|Quote of the Week: “Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.” - Confucius|
Public Service Recognition Week is May 7-13: Hamilton County Employees distinguish themselves in many ways
|Give and Gain Clothing Drive May 7-11|
for the big "Gain" boxes located in lobby of the County
Administration Building, 800 Broadway, 230 East 9th Street and the
Courthouse. Thanks to all who donate for helping those in need.
|Building Permits can now be checked on-line|
permit status on-line is an exciting enhancement to our customer service
that allows people to check the status of their permits and inspections
from their office or home anytime of the day or night," said Tonia
Edwards, Director of the Building Inspections Department. "This
is the first major step towards putting the entire permit process on to
|Commissioners get good news on projected Ball Park Cost|
|The project team
also reported progress in terms of small business participation. To
date, the committed small business participation for the Ball Park and
related projects is 22.3%, a significant increase over the previous
month's report. Citizen's can check the progress of Great American
Ball Park by clicking onto the County's Home Page (www.Hamilton-Co.org).
Digital photos of the Ball Park site are updated each hour, giving
citizens a "real time" view of the construction project.
|Yardarama 2001 brings conservation to your backyard|
The budgetary challenges facing the County in the wake of impending State cutbacks will be the foremost issue of discussion. Leaders will discuss both the current year outlook as well as challenges the County may face in 2002. “The planning session is an important effort that will help shape our budget priorities for the coming year and impact the provision of services to citizens,” stated Hamilton County Administrator David Krings. “Given some of the financial challenges that we face, it will be particularly important to get involvement from leaders throughout the County organization.”
|Spring Cleaning Made Easy by Environmental Services|
|Do you have a lot of mixed
paper sitting around your house or office? Does your office or home have
old computers or computer parts that you’re not sure what to do with?
You can recycle mixed paper for free at one of many convenient locations in your neighborhood. Mixed paper includes items such as cereal boxes, cardboard, beverage cases, junk mail, magazines, office paper and newspaper. If you can tear it, they’ll take it!
THE FOLLOWING FREE LOCATIONS ARE AVAILABLE TO COLLECT YOUR MIXED PAPER:
Western Hills Plaza: Behind Kroger- 6150 Glenway Ave. Open the first Saturday of every month from 9:00 a.m. to12:00 p.m.
College Hill: Kroger- 1601 W. North Bend Rd. Open the first Saturday of every month from 9:00 a.m. to12:00 p.m.
Sharonville: Princeton High School-11080 Chester Rd. Open the first Saturday of every month from 9:00 a.m. to12:00 p.m.
Surrey Square Mall: Behind Thriftway- Montgomery Rd. in Norwood. Open the first Saturday of every month from 9:00 a.m. to12:00 p.m.
North Avondale Assn.: North Avondale School- 615 Clinton Springs Ave. Open February 3, May 5, August 4, and November 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
What about old computer parts? You can also recycle these for free! Items that will be accepted at the free collection event are: PC workstations, scanners, printers, tape and disk drives, and telephones. Unacceptable items are: mainframes, televisions, fax and copier machines, and cannibalized systems. If your computer is a 486 or above, don’t bring it! Call the Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services at 946-7734 for a list of local non-profit organizations that will gladly accept your old computer or visit www.hcdoes.org for a list of outlets.
You can recycle your computer and computer parts for free at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds on the following dates:
Friday, June 29, 2001: Pre-registered businesses and schools ONLY.
Collection is from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 30, 2001: Residents only. No registration required.
Collection is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
To request a registration form for your business or school, call the Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services at 946-7734 or print a registration form online at www.hcdoes.org/sw/comprecycle/collection.htm. The registration deadline is June 4, 2001. If your school or business has more than 50 PC workstations, please call the Department at 946-7705.
Finally, don’t forget to mark your calendars for Saturday, June 9, 2001. The smog awareness season in Greater Cincinnati will kick-off with the Clean Air A-Thon. The event is 5K run/walk that begins at 9:00 a.m. and starts and finishes at Sawyer Point. The race will also include a kid’s fun run and awards ceremony for the winners of the Do Your Share for Cleaner Air Calendar Contest. To request a registration form for the race or for more information, call 336-9242 or visit www.doyourshare.org. All entries must be postmarked by Thursday, May 31, 2001 or you can register the day of the race at Sawyer Point from 7:30 a.m. until the race begins. We hope to see you there!
|Employee of the Year Profile: Lynn Preuth|
|In each of the next five editions of Hello, Hamilton County, we will profile one of the five Employee of the Year Award winners.|
Lynn has consistently performs his duties with Hamilton County in a professional, business-like manner, always with a concern for serving others with honesty and integrity. As a manager he encourages his employees to reach for their potential and to grow in their career. He has been an advocate of self-improvement and has encouraged his employees to achieve their goals, whether it be through training, education, or additional tasks that would stretch their abilities. He takes the time to commend his employees for their accomplishments and to thank them for their effort. He has set the example for his employees by being a dependable, hard-working employee himself.
Lynn has been active in various professional organizations including the Society for Human Resources Management, the Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Association and the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, where he recently served as president. Lynn has also served the community as a volunteer, working as a youth sports coach.
Upon retiring, Lynn plans on taking about a month off to relax, play golf and tennis, and catch up on projects at home. Then he plans to start a "second career" working in the field of HR. We wish Lynn the best as he embarks on a new adventure!
|The People behind the Budget: An exercise in departmental cooperation|
adoption of the budget, by the Board of County Commissioners, a formal
published Budget Book is created. This
year, for the first time in Hamilton County’s history, the entire
document may be accessed via the Internet on the Administrative Services
website, located in the Budget and Research Division. This
document is not the sole effort of the DAS staff; several other people
play critical roles in the production.
Kelly Sullivan, from
the Department of Human Services print shop, scans the entire Budget Book
and produces the copies that are sent to the printer for binding.
This process not only saves the County money, but also utilizes the
technology of the Docutech equipment at DHS.
For the past few years
Jay Springer, from Regional Planning, has taken over the cover design and
placement of photos for the Budget and Brief and the Budget Book.
Since Hamilton County’s first budget book publication in 1993 the
layout of the cover has changed dramatically.
The 2000 and 2001 covers, created by Jay, were very professional
and unique in providing the reader with a visual introduction to Hamilton
This year the Budget
and Brief and the Budget Book appear on the County’s website.
Paul Smiley, from Regional Planning, worked with the scanned file
produced by Kelly Sullivan and the Department of Human Services
Information Technology staff to create a website presentation and to
construct a CD-Rom of the budget and a website presentation.
The budget is truly a cooperative effort of the
County. Without the help and
dedication of those involved the budget would not have been as user
friendly or as accessible to the public.
|Grant Funding sought by County Agencies|
|TASC seeks continuation of substance abuse treatment funding. The Hamilton County Treatment Alternatives to Street Crime (TASC) has applied for continued funding from the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services. TASC provides alcohol and other drug assessments, referrals to treatment, intensive case management, and drug testing for 1,000 non-violent, adult, misdemeanor and fellow offenders. A request of $456,878 has been made for the period July 1, 2001 through June 30, 2002.|
seeks additional victims assistance funds. The
Hamilton Prosecutor’s office has applied for a continuation of their
Victim of Crime Act grant. This grant provides victim and witness assistance to citizens
with whom the Prosecutor’s Office works with in the juvenile court
judicial system and in the prosecution of criminal non-support cases.
The grant is again asking for four VOCA funded Victim/Witness
advocates. The Advocates
serve victims by offering emotional and all other aspects of support to
the victim and being the contact person between the victim and the court
Have a Great Week!
|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 Sharon Booker (946-4428) or Eric Stuckey (946-4432) in the County Administrator's Office or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.|