It was like their first visit to the fire station as a young child. None of the participants in the LEAD Clermont Class of 2009, a leadership program of Clermont 20/20, could have envisioned what was in that big, round metal structure at the corner of Clough Pike and Withamsville-Tobasco Road.
The Union Township Fire Department and the Clermont County Water Department collaborated to build a state of the art facility, one of only five in the U.S., to provide both water and fire/EMS services for the township.
A tour of the facility, by Tom Yeager from the Water Resources Department and Fire Chief Stan Deimling, showed how the firefighters live and work.
The tour was part of LEAD Clermont's government and Infrastructure class day.
Ohio State Representative Joe Uecker and Clermont County Commissioner Ed Humphrey both gave insight into the political process and the challenges facing state and county government. Clermont County Engineer Pat Manger updated the class on proposed and planned transportation improvements.
Clermont County is certainly a progressive and proactive county as evidenced by the work Steve Rabolt, Director of the Office of Technology, Communications, and Security, is doing to promote up to a four-phase communication system for safety, government, and citizens.
A panel discussion by Clermont County Commissioner Ed Humphrey, New Richmond Administrator Dave Kennedy, Milford City Manager Loretta Rokey, and Union Township Administrator Dave Duckworth, helped class members to understand the differences and similarities in how cities, villages, and townships function.
A lot of information was packed into this day organized by class members Matt Taylor, Service Director for Union Township and Doug Thomson, President of Douglas W. Thomson Company, with help from their Clermont 2020 LEAD Advisor Barb Davis.
To learn more about LEAD Clermont, a Clermont 20/20 leadership program, which is accepting applications, contact Andy McCreanor at (513) 753-9222 or visit www.clermont2020.org for additional information.