Hello, Hamilton County

-News for Hamilton County Citizens and Employees

September 20,2002


Health Alert:  Battling the West Nile Virus

Health Commissioner Tim Ingram asked for the public's help and the assistance of the County's field personnel in identifying standing water that can serve as a breeding ground for the virus-carrying mosquitoes.  He reported the first Hamilton County death from the West Nile Virus and, until the first killing frost, he is doing his best to protect the public by ridding all standing water that is not being circulated, treated, or replaced on a two to three day schedule.  Swimming pools that are not maintained, rain barrels, cans and tires left out of doorseven bird baths that are not regularly emptiedare all great mosquito breeding areas.  If the standing water is on public property, dump it.  If not, Tim asks that County field staff report any and all sightings of this type of standing water to him at 946-7843.

Check out where you'll want to be this weekend


And, here's a map showing where to park on Saturday




Calling All Amateur Photographers

The early stages of planning the 2003 County budget book have begun and the county is in need of your photos! We are looking for photos of Hamilton County scenery, events and employees at work to include in our budget documents.

While there is no prize or payment for your photos, you will be identified by name and department in the 2003 or future budget books. Your work may appear in the main budget book or the Budget in Brief. Both of these publications are also on the County's website. Keep in mind, all of the photos must be of locations within Hamilton County.

Please submit your photos or forward your electronic photo to Administrative Services attention, Lois Reynolds. Email photos to Lois.Reynolds@Hamilton-co.org   We would like all submissions by October 11. Your photo should be accompanied by a description of the location, date and activity depicted. We do not recommend photos of specific persons as a release may be required if they are readily identifiable and not a public figure.

HCBC Incubator Graduates Six Additional Businesses
On September 12 HCBC graduated its newest class of six businesses.  The Modal Shop, HCBCs largest graduate by revenues and employment to date,  (it specializes in acoustic measurement equipment, accelerometer calibration systems, structural testing equipment rental and a complete line of modal test accessories).

Two companies with strong ties to the University of Cincinnati:  MeasureNet Technologies (provides a high tech instrumentation network for laboratory data collection and analysis) and Animated Resolution (their rapid computer visualization and modeling make blue prints come to life with graphics); Diffused Gas, an entrepreneur who bought a division from an old employer and has made it work (they manufacturer and sell gas diffusers for wastewater treatment).  HCBCs first nonprofit graduate Recovery Link (provides managed care services to nonprofit alcohol and substance abuse providers in Hamilton County) and a strategic consulting firm made up of seasoned business owners and community leaders, Pathway Guidance (provides coaching to leaders in focusing on and pro-actively addressing company-specific strategic challenges and opportunities).


Its Ragweed Time Again! 


Have you been sneezing a lot lately? Have your eyes been itchy, red and teary?  Well, you may be suffering from allergies, particularly reacting to ragweed pollen. 

Ragweed is the most allergenic plant of North America and the number one cause of fall hay fever.  Ragweed plants produce billions of pollen grains that are easily caught by the wind and spread throughout the region. Ragweed is often found along river banks, in abandoned lots and unattended fields. 

Unfortunately for us, ragweed blooms from August to the first week in October, with September being the peak month of its season.  And, ragweed is most prevalent in the Midwest.  So this explains why youve been sniffling lately. 

To reduce exposure to ragweed pollen, avoid the outdoors between 5 a.m.-10 a.m. and also dry, hot windy days.  After being outdoors, it is best to shower and change clothing, as pollen can adhere to clothing, skin, and hair.  Pets can also bring pollen into your home.  Try to keep windows closed in the home and car as much as possible to keep allergens out. 

For more information about allergens affecting you, please call (513) 946-7747 to request a free copy of the Living with Allergies brochure or visit www.hcdoes.org to learn more about pollen and mold.

Play-by-Play:  The Construction News Update

Workers continue to make notable progress on all areas of Great American Ball Park. Following are some highlights.

        Contractors are moving forward with work on hot and cold-water systems, as well as on heaters and chillers.

        The Motz Group is continuing preparation work on the field. They are installing the sub grade drainage and irrigation systems. Crews will begin installing the turf at the end of the month.

        Painters are putting final coats on all finished areas of the ball park.

        Furniture installers are setting modular furniture in the administration building.

        The bullpens have been blacktopped and are ready to receive the artificial turf covering.

Hamilton County Volunteers at the Cincinnati Bengals Game

The Bengals may have lost the pre-season game, but that didn't stop a group of Hamilton County Volunteers from having a great time cheering on their team at the Cincinnati Bengals game on August 29th against the Atlanta Falcons. 

The Volunteers were invited to the game to thank them for the hours they contribute to Hamilton County.  Appreciation was shown by giving them the opportunity to enjoy the Cincinnati Bengals game from a Paul Brown Stadium Suite. 

Many thanks go out to the Hamilton County Volunteers for all of their time and dedication! 

From left to right:  John Burns, Kia Grant, Carol Cartwright, Mary Gaffney, and Sharon Morris.
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Thank you to everyone who contributed to this issue.  Kudos and special thanks to Eric Stuckey who graciously, but reluctantly, gave up the editorship.

Hello, Hamilton County is published twice monthly on the County's external and internal web pages.  It is intended to inform both residents and staff of Hamilton County.  If you have questions or suggestions for future editions, please contact Sharon Booker (946.4428) or Peter Hames (946.4432) in the County Administrator's office.