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Butler County airport to get $2.3 million revamp
 Taking advantage of federal and state funding, county commissioners will make about $2.3 million worth upgrades at the Butler County airport. Airport Administrator Ron Davis said they have to go out for bids first — the commissioners approved that this week — but they should qualify for a $1.8 million FAA grant to finish reconstructing...

3:45 PM Friday, Jun. 16, 2017

Taking advantage of federal and state funding, county commissioners will make about $2.3 million worth upgrades at the Butler County airport. Airport Administrator Ron Davis said they have to go out for bids first — the commissioners approved that this week — but they should qualify for a $1.8 million FAA grant to finish reconstructing...
Officials: New Butler County programs to break employment barriers
 New programs at Butler County Job and Family Services are aimed at helping people on public assistance break down barriers to employment. Several months ago the commissioners put on hold a $1.75 million renewal contract with Community Behavioral Health because the employment situation has changed dramatically since they first entered the...

1:40 PM Friday, Jun. 16, 2017

New programs at Butler County Job and Family Services are aimed at helping people on public assistance break down barriers to employment. Several months ago the commissioners put on hold a $1.75 million renewal contract with Community Behavioral Health because the employment situation has changed dramatically since they first entered the...
Liberty Twp.’s next fire chief likely from outside Butler County
 Liberty Twp. trustees say they need a second interview with three finalists for fire chief but at this point don’t need to interview any other candidates. Nineteen people applied to replace longtime Fire Chief Paul Stumpf, who plans to retire in September. MORE: Liberty Twp. fire levy timing divides trustees Of the 19 applicants, only...

4:30 PM Wednesday, Jun. 14, 2017

Liberty Twp. trustees say they need a second interview with three finalists for fire chief but at this point don’t need to interview any other candidates. Nineteen people applied to replace longtime Fire Chief Paul Stumpf, who plans to retire in September. MORE: Liberty Twp. fire levy timing divides trustees Of the 19 applicants, only...
West Chester puts temporary ban on medical marijuana businesses
 Medical marijuana operations won’t be allowed in West Chester Twp. for at least six months after trustees enacted a temporary ban on the state-sanctioned businesses. Trustees have hesitated on issuing a temporary ban — similar to what several other Butler County communities have done — because they said they wanted to see...

2:23 PM Wednesday, Jun. 14, 2017

Medical marijuana operations won’t be allowed in West Chester Twp. for at least six months after trustees enacted a temporary ban on the state-sanctioned businesses. Trustees have hesitated on issuing a temporary ban — similar to what several other Butler County communities have done — because they said they wanted to see...
Butler County spending plan $3.3 million over budget
 Butler County will need to cut about $3.3 million out of the 2018 tax budget to get to a structurally balanced $96 million operational budget. The county commissioners got a first glimpse Monday of where revenues are expected to come in next year and how much the various office holders and how much department heads want to spend. Finance...

1:57 PM Monday, Jun. 12, 2017

Butler County will need to cut about $3.3 million out of the 2018 tax budget to get to a structurally balanced $96 million operational budget. The county commissioners got a first glimpse Monday of where revenues are expected to come in next year and how much the various office holders and how much department heads want to spend. Finance...
Liberty Twp. fire department rallies around one of their own
 Liberty Twp. Fire Chief Paul Stumpf and others on the fire department are pooling some of their unused sick and vacation time to help out a fellow firefighter/medic who has run out of sick days. Stumpf and Captain Jim Limerick have each turned over a total of 160 hours of sick and vacation time so one of their own won’t be out any money...

11:30 AM Friday, Jun. 09, 2017

Liberty Twp. Fire Chief Paul Stumpf and others on the fire department are pooling some of their unused sick and vacation time to help out a fellow firefighter/medic who has run out of sick days. Stumpf and Captain Jim Limerick have each turned over a total of 160 hours of sick and vacation time so one of their own won’t be out any money...
Liberty Twp. leader resigns with $18K payout
 Saying “it just wasn’t the right fit,” Liberty Twp. trustees offered a monetary separation agreement to former Assistant Administrator Melanie Hermes. When Hermes resigned, trustees agreed to pay her $18,255, which is eight weeks worth of pay and 177 unused vacation hours. She made $78,354 annually. Trustee Steve Schramm...

2:18 PM Wednesday, Jun. 07, 2017

Saying “it just wasn’t the right fit,” Liberty Twp. trustees offered a monetary separation agreement to former Assistant Administrator Melanie Hermes. When Hermes resigned, trustees agreed to pay her $18,255, which is eight weeks worth of pay and 177 unused vacation hours. She made $78,354 annually. Trustee Steve Schramm...
Butler County gets federal money to fight opiate epidemic
 A new federal grant will allow Butler County to expand its battle against the opiate epidemic, but officials said a levy is likely needed to sustain the fight. The Butler County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Services Board will receive $660,000 from the 21st Century Cures Act. The local board plans to create a county-wide quick response...

3:40 PM Tuesday, Jun. 06, 2017

A new federal grant will allow Butler County to expand its battle against the opiate epidemic, but officials said a levy is likely needed to sustain the fight. The Butler County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Services Board will receive $660,000 from the 21st Century Cures Act. The local board plans to create a county-wide quick response...
Who should pay for Liberty Way, I-75 traffic fixes
 Butler County has taken another step toward improving traffic in the Liberty Way and Interstate 75 interchange, awarding a $1 million contract for a consultant can determine phase one of the project. The exact plans for the interchange modification are uncertain at this stage, hence the need to pay a consultant $924,311, according to Dale...

3:03 PM Monday, Jun. 05, 2017

Butler County has taken another step toward improving traffic in the Liberty Way and Interstate 75 interchange, awarding a $1 million contract for a consultant can determine phase one of the project. The exact plans for the interchange modification are uncertain at this stage, hence the need to pay a consultant $924,311, according to Dale...
Butler County historic courthouse upgrades estimated at $10M
 With the repairs on the Soldiers Sailors and Pioneers Monument complete, Butler County commissioners will turn their attention back to restoration of the historic courthouse. It is time to reconvene the courthouse restoration committee because the 127-year-old building in downtown Hamilton needs a lot of work, according to Commissioner Cindy...

4:42 PM Friday, Jun. 02, 2017

With the repairs on the Soldiers Sailors and Pioneers Monument complete, Butler County commissioners will turn their attention back to restoration of the historic courthouse. It is time to reconvene the courthouse restoration committee because the 127-year-old building in downtown Hamilton needs a lot of work, according to Commissioner Cindy...
West Chester Twp. administrator resigns
 West Chester Twp. Administrator Judi Boyko has announced her resignation from West Chester to accept a new position as Hamilton County assistant administrator. “It has been my greatest professional joy and privilege to work for West Chester Twp. as a member of an extraordinary team of elected officials, stakeholders including residents...

6:17 PM Thursday, Jun. 01, 2017

West Chester Twp. Administrator Judi Boyko has announced her resignation from West Chester to accept a new position as Hamilton County assistant administrator. “It has been my greatest professional joy and privilege to work for West Chester Twp. as a member of an extraordinary team of elected officials, stakeholders including residents...
Restored Butler County monument may soon re-open to public
 Now that “Billy Yank” has a restored home atop his shiny new copper roof on the Soldiers Sailors and Pioneers monument in downtown Hamilton, the Butler County Historical Society is hoping to re-open the building to the public. Kathy Creighton, the society’s executive director, said plans haven’t been finalized yet...

12:40 AM Wednesday, May. 31, 2017

Now that “Billy Yank” has a restored home atop his shiny new copper roof on the Soldiers Sailors and Pioneers monument in downtown Hamilton, the Butler County Historical Society is hoping to re-open the building to the public. Kathy Creighton, the society’s executive director, said plans haven’t been finalized yet...
Ohio Means Jobs program has new look
 Help for job seekers within the Workforce Investment Board here might have suffered if Butler, Clermont and Warren counties hadn’t won the bid to keep providing the services. Bill Morrison, interim executive director for Butler County Job and Family Services, said the Ohio Means Jobs offices in the three counties would have closed if...

8:23 PM Tuesday, May. 30, 2017

Help for job seekers within the Workforce Investment Board here might have suffered if Butler, Clermont and Warren counties hadn’t won the bid to keep providing the services. Bill Morrison, interim executive director for Butler County Job and Family Services, said the Ohio Means Jobs offices in the three counties would have closed if...
West Chester may be site of medical marijuana grow operation
 A West Chester Twp. business owner has informed officials he wants to open a marijuana cultivation business here, but says he won’t force the issue if the township decides to ban such businesses. David Haley told trustees Tuesday that he wants to locate in the township because he already owns a pharmaceutical business here and thinks...

5:05 PM Wednesday, May. 24, 2017

A West Chester Twp. business owner has informed officials he wants to open a marijuana cultivation business here, but says he won’t force the issue if the township decides to ban such businesses. David Haley told trustees Tuesday that he wants to locate in the township because he already owns a pharmaceutical business here and thinks...
Loose ends need tying in New Miami speed camera case
 The village of New Miami has asked the 12th District Court of Appeals to send the speed camera case back to Judge Michael Oster so he can explicitly rule speeders must be repaid more than $3 million, interest and other issues. Oster ruled in February that the village is on the hook for all tickets paid under the unconstitutional speed camera...

10:00 AM Wednesday, May. 24, 2017

The village of New Miami has asked the 12th District Court of Appeals to send the speed camera case back to Judge Michael Oster so he can explicitly rule speeders must be repaid more than $3 million, interest and other issues. Oster ruled in February that the village is on the hook for all tickets paid under the unconstitutional speed camera...
West Chester to debate medical pot regulations
 West Chester Twp. could be the latest of a growing number of Butler County communities to put restrictions on the new medical marijuana businesses the state has sanctioned. The trustees plan to debate the issue tonight at their regular meeting. Trustee George Lang remains steadfast in his belief any action at this time is premature since...

6:31 PM Tuesday, May. 23, 2017

West Chester Twp. could be the latest of a growing number of Butler County communities to put restrictions on the new medical marijuana businesses the state has sanctioned. The trustees plan to debate the issue tonight at their regular meeting. Trustee George Lang remains steadfast in his belief any action at this time is premature since...
Butler County-run nursing home sees $1M in cost savings, revenues
 Changes at the Butler County Care Facility are bringing about cost savings and increased revenues of almost $1 million, according to a county official. In December, commissioners had to loan another $225,000 to the facility so payroll could be met through the end of 2016. That brought the Care Facility’s outstanding bill up to $750...

5:18 PM Monday, May. 22, 2017

Changes at the Butler County Care Facility are bringing about cost savings and increased revenues of almost $1 million, according to a county official. In December, commissioners had to loan another $225,000 to the facility so payroll could be met through the end of 2016. That brought the Care Facility’s outstanding bill up to $750...
Butler County judge honored by lawyers association
 Noah Powers loves being a judge on the Butler County Common Pleas Court and there is a group of trial lawyers who showed him recently they are glad he is there. Powers is the presiding judge on the court he has been a member of for 10 years and the Miami Valley Trial Lawyers Association bestowed on him the George J. Gounaris Award for judicial...

1:00 PM Saturday, May. 20, 2017

Noah Powers loves being a judge on the Butler County Common Pleas Court and there is a group of trial lawyers who showed him recently they are glad he is there. Powers is the presiding judge on the court he has been a member of for 10 years and the Miami Valley Trial Lawyers Association bestowed on him the George J. Gounaris Award for judicial...
Ross Twp. trustees protect schools from revenue loss
 The Ross Twp. trustees have ensured the schools will be made whole when the tax increment financing district becomes operational for the new UDF store downtown. Two identical agreements, one for the Ross Local School District and another for Butler Tech, were passed Thursday. Township Administrator Bob Bass said they won’t know how...

4:17 PM Friday, May. 19, 2017

The Ross Twp. trustees have ensured the schools will be made whole when the tax increment financing district becomes operational for the new UDF store downtown. Two identical agreements, one for the Ross Local School District and another for Butler Tech, were passed Thursday. Township Administrator Bob Bass said they won’t know how...
Hamilton annexation case: Ohio Supreme Court orders settlement
 Other Butler County townships say they may consider joining a lawsuit seeking 12 years of taxes after the Ohio Supreme Court ordered the city of Hamilton and St. Clair Twp. to settle. The cash-strapped township sued Hamilton, saying it wants taxes repaid that were lost due to annexations over the years. FIRST REPORT: Hamilton sued over annexations...

2:49 PM Thursday, May. 18, 2017

Other Butler County townships say they may consider joining a lawsuit seeking 12 years of taxes after the Ohio Supreme Court ordered the city of Hamilton and St. Clair Twp. to settle. The cash-strapped township sued Hamilton, saying it wants taxes repaid that were lost due to annexations over the years. FIRST REPORT: Hamilton sued over annexations...
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