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FCCS's FamJam at Mayor Coleman's Neighborhood Pride Block Party

from Children Services

Come to the party! You're invited to FCCS's FamJam @ Mayor Coleman's Neighborhood Pride Block Party, a free family-enrichment festival, on August 29 at Columbus Commons (160 South High Street) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is brought to you by FCCS and the City of Columbus. This year's event will be full of fun and informative activities for the whole family including: face painting, free health screenings, entertainment from local acts, resource booths, games, bounce houses, a climbing wall and more. Complimentary food and beverages will be provided while supplies last. A host of exhibitors will be on-hand to share helpful information with attendees. Local police, sheriff and fire departments will meet the public and display some of their vehicles.

Join us for the fun. Visit our Facebook page for regular updates on the event. Click here to learn more.

ALERT Franklin County Emergency Notification System

from Board of Commissioners

ALERT Franklin County is a mass notification and warning system developed to quickly notify residents of weather emergencies, crime alerts, road closures and more.

You choose the community notifications and locations you want and how you want to receive them. Notifications can be received via text message, email, cell phone, home phone or work phone.

Additional Write-In Candidates Certified for General Election

from Board of Elections

The Franklin County Board of Elections certified 10 additional write-in candidates for the Nov. 3 general election this afternoon. All filed by yesterday's 4:00 p.m. deadline for write-ins. Additional write-ins were certified at an earlier board meeting.

The board also accepted the withdrawal of Thomas C. Ullom as a candidate for Westerville City Council at today's meeting. Ullom's name will not appear on the general election ballot.

A complete list of general election candidates is posted on the board's Web site here.

Heat Safety

from Franklin County Public Health

Summer can be a fun time with vacations, picnics and other enjoyable activities, but the hot weather poses many potential health risks such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Visit the Franklin County Public Health website for more information and safety tips.

2015 ADAMH Annual Awards and Annual Meeting

from ADAMH Board

Each year at its annual meeting, the ADAMH Board of Franklin County recognizes members of the community who have been exceptional in helping others find their path to recovery. ADAMH is currently accepting nominations for three award categories.

The award categories are:

The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, August 28. More information and the nomination form are available on the ADAMH website.

Help Us Grow Our Metro Parks

from Metro Parks

Metro Parks wants you to help grow its parks. Join one of four focus groups and make your voice heard.

Franklin County Board of Elections Wins Two National Awards

from Board of Elections

The Franklin County Board of Elections received national recognition today for an ongoing effort to train poll workers and for a software application to ensure polling places are accessible for voters with disabilities.

The Election Center, an organization that trains and certifies election administrators nationwide, presented its "Professional Practices" award to Franklin County for "Practice Makes Perfect," a review of instruction for poll workers and for "ADA Survey," an interactive software program that helps Franklin County comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The awards were presented at the Election Center's 31st annual national conference in Houston, Texas.

Steve Bulen, precinct election official manager, accepted the award for "Practice Makes Perfect." The program is conducted on the weekend prior to an election to give poll workers the option to review what they learned in earlier mandatory training. The most recent session was attended by nearly 40 percent of the poll workers hired for the 2015 May primary.

Dennis Landuyt, assistant manager of Election Technology, accepted the award for "ADA Survey," an application he created so that Franklin County can gather information on hundreds of polling places to demonstrate steps needed to make the locations ADA compliant. The application allows users to take photos and print instructions for board employees to deliver ADA items where needed on Election Day.

The Election Center conducts a Professional Practices contest annually to identify the best practices of local election officials and share them with election professionals nationwide.

Mosquito Season Is upon Us

from Franklin County Public Health

Mosquito season is upon us. Visit the Franklin County Public Health website for complete Mosquito Program facts, updates and more.

2015 Franklin County Road Map and Atlas Now Available

from Engineer

Road maps are free, Atlas is $1.00. Available at several locations. Visit the Franklin County Engineer's Office website to find out how to get the new editions.

Metro Parks 2015 GeoTrail

from Metro Parks

Search for caches in the Metro Parks 2015 GeoTrail, May 16 - August 31. Metro Parks' GeoTrail 2015 will take you on a tour of the parks while you learn about animal camouflage, mimicry and other ways wildlife hides in plain site. Visit the Metro Parks website for more information.

Candidates and Issues Certified for General Election

from Board of Elections

The Franklin County Board of Elections completed work on the Nov. 3 general election ballot this afternoon certifying suburban candidates for municipal offices and school board plus two candidates for Franklin County Municipal Court in addition to liquor options, tax and bond issues.

Petitions for 207 candidates were certified while six others were not because they lacked the number of valid signatures or had other problems. Those certified today join other candidates for city offices and school boards who advanced in May to the general election by winning the primary or because had they no primary opponent.

Levies for ADAMH, the Franklin County Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board and for the Columbus Zoo, will appear on ballots countywide. Bexley, Minerva Park and Riverlea will vote on levies for current expenses. Riverlea also will have a bond issue for street and water line improvements. Levies for police services will appear in Franklin Township and Valleyview. Washington Township will have a fire levy and Jefferson Township a road levy. Hamilton Township will ask voters to approve an electric and natural gas purchasing program. Worthington will vote on a proposed charter change for zoning. Thirty-five liquor options will appear throughout the county as well.

Candidates and issues for the general election are posted on the board of elections Web site. Voters must be registered by Oct. 5 to be eligible for this election.

FCCS Connects E-News is Here

from Children Services

The latest issue of FCCS Connects E-News is here. Features include:

  • Come to FCCS's FamJam @ Mayor Coleman's Neighborhood Pride Block Party;
  • FCCS UNCF Walk Team Will Help Send a Youth to College;
  • and Adoption Picnic Brings Joy and the Hope of Family.

Click here to read the August 2015 Connects E-News.

Downtown Works Initiative to Revitalize Downtown Commercial Districts

from Board of Commissioners

On July 7, the Commissioners authorized a new economic development initiative called Downtown Works. The latest in the Commissioners' Smart Works suite of economic development programs, Downtown Works is a partnership with Heritage Ohio, which works with municipalities all over the state to preserve and revitalize historic downtowns, and is funded with $54,175 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) money.

Mud & Madness at Metro Parks

from Metro Parks

Get ready for muddy fun and adventure at Metro Parks this autumn, at one (or all) of the three MUD & MADNESS AT METROPARKS events. You'll negotiate several natural and man-made obstacles as you take a 1- to 2-mile scenic route through the parks. Visit the Metro Parks website for more information and to register.

Voters Updating Addresses to Keep Registrations Current

from Board of Elections

Figures released by the board of elections today show nearly 9,000 Franklin County voters have updated their voting addresses since 214,000 were notified in June because records showed they had moved or had not voted in the past two years.

The mailings are required under the National Voter Registration Act better known as the "Motor Voter" law to ensure information on registered voters is up to date and that registration is canceled for others no longer eligible to vote.

The latest totals from last month's mailing show 8,886 updating an address in Franklin County. Another 1,230 registrations were canceled for voters who have moved outside Ohio. Nearly 818,000 are registered countywide.

Those contacted have two ways to update their registration - by mail with a postage paid envelope they received in last month's mailing or online at

Voters have four years to respond before registrations are canceled, but are urged to update their information as soon as possible to ensure they remain eligible to cast a ballot in Franklin County. Voters who need further information should contact the board of elections at (614) 525-3100.

Current Construction Projects and Road Improvement Updates

from Engineer

Visit the Franklin County Engineer's Office website to find out the status of current road improvements occuring in Franklin County.