May 10, 2019

CTC to hold 3 public hearings on route elimination

BATAVIA, Ohio (May 10, 2019) — The Clermont Transportation Connection (CTC) will hold three public hearings seeking input on the proposed elimination of CTC Route 1 Felicity – Eastgate via Amelia on the following dates:

  • 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, third floor of the County Administration Building, 101 East Main Street, Batavia, during regular Session of the Board of County Commissioners.
  • 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, in the Queen City A Meeting Room at the Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Rd., Cincinnati.
  • 10 a.m. Friday, May 31, at the Felicity Branch of the Clermont County Library, 209 Prather Road, Felicity.

The route, which provides service to Felicity, Amelia and Eastgate on Tuesdays and Thursdays, has very low ridership, said CTC Director John Rayman. The proposed change would eliminate the route, and allow CTC to provide more Dial-a-Ride service, which is very popular, and is a flexible alternative to the current Route 1.

The public is invited to attend one of the sessions, or direct comments or questions to Rayman at 513.732.7577 or jrayman@clermontcountyohio.gov.

The CTC website has information on bus and Dial-A-Ride services: https://ctc.clermontcountyohio.gov/dial-a-ride-service/.

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May 3, 2019

How $5 vehicle registration fee and gas tax increase will impact county roads, bridges

BATAVIA, Ohio (May 3, 2019) — Commissioners approved at their May 1 Session a request from County Engineer Pat Manger to advertise for bids to resurface approximately 19 miles of roads and repair 17 miles of roads at an estimated cost of $2.08 million.

Approximately half of the revenue for the 2019 Road Resurfacing Program is coming from a $5 increase in vehicle registration fees, which the Commissioners approved in 2018. This allows roughly $1 million more per year to flow into the Engineer’s Road Improvement Program, increasing the number of miles that will be repaved each year.

Also during the May 1 Session, Manger spoke to the Commissioners about the recently enacted $10.5 cents-a -gallon increase in Ohio’s gasoline tax. It is the first increase in the gas tax since 2005. Neither increase was indexed for inflation, and Manger said that has put every county behind in its attempts to keep up with road and bridge needs. The gas tax increase is expected to generate an additional $1.5 million a year for each of Ohio’s counties.

Townships, villages and cities will also see additional revenue from the gas tax increase.

The Engineer’s Office is responsible for approximately 400 miles of county roads and 416 bridges in Clermont County. Funding comes exclusively from Ohio’s gasoline tax, which is divided equally among all 88 counties, no matter the population, and annual vehicle registration fees. Each county receives approximately 70% of the vehicle registration fees generated in their county.

In 2018, the county Engineer’s Office received $7.2 million  vehicle registration fees and $2.3 million in fuel tax revenues.

In 2020, the first full year that increased revenues will come from the fuel tax increase, the Engineer’s Office is expected to receive $8.2 million in vehicle registration fees and $3.8 million in fuel tax revenues.

The additional revenue from the vehicle registration fee will be used exclusively for road resurfacing, reducing the paving cycle from the current 38 years to 22 years. The additional gas tax revenue will address deficient bridges, Manger said.

He noted that Clermont County’s topography makes it susceptible to landslides, and that currently 13 county roads are affected by landslides.

The Engineer’s Office said resurfacing on 2019 projects is expected to begin in late June.

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April 15, 2019

County elected officials meet with state leaders

COLUMBUS, Ohio (April 15, 2019) – Clermont County Commissioners David Painter and Ed Humphrey, along with County Treasurer Jeannie Zurmehly and Common Pleas Judge Jerry McBride attended the 2019 Ohio Council of County Officials (OCCO) Legislative Reception on April 9 to meet with state legislators and help build a stronger partnership between state and county government. An important topic of discussion was support for budget amendment HC0607 to fully fund indigent defense reimbursement.

State Sen. Joe Uecker, whose district includes Clermont County, was among the state legislators attending. State Reps. John Becker and Doug Green, both of whom represent Clermont County, are co-sponsors of the bill.

“We are eager to work with our legislators to improve the state-county partnership,” said David Painter, President of the Board of County Commissioners. “Ohio’s 88 counties serve as the administrative arm of the state by providing vital services, such as infrastructure, justice and public safety, human services and economic development. It’s essential that we work together to ensure that county revenue streams correspond to the services they are mandated by the state to provide.”

County leaders had the opportunity to meet with Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted as well as their legislators to discuss issues affecting counties, including budget amendment HC0607.

Gov. DeWine’s proposed budget commits an additional $60 million each year in general revenue funds for indigent defense, providing for a reimbursement rate of approximately 80 percent. While CCAO greatly appreciates DeWine’s proposed substantial investment, CCAO is encouraging legislators to support HC0607 to provide 100 percent reimbursement.

“The state assuming full responsibility for indigent defense costs would give Clermont County additional flexibility in allocating limited general fund revenue to support other county cost centers that are funded out of the county general fund,” Commissioner Painter said. “I believe these additional funds could allow us to address the funding needs of the Clermont County Jail as well as the funding allocation of the 911 Communications Center.”

In 2018, a total of $2.02 million was spent on indigent defense in Clermont County. Of that, the county funded almost $1.2 million and the state funded the balance.

The State Public Defender’s office estimates that it will take an additional $30 million in FY 20 and $35 million in FY 21 in revenue in order to reach full reimbursement. HC0607 will provide this revenue along with an additional $1.5 million in each year to support the operation of the State Public Defender’s office.

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April 8, 2019

Our Story, county’s 2018 multimedia Annual Report, now live

BATAVIA, Ohio (April 8, 2019) – Clermont County’s multimedia 2018 Annual Report – Our Story – is now live online: https://2018ar.clermontcountyohio.gov/.

In a visually compelling format, it features videos from Commissioners David Painter, Ed Humphrey and Claire Corcoran, milestones from throughout the year, a recap of economic development advances, and financials. It also has a series of short videos called Working for You that feature employees from various county agencies and offices.

A print tri-fold will be available at the Commissioners’ office and at various places throughout Clermont County.

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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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