Greene County commissioners recently recognized January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month and encouraged residents to become more informed on the issue.

During Thursday’s meeting, commissioners welcomed Joanna Dragan, MA, SPHS CARE Center, supervisor of Sexual Violence Services (STTARS), who discussed the importance of awareness about the crime of human trafficking.

Dragan recognized Amy Switalski, director of the county’s housing services, who assisted in disseminating information about human trafficking awareness throughout the county. She also recognized the county district attorney’s office for its assistance in investigating and prosecuting human trafficking crimes and supporting the CARE Center in helping victims.

“(We) encourage all our citizens to become more informed on this growing problem, to be vigilant and report suspicious activity, and to work towards solutions to end trafficking in all its forms in our community,” the commissioners state in the proclamation.

Commissioners said human trafficking is a major concern and can happen anywhere, even Greene County.

Dragan encouraged the public to report any suspicious activity by calling the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888.

In another matter, commissioners approved a submission of an application for grant funding from the state Fish and Boat Commission that Belding said would be used for the ongoing Wisecarver Reservoir and Recreation Area project.

The commission announced in the fall boating facility grants would be made available to help communities capitalize on the surge in new boating activity. The boating facility grant program provides the grants that are to be used for planning, acquisition, expansion and rehabilitation of public boating facilities throughout the state.

Located off of Waterdam Road in Waynesburg, the Wisecarver Recreation Area project is a multimillion-dollar outdoor recreation area also offering the reservoir, softball fields, a walking trail, mountain bike trails and numerous other recreational opportunities.

Belding said if the application is approved he and Chief Clerk Jeff Marshall would serve as signatories and the county would commit to 50% in matching funds.

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