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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.

Ebola Virus Information

The 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. Even though the risk of an outbreak in the United States is low, federal, state, and local partners are monitoring the situation in West Africa and Dallas, Texas very closely.

At this time no Franklin County resident has been identified to be in contact with or on a flight with the nurse who has Ebola and visited the Akron area around October 10 - 13. Franklin County Public Health is working diligently with our hospitals, our fire and EMS units and Law Enforcement partners to prepare for the event that we should see a case in our community.

Residents can call Franklin County Public Health at (614) 525-3097 for more info.

For the latest CDC information about the 2014 Ebola outbreak including symptoms, risk of exposure and treatment, visit the CDC's website.

General information about Ebola can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) website.

Guidance for healthcare providers can be found on the Infectious Disease Reporting System's (IDRS) website.

Hall of Justice Renovation Complete

Renovation of the Hall of Justice (HOJ) building located at 369 S. High Street has been completed. The County Commissioners utilized a pay-as-you-grow approach, only building out five of the ten floors.

Over the Columbus Day holiday weekend, the Law Library and Adult Probation Department moved into their new offices in the HOJ. The renovated facility will feature a new first floor conference center, while the Adult Probation Department will occupy the fourth, fifth and sixth floors. The Law Library has returned to the tenth floor.

County, City, Farmers' Markets Team Up to Make Produce More Affordable

A consortium of six farmers’ markets will make more affordable, fresh, local produce available for Central Ohio residents with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits through a program called Veggie SNAPS.

Funding provided by the city of Columbus and Franklin County totals $20,000 and will cover the costs for Franklin County SNAP recipients to double their dollars (up to $10) at participating famers’ markets including Bexley, Clintonville, Columbus Public Health, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Franklinton Gardens, and Pearl Market.

Courthouse Entrance (373 S. High St) Closed

Beginning May 5, the main County Courthouse entrance (373 S. High St.), marked by two revolving doors, will be closed indefinitely due to the renovation of the Hall of Justice building.

Entry to the County Courthouse (373 S. High St.) is available at the Pavilion Entrance (365 S. High St.) and the Common Pleas Courthouse (345 S. High St.).

The renovation of the Hall of Justice is expected to be complete this fall. The repurposed facility will feature a first floor conference facility, while the Adult Probation department will occupy floors 4-6, and the Law Library will return to the tenth floor.

Veterans Service Commission relocation to Memorial Hall Update

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 St. On February 25, Commissioners approved a contract with Harris Architects for design services associated with the relocation of VSC to Memorial Hall. The move will take place later this year. 

Memorial Hall offers a larger space than what the VSC currently has, and will allow them to grow and meet the increasing requests for services. The move to Memorial Hall will 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.

Marilyn Brown President
Paula Brooks
John O'Grady