Twenty Years and Counting

Mill Creek Watershed Collaboration Continues

June 30, 2015

The Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities (Council) celebrated twenty years of history with a ceremonial re-signing of the intergovernmental agreement that formed the Council in 1995. Representatives from 22 communities in the Mill Creek Watershed met at French Park to re-pledge their commitment to continued Mill Creek improvement and the work of the Council. Richard Osgood, Chair of the Council, recognized the work done by his predecessors and a dedicated corps of Mill Creek advocates, upon whose shoulders we now stand.

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune both spoke about the Mill Creek’s value to Greater Cincinnati. They commended the elected officials and community representatives in attendance for their collaborative efforts to achieve an improved urban stream that provides regional benefits.

With generous support from Duke Energy and the Cincinnati Park Board, we were able to celebrate the last 20 years of hard work and dedication at French Park in Amberley Village. Situated on Amberley Creek, a tributary to the Mill Creek, the historic French House is surrounded by lush gardens and meadows, the perfect setting for celebrating the natural beauty of our urban watershed. During the event, Dave Gamstetter of Cincinnati Parks spoke about the history of the French House and the tremendous importance of parks and green spaces in our watershed.

The Council thanks elected officials and community representatives who signed the agreement in support of local revitalization through watershed cooperation. We look forward to another 20 years of successful collaboration.

-Mayor Thomas Muething, Amberley Village
-Village Administrator Kevin Kaiser, Village of Arlington Heights
-Director of Public Works Gordon Perry, City of Blue Ash
-Mayor John Cranley, City of Cincinnati
-Mayor Jerald Robertson, Village of Elmwood Place
-Chief Fiscal and Accounting Officer Cynthia Caracci, Village of Evendale
-Public Utilities Director Adam Sackenheim, City of Fairfield
-Mayor Charles Johnson, City of Forest Park
-Councilmember Jenny Kilgore, Village of Glendale
-Mayor David Moore, Village of Greenhills
-Commissioner Todd Portune, Hamilton County
-Trustee David Kern, Liberty Township of Butler County
-Village Administrator Dave Krings, Village of Lockland
-Zoning and Code Compliance Officer Melissa Hays, City of Montgomery
-Councilmember Judy Petersen, City of Mount Healthy
-Mayor Robert “Bo” Bemmes, City of Reading
-Mayor Kevin Hardman, City of Sharonville
-Assistant City Administrator Jerry Thamann, City of Springdale
-Councilman Ray Culbertson, Village of St. Bernard
-Mayor Susan Upton-Farley, Village of Woodlawn
-Mayor Barry Porter, City of Wyoming
-President Tony Parrott, Mill Creek Valley Conservancy

Click here to view the intergovernmental agreement
View Photos of the Event

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