Name change announced by commissioners

By Mary Grzebieniak


Lawrence County commissioners announced Tuesday that the Lawrence County Mental Health/Mental Retardation office will soon become “Lawrence County Mental Health and Developmental Services” in order to more accurately reflect the service it provides.

Commissioner Richard DeBlasio said the early intervention work done by the agency involves many types of developmental problems, not just mental retardation.

John Carran, acting director of the agency, said the name change will “put us more in line with a positive reference for services we will provide.”

He said many state agencies dealing with special needs have already undergone similar name changes.

Commissioner Steve Craig said no costs will be involved because the agency will use the old letterhead stationery and business cards until they run out and the office had no sign that would have to be replaced.

The offices are in the process of moving into the Gettings Annex.

An open house of the new quarters is being planned and will coincide with the renaming.

Commissioners plan to pass legislation to change the name in two weeks.

Commissioners also authorized incurring $350,000 in debt for a soon to be delivered tower to facilitate emergency communications in the county.

The debt will be paid with money the county receives from a fee charged on wireless phone bills.

Also Tuesday, commissioners said Lawrence county is “going green” with solar panels to save money on electricity.

Craig said that 30 solar panels installed in February at the Central Court building across from the courthouse are now online and generating electricity. The panels are not visible from the outside of the building as a security measure, Craig said.

He said that soon, a panel will be installed outside the Treasurer’s office in the Lawrence County Government Center which will register the amount of electricity being generated.

The panels will produce only a small portion of the electricity needed to run the building.

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