Commissioners create employment program, discuss county dog shelter

The Monroe County Commissioners approved contracts Wednesday, Jan. 4 between the Monroe County Department of Job and Family Services and two area entities that will create a Comprehensive Case Management and Employment Program for the county.

The Department of Job and Family Services will work with Tri-County Community Services of Guernsey, Monroe and Noble counties and Mid-East Career Center for the program.

The purpose of the program is to provide assistance to area youths, ages 16-24, in finding employment or furthering their education.
The program will be jointly funded through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

Through the contracts, GMN Tri-County will provide alternative education, guidance and counseling, skills training and financial literacy education. Services also include dropout prevention.

The services provided by Mid-East will include career pathway, entrepreneurial skills training and leadership education.

The contracts are effective immediately and to through June 30. The contracts may be renewed for one year based on review, performance and available funding.

Also Jan. 4, the Commissioners approved a resolution authorizing Monroe County Department of Job and Family Services Director Jeanette Harter to act as their designee for approving inter-county fund adjustments.

The resolution permits Harter to sign inter-county adjustment agreements on behalf of Monroe County until Dec. 31, with the understanding that a summary of such adjustments shall be provided to the Commissioners on a quarterly basis.
Rhonda Piatt appeared before the Commissioners Monday, Jan. 9 to inform them of the deplorable conditions at the Monroe County Dog Pound.

Piatt said the deteriorating conditions have made it almost impossible to house the 14 dogs they currently. Piatt has had to contact outside rescue operations take the cats and puppies she had been housing.

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