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City receives recognition from International Economic Development Council

The City of Hamilton, The Hamilton Mill, and Jeffrey Thurman recently accepted awards for their economic development efforts in Hamilton from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most  influential leaders. These awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities.

The City of Hamilton received the Gold Excellence in Economic Development award from IEDC for the Initiative Update in the General Purpose Print Brochure category for communities with a population between 25,000 to 200,000. The Initiative Update highlights the City’s major projects and provides information on cost and timeline. View the 2015 Initiative Update here.

The City also received two Silver and two Bronze Excellence in Economic Development awards for communities with a population between 25,000 to 200,000. The first Silver award is in the Public-Private Partnership category for the City’s partnership with the Hamilton CORE Fund. The partnership is aimed at revitalizing Hamilton’s urban core. The second Silver award is for Downtown Developers Day in the Special Event category. The event, which occurred in September 2014, brought developers into downtown Hamilton to discuss development opportunities.

The first Bronze award is for the City of Hamilton Data Center Brochure in the Special Purpose Print Brochure category. It is a marketing piece aimed at leveraging the City’s utility resources to attract the data center industry to the community. The second Bronze award is for the Economic Development e-Newsletter in the Newsletter category.

The Hamilton Mill received the Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for communities with a population between 25,000 to 200,000 for the business incubator’s new website in the Special Purpose Website category. The new website was part of their overall reinvention into Southwestern Ohio’s small business incubator for green, clean, water, digital and advanced manufacturing technologies. View The Hamilton Mill website here.

Jeffrey Thurman, President & CEO of Community First Solutions, received one of the most significant awards that IEDC bestows. Mr. Thurman received the Citizen Leadership Award, which is given to a community or business leader who is not an economic development practitioner, but has played a key leadership role in influencing economic development.

Mr. Thurman has been an active participant in the economic development efforts of Hamilton for the past 36 years. In addition to building one of Hamilton’s largest companies, he founded Leadership Hamilton in 1992 in an effort to sustain the city’s vitality.

The program educates emerging leaders on relevant community issues, expands their networks, and mobilizes leadership. The program has evolved and grown, boasting more than 600 graduates to date, many of whom hold esteemed positions in the community today. Mr. Thurman is also a key participant in city projects such as Hamilton’s Downtown Developer Day and the We Are Hamilton video.

Mr. Thurman chaired the Government Services Building Task Force as the city and county worked together to build a new government services center in the early 2000s. He is also the past chairs of the Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and Hamilton Rotary Club. He has also served on the boards of Butler County United Way, Great Miami Valley YMCA, Boys & Girls Club of Hamilton, and The Center for Family Solutions. Today he is an active member of the Downtown Improvement District (SID), Board Member & past Chair of Leading Age Ohio Foundation, and Board Member of Ohio State University Core of Knowledge.

Community First Solutions supports a four-county area in Ohio, serving 46,000 individuals annually, and, is the city of Hamilton’s second largest private employer with 700 employees. Under Mr. Thurman’s leadership, Community First Solutions has made $75 million in capital investments within the community. He recently led the effort to relocate the company headquarters to downtown Hamilton. The company just celebrated the ribbon cutting on the $5.88 million rehabilitation of a historic building into the new Community First Solutions Resource Center. This investment is a critical contribution to the revitalization of downtown Hamilton.

The IEDC honors were presented at an awards ceremony on Monday, October 5, during the IEDC Annual Conference which was held in Anchorage, Alaska.

“Hamilton has won multiple awards each of the last three years, which is significant because it validates our economic development strategy. And it is such an honor to have an individual from our community win the Citizen Leadership award. Congratulations to Jeff Thurman,” Hamilton City Manager Joshua Smith stated.

South Hamilton Crossing Overpass Project Receives Additional $3.75 Million From OKI

The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) has awarded the South Hamilton Crossing  overpass project $3.75 million from the Federal Surface Transportation Program. OKI is a council of local governments, business organizations and community groups committed to developing collaborative strategies to improve the quality of life and the economic vitality of the region.
This $3.75 million allocation is in addition to the $2.45 million OKI has already awarded the project.  The South Hamilton Crossing (SHX) project will improve transportation in the City of Hamilton and the region. SHX will replace an existing at-grade railroad crossing with a railroad overpass created by extending Grand Boulevard to the west. The Butler County Transportation Improvement District (TID) applied for the funding this year in partnership with the City of Hamilton.
Rendering of South Hamilton Crossing
In addition to the $6.2 million from OKI, SHX has received $10 million in funding from the State of Ohio, $500,000 from the Butler County TID, $100,000 from the Butler County Engineer’s Office, and funds from the railroad. The City of Hamilton anticipates contributing approximately half of the cost of the project. The total project cost is estimated to be $29 million.
Currently, there is only one existing grade-separated crossing that permits east-west flow through the City of Hamilton (Jack Kirsch Underpass). This project is expected to greatly improve connectivity, reduce drive times, and increase safety. Currently, 56 trains travel through the existing crossing daily, blocking the crossing 15.3% of the time.
SHX is anticipated to have especially important benefits to Vora Technology Park, University Commerce Park, and Miami University-Hamilton, as it greatly improves transit access to these areas.
“OKI’s support of the South Hamilton Crossing project is crucial to its success and illustrates how important the overpass is to our regional transit network,” stated City Manager Joshua Smith. “SHX is very important for both safety and economic reasons. With the recent announcement that Barclaycard is opening a 1,500 person facility at Vora Technology Park, the need for better access to the area is more important now than ever. OKI continues to be a tremendous partner in our efforts to improve our transportation network and we are very grateful for OKI’s support. We are also very grateful for the Butler County TID. Without the leadership of Dave Spinney and the TID member board, we could not complete this project.”
The City of Hamilton began right-of-way acquisition for the project in February 2014 and construction is anticipated to start March 2016. The project is expected to be complete in mid-2018. There are records of plans for South Hamilton Crossing dating back to 1911.
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Hamilton Utilities issues Peak Power Alert and asks for customer cooperation to trim electric bills

Beginning today, Tuesday, September 1, through Thursday, September 3, temperatures are forecasted to be some of the hottest of the year in Hamilton and across the eastern United States. In anticipation of high electric demand and prices during this period, Hamilton Utilities has issued a Peak Power Alert to help its customers save money on their electric bills.

The Hamilton Electric System does not expect power interruptions during these peak days; the Peak Power Alert is issued strictly as a means to assist customers in saving money. By voluntarily conserving energy from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday (9/1/15) through Thursday (9/3/15) this week, customers can help lower the City’s peak demand to keep electric rates low for everyone.

Director of Public Utilities Doug Childs said, “As a non-profit, consumer-owned organization, it’s our responsibility to let customers know when we see higher-than-normal prices so they can take actions to minimize the financial impact on their electric bills. Hamilton Utilities’ electric rates are designed to cover the cost of providing service.  By working together to reduce electric use on high-cost days like those forecasted this week, our consumer-owners can help reduce the impacts on their electric bills.”

“The Hamilton Electric System is a member of the PJM Interconnection, the regional electric transmission organization that manages the electric grid,” explained Director of Electric Kevin Maynard. “Per PJM rules, the City’s electric costs are in part based on how much electricity the City uses during peak summer days. Forecasts project that Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week have a high likelihood of being peak days in 2015. Reducing the City’s electric use during peak days will help to keep our electric rates stable and among the lowest in the region.”

Mr. Maynard offered the following easy ways customers can help reduce peak electric demands:

  • Set air conditioner thermostats to 78 degrees. Some central cooling systems allow you to use the unit’s blower fan to circulate air in your home or business without running the power-intensive air conditioner compressor.
  • Use fans, including ceiling fans, to circulate air in your home or business.
  • Draw shades and blinds to prevent the sun from adding heat to your home or office.
    Use outdoor grills or microwave ovens instead of ranges and ovens, or go out to eat tonight!
  • Turn off any unnecessary lights.
  • Water lawns, gardens and landscaping before 2 p.m., after 7 p.m., or on weekends.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible.
  • Use clothes washers and dryers before 2 p.m., after 7 p.m., or on weekends.
  • Run dishwashers before 2 p.m. or after 7 p.m.
  • Set automatic dehumidifiers to their highest settings or turn them off between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“A good rule of thumb is: ‘If you’re not using it, turn it off.’  This includes lights, televisions, stereos and computers,” Maynard added.

Customers are encouraged to check the local media for Peak Power Alerts from June through September. Anyone with questions can contact Lauren Gersbach at 513-785-7278.

The City of Hamilton owns and operates all four of the primary utilities in the City, including electric (generation, transmission and distribution), natural gas (distribution), water (treatment and distribution), and water reclamation (collection and treatment) systems. The City continues to be one of the lowest cost providers of all utility services in the Region and the State.

New garbage day policies take effect Aug. 1

Hamilton residents will no longer be able to put out piles of garbage on trash day, beginning August 1.

The City has adopted a cart contents only policy, and beginning next month will require residents to place all trash inside a City- or Rumpke-issued trash container for disposal.  The City will still allow for the exception of two large items per week placed outside the curb, but residents must call Rumpke at 1-800-582-3107 FREE to schedule collection.

Residents who fail to prepare their trash correctly will not be serviced.

“We want to create a clean, unified look for trash day,” said Richard Engle, Public Works Director. “Rumpke and the City have been working to educate residents about the new trash set-out guidelines since March in hopes of smooth implementation.”

Earlier this year, all Hamilton households were provided with City-issued trash carts.

Residents were sent a mailer as well as a utility bill insert reminding residents about how to prepare trash for collection. Additionally, Rumpke’s team is labeling containers with stickers to remind residents who place trash outside of their cart about the new trash guidelines.

“We hope the new system will make residents think about the amount of trash disposed and divert more recyclables,” Engle said.

Engle added that if residents haven’t received their replacement City-issued cart by August 1, Rumpke will still collect trash in current container until the new cart is delivered.

To learn more about Hamilton’s new trash set out guidelines, please visitwww.hamilton-city.org.

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How to save energy during this heat wave

With some of the hottest temperatures of the year forecast in Hamilton and across the eastern United States through Thursday, Hamilton Utilities has issued a Peak Power Alert to help its customers save money on their electric bills.

The Hamilton Electric System does not expect power interruptions during these peak days; the Peak Power Alert is issued strictly as a means to assist customers in saving money. By voluntarily conserving energy from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. through Thursday this week, customers can help lower the City’s peak demand to keep electric rates low for everyone.

Director of Public Utilities Doug Childs said, “As a non-profit, consumer-owned organization, it’s our responsibility to let customers know when we see higher-than-normal prices so they can take actions to minimize the financial impact on their electric bills. Hamilton Utilities’ electric rates are designed to cover the cost of providing service.  By working together to reduce electric use on high-cost days like those forecasted this week, our consumer-owners can help reduce the impacts on their electric bills.”

“The Hamilton Electric System is a member of the PJM Interconnection, the regional electric transmission organization that manages the electric grid,” explained Director of Electric Kevin Maynard. “Per PJM rules, the City’s electric costs are in part based on how much electricity the City uses during peak summer days. Forecasts project that Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week have a high likelihood of being peak days in 2015. Reducing the City’s electric use during peak days will help to keep our electric rates stable and among the lowest in the region.”

Mr. Maynard offered the following easy ways customers can help reduce peak electric demands:
  • Set air conditioner thermostats to 78 degrees. Some central cooling systems allow you to use the unit’s blower fan to circulate air in your home or business without running the power-intensive air conditioner compressor.
  • Use fans, including ceiling fans, to circulate air in your home or business.
  • Draw shades and blinds to prevent the sun from adding heat to your home or office.
  • Use outdoor grills or microwave ovens instead of ranges and ovens, or go out to eat tonight!
  • Turn off any unnecessary lights.
  • Water lawns, gardens and landscaping before 2 p.m., after 7 p.m., or on weekends.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible.
  • Use clothes washers and dryers before 2 p.m., after 7 p.m., or on weekends.
  • Run dishwashers before 2 p.m. or after 7 p.m.
  • Set automatic dehumidifiers to their highest settings or turn them off between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“A good rule of thumb is: ‘If you’re not using it, turn it off.’  This includes lights, televisions, stereos and computers,” Maynard added.

Customers are encouraged to check the local media for Peak Power Alerts from June through September. Anyone with questions can contact Lauren Gersbach at 513-785-7278.


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About those trash carts you’ve been expecting…

This just in from City Hall:

We know many of you have requested a trash cart exchange and have been waiting on the delivery of the 35-gallon cart.  The order for those carts was placed during the first week of June and at that time the delivery was only 3 weeks.  We were recently informed there was a delay at the manufacturer and they likely won’t be in until the end of July.  Please be assured if you requested a cart exchange and your 96-gallon cart was picked up, you are on the list to receive a 35-gallon cart.  Once received by Rumpke, smaller cart deliveries should begin immediately.

We know there are also residents who have reported lost or stolen carts.  The delivery of your 96-gallon replacement cart should occur by the end of July as well.  Rumpke has been forwarded the list of those addresses requesting a 35-gallon cart or have reported a lost/stolen cart.  If you have one of the two circumstances and do not have a City-issued trash cart by August 1, Rumpke will continue to service your residence until your cart is delivered. 

Thank you for your patience during this transition.  


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More Kudos for Hamilton Water

On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at the Regular Meeting of Hamilton City Council, the City of Hamilton was presented with a “certificate of recognition” by the Ohio EPA.  This certificate recognizes the Hamilton Water System for exceptional implementation of drinking water source protection strategies, since the initiation of its endorsed program, in 1998.

Source Water Protection is a federal program, administered by Ohio EPA, to assist public water systems like Hamilton’s to protect their source of drinking water.  The Hamilton Water System’s drinking water source is groundwater, which is pumped from the Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer.

The City of Hamilton has owned and operated its water system since 1884 and been involved with source water protection for almost 50 years, as a member of the Hamilton to New Baltimore Ground Water Consortium.  The Consortium, established in 1967, was originally focused on water quantity issues; however, in 1980, it began actively examining ground water quality issues as well.

In 1991, the Consortium, comprised of seven major public, private and industrial ground water producers in southern Butler and northern Hamilton Counties, began working on a joint ground water protection program, known as the Source Water Protection Program.  The Hamilton Water System and the Consortium have implemented innovative source water protection strategies that have evolved with its Source Water Protection Program.

Some of the most notable protective strategies the City and the Consortium have been involved in include:

  • Water Sampling – The Ohio EPA requires regular water sampling to ensure drinking water safety.  The City conducted well water quality sampling in 2014 and test results of water samples collected were below maximum contaminant levels established by the US EPA.
  • Public Education and Outreach – The City and the Consortium annually lead or participate in a number of public activities, including the Butler County Children’s Water Festival, Great Miami River Clean Sweep, and Earth Day celebrations, as well as displays at the Butler County Fair and local business expos.  The Consortium Manager, along with representatives of the Consortium members, also makes presentations to local schools, civic groups and public officials.
  • Collaboration with Other Local Governments and Organizations- The Consortium is made up of public members (City of Hamilton, City of Fairfield, Butler County Water and Sewer, Southwest Regional Water District, Greater Cincinnati Water Works), private members (Southwestern Ohio Water Company and  MillerCoors).  All members share in the operational expenses of the Consortium and are represented on the Board and committees.

For more information on the Consortium, go to the following website:www.gwconsortium.org.

As a further testimony to the quality of the Hamilton Water System, the City was awarded the GOLD MEDAL for the “Best Tasting Tap Water in the World” from the 25th Annual Berkeley Spring International Water Tasting, which was held on February 19-22, 2015, in Berkeley Springs, WV.  This marks the second time that Hamilton has won this prestigious and highly coveted award within the last five years.  The City of Hamilton previously won the 2010 GOLD MEDAL as the Best Tasting Tap Water in the World and the 2009 SILVER MEDAL as the Second Best Tasting Tap Water in the World and the Best Tasting Tap Water in the U.S.  Additionally, Hamilton has won numerous other tasting awards in the past, for its tap water, including the 2012, 2013 and 2014 “Best of the Best” award, by the Ohio Section of the American Water Works Association, for the best tasting tap water in Ohio.

John Bui, Water Production Superintendent for the City of Hamilton, credited the tremendous effort and hard work of the Consortium, the support of the City Administration, and Water Production personnel for this honor.  “The City and Consortium along with the entire Water Department staff are to be congratulated for their efforts in receiving this ‘certificate of recognition’ from the Ohio EPA.  Our staff works tirelessly to produce the highest quality and finest tasting water for our customers.  And this certificate is a fitting acknowledgment of that effort,” Bui said.

The City of Hamilton owns and operates all four of the primary utilities in the City, including electric (generation, transmission and distribution), natural gas (distribution), water (treatment and distribution) and water reclamation (collection and treatment) systems.  The City continues to be one of the lowest cost providers of all utility services in the Region and the State.

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Support Your Local Trees, Join the Board

The City of Hamilton Tree Advisory Board is seeking volunteers to fill two seats opening on the Board later this summer. Each position is a three-year term beginning September 2015 and ending August 31, 2018. The Board administers regular and special meetings at which the citizens of the City may discuss the subject of the City’s trees. Regular meetings are held the second Thursday of every month at 6:30 PM in the Council Chambers at 345 High Street, Hamilton, Ohio, 45011.

The Board also has a key focus to meet four key criteria to apply for the Tree City USA designation as directed by the National Arbor Day Foundation of Nebraska City, Nebraska. The Tree City USA is a designation the City has proudly held since 2004. The criteria include:

  • A tree board that meets at least 8 times a year.
  • An Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
  • A comprehensive tree ordinance.
  • A community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita.

Anyone wishing to submit their name in nomination for a position on the Board should contact Mark Murray atmurraym@hamilton-oh.gov.

You can learn more about the Tree Board here.


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Action Requested for Annual Action Plan Update

 

CITY HALL –

The City of Hamilton annually receives federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

As a result, the City is required to prepare an Annual Action Plan every year to address the community development needs affecting low and moderate income residents of Hamilton.

Various community development projects in the city are funded in whole or in part with grants received from HUD.  These grants enable the City to provide decent affordable housing, economic development opportunities, neighborhood improvements, and community development services for the low and moderate income residents of Hamilton.

In order to update the Annual Action Plan the City is gathering citizen input in order to assess the needs of the community.  Your confidential input is extremely valuable and appreciated.  Please follow the link below and complete the survey to help us collect input on community needs:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q73Q7ZX

If you have any questions please contact John Creech, Department of Community Development at 513-785-7350 or email: creechj@ci.hamilton.oh.us
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Telephone Pole Survey Underway

On Monday, June 1, 2015, the City of Hamilton, Department of Electric, and their consultant, Alden Systems, will begin a survey and condition assessment of the City’s electric utility poles.  Alden Systems will assess the condition of each wooden pole, note items such as missing access plates and exposed wiring on non-wooden poles, and identify electrical safety issues.  Information collected through the survey will allow the City to prioritize pole replacements and to address any issues identified during the survey.

The survey will include approximately 24,000 poles across the electric utility service area, and is expected to be complete by December 31, 2015.  Service to City electric consumers will not be impacted by the pole survey.

Additionally, Alden Systems staff will collect Global Positioning System (GPS) location data on each pole, attach identification numbers, photograph each pole, and record all pole attachments for use in the Electric Department’s Geographic Information System (GIS) and asset management system.

During the pole survey, Alden Systems representatives will work along streets and alleys and within the electric easements, including backyard electric easements. Survey vehicles will clearly display Alden Systems and City of Hamilton Contractor identification. Clothing worn by Alden Systems representatives will display the firm’s name and “Utility Inspection Contractor.” Alden Systems staff will also carry City of Hamilton Contractor cards for identification purposes.

Questions regarding the pole survey and assessment can be directed to Jim Bokeno, City Electrical Engineer, at 513-785-7223, or via email at bokenoj@ci.hamilton.oh.us.

Alden Systems representatives will begin pole survey work in the following areas:

  • The area bounded approximately by Hamilton-Richmond Road, Jesse Drive and Serenity Lane to the west, Beissinger Road to the north, Gardner Road to the east and Old Oxford Road to the south.
  • The area bounded approximately by Ohio Bypass 4 to the east and Rowe Court to the north, Homeward Way to the south, and Port Union Road to the west.
  • The area bounded approximately by Hamilton-New London Road to the west, Timberman Road to the south, and Warvel Road to the east. The northern boundary is the north portion of Forest Run Wildlife Preserve.

Survey progress can be monitored on an interactive map, beginning June 1, 2015, by selecting the following link:

http://cohohio.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=225ddb5aef764d718612beac561c4281.

The City of Hamilton owns and operates all four of the primary utilities in the City, including electric (generation, transmission and distribution), natural gas (distribution), water (treatment and distribution) and water reclamation (collection and treatment) systems.  The City continues to be one of the lowest cost providers of all utility services in the Region and the State.