Chapter 331: COUNTY FACILITIES REVIEW BOARD

331.01 County facilities review board.

In each county there may be a county facilities review board. Each such board shall consist of six persons, not more than three of whom shall have the same political affiliations, appointed for the inspection of all charitable and correctional institutions supported in whole or in part from county or municipal corporation funds. Three of such appointees shall be women. If the judge of the probate court chooses to appoint a county facilities review board, he shall initially appoint six persons, two of whom shall be appointed for terms of three years, two for terms of two years, and two for terms of one year. The terms of office shall commence on the first day of May. Thereafter, within thirty days prior to the first day of May of each year, the judge shall appoint two persons for a term of three years, beginning upon the first day of May. The judge of the probate court may terminate or reconstitute the county facilities review board by an appropriate journal entry.

All vacancies in the board shall be filled in the manner provided by the original appointment, for the unexpired term only.

Effective Date: 09-04-1985

331.02 Appointment to board.

A certificate of appointment to the county facilities review board shall be issued to the persons appointed under section 331.01 of the Revised Code, and a copy, giving full names and addresses, shall be sent to the central office of the department of job and family services. No person shall be qualified to serve on the board who is in any manner officially connected with any charitable or correctional institution within the county supported wholly or partly at public expense.

Effective Date: 07-01-2000

331.03 Expenses of board.

The county facilities review board shall serve without compensation, but actual expenses incurred in the discharge of its duties, including the costs of printing its annual report required by division (A) of section 331.06 of the Revised Code, and actual necessary expense incurred by any member, to be selected by such board, in visiting any other charitable or correctional institution for the purpose of information, and in attendance upon any convention or meeting held within this state in the interest of and to deliberate upon charitable or correctional methods and work, to an amount not to exceed one thousand dollars in any year, shall be allowed by the board of county commissioners. The county auditor shall issue a warrant for such expense which shall be paid by the county treasurer, provided the judge of the probate court has issued a certificate that the members of the county facilities review board have satisfactorily performed their duties, as provided in sections 331.04 to 331.06 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 09-04-1985

331.04 Duties of board.

The county facilities review board, by personal visitation or otherwise, shall keep fully advised of the condition and management of all charitable or correctional institutions supported in whole or in part by county or municipal taxation, or which are under county or municipal control, and especially the county home, county jail, municipal prisons, and children's home. From time to time the county facilities review board shall recommend to the board of county commissioners and to other officials responsible for such institutions, such changes and additional provisions as the county facilities review board considers essential for the economical and efficient administration of the institutions. At least once in every three months each of such institutions shall be visited by the county facilities review board or a committee of its members. Failure in the performance of these duties on the part of any member of the county facilities review board for one year shall be sufficient cause for his removal by the judge of the probate court.

Effective Date: 09-04-1985

331.05 Judge may notify board before committing child to department of youth services.

The juvenile judge, whenever proceedings are instituted before him to commit a child to the department of youth services, may notify the county facilities review board of the pendency of such proceedings and such board shall thereupon attend and protect the interests of such child.

Effective Date: 09-04-1985

331.06 Annual report.

(A) Each year the county facilities review board shall prepare a full report of its proceedings during the year, with such recommendations as it considers advisable, file such report with the probate judge and the prosecuting attorney between the fifteenth day of November and the fifteenth day of December, forward a copy thereof to the central office of the department of job and family services, and send a copy of that part of the report concerning correctional institutions to the department of rehabilitation and correction.

(B) The probate judge may, in that judge's discretion, order the publication of a summary of the annual report in a newspaper of general circulation within the county. The cost of such publication shall be paid by the county.

Effective Date: 07-01-2000