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Boston officials OK participation in Senior Watch Program

9/4/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Julia Kazar

The Boston Township Board of Trustees unanimously agreed Aug. 27 to join the Peninsula Police Department’s new Senior Watch Program.

At the Aug. 13 meeting, trustees discussed setting up a program to help ensure elderly residents in the community are checked in on regularly. The discussion began when Assistant Zoning Inspector Doug Mayer reported investigating what was thought to be an abandoned residence on Akron-Cleveland Road. After much investigation, it was discovered one of the owners of the property, who lived next door on Kendall Park Road, had died in February, and it was thought the other owner, his wife, was living with family.

Mayer contacted the family and was told this was not the case. He called the Valley Fire District and, during a search of the house, a body was found. Mayer said the person had died earlier this year.

“This is great,” Trustee Amy Anderson said. “How quickly after this tragedy we had this turned around and this is what you have. So, this is great.”

According to a handout from Peninsula Police Chief Joe Varga, for those enrolled in the program, an officer will make a phone call or a brief visit to the residence on a regular basis between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to check on the well-being, safety and security of the participant.

According to the handout, the program is available to township or Peninsula residents with a few requirements. Participants must be: residents ages 65 or older who live alone with no close family; residents ages 65 or older who live with a family member who is bedridden, handicapped or chronically ill; or any adult regardless of age who lives alone and is seriously and/or chronically ill with no close family.

Varga also noted the program is voluntary and there is no fee charged to participants. Anyone interested in participating must fill out an application form, available from the township website at www.bostontownship.org, the village website at villageofpeninsu la-oh.gov or by contacting one of the township trustees in person. All information will be kept confidential.

For more information about the program, contact Senior Watch Officer Priscilla Allaman at 330-657-2995.

In other business:

  • Zoning Inspector Larry Sulzer reported Bob Pruitt removed one commercial trailer from his property and has plans to remove a second by the end of the month.
  • Anderson reported the Valley Fire District applied for and received a grant of $23,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The next regular Boston Board of Trustees meeting will be Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the administrative offices at Boston Township Hall, located at the corner of Main Street and Riverview Road in Peninsula.

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