At a special meeting Monday, May 18, Bethel council members voted that Bethel Police officer Merv Clemmons will be layed off from the police department effective May 18. Accounting errors dating back to 2004 have resulted in the village having to move funds from the general fund and subsequently creating a shortage in that fund.
The Clermont County Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 649 is planning to add a memorial to Veterans Park in Union Township. John Pettigrew, a representative with the local chapter presented the planned memorial to Union Township officials during their meeting Tuesday, May 12.
During the Union Township Trustee meeting Tuesday, May 12, administrator David Duckworth introduced billing policies and procedures as a means to increase revenue and recoup costs incurred by the fire and emergency medical services department.
The Clermont County Veterans’ Service Commission honored three Clermont County veterans Wednesday, May 13. The men were inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame at a special ceremony held at the CCVSC offices. A total of 20 veterans throughout the state were selected for the Hall of Fame and 14 of those selected served during the Vietnam era. A ceremony for all the Ohio inductees was held May 1, at Veteran’s Plaza in Columbus.
Clermont County Commissioners showed their support and appreciation to Marine Corps Lance Corporal Daniel Oelker, of Amelia, during their meeting on Wednesday, May 13. A certificate of appreciation was read by Commissioner Bob Proud during the ceremony.
As Memorial Day approaches, area maintenance crews are extremely busy mowing cemeteries and trimming around grave markers in preparation for those who will visit the graves of loved ones to pay their respects. This year, maintenance workers from the village of Batavia and Batavia Township have been working side by side, going the extra mile, to ready Batavia Union Cemetery for the holiday weekend, May 23 – 25.
The Kelly Miller Circus, a traditional traveling big top circus, will roll into Batavia Saturday, May 16 with elephants, horses, tigers, and more in a fleet of 25 vehicles. The circus is being sponsored by the Village Association of Batavia as a fund-raising event. The big top will be set up on Haskell Lane near the Red Barn flea market.
Batavia Township Administrator Rex Parsons reported to township trustees regarding the need for hiring additional personnel in the service department at the meeting on Monday, May 4. He had a breakdown of summer and winter hours worked in the department. In 2008, the department worked a total of 7,254 man hours. The hours are expected to increase in 2009 to 8,785.
Although no cases of the H1N1 virus (Swine Flu) have been reported in Clermont County, local health care providers are on the alert. According to the World Health Organization, the virus has brought the alert level to a five which means that the virus has caused sustained community level outbreaks in at least two countries in one WHO region. At phase five a pandemic is considered imminent.
The annual June in Olde Williamsburgh Festival is scheduled June 5 – June 7, to be held on West Main Street at Fifth Street in the Village of Williamsburg. The event will include carnival rides, food, vendor booths, live music and fireworks on Saturday night.