JFS contracts approved

LISBON – Columbiana County commissioners this week renewed another series of contracts for programs that assist people from income-eligible households.

The first is between the county Department of Job and Family Services and the county Counseling Center to provide specialized counseling services for parents related to Children Services investigations. The contract is for up to $58,424.

The second contract is between the JFS and county Juvenile Court for a diversion and truancy services, with a contract ceiling of $90,000.

The third is between the JFS and Help Hotline in Mahoning County for after-hours emergency phone service, at a cost of $32,000.

In related news, commissioners approved the recommendation of JFS Director Eileen Dray-Bardon to issue a three-day suspension for a Children Services worker for neglect of duty and unsatisfactory job performance.

Commissioners also accepted the resignation of Sharon Kenst-Hawkins as director of the county Office on Aging. Kenst-Hawkins is retiring in January after she turns 60 but her resignation is effective Sept. 30.

Finally, Commissioner Jim Hoppel was designated to negotiate a workers compensation claim filed by a since-retired worker for the county Board of Developmental Disabilities. The claim is the result of injuries sustained when the worker was assaulted by a BDD student. Hoppel estimated 90 percent of all county claims are from BDD employees.