COLUMBUS — Sidney Mayor Mike Barhorst led a group of 10 mayors who lately met with Gov. Mike DeWine at the governor’s mansion in Columbus. The mayors, all from municipalities possessing populations very similar to that of Sidney, talked over matters with Governor DeWine ranging from the enlargement of broadband to violent crime .
“Based on my travels across the point out, I was not stunned that the most urgent problem identified by the mayors was the incapacity of businesses to find staff to fill offered work,” Barhorst said. “If I were being to rank challenges in their get of relevance, the absence of an obtainable workforce would rank initial, followed by the absence of housing in all price ranges, workforce enhancement, and the funding for infrastructure improvements.”
“However, we also talked over the trouble jurisdictions had been enduring recruiting law enforcement officers, physique cameras, information storage, embedding social personnel in law enforcement departments, and growing the penalties for criminals who have weapons underneath incapacity,” Barhorst said. “Other matters provided child treatment, black toddler mortality, the pandemic, the part that mental wellbeing plays in homelessness, and the worth of nearby health and fitness departments.”
Prior to the meeting ending, Initially Girl Fran DeWine spoke to the mayors about regional assist for Dolly Parton’s Creativity Library. She gave just about every of individuals attending the meeting her most new cookbook, which contained recipes from both of those Mrs. DeWine and Dolly Parton.
“Early childhood literacy has so several confirmed positives in a child’s existence, and that is why I’m thrilled to promote the Imagination Library Method,” the Very first Lady claimed. “Children from birth to age 5 who are enrolled in the program receive a free of charge guide just about every month. Mike and I imagine just about every baby should enter kindergarten with a very good, strong start out, and this system absolutely aids make that come about.”
Shelby County has, for some time, led the point out in the proportion of little ones enrolled in the system. At this time, 66.83% of the obtainable young children in Shelby County are enrolled in Dolly Parton’s Creativeness Library.
In addition to Barhorst, the group included Maple Heights Mayor Annette Blackwell, Lebanon Mayor Amy Brewer, Miamisburg Mayor Michelle Collins, New Philadelphia Mayor Joel Working day, Chillicothe Mayor Luke Feeney, Willoughby Mayor Robert Fiala, Ashland Mayor Matt Miller, Athens Mayor Steve Patterson and Hudson Mayor Craig Shubert.
Sidney Mayor Mike Barhorst shares a lighter instant with Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Athens Mayor Steve Patterson at a current conference at the governor’s mansion in Columbus.