The Wyandot County Commissioners were ecstatic Monday as they announced the county has received funds for temporary workers this summer.
“We thought they were going to get rid of the entire program they had last year, but then the state found some (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) money,” Commissioner Steve Seitz said. “The state got $26 million and Wyandot County got $53,000 for its program, so we’re going to have a program again this year with 30-40 youth. We’re going to have a crew that will work for the county with a paid supervisor.”
For several years, the county received Workforce Investment Act money, but the funding was slightly different.
“It’s a little different because with the WIA, Job and Family Services actually had to pay them and do everything, whereas the county will now pay them and we will be reimbursed,” Seitz said. “They will actually be county employees.”
Seitz said the program is very beneficial to not only the county, but for the community members and workers as well because of what the workers learn.
“They learn a lot of how to work, dress, show up on time and just work hard at a job,” he said. “You have to be there 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. five days a week in order to get that paycheck.
“They come from low-income homes or with some kind of barrier,” Seitz added. “A company which had one particular kid last year said they want him back this year, with the possibility of hiring him.”
For more information, contact Josh Anderson at Job and Family Services at 419-294-4977, ext. 233.
The commissioners also passed a resolution to apply to the Ohio Department of Development for funding under the Community Developmental Block Grant Program.
Of the $76,000, $13,000 went to administration and fair housing, $41,677 for county home air conditioners and $21,323 for the village of Sycamore to replace water meters.
Commissioner Mike Wheeler said Sycamore will be contributing $4,000 as well to their project and the Wyandot County Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center’s air conditioners were a long-time coming.
By PATRICK MASSARA