Hello, Hamilton County

  E-News for Hamilton County Citizens and Employees

January 10, 2002

  Quote of the Week:  "Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation.”  - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Help Shape the Future of Hamilton County

Saturday Town Meeting provides an opportunity to make your voice heard
This Saturday, January 12, 2002, the Planning Partnership of Hamilton County and the Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission will host a Countywide Town Meeting at Music Hall. 


Through the town meeting, residents, yes you, the resident, will get the chance to prioritize the issues that concern you and plan their implementation. The key for the success of Community COMPASS, Hamilton County's first comprehensive plan in more than a generation, is gathering 1,000 residents at Music Hall on January 12 for small group discussions. This is where COMPASS needs your help.  

COMPASS is asking you to go out, tell your friends and family members about Community COMPASS and encourage them to sign-up for the Countywide Town Meeting. How many times have you heard a co-worker or a neighbor complain about something related to the community? Maybe they complained about traffic. Maybe someone keeps talking about all the new land that is being developed to build new buildings when there are existing under-utilized buildings scattered across the county that could be renovated for use. Maybe your neighbor keeps talking about the state of race relations.  Maybe you have some great ideas or just want to make your voice heard.  Saturday's town meeting is your chance!


If you’ve heard any discussions about topics such as these then you need to come down to the Countywide Town Meeting, with that co-worker’s or neighbor’s ideas, and discuss these issues with other citizens and find solutions that will benefit everyone in Hamilton County. Now, these problems won’t be solved in one Saturday, but it is a start to creating a better future.

After everything that has happened to the United States in the past few months, we have realized how important public involvement is. Becoming involved in changing Hamilton County’s future for the better is a wonderful, easy way to show that you care about your community and the people who reside within it. We have set up the time, the date and the place all you have to do is show up and share your voice. Please come to the Countywide Town Meeting on January 12, 2002 and bring a friend, a co-worker, or a neighbor and make our children’s and grandchildren’s future better.

To register for the Countywide Town Meeting call 946-4505 or register online at www.communitycompass.org. The meeting lasts all day from 8:30 am to 4:00 p.m. with breakfast and lunch provided.


MSD Employee Carries the Olympic Torch

Lois Smith, Administrative Technician at the Millcreek Treatment Plant Central Maintained Facility was one of the Winter Olympic Torch Bearers for Cincinnati in the Salt Lake Olympic Torch Relay. Lois was selected based on her participation in numerous community activities and services.
MSD's Lois Smith proudly displays her Olympic torch.
Lois has always taken an active role at MSD (Metropolitan Sewer District) fund drives such as United Way and the Saint Nicholas Brigade. Lois has walked for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for the past 11 years and is one of the top 50 contribution collectors in the southwest region. This year Lois collected $1800 of which she credits the majority to her fellow MSD employees.

Lois was also the subject of a 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Channel 5 News interview on December 12, 2001. The initial interview lasted for 1 hour and 20 minute and Lois said they made her feel very relaxed, "just like talking to people you see every day, like common folk". 

"Isn’t that really why mom is carrying the torch, because of the compassion she has for people", stated Linda Lewis, one of Lois’s children who nominated her to carry the torch.

Lois carried the torch on Tuesday, December 18th in Mariemont (Wooster Pike, from Spring Street to Carlton Street) at 9:37 AM.

Hamilton County and MSD congratulates Lois Smith on her many achievements.


Volunteers Honored at a New Year’s "Kick Off" Breakfast
Hamilton County started the New Year by giving back to those who gave so freely of their time this past year by donating their services to various departments at the County. At a Volunteer "Kick Off" Breakfast, six volunteers were recognized for their invaluable contributions in a number of departments including Adult Probation, County Administration,
Building Inspections, and the Recorder’s Office for a combined total of 7354 hours.As a show of appreciation, each volunteer received a gift certificate. Hamilton County would like to thank these individuals once again for their hard work!


Health Alliance Mobile Mammography to Visit County Sites

The Hamilton County Personnel Department has arranged for the Health Alliance Mobile Mammography Unit to visit various County sites for five different dates in January, 2002.

When: In Front of:

bulletThursday, January 10, 2002 Alms & Doepke Building, 222 E. Central Parkway

8:00 am – 3:30 pm

bulletThursday, January 17, 2002 Taft Building, 230 E. Ninth Street

8:00 am – 3:30 pm

bulletFriday, January 25, 2002 County Administration Building, 138 E. Court Street

8:00 am – 3:30 pm

bulletWednesday, January 30, 2002 Alms & Doepke Building, 222 E. Central Parkway

8:00 am – 3:30 pm

bulletThursday, January 31, 2002 Job & Family Services Building, 237 Wm. Howard Taft Rd.

8:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Women, 35 and older, may contact the Health Alliance Call Center at (513) 585-1000 to schedule an appointment. Please identify that you are participating through Hamilton County, and have available your health insurance plan name, date of birth, desired appointment time / location, and name of physician to whom the mammography results should be mailed.

Remember, with the increased use of mammography screening, breast cancers are being detected earlier in their development when they are more treatable. The American Cancer Society suggests women aged 40-50 should have a mammography screening every 1-2 years, and women over 50 years of age should have one every year. More than 97% of women whose breast cancer is found and treated early will survive. So, please, call today for your appointment.

If you have any questions about the County’s mammography program, please contact Kim Pennekamp at 946-4705 in the County Personnel Department.


Do Your Share... For Cleaner Air
The Regional Ozone coalition is sponsoring free air quality Workshops for area teachers.  The Workshops are a great opportunity to learn more about the air quality in our area from experts and environmental educators.  Topics will include air quality, smog and ways to do your share for cleaner air and much more.  Grade appropriate curriculum and activities will be taught which can be implemented in the classroom. 

Wednesday February 27, Teacher grades k-6 or

Thursday February 28,  Teachers grades 7-12

The free workshops are open to teachers in grades k-12 in Boone, Butler, Campbell, Clermont, Hamilton, Kenton and Warren counties.  Deadline for registration is February 5, 2002 however spacing is limited so make you reservation now!  On-line registration  is available @ www.doyourshare.org or call 513-621-6300 for registration information.


Ball Park Project continues on target

The project team for the Great American Ball Park reported to County Commissioners on Wednesday that the project continues to be on time and within budget.  Providing the Board of County Commissioners with a monthly status report, the project team stated that the Ball Park cost is in line with budget and the significant progress has been made in terms of project schedule.   Opening Day 2003 is just 446 days away!  

The project team also reported continued progress in terms of small business participation.  To date, the committed small business participation for the Ball Park and related projects is 27.1% with 12.1% minority business participation and 3.4% woman-owned business participation.  On the neighboring parking and infrastructure projects small business participation has been remarkable with 57.2% of contract dollars awarded going to small businesses and 17.5% minority business participation and 4.8% woman-owned business participation.  The participation numbers for both projects compare very favorably to other large scale public projects in the region.  


Citizens can check the progress of Great American Ball Park by clicking onto the County's Home Page (www.Hamilton-Co.org) or the new Ball Park website (www.Hamilton-Co.org/GABP).  Digital photos of the Ball Park site are updated each hour, giving citizens a "real time" view of the construction project.  The Ball Park website also includes weekly "Play By Play" reports about the project and many other interesting and informative features.


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Have a great day!



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 Erica Binford (946-4324), Sharon Booker (946-4428) or Eric Stuckey (946-4432) in the County Administrator's Office or e-mail to eric.stuckey@hamilton-co.org.