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.
In his State of the State speech delivered in January 2009, Governor Ted Strickland made proposals to revamp the educational system in Ohio and increase state funding to schools by $925 million. His initial plan was relying on $3.4 billion in federal stimulus money that Ohio was expected to receive to help fund his plan.
Felicity-Franklin Local Schools will be looking for a new superintendent as the 2008-09 school year comes to a close. During the school board meeting Monday, Feb. 23, superintendent Bill Shepherd announced his retirement. Shepherd has been an educator for 38 years.
As Union Township officials opened their business meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 24, they welcomed newly hired administrator David Duckworth. Duckworth signed a contract with the township and is set to start Monday, March 9. Trustees officially welcomed Duckworth with words of encouragement.
An empty bench in Clermont County Common Pleas Court was filled Friday, Feb. 27 by Judge W. Kenneth Zuk. Judge Zuk was appointed by Governor Ted Strickland on Feb. 25 to fill the seat left vacant when Judge Robert Ringland was elected to the 12th District Court of Appeals.
The American Cancer Society has announced plans for the Second Annual Relay for Life of Milford. The event is scheduled for 3 p.m. – 9 a.m. Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31, at Milford High School. The Relay for Life is celebrating 25 years in 2009. The event began in the mid 1980s when Dr. Gordy Klatt, of Tacoma, Wash., walked, jogged and ran around a track for 24 hours to raise money for his local American Cancer Society.
The Village of Williamsburg has been awarded funds for two water projects. One is from the Ohio Public Works Commission and the other from the Rapid Response Fund of the Governor’s Office of Appalachia. The first project is a water system project to raise and rehabilitate the North Eighth Street water tower. The project will include raising the tower 46 feet to an elevation even with the Wildcat Tower at the easternmost boundary of the village.
Clermont County officials were on hand to show their support to a former Milford resident, Daniel Payne, as he prepares to deploy to Iraq with the Ohio Army National Guard. Payne was presented a certificate of appreciation signed by Clermont County Commissioners Bob Proud, Scott Croswell and Ed Humphrey during the commissioners meeting Wednesday, Feb. 25.
A long-time business relationship has resulted in a merger for Remington Engineering and Machinery in Milford and Cold Jet, in Loveland. Remington Engineering has been engineering and machining parts almost exclusively for Cold Jet for more than 12 years. It was formally announced on Feb. 18 that the two companies are now Cold Jet.
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, wearing thick, black rimmed glasses. Pierce Township Detective Michael Buckler says his office has received numerous tips concerning the case.