Commissioners OK sale of former EP group home

LISBON – It did not take long to find a buyer for the former Kyes Group Home in East Palestine – about a week, to be exact.

Columbiana County commissioners on July 10 accepted the tentative sale of the two-story house to a young couple exactly one week after commissioners agreed to put the house up for sale. The couple intend to live in the house. The house was listed for $89,900 and the offer is for $85,000, according to Eileen Dray-Bardon, director of the county Department of Job and Family Services, which operated the Kyes Home as a group home for teenage girls placed in foster care.

It was closed as a group home in 2008 but continued to be used for related services until the JFS moved into new offices at the new county government services building last year. Counseling and related programs for females placed in foster care are now conducted out of the JFS offices.

Officials stressed the sale is tentative, and the home on North Market Street must still pass inspection before it becomes final.

In other action at last week’s meeting, commissioners also approved the recommendation of Dray-Bardon to purchase the following replacement vehicles for the JFS.

4Two new Ford Fusions from Donnell Ford of Salem for $17,378 each and a Chevrolet Equinox from Stratton Chevrolet for $24,950. As part of the transactions, the JFS traded in a 2000 Malibu and a 2006 and 2007 Ford Freestar.