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County commissioners OK updated hazard plan

LISBON — Columbiana County commissioners on Wednesday approved an updated hazard mitigation plan so the county can remain eligible for federal disaster aid.

County Emergency Management Agency Director Peggy Clark told commissioners the plan must be updated every five years, and communities in the county can adopt the county’s plan as its own or come up with one itself.

The update includes polling communities to learn what are their chief concerns when it comes to public hazards. Clark said flooding and hazardous waste spills topped the list.

In other action, commissioners approved the contract between the county Department of Job and Family Services and Complete Pest Solutions to provide extermination services, with a contract ceiling of $6,000. The source of funding is federal public assistant money the JFS receives to provides services to income-eligible households.

JFS Director Rachel Ketterman told commissioners the program is used by the Children Services division to address bug and rodent infestation problems their caseworkers encounter when performing home inspections. The JFS spent less than $3,500 on these services last year.

tgiambroni@mojonews.com

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