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April is National County Government Month

from Board of Commissioners

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During the month of April, the Commissioners will be highlighting the many ways that county government works for Franklin County residents. The theme of this year's National County Government Month is: Counties Moving America Forward: The Keys are Transportation and Infrastructure.

Earth Day E-Waste Collection Event - Saturday, April 25th

from Board of Commissioners

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.

Payne Named Deputy Director at Board of Elections

from Board of Elections

David R. Payne, an elections professional with nearly thirty years' experience in state government and as a campaign consultant for Republican candidates in Ohio and elsewhere, was named Deputy Director by the Franklin County Board of Elections today. He succeeds Dana Walch who recently resigned after three years with the board to join a political consulting firm in Nevada.

Payne will team with board of elections Director Bill Anthony, a Democrat, to oversee the county's election jurisdiction of more than 800,000 voters.

Payne comes to the board of elections from the Ohio Department of Administrative Services where he has served since 2012 has chief of staff to coordinate the day-to-day operations of an 800 employee state agency regarded as the business office of state government. He previously served as Chief of Parks for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and has managed a number of other state offices; Payne also managed the re-election campaign of Ohio Governor Bob Taft in 2002 and served as Victory Director coordinating campaign mailings and voter turnout efforts in Ohio for the re-election of President George W. Bush in 2004.

Payne is a 1987 graduate of Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. He and his wife Karen live in New Albany and have two daughters.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

from Children Services

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and a time when Franklin County Children Services educates the community about child abuse by hosting a community breakfast, planting blue pinwheels and wearing blue in support of child abuse prevention. The Pinwheels for Prevention campaign draws attention to both the harsh realities of child abuse and the hope of changing the lives of children for the better.

The agency's Child Abuse Prevention Breakfast was held on Wednesday, April 15 at The Aladdin Shrine Center. This event, hosted by Children Services and its Citizens Advisory Committee, honored those who have promoted child abuse prevention and those who have overcome its effects. College scholarships were awarded to youth; an outstanding child protection social worker was honored; and youth and families were honored for making positive life changes.

FCCS is partnering with the Ohio Children's Trust Fund to promote the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign. This effort will enhance awareness about child abuse by displaying blue pinwheels throughout the community. The color blue has become an iconic symbol of child abuse prevention. FCCS also encouraged all Ohioans to join the state child welfare agencies in wearing blue on April 8 as a wide-sweeping show of support for our cause. Pictures of individuals and groups wearing blue throughout the community are posted on the agency's Facebook page.

Prescription Take-Back Day: Saturday, April 25

from Sheriff

Do you have unneeded prescription drugs in your home?

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office will help you safely dispose old medications in a Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event. Deputies will accept your old medications at five area Kroger stores on Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visit the Sheriff's Office website to learn more.

In Person Absentee Voting Starts April 7th for the May Primary

from Board of Elections

Absentee voting for the Primary Election started on April 7, 2015 and continues through Monday May 4, 2015.

In Person Absentee Voting will take place at the new Board of Elections offices at 1700 Morse Rd. Columbus, OH 43229.

Elections will be held in the following areas only:

  • City of Columbus
  • Columbus City School District
  • City of Gahanna
  • City of Reynoldsburg
  • Village of Minerva Park
  • Village of Valleyview
  • Hamilton Township
  • Madison Township
  • Perry Township
  • Plain Township

For more information and In Person Absentee Voting hours, visit the Board of Elections website.

Central Ohio Volunteers in Public Safety Support

from Board of Commissioners

Central Ohio Volunteers in Public Safety Support training is being offered for adults and youth from May 21, 2015 through July 23, 2015 on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the City of Reynoldsburg, Division of Police.

The Public Safety Support Citizen Academy offers an opportunity to the public to continue learning and participating in an enhanced Public Safety Support Citizen Academy. Graduates of the Public Safety Support Citizen Academy will be called upon to provide support during times of emergencies or natural disasters as well as volunteer during special and routine events. Click here for more information.

The Public Safety Support Youth Program offers opportunities in character building, leadership, homeland security, police and fire response, and emergency response preparedness. Youth will be exposed to a range of public safety career options while gaining practical "hands-on" experience upon graduation from the eight week training program. Completion of training will prepare participants to provide support to public safety forces during disasters as well as volunteer opportunities during special and routine events. Click here for more information.

2015-2019 Consolidated Plan & 2015 HUD Action Plan

from Economic Development & Planning

The Consolidated Plan is designed to assist local jurisdictions to assess their affordable housing and community development needs and market conditions, and to make data-driven, place-based investment decisions. Further, the consolidated planning process serves as the framework for a community-wide dialogue to identify housing and community development priorities.

The Consolidated Plan is carried out through Annual Action Plans which cites the County's one year, planned use of HUD Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and Home (HOME) Investment Partnership resources (administered by the County and its sub-recipients) that will be used each year to address the priority needs and specific goals identified by the Consolidated Plan.

Franklin County Children Services April Connects E-News

from Children Services

The latest issue of FCCS Connects E-News is here! Features of the April 2015 issue include:

  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • Breakfast Celebrates Child Abuse Prevention Efforts; and
  • Tips for Today: Choose Your Partner Carefully.

Click here to read the April 2015 edition of Connects E-News.

Clippers Baseball Returns to Huntington Park

from Board of Commissioners

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Tickets are available for the 2015 season. Click here for more information. Opening night is Saturday, April 18th at 6:05 p.m. vs. the Toledo Mud Hens.

Metro Parks Nature Adventure Camps

from Metro Parks

Metro Parks' Nature Adventure Camps are designed to provide Central Ohio youth with the opportunity to discover and experience nature in an engaging, hands-on group setting. Campers will participate in fun outdoor activities, crafts and games. Metro Parks has been offering week-long day camp sessions since 1997. Programs are available for children in preschool through ninth grade.

Visit the Metro Parks website for more information about the camps and registration.

Children Services Accent on Kids: Spring 2015 Issue

from Children Services

Features of the Spring 2015 issue of Accent on Kids include:

  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month;
  • Cousins Make Kinship Family of Ten; and
  • Preparing Teens for Adulthood.

Click here to read the Spring 2015 Accent on Kids.

Today's Programs at Your Metro Parks

from Metro Parks

Visit the Metro Parks website to see today's programs at Metro Parks or search for upcoming programs.