Clermont County Ohio
March 2016
New industrial park will bring 3,500+ jobs 
South Afton Commerce Park to be
built in Williamsburg Township

Clermont County's private sector jobs and payroll will grow significantly over the next 10 years as the South Afton Commerce Park, a 242-acre industrial park in Williamsburg Township, is developed. More than 3,500 jobs are expected to be created throughout the buildout, according to a UC Economics Center study.

The Clermont County CIC announced on Feb. 1 that it had purchased the property at State Route 32 and Half Acre Road for $4.9 million. This makes South Afton one of the largest industrial parks in Greater Cincinnati, which has been hurt by a lack of available sites for manufacturing companies.

"With this land, we will be able to offer manufacturers both inside and outside Clermont County a prime location," said Commissioner Bob Proud, President of the Board of County Commissioners.

Early voting open
Clermont County registered voters can cast their vote early for Ohio's March 15 primary election at the Clermont County Board of Elections. Times:

8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Monday-Friday this week
8 a.m.-4 p.m.  Saturday, March 5
8 a.m.-7 p.m.  Monday, March 7-Friday, March 11
8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 12
1-5 p.m. Sunday, March 13
8 a.m.-2 p.m.  Monday, March 14

The Board of Elections is located at 76 S. Riverside Drive, Batavia. 

Board of Elections website 
BCC session goes on the road

The Board of County Commissioners held session Feb. 19 at SEM Haven in Milford, where Commissioner Ed Humphrey is undergoing rehabilitation. Commissioner Humphrey was in an automobile accident in December. He is flanked by Commissioners David Uible and Bob Proud. Many thanks to SEM Haven for hosting us that day!
Pancakes in the Park March 12
Clermont County Park District will host its annual Pancakes in the Park event 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 12, at Pattison Park.

Come out and enjoy a pancake breakfast with pure maple syrup. And while you're there, check out the evaporator in the sugar shack and see how sap is transformed into syrup. This is a great event for children (of all ages!).

For more information, including ticket prices (kids 5 and under are free), call 513-732-2977 or visit the Park District website at
News from around the county
Severe Weather Week March 20-26

Although spring hasn't quite sprung yet in Ohio, it is right around the corner. Springtime brings an increased risk for storms and flooding in Clermont County. This year the Ohio Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 20-26. This is a good time to review safety plans for flooding, tornadoes, and strong thunderstorms that occur in the spring and summer.

Check out for more information about Ohio Severe Weather Awareness Week, weather information links, and resources to help you better prepare for severe weather.

Clermont County kids can also go here to find out how to participate in the 2016 Severe Weather Safety Poster Contest. Deadline for poster entries is April 16.

WANT TO QUIT SMOKING? To tackle one of the biggest public health issues in the county, Clermont County Public Health now has a certified tobacco cessation specialist. The specialist is taking appointments for consultations, where an individualized plan to quit will be developed. For more information, call 513-735-8400.

IF YOU ARE TRAVELING ABROAD: Did you know that Clermont County Public Health offers the necessary immunizations for travelers visiting other countries? For the best protection from disease, most immunizations must be received well before traveling. Call 513-735-8400 for more information, or to schedule your immunizations.

NEED HELP WITH GAMBLING? If you or a loved one needs help with problem gambling, Ohio has funding set aside to pay for treatment for gambling addiction. For a referral to help anywhere in Ohio, call the Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-589-9966. The helpline can also assist with housing, food, clothing or legal issues. For help in Clermont County, call the Clermont Recovery Center, a division of Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services, at 513-735-8100.

SAY GOODBYE TO ROMAIN: After 30 years of helping Clermont County residents find information about property, Romain Walker will retire from the Recorder's Office on March 25. "If you have done business with the office or have been around Clermont County Government for a while you no doubt have met Romain," said Recorder Deborah Clepper. "He greets everyone with a smile and will go above and beyond to make sure the customer gets the information they are searching for. He has received many acknowledgements and letters of thanks over the years from customers for his excellent service. He will be greatly missed."

A reception in his honor will be held at the Recorder's Office, 101 E. Main St., Batavia, first floor, from 1-3:30 p.m. March 25. Come by to the Recorder's Office to wish Romain a happy retirement.

COMING TO THE LIBRARY: Clermont County Public Library will offer a variety of programs in March:
  • Take a trip down memory lane with the songs of Rosemary Clooney and Doris Day at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 19, Williamsburg Library
  • Learn the art of storytelling at the Storytelling Festival, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 19, New Richmond Library
  • Learn more about the food of Findlay Market at the Kitchen Reader Cookbook Club, 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 21, Union Township Library
  • Learn about opera and the singers at My First Opera at 6 p.m. Monday, March 28, Amelia Library
UC SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER: UC Clermont will hold the Red & Black Revue Fundraiser to support student scholarships, library renovations and a new fine arts classroom on April 5 at Eastgate Holiday Inn & Suites. UC President Santa Ono is the guest of honor. More information can be found here.
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