|Quote of the Week: “Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?" - Abraham Lincoln|
Commissioners Decide to wait to place Levies on the Ballot
|Project THAW Update|
|Contrary to some media reports,
funds for the Project THAW program are still available. This
program is “first come-first served.”
All eligible Hamilton County residents are welcome to apply, but
there is no guarantee all eligible residents will get help due to
the limited funding. Citizens who apply and get payment will actually see a credit on
their Cinergy-CG&E bill
to our many community partners, a convenient approach
is being used to make applications widely available in
the community and allows people to mail in completed applications.
Three options are available for application:
points about “Project Thaw”:
You must have an unpaid heating bill.
Project Thaw will not reimburse payments already made.
Your income must be below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty
Level--about $16,700 per year for a single adult and about $34,100 per
year for a family of four. It is important that
applicants remember to provide proof of income with their applications.
It is important that applicants remember to provide proof of income with their applications.
(3) This is a one-time payment of half the cost of your unpaid heating bill, up to a maximum of $250.
|Spring is almost here and so is Allergy Season|
Tree and grass pollens are the most common southwest Ohio allergens and can be almost impossible to escape. Oak, cedar, mulberry, maple, elm, popular, box elder, and grasses are the most prevalent sources of pollen in southwest Ohio from late March through mid-July. After this time, ragweed, the most allergenic plant of North America, blooms from August through October. Mold spores are also in full swing all summer and can even be found indoors year-round. All of these airborne allergens can send you into sinus misery.
There is help for allergy sufferers. The Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services has recently updated the Living with Allergies brochure, which is available free to the public. The brochure explains more about allergies, their causes, and how to help ease the discomfort of them. For a free copy, call 946-7747. To keep track of the daily pollen and mold counts, call the Pollen and Mold Hotline at 946-7753. You can also view the Living with Allergies brochure and other publications from the Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services on our web-site at http://www.hcdoes.org.
Submitted by Crystal Wentz, Public Affairs Intern
|Waterfest promises Watery Fun for Everyone|
Waterfest started in the summer of 1994 when creators Kathy Lordo of the Hamilton County General Health District and Holly Utrata-Halcomb of the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District began searching for an exciting method to educate children about water and it’s uses as a natural resource. The following year, the first Waterfest took place in Cincinnati and it was the first event of its kind in Ohio. Since then, Waterfest has been a splashing success every year. This year’s event will be the largest in the history of Waterfest.
Water Wizard’s Quest, hosted by Patrick T. Karney, Director of the Metropolitan Sewer District, and Cory Chadwick, Director of the Department of Environmental Services will be returning as one of the featured events at Waterfest. This jeopardy-style contest puts students’ water knowledge to the test during the closing assembly of Waterfest. Throughout the day, there will be games, information sessions, and hands-on activities to teach the students about conserving water, the importance of water as a natural resource, and how water pollution affects everyone.
Dr. T in "A Drink of Water" will premier for the viewing enjoyment of students. The show is fast paced and loaded with comedy as well as facts about water, pollution and conservation. The host, Dr. T, juggles, walks on globes, twirls colorful streamers and vanishes below the surface of the earth to take a closer look at the water we drink.
The coordinators for this year’s Waterfest include: Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati, Cincinnati Park Board, Fluor Fernald, Inc., Greater Cincinnati Water Works, Hamilton County Environmental Services, Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District, Metropolitan Sewer District, Ohio Energy Project, and ORSANCO.
New co-sponsors include: Chemed Foundation, BBS Corporation, CDS Associates, Inc., Greenacres, Cincinnati Bulk Terminals, Burgess & Niple, Engineers and Architects, The Beach Waterpark, Cinergy Environmental Services, H. C. Nutting Company, Izaak Walton League of America, Cincinnati Chapter, Midland Enterprises, Procter and Gamble, Ohio Environmental Education Fund, and Malcolm Pirnie, Inc.
Waterfest will take place on April 3rd at the Cincinnati Convention Center from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. For more information, contact Sue Magness at 946-7736.
Submitted by Crystal Wentz, Public Affairs Intern
|MSD Director part of forming National Water Leadership Institute|
University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business in
Chapel Hill North Carolina won a national competition to house the
National Water Leadership Institute.
This institute is designed to go beyond management training and
begin producing the next generation of leaders for the water and
wastewater industry worldwide.
The Water Environment
Federation (WEF) named four utility executives to aid in development of
the Leadership Institute.
Patrick Karney, MSD Director, was one of four CEO’s (out of a
national membership of 41,000) chosen to participate in September’s CEO
The group of CEO’s audited Kenan-Flagler’s proposed curriculum
and provided input for improving both subject matter and presentation
The WEF Delegation were joined in North Carolina by CEOs from three
other organizations: Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies (AMSA),
a wastewater organization like WEF, and two drinking water organizations,
American Water Works Association (AWWA) and Association of Metropolitan
Water Agencies (AMWA). “MSD of Greater Cincinnati can share my pride in
having been one of those selected to participate in the September CEO’s
Workshop.” said MSD Director Pat Karney.
will be hosting the first Leadership Class this Spring.
The initial session will run twelve consecutive days at the Chapel
This will be followed up by review of additional assignments to be
completed following the participants’ return to their respective
utilities, and annual retreats for the next three years.
Through this process Kenan-Flagler’s Water Leadership Institute
will produce the most highly qualified leaders of the future.
MSD will have two members of its management team in the inaugural
Susan Moisio, P.E. and Ed Kesterman, P.E., Sewers Chief Engineer
will participate in the first class leading the way for us, and others.
It is quite an achievement to have more than one participant from a
single agency in the first National Water Institute Leadership class.
The CEO forum has shaped the Water Leadership Institute and its influence on future leaders in the field of water and wastewater utilities. The participation of Pat Karney in the CEO Workshop and the involvement Susan Moisio and Ed Kesterman in the UNC Leadership Class provides hard evidence that MSD is becoming a National Leader.
Submitted by Maria Turner
|New Benefits Manager Appointed|
Director Gary Berger announced last week the appointment of Cheryl Keller
as Hamilton County's new Benefits Manager. Cheryl started with the
County on Feb. 15. Ms.
Keller comes to us from the Mercy Healthcare System where she was the
Senior Benefit Analyst at their corporate headquarters. She also has 12
years of public sector experience at the University of Cincinnati, where
she was the Assistant Director of Benefits. She holds a Masters degree in
Labor and Employee Relations from U.C. The Benefits Manager position
was vacated when Gary Berger was promoted to the County Personnel Director
Position. Welcome Cheryl!
Have a Great Week!
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