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Hello, Hamilton County

E-News for Hamilton County Residents and Staff

Providing the best and most responsive county government in America.

July 2005

www.hamilton-co.org

County receives six NACo Achievement Awards

Hamilton County is among the winners of the 2005 National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Achievement Awards.

NACo recently announced this year’s winners, who will be recognized the at the NACo Annual Conference and Expo- sition this month.

Hamilton County’s winners include,

Planning and Zoning 2030 Plan and Implementation Framework

Board of Mental Retardation and De- velopmental Disabilities Itinerant Support Team

Department of Environmental Services Turn the Key, Be Idle Free — South- western Ohio Anti-Idling Campaign

to other counties.

NACo presents a number of awards each year, believing counties are the government of the future. Awards are presented to county officials, their employees, and the counties. Appli- cations for the Achievement Award are typically available in late Novem- ber and are due back in the first week of February.

The annual Achievement Award Pro- gram is a non-competitive awards pro- gram which seeks to recognize innova- tive county government programs called County Model Programs.

Congratulations to our winners! Your innovative approach to county govern- ment makes Hamilton County a great place to work and reside.

The Achievement Awards Program gives national recognition to county accomplishments, and has enabled NACo to build a storehouse of county success stories that can be passed on

To learn more about NACo, visit www.naco.org.

Job and Family Services Children’s Services Emergency Hous- ing

Planning and Zoning Community Revitalization Initiative Stra- tegic Plan

Planning and Zoning The Planning Partnership

School buses ran cleaner during 2004-2005 school year

Submitted by: Sarah Dowers, Public Affairs Coordinator, Department of Environmental Services

The end of the 2004-2005 school year marked the conclusion of the “Cincinnati, Ohio School Bus Clean Diesel Retrofit Pro- gram.” The main goal of the program was to reduce school children’s exposure to diesel exhaust emissions, whether when riding on a school bus or when waiting in areas where buses are idling.

The program was made possible by a $120,000 grant from the United States Envi- ronmental Protection Agency to the Hamilton County Department of Environmental Ser-

vices’ (HCDOES) Air Quality Management Division. Through the grant, HCDOES was able to retrofit 34 school buses with clean exhaust technology and fuel 74 buses with biodiesel, a cleaner-burning alternative fuel. Another 55 buses will be retrofitted.

Pollution created by the emission of diesel particulate matter contributes the most sig- nificant health risk to the citizens of Hamil- ton County. Recent studies have confirmed that children riding on school buses are ex- posed to six times more diesel exhaust emis-

sions than outside the bus.

The retrofit program was implemented in cooperation with the Riggs Bus Company, Cincinnati Board of Education, Lykins Oil Company, Tri-State Alternative Fuels Coali- tion, and the Regional Ozone Coalition.

HCDOES is developing a similar program for the 2005-2006 school year.

For more information, contact Ken Edgell, 946.7751 or visit www.hcdoes.org.

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