The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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July 12, 2013

Victims of Crime office to return to 40-hour week

JEFFERSON — Ashtabula County Commissioners agreed, Thursday, to allow the Victims of Crime Office to return to a 40-hour work week.

The office has been on a 32-hour work week for the past five years. A number of county offices were operating on reduced hours due to budget cuts; however, all of the offices have been restored to a 40-hour work week with the exception of Victims of Crime.

Cindy VanAllen, director of the office, approached commissioners on the matter last week as a grant application was contingent upon their approval. Commissioners decided to hold off making a decision until Thursday’s meeting, when County Administrator Janet Discher returned from vacation and the financial impact to the county could be discussed.

The grant being submitted will cover 75 percent of the office’s operating costs and the county matches 25 percent. Discher said the county’s portion would increase regardless because of health insurance costs. The county will pay under $7,000 a year for the office to return to 40 hours a week, she said.

The grant will be submitted to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office in the amount of $74,259, with a local cash match of $24,753 and $5,240 from the State Victims Assistance Act, for a total cost of $99,012.

In other business, commissioners approved:

• A resolution ordering bids for hit mix asphalt resurfacing,

• A resolution ordering publication and requests for proposals for health related and employment related transportation services,

• A resolution ordering publication and requests for proposals for Title XX social service programs,

• A sewer and water builders license for Eclipse Co. LLC.

Commissioners also approved a number of financial transactions for the county.

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