March 16, 2018

Clermont County holding open houses in April – public is invited

BATAVIA, Ohio – Interested in learning more about county government? Have you ever seen a K-9 team in action? Do you want to find out more about the county’s Opiate Task Force? If so, please join us in April during National County Government Month.

Clermont County will hold several open houses and activities during the month.

The public is invited and is asked to register at or call Kathleen Williams at 513.732.7597, or email her at

Saturday, April 7

Celebrate the outdoors at Sycamore Park

10 a.m.-noon: Nest Fest at Sycamore Park. Learn how to identify bird eggs and nests, use your “owl eyes” for our egg hunt and meet birds of prey up close thanks to our friends at RAPTOR Inc.

Address: 4082 SR 132, Batavia

Meet your new pet

1-2 p.m.: Meet the folks at the Clermont Animal CARE Humane Society animal shelter, 4025 Filager Road, Batavia. The new managers of the animal shelter will talk about their philosophy and initiatives. You can also meet the dogs and cats available for adoption.

Address: 4025 Filager Road, Batavia

Thursday, April 12

Celebrating successes in the opiate epidemic fight

2-3:30 p.m.: Join Clermont County’s Opiate Task Force as it celebrates Ohio’s ‘A Week of Appreciation, Batavia Township Community Center. Learn more about the task force’s accomplishments, initiatives and resources as it thanks those who have been on the front lines of fighting this epidemic. Light refreshments.

Address: Batavia Township Community Center, 1535 Clough Pike, Batavia

Saturday, April 14

Rendezvous on the River

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.:  Help the Clermont County Park District celebrate spring and National County Government Month with the season-opening event at Chilo Lock 34 Park. We’ll have food, fun and special guests on every floor of the Visitors Center from noon to 3 p.m.  Enjoy the playground, hike the trails and watch the mighty Ohio River from the boat ramp or the observation deck all day long.

Address:  521 County Park Road, Chilo (off U.S. 52)

Thursday, April 19

Ensuring public health

2-3 p.m.: Public Health is more than just flu shots. Visit your Public Health officials at the Clermont County Public Health Nursing Division to see what it takes to protect the health of Clermont County and its residents.

Birth certificates, flu shots, septic system inspections, plumbing permits, restaurant inspections, WIC, free car seats for needy families, and reducing drug overdoses in the community are just a few of the things that Public Health does. Stop by for an open house and talk to your public health department.

Address:  2400 Clermont Center Drive, Suite 200, Batavia

Enforcing laws & protecting citizens

6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.:  Tour the Sheriff’s Office. See the Crime Lab. In the parking lot, see a demonstration by the K-9 unit, and the Special Response Team – including a robot used in dangerous situations.

Address: 4470 SR 222, Batavia – please park in adjacent Municipal Court parking lot

Saturday, April 21

Spring Litter Clean-Up

This annual volunteer event is held in communities throughout Clermont County. Appreciate our county’s beauty? Volunteer to be part of this countywide event – whether in cities, townships and villages, along the Little Miami and East Fork, or at East Fork State Park. Find out more information here: #GreenClermont

Tuesday, April 24

Protecting our water & environment

10-11:30 a.m.: Tour the Bob McEwen Water Treatment Plant and learn how water from Harsha Lake becomes drinking water. And learn more about how we are protecting our watershed from the Office of Environmental Quality and Soil & Water Conservation District. #GreenClermont

Address: 3960 Greenbriar Road, Batavia

Disability awareness

4-6 p.m.:  Learn about services offered by the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities, as well as other agencies in the Tri-State area that serve children and adults with disabilities.  Members of the Clermont County Voices self-advocacy group will be available to give facility tours and answer questions about the challenges they have faced in their everyday lives.

Address:  2040 US Highway 50, Batavia



December 20, 2017

Commissioners OK the placement of DD levy on May ballot

BATAVIA, Ohio (Dec. 20, 2017) – The Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities will place its renewal tax levy on the May 8, 2018, primary election ballot. The Board of County Commissioners authorized the action at its Dec. 20 session.

The .75 mill five-year operating levy, which was originally passed in 2003, will expire at the end of 2018 unless voters approve its renewal. The renewal will not result in any increased cost to taxpayers. For a home worth $100,000, the levy costs about $21 a year.

DD Superintendent Dan Ottke, who spoke to Commissioners in November, said that the number of individuals and families requesting DD services has increased almost 50% from 2014 to 2017.

Services provided through the DD board are funded through three continuing levies, as well as this renewal operating levy. The renewal levy provides about $3 million a year.


December 7, 2017

Commissioners appoint three to DD board

BATAVIA, Ohio (Dec. 7, 2017) – Clermont County Commissioners recently appointed three new members to the Board of Developmental Disabilities. All are residents of Clermont County.

The appointees are:

  • Kim Brady, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist and the Director of Obstetrics at Good Samaritan Hospital. Brady’s experience in dealing with pre-term births and fetal anomalies that may lead to developmental disabilities drove his interest in being on the board. Brady belongs to several professional societies including the American Medical Association, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Ohio State Medical Association, and the Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati.
  • Mary Jane West, a Vice President of People’s Bank.  She also serves on the board of the Clermont Chamber and is treasurer of the Batavia Rotary Club. She previously served on the board of Clermont Senior Services.
  • David Thamann, who recently retired as a managing editor for the National Underwriter Co., an insurance publishing company. He is a licensed non-practicing attorney with the State of Ohio.

In addition, Judge James Shriver appointed Michael Chapman to the DD board. Chapman is an attorney with Rendigs, Fry, Kiely & Dennis.  He is a current member of the Clermont DD Empowers Me non-profit Board. Chapman is a member of the Batavia Rotary Club and has just finished a three-year term as an assistant governor for Rotary District 6670. He is an advisory member of the Boys and Girls Club board.

The new appointees will begin their four-year terms in January. They replace Laurie Benintendi, Greg Carson, Rex Parsons, and Harry Snyder who left the board due to term limits.


August 22, 2017

DD Board seeks 3 new members

BATAVIA, Ohio (Aug 22, 2017) – The Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) is seeking board members to fill three positions beginning in January 2018. Two members will be appointed by the Clermont County commissioners; the third will be appointed by Clermont County Probate Court Judge James Shriver.

Members who are leaving the board due to term limits are Greg Carson, Laurie Benintendi and Harry Snyder.

Those interested must be a current resident of Clermont County.  Applicants should have professional training and experience in business management, finance, law, health care practice, personnel administration, or government service.  Board members will serve a term of four years.

The board provides leadership and stability to the DD agency and all of its programs. The board, as a creation of the Legislature of the State of Ohio, operates within the limits of the Ohio Revised Code with specific powers to administer programs for the benefit of people with disabilities.

Regular board meetings are held 10 times a year, usually at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month. Board members are assigned to committees and are asked to attend 1-2 committee meetings throughout the year. Special board meetings occasionally occur and members are asked to attend as well.

Individuals interested in serving as a CCDD Board member should send a letter of interest by Sept. 8 to Dan Ottke, CCDD Superintendent, 2040 US Highway 50, Batavia. An emailed letter is also acceptable, to

For additional information, call 513.732.4930 or contact Ottke via email.

(Photo: Dan Ottke, Katie, Evan, Nora, and Emily Chestnut and Commissioner Humphrey during a DD awareness proclamation in December 2015.)


March 2, 2017

OMJ/Clermont County, DD to hold Reverse Job Fair

BATAVIA, Ohio (March 2, 2017) –  Employers are invited to attend an inaugural Reverse Job Fair, hosted by OhioMeansJobs/Clermont County and Clermont County Developmental Disabilities (DD). It will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 21 at OhioMeansJobs, 756 Old SR 74, Suite A, Cincinnati 45245.

Clermont County DD has selected 15 individuals who can fill a variety of positions that are commonly posted online.  With the help of OMJ/ClermontCounty and DD, individuals will create resumes and practice interviewing.  Industries being represented include food service, hospitality, retail, customer service, manufacturing and others.

“Employers will be given a list of participants along with their skills and training so they know exactly who to approach to best determine fit,” said Sherri Bowling, Business Services representative at OMJ.  “If they find someone they like, we’ll provide additional interview space.  We have computers, scanners, printers and copiers – anything needed to help expedite the hiring process.”

There is no cost to this event. To register or to have your questions answered, please contact Sherri Bowling at: or 513.943.3734.