Last week, the Seneca County Commission on Aging Board of Trustees met in Fostoria. The agenda included a discussion about ECI's plans to move out of Somerset Center on Huron Street.
Some months ago, Bryan Glover, executive director at the Commission on Aging, proposed moving out of the Riverside Drive building if Encouraging and Celebrating Independence should terminate its lease.
"ECI purchased Clinton School, so they're going to be relocating out there. That opens up the office space at Somerset for us, so we're going to consolidate all of our Tiffin operations out at that campus, and we're going to sell the downtown building," Glover said.
The board had made plans, no matter the outcome of the former school building auction. Glover said he knew ECI had an interest in the property, but another bidder could have made the purchase.
The Commission on Aging has expanded its food services, especially with the growth of the Home Style Selections program and the addition of Passport (Medicaid) clients in six surrounding counties.
"Our operations are expanding so much, we need more room for growth, and this will give us an opportunity to expand our kitchen facilities out there," Glover said.
Some of the current ECI office space on Huron Street is to be incorporated into the kitchen. Moving the offices from downtown to Somerset will allow the Commission on Aging to have everything under one roof.
"It's a fantastic opportunity," Glover said.
The Huron Street property also includes a smaller building and a large parking area, which gives the Commission on Aging the option to expand in the future. Glover said the Riverside Drive site already is on the market; however, ECI has not set a date for moving its services.
"Should we sell this building before they move out to Clinton school, we'll just relocate our operations to the Fostoria office temporarily," Glover said.
In other business, Glover reported the spring fish fry dinners averaged more than 435 patrons at each event. The fish fry coloring contest winners for age 5 and younger were Karah Reiter and Myer Kirian. Contest winners for ages 6-12 were Bria Coleman and Evan Elchert.
The Fostoria Emblem Club disbanded after 61 years of service and donated $2,000 from its treasury to the Fostoria Senior Center. Glover reported the funds were used to replace the steam table and thermo bags for home-delivered meals. The center also obtained some extra items clients had requested.
Glover also paid tribute to the late Mary Gomez, who had been a longtime board member and advocate for Seneca County seniors.
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