The Clermont County Emergency Operations Center located 2279 Clermont Center Drive, in Batavia, will more than double in size with a planned expansion of their facility. The project will increase the current 7,800 square foot an additional 8,000 square feet and will be a two-story building.
A first of its kind pilot program has been underway this year for 35 West Clermont gifted students in grades 10 to 12. The program was developed by West Clermont teacher Angie Ferguson and Debby Yerkes of the Ohio Energy Project. They presented the idea of a program aimed at getting gifted students involved in energy-related projects and products to the Ohio Department of Development and the ODD agreed to get involved.
Council members from the Village of Williamsburg heard a presentation from Becky McClatchey during their meeting Thursday, Feb. 26. McClatchey is the coordinator of the East Fork Watershed collaborative and is seeking the possible removal of the Williamsburg low head dam on the East Fork River. According to McClatchey, removal of the dam would restore the natural habitat, improve water quality, increase fish movement and improve aesthetics.
The Pierce Township Police Department is asking the public for help in identifying a suspect in several recent child enticement reports. The suspect is described as a white male, 40-50 years of age, bald, and wearing thick, black rimmed glasses. In recent weeks, there have been three reports of suspicious activity. On Feb. 20, in the 1100 block of Hunter’s Run, a 12-year-old girl reported an older light grey van following her as she walked down the street with her dog.
Several Bethel council members expressed their observations about the newest addition to Burke Park during their meeting on Monday, March 9. The skate park is located near the cabins in Burke Park.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was approved by Congress on Feb. 13, but Ohio Republicans Congresswoman Jean Schmidt and U.S. Senator George Voinovich did not cast votes in favor of the legislation.
Amelia officials welcomed one of their police officers back to the village at the council meeting Monday, March 2. Officer Matthew Braden recently returned from a seven-month deployment to Iraq with the Marine Corps Reserves. Braden served with a military police task force in Al Asad, Iraq. While there, his job duties included guarding and transporting prisoners suspected of terrorist activity.
The Clermont Northeastern School Board is going back to the voters with a $26.2 million bond issue on Tuesday, May 5. The bond would be for a maximum of 28 years and would cost $163 per year on a home valued at $100,000. “The bond is going to be less per capita than the last bond issue. It should be $20 to 30 less,” said school board member Mike Freeman.
Leaders from every area in Clermont County were recognized during the 19th Annual Salute to Leaders banquet Thursday, March 5. Clermont 20/20 hosted “A Vision for Leadership” to honor and salute individuals in the county who have shown unselfish service to others and their communities.
The Batavia Township Board of Trustees met Tuesday, March 3 and approved a number of contracts for services for the township. Rex Parsons, township administrator, recommended that the board approve Ohio Township Association Risk Management Authority as the property and liability insurer for 2009. The cost for insurance in 2008 was $12,346. It is now $17,000. The board approved.