Commissioners recognize “Red Ribbon Week” with proclamation | News, Sports, Jobs
STEUBENVILLE – Drug addiction issues have deeply affected the Ohio Valley.
On Thursday, with representatives from the Family Recovery Center and the Jefferson County Drug Court Program, Jefferson County Commissioners adopted a proclamation recognizing the nation’s largest and longest-running campaign to raise awareness of the issue – Red Ribbon Week .
“It’s a big problem,” said Commissioner Tony Morelli. âThe overdose deaths in our region are very, very worrying. I appreciate Family Recovery and any other group trying to fight this disease. It’s near me; this is something that I am very passionate about and always ready to try to help in any way.
The campaign dates back to the death of a Drug Enforcement Agency agent in 1985.
“We are very happy to support this”, said Commissioner Thomas Graham. âDrug addiction,â they estimate based on research I’ve seen, at least 10% of the workforce at all levels are addicted to something. Whatever we can do to help this cause, we are happy to do it.
Among those from the recovery center in attendance for the presentation was Ellen Rohde, a student from Catholic Central who is the leader of the youth coalition with the centre’s youth program.
“The celebration of Red Ribbon Week serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate young people and encourage participation in substance abuse prevention programs,” Rohde said. âThis year, the Family Recovery Center provided a red ribbon week banner and red ribbon-shaped yard signs for each school district in the county to display. We also offered various activities to involve the students.
She said there was also a Red Ribbon Week window decoration contest for businesses in the area.
“By placing the signs throughout the community, the students hear the drug prevention messages and see the red ribbon window decorations, the community sees a cohesive message: live drug free” Rohde said.
Seeing someone young involved was particularly encouraging for the commissioners.
“I am very grateful that the young people are involved” Graham said. âA lot of times you hear what’s going on with young people across the country. When you see young people like this getting involved, it gives everyone great hope in the future of this country. “
“Your (age group) getting involved could have a huge effect, I really believe it” Morelli said. “People who use or think about a certain type of chemical are going to pay more attention to your (age) group than mine.”
Doug Murray, head of the Recovery Center Youth Coalition, said she was one of many county youth who got involved in the county’s six school districts.
One activity that Rohde did on her own with her peers was to plan a themed week at her school based on different themes related to Red Ribbon Week.
“You did a really good job,” Commissioner Dave Maple said to Rohde. “Remember that (the younger generation) are the next people who should be sitting here, so it’s a good first step for you to get involved in something like this.”
Red ribbons will be on display in businesses and homes across the county during the week, which runs Saturday through October 30.
“The problem must be tackled from all angles from which it can be tackled”, Maple said.
On the theme of youth involvement, the commissioners also made an appointment with the Jefferson County Regional Airport Authority.
Richmond’s Dustin Van Fossen was approved to fill a vacant board position by a 2-1 vote. Van Fossen, a graduate of Edison High School and Eastern Gateway Community College, is vice president of Diamond Specialized Inc. and a pilot.
He said he grew up around the airport and airplanes with his father and had been a pilot for six years.
It was noted that Anthony Mougianis of Apollo Pro Cleaning and Restoration and a member of several county boards, had also applied.
Morelli, while praising Mougianis, whom he noted to be a friend, offered to nominate Van Fossen because he said it was time to add young people to the board. Graham also voted to approve.
âI talk about it all the time. I want to involve the next generation of leaders in our county â, Morelli said. “I consider you one of those.”
Maple voted against the nomination of Van Fossen, telling him it was nothing against him, rather it was because he wanted to be able to hear Mougianis.
Graham noted that Mougianis was invited to attend the meeting and was not available this week and next.
Also for the aeropark, the commissioners signed a contract with Shelly and Sands for a $ 2.6 million paving project to rebuild Taxiway A.
The project is funded 100 percent by the Federal Aviation Administration through CARES Act dollars.
The Commissioners received the clarification they were seeking during a prosecutor’s review of the contract for transportation services between the Department of Employment and Family Services and TranSmart USA.
Commissioners approved the contract pending prosecutor’s review last week. They feared that an emergency resolution passed by the board after the bidding process might require it to be re-bid due to “confusing” worded during the meeting, the emergency designation was adopted.
The prosecutor determined that DJFS followed the proper procedure.
The contract with TranSmart provides for a ramp-up period of 90 days, during which the emergency designation may need to be used to complete the service without tendering.
Once this 90 day period has elapsed, the emergency designation will end. The contract has an outsourcing clause, so after the 90 days, TranSmart will be responsible for outsourcing the services if necessary.
Coming back to an item regarding the exterior of the courthouse, the commissioners approved the Old Fort Steuben plan to use the courthouse for sound and light shows on certain dates during the holiday season.
The shows will be held following the illuminated fireworks display in Steubenville on November 23 and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on November 26 and 27, on December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18 and 23.