020) — In 2018, the Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (DD) began a partnership that has greatly benefitted both organizations. To celebrate this relationship, Clermont DD presented Clermont SWCD with a Friends of Developmental Disabilities Award at its annual banquet on Oct. 23.
The partnership began when Clermont SWCD was looking for assistance with preparing materials for the numerous education programs given throughout the year. Judy Krebs, the SWCD education specialist, typically presents over 360 programs in county schools annually, and had been spending considerable time making and organizing supplies for these.
“We knew that Clermont DD had several programs that help students become more involved in the community, so we decided to reach out,” Krebs said.
Clermont DD staff thought this was a wonderful idea. “This volunteer opportunity is beneficial to our program because it’s eco-friendly and applies our values of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle while offering an opportunity to volunteer for our community,” said Jo Praschak, program coordinator for Wildey Community Integration Program-Adult Services.
Soon, students from both the Wildey Center and the Donald A. Collins Center began to prepare materials for Krebs’s “Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly,” “Making Recycled Newspaper Christmas Ornaments,” and “Animal Tracks” programs.
“While they are working, the students also have a chance to learn something about nature,” Krebs said. “The students are able to see how butterflies go from a very small egg to a beautiful butterfly in their life cycle. Those helping make animal tracks learn about animal adaptations, characteristics, and how animals can be harmed when people litter.”
“It’s so cool learning about how the Monarch caterpillar becomes a butterfly and learning about recycling,” said one student.
For more information about education programs offered by Clermont SWCD, contact Judy Krebs at (513) 732-7213 or email@example.com. For more information about Clermont DD’s programs, contact Lisa Davis at 513-732-7000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BATAVIA, OH (Dec. 20, 2019) — The Family Recovery Court of the Clermont County Juvenile Court has earned final certification from the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Specialized Dockets.
In order to receive the certification, the local court had to submit an application, undergo a site visit, and provide specific program materials in response to certification standards that went in to effect in January 2014.
Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor congratulated the Family Recovery Court and Judge James. A. Shriver for receiving final certification.
“Specialized dockets divert offenders toward criminal justice initiatives that employ tools and tailored services to treat and rehabilitate the offender so they can become productive members of society,” O’Connor said. “Studies have shown this approach works by reducing recidivism while saving tax dollars.”
Specialized dockets are courts that are dedicated to specific types of offenses or offenders and use a combination of different techniques for holding offenders accountable while also addressing the underlying causes of their behavior. There are more than 240 specialized dockets in Ohio courts that deal with issues such as:
The standards provide a minimum level of uniform practices for specialized dockets throughout Ohio, and allow local courts to innovate and tailor to meet their community’s needs and resources.
Judge Shriver said, “Clermont Family Recovery Court is making a tremendous positive impact in the lives of parents and children. Comments I have received from participants in the past include:
‘This program changed my life and helped me get my family/life back on track and without the help and support of the program and everyone involved, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
‘Thank you Judge for giving us the opportunity to shine in positive ways. Thank you for this program.”’
The certification requirements include establishing eligibility requirements, evaluating effectiveness of the specialized docket, and assembling a treatment team for implementing daily operations of the specialized docket. The team can include licensed treatment providers, law enforcement, court personnel, and is headed by the specialized docket judge.
The Commission on Specialized Dockets has 22 members who advise the Supreme Court and its staff regarding the promotion of statewide rules and uniform standards concerning specialized dockets in Ohio courts; the development and delivery of specialized docket services to Ohio courts; and the creation of training programs for judges and court personnel. The commission makes all decisions regarding final certification.
BATAVIA, OH (Dec. 19, 2019) — More than 100 Clermont County youth from low-income families will continue to get support to help them stay in school and plan a career.
County Commissioners on Dec. 11 approved an agreement with Pressley Ridge for the provision of a Comprehensive Case Management and Employment Program for a maximum of $695,000, effective for the period of Oct. 1-Sept. 30, with the option to renew for two additional one-year periods. Pressley Ridge is expanding services formerly offered by EasterSeals TriState.
Comprehensive Case Management and Employment Program is designed for youth ages 14 through 24 who may have some obstacle to success in education or employment. Pressley Ridge provides services to youth eligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) services based on family income and having a minor in the family.
Fourteen different services are offered, including:
“These services are offered throughout the county and typically can be addressed by meeting youth in or near their schools,” said Ted Groman, deputy director of OhioMeansJobs in Clermont County. “We also meet youth in local libraries or other public centers.”
Services are year-round with education being a large focus during the school year and work experience being a key service during summer break.
Eligibility for the program is conducted by Job and Family Services. Those interested may contact OhioMeansJobs Clermont for further information. (Currently, the county is at full capacity for services.)
BATAVIA, OH (Dec. 17, 2019) — When the holidays are over, make sure you treecycle! The act of recycling a live Christmas tree is a leading reason many experts agree they are more environmentally friendly than their plastic counterparts.
Treecycling is the act of recycling your cut Christmas tree, so that it can be used in other capacities. The trees can get a second life after they are chipped (used for mulch and hiking trails), become fish or wildlife habitat, or are utilized for lake and river shoreline stabilization.
Locally, 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.
Among Clermont County recycling opportunities:
BATAVIA, Ohio (Dec. 16, 2019) – 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.
The General Fund is the largest discretionary source of funds in the county, and finances 20 of 21 elected offices in Clermont County. (The Engineer’s Office is funded through state gasoline taxes and driver license fees.) Clermont County Commissioners also appropriated $199.2 million in 2020 for the other 114 special purpose funds under their budgetary control.
As required by law, 2020’s budget is balanced, with expenses not exceeding projected revenues plus unobligated cash.
Sales tax revenue, which provides nearly 47 percent of General Fund revenue, is estimated to be $30 million in 2020. The next two largest streams of revenue include charges for services ($10 million) and property taxes ($9 million) included within the General Fund.
In 2020, General Fund program areas will be funded as follows:
Criminal justice: $26.8 million
Judicial services: $14.7million
General government: $12.3 million
Public safety: $4.5 million
Health and human services: $3.3 million
Personnel costs account for the largest share of the total General Fund budget — $49.6 million, or 70% of the budget, with $21.6 million going to other expenses.
For questions, contact the Office of Management and Budget Director Mary Rains, email@example.com, 513.732.7988.
BATAVIA, OH — 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.
The 2020 Spring Litter Clean-Up is scheduled for May 16, and coordinators are kicking off the event with a logo design contest for local students. The winning logo will be printed on a reusable water bottle, which will be the 2020 volunteer thank you gift. Any K-12 student, including home-schooled students, attending school or residing in Clermont County, or within the East Fork Little Miami River watershed, may register to compete. The student with the winning design will receive a cash award of $100 and an additional $100 for their school art department. There will also be 13 grade level awards of $25 each.
The Rain Barrel Art Project is open to all artists, including students and seasoned professionals. This is a joint effort of Save Local Waters, its members and the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Students and other community members throughout the Ohio River Valley are asked to submit artistic designs to beautify otherwise dull rain barrels. The painted rain barrels will be displayed at the Cincinnati Zoo through April, and auctioned off during the Zoo’s Tunes and Blooms event on April 23.
BATAVIA, OH (Dec. 9, 2019) — 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.
What are the requirements to become a foster parent?
The basic requirement to become a foster parent is that you should be at least 21 years old; however, this age requirement will change next year to 18. You may own or rent your house or apartment but you must have adequate space available. Aside from that, you may be married, single or divorced and may have other children. And, don’t think you’re too old – we get a lot of interest from senior citizens wanting to be a foster care provider.
What is involved in becoming certified as a foster parent? Training requirements?
Foster parents must be certified. This requires 36 hours of pre-service training. Classes are offered through Clermont County at no cost. You must also have CPR First Aid training, and a homestudy completed. You can find all of the pre-service training dates online at clermontforkids.org.
Why do people become foster parents? What are the benefits?
People generally become foster parents to provide a safe, stable, and loving home for children who have been removed from their homes due to neglect or abuse. While we do offer benefits that will help foster care parents take care of the children in their care, like a daily per diem, and daycare stipends, the true benefits of being a foster parent are more intrinsic, knowing you are providing a safe, nurturing environment for the children of our community.
What’s your background?
I am actually an educator and have been teaching elementary school students in Clermont County for 22 years. As a teacher, I have worked with a number of foster children placed in our schools. I appreciate nothing more than loving foster care parents who not only work hard to provide a loving environment, but also instill the importance of education. I have met so many wonderful foster parents over the years.
What’s your approach toward recruitment? How do you find good foster parents?
Fostering is extremely rewarding but can also be challenging and certainly isn’t for everyone. I think people genuinely want to help but many just don’t quite know where or how to begin. My job is to educate, answer questions, and help people to decide if the choice is right for them. We offer open house events throughout the year, and attend community events to deliver information to families. Our current foster parents are also a big part of our recruitment approach. They attend open house events to share their experiences with others. This is very important as future foster parents want to know the ups and downs and ins and outs of being a foster parent.
Our trainers and case workers do a fantastic job of preparing people for their role as foster parents and providing guidance and assistance along the way. We are fortunate to have so many wonderful foster care providers in our area.
Anything else you would like to add?
I’ve heard from so many people that they have considered becoming a foster parent but, for whatever reason, they never took that next step to learn more. I encourage anyone who might be interested in becoming a foster parent to give me a call or attend an open house. You can call me directly at 513-732-7765 or visit Clermontforkids.org to get more information. Our latest open house dates are posted on our website. I look forward to your call!