March 22, 2019

Animal Shelter to close for renovations March 31-April 5

BATAVIA, Ohio (March 22, 2019) – The Clermont County Animal Shelter will be closed to the public from March 31 through April 5 to install new flooring.

The shelter, which is managed by Clermont Animal CARE Humane Society, will reopen to the public on Saturday, April 6. Saturday hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

The shelter is located at 4025 Filager Road, Batavia.

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March 1, 2019

Rapid SOS allows dispatchers to pinpoint 911 calls

BATAVIA, Ohio – Clermont County’s 911 system now includes a feature called Rapid SOS, allowing 911 calls that are made with a cell phone to be accurately pinpointed by using the GPS on the caller’s phone.

Motorola Solution’s CallWorks system was installed at the 911 dispatch center in mid-January, said Dominick Daulton, Program Administrator for the Department of Public Safety Services, which includes the dispatch center.

Previously, 911 calls from cell phone users were triangulated using the nearest cell phone towers, Daulton said. “Now, using the GPS on the caller’s phone, the location of the caller can be pinpointed, and first responders can get to the scene more quickly,” he said.

Rapid SOS requires IOS 12 for iPhones and Version 4.0 and up for Android phones. Customers should call their cell phone provider to check that their phone is compatible with Rapid SOS.

CallWorks also has a new map feature that allows dispatchers to see where calls are coming in from. If a cluster of calls is coming in from the location of an accident, which dispatch already knows about, and a new call comes in from the other side of the county, the dispatcher can answer the new call. Previously, dispatch operators could only answer calls in the order they came in.

The cost of the system is $875,000, and will be paid for over 10 years.

Clermont County’s dispatch system answers 911 calls from throughout the county, with the exception of Union Township, Amelia, the City of Milford and the City of Loveland.

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February 6, 2019

Commissioner Painter honors the life of Detective Brewer

Feb. 6, 2019

Commissioner David Painter, President of the Board of County Commissioners, opened today’s session with these remarks about Detective Bill Brewer, who was killed in the line of duty Feb. 2:

On Saturday February 2nd, Deputy Nick DeRose and Deputy William Brewer responded along with Clermont County Special Response Team to a call for help from a 23 year old man. The two deputies sustained gunshot wounds as a result of their commitment to serve and protect the citizens of Clermont County. Lt. DeRose was later treated and released from the hospital, returning to work later that Sunday. Lt. DeRose was shot twice, once in the lower leg and another that struck his utility belt and protective vest preventing a life-threatening injury. He is a true testament to the resolve of the department. Detective William Brewer sustained life ending injuries as a result of his commitment to serve. I pray that Lt. DeRose has a speedy recovery.

Today, the Board of Clermont County Commissioners honor and mourn the loss of Detective William Brewer of the Clermont County Sheriff’s office. On behalf of the Board we extend our deepest condolences to Bill’s family and thank them for sharing him with us.

Bill and Nick spent over 20 years protecting and helping the citizens of Clermont County. On that Saturday, Bill along with his partner Lt. Nick DeRose, answered a call for help whereby Bill and Nick sustained gunshot injuries. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for his friend. Bill and Nick’s selfless courage goes well beyond God’s word in that they both were willing to lay down their lives for a man they did not know. Bill gave his life that evening in an effort to help. William Brewer was that kind of guy.

Bill was a son, a brother, a husband, a dad, and a beloved family member. He leaves behind his loving wife Jamie, his beloved son Braxton, his brother Michael, his parents Bill and Angie, his in-laws, his nieces, his nephews, his Clermont County Deputy family and all the citizens of Clermont County that he took an oath to protect.

There are a few professions whereby a man is required to commit his life to the protection of others. Bill was a Clermont County Deputy. Once a Deputy, always a Deputy. To the 200,000 residents of Clermont County, Bill will always be our Deputy.

To Bill’s wife and son, there are no words that I can speak to answer the question why such a tragedy as this is allowed to happen. For God’s plan is so vast that even if he were to show it to us, we wouldn’t understand it. Rest assured that there are two people that now understand his plan and one of them is Bill. May God comfort you in your time of loss. Our prayers are with you.

 

 

February 6, 2019

Clermont County courts, other offices to close Friday for detective’s services

Detective Bill Brewer

BATAVIA, Ohio (Feb. 6, 2019) – All Clermont County courts and many county offices will be closed Friday, Feb. 8, to allow employees to attend, view or participate in services for Sheriff’s Detective Bill Brewer, who lost his life in the line of duty on Feb. 2.

CLOSED

Sheriff’s Office: Administrative offices close at noon Thursday and all day Friday.

Common Pleas Court: Closes at 2 p.m. Thursday and all day Friday. This also includes Probation, Law Library, and Court Services.

Juvenile Court/Probate Court: Closes at 2 p.m. Thursday and all day Friday.

Prosecutor’s Office: Closes at 2 p.m. Thursday and all day Friday.

Domestic Relations Court: Closes at 2 p.m. Thursday and all day Friday. All hearings will be scheduled to the next available time.

Board of County Commissioners’ office, and departments including Water Resources Administration Building, Building Inspection, Permit Central, Job & Family Services, OhioMeansJobs/Clermont County, and Department of Community & Economic Development: Closed Friday.

Municipal Court: Closed Friday. Those who have an arraignment scheduled for Friday will be sent a new court date. They can also check the Clermontclerk.org website for updated information.

Common Pleas Clerk’s Office, Domestic Relations Clerk and all auto title offices: Closed Friday.

Public Defender’s Office: Closed Friday.

Auditor’s Office: Closed Friday.

Recorder’s Office: Closed Friday.

Engineer’s Office: Closed Friday.

Public Health: Closed Friday.

Coroner’s Office: Closed Friday; on call at 513.543.0129.

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Some county offices will be open, including the Treasurer’s Office, which is accepting payments for first-half property taxes, which are due Feb. 13. The Municipal Clerk of Court Office will be open Friday. The Board of Elections office will be open Friday.

Bus service in Clermont County, including Dial-A-Ride, will operate normally.

The county website, www.clermontcountyohio.gov, has separate pages for each county office, including how to contact them. Check there if you have questions on whether an office is open or closed.

Services for Detective Brewer are as follows:

Family and friends are invited to a public visitation from 4-8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, at Mount Carmel Christian Church, 4110 Bach Buxton Rd, Batavia, OH 45103, under the direction of E.C. Nurre Funeral Home in Amelia. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Interment will follow at Pierce Township Cemetery.

February 3, 2019

Commissioners join county in mourning loss of Detective Brewer

BATAVIA, Ohio – Today, Clermont County Commissioners join all the elected officials and employees of Clermont County in mourning a brave deputy sheriff who lost his life in the line of duty.

Commissioners extend their deepest condolences to the family of Clermont Sheriff’s Detective Bill Brewer, and thank him and Lt. Nick DeRose, who was injured, for their bravery.

On Saturday, Feb. 2, around 10:30 p.m., Detective Brewer and Lt. DeRose were shot by a male who had barricaded himself in his apartment in Pierce Township and was threatening to kill himself.

Detective Bill Brewer

Detective Brewer, a 20-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, was transported to Anderson Mercy Hospital, where he later died as a result of the gunshot wounds he sustained. Deputy Brewer is survived by his wife and a 5-year-old son.

Lt. Nick DeRose, a 22-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, was transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, and was later released.

The suspect was taken into custody.

Lt. Nick DeRose

“There is no greater love than a man to lay down his life for a friend. Detective Brewer laid down his life in service for our citizens. Please lift his family up in prayer,” said Commissioner David Painter, President of the Board of County Commissioners. “Our deepest condolences go to the family of Detective Brewer, who bravely gave his life in the line of duty.

“We thank Lt. DeRose, whose injuries were, thankfully, not serious. We thank all the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office and our local police departments and fire departments who responded throughout the night to work together to bring this situation under control.

“Our hearts are heavy today for this loss to our community. We send our prayers to the families of Detective Brewer and Lt. DeRose,” Commissioner Painter added.

Said Commissioner Ed Humphrey, Vice President of the BCC, “This is a sad day for Clermont County and for the brave men and women of our Sheriff’s Office. Every day, with courage and dedication, they go out into the community to keep us safe, never knowing what the day may bring. Today, it brought tragedy and a loss that is beyond understanding. We can’t thank Detective Brewer and his family enough for his ultimate sacrifice. God bless him, Lt. DeRose and our entire department of first responders.”

Commissioner Claire Corcoran said, “Words cannot adequately capture the grief in our hearts today. Detective Bill Brewer gave his life in the pursuit of protecting our community and Lt. Nick DeRose was wounded. How can we explain the shock and pain we feel at this terrible outcome? All we can really do is keep Detective Brewer and his family in our thoughts and prayers and hope that we never again experience this kind of tragic event.”

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January 23, 2019

Commissioners amend rules for public participation at board sessions

BATAVIA, Ohio (Jan. 23, 2019) – At their Jan. 17 Regular Session, Clermont County Commissioners voted to amend the board’s Rules of Procedures for Session. The amended rules took effect today, Jan. 23, at the Commissioners’  Regular Session.

The amendments modified the duties of the President of the Board and changed the sequence of Session agenda items by moving the public participation segment toward the beginning of Session,  before Commissioners begin voting on the agenda items.

The amended rules can be located on the Clermont County website here.

“We want to ensure that the public can comment on items on the agenda before the Commissioners begin voting,” said Commissioner David Painter, President of the Board. “We want our citizens to know that we take their input seriously, and we will listen to them and take their concerns into account before we vote on an item.”

Commissioner Ed Humphrey, Vice President of the Board, agreed.  “It’s important that the public know that they have a voice at our Sessions should they wish to exercise it. We welcome their thoughts and insights, and it makes more sense to have that participation at the beginning of our Sessions.”

Commissioner Claire Corcoran added, “Public participation is an important part of the democratic process. We appreciate it when citizens take the time to come to Session to voice their opinion. The Commissioners welcome this change.”

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January 17, 2019

FAQ on Federal Government shutdown and impact on Clermont County Food Assistance

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How is the Federal Government shutdown affecting Clermont County?

A. The primary impact currently is on those residents who receive Food Assistance benefits (also known as SNAP). These benefits are funded by the federal government, and flow through the State of Ohio to individual counties. Food Assistance benefits for the month of January were issued through the regular issuance cycle. 

The Ohio Department of Job & Family Services is issuing recurring February Food Assistance benefits in January.  The February monthly Food Assistance benefit should be available to individuals on Jan. 20.  

Q. If I am receiving Food Assistance benefits, what does that mean?

A. Food Assistance benefits FOR FEBRUARY will be available for you to download to your EBT/SNAP card from Jan. 20 through Feb. 28. This early issuance will be your FULL BENEFITS for February.  We encourage our customers to plan their purchases carefully so that they have money available to meet their food needs through the end of February.  

Q. If I am applying for Food Assistance benefits or completing a recertification application, will I receive Food Assistance benefits for February?

A. We encourage applicants to complete the application process (answer questions, complete forms, provide verifications) as quickly as possible so that our agency may approve the application for benefits before the end of January

Q. What about March benefits?

A. We don’t know yet when or if March benefits will be available.

Q. What if I run short in February and need some additional assistance?

A. The following organizations provide food and nutrition services in Clermont County.

                Location Organization Phone Number
Amelia Grace & Mercy (513) 753-1555
Amelia and Newtown Inter Parish Ministries (513) 561-3932
Batavia Christian Help Center (513) 753-9400
Felicity United Methodist Church (513) 876-2147
Milford Miami Milford Miami Ministry (513) 248-1114

 Q. How will I know that my February Food Assistance benefits are available to me?

A. Contact the Direction Card Customer Service by calling 1.866.386.3071 or visiting www.ebt.acs-inc.com.

Q. Are there any other ways the shutdown is affecting Clermont County government?

A. There is minimal impact on some funding streams from the federal government to the county, but Food Assistance is the one that affects our residents now. As the Federal Government shutdown continues, and other impacts to Clermont County become known, more details will be provided.  

January 14, 2019

Commissioner Painter elected president of the board for 2019

BATAVIA, Ohio (Jan. 14, 2019) – Commissioner David Painter was elected president, and Commissioner Ed Humphrey vice president, of the Clermont County Board of Commissioners for 2019 at today’s annual Reorganization Meeting. Commissioner Claire Corcoran will serve as member.

The 2019 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 congratulated Commissioner Corcoran, who was sworn in prior to the meeting, and thanked Commissioner Humphrey for his service as president in 2018.

Commissioner Painter said that his priorities for 2019 included moving Clermont County toward being able to use electronic payments for all transactions with its residents.

“I am all about service,” he said to many of the department heads who were at the meeting. “Don’t let anyone leave your department without being satisfied.”

He also spoke of his commitment to transparency.

The Reorganization Meeting was followed by Regular Session at which the following 2019 appointments were made:

Commissioner Painter to serve on the Area 12 Workforce Board as  a Chief Elected Official; the Tax Incentive Review Council, and the Adams-Clermont Solid Waste District Policy Committee.

Commissioner Humphrey to serve on the Clermont County Automatic Data Processing Board and the Records Commission.

Commissioner Corcoran to serve on the Clermont County Board of Revision, the Septic System Rehabilitation Financing Committee, the Southern Ohio Agricultural and Community Development Foundation Review Committee, and as alternate on the Area 12 Workforce Board.

John McManus, Administrator of the Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District, was named Commissioner Painter’s alternate to the Solid Waste District. Geoff Schwerzler of Milford was appointed to the Clermont County Mental Health & Recovery Board.

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January 14, 2019

Commissioner Corcoran sworn in to office

BATAVIA, Ohio – Claire Corcoran had a ceremonial swearing-in to the Clermont County Board of Commissioners today (Jan. 14) before the annual Reorganization Meeting.

Former County Treasurer Bob True delivered the oath of office. Commissioner Corcoran’s son, Keegan, and daughter, Kelsi, held the family Bible for their mother.

Elected officials from various county offices as well as township trustees joined the celebration.

In remarks after her swearing-in, Commissioner Corcoran said, “The next four years, I will make a simple promise to all of you. I will work hard for our county. I will maintain the highest standards of professionalism and ethics. I will always remember that serving the citizens of Clermont County is a privilege.”

Commissioner Corcoran is a former Goshen Township trustee and also served on the Goshen Local School District Board.

Claire Corcoran bio: https://bcc.clermontcountyohio.gov/claire-corcoran

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January 10, 2019

Commissioner Corcoran to be sworn in on Jan. 14

BATAVIA, Ohio (Jan. 10, 2019) – Clermont County Commissioner Claire Corcoran will have a ceremonial swearing-in at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, just before the Commissioners’ annual Reorganization Meeting.

Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend the swearing-in. Commissioner Corcoran, who was elected in November, replaces David Uible, who served on the Board of County Commissioners for more than six years.

During the Reorganization Meeting, the Commissioners will select a president and vice president for 2019. Currently, Commissioner Ed Humphrey is president and Commissioner David Painter is vice president.

Mrs. Corcoran has had a long career in public service, beginning in Hamilton County, where she worked as a manager in both the Division of Domestic Relations for Hamilton County Common Pleas Court and for Hamilton County Job & Family Services. In Goshen Township, where she has lived since 2001, she has been a township trustee and a member of the Goshen Local School District Board.

The Commissioners meet on the third floor of the Administration Building, 101 E. Main St., Batavia.

Commissioner Corcoran’s bio: https://bcc.clermontcountyohio.gov/claire-corcoran

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