County commissioners vote to place DD board replacement levy on the November ballot

by Gabriel McVey

WAYNE TOWNSHIP – During an evening meeting on Tuesday, July 25, at the Wayne Township offices, the Ashtabula County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to submit a two-mill, continuous replacement levy to the Ashtabula County Auditor for certification in order to fund the Ashtabula County Board of Developmental Disabilities (DD Board).

City of Ashtabula recognized for outstanding achievement in community development, citing its role in Bridge Street revitalization

by Gabriel McVey

ASHTABULA – The City of Ashtabula’s Office of Planning and Community Development was recognized as the Community Development Department of the Year for its work in helping revitalize Bridge Street and historic Ashtabula Harbor during a Wednesday, July 26th, conference of the Ohio Conference of Community Development (OCCD) at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cleveland.

Safety gear donated to county jail, city and village law enforcement personnel

by Gabriel McVey

JEFFERSON – Representatives from local law-enforcement agencies and the Ashtabula County Jail received a donation of safety gloves and masks care of Jefferson attorney Michelle French and Ashtabula County Commissioner Kathryn Whittington during a brief meeting the evening of Thursday, July 27.

Austinburg Township trustees schedule public hearing on proposed medical marijuana zoning change

by Gabriel McVey

AUSTINBURG TOWNSHIP – The Austinburg Township Board of Trustees scheduled a public hearing at the Austinburg Township offices for Monday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m. to give local residents the opportunity to make suggestions and provide feedback on a proposed change to the township’s zoning code that will allow the cultivation, processing and dispensation of medical marijuana.

Family Drug Court receives initial certification, aims to reunite parents and children

by Gabriel McVey

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP – A planned special-docket court at the Ashtabula County Juvenile Court known as Family Drug Court has received its initial certification from the Ohio Supreme Court and will begin seeing cases Aug. 18 in which parents with a substance abuse problem have either lost or are at risk of losing custody of their minor children – something the court will seek to help parents remedy.