Monroe County DJFS receives recognition

WOODSFIELD – The Monroe County Department of Job and Family Services was honored Monday by the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, during the county commissioners’ meeting.

Two executive sessions also were conducted by the commissioners, and two appointments were approved.

Tom Thompson, representing the Wayne National Forest, presented a plaque from the U.S. Forest Service to Bill Long of the DJFS. It was given in recognition of the department’s accomplishment as a partner with the Wayne National Forest in working to help in protecting the environment and health as well as the safety of the public during the storm damage of 2012.

Long said it would not have been possible without the cooperation of everyone involved.

Most of Monday morning was spent in two executive sessions with the first in regard to pending litigation. Meeting in that session with the commissioners was Prosecuting Attorney James L. Peters.

The second executive session held in the Monroe County Community Improvement Corp. office was with the CIC in regard to contract negotiations.

No action was taken after the sessions in either instance.

Commissioners resumed their regular session at approximately 1 p.m.

Appointments approved were for Ashley Schumacher to serve on the Monroe County Library Board and Bill Thompson to be a member of the Workforce Investment Board.

Commissioners approved a motion to close the courthouse Oct. 8 in observance of Columbus Day. Their regular meeting has been changed to Oct. 9, beginning at 9 a.m.

Cathy Campbell, executive director of the Tri-County Help Center, was present in regard to Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Commissioners approved a proclamation designating October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The proclamation, in part, notes that “we reaffirm the commitment of the County of Monroe to reducing violence in our homes as well as on our streets. We urge all citizens to participate in the activities planned by the Tri-County Help Center and other community organizations during this month.

“Citizens should also take this opportunity to educate themselves about the impact of domestic violence in Monroe County and become familiar with resources and programs available. This month, let us remember the victims of domestic violence; celebrate the survivors and work together to eliminate domestic violence from our community.”

The proclamation pointed out that domestic violence is an ongoing problem in Monroe County where in 2012, more than 500 primary victims received services from the Tri-County Help Center. It also was noted that 78 victims and their children were provided with 594 nights of emergency safe shelter.

According to the proclamation, 45 percent of homeless adults reported they had stayed in an abusive relationship because they had nowhere else to live.