DJFS hours change OK’d

LISBON — Those utilizing the county Department of Jobs and Family Services will soon see some new hours of operations.

Eileen Dray-Bardon, director of Jobs and Family Services, approached county commissioners at their Wednesday morning meeting to ask for approval for the change, which will leave the office open between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Dray-Bardon said those hours are similar to many county offices, such as the county courthouse. It will mean a reduction from the currently held hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

However, Dray-Bardon said some staff will be scheduled to come in as early as 7 a.m. and some scheduled to stay as late as 5 p.m. With the telephones ringing throughout their current shifts, Dray-Bardon said employees find it hard to get actual work accomplished with continuous interruptions. The new schedule will give those coming in earlier and those staying later some extra time to work and may help cut back on the amount of overtime needed to accomplish their tasks.

The commissioners unanimously voted to approve the request.

In other matters:

— Commissioners accepted the resignations of two courthouse security guards — John Bucher and Matt Miller. Both submitted letters of resignation effective Feb. 22. Miller said he has been selected for a full-time position with the East Liverpool Police Department, while Bucher expressed a desire to retire from his position.

— The commissioners voted to adopt a resolution granting the vacation of an unnamed alley in the Guilford Lake area of Hanover Township. Before adopting the resolution, Commissioner Mike Halleck said there was a public hearing on the matter at a previous meeting, two residents attended and neither were opposed to the change. Additionally, Halleck said the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is not opposed to the change either.

— Commissioners approved a change to the county engineer and sanitary engineer policy manuals regarding credit card use to bring the department into compliance with a recently passed Ohio House Bill 312.