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March 5-9 is Carrollton schools Kindergarten registration

Carrollton Exempted Village School District will hold Kindergarten registration for the 2018/2019 school year the week of March 5-9 from 9 a.m to 3 p.m.

If your child will be five years old by Aug. 1, you will need to register them at the school they will be attending, Carrollton, Augusta or Dellroy elementary schools.

Parents should bring their child’s birth certificate, shot record, proof of residence and custody papers when registering the child.

For more information or questions, contact the school the child will attend at:

Carrollton Elementary – 330-627-4592; Augusta Elementary – 330-627-2442; or Dellroy Elementary – 330-735-2850.

Shredding of county documents creates headache for maintenance dept.

By Nancy Schaar
FPS Correspondent


County Building Maintenance Supervisor Ed Eick discussed issues regarding the shredding of documents at the courthouse with county commissionsers.

The shredder is located in a room designated as “off limits”.  No one is supposed to be in the room except his staff or supervised repairmen.  According the Ohio Revised Code, the maintenance area of the courthouse is for authorized personnel only.

Eick said several offices use the shredder.

“They don’t clean up their mess and they don’t take the bags out to where they belong.  This creates a fire hazard,” said Eick.  He asked commissioners, “who owns the shredder? When items from courthouse offices need shredding, it is done by maintenance personnel.   There have been times when personnel should to be doing other duties, but are at the shredder disposing of documents at the order of another department head. Those duties aren’t getting done and the employee isn’t sure what they should or should not be doing,” continued Eick.

Eick said he wants clarification regarding the issue because the county also contracts with Carroll Hills Industries to shred sensitive documents.

Eick said some departments will not use the Carroll Hills service because the documents have to leave the courthouse to be shredded and they feel it is a security issue.

“We pick up the documents from the departments for MRDD.  They are placed in a locked box,” said Eick.

He suggested the department that uses the shredder most could place it in their office.

“You certainly don’t want to be in the shredding business,” said Commissioner Bob Wirkner.

Commissioners use Carroll Hills Industries to shred 90% of their old documents.  More sensitive documents are destroyed in the commissioners office by clerks.

Eick suggested each department get a shredder and take care of their own documents.

Commissioner Jeff Ohler advised Eick to check with the Title Office and the Board of Elections office since they are the two offices that use the shredder the most.

In other matters, commissioners agreed to hire Ohio Regional Development Corporation of Coshocton for one year to handle the Community Housing Impact and Preservation Program (CHIP) for FY18.  Ohio Regional scored the best out of the two companies who submitted Request for Qualifications for the project.

In other business commissioners:

– SIGNED a contract with Dynergy through May 2021 as recommended by County Commissioners Association of Ohio Service Corporation/Palmer Energy Company.

– SIGNED an agreement with the village of Carrollton with a Memorandum of Understanding to house the secondary 911 PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point).

– RENEWED a contract between Carroll County Transit and the Veterans Service Commission from Jan. 1, 2018, to Dec. 31, 2018, at $1.75 per mile.

Matt Morena joins Malvern council

By Nancy Schaar
FPS Correspondent


Matt Morena

MALVERN – Village council members welcomed Matt Morena to fill the vacant seat on council. Three applicants were interviewed and Morena was chosen for the position.

Morena has lived in Malvern most of his life and says he wants to help to the community he loves.  He and his wife have two children.

“I’m involved with Harrison Hills campground and I enjoy helping there and I wanted to help Malvern too. It’s something I enjoy,” said Morena.

He is a Brown Local Schools bus driver and instructor and works with Burwell Services.

Two die on county highways in three-hour span

By Carol McIntire



CARROLLTON – With a span of three hours Friday, two people died as a result of injuries sustained on highways in Carroll County.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a crash on SR 9 that claimed the life of a Carrollton man and the New Philadelphia Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSP) is investigating a crash on SR 171 that claimed the life of a Magnolia woman.

The county 911 dispatch center received a call at 3:36 p.m. about the accident on SR 9 between Moccasin and Mackel roads. While emergency personnel were on the scene at that crash, the dispatch center received a call at 6:35 p.m. about the SR 171 crash.

Sheriff Dale Williams said Benjamin J. Wallace, 38, of 559 Garfield Ave., Carrollton, was driving a 2004 Ford F-250 pickup south on SR 9 around a curve on a hill when he lost control of the vehicle. The truck went left of center and off the left side of the roadway, down an embankment and struck two trees.

Wallace was pronounced dead at the scene.

Health commissioner says communication with commissioners, auditor over budget didn’t happen

By Nancy Schaar
FPS Correspondent


County Health Commissioner Leann Cline informed board of health members during the Jan. 24 meeting $113,000 from the carryover funds can be used in the operating budget.

New employee Hether Hawk said she is learning how to do transfers and learning the paper work from the county auditors office.

While referencing the problems with providing the county auditor’s office and county commissioners the numbers they needed from the health department to complete the final budget for 2018 general fund, Hawk said, “It’s really hard to get a budget before the end of the year.  It’s next to impossible.”

Board member Dan Trbovich asked if it was only a temporary budget, why all the big blow up about it?

“It is hard to have a hard budget. I did not talk to the auditor and I did not talk to the commissioners. My staff is no longer here. Maybe the fiscal officer talked to them. It was not me. Up to 4 p.m., I never talked to anyone. It is literally impossible to get line items in until Dec. 31,” stated Cline.

Commissioners said they and the auditor’s office had a difficult time getting Cline to submit her final numbers for the year. Deadlines were set and they came and went with no response from Cline, according to Commissioner Bob Wirkner.

Commissioners held a special meeting at 9 a.m. Dec. 29 solely for the purpose of receiving numbers from the health department so they could finalize the budget for 2018.  That time came and went with no information from the health department.

An email sent Dec. 29 at 9:25 a.m. from Deputy Auditor Stacy Taylor stated:

“Hi Leann,

The commissioners would like to approve the 2018 budget by 12 p.m. today.  We need all documents for the 2018 budget turned in by 12 pm today or we will have to use the prior year appropriations.”

At 11:30 a.m. the same day, Commissioner Jeff Ohler sent an email to Cline stating:

“We cannot approve any of the county budget until this is rectified. Thank you for your immediate attention in getting this rectified.”

Ohler said he remembers calling on the telephone and speaking via conference that day to both fiscal officer Tomi Moore and Cline, although Cline stated at the January Board of Health meeting that she did not speak to anyone in either office that day.

The only response commissioners received from Cline on December 29 was that she needed a few more hours, then again she needed a few more hours.

Taylor received an email from Cline Jan. 3 at 11:57 a.m. saying she submitted a budget Dec. 1 and asked Taylor what was wrong with the budget she turned in.

Taylor responded shortly after that, saying the budget had to be approved through commissioners’ minutes.  She noted   the budget turned in Dec. 1 could not be used as it is illegal to have appropriations exceed the available budget.

Cline was also told at that time if the budget was not turned in by the deadline, the auditor’s office will not be able to pay any bills, payroll, or other expenses until her budget was received and approved.

The budget for the health department was turned in to commissioners and the auditor’s office Jan. 3.

Cline did not return several phone calls to The Free Press Standard in response to these issues.

In other matters, the health board discussed changes proposed to the policies and personnel issues.

The accumulation of vacation days was discussed at length.  Employees were able to accumulate up to 240 hours in vacation time but that amount is being changed.

At issue was the date the employee was hired.  It was unclear whether an employee’s vacation days are accrued from the first date they worked for Carroll County or if they came from another department or another county, if that time is continued from the start date of the other entity.

The matter was tabled until Hawk is able to provide a list of employees who will be affected by this change.

The board moved to go into executive session to discuss complaints against a public employee.  Visitor Gordon Warner questioned if the employee was notified of the complaints and if they were to be given a chance to respond to these complaints.

Cline’s response was the executive session was for a former employee.

The media asked how they could have an executive session stating it was for a public employee when it was in fact for a former employee but was given no response.  Visitors and the media were then moved to the lobby area.

They also met in executive session to discuss the promotion of a public employee.  The third session was held to consider personnel matters and to discuss the employment of a public employee.

The board did not inform the public or the media when they went back into the session before they adjourned.   The media became aware that the meeting was over when two members of the board were exiting the building.

When questioned, the board members said there was no action taken following any of the three sessions.

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