Quote of the Week: “Once the mind has been stretched by a new idea, it will never again return to its original size." Oliver Wendell Holmes
Hamilton County Awarded Distinguished Budget Presentation Award
|Hamilton County Administrative
Services Budget Staff.
Back row (l-r): Terry Flowers, Karen McFarland, Eric Stuckey, Paula Knecht, Al Landis, Jim Cundiff.
Front row (l-r): Joe Huster, Lois Reynolds, Lisa Anderson, Joan Gilmore, Chris Berger.
For the tenth time in ten years,
Hamilton County has been awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation
Award by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). The budget
awards program is designed to encourage governments to prepare budget
documents of the highest quality to meet the needs of decision-makers and
citizens. Hamilton County's budget has consistently presented
budgets worthy of recognition by the GFOA. Congratulations and
thanks to Eric
Stuckey, Assistant County Administrator for Administrative Services,
the budget staff, and to the many
departmental staff who prepare the budgets.
|2002 Flu Shot Schedule|
Thanks for your patience as we get the 2002 Flu Shot Program up and running. We're pleased to report there's been no word of a vaccine shortage from our flu shot vendor, Health Works. Posters were just delivered on Friday, so employees will soon see them around your buildings.
Remember: Humana-ChoiceCare members should bring their health care cards for identification in order to receive their flu shot for free. Nonmembers will have a $13 co-pay. Employees can save time by completing the Flu Shot Consent Form and bringing it with them.
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Community Development NACCED Award Recipient
The Department of Community Development recently
received an award from the National Association for County Community and
Economic Development (NACCED), an affiliate of the National Association of
Counties (NACo), for its participation in the formation of the Homeless
Clearinghouse. The Homeless
Clearinghouse is a group of representatives from Hamilton County,
Cincinnati, the Homeless Coalition of Greater Cincinnati, and the
Partnership Center, who meet regularly to discuss issues that affect the
homeless community. The
following is a brief summary of the Homeless Clearinghouse, published in
the NACCED Awards of Excellence Brochure:
the City of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, and Homeless Providers was not
consistent throughout the year. As crises arose, a haphazard approach was
taken to resolve problems. A
group of leaders was assembled representing the City, County, Homeless
Providers, and the Continuum of Care, to meet regularly to address and
forward homeless issues to the appropriate agency or jurisdiction for
resolution. Called the
‘Homeless Clearinghouse,’ this group has been instrumental in helping
preserve one shelter, and make an orderly transition for families of
another shelter facing financial failure.
It has fostered good will and trust among these participants.”
This Award of Excellence, for the category of Homeless Coordination/Assistance, was received by Dan Domis and Susan Walsh at the NACCED Annual Meeting in White Plains, New York, on September 20, 2002. Dan has been active in NACCED for many years, and is a Past-President. Susan will serve as Vice-Chair of the Housing Committee for NACCED in 2003.
The Metropolitan Sewer District Has Had A Very Busy Summer
co-hosted the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Control Workshop August 1and 2, 2002; hosted a
Collection System Modeling Symposium on August 21 –23rd and
MSD environmental professionals were the topic of a National Public Radio
The CSO Control Workshop was given in conjunction with the CSO Partnership and the Northern Kentucky Sanitation District No. 1. The workshop was held at the Cincinnati Netherland Hilton Plaza.
Experts who have led the national CSO Control debate since the early 1990s presented material covered during this workshop. These experts developed many of the award-winning CSO programs nationwide. In addition, key agency officials have been invited to speak about issues they are dealing with that will impact our CSO control efforts.
Patrick T. Karney, Director Cincinnati MSD spoke on MSD’s CSO successes and shared his perspectives on the key issues that face CSO community program managers. The workshop also featured speakers from the engineering/consulting firms that have developed some of the most cost-effective, innovative, and award winning CSO control programs nationwide. They are part of the CSO Partnership’s Technical Advisory Council. The workshop brought together leading CSO control professionals who provided the latest thoughts and practices related to CSO control. After this workshop attendees were better equipped to deal successfully with the key issues associated with maturing CSO control programs.
For more information on the CSO Partnership contact Mark Poland, Executive Secretary at 804-698-2026 or visit the CSO Partnership web page at: http://www.csop.com.
MSD Collection System Modeling Symposium a great success!
|The Modeling Symposium was held at The Vernon
Manor hotel in Cincinnati. Speakers
from as far away as Denmark joined 140 participants from all over the US
and Canada for two days of intensive discussion on how these computerized
models support decision-making in modern wastewater systems. The
purpose of the symposium was to bring together professionals, educators,
and community leaders from around the world to share their experience and
The "Dirty Work" of Sewer
Maintenance and Treatment
Members of MSD's Wastewater Collection and Wastewater Treatment Divisions were interviewed before, during and after tours of the Lick Run CSO facility and Mill Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. The NPR story's focus was on sewer inspectors, but MSD's environmental professionals do "dirty work" all through the collection and treatment processes. NPR's Jack Speer and Melissa Gray experienced the sewers firsthand; perhaps a little more detail is enough for you. (If not, you can contact us about a tour).
Mike’s complete article with photos can be found
|State Justice Institute Grant Program – FY2003 Scholarships And Technical Assistance|
This program provides financial support to judicial personnel who wish to attend advanced education programs. Grant funds may be used to pay for costs associated with outside judicial education programs, graduate education programs and other training that addresses priority topics established by the State Justice Institute.
full-time judges of state or local trial and appellate courts, court
managers, full-time professional, state or local court personnel with
management responsibilities, and supervisory and management probation
personnel in judicial branch probation offices.
A state or local court may receive a grant of up to
$30,000. A 50% match is
required for project grants.
For further information on these programs, please contact Cindy Weitlauf, Hamilton County Grants Coordinator. Her phone number is 513.946.4317.
it to Recycling!
|Once again fall has begun and the
leaves are starting to fall. When
you start raking your leaves, remember to dispose of them properly.
Rather than tossing your yardwaste in the garbage, protect the
environment by reducing the amount of solid waste going into local
landfills by recycling your leaves. If
the community you live in does not offer a regular yardwaste pickup, 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
Rumpke Sanitary Landfill, Struble Road and Colerain Ave. in
sites will be open until 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.
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.
a list of yardwaste drop-off rules, please visit www.hcdoes.org/sw/yarddrop.htm.
An even better alternative to yardwaste disposal is
composting. Composting is a
great way to recycle all types of yardwaste and save you time and money!
Compost, sometimes called humus, is an ideal mulch, potting soil
amendment, or top dressing for a flower bed or vegetable garden.
A compost pile naturally breaks down yardwaste into compost right
in your backyard, saving you the time and energy of bagging yardwaste,
storing it, and then hauling it to the curb or drop-off center.
The basics you need to start composting include a
3-ft. x 3-ft. x 3-ft. space, a bin, and the materials to compost.
A bin is recommended, but not essential.
It provides a more attractive, controlled environment to contain
the materials. You can make
your own bin of wire, bricks, or wood, or you can purchase a bin at select
lawn and garden stores.
Items you can compost include leaves, plants, coffee
grounds, tea bags, grass, flowers, pine needles, wood chips, shredded
newspaper, bread and more! Do
not compost oils, fats, grease, bone, meat, salad dressing, diseased
plants or weeds, butter or dairy products or cat or dog manure. These items can attract rodents and raccoons and cause odors
in your compost pile.
There are a variety of uses for your finished
compost. Annual use of
compost will eventually reduce the need for fertilizer.
Compost produced through the organic processes of a compost pile is
ideal for gardens, flower beds, household plants, and trees.
Gardeners recommend using compost as a mulch or mixing it into top
soil as a soil amendment.
For more information on composting or yardwaste,
please call 513.946.7755 to request your free copy of our Yardwaste at
Home Handbook, or visit www.hcdoes.org.