JFS preparing for Summer Youth Employment Program

LISBON – There will again be another summer program to employ youths from income-eligible households, but how many will be served this year has yet to be determined.

Eileen Dray-Bardon, director of the Columbiana County Department of Job and Family Services, reported at this week’s county commissioners meeting that a mandatory orientation meeting will be held at her offices on April 16 to prepare businesses and other employers who intend to participate by hiring youths this summer under the federal Summer Youth Employment Program.

The JFS took over administration of the program last year, spending $493,375 to employ 165 youths between the ages of 16 and 24. Of the 165, 128 stayed through the summer. They were spread among 45 work sites and paid $8.50 an hour with the federal allocation. Household income of participants cannot exceed $47,100 for a family of four.

Applications will be accepted at the JFS offices at 7989 Dickey Drive on May 7-9, from 1 to 6:30 p.m.

Dray-Bardon said they have yet to learn what their allocation will be for this summer but it will undoubtedly be less since their 2012 allocation included $191,000 received after Miami County declined to participate.

In other business, commissioners:

– Renewed the contract of Quaker Cleaning of Salem for janitorial services at the new county government services building. The cost remained the same at $30,168, which is split among the building tenants.

– Approved a road-use maintenance agreement with Chesapeake Energy for the use of less than a half mile of Lindesmith Road, a county road, in Hanover Township, which will be used to access the Frank Zehentbauer well site. The agreement was recommended by the county engineer’s office.

– Approved paying $10,000 each to East Palestine and Leetonia to offset the cost of those villages assigning officers part-time to the county Drug Task Force. Commissioners did the same the week before for Salem after the city passed a resolution reaffirming its commitment to the DTF.