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.


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.


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.

March 12, 2018

Building damage estimates from flood, tornado completed

BATAVIA, Ohio (March 12, 2018) – The Clermont County Building Inspection Department completed estimates of structural damage caused by the Ohio River flood of late February and the Feb. 24 tornado that struck a portion of the county.

The Building Inspection Department found through its field assessments that a total of 354 structures had been affected by the flood waters. The Village of New Richmond had the most buildings damaged, 175. One building in the county was declared destroyed in the flood, and that was in New Richmond, while 13 were found to have major damage.

The report estimated that the total dollar loss from the floods was $772,642, based on a total building value of $23.4 million. Building valuations are provided by the Auditor’s Office, according to Building Inspection Department Director Carl Lamping.

“If the building is found to have 10% damage, then the dollar loss is considered to be 10% of the total value as determined by the Auditor,” Lamping said.

For the tornado, the Building Inspection Department found that a total of 46 structures were damaged, for a total dollar loss of $74,800 based on the total building value of $2.1 million. Seven structures were found to have major damage.

Lamping said that enforcement of building codes and regulations to reduce flood damage by local jurisdictions, and the property owners’ efforts to maintain existing structures, “have had a very positive effect on reducing the damages caused by these types of natural events.” He said that damage was not as significant as might have been expected because more buildings have been kept up to code.

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March 2, 2018

To get utilities reconnected, to dispose of household hazardous waste, and other tips

UTILITIES: If your property has been impacted by the recent flood or tornado, this is how you start the process  with the county Building Department to reconnect your utilities:

  • Make sure all floodwater have receded from your home, including your basement.
  • Do all necessary minor repair work to your utilities by cleaning or replacing all electrical or mechanical devices.
  • (Please know that IF there is damage to the structure or mechanical/electrical systems, additional documentation might be required before permits and inspections can be approved.  The County and Village Flood Plain Damage Reduction Regulations are applicable to all Repairs and Alterations to all existing buildings located in defined floodplains.)
  • Call Clermont County Building Department at 513.732.7213 to let them know your home is ready to be inspected. They will take your application over the phone, and expedite your inspections; by coordinating with New Richmond Zoning officials and Duke Energy officials.
  • Our inspection staff is in the area and are responding to inspection requests as they are received.  Please be patient.  This process will be completed as soon as possible.

Note: County Commissioners have waived the fees usually required for permits to reoccupy damaged buildings through March 16.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTES:  If your home has been impacted by flooding in the last several days, and you want to dispose of household hazardous wastes, here is what you need to do.

These include solvents, pesticides, pool chemicals, paint. They should not be poured down the drain or disposed of in the trash.

Clermont residents can call 513.732.7894 to get a voucher which will pay for disposal of household hazardous wastes at Environmental Enterprises in Cincinnati.

We can email or mail the voucher to you; you are responsible for transporting the material to Environmental Enterprises.

Oil and latex based paint can be dried by mixing with kitty litter or other absorbent material and disposed of in the trash once it is no longer liquid.

HAZARDOUS DRUMS, TANKS: If you see potentially hazardous fuel drums, propane tanks, etc, that have washed up on your property or other areas, please call 911 and let the dispatchers know where the items are.

December 1, 2017

Commissioners approve revised sediment control regulations

BATAVIA, Ohio (Dec. 1, 2017) — Commissioners approved on Nov. 29 revised Water Management Sediment Control RegulationsThese regulations help to eliminate or abate soil erosion and degradation of rivers and streams from sediment caused by commercial, industrial and residential development.

The regulations were last revised in 2011. A committee comprising various county departments and agencies, as well as representatives from cities, townships, villages, and the building industry, was formed in 2016 to review regulations and propose revisions.

Regulations needed to be consistent with those of the Ohio EPA, which published new sediment-control regulations in 2013.

Two public hearings were held in November on the proposed changes.

The revised regulations can be found here. (http://permit.clermontcountyohio.gov/WMSCRegulations.aspx)


October 23, 2017

Public hearings scheduled on sediment regulations

BATAVIA, Ohio (Oct. 23, 2017) — The Clermont County Board of Commissioners will hold two public hearings for viewing and comments on the proposed revised Clermont County Water Management Sediment Control Regulations. The public hearings will be held in the Board Session Room, 101 E. Main St., 3rd Floor, Batavia, Ohio 45103-2960 on:

11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8

11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15

Sediment-control regulations are in place to eliminate or abate soil erosion and degradation of rivers and streams from sediment caused by commercial, industrial and residential development.

More information can be found here: http://permit.clermontcountyohio.gov/.


April 28, 2017

Permit Central has relocated to EOC today

BATAVIA, Ohio (April 28, 2017) — Clermont County’s Permit Central has relocated today to the EOC building, 2279 Clermont Center Drive. This is just around the corner from the Permit Central building. Signs posted at the Permit Central Building 2275 Bauer Road, redirect customers to the EOC.

Parking for customers is available in the EOC lot, in the lot next door, and a lot across the street. The EOC will be open to the public until 4:30 p.m. today for business.

Building permit customers can call 513.732.7213 for information.

Customers who are seeking a birth certificate from Clermont Public Health can go to Public Health’s nursing division at the Clermont County Family Support Center, 2400 Clermont Center Drive, Suite 200.


January 1, 2013

Carbon Monoxide Detection

Carbon Monoxide Detection – Clermont County, Ohio

Effective January 1, 2013, Carbon Monoxide Alarms are required for all new residential construction and existing residential buildings for which new work is proposed when the building has an attached garage or fuel-fired appliance (water heater, furnace, fireplace, etc.).  Carbon Monoxide Alarms should be installed outside of each sleeping area and in the immediate vicinity of bedrooms per RCO Section 315.

Carbon Monoxide poisoning fatalities caused by natural gas appliances are generally rare and can be avoided. There are signs that indicate if CO is being emitted from a gas appliance.  Indicators include excessive or unexplained moisture, carbon build-up, and an obnoxious odor.  These signs should alert most individuals long before hazardous levels of CO are reached. Unexplained moisture in a building, that is usually dry during the winter heating months, should be a concern. When gas is burned cleanly it produces CO2 carbon dioxide and H20 water. That means for an average household, 200 gallons of water exits in the chimney a month. If the chimney is blocked, the water vapor produced in the combustion process cannot rise and moisture will become evident on windows and walls. The cold water pipes in the basement may also begin sweating.

Incomplete combustion is caused by a lack of O2 oxygen. To insure the proper amount of combustion air, gas appliances require 50 cubic feet of space for every cubic foot of gas or combustion air piped directly from the outside. Incomplete combustion will cause CO, carbon build-up or soot. The signs of soot are usually evident around heating supply registers. This does not always mean that incomplete combustion is coming from the heating appliance. The furnace fan may distribute the soot through the supply registers from another appliance. Water heaters are usually easy to inspect for incomplete combustion. Streaks of soot build-up will start to appear above the burner area, on the white casing of the heater. Fireplaces, wood or gas burning, will show signs of poor drafting.  When visually inspecting the inside of a furnace, flakes of carbon around the heat exchanger burner(s), or in the vestibule outside the burner area, are an indication of incomplete combustion and needed maintenance.

Common physical signs of CO poisoning include headaches, dizziness, and nausea (flu-like systems). The poisoning can occur in a short period of time, but it also could occur over a long period of time.  Long term exposure can cause cardiovascular disease, anemia, and sickle cell disease. Carbon Monoxide issues are usually preventable when the source is from gas appliances. The installation of gas equipment should be performed only by qualified contractor/individuals.

It is also important to secure the proper building permits for inspections of the gas equipment and code related issues. Have an annual inspection of the gas appliances performed by a qualified contractor/individual.

For questions, call the Clermont County Permit Central office at 513-732-7213. Staff is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 4:30 p.m. or visit www.permit.clermontcountyohio.gov.

Content provided by: Permit Central staff