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BDD superintendent sees changes as positive

LISBON — Changes to the way Ohio workshops operate for those with developmental disabilities have led to greater variety for the clients.

Superintendent Bill Devon of the Board of Development Disabilities said when the state changed from the BDD operating the workshops to more of an oversight role for the clients, he was uncertain about the change which was mandated by the state. In the past the BDD operated three workshops. Now there are 14 workshops in Columbiana County giving people more choices for the types of work they want to learn and the facility that best fits their needs throughout the county.

More than 830 people are served by the BDD, which focuses on the abilities of all people and the inclusion of people with disabilities in the community at large.

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, prompting a proclamation from the county commissioners on Wednesday morning.

Devon said this year’s celebration will be different from the past. The annual basketball game had to be canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, along with other events usually held.

In other matters:

— Commissioner Roy Paparodis updated the rest of the board about the elevator repair project, announcing he is awaiting a timeline from Corey Warren of Schindler Elevator as to when work can begin so others at the courthouse can plan their schedules. The mechanism that operates the county courthouse elevator broke on Feb. 18.

— Commissioners approved a resolution approving a reserve balance acount for the board of developmental disabilities Robert Bycroft School District.

— The commissioners awarded the bid for leasing the 175 acres on County Home Road for agricultural purposes for this year to Yarian Family Farms, which had bid $95 per acre.

— The commissioners accepted the resignation of Timothy Brooks from the County Public Defender Commission.

— Commissioners changed a policy so the clerk and deputy clerk serve as the Equal Employment Opportunity officer for the Board of Commissioners. In the past the person who held the position was the clerk and was listed by name, leaving it to be changed whenever someone left the position.

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