Federal data says toxic emissions are declining in central Ohio.
Local and state officials and members of the Ohio Congressional delegation continue to support recruiting for 1,100 new jobs at the Defense Supply Center of Columbus, even though Congress passed a continuing resolution last month temporarily cutting funds for that purpose.
The six month old 311 City Call Center fields residents call about trash collection, code violations and potholes now in Spanish and Somali
About 1,700 young people, ages 12 to 21, are held in the custody of Ohio’s Department of Youth Services each year. Officials say many will be returned to confinement within a few years. The agency’s director hopes to cut recidivism by implementing new measures – which include recruiting community volunteers to help with literacy and job training.
Franklin county social workers are on strike after failing to reach a new contract agreement with the county. The two sides remain committed to their positions. The pickets went up at 7:00 in the morning as some 500 case workers and other children services employees walked off the job.
Unionized workers at Franklin County Children Services have authorized a strike if the union fails to reach an agreement management. The union has rejected a state fact-finder’s report which was requested after a breakdown in contract negotiations.
Earlier this month, Franklin County Children’s Services overcame formal opposition to win voter approval of a 1-point-9 mill property tax levy. By winning at the polls, the agency avoided staff lay-offs and other cutbacks. But, critics of the agency say it still needs to be more accountable in its handling of custody cases.
Franklin County Children’s Services provides care for more than 72-hundred children in Central Ohio. The agency is required to investigate all referrals of children who are alleged to be abused, neglected or dependent. While referrals have increased during the last several years, critics of the agency say in too many cases families are being split.