Treasurer Josh Mandel announces launch of the Ashtabula County Checkbook on

COLUMBUS – Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced last week the launch of Ashtabula County’s online checkbook on In December 2014, Treasurer Mandel launched, which sets a new national standard for government transparency and for the first time in Ohio history puts all state spending information on the internet. recently earned Ohio the number one government transparency ranking in the country for the third year in a row.

County Land Bank adds Grand River Target Area to Blight Demolition Program

ASHTABULA COUNTY - The Ashtabula County Land Reutilization Corporation (a.k.a. The Land Bank) has recently been approved to expand their residential blight removal in the “Grand River” (inclusive of Villages of Jefferson, Rock Creek and Roaming Shores and Harpersfield, Austinburg, Harpersfield, Hartsgrove, Jefferson, Lenox, Morgan, New Lyme, Rome and Trumbull Townships) Target Area.

Commissioner Column: High-Speed Internet Access Bill a must for Ashtabula County

This week I wanted to take a moment to highlight an important issue that impacts thousands of residents throughout Ashtabula County and that is access to high-speed internet. While Ashtabula County is fortunate to be the largest county in the State of Ohio in terms of the overall geographic size, of which there are many positive aspects to being such a large county, there are challenges that come with being so big in the state.

Patterson’s bipartisan school safety bill passes Ohio House

COLUMBUS—State Reps. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) and Sarah LaTourette (R-Chesterland) today announced the House passage of House Bill (HB) 318, their bipartisan legislation to outline the duties of school resource officers (SRO) and provide funding to train officers, purchase school safety equipment and provide educational and mental health resources to Ohio schools.

Commissioner column: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Wow - it is already April! March is over, but I must note that it was Social Worker Appreciation Month. So, I will begin by thanking all of the Social Workers who work tirelessly for the children and families in our community. Their job is not an easy one and as the drug epidemic continues, their job gets harder. Thank you for what you do and for the sacrifices you make to protect our children.

Forfeited Land Sale a success

ASHTABULA COUNTY - Ashtabula County Auditor Roger Corlett conducted a forfeited land sale on May 16 that was well attended.