JFS 2013 summer youth program extended into fall

LISBON – With a successful program putting underprivileged teens to work, the 2013 Summer Youth Employment Program was extended into the fall.

Jobs and Family Services Director Eileen Dray-Bardon asked Columbiana County commissioners on Wednesday to accept an additional $15,000 in funding for the program, money which was unused in Monroe County.

“We’ll take any money they don’t want,” said Chairman Mike Halleck.

After the meeting, Halleck said the JFS “did an excellent job administering that program.” Even after some youth had to go back to school, the county was able to continue the program, getting young workers to paint the dog pound and do a lot of needed weeding on county properties.

With the addition of $15,000, the county received $875,786 in federal funding this year to provide wage subsidies for the program. The payroll is handled through the Callos Management Co. of Youngstown, which now has enough to extend the program through Nov. 15.

Earlier in the summer, commissioners were able to accept an additional $100,000 in unused funds from Knox County. That additional money allowed the county to extend the work of the 231 young people served by the program.

Under the county’s program, the 231 eligible youths are paid $8.50 an hour for a 40-hour work week at the 54 participating job sites. The program employs youths between the ages of 16 and 24 who meet the maximum-income requirements, which would be $47,100 for a household of four.

Commissioners also approved a contract with Land Approach Ltd. of Salem to provide snow removal services at the Government Services Building, where the Department of Jobs and Family Services is housed. For the second year, the company was awarded the bid although the price did increase by $25 per time.

Land Approach will remove snow or ice anytime two or more inches has accumulated. In a letter to commissioners from Dray-Bardon, she noted even with the increase the price continued to be competitive.

Last year, she noted, the county spent $3,750 to remove snow at the Government Services Building. The contact again has cap of $16,000 as a maximum.