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* News Release *
Monday, November 10, 2008
For Immediate Release


The Butler County Engineer's Office in conjunction with Butler County EMA has organized and will host a Regional Snow Summit for public safety and snow and ice control officials this Friday. Those in attendance will be management teams and supervisors who play a role in winter weather operations for the County, cities, townships, and various other agencies, including the Red Cross, Police and Fire Chiefs Associations, representatives from local school districts, and even a few from outside of Butler County who have heard about the Snow Summit and want to attend.

The Summit's objective is to provide an opportunity to learn, discuss, and better organize winter operations, policies, and procedures. Some of the topics on the agenda include snow emergencies and how they are called, dispatch and notification procedures, and how to facilitate better organization among all agencies.

"Our goal is to ensure that everyone is on the same page," said County Engineer Greg Wilkens. "We hope to build a more efficient model for Countywide snow and ice control based on intra-agency cooperation and saving tax dollars. There may be some crossover of responsibilities among agencies or there may be some gaps that need to be covered. We want to explore everything."

An open forum discussion will follow a series of short presentations by various speakers, including:

  • Greg Wilkens, Butler County Engineer
  • Scott Bressler, BCEO Operations Deputy
  • William Turner, Director, Butler County EMA
  • Captain R. A. Greer and Bonnie Short, Butler County Sheriff's Office
  • Richard St. John and Phil Clark, Police / Fire Chiefs Associations
  • Diane Clonch, Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Jim Hamblin, Butler County Red Cross

The Summit will be held this Friday, November 14, 2008 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Butler County Engineer's Office, 1921 Fairgrove Avenue (State Route 4) in Hamilton.

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For more information contact:

Chris Petrocy, BCEO Public Information Supervisor
Greg Wilkens, P.E., P.S., Butler County Engineer
Phone 513.867.5744 • Fax 513.867.5849

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