Williamsburg Police Department concerns were addressed when council met on Thursday, March 12. Mayor Mary Ann Lefker and Chief Michael Gregory reported that they will be submitting a request for an additional full-time police officer for the village through the federal stimulus package.
On March 10, Milacron Inc., based in Batavia, reached an agreement with Avenue Capital Group and DDJ Capital Management LLC for a financial restructuring of the company. Milacron employs 600 workers at the Batavia plant, 200 workers in Mt. Orab and 3,000 employees worldwide.
Plans are moving forward for a military war memorial in Batavia Township with a donated Humvee as the focal point. Batavia Township Trustees have been meeting with the Clermont County Military Memorial Committee to get the project underway.
A Milford couple, John Foster, 26, and Samantha Smith, 25, have each been indicted by the Clermont County Grand Jury on one count of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of endangering children.
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.