Beginning in April the Hamilton County
Sheriff’s Office will end free patrol service in some townships. Sheriff
Simon Leis Jr. has said requiring townships to pay for the patrols is
how he is handling a $4 million budget cut ordered by county
commissioners. The cuts for mean that Leis will pull 22 of the 150 deputies currently assigned to patrol duties throughout Hamilton County.
Earlier this spring, former Colerain Township Clerk Kathy Mohr filed a complaint against Township Trustee Bernie Fiedeldey with the Ohio Ethics Commission, alleging he failed to disclose relationships with seasonal park employees and violated conflict-of-interest rules when the township awarded contracts for two construction projects.
I had an outside chance of wandering into a two-headed deer-cow hybrid that could fly. But I ventured onto the Fernald Preserve anyway. When I was growing up out in northwest Hamilton County, Fernald was like our own private Area 51 far away from Roswell, N.M. Now the former Fernald Uranium Processing Plant has gone from Super Fund cleanup site to a nature preserve complete with a refreshingly balanced and frank museum inside a $3 million visitors center.
Few people have a bigger impact on those they work with than teachers. I know that for certain now, as if I needed any further proof. On Dec. 7 I was invited to speak to a group of retired teachers from Colerain Elementary, where I attended kindergarten through sixth grade. Turns out a few in the group read my published writing and wanted me to share my experiences, as they put it, from Colerain Elementary to writing this illustrious column for CityBeat.