Hello, Hamilton County

  E-News for Hamilton County Citizens and Employees

August 28, 2001

  Quote of the Week:  "I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see."  -John Burroughs

Great American Ball Park Progress

A recent view from the Great American Ball Park Web Cam.

While the Reds haven't made as much progress on the field as fans had hoped, crews have made significant progress in buildings the Reds new home.  If you have been anywhere near the Great American Ball Park job site in the past week surely you have noticed the remarkable progress crews have made in the left field        

structure. Crews have begun to install the steel framework of the scoreboard, and the left field light tower bases are clearly visible as they grow skyward.  The remainder of the scoreboard framework will be installed this week. The remaining steel framing is currently staged in the area of what will one day be left field.

Below the scoreboard, crews have completed the installation of pre-cast concrete seating risers, which will support the left field stands. Risers are also now in place along the third base line.

Upon completion the light towers at Great American Ball Park will stand 228 feet tall.  If on their sides the towers would stretch from home plate to the left field wall -also a distance of exactly 228 feet.  If you have not seen the future Ball Park plans check out the display.  The traveling display will continue at the Enquirer Building at 312 Elm Street until  September 6, 2001.

Don't forget you can check the progress of Great American Ball Park by clicking onto the County's Home Page (www.Hamilton-Co.org).  Digital photos of the Ball Park site are updated each hour, giving citizens a "real time" view of the construction project.


New unit assists workers eligible for food stamps 
On August 1st 2001, the new Food Stamp Employment and Training(FSET) team began helping families who are off of OWF (Ohio Works First), cash assistance and are now only receiving food stamps. Many families have reached their limit under the 36 month rule instituted with welfare reform and are


now required to work to continue eligibility for food stamps. The team assesses each individual's needs and assigns them to work activities designed to help consumers develop employment skills. The team also develops potential work sites. Ruth Young manages the team in Section Chief Phyllis J. Brown’s unit.


 Statue to a Hero!

It appears we have a hero amongst us!  Pat Hassett, a painter with Hamilton County's Facilities Department used skills he learned in the County-sponsored first aid/C.P.R. training to help his mom.  He performed the Heimlich maneuver on her and prevented her from choking.
Pat Hassett from the Facilities Dept. used first skills to help save his mom.  


Recorder's Office provides Award-Winning Presentations about services


he Office of Hamilton County Recorder Rebecca Prem Groppe has developed a presentation that can be taken throughout the County to explain the role of the Recorder’s Office and the services it provides
  provides to the community.  Of particular interest is the large amount of historic records available through the Recorder’s Office, some of which date back to the 18th century.  This presentation is updated on a regular basis and was development entirely with internal staff at the Recorder’s Office.  The presentation program was recognized this summer with a National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award.  To schedule a presentation for your group or organization contact the Recorder’s Office at 946-4566.

North South transportation Initiative


You may not be aware that a comprehensive study of transportation needs is currently under way for Interstate 75 from Covington, Ky. to Piqua, Ohio. This study is called the North South Transportation Initiative, and it will result in recommendations for locally preferred alternatives to improve the movement of people and goods along this major stretch of interstate highway.
  Below are several little-known facts about I-75, which may give you a better idea of why the North South Transportation Initiative is being done:

The Road Less Traveled???

bulletAn average of 140,000 or more vehicles per day travel

between I-275 and the Brent Spence Bridge in Cincinnati.

bulletAn average of 100,000 vehicles per day use I-75 in downtown Dayton.

You don't look a day over 50...
bulletI-75 is the oldest interstate in the region (opened in the late 1950s).

Keep on Truckin'
bulletI-75 is one of the busiest trucking routes in North America, moving an estimated $24.5 billion in goods annually.

Our Neighbors to the North
bulletI-75 connects to the Canadian Highway 401 and allows travel from Canada to Florida.


County Departments seek Grants


Hamilton County’s Department of Environmental Services has applied for a grant to the Ohio Environmental Education Program to fund 5 seminars on high-performance buildings to
  architects, engineers, designers, contracts and city officials in Southwest Ohio. Environmental Services has requested $29,050 to conduct these seminars. If awarded, the sessions will take place from November 2001 through June 2002.
  The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office has applied for the 2001-2002 Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Law Enforcement Grant. This program has been in existence since the 1988-1989 school year. Currently there are existing program in 25 elementary buildings and 3 high school buildings. The Sheriff’s Office has requested $32,611 to continue this program.
  Attention Hamilton County Employees:
  Many county employees use Firstar banks for check cashing.  Firstar has asked that Hamilton County employees be advised that all non-Firstar account holders must show proper ID (state issued drivers license or ID card). This is consistent with Firstar check cashing policies and there will be no exceptions to this rule.



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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.