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In This Issue

Association News
- Legislative Briefing Update
Legislative update on new federal initiatives affecting counties – webinar March 8
CCAO Justice and Public Safety Committee – March 14
In memoriam: John W. Watkins


State News
OEPA lead mapping requirement deadline - March 9 
Ohio EPA introduces general permits for compressor stations
Naloxone rebates extended 
OAG issues opinion on EMS confidentiality obligations 

- 25 counties receive M.A.R.C.S. grants

Federal News
WOTUS: EPA and Army Corps…back to the drawing board
Hancock-Wood rural electric coop receives USDA loan


NACo News
Managing flooding disasters at the county level
Resilient communities – reducing flood risks
NACo Annual Conference: Franklin County…here we come!

Achievement Award Program – brilliant ideas that work!

Education and Grants
Ohio Safety Congress – March 8-10 
Cyber threat webinar – March 9
State of the Region Conference – March 20
Grant management workshops – March 23-24 and April 20-21
Justice and mental health collaboration grants 


Job Postings
CCAO publishes classified ads on our website free of charge as a service to counties. When submitting your ad to CCAO, please provide a link to the online job posting and a deadline date. Email your classified ad to Mary Jane Neiman, CCAO Public Relations Associate. 

Statehouse Report
Check out the Statehouse Report for the CCAO Policy Team's updates about legislative activity affecting Ohio's counties. 

Dates

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Legislative Briefing Update

As our best advocates, your presence at these legislative briefing sessions will allow our counties to tell their stories to their legislators about the real consequences to service delivery that will be effectuated by HB 49, the proposed FY 18/19 Executive Budget. 

If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to RSVP for your briefing session. Also, personally call you legislator to remind them of the invitation they received from CCAO and encourage them to attend.

The governor’s budget casts huge doubt on the administration’s commitment to a viable state/county partnership. The proposal to replace the county revenue being lost due to the elimination of the Medicaid Managed Care sales tax makes the state permanently whole for its loss, but county government receives a one-time payment of less than one year’s loss.  In addition, because the new assessment on managed health care organizations will be credited to a special fund outside of    the state general revenue fund, none of the revenue raised through this assessment will be credited to the Local Government Fund. The proposal also alters the distribution of the Local Government Fund and reduces funding for indigent defense reimbursement.

CCAO invited each legislator to the event in their area as well as to any of the other events that are being held across the state. The CCAO Regional Legislative Briefing Schedule includes a list of locations, dates and times of meetings in case they would like to attend any/all of them. If your legislators’ districts split counties, you are encouraged to invite them to your meeting even if they are not listed with your county’s region.

 
DATE TIME LOCATION COUNTIES
March 10 11:30 a.m. Lima Allen, Auglaize, Champaign, Darke, Logan, Mercer and Shelby
March 10 11:30 a.m. Zanesville Coshocton, Fairfield, Guernsey, Hocking, Holmes, Licking, Morgan, Muskingum, Perry and Tuscarawas
March 13 9:00 a.m. Ottawa Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Williams
March 13 12 noon Toledo Lucas
March 20 9:00 a.m. Brookville Miami, Montgomery and Preble
March 20 9:30 a.m. Sunbury Delaware and Knox
March 24 11:30 a.m. Akron Summit
March 24 11:30 a.m. Dayton Clark, Greene and Madison
March 27 11:30 a.m. Rootstown Ashtabula, Columbiana, Geauga, Lake, Mahoning, Portage and Trumbull
April 7 11:30 a.m. Ashland Ashland, Holmes, Huron, Lorain, Medina, Richland and Wayne
 
For more information, please contact John Leutz, CCAO Legislative Counsel, at (614) 220-7994 or Curt Pratt, CCAO Administrative Assistant, at (614) 220-7985. 

Briefings This Week
Fri. – March 10 at 11:30 a.m.
Casa Lu Al
2323 N. West Street, Lima
Counties:  Allen, Auglaize, Champaign, Darke, Logan, Mercer and Shelby

Fri, - March 10 at 11:30 a.m.
Eagle Sticks
2655 Maysville Pike., Zanesville
Counties: Coshocton, Fairfield, Guernsey, Hocking, Holmes, Licking, Morgan, Muskingum, Perry and Tuscarawas


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Legislative update on new federal initiatives affecting counties – webinar March 8

CCAO is pleased to present a webinar on “Legislative Update on New Federal Initiatives Affecting Counties” on Mar. 8 at 9:30 a.m.  

With a new president and new Congress, a lot is happening in our nation’s capital—including actions that impact our nation’s counties. Join this webinar and hear from the National Association of Counties’ Legislative Director, Deborah Cox, about NACo’s top policy priorities and new advocacy efforts, and what lies ahead from a legislative and regulatory perspective.

This webinar will focus on:
  • How the new makeup of Congress is impacting the political environment
  • The goals and priorities of Congressional leaders and President Trump
  • The status on issues like regulations, health, infrastructure and tax reform
Deborah Cox joined NACo in 2012 and currently serves as the legislative director. In this capacity she is responsible for legislative and executive branch outreach, advocacy of the association’s legislative priorities, and policy development. Before joining NACo, Cox served as the Director of Government Relations and Legislative Affairs for the National Association of Development Organizations which represents the nation's local government-based regional planning and development organizations.  Previously, she worked on Capitol Hill and with several government relations firms.

Click here to register. If you experience difficulty in registering, please contact Curt Pratt, CCAO
administrative assistant, and provide him with your name, title, employer and email address. For
additional information regarding the topic for this webinar, please contact Brad Cole, CCAO
managing director of research, at (614) 220-7981 or (888) 757-1904.  Read more…


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CCAO Justice and Public Safety Committee – March 14

The general membership is invited to the CCAO Justice and Public Safety Committee meeting on Tuesday, Mar. 14 from 10 a.m. until 12 noon at the CCAO Offices, 209 E. State Street, in Columbus. Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) Director Gary Mohr will be present to discuss the department’s proposal to require Felony 5 offenders to remain in the community.
 
Gov. John Kasich's biennial budget proposes to continue and take state-wide, in the second year of the biennium, a current pilot program designed to divert certain offenders from the state's overcrowded prisons. Under the program, DRC provides the participating counties with funding to treat low-level offenders in their communities and provide a variety of supervision services within the community. Mohr’s testimony and a fact sheet along with a Columbus Dispatch article provide background on the program.
 
Clinton, Ross, Medina and the Corrections Center of Northwestern Ohio, which includes the counties of Lucas, Williams, Defiance, Henry and Fulton, currently are involved in the pilot program that Mohr wants to expand statewide. CCAO encourages you to attend and take part in this important meeting. RSVP your attendance by Friday, Mar. 10, to Curt Pratt, CCAO Administrative Assistant, at (614) 220-7985 or (888) 757-1904. Read more…


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In memoriam: John W. Watkins

Former Marion County Commissioner John W. Watkins died unexpectedly on Feb. 15. A graduate of Radnor High School, John received both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in agricultural education from The Ohio State University. He spent 16 years teaching at Waldo, Prospect and Elgin schools. John became a vocational-agriculture supervisor with the Ohio Department of Education serving schools in northwest Ohio. Elected county commissioner upon retirement from his education career, John served the residents of Marion County from 1984 to 2000. In addition to his teaching and public service careers, John was a long-time businessman in the Village of Prospect. He was involved with his family, church and community activities though out his life. CCAO extends heartfelt sympathy to the Watkins family. Click here to leave a note of sympathy for the family.

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OEPA lead mapping requirement deadline - March 9  
 

In June 2016, HB 512 was passed to enact section 6109.121 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) to establish requirements governing lead and copper testing for community and non-transient noncommunity public water systems and to revise law governing lead contamination from plumbing and fixtures. 

The law requires community water systems to identify and map areas of their distribution systems that are known or likely to contain lead service lines. These systems are also required to identify and provide a description of the characteristics of buildings served by the system that may contain lead solder, fixtures or pipes. Single building community and nontransient noncommunity water systems are required to map areas of the system that have solder, fixtures and pipes containing lead. Water systems are encouraged to work with their local building authorities when identifying distribution areas with lead service lines. 

Ohio EPA will use the maps to ensure that proper lead and copper sampling is done in areas of lead service lines.  Once the map is reviewed by the Ohio EPA staff to make sure it meets the criteria, it will be posted on the Ohio EPA website. 

The deadline to provide this information is Thursday, Mar. 9. Click on the links below for additional information:
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Ohio EPA introduces general permits for compressor stations

The Ohio EPA is now accepting general permit applications for oil and natural gas mid-stream compressor stations. General permit applicants are required to demonstrate that the equipment qualifies for a general permit, and agree to meet pre-defined permit terms including installation and/or operating requirements, monitoring, record-keeping and reporting. All of these general permits require the installation of state-of-the-art equipment or methods to control air emissions that meet or exceed federal standards. In recent years, Ohio has seen a large increase in the number of compressor stations due to the expansion of the oil & gas industry in eastern Ohio. General permits are an effective means to track and regulate air emissions and can be more efficient and timely for processing. Read more…

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Naloxone rebates extended

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that a rebate agreement that has saved Ohio agencies nearly $400,000 on the cost of naloxone since 2015 has been extended for one year. The renewed agreement with Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. will continue to allow non-federal public entities in Ohio to receive a $6 rebate for each Amphastar naloxone syringe purchased until Mar. 2, 2018.

So far, 101 agencies have been reimbursed a total of $391,672 for naloxone purchases made between Mar. 2, 2015 and Sept. 30, 2016. Another $77,424 in rebates are currently pending for the fourth quarter of 2016. If Amphastar raises its wholesale price of naloxone during the term of the agreement, the company will also increase the rebate amount.

Non-federal, Ohio government agencies are eligible to receive rebate payments.  This includes, but is not limited to, state agencies, law enforcement agencies, fire departments, emergency medical services, county health departments, Project DAWN community programs and county or local government agencies. Click here for rebate instructions.


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OAG issues opinion on EMS confidentiality obligations 
 

SYLLABUS: 2017-006

1. A county emergency medical service ("EMS") organization, as defined in R.C. 4765.01(H), may disclose to a county drug task force the number of times EMS personnel administer naloxone to a person experiencing an actual or suspected opioid overdose. If the county EMS organization is a "covered entity," as that term is defined in 45 C.F.R. § 160.103, and if the number of times EMS personnel administer naloxone is "health information," as that term is defined in 45 C.F.R. § 160.103, the county EMS organization shall determine that the information "is not individually identifiable health information" in accordance with 45 C.F.R. § 164.514(b) prior to the information's disclosure.

2. If a "law enforcement agency," as defined in R.C. 2925.61(A)(1), requests the name and address of a person to whom emergency medical service ("EMS") personnel administered naloxone in response to an actual or suspected drug overdose, R.C. 4765.44(B)(1) requires EMS personnel to disclose the information to the law enforcement agency unless the EMS personnel reasonably believe that the law enforcement agency making the request does not have jurisdiction over the place where the naloxone was administered.


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25 counties receive M.A.R.C.S. grants

The MARCS (Multi-Agency Radio Communications Systems) grants for Fiscal Year 2017, which includes 165 fire departments in 25 counties throughout the state totaling $3 million, were announced this week. The grant program helps offset the cost of the radio equipment and user fees associated with using the system to local fire departments across the state and to promote maximum communication between first responders. Of the 165 awardees, 75 fire departments in nine counties are receiving equipment as part of regional grant requests. The remaining 90 departments are receiving funding to cover MARCS user fees. Click here for a list of awardees.

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WOTUS: EPA and Army Corps…back to the drawing board

Surrounded by county leaders from across the country, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to revamp the controversial “Waters of the U.S.” rule under the Clean Water Act and directed the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to come up with a new definition.

Under the order, the EPA and the Corps are to restart and rewrite the rule to enable more common-sense local implementation. Since the rule was originally proposed, NACo consistently requested the agencies withdraw and revise the rule to include state and local government concerns.

Counties own and manage public safety infrastructure including 45 percent of the nation’s road miles and associated ditches, 40 percent of bridges, as well as flood control channels, drainage conveyances and culverts used to prevent flooding, all impacted by the rule. Read more…


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Hancock-Wood rural electric coop receives USDA loan
 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making loans to electric cooperatives that will help continue to deliver safe, reliable and affordable electricity to rural residents, business and institutions in nine states. The Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative will receive a loan for $25 million to build or improve 191 miles of line and make system upgrades. Approximately $2.6 million will support Smart Grid projects.

The loan is being provided through the Electric Program of USDA's Rural Utilities Service, the successor to the Rural Electrification Administration. The Electric Program makes loans and loan guarantees to non-profit and cooperative associations, public bodies and other utilities to help finance the construction of electric distribution and generation facilities in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov


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Managing flooding disasters at the county level

NACo recently released Managing Disasters at the County Level: a Focus on Flooding, a report that focuses on emergency management for flooding, the most common natural hazard. Disasters can have a profound impact on counties. County best practices from across the nation are used to underscore and exemplify each resilience strategy. County leaders can use this report to better understand the emergency management cycle and the breadth of resilience strategies available as they work to make their counties more resilient, healthy and safe for residents. Learn more…

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Resilient communities – reducing flood risks

In collaboration with The Nature Conservancy, NACo has released the Naturally Resilient Communities online guide tool to promote the role that nature-based solutions can play in helping reduce flood risk for communities, while also providing other benefits such as improved water quality, enhanced recreational opportunities and wildlife habitat, and stronger, more resilient local economies. 

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NACo Annual Conference: Franklin County…here we come!

Franklin County Commissioners John O’Grady, Marilyn Brown and Kevin Boyce are proud to host the National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference on July 21-24 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High Street, in Columbus, O-H…I-O!

Columbus, the 15th largest city in the country (right behind San Francisco), is the largest and fastest-growing city in Ohio. Columbus is located within a one-day drive or one-hour flight from more than half of the U.S. population. Read more…
 
This is a great opportunity for Ohio officials who have never attended a NACo Conference to see what they have been missing! When registering, notice the new option for those that cannot attend the entire conference - you can register for two days at a reduced price. And remember to register online to save $25! Register here…
 
If your county is not a member of NACo, new members that join this year get unlimited free registrations for a year…a $865 value per registration. Contact Andrew Goldschmidt, NACo Membership/ Marketing Director, at (202) 942-4221 for membership information.


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Achievement Award Program – brilliant ideas that work!

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is accepting submissions for the 2017 Achievement Awards program. 

For 47 years, NACo has recognized innovation in county government through the Achievement Awards Program. The awards provide an excellent opportunity for counties to promote their successes to a larger audience, as well as share best practices with partners and peers across the nation. 

As a non-competitive awards program, each application is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received. Awards will be presented in 18 categories during the 2017 NACo Annual Conference and Exposition to be held in Franklin County (Columbus), O-H-I-O. All steps in the application process must be completed and application fees must be paid in full by the March 27 deadline. Click here for more information or email awards@naco.org if you have any questions.

As part of the 2016-2017 Presidential Initiative of NACo President Bryan Desloge, the association is launching, Counties Matter Challenge: Brilliant Ideas that Work, a friendly competition to identify and share 100 examples of visionary county leadership that highlights county innovation at its best. Your entry in the Achievement Award program will be in the running for the Challenge.


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Ohio Safety Congress - March 8-10

The Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation (BWC) will host the 2017 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo (OSC) on March 8-10 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 North High Street, in Columbus. This event is the largest and longest-running occupational safety, health and workers’ compensation event in Ohio for safety and health professionals, risk managers and human resource specialists. By attending the safety congress, you will learn to:
  • Prevent workplace injuries and illnesses;
  • Achieve better outcomes for injured workers;
  • Reduce workers’ compensation claims costs;  
  • Keep Ohio’s work force healthy and productive.
OSC17 offers more than 200 educational sessions, over 250 exhibitors and free continuing education credit. By attending these sessions, counties in Group Rating and Group Retro can fulfill their BWC two-hour annual training requirement. The Expo Marketplace is available for exhibitors to display their services, supplies, safety equipment and gear. There is no charge to attend. Click here for registration and OSC17 information.

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Cyber threat webinar – March 9
 
In today's environment local governments need a platform to leverage expertise throughout the state of Ohio in the ongoing fight against cyber-attacks.  Yet many of us either don't know where to begin or have different approaches to ensuring we are prepared, not only to prevent an attack but also establishing protocols on what to do in the event of a breach.

Join the Ohio County/City Information Technology Association (OCITA) on Thursday, March 9 at 10 a.m. for a FREE interactive “Cyber Threat Live” webinar. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in a facilitated round table discussion after our guest speaker presentations. Register here.

If you have specific questions that you would like to ask during the webinar, please email them to OCITA+Board@groupspaces.com


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State of Region Conference - March 20

The Bowling Green State University Center for Regional Development will host the “15th Annual State of the Region: Workforce Innovation Strategies” Conference on Monday, March 20 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 6165 Levis Commons Blvd., in Perrysburg. The goal of this forum is to facilitate better connections throughout Northwest Ohio.

State of the region address: Dr. Mark E. Schweitzer is the senior vice president of External Outreach and Regional Analytics at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He specializes in the macroeconomic impact of labor market development and identifying factors that contribute to regional economic growth. Following address, there will be a reaction panel with economic development leaders.  

Keynote speaker: Lauren Stiller Rikleen is a nationally recognized expert on developing a thriving, diverse and multi-generational workforce. After the address, a best practices panel focusing on innovative workforce strategies will take place. Register here.

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Grant management workshops – March 23-24 and April 20-21

Public Health – Dayton and Montgomery County and Grant Writing USA are hosting the following workshops at the Drew Health Center, 1323 West Third Street, in Dayton.  

Grant Writing Class – The two-day workshop on Mar. 23 and 24 is for beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend. 

Grant Management Training – This two-day workshop on Apr. 20-21 will teach you what to do after your government grants arrive. Learn about compliance requirements that all grantees must meet when managing federal funds.  This training is recommended for grant recipient organizations across all disciplines.  

CCAO members and staff will receive a special tuition rate. Please use discount code "OHASSN" for a $30 discount at enrollment. Attend both seminars and save $70. 

Attendees do not need to work in the same profession as the host agency. For more information, please contact Janet Darling, Grant Writing USA, at (888) 290-6237 or Marie Lehman, Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County, at (937) 224-8710. 


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Justice and mental health collaboration grants 
 

The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs Bureau of Justice
Assistance seeks applications for funding for the FY17 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program. Awardees will receive up to $300,000 and direct technical assistance to develop a system-wide coordinated approach to reduce mental illness in local jails. This program furthers the Department’s mission by increasing public safety through innovative cross-system collaboration for individuals with mental illness who come into contact with the juvenile or adult criminal justice system. Applications are due by April 4. Read more…


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