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Grant helps Salem, two businesses with drug-free workplace policies

EAST LIVERPOOL — The city of Salem and two businesses ended up benefiting from a $20,000 state grant to help businesses draft drug-free workplace policies.

The grant was awarded to the county Mental Health and Recovery Services Board (MHRSB), which asked the county Port Authority to develop and administer the program.

Port Authority CEO Penny Traina reported at the board’s recent meeting the program is concluded, with the beneficiaries being Salem, Humtown Products outside Columbiana and the Hot Dog Shop in East Liverpool. She said each received help in drafting an updated drug-free workplace policy or a new policy, addition to two days of staff training.

The initial goal was to help five small local businesses, and Traina said they approached 12 about participating in the project but only four actually applied, with one later dropping out, leaving only Salem, Humtown and the Hot Dog Shop.

She said Humtown had an existing drug-free workplace policy that was upgraded, while Salem had a drug-testing policy but now has a comprehensive drug-free workplace policy.

The value of the training was $2,000 per recipient with the port authority receiving the remaining $14,000 to cover its administrative costs and related expenses, Traina said.

In other action, the board:

— Agreed to a one-year contract with the county Educational Service Center to provide computer technical support at $50 an hour on an as-needed basis. Traina said the person they have used for years to provide basic IT services — Cindy Gadd — was retiring, so they needed to find a replacement.

— Renewed one-year leases with two existing longtime tenants at its Cherry Fork industrial complex in Leetonia– Mitsubishi Heavy Industry of America Inc. and HK Technologies Inc. – under the same terms and conditions.

— Awarded the following contracts for improvements to the port authority’s headquarters: $34,200 to Eichler Construction of Salem for roof repairs and $7,100 to Tolson Comfort Systems of Salem to install a new HVAC service for the office area.

tgiambroni@mojonews.com

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