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Courthouse Entrance (373 S. High Street) Closed

from Commissioners

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.

Struggling with Child Support? Come to Empowerment Day!

from Child Support Enforcement Agency

August is Child Support Awareness Month, and Franklin County wants to remind parents that "Support is Key" and making regular and timely support payments contributes to the wellbeing of children and helps to ensure that their basic needs are being met.

If you are behind or struggling to make your child support payments, Franklin County wants to work with you to help you support your children. Join Franklin County and community partners at the 2014 Empowerment Day Resource and Job Fair on Wednesday, July 23 from 11a-4p at Veterans Memorial, located at 300 W. Broad St.

Parents will receive: Child Support Assistance, Legal Guidance, Resources for military veterans and families, a Job Fair and much more.

Board of Elections Moving in July; New Address at 1700 Morse Road

from Board of Elections

The Franklin County Board of Elections will be open for business at a new address beginning Tuesday, July 15. It is moving from Memorial Hall at 280 East Broad Street - the board's location since 2001 - to 1700 Morse Road, the site of a former department store that served as the county's early voting center for the 2012 general election.

The Morse Road facility has been renovated to give Franklin County additional space for day to day elections business and enough room to accommodate large numbers of early voters plus free parking for hundreds of cars.

The complex covers more than 90,000 square feet compared to roughly 70,000 square feet at two existing locations - the board's main office in downtown Columbus and a warehouse at 1719 Alum Creek Drive where voting machines are stored and votes are counted on election night.

Officials say the popularity of absentee voting - with early voting accounting for nearly half the ballots cast in some elections - made the move a necessity. Early voting for an Aug. 5 special election and this year's Nov. 4 general election will be held at the new site. Some poll worker training will be held there as well.

"We've needed a larger facility under one roof for years. Nearly 69,000 thousand voted early at the Morse Road location in the 2012 general election. It would be extremely difficult to accommodate that many voters with a smaller building and limited parking at our present downtown location," Director Bill Anthony said.

Warehouse operations will move to Morse Road after the general election in November.

"We have more than 4,500 voting machines stored at the warehouse for use in the general election," added Deputy Director Dana Walch. "It's more efficient to keep them there until they're needed and move them to Morse Road after the election," Walch said.

The board will remain open for business at 280 East Broad Street until Thursday, July 10. The offices will be closed through July 14 as the move to the new location is completed.

FCCS's FamJam @ Mayor Coleman's Neighborhood Pride Block Party - August 2, Columbus Commons, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

from Children Services

Join us at FCCS's FamJam @ Mayor Coleman's Neighborhood Pride Block Party, a free family enrichment festival sponsored by Franklin County Children Services and the city of Columbus on August 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Columbus Commons (160 South High Street). There will be plenty of opportunities for learning and fun throughout the day. Local acts will perform on stage, while more than 70 vendors and community partners will host resource booths with information and activities. Children can enjoy face painting, bounce houses, a climbing wall and free rides on the city carousel. There will also be complimentary refreshments, while supplies last. Parking is available at the Columbus Commons garage for a small fee. The festival goes on rain or shine! Click here to learn more about FamJam.

Metro Parks GeoTrail 2014

from Metro Parks

Metro Parks invites you to participate in its geocache hunt and learn about animals and nature along the way.

ADAMH Community Mini-Grant Deadline Approaching

from ADAMH

The Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County (ADAMH) is currently accepting applications for community mini-grants. You can learn more about the process by reading the overview and application. The deadline for the second round is Friday, August 8.

Mosquito Season Is upon Us

from Public Health

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

Eakin Road Bridge over Early Run to be Closed for Improvements Beginning June 16

from Engineer's Office

Dean C. Ringle, P.E., P.S., Franklin County Engineer, announces that improvements to the Eakin Road Bridge over Early Run will begin on June 16 for approximately 55 days, weather permitting. The improvements will involve the replacement of the existing bridge structure.

The posted detour route for eastbound motorists will follow Hague Avenue south to Briggs Road, east to Harrisburg Pike (US 62), and north to Eakin Road. Westbound motorists will follow the detour route in the opposite direction.

Visit the Franklin County Engineer's Office website for more information.

Children Services Connects E-Newsletter: July Edition

from Children Services

The July 2014 edition of Connects E-News is here! Featured articles include:

  • FCCS's FamJam @ Mayor Coleman's Neighborhood Pride Block Party
  • FCCS Community Partner: Hilltop Teen Club & Free Store

Click here to view the July 2014 edition online.

Pet Trails in the Parks

from Metro Parks

Your dog will love you even more when you bring your favorite friend for a walk in the park. There are pet trails in 14 Metro Parks, and dog parks or dog swimming areas in six of them.

Registration Deadline Nears for August Special Election

from Board of Elections

The Franklin County Board of Elections reminds voters they have until Monday - July 7 - to register for the Aug. 5 special election.

There will be a single issue on the ballot in Franklin County, a levy of 2.85 mills for the Licking Heights School District. The district overlaps from Licking County into ten Franklin County precincts. Approximately 8,500 voters are eligible to vote on this issue.

Absentee voting for this election begins July 8. Voters may request ballots by mail online or by calling the board of elections at (614) 525-3100. In-person early voting will be held at 1700 Morse Road at the following times:

  • Weekdays, Tuesday July 8 through Friday, Aug. 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 2 from 8:00 a.m. to noon
  • Sunday, Aug. 3 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 4 from 8:00 a.m. to noon

Press Release

Central College Road Bridge over Blacklick Creek to be Closed for Improvements Beginning June 16

from Engineer's Office

Dean C. Ringle, P.E., P.S., Franklin County Engineer, announces that improvements of Central College Road Bridge over Blacklick Creek are set to begin June 16 for approximately 75 days, weather permitting. The improvements will involve the replacement of the existing bridge structure.

The posted detour route for eastbound motorists on Central College Road will follow Johnstown Road (U.S. Rt. 62) southwest to Smith's Mill Road, east to Beech Road, and north to Central College Road - Jug St Road NW. Westbound traffic will follow the detour route in the opposite direction.

Visit the Franklin County Engineer's Office website for more information.

Children Services Tip: Ted D. Bear's Tips for Kids: How to be Street Smart

from Children Services

Kids: When you're away from home without an adult, you need to be street smart. This means knowing how to stay safe when you're by yourself or with other children. It's especially important to know how to deal with strangers. FCCS's mascot Ted D. Bear shares tips from being street smart. Click here for a printable safety tip flyer.