Hello, Hamilton County

  E-News for Hamilton County Citizens and Employees

August 15, 2001

  Quote of the Week:  Make your life a mission -not an intermission."    -Arnold Glascow

9-1-1 Dispatcher Meets Baby She Helped Deliver

911 Dispatcher Lisa Loomis (right) meets Mark and Jennifer Jones and their 2-month old daughter, Sara.  Ms. Loomis helped deliver Sara over the phone.

At today's meeting, the Board of Hamilton County Commissioners hosted a first time meeting between a Hamilton County 9-1-1 Dispatcher and 2 month old Sarah Jones, who she helped deliver over the telephone.  At this morning's Board Meeting, Commissioners welcomed Sarah’s proud parents, Mark and Jennifer Jones, who have asked for the opportunity to personally meet and thank the 9-1-1 call-taker who helped talk the family through the home delivery.

The excitement started on the evening of May 28, 2001 at 11:00PM when Communication Officer Lisa Loomis received a frantic call from Ms. Carolyn Hacker, sister of Jennifer Jones, requesting a Colerain Township life squad to transport Ms. Jones to the hospital.  Shortly into the call, as the EMS unit was being alerted, the mother’s water broke and the baby was ready to be delivered.  Within six minutes of the time the call was received at the 9-1-1 Center, the baby was delivered.  In her recent letter to Ms. Loomis, Mrs. Jones stated, “We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us get through our very emotional ordeal.  If it weren’t for you, I don’t think that we could’ve been able to get through it, especially my sister…”

All of Hamilton County’s Emergency Communications personnel are trained in Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) procedures.  The purpose of this training is to provide basic pre-arrival medical instructions until EMS personnel arrive on the scene.  Over the years Hamilton County’s Communication personnel have been credited with saving lives, mitigating pain and suffering, and, yes, delivering babies!   As a matter of coincidence, Communications Officer Loomis is expecting a baby.


Commissioners place two levies on November Ballot

Hamilton County Commissioners decided at their August 1st meeting to place two special levies on the November ballot--one that would provide services to abused or neglected children, the other to pay medical bills for the poor.  The current 5-year term of each levy expires at the end of this year. 
Commissioner decided to place two levies on the ballot at their August 1st meeting held at the Fairgrounds.

The Children’s Services Levy, first established in 1986, provides a variety of services to Hamilton County children focusing primarily on protecting children and helping families in crises.  If approved by voters, the levy will cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $64.00 per year, while generating more than 40 million dollars for each of the next five years. This is a renewal of the previous levy, so voters are being asked to maintain the tax rate approved five years ago.

The Health and Hospitalization levy, first established in 1966,  provides hospital care to the indigent.  The County will be seeking a levy renewal plus a .66 mills increase that will generate 264 million over the next five years.  This would be the first increase in the levy since 1991.  While most of the levy funds go to hospital care for Hamilton County citizens who cannot afford it, about 7 million will be dedicated to county indigent healthcare programs such as tuberculosis control, inmate healthcare and alcohol/drug addiction services. The levy currently in place costs the homeowner of a $100,000 home about $50.00 per year. The new levy would increase that amount to about $70.05 annually.

The levies were approved unanimously by the Board of County Commissioners for placement on the November 6th ballot.


Hamilton County Job Apps Now Available Online

Hamilton county continues to use the Internet to reach the community.  Recently, the County Personnel Department announced that job applications can be downloaded from the County's website.  The applications can be accessed and mailed saving potential employees time and increasing accessibility.  Remember you can access the website 24 hours a day, eliminating the inconvenience of trying to get into personnel offices during business hours.  Check it out at: www.hamilton-co.org/personnel/


Commissioners Recognize National Award Winners

Hamilton County Commissioners with winners of the 2001 NACo Awards

At their August 15th meeting, Hamilton County Commissioners recognized seven award recipients honored at last month's National Association of Counties (NACo) Conference in Philadelphia.  The County received both NACo Achievement Awards for excellence in community service and NACIO (National Association of County Information Officer) Awards of Excellence for outstanding communication efforts.  

The award winners were:

2001 NACo Achievement Award Winners:


Architect’s Guide to Recycled Content – Department of Environmental Services


Community Outreach – Board of Elections


Mobile Presentation – Recorder’s Office


Pay for Performance – Department of Job and Family Services

 2001 NACIO Awards of Excellence in Communications Winners: 

bulletHamilton County Adoption Website (www.hcadopt.org) – Department of Job and Family Services
bulletHello, Hamilton County Internet Newsletter (www.hamilton-co.org/newsletter) – County Administrator’s Office
bulletLiving with Allergies Brochure – Department of Environmental Services

Congratulations to the award winners for the excellent service you provide to the citizens of Hamilton County.  Keep it up!


 Award Winning Recycling Guide Available

The Architects’ Guide to Recycled-Content Materials is a free guidebook that contains listings of manufacturers and distributors of recycled-content materials. The Guidebook received a 2001 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties.

Information in the guidebook includes: vendor information, amount of recycled-content material in product, and price compared to virgin materials. The guidebook was produced to assist the building industry with identifying and purchasing recycled-content building materials. Purchasing recycled-content materials conserves natural resources, and saves landfill space and energy. For recycling to continue, recyclables collected must be made into usable products. Therefore, it is essential that residents and businesses purchase products made from the collected recyclables. Due to the amount of materials purchased during construction, the building industry has the potential to make a significant contribution in reducing the amount of material sent to landfills as well as to further develop markets for recyclables.

To order a copy of the guide call Environmental Services at (513) 946-7734 or visit their website, www.does.org.



County Acts to Advance Commercial Development through sale of undeveloped land

In 1999, the Board of County Commissioners determined that undeveloped portions of County property on Civic Center Drive in Colerain Township should be sold to advance commercial development in the County. Civic Center Drive was developed in the early 1970's on land previously occupied by the defunct Hamilton County Experimental Farm.


The first sale of a 3 acre parcel next to MRDD’s Beckman Adult Center was closed in April of 2000. The purchaser, the CasKer Company, is a distributor of watch parts worldwide.


A second sale of a two acre parcel immediately east of CasKer was closed in August of 2000 to Universal Advertising Associates, Inc., a company that produces maps supported by advertising.
Once vacant county property has been converted into active business use.

RB Tool Company purchased a 3.75 acre in October of 2000. RB Tool is a fabricator of small machined parts for industry in their new home at the corner of Pippin Road and Civic Center Drive.

Midwest Structural Products, a distributor of steel building components, purchased a 1.27 acre parcel in October of 2000. Midwest’s building is currently under construction next to Universal Advertising.

A 1.25 acre sale is scheduled to close in August and the sale of a 3.31 acre parcel for a day care center is currently being negotiated.


COMPASS Planning Process Reaches Out to the Community
The Community COMPASS plan, Hamilton County's first comprehensive plan more than a generation, is currently being developed.  The COMPASS Plan will use the unique qualities from every community to help build pride in those communities and in Hamilton County. Since every community is distinctive, the Community COMPASS plan will not find a one size fits all solution but will find the best solution for each community.
Community COMPASS will utilize an effective and efficient plan that will benefit every community within Hamilton County. This plan will ensure that local planning parties work together, not against each other, for the good of the community. By working together, communities will be able to exchange ideas with other communities and benefit from each other.
The Community COMPASS plan is dependant upon citizen participation from every community in Hamilton County. Through community outreach programs, surveys, and countywide meetings, members of the county can project their concerns into the public realm for deliberation. Only by hearing from the people of Hamilton County can COMPASS succeed.

Group photo from Community COMPASS Steering Committee Meeting.

The Community COMPASS Steering Team meets again on August 16th at the Winton Woods Mill Race Lodge. Look for more information on Community COMPASS in the next edition of Hello Hamilton County or visit the Community COMPASS website at www.communitycompass.org

For more information on Community COMPASS please call Steve Johns at 946-4500.


Special Handling Unit Helps Customers Facing Time Limits

Hamilton County Jobs and Family Services (HCJFS) has formed a new unit to assist Ohio Works First (OWF) participants who become eligible to re-apply for assistance starting in October 2002.

Under state law, those who have hit the 36-month OWF time limit can again apply for assistance after two years. OWF participants started hitting the 36-month limit in October 2000. As of July, about 875 Hamilton County residents had used 36 months of OWF.

The new Special Handling Unit 2 (SHU-2) follows up on cases forwarded by the year-old SHU-1. SHU-1 handles OWF cases that have received 30 or more months of assistance. SHU-1 has five employment coaches; SHU-2, two.

"Our mission is to ensure that all OWF participants are aware of the options that are available to them in this era of welfare reform," says Melissa Graves, leader of both SHUs.

Once a case reaches 35 months, SHU-1 mails a "hardship questionnaire" seeking up-to-date information. If the case is not found to be eligible for an extension under criteria established by the County, SHU-1 forwards it to a second review team to ensure that the OWF participant does not meet the county’s hardship rules. Extensions can be granted if a OWF customer has four or more children under age 14, is incapacitated for employment, has to provide medical care for a family member, or the like.

If the case is still found not eligible to receive an extension, SHU-1 terminates OWF. Food stamps and Medicaid remain open.

"SHU-2 comes into place at this point," Graves says. "All of the cases that have lost their OWF due to the time limit are forwarded to SHU-2. "

SHU-2 strives to:

bulletdetermine if these cases qualify to get OWF again,
bulletassign food stamp cases to work activity sites under the new FSET program; and
bulletdetermine if cases are eligible for the remaining 60 months of OWF assistance after their two-year time frame has expired once they are terminated from OWF due to the 36-month rule.

Members of the SHU team are: Dandre Axle, Trina Fannon, Teri Hudson, Sonya Johnson, Linda Jones, Bonita Pugh, Julie Scheetz, Latania Thomas, Trayce Thompson and Ruth Young.




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Hello, Hamilton County is published twice each month.  It is placed on both the County's internal and external Web pages.  It is design to enlighten and inform both citizens and employees of Hamilton County.  If you have questions or suggestions for future editions, contact Sharon Booker (946-4428) or Eric Stuckey (946-4432) in the County Administrator's Office or e-mail to eric.stuckey@hamilton-co.org.