County DD board to provide custodians

By Jane Beathard

June 30, 2014

The Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities (DD) will provide janitorial services at the courthouse and the new municipal court building, under a proposed agreement with the county commissioners.

The buildings are designated work sites of the agency’s “inclusion” program that links disabled students and adults with employers, according to manager Jenn Coleman.

Currently, only one full-time custodian — Jamie Shirley — oversees upkeep and maintenance at the courthouse and all other county buildings. Municipal court defendants completing community service sentences provide supplemental help, according to clerk Jean Hughes.

However, community service workers are often unreliable and should not have access to cash and records in courtroom offices, Hughes told the commissioners on Monday.

DD will pick up the cost of one inclusion worker and a job coach for the next six weeks. The commissioners can then decide to retain the worker and put the worker on the payroll, under the proposed agreement.

The county may add a second, part-time employee from the inclusion program to care for the new court building now under construction on North Oak Street. The facility is due to open in late summer or early fall.

Madison County Ride will provide transportation for program workers, Hughes said.

Commissioner Dave Dhume called the arrangement “a great opportunity” for both the county and the local community of disabled people.

Jane Beathard can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 1616 or via Twitter @JaneBeathard.