The defeat of West Clermont’s Issue #7 last week has not deterred the West Clermont Board of Education from beginning to explore other available funding options. The board will be considering how best to proceed with securing the replacement of that needed lost revenue in the coming weeks.
Members of the West Clermont Education Association (WCEA) have reached a contractual settlement with the West Clermont Board of Education. The Board of Education unanimously approved the contract agreement with the WCEA based upon the recommendation of superintendent Gary Brooks at the board’s regular meeting March 10.
Democrats may or may not be taking a greater hand in politics in Clermont County in 2008. The March 4 primary saw an unexpected rise in the number of voting Democrats, but despite the record turnout, there is little yet that can be determined concerning what it all means.
An investigation last week led to a rare sort of meth bust in the county. Deputies searched a house in the culmination of a three-month investigation March 6 and discovered a meth lab on the premises. Two residences in the Greenbriar Estates mobile home park in Batavia Township were searched simultaneously, and each turned up evidence of methamphetamine manufacture.
The village of Bethel has held the first meeting in what is hoped to be a continuing process to create a skate park. Councilman Tim Cherry said that the first meeting to get input on a proposed skate park was well-attended by the public, and helped generate a basic plan to flesh out for the park’s creation.
The West Clermont Board of Education has received an update on the construction of the new Amelia and Withamsville-Tobasco elementary schools by West Clermont Local School District Director of Operations Edward Dyer. The West Clermont Board of Education, at this schematic design phase of the $30 million project, has now seen some preliminary building drawings, some preliminary site plans, and some other assorted visual aides.
The Union Township Board of Trustees accepted the recommendations of administrator Doug Walker and Union Township Fire Chief Stan Deimling March 11 and fired firefighter Jamie Osborne. Osborne, who also serves as president of the local firefighters union (Local 3412), was fired after hours of sworn testimony and more than an hour of private deliberation among the trustees.
A representative from the Regional Income Tax Agency gave a presentation to the Amelia village council March 3 regarding a 1 percent earnings tax for village residents. The 30-minute presentation was a chance for Amelia mayor Leroy Ellington and council to ask questions of RITA representative Charles Hawk, of which there were many, and to get the information needed to pursue implementing the earnings tax.
Bethel’s first village administrator, Michael Shiverski, resigned suddenly last week to “pursue other interests,” said councilwoman Donna Gunn. Shiverski, who accepted the position as administrator just over two years ago, tendered his resignation on March 3.
The Clermont County Board of Commissioners honored two more local men for their service to the country during their regular session March 5. Surrounded by family, friends, and many other local dignitaries, Marine Corps members Zach Kramer and Matt Braden received, on behalf of the county, the thanks and recognition of the commission board.