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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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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.

2015 Budget Approved

On December 16, 2014, at their final meeting of the year, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners approved the operating budget for 35 county agencies which totals $397.4 million and includes $113 million for the County Sheriff’s Office and just under $15 million for community partners whose mission it is to address housing & economic development, health services, childhood development, safety and human services which are policy priorities for the County Commissioners. The 2015 All Funds Budget is $1.4 billion.

Veterans Service Commission Relocates to Renovated Memorial Hall

With a desire to refocus on honoring and serving the thousands of veterans who call Franklin County home, the Veterans Service Commission (VSC) accepted the Commissioners offer to relocate VSC offices to the site of the County’s first veterans memorial, Memorial Hall located at 280 E. Broad Street.

Memorial Hall offers a larger space than what the VSC previously had, and will allow them to grow and meet the increasing requests for services. The move to Memorial Hall also saves the VSC over $250,000 annually in rent – money that can be redirected back into services.

Memorial Hall provides parking, is easily accessible and is centrally located, all items veterans who contacted the Commissioners’ offices expressed as important components to be included moving forward.

Infrastructure Works Program to Infuse Millions into Local Communities

Through its new Infrastructure Works program, Franklin County will make $3.5 million available annually for the next 4-5 years, resulting in a capital infusion of nearly $20 million into cities, villages and townships within Franklin County.

Beginning early next year, below market rate loans will be available for the construction or rehabilitation of local infrastructure projects which will result in significant economic growth, job creation and generate new private capital investment in Franklin County.

Eligible projects include transportation, energy, water and telecommunications infrastructure.

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