|Quote of the Week: "Believe in life! Always human beings will live and progress to greater, broader and fuller life." - W. E. B. Du Bois, last message to the world, 1957|
Compass Meeting Attracts 1,300 Residents focused on the future of Hamilton County
|After opening remarks from Hamilton County
Commissioners Tom Neyer, Jr. and Todd Portune, Cincinnati Vice Mayor
Alicia Reece and Ron Miller, executive director of the Hamilton County
Regional Planning Commission, meeting participants began using wireless
keypads and laptop computers to learn about each other and begin
discussing and addressing some of the most challenging issues facing
To get used to the wireless technology, participants were polled about their chili preferences. When asked how they prefer to eat their chili, 33 percent of the participants prefer the chili, spaghetti and cheese combo of the 3-way. 4-ways and 5-ways rounded out the top three preferences with 17 percent and 19 percent, respectfully.
Participants then entered their demographic information. The group assembled was highly representative of the profile of Hamilton County in the 2000 census.
“Thirteen hundred people have come forward to help create the vision for the county. With this foundation of support, we are confident that we can implement their vision,” said Miller.
Among the meeting’s instantaneous polling outcomes around these core issues:
When discussing the core issue of collaboration, participants were asked to discuss how citizens can better participate in their community’s or county’s decision-making. The top ideas that emerged included:
Key themes that emerged from the groups discussions related to ensuring the county’s economic prosperity:
Key themes that emerged from the groups discussions related to embracing diversity and equity:
“Everyone in this county should be proud of the turnout today and what was accomplished. Hamilton County has set a new standard for ensuring that the citizen voice will influence the future of the county,” said Carolyn Lukensmeyer, moderator of the Countywide Town Meeting and executive director of AmericaSpeaks, an organization that conducts high-tech town meetings across the country.
COMPASS action teams (CATs) will be formed around the
four key issues discussed today and will move the comprehensive planning
effort forward to the next stages. The CATs will meet in the coming months
to identify potential solutions to the issues identified and discussed
today and will report their findings to the public in August.
|County Blood Drive set for February 11th|
The following facts may help you as you consider giving blood:
The need for blood continues to increase as technology and services provided by area hospitals demand it. Unfortunately, blood donations are still not keeping pace with blood usage. That is why it is so important that healthy individuals donate blood regularly to insure that there will always be an adequate blood supply for those in need. Take a few minutes to give a gift that could save a life!
To sign up for an appointment contact Kim Pennekamp in Personnel at 946-4705.
|New S.T.A.R. Program will recognize service milestones|
|Effective January 1, 2002, employees who
complete milestone anniversaries of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years
of service will be awarded a beautiful lapel pin and a thank you letter in
honor of their achievements during the years leading up to the milestone.
(Current employees will be retroactively recognized for their years
of service.) Employees achieving a service time milestone of 25 or
more years of service will be formally recognized at a Board of County
The S.T.A.R. Program has been received with
enthusiasm by Department Heads, and feedback has been extremely positive.
In fact, other Hamilton County agencies, not under the Board of
County Commissioners, have been invited to participate in the S.T.A.R.
Program. So far, additional
participating agencies include Juvenile Court, Probate Court, and the ADAS
(Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services) Board.
Employee recognition fosters pride, and motivates and encourages us to continue our growth and development. The S.T.A.R. Program is just one way of thanking employees for their loyalty, dedication and outstanding service to Hamilton County.
|Burke shares vision in meetings with JFS Staff|
As a result of your superior performance and enthusiasm, we have clients who:
As a result of staff efforts and interaction with clients, HCJFS have a community image that:
When asked if they supported the vision, the employees responded with and enthusiastic "yes". Many expressed willingness to strive to achieve that lofty vision.
MSD recognized for change to safer treatment technique
October 12, 2001, the Mill Creek Water Reclamation Facility implemented
the use of Sodium Hypochlorite as a replacement for gaseous chlorine to
disinfect the facility’s effluent to the Ohio River.
the construction of the Mill Creek facility in 1959, chlorine gas was used
as a disinfecting agent for the effluent. Chlorine was delivered to the
site and used directly from the railcar. The onsite quantities were
typically 55-ton railcars, but could accommodate as many as two 90-ton
railcars at a time. Sodium
Hypochlorite, a strong bleach-type solution, is temporarily stored in a
5500-gallon tanker. A future
capital improvement project will include permanent storage facilities for
up to 12,000 gallons.
with the challenge on October 2, 2001 to rapidly implement this process
change, MSD’s operations and engineering staff swiftly designed,
acquired, installed, and tested the equipment. The new system was started
ten days later on October 12, nearly halving the twenty-day target. The
last railcar was emptied on October 23, and removed from the site shortly
the U. S. EPA Risk Management Plan (RMP) program, the Mill Creek facility
had to identify the impact from a theoretical “worst-case
scenario." The scenario
defined for this facility was a ten-minute catastrophic offsite release of
the entire contents of a 90-ton chlorine railcar.
Reducing toxic chemicals below the RMP applicability threshold
allows the facility to de-register from the program.
By reducing the potential public impact from chlorine use was lessened from a 28-mile diameter affected area to “zero,” effectively eliminating all potential chlorine exposures to an estimated 860,000 citizens and visitors to the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana tri-state region which includes Greater Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The potential for an offsite release of Sodium Hypochlorite is non-existent.
|Help Hamilton County Show its stuff: National Awards Applications being accepted|
|The NACo Achievement Awards recognizes
innovative county governments programs. The programs nominated
should meet at least on of the following criteria: offer new
services, improve/enhance the delivery of existing services, upgrade the
working conditions or skills of county employees, enhance the level of
citizen participation in or understanding of county government, provide
information that facilitates effective public policy making, or that
promotes intergovernmental cooperation. The deadline for the
NACo Achievement Awards is mid-February and should be routed through the
Board of County Commissioners by February 8. Last year,
Hamilton County won four NACo Acheivement Awards.
The NACIO Awards of Excellence recognize outstanding efforts by counties in providing public information and fostering effective communication with citizens. The awards recognize all forms of communications including written, electronic media and computer-based media. The deadline for the NACIO Awards of Excellence is early March and should be routed through the County Administrator's Office by February 25. Last year, Hamilton County won three NACIO Awards of Excellence.
Think about and give it a shot! You, a co-worker or your department may deserve some national recognition for the service you provide. Contact Eric Stuckey (phone: 946-4432 or e-mail: Eric.Stuckey@Hamilton-Co.org) in the County Administrator's Office, if you have any questions.