|Quote of the Week: "If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking." - General George S. Patton|
Human Services Director Don Thomas to retire
Thomas joined Hamilton County as the Director of the Department of Human
Services on December 7, 1987. He
has successfully led the County through the challenges of Welfare Reform.
Under Thomas’ leadership, Hamilton County has been recognized a
national leader in welfare reform, highlighted by a 69% decline in welfare
rolls from 1992 to 1999. During
his tenure, County Commissioners assigned Thomas additional
responsibilities such as Child Support Enforcement, Tuberculosis (TB)
Control, and Workforce Development.
Thomas stated, "It has been my privilege to serve the citizens of
Hamilton County and to work with the County Commissioners, County
Administrator David Krings, the agency staff, and social service
community. I am certain that
I will miss each of them."
Thomas has been a key player in the County efforts to assist our low
income residents, to protect our children, to maintain overall County
government fiscal stability, and to reduce the cost to local taxpayers,"
said County Administrator David Krings.
"Don Thomas’ efforts were critical to the significant County
success in all these areas."
A New Look Cinergy Field getting ready to greet Baseball Fans
Commissioners Updated on Great American Ball Park Progress
|and related projects have a healthy contingency built in.
There is a 4-10% contingency on each project component plus an
additional "Owner's reserve." In recent months there has been an increase in projected
costs in some components of the Ball Park project. These costs have
been offset through savings in other aspects in the project, value
engineering (a process of identifying less costly construction
alternatives) and the Reds paying for some project components such as food
service equipment to keep the
County at its cap of $280 million. Over $80 million in bids will be
opened between now and the end of April.
According to the County's Construction Executive Mike Sieving, "The report is generally good news. Overall, we are on schedule and project costs are being managed within the budget. We did identify a few areas of concern and told the Board of County Commissioners how we planned to address them."
To date, the County is exceeding its overall 15% goal for small business (SBE) participation in the Ball Park, East Garage, and parking and infrastructure projects. SBE participation on the East Garage, site improvements, and parking and infrastructure projects are 37%, 40% and 22% respectively. To date, SBE participation on the Ball Park Project is 9.3%. The construction team has identified initiatives designed to help the County reach its goal of 15% participation by small businesses for the Ball Park project. Also, efforts to help minority and female owned businesses participate in the project was an area of concerned raised at the Commissioners briefing. "We have to improve in the areas of small, minority and women owned business participation and I think together we can do that," stated Mike Sieving.
The Construction Team plans to provide Commissioners with updates on a regular basis as the project moves forward.
|Employee of the Year Award Nominations accepted until March 30th|
forms have been distributed to elected officials, department directors,
and payroll officers. (In fact, nomination forms were
attached to the e-mail notifying you of the past two editions of Hello,
Hamilton County.) Nominations with approval by the
employee’s supervisor may be submitted via mail, e-mail or fax and are
due by March 30, 2001.
you have any questions regarding the Employee of the Year program or if
you want to receive a nomination form directly, please contact Senior
Assistant County Administrator Eric Stuckey at 946-4432 or via e-mail (Eric.Stuckey@Hamilton-co.org).
|March 25-31 Severe Weather Week|
outdoor warning siren system in Hamilton County will not be tested
during this week as it is tested at 12:00 noon on the first and third
Wednesdays of each month. This
system is comprised of 185 outdoor sirens owned by jurisdictions within
the county and coordinated by the Hamilton County Emergency Management
actual severe weather warnings in Hamilton County, the outdoor warning
siren system alerts the public to two severe weather warnings by using the
five minute STEADY TONE for either a TORNADO
WARNING or a SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM WARNING during
a TORNADO WATCH (either as
issued by the National Weather Service).
To ensure that you receive the most timely and
current severe weather information, utilize
a tone alerting weather radio that will receive severe weather watch
and warning broadcasts directly from the National Weather Service (NWS)
over their NOAA weather radio broadcast system.
Indoor warning tone alerting
weather radios combined with the
outdoor warning sirens provide an integrated
indoor and outdoor warning system to best protect you.
Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the
National Weather Service, the Weather Amateur Radio Network (WARN) and
hosting jurisdictions, has conducted three SKYWARN severe weather spotter
training sessions in Hamilton County.
These spotter training sessions teach the general public and public
safety personnel about what to look for when severe weather enters our
area. Attendees are given a
direct telephone number to call the National Weather Service (NWS) office
in Wilmington to report observations and information which assists the NWS
in preparing local severe weather warnings.
more information, please call Judy Weimer at:
|Yard waste Drop-off Sites Announced|
Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services provides free yard waste
recycling drop-off sites at the following locations:
East: Evans Landscaping, 3700 Roundbottom
Road in Newtown
West: Kuliga Park, 6717 Bridgetown Road in
Sanitary Landfill, Strubble Road and Colerain Avenue in Colerain
sites will be open from March 31, 2001 through November 25, 2001. Hours
of operation are 11:00a.m. to 4:30p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Sites will
re-open January 5, 2002, through January 12, 2002, on Saturdays only
from 11:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.. All sites will be closed on Easter Sunday,
April 15, 2001. The Evans Landscaping site will also be open during
it’s regular business hours for drop-off, in addition to the dates and
times listed above.
sites accept items such as leaves, grass clippings, brush, garden waste,
tree trunks, Christmas trees, and prunings from trees or shrubs free of
charge, but there are some requirements for yard waste. The following is
a list of rules for the yard waste recycling drop-off sites:
and tree branches must be cut into lengths of 4 feet or less and must be
no larger than 12 inches in diameter.
Brush and tree branches must be bundled, and bundles must not he
heavier than 75 pounds.
Yard waste must be brought to locations in containers of bags brown
paper bags preferred.
Containers and plastic bags will be returned.
Yard waste in commercial vehicles or from commercial establishments
cannot be accepted.
No large trailers or trucks larger than pickups.
pallets, boards, nails, fence or wire accepted.
bricks, stones, or soils accepted.
children must stay inside vehicles.
County residents only.
learn more about how to manage your yard waste at home, request the free,
recently updated, Yard waste at Home Handbook from the
Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services by calling the Yard waste
Hotline at 946-7755, or visit our web-site at www.hcdoes.org.
|Grant Funding Announced for Two County Agencies:|
|Environmental Services receives renewal of EPA funds|
|River City receives Criminal Justice grant|
|The River City Correctional
Center has received a grant from the Office of Criminal Justice Services
in the amount of $140,998.72 for a Residential Substance Abuse Treatment
for High Risk Offender program. The
grant will support the components of a drug and alcohol program such as
treatment planning, group and individual therapy, ongoing education and
|Funding offered for Joint Labor-Management Committees|
The Federal Mediation and
Conciliation Service is offering funds for the establishment of operation
of joint labor-management committees.
These committees goal is to improve labor-management relationships,
job security, and organizational effectiveness.
Other goals include enhancing economic development and involving
workers in decisions affecting their jobs. A total of $1.5 million is
available for this program. FMCS
will award two or more grants.
Applications must be submitted by May 19, 2001. For further information contact Cindy Weitlauf at 946-4317 or go to the FMCS web page at: http://www.fmcs.gov/agency/grants/grantskit/default.htm.
|Project Thaw Update: Funds still available; program will end March 30|
|Funds for the Project THAW program are still available.
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.
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