County officials approve Commission on Aging annual plan, funding increase

Osceola County Commission on Aging Director Scott Schryer presented several matters relating to the Commission on Aging to the Osceola County Board of Commissioners at their Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday. One item approved by commissioners was the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan’s proposed Annual Implementation Plan for fiscal year 2019. (Herald Review photo/Taylor Fussman)

OSCEOLA COUNTY — County officials hope to encourage and support the health and wellness of senior citizens in the community.

During the Osceola County Board of Commissioners Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday, commissioners voted to approve several matters related to the county’s Commission on Aging (COA).

One item approved by the board was the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan’s (AAAWM) proposed Annual Implementation Plan for fiscal year 2019.

COA Director Scott Schryer explained this plan outlines the services, budget and program development objectives which agencies within the Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging hope to attempt or accomplish throughout the duration of the plan’s time frame.

He added the objectives within the plan are similar to what the county COA has in place.

“We’re really right in line with everything they are doing,” Schryer said.

Among the highlights of the planned program development objectives is helping older adults experience an improvement in their overall health, something Schryer said the county has been working on through different programs and activities such as yoga classes.

Commissioners also approved the receipt of additional funds from AAAWM for in-home and congregate meals programs for COA and the use of a Liability Waiver and Hold Harmless Agreement form for use at COA building sites.

Schryer said the liability waiver will be provided when an individual rents a facility to hold an event.

In other action from the meeting, commissioners approved:

• Paying claims to the county in the amount of $50,386.01;

• Awarding Emergency Vehicles Plus the bid for an ambulance for the county’s Emergency Medical Services department in the amount of $180,146.20, as well as trading in a 2009 International Chassis and authorizing the county clerk to sign the title;

• Purchasing property at 202 E. Main St. in the Village of Marion, for a total bid of $5,149.41 and transferring this property to the Osceola County Land Bank Authority, with funding coming from the delinquent tax property proceeds fund; and

• Applying for a child care fund budget in the amount of $733,367.50.

The next Osceola County Board of Commissioners Committee of the Whole meeting is set for 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 7.

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