Commissioners OK programs to assist crime victims

By D. Anthony Botkin -

Delaware County Commissioners approved and authorized requests Monday from the juvenile and probate court, the engineer’s office and the sanitary sewer district.

Karen Wadkins, Delaware County Juvenile and Probate Court fiscal coordinator, asked commissioners for permission to submit three applications for grants from the Ohio Attorney General’s programs, Victims of Crime Act, Victim Services Program and the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program.

“This a continuation of the program that we have had in the court since 1987,” Wadkins said “This one is specific to victims of juvenile crime in Delaware County.” It’s a resubmission for a request of funding, she said.

Wadkins asked commissioners’ permission to submit applications to the Ohio Department of Youth Services for funding. She said the request is for three different opportunities through the Ohio Department of Youth Services.

“The first is for House Bill 153, there are some funds available for trainings we would like to send our probation and intake officers to,” Wadkins said. “The second is a Competitive RECLAIM that we’re requesting for again for additional trainings.”

According to the Ohio Department of Youth Services website, the Competitive RECLAIM program is a $2.2 million grant awarded each fiscal year.

Wadkins said the Ohio Department of Youth Services is pushing for a more evidence-based practice and funds for the training of probation officers.

“The third is our standard DYS RECLAIM allocation and base allocation,” Wadkins said. “This fund is all about probation officers and our intake officers as well as our family advocates.”

Wadkins said she is hopeful to receive all the requested funds.

She asked for a memorandum of understanding between Delaware County and Union County on a joint Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program.

Wadkins said the county had a single CASA staff member in Union County to monitor volunteers and assign cases. She said it was the second year for the Delaware County court to provide services to Union County.

Wadkins asked for commissioners’ approval on an agreement between the Delaware County Juvenile Court, the commissioners and the Board of Education of the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio for a truancy officer.

In other business commissioners:

• Approved a service agreement with Lighting Resources LLC for disposal of decommissioned Ultra Violet and fluorescent bulbs for the Sanitary Sewer District.

“This is a service agreement to dispose of our UV bulbs,” said Michael Frommer, Sanitary Engineering and Development director. “At all of our treatment facilities use that as one of the final steps in the treatment processing we use UV light to kill any bacteria organisms before our discharge hits the stream.”

Frommer said switching to Lighting Resources would save money over the third party vendor his department had used in the past.

• Declared the necessity for improvements to Moody Road, including the furnishing and installing of box culverts; and approving plans, specifications, estimates and setting the bid date for box culvert supply contract for the county engineer.

• Approved a pipeline relocation and reimbursement agreement between Columbia Gas of Ohio Inc. and the county for the county engineer.

By D. Anthony Botkin

D. Anthony Botkin may be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @dabotkin.

D. Anthony Botkin may be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @dabotkin.