2020: Hamilton Progresses Despite Pandemic

 

Butler County Connect

Guest Contributor: Hamilton City Council Member Michael V. Ryan

City Council Member Michael Ryan.

This past year has been nothing short of stressful for our residents and businesses. From shutdowns to curfews, it has been quite challenging to prevent the spread of the pandemic while keeping our city open and moving forward. Yet City Council and City Administration delivered just that. Here is a brief Hamilton’s Year in Review:

COVID-19 Relief

When Gov. Mike DeWine announced mandatory shutdowns, we approved the Restaurant and Retail Stimulus Package. It was the first in our area and allocated a $300,000 grant to the Hamilton Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) to support over 65 small businesses in Hamilton.

We also allocated federal CARES Act monies to our small business by offering a one-time $10,000 grant for additional aid.

Lastly, we formed a Rapid Response Team to help small businesses reopen after the shutdown and assist them when mandatory reduced hours or other governmental restrictions occur.

Economic Development

Saica Group, a Spanish company, will operate a corrugated packaging plant right here in Hamilton! Notably, this is their first North American manufacturing facility. This marks a $72 million investment in Hamilton, a 350,000 square foot facility and 64 jobs.

Home Depot will open one of their distribution hubs in Hamilton creating 100 jobs. They will occupy 100,620 square feet of space for “last-mile” deliveries directly to customers outside of the brick-and-mortar business.

80 Acres continues its manufacturing facility build-out at Hamilton Enterprise Park.

Kroger Co. announced a $100 million investment in their data centers, one of which is in Hamilton.

We also welcomed a remarkably diverse group of small businesses to our city:

Pinball Garage, Smoochies, Reptile Pit, Main Street Throw, The Fringe Coffee House, The Linden Tree, Strauss Gallery & Gift, and Soulshine Wellness.

Infrastructure

We completed concrete repair of curbs and sidewalks and the resurfacing of the following streets: Eaton, Grand, Lawn, Freeman, Emerson, Circle, Dick, Helma, Park and Parkview (Note: construction is substantially completed. Minor restoration to be performed in Spring 2021).

We completed preliminary engineering design of Centralized Traffic Signal System throughout city. We received notification of a $4.2 million grant, available in 2021, for installation of this dynamic and responsive traffic signal system.

We completed the design of Five Points Roundabout and are partnering with Butler County Engineers Office.

We are in the preliminary design phase of the North Hamilton Crossing (NHX) to determine potential routes and preliminary construction cost estimates.

In Conclusion

As you close out 2020, be confident that Hamilton remains a better place to live, work and play. As you welcome 2021, know that the needs and wants of our residents and businesses remain our top priority.

I hope you and your loved ones have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Michael V. Ryan

City Councilman