The Ohio Ethics Commission is investigating how Union Township handled $800,000 in contracts between former township administrator Doug Walker and his son’s engineering company. A state audit has raised ethical questions about payments for engineering work awarded and completed for the township by Batavia’s Professional Engineering Group, which is run by Doug Walker’ son, Mark.
The Clermont County Office of Public Information has won six national awards of excellence from the National Association of County Information Officers. County Communications Director Kathy Lehr and her two-member staff, Jeff Pulliam and Rebecca Kimble, received recognition for the NACIO national distinction by the county commissioners Aug. 12.
Amelia Residents For Fiscal Responsibility, a group of Amelia residents wishing to dissolve the 108-year old village, submitted a dissolution petition with more than 450 signatures to village council Aug. 18. The 20-member tax opposition group was formed over a proposed one percent earned income tax that village council has been considering enacting over the past few months.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is celebrating 75 years of service to the state. In recognition of the milestone, the Batavia post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol held a community open house Aug. 17. The Batavia Post held the open house to not only mark the 75th year, but also to give the Clermont public a chance to stop in and meet the local state troopers.
New Richmond’s 22nd annual RiverDays summer festival was a resounding success. Though very difficult to obtain an official count, organizers have estimated that more than 10,000 people came to the river town to enjoy this year’s three-day festival that was held along historic Front Street and the shoreline of the Ohio River Aug. 16-18. According to RiverDays planning committee member Donna Hammons, the festival offered something for everyone.
Independent candidate David Krikorian is challenging incumbent Republican Jean Schmidt and Democratic challenger Victoria Wulsin in November’s Ohio Second Congressional District race. Born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, Krikorian earned his undergraduate degree in economics and finance from Boston’s Bentley College before accepting a job as a financial analyst.
The International TechneGroup Incorporated (ITI) in Milford is celebrating 25 years in business serving the residents of Clermont County. To mark the occasion, the engineering consulting and software services business giant is inviting the community to an open house in their newly renovated global headquarters facility on Aug. 18.
The Clermont Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its annual pacesetter awards. The Edward J. Parish Pacesetter award, the Corporate Pacesetter award, and the Martha Dorsey Public Servant Pacesetter award, are three awards presented annually at the Chamber of Commerce pacesetter awards dinner each November.
The Clermont County Board of Commissioners has declared the month of August Child Support Enforcement Month. A coordinated county-wide effort, the declaration’s goal is to increase and spread awareness regarding the importance of making timely child support payments, said county communications director Kathy Lehr.
The petition to annex more than 83 acres of farmland from Stonelick Township to the village of Owensville has been officially withdrawn. The annexation withdrawal was made at a continued public hearing before the board of county commissioners Aug. 6.