Longtime JFS director to retire

Eileen Dray-Bardon

LISBON — The longtime director of Columbiana County Department of Job and Family Services is retiring.

Eileen Dray-Bardon sent county commissioners a letter on Tuesday stating she intends to retire May 3 following 40 years with the JFS, the last 22 as director. Commissioners accepted the letter at their meeting on Wednesday.

“While I continue to care deeply about the work of the CDJFS as well as that of our community partners and enjoy all the opportunities associated with it, I have many other interests I wish to pursue while I am able to do so,” said 68-year-old Dray-Bardon, who serves on the county park district board and has other outside interests.

Dray-Bardon thanked commissioners for their confidence in her, and commissioners reciprocated.

“I know this board, and others in the county, want to thank her” for Dray-Bardon’s years of service, said commission chairman Mike Halleck.

In other action, commissioners:

— Elected Halleck as chairman for 2019, replacing commissioner Tim Weigle, who ran meetings in 2018.

— Agreed to continue meeting at 9 a.m. every Wednesday.

— Reappointed county port authority board president Charlie Presley to another term.

— Scheduled a hearing for Feb. 6 on a road-closing application filed by Matt and Stacey Zines of Hanover Township. The Zines own property on Wooddale Road at Guilford Lake, and in the middle is an unnamed and unused alley that exists only on paper. The Zines want to build a garage on the parcel but cannot get financing until the unused alley is officially closed, with the property going to them.

— Gave the county engineer’s office permission to seek bids for rehabilitation of a sanitary sewer trunk line that is part of the county’s Guilford Lake sewer system. The upgrade is part of the county’s efforts to reduce the amount of groundwater and stormwater infiltrating the system.