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E-Waste Collection Event - Saturday, October 11th

from Commissioners

The Commissioners are again partnering with Goodwill Columbus and our Columbus Clippers to help keep e-Waste out of the landfill by collecting used electronics on Saturday, October 11th from 9 a.m. - Noon at Huntington Park.

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

Click here for more info and a complete list of items being accepted

Board of Elections Ready for Absentee Voting at New Location

from Board of Elections

Absentee voting for the Nov. 4 general election will begin Tuesday, Oct. 7 with the start of in-person voting and early voting by mail.

All registered voters have received applications in the mail from the Ohio Secretary of State to vote by mail in this election.

Voters in Franklin County will have the option of voting early in- person at the board of elections located at 1700 Morse Road at the following times:

  • Weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except for Monday, Oct. 13 when boards of elections will be closed for Columbus Day.
  • 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1
  • 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2
  • 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3

Absentee ballots returned in-person must arrive at the board of elections by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day Nov. 4. Voters may not return them to their regular Election Day polling location.

Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by Nov. 3 and arrive no later than Nov. 14 to count in this election.

Courthouse Entrance (373 S. High Street) Closed

from Commissioners

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.

Board of Elections Ready for Absentee Voting at New Location

from Board of Elections

The Franklin County Board of Elections is ready for absentee voting and reminding voters that in-person early voting will take place at the board's new home on 1700 Morse Road.

The board held an open house this morning so the media, public officials and others from the board's new neighborhood could get a good look at the new facility. The board moved here from downtown Columbus in July because it needed more room for its day to day work and for early voting.

It's the same building where Franklin County held early voting for the 2012 general election, but it looks a lot different today. It was little more than the shell of a former department store two years ago when just over 70,000 voted absentee there. It has since been converted to office space for approximately 50 full-time employees and a few hundred additional temporary employees hired during election season. It also has hundreds of free parking spaces unlike the old location downtown where parking was in short supply.

"This election will be the first chance for most voters to see our new home up close. It's their home too," board of elections Director Bill Anthony said. "It's designed to make voting easier and streamline other aspects of the work we do. We hope that translates into people becoming more actively involved in the elections process."

"We're near the population center of the county and that places us closer to more voters. This facility will make poll worker training more efficient as well," added Deputy Director Dana Walch. "We have enough space to conduct training here instead of scattering classes for thousands of people throughout the county."

The board's move to Morse Road will be completed shortly after the election when the county's 4,700 voting machines will be shipped here from a warehouse across town for storage between elections.

Commit To Be Fit Healthy Hikes

from Metro Parks

This year's season of ten Commit To Be Fit hikes began on Sunday, August 24, 1 p.m., at Blacklick Woods.

Veterans Service Commission Job Opportunity

from Veterans Service Commission

The Franklin County Veterans Service Commission is seeking a Veteran Benefits Specialist. More information regarding the position responsibilities and requirements, as well as employment application information, is available on the Veterans Service Commission website.

Environmental Educator Workshops

from Soil and Water Conservation District

Join naturalists, environmental educators and teachers as we explore, explain and experience the value, variety and vulnerability of our natural resources through a series of interactive workshops.

Franklin Soil and Water, together with Metro Parks and the Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District, will be coordinating workshops for educators with resources and activity ideas. Each session is a complete workshop including: introduction to the program, instructor-led activities, participant-driven learning and evaluation. All curricular materials are adaptable for many age groups.

General Election Sample Ballots Online

from Board of Elections

Absentee voting for the Nov. 4 general election is a few weeks away, but Franklin County voters can get a look at the candidates and issues they'll see on their ballots as of today. Sample ballots for every precinct are posted on the Franklin County Board of Elections Web site.

The link connects to a search engine where voters enter their name, house number and birth year or just their address to see the ballot they'll receive by mail or in-person when they vote in the general election. It can also give voters a heads up to possible problems with their registration. If the site produces no result or shows an old address, it may mean that the voter needs to update their information to cast a regular ballot in the election.

"This has been a popular feature on our Web site over the years and we encourage voters who've never used it to take advantage of it," board of elections Director Bill Anthony said.

"Sample ballots make voting easier, especially when voters get the chance to see complex language on tax levies and bond issues before they cast a real ballot."

"Sample ballots can be an important time saver at the polls," added Deputy Director Dana Walch. "We want voters to make informed decisions without feeling rushed and that's more likely to happen when they've already taken a look at the ballot they'll see at our early vote center or at their regular polling place on Election Day.

Voters have until Oct. 6 to register for the general election.

FCCS Connects e-Newsletter September Issue

from Children Services

The latest issue of FCCS Connects e-News is here. Featured articles include:

  • Issue 4 Supports Children
  • FCCS Presents Children's Day at COSI
  • The ABCs of Safe Sleep

Click here to read the September issue online.

September is National Preparedness Month

from Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM) and Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) reminds residents to plan and prepare for all hazards and emergencies before they happen. Emergencies can occur anytime and anywhere without advance notice. Having a plan is vital.

This year's theme is "Be Disaster Aware: Take Action to Prepare." The campaign encourages residents, businesses and organizations to take action to prepare for all types of emergencies by following four important steps: Be informed about emergencies and identify sources of information in your community that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency, make a plan for what to do in an emergency, build an emergency supply kit and get involved.

More information about National Preparedness Month is available on the FCEM&HS website.

Autumn ParkScope

from Metro Parks

The autumn edition of the Metro Parks ParkScope magazine is now available in the parks. Click here to view the Autumn ParkScope online.

Registration Deadlines - General Election

from Board of Elections

Registrations to vote in the November 4th General Election must be submitted by October 6, 2014.

Registrations must be postmarked no later than thirty days before Election Day per Ohio Revised Code 3503.19. If not mailed, the registration must be at the board of elections no later than thirty days before an election.

FCCS Accent on Kids Fall 2014

from Children Services

Check out the current edition of FCCS's print publication Accent on Kids! Featured articles include:

  • Children's Day at COSI for Family Fun
  • FCCS Levy Campaign Moves Forward
  • Partnership with OSU Creates Master's Program

Click here to read the Fall issue online.

Metro Parks Nature Print Contest

from Metro Parks

The entry form and details are now available for the annual Metro Parks nature print contest. Entry deadline is October 9. All photo entries displayed.