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Harrison County DJFS closed for training Feb. 28

T-L Photo/CARRI GRAHAM Deb Knight, assistant director of Harrison County Department of Job and Family Services, speaks with commissioners at Wednesday’s regularly scheduled meeting. Knight announced the DJFS will be closed for annual staff training next Friday.

CADIZ — The Harrison County Department of Job and Family Services will close one day next week for annual staff training.

Deb Knight, assistant director of the DJFS, announced the closure at Wednesday’s regularly scheduled commission meeting. Knight told Commissioners Dale Norris, Don Bethel and Paul Coffland that the department will hold an “agency-wide staff meeting” next Friday.

“We will be closing the agency for the day,” Knight said.

The HCDJFS will be closed Feb. 28 due to a full-day, mandatory staff training. Knight said it’s important for all the staff to participate in the training session together versus doing separate trainings.

“The training consists of some personnel training. We’re going to do some fiscal training,” she said.

The DJFS is also preparing to start a cross training project.

“Our income maintenance staff don’t understand what Children Services staff do, and vice versa. And we think it’s really important that the whole agency understands our services,” she said.

Knight said each DJFS unit is responsible for providing some level of training to the other agency on what their job entails. In the future as the program continues, job shadowing will be implemented as well, she said.

The agency will reopen at 8:30 a.m. March 2. Any individuals in need of the department’s services during the closure should do the following:

∫ For needs related to Medicaid, SNAP and OWF, individuals should call 844-640-6446.

∫ For emergencies related to Children Services or Adult Protective Services, individuals should call the sheriff’s office at 740-942-2797 and request the on-call DJFS worker.

∫ For workforce development or Jobs Center-related needs, individuals can visit the Jefferson County Community Action Council in Steubenville at 114 N. Fourth Street.

In other news, Engineer Doug Bachman also met with commissioners to announce his department will begin to accept the bids for materials. The materials include ashes, asphalt concrete, gasoline and fuel oil, ice control grits, limestone, ready-mix concrete, sand and gravel, bituminous asphalt emulsions and propane.

“Specifications and bidding forms are available at the office of the Harrison County Engineer, located at 100 West Market Street, Cadiz,” the notification states.

Coffland made the motion to approve the bidding specifications; Bethel seconded the motion, and it was unanimously approved.

Bachman said the bidding for the engineer’s materials takes place each year.

“We have a limited budget. Without bidding out the materials, we are limited to $50,000 worth of materials,” he said.

He said the department bids out the materials so the office is able to purchase the supplies throughout the year without worrying about the limit.

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