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EMA director completes advanced federal academy

Photo by Justin Hahn, FEMA, provided by Peggy Clark From left, Scott Kelberg, Acting Deputy Superintendent, Emergency Management Institute, Federal Emergency Management Agency, congratulates Columbiana County Emergency Management Agency Director Peggy Clark on her graduation from the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy in Emmitsburg, Md. last week. The county commissioners commended Clark Wednesday for her efforts.

LISBON — Columbiana County Emergency Management Agency Director Peggy Clark can add National Emergency Management Advanced Academy graduate to her resume.

County Commissioner Tim Weigle invited Clark to the board meeting Wednesday to recognize the accomplishment and thank her, saying “we appreciate your time.

Clark said attendees have to be accepted into the national program and she traveled back and forth from Maryland for a week at a time for the four-week course. She said she was grateful to be finished and graduated and was appreciative of Deputy Director/911 Coordinator Brian Rutledge for handling everything while she was gone each week.

According to the FEMA website, “Students learn skills critical to performing emergency management responsibilities, such as: program management and oversight, effective communication at all levels, integrated collaboration, and strategic thinking, along with completing a NEMAA Paper prior to attending the third course.”

The NEMMA program “consists of four (4) resident courses that are each five (5) days in duration and completed during the current Federal fiscal year, as well as completing a comprehensive paper prior to graduation. Attendance at each course is required and must be attended in sequential order.” The list of courses includes: Application of Advanced Individual Concepts in Emergency Management; Assessment of Teams in Professional Emergency Management; Contemporary Issues in the Emergency Management Organization; and Advanced Concepts and Policy in Emergency Management Profession.

Commissioner Mike Halleck said it’s refreshing “to know you have our back and the county’s back.”

In other business, commissioners appointed new county Chief of Adult Probation Kyle Gainor to the governing board for the Eastern Ohio Correction Center, which has a facility for men in Wintersville and a facility for women in Lisbon at the former county jail on Market Street. EOCC Executive Director Phil Nunes attended the meeting and said Gainor will be a great addition. Gainor’s term on the EOCC board will continue through Oct. 31, 2025.

County Department of Job and Family Services Director Rachel Ketterman presented several contracts and contract amendments for commissioners to approve.

Commissioners agreed to: increase the contract ceiling with Smith Oil for client gasoline vouchers by $5,000 to a total of $16,000 for the contract which ends Sept. 30; approved a contract with the Columbiana County Prosecutor for Children’s Protective Services and Adult Protective Services Investigator from Oct. 1 this year to Sept. 30, 2023 with a spending ceiling of $50,000; approved contracts with Ozer Ministries from Oct. 1 this year to Sept. 30, 2023 for Two Parent Family Support with a ceiling of $8,162, for Domestic Violence Outreach with a ceiling of $10,000 and Domestic Violence Support with a ceiling of $37,479.

The commissioners also approved changes to the Prevention, Retention, Contingency Plan to increase caps on the gas voucher program to $200, child welfare contingency services to $2,000, kinship caregiver program to $3,000 and increase the economic need standard to 200 percent of the poverty level for contingency services with a cap of up to $2,000. Contingency services can include rent, repair or purchase of furnace or water tank, medically necessary air conditioner another emergency needs.

The commissioners also approved an expense of $5,626 to repair restrooms at the Juvenile Court facilities through the American Rescue Plan Act and gave Christian Barnes and Kenneth, Breann, Christina and Glenn Warner permission to hunt on County Home Road property.

The next meeting will be 9 a.m. Aug. 17.

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