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Hamilton County Commissioner Chris Monzel

July 2012

New Ohio Law Expands CMHA Board of Directors

Commissioner Monzel, along with State Senator Seitz and State Representative Terhar watch as Governor Kasich signs legislation, regarding CMHA, into law.

On June 6, 2012, Governor John Kasich signed legislation into law that will provide more oversight of the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) by adding two additional board members who will better represent the interests of Hamilton County communities outside the City of Cincinnati. The legislation will take effect on September 6th of this year. The new legislation provides for an increase from the current five to a total of seven members on the CMHA board of directors. Under the new legislation, one board member will be added from the Hamilton County Township Association and one from the Hamilton County Municipal League. “This new legislation will provide a greater voice for communities throughout Hamilton County,” said Commissioner Monzel. “I will be closely monitoring the actions of the newly constituted board of directors as well as its Executive Director, Gregory Johnson to ensure that any new housing units placed throughout the county will be the best possible fit for our communities. I will also continue to encourage the new board to institute new management and spending practices that will result in better maintained units.”

Topping Off Mercy Health West On Monday, June 25th, construction crews placed the final steel beam atop Mercy Health West Hospital in Green Township. The beam was signed by workers, hospital staff, construction partners and local officials. Commissioner Chris Monzel was honored to participate in this momentous occasion on June 13th, On Wednesday, June 27th, Commissioner Monzel by placing his signature and well wishes on presented the Moeller High School baseball team with a one of the final beams. Click on the following Proclamation recognizing their recent Ohio High School link to watch. Division 1 Championship win. watch?v=uBshmIoi1Sk

Hamilton County Happenings

Hamilton County Updates

The 2012 World Choir Games will take place for the first time, in the United States. From July 4th-14th, choirs from all over the world will gather again at the 7th World Choir Games in downtown Cincinnati to contribute their share to international understanding and peace among nations. Known as the “Olympics of Choral Music,” the World Choir Games promotes the ideal that “Participation is the highest honor.” Amateur choirs of all experience levels will be participating. It’s not too late to cheer on our local choirs and enjoy the festivities! For more information go to:

Many Questions Remain Regarding Proposed MSD and Water Works Merger

Contact Chris Monzel ph: 513-946-4409 email:

138 E. Court Street, Room 603 Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

“There still are a number of serious issues to be resolved and questions to be answered before the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) and the Cincinnati Water Works merge their operations,” said Hamilton County Commissioner Chris Monzel. “On the surface, there appears to be the potential for cost savings for both MSD and Water Works customers by combining various administrative and operating functions,” said Monzel. “Still, in 2018, the county and city agreement to join operations of the sewer district expires and there are so many unknowns related to renegotiating that agreement.” All three commission members have expressed their concern regarding the lack of details as to how a merger would work. They have asked the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office to study the proposed merger and to issue a legal opinion.

Commissioner Monzel signs one of the final steel beams as Leisa Golden, Director of Marketing at Mercy Health West, looks on.

Beginning with a cluster of four cabins, the area that is now Blue Ash was settled circa 1791. In 1797, the first settlers built The Carpenter's Run Baptist Church (1797-1828) which served the earliest settlers of Blue Ash. Built of logs from the blue ash tree, the church gave the community its name. When the church disbanded around 1828, the building was used as Plainfield School. A rural community of farms throughout the 1800s, Blue Ash did not incorporate (as a village) until 1955 (Blue Ash was incorporated as a City in 1961). Blue Ash has grown from a rural settlement to a prime commercial and industrial site. It is an example of growth of the outer city—clusters of offices, housing, commerce and industry built at the edges of Cincinnati and linked by expressways. Today, Blue Ash strives to maintain a small town feel by hosting community events during the summer such as Red, White, and Blue Ash; and Taste of Blue Ash. Red, White and Blue Ash is held annually on July 4th and features the biggest Independence Day fireworks display in the region. These events also draw internationally popular headlining rock acts. Go to for more information.

Did you know? In 1941, Congress declared the 4th of July a federal legal holiday. Have a safe and happy 4th!

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