Bath seniors bring concerns to trustees over senior services
Bath Township residents advocating more services for senior citizens again brought their concerns to trustees at the board’s Oct. 15 meeting.
Pat Hopper and Pat McRowe each spoke to the board during the citizens’ comment portion of the meeting. McRowe quoted from a newspaper article that stated studies show senior citizens benefit from socialization.
Hopper sought to clarify the intent of a recent petition drive by Citizens for Bath Seniors.
The group sought signatures on their petition Oct. 4 and 5 at the Montrose Acme store, Hopper said. She told trustees a recent newspaper article had misconstrued the intent of the petition, which she said did not seek a permanent facility, but asked the township to “support its seniors (36 percent of the population) by locating/providing meeting venues and coordinating and advertising senior activities. The senior program should be funded by existing and yet-to-be-collected inheritance taxes and any donated monies,” she read.
The petition drive was “very well received,” she added.
Trustees earlier told representatives of the group that inheritance taxes would not be received after this year.
Jack Bonsky also spoke on the issue of a senior citizens’ center. Bonsky said he didn’t think the township should spend money in these difficult economic times on a senior center when seniors can use the Richfield Senior Center for a $15 per year membership. He said he thought the township needs to spend time letting people know what is available to seniors. Bonsky said Richfield Village spends a lot of money on its senior citizens’ center, which has a professional staff that includes a coordinator and three assistants who oversee many programs. Bonsky also mentioned the Western Reserve Masonic Community Fine Dining and Theater Club, which is open to the public, as another source of activities for Bath seniors.
In other business, Bath’s first Community Electronics Recycle Day Oct. 6 at Bath Elementary School was a big success, said Interim Township Administrator William Snow. Snow thanked resident Rachael Post for organizing the event. Post told trustees 150 cars brought unwanted electronics to the site. The electronics were loaded into two trucks from Goodwill Industries, which will recycle them. Post said a few residents were turned away in the last 15 minutes of the event because the trucks were filled “to the brim.”
Snow also said township employees have received many questions from residents regarding new voting precincts and locations. Residents are being directed to the Summit County Board of Elections website, www.summitcoun ty boe.com, where they can search by name to find the correct sample ballot and polling place. Snow noted there are no township issues or candidates on the November ballot.
In other action, the board:
• approved requisitions and purchase orders totaling $105,718;
• agreed to pay $66,922 to Montrose Auto Group for a 2012 Ford F-550 dump truck with plow assembly. The new truck will replace a 1999 vehicle with 130,000 miles, said Service Director Bob Wilson; and
• approved the payment of $23,504 for a new vehicle for use by township staff and the zoning department. The new vehicle is a 2013 Ford Escape.
Calendar items include:
√ Oct. 28: Trick-or-treat, 5 p.m. [See related story on Page 1.]
√ Nov. 23: Wye Bridge lighting, 5:30 p.m.
The board’s next meeting will take place Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in the trustees’ meeting room on the lower level of the Bath Administration Building, 3864 W. Bath Road.
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