A representative for the U.S. Census appealed to Chardon Township Trustees last week to assist in finding workers within the township to fully count its residents.

“We are in dire need across the country for 500,000 workers,” said Henry “Hank” Milnark, a recruiting assistant for the 2020 Decennial Census.

More specifically, Mr. Milnark said, the township is in need of 19 workers to count the estimated 5,000 residents in 1,700 households within the township. As of last week, he said, 13 workers had signed on.

He asked trustees to advertise the need for the workers on their website or Facebook pages. Trustees also granted use of the township hall for training those workers.

Mr. Milnark said the census was first conducted in 1790.

Those interested in working the census, he said, must be 18 years of age or older, a U.S. citizen and have use of a vehicle. Restrictions on income for those on Social Security or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are being waived by the federal government, allowing for those residents to also participate, he said. Ex-military also will be given preference, he said.

Those working the census in Geauga County, Mr. Milnark said, will be paid $17 an hour. The three-day training for census workers will be paid, as will the ride to Akron to pick up a badge and identification.

He said high school graduates biding their time before moving on to further education are ideal candidates for the part-time work.

Mr. Milnark said the work involves a chance to make extra income, flexible hours, weekly pay and the paid training.

He said workers will be given a hand-held device to make the job easier and a mobile support team will be available to assist any worker with a problem.

He said the training is expected to begin in late May or early April.

Residents will be notified through five mailings prior to census workers moving out into the field. He said the fifth mailing will be a postcard informing residents that census workers will be coming to their door.

Joseph Koziol Jr. started his career in journalism in 1981. He joined the Solon Times in 1992 and covered the city of Solon for 10 years. An award winning reporter, Mr. Koziol has been covering Geauga County since 2012.

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