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Earth Day E-Waste Collection Event - Saturday, April 25th

The Commissioners are again celebrating Earth Day by partnering with Goodwill Columbus and the Columbus Clippers to help keep e-waste out of our landfill by collecting used electronics.

An e-waste collection will take place on Saturday, April 25th from 9 a.m. - Noon at Huntington Park, 330 Huntington Park Lane.

Accepted items include: computers, monitors, cell phones, electronics and small household appliances.

Commissioners Approve Support of Jackson Township Bog Preservation

The Commissioners have approved support of a Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation grant application for the Utzinger Bog Conservation project. The Bog, located along Jackson Pike in Jackson Township is roughly 83 acres and was created as a result of ponds that were mined as part of a seasonal peat mining operation.

The Commissioners' approved resolution states the Board’s support for the Appalachia Ohio Alliance (AOA) to acquire and manage the site as a passive park conservation/nature preserve that will protect the bog and wetland areas and allow for a return of the agricultural fields to a native prairie grasslands or successional forest.

County Support Provides Professional Suiting to Men Looking for Work

On March 17, the Commissioners approved $50,000 for a partnership with the Columbus Urban League for the My Brother’s Closet program that provides free professional attire to men seeking to overcome chronic unemployment. This is the second year for Franklin County support.

The Columbus Urban League accepts donations of men’s professional clothing – suits, pants, shirts, socks, belts and shoes to be used as part of the program. Please contact the Boutique Manager, Alex Carey, at 614-257-6300 ext. 322 if you have any items you would like to donate.

Franklin County's Community Gardens

Community gardens promote healthy, active lifestyles, and create new, productive re-uses of underutilized land. Community gardens also beautify our community while simultaneously providing access to fresh, local, nutritious foods.

Franklin County is proud to offer two community gardens: the International Harvest Garden, located at 1919 Frank Road; and the Mound Street Community Garden, located at 50 E. Mound St. in the heart of downtown Columbus.

These gardens allow gardeners togrow their own fruits and vegetables, mingle with and learn from other gardeners and be a part of a growing national movement toward making healthy and organically grown food available for all.

Commissioners Name New Director for Dog Shelter & Adoption Center

On February 28, the Franklin County Commissioners introduced Kaye L. Dickson as the new Director for Franklin County’s Dog Shelter & Adoption Center. Dickson, an Ohio native, has spent her career working for Pinal County, Arizona.

Ms. Dickson’s entire career has been spent in public service. She served 27 years with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Department where she ascended through the ranks to become Commander of Patrol and Support Services. In 2010, recognizing Kaye’s ability to lead change and her strong management, fiscal and procedural experience, the Pinal County Commissioners asked Kaye to serve as Director for the Animal Care and Control Agency. Over the past four years, Ms. Dickson has served in that capacity bringing about positive change and progress for the agency.

During her tenure as Director, Ms. Dickson partnered with Animal Care and Control divisions throughout the state of Arizona, humane societies, schools, businesses and community members to effect positive change. She employed industry best practices and implemented policy, protocol and directives that resulted in a change of culture within the division. Today, Pinal County Animal Care and Control is sought after to perform trainings for other divisions from around the state and has received national attention for its attempts to engage the community and spread awareness of the domestic animal overpopulation problem.

Director Dickson is a member of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators and National Animal Control Association. She is also a certified Emergency Animal Medical Technician, a certified Public Administrator and holds a National Animal Control Certification Level

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