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Madison County commissioners, left, and residents and landowners in the Blaugher Avenue area of Newport, listen to county Engineer David Brand explain what steps will need to be taken to improve the poor drainage which plagues the area at present. The ditch hearing was held Monday during the commissioners meeting.
Madison County commissioners, left, and residents and landowners in the Blaugher Avenue area of Newport, listen to county Engineer David Brand explain what steps will need to be taken to improve the poor drainage which plagues the area at present. The ditch hearing was held Monday during the commissioners meeting.
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Ten young people in Madison County will have summer employment thanks to a program offered through the county’s Job and Family Services (JFS) department, it was reported to the county commissioners on Monday.


Lori Dodge-Dorsey, JFS director, said nine of the 10 individuals needed personnel actions to be hired by various employers. One of the 10 is continuing in their current position.


The youth are placed with various employers, based on the young person’s job interest.


The employers include the following: Madison County-London City Health District and Board of Developmental Disabilities; Latchkey program at Norwood Elementary in West Jefferson; Madison-Plains Bus Garage; London Police Department; Emergency Management Agency.


The youth will be paid in a range of $8 per hour to $9 per hour, depending on years in the program and possession of a high school diploma. They will work between 22 hours and 34 hours per week. The program will span eight weeks.


The youth work is funded through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and administered by the U.S. Department of Labor.


Anna Schafer, administrator, said the youth will also take classroom sessions on life skills and work-sustaining skills. Sherri Kronk is the program coordinator.


In other business, Dodge-Dorsey requested and was granted permission to hire the Clark County Health Department to conduct an assessment survey through all four Madison County schools. She said the survey will examine youth risk behavior, including drug use and involvement in sexual activity, among others.


She said the data gathered will be used to construct prevention programs.


“It gives us a snapshot of where our youth are,” Dodge-Dorsey said.


Cost of the survey will be $3,100.


Also on Monday, commissioners and the administrator for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) held a bid opening for repair work on three London bridges, but no bids were submitted.


Three bridges over Oak Run on North Madison Road, Center Street, and U.S. Route 42 need concrete repair, said Whitaker Wright, grant administrator. The estimate for the work is $48,000.


With no bids submitted, Wright said he would “caucus” with City of London manager Steve Hume to discuss the next move.


Moving water more efficiently in and around residences on Blaugher Avenue in Newport was discussed in the first hearing for the ditch affecting water drainage in that area.


The ditch is not draining, said Lowena White. She said there is a pool of standing water more than a foot deep in the rear of her property. Eight property owners attended the first hearing on the issue.


Following heavy rain, water is ponding on White’s property and in portions of farm fields which lie within that watershed. One of the fields belongs to John Binns, who has soybeans planted in the 48 acres, “except in spots where they drown out.”


To avoid the future drowning of plants and other standing water issues, subsurface pipe needs to be installed and the ground reshaped to help surface water drain more efficiently.


Steve Cramer owns approximately 29 acres in the area, which will also benefit from improved drainage.


A preliminary estimate provided by county Engineer David Brand was approximately $35,500 with Cramer and Binns bearing the majority of the expense.


The next hearing date will be held at 11 a.m., July 21.


Dean Shipley can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 17 or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.


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