Hello, Hamilton County

  E-News for Hamilton County Citizens and Employees

March 13, 2002

  Quote of the Week:  “The one thing in the world, of value, is the active soul."
   - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Commissioners Approve UC-Ohio State Game at PBS

The Board of County Commissioners approved today the contract for a game between the University of Cincinnati and Ohio State University at Paul Brown Stadium.   The nationally televised game will take place at Hamilton County's Paul Brown Stadium on September 21st.
"U.C. basketball is not the only game in town," stated Commission President Tom Neyer, Jr. "We look forward to welcoming our friends from Columbus and sending them home unhappy."
The University of Cincinnati is handling tickets sales and has thus far offered tickets to season ticket holders and purchasers of multi-game packages.  U.C. reports a very strong positive reaction from their fan base.  



Hamilton County Falls Task Force Recognized for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Aging

The Hamilton County Falls Task Force is being recognized for its efforts to prevent fall injuries among the elderly. It has been named as a recipient of the Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Aging Awards, sponsored by the Association for Professionals in the Field of Aging.


The Falls Task Force is the first county-wide collaborative to address fall injuries in older adults. It was created by the Hamilton County General Health District in January 2000 and is chaired by Hamilton County Commissioner John Dowlin. The Task Force works to prevent falls through community collaboration, education, awareness, intervention, and evaluation.

Fall injuries are the leading cause of deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency room visits in Hamilton County. Data from the Hamilton County General Health District’s Injury Surveillance System show the problem is even more dramatic among older adults; 80 percent of deaths and 85 percent of hospitalizations caused by falls occurred in adults age 65 and over.

Hamilton County Health Commissioner, Tim Ingram, says the award demonstrates that the Task Force is making strides toward reducing fall injuries, "The Falls Task Force was formed to take an aggressive, proactive look at ways to prevent older adults from falling, rather than just focusing on treatment of fall injuries. This award shows that innovative approach is making a difference for older adults in Hamilton County."

The Falls Task Force members represent 23 area agencies from all levels of senior services, including health departments, hospitals, universities, individuals, and aging agencies.


Severe Weather Awareness Week:  March 17-23

With the approaching spring season comes much awaited warmer weather.  Also comes the increased threat of severe weather to our area.  Accordingly and consistent with statewide observations, the Board of County Commissioners of Hamilton County has proclaimed the week of March 17-23,2002 as:  Severe Weather Awareness Week in Hamilton County.
Hamilton County urges all citizens to familiarize themselves with severe weather and flood safety rules, to understand the meaning and use of the outdoor warning siren signals, obtain and use indoor tone alerting NOAA weather radios, and to be prepared to take necessary actions to safeguard homes and families when severe weather strikes. Severe weather safety information has been provided to all local political subdivisions and public safety departments within Hamilton County.   Local elementary and middle schools have received severe weather safety literature and are encouraged to conduct Tornado Safety drills on 3/20/02.  
The following emergency communications and warning systems will be tested in Hamilton County during Severe Weather Awareness Week:  the Emergency Management Agency Emergency Alert Radio Net, the Hamilton County Disaster Radio Net, the broadcast media Emergency Alert System (EAS) and NOAA weather radio. 

The outdoor warning siren system in Hamilton County will be tested during this week.  The County outdoor siren system is tested at 12:00 noon on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.  This system is comprised of 187 outdoor sirens owned by jurisdictions within the county and coordinated by the Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency.

For actual severe weather warnings in Hamilton County, the outdoor warning siren system alerts the public to two severe weather warnings by using the following:

A 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.

The 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.

For more information, please call Judy Weimer at:   The Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency (513) 851-7080.


Fire Chiefs and Commissioners recognize Wenz for service
Recently the Hamilton County Fire Chiefs Association presented Gregory A. Wenz, Operations Manager at the Hamilton County Department of Communications, with a special Distinguished Service Award.  Fire Chief Bruce Smith, President of the Fire Chiefs Association, stated that Mr. Wenz was being recognized for his many years of outstanding support and dedication to the fire service.

Communications Center Operations Manager Greg Wenz was recognized by Commissioners for his service.

Greg began his career with the Hamilton County Communication Center on February 10, 1972 as a Communications Officer.  Greg was promoted to Communication Supervisor 1  in 1988, than promoted to Technical Services Manager in 1990.  On August 6, 1998 Greg was promoted to Operations Manager.   He was the Communications Officer of the Year in 1981 and is a Past President of the Ohio Chapter of APCO, the Association of Public Safety Communications Officers. Greg is currently overseeing the installation of the County’s 800 MHz Radio Project.   Although Greg was eligible to retire 4 years ago (he has 34 years of service credit) he has demonstrated uncompromising dedication and has not missed a day of work in the last 15 years.   On March 6, the Board of Hamilton County Commissioners for his 30 years of service to Hamilton County recognized Greg.  Thanks Greg for your dedication to excellence in public safety communications for the citizens of Hamilton County.


Recycle Your Yardwaste For Free in Hamilton County
With spring here and summer just around the corner, it is time to start thinking about properly disposing your yardwaste. Rather than tossing your yardwaste in the garbage, protect the environment by reducing the amount of solid waste going into local landfills by recycling. The Hamilton County Solid Waste Management District provides free yardwaste recycling drop-off sites at the three following locations:


East: Evans Landscaping, 3700 Roundbottom Road in Newtown

West: Kuliga Park, 6717 Bridgetown Road in Green Township

North: Rumpke Sanitary Landfill, Struble Road and Colerain Ave. in Colerain Township


All sites will be open March 23, 2002 B November 17, 2002, on Saturdays and Sundays, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The sites will resume operations on January 4, 2003 through January 11, 2003 on Saturdays only, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All sites will be closed on March 31, 2002 for Easter.

The Evans Landscaping site (East location) is open for free yardwaste drop-off during regular business hours in addition to the above hours of operation.

Yardwaste Drop-Off Rules:

bulletBrush 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 be heavier than 75 pounds.
bulletYardwaste that is not bundled will not be accepted.
bulletYardwaste must be brought to locations in containers or bagsCbrown paper bags preferred.

Containers and plastic bags will not be returned.

bulletYardwaste in commercial vehicles or from commercial establishments cannot be accepted.
bulletNo large trailers or trucks larger than pickups.
bulletNo pallets, boards, nails, fence or wire accepted. No bricks, stones or soil accepted.
bulletHamilton County residents only.

For more information, please call the Hamilton County Solid Waste Management District at (513) 946-7734 or visit www.hcdoes.org .


Clean Air-A-Thon Race to draw runners, raise awareness
In a cold Cincinnati winter, it is hard to imagine a warm, sunny summer day without a cloud in the sky. But, summer is only a few months away, and what better way to kick off the start of summer than with a 5k run/walk at Sawyer Point.

You and your family can enjoy the friendly competition, win prizes and play games, all while doing your share for cleaner air! All proceeds from the Clean Air A-Thon event will benefit the Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky American Lung Associations.

Each year since 1994, the Regional Ozone Coalition coordinates a Clean Air Kick-Off Event to recognize the beginning of smog season in the Greater Cincinnati area. Smog levels are monitored April 1st through October 31st each year. During these months, smog levels are at their highest due to weather conditions combined with area pollution. This is why we all need to do what we can to help breathe cleaner, healthier air, especially during the hot summer months.

Families, participating in the race or not, can enjoy our Family Fun Fest, which will include a short fun run for kids with ribbons for all finishers. There will be family activities including games, prizes and information booths.

Please join us for the 2nd Annual Clean Air A-Thon on Saturday, June 8, 2002 at Sawyer Point. The race begins at 9 a.m. All entries must be postmarked by Saturday, June 1, 2001. On-line registration is available at www.sprunning.com. Otherwise, you can register on race day at Sawyer Point, 7:30 a.m. until race time. Pre-registration is just $10 and includes your Clean Air A-Thon race t-shirt. Race Day registration is $15.

So, whether you are a runner, walker or just want to enjoy a beautiful, fun summer day, come to Sawyer Point and help make a difference in our city.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Sarah Brugger at the Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services, at (513) 946-7748 or visit our website at www.hcdoes.org


"Put Your Mark on Great American Ball Park" off to great start 

The "Put Your Mark on Great American Ball Park" brick drawing event launched just a two weeks ago is off to a fast start. Through this drawing, Hamilton County will give 100 people the opportunity to immortalize themselves at Great American Ball Park (GABP) by having their name or message inscribed on a brick that will be permanently paved into the ball park’s main concourse. The drawing is open to the public and there is no charge to participate.
Citizens can win a personalized brick through the "Put your mark on Great American Ball Park" drawing.
Entries are being collected between March 1 and April 1, and the winning entries will be randomly drawn on Wednesday, April 3. To maximize the drawing’s reach, traveling entry locations will be set up at major shopping malls located within Hamilton County. The schedule is as follows:
March 1 – 15 Tri-County Mall
March 8 – 15 Carew Tower Arcade
March 15 – 30 Northgate Mall
March 15 – 30 Kenwood Towne Center
In addition, entries will be collected at the Great American Ball Park information tent on Opening Day, April 1. The tent will be set up on the Cinergy Field plaza near Gate 3. Entries also can be submitted through the Hamilton County Web site, at www.hamilton-co.org/gabp, between March 1 and April 1.  Activity on-line has been brisk so far with over 1,400 entries received to date.

The 100 bricks distributed through Hamilton County’s brick drawing will be paved into the GABP concourse along side bricks currently being sold by the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds, who are directing the overall brick campaign, provided the allotment of 100 bricks to the county to be distributed as it saw fit. Those interested in purchasing a brick from the Reds are encouraged to visit the Reds’ Web site at www.cincinnatireds.com or call (866) 850-2100.

The construction of Great American Ball Park is on schedule. This future home of the Cincinnati Reds is scheduled to open on Opening Day, 2003.


Hamilton County Employee of the Year Nominations

Nomination forms are still available for the Hamilton County Employee of the Year program.  Through this program you have the opportunity to recognize a co-worker or any other Hamilton County employee that has excelled in their service to the citizens of Hamilton County. 

Nomination 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. Hamilton County Employee of the Year recipients will be recognized at a Board of County Commissioners meeting and receive a plaque at a community ceremony on Fountain Square, Wednesday, May 9, as a part of Public Service Recognition Week.

Should 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). Please take a few minutes to recognize the achievements and excellence in public service exemplified by one of your co-workers by nominating them for the Hamilton County Employee of the Year program. 


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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 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.