Hello, Hamilton County

  E-News for Hamilton County Citizens and Employees

April 25, 2001  

  Quote of the Week:  "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else." - Judy Garland

County, City of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Youth Collaborative announce Summer Youth Employment Program

At a joint press conference held on April 24th, Hamilton County, the City of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative announced a $1.5 million youth employment initiative for eligible youth throughout Hamilton County.  Youth from families at or below 300% of poverty (approximately $44,000 per year for a family of three) are eligible for the program.  Financed with welfare reform dollars, the employment program will be implemented in partnership with the Urban League and the Cincinnati/Hamilton County Community Action Agency.
Commission President John Dowlin at yesterday's press conference

The program is designed to provide youth with a variety of useful work experiences and is especially designed to aid youth 14 to 15 years old.  The program is expected to be fully operational by June 1. 

“A meaningful work experience can be an important factor in a young person’s life.  That is what the City and County along with our partners are trying to provide to the youth of our community,” stated John Dowlin President of the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners.  Commissioner Dowlin represented the Board of County Commissioners at the press conference.  Commissioners Neyer and Portune along with Commissioner Dowlin had spoken out strongly in favor of a county-wide youth employment program at their April 18th Board meeting.

Contracts with the Urban League and the Community Action Agency will be developed through the Hamilton County Department of Human Services (DHS).  Other local private businesses, United Way, social service agencies and foundations are also part of this community effort to provide opportunities to Hamilton County youth.  

Funding for this program has been made possible despite the fact that local governments are no longer able to use federal workforce development funds for summer youth employment. The county welfare reform money had been designated for other uses, but wouldn’t have been used before the end of the state fiscal year on July 1.  Therefore, the County was able to fund this initiative without taking money away from welfare recipients.


Employees of the Year Announced
The Employee of the Year Selection Committee, a group comprised of last year's award winners, is pleased to announce this year's Employee of the Year.  They are:
bulletSteven Burns, Recorders Office
bulletBrenda Green, Juvenile Court Youth Center
bulletAmy Harlukowicz, Coroner's Office
bulletAli Khodadad, Environmental Services
bulletLynn Preuth, Personnel
These employees will be recognized at the May 9th Board of County Commissioners meeting as well as at a ceremony on Fountain Square that same day.  The committee was very impressed with the outstanding service and commitment of these employees as well as the 20 other applicants that were nominated by their co-workers. Thank you to all who participated in this year's recognition program. Keep up the good work!


Hamilton County recognize its "invaluable" volunteers
Hamilton County took advantage of National Volunteer Week to thank its volunteers at a reception and the April 25th Board of County Commissioners meeting.  Volunteers enrich County government by bringing new ideas, community spirit, commitment, special expertise, and diversity to the workplace.  In 2000, our volunteers contributed 4,920 hours of services (a value of $76,000) supporting 14 County agencies. In a greater sense, the contributions of these individuals is truly invaluable to the citizens of Hamilton County.  Thanks for all you do! 
Some of Hamilton County's volunteers with Commissioners at the April 25th Board meeting.


MSD Received Trenchless Technology Award
The North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT) selected the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) to receive NASTT 10th Anniversary Award Recognition for contributions to the development of trenchless technology.  NASTT recognized companies and institutions in North America that have made significant contributions to the development of trenchless technology and the growth of the industry.  Ralph Johnstone of MSD Wastewater Collections accepted the award on behalf of MSD at the 10th Anniversary Dinner at the 2001 No-Dig Conference in Nashville on Tuesday, April 3, 2001.

Trenchless Technology is the techniques for utility and other line installation, replacement, renovation, inspection, location and leak detection, with minimum excavation from the ground surface.

“The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati continues to be proactive in advancing and challenging the limits of various Trenchless Technologies.  The direction that the District is taking regarding product selection and procurement, sewer lining, directional drilling, and manhole rehabilitation is truly unique and effective,” Ralph Johnstone.

In 1997, the District developed a comprehensive report addressing the procurement of trenchless technologies.  The advisory panel that performed the research was made up of various private and government experts in the field of trenchless technology, procurement, and contract management.  The panel’s final submittal included: a well-defined product approval process, establishment of a separate Trenchless Review Committee to promote trenchless applications, a bid matrix for awarding contracts to “lowest and best” bidders in lieu of simply low bid, a decision tree for reviewing products, and various other procurement changes to include unit price requirement contracts.

The District is currently in the test and evaluation phase of using cured-in-place point repair linings and remote lateral lining (no excavations required).  The intent is to develop as-needed term contracts to supplement the District’s current sewer maintenance and repair efforts.


Fans to see Great American Ball Park to begin taking shape during the season
As the Reds take to the field and the fans take to the stands for the 2001 baseball season, many fans may wonder what is in store at the new Great American Ball Park over the next year.  The following is a month-by-month breakdown of what fans can expect:
bulletApril - Flood wall construction, pile caps, support beams and assorted concrete work.
bulletMay - Continued flood wall construction, support beams and concrete slab work.
bulletJune - Continued concrete work.  Steel work begins late in the month.
bulletJuly - Steel skeleton installation continues and precast concrete installation to form the seating bowl begins.
bulletAugust-October - Steel and concrete work continues. Installation of external systems such as heating and air conditioning begins.

By opening day 2002 the majority of the ballpark superstructure will be in place and finishing work will have begun.


Clean Air-A-Thon to draw runners and raise awareness
Each year since 1994, the Regional Ozone Coalition coordinates a Clean Air Kick-Off Event to recognize the beginning of smog season in the Greater Cincinnati area. Smog levels are monitored April 1st through October 31st each year. During these months, smog levels are at their highest due to weather conditions combined with area pollution. The majority of the pollution produced in our area comes from automobiles (about 45%). Smaller percentages of pollution comes from consumer sources (such as gasoline-powered lawn equipment) and industrial sources.

To increase the community’s awareness of smog in our area and to encourage residents to take actions to reduce the amount of pollution produced, the Regional Ozone Coalition is coordinating the Clean Air-A-Thon.  To be held on June 9th, the Clean Air-A-Thon is a 5 Kilometer race and also includes a walking event and a kids fun run.  The race will begin at Sawyer Point.   

By involving and educating the community on the importance of clean air, we will all begin to breathe easier by reducing air pollution in our area. Each person can make a difference!

For more information please call 336-9242 or get the application on-line through the Department of Environmental Services web page.


County Health District offers helpful E-news
Hello, Hamilton County is not the only electronic newsletter designed to provide information to citizens and County employees.  The Hamilton County General Health District publishes a weekly newsletter, Health e-Advisor.  It can be accessed through the County's web site, www.hamilton-co.org/boh/.  Check it out and learn more about the Health District.


Hamilton County Receives Outstanding Budget Award
At the April 18 Board of County Commissioners meeting, the Government Finance Officers Association presented Hamilton County with the Distinguished Presentation Award, the highest recognition possible for local governmental budgeting.  The year 2000 marks the eighth consecutive year the County has received this prestigious award.  Hamilton County is one of only 630 local governments of the 80,000 eligible to receive this award.  Congratulations to the budget staff and all of you who contribute to the County’s budget process.
Dept. of Administrative Services Budget staff with the Award.


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