Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging Inc. CEO Duana Patton spoke about the agency and the services available for Seneca County seniors at a board of commissioners meeting Thursday.
Patton said the agency works with groups in Seneca County such as the Department of Job and Family Services, General Health District and the Commission on Aging.
"Our mission is to be a leader and to ensure that there is an infrastructure in a nine-county region," she said. "Our role is to make sure that there are services and supports available to seniors, their caregivers and the disability population."
She said typically, many clients in the program may be nursing home-eligible, and the involved agencies want to keep them in their homes.
If a client has Medicaid and meets the level of necessary care for a nursing home, they can be in the Passport Program, which allows individuals to have care plans including transportation and care services, she said.
The program is also administered through nine providers in Seneca County. All individuals must be screened and assessed before entering the program.
Patton said that through the Aging and Disability Resource Network, all involved entities such as the Area Agency on Aging and the Commission on Aging can refer individuals to appropriate providers.
"Our role, as (a network) is to make sure we understand what each of us do," she said. "(Such as) how we serve, what services we provide, what funding sources are available, so that we can make sure that we are referring consumers appropriately, so we are not duplicating services, and we are trying to do it in a manner that is seamless and not frustrating for consumers."
Commission on Aging Director Bryan Glover said the commission's goal is to make sure seniors can remain in their homes and remain active in the community.
"Any means to that end, we're willing to look at and undertake," he said. Included in services are transportation, chore services and information referral.
He said the Meals on Wheels program also has been successful, and the commission is providing hot meals for Wyandot County.
He said the commission has consolidated at Somerset Center, 382 S. Huron St. At this time, it is expanding its services.
Individuals interested in more information can contact any of the departments involved or the Area Agency on Aging's Consumer Assistance Unit at (419) 524-4144.
In other business, Seneca County Treasurer Damon Alt asked commissioners for an additional $30,000 for salaries next year. He said his department relies on the Delinquent Tax and Assessment Collection Fund, which exists only as long as some residents pay taxes late. If all residents paid their taxes on time, the office would not be able to function.
He said the prosecutor's office and the treasurer's office split the 5 percent taken from the county's delinquent taxes to aid in collection of taxes.
Commissioner Fred Zoeller said as the economy improves, the fund will decrease and the treasurer's office would not have the amount necessary to operate.
Zoeller presented a worst case scenario option and asked whether the treasurer's office would be able to function with the current carryover from the DTAC Fund. Alt said the fund only contains enough to operate in 2014.
He also said he spoke to other counties and compared salaries. With the comparisons to other counties' treasurers' departments, Alt said it would be fair to increase the Seneca County employees' salaries.
Seneca County Recorder Mike Dell also asked for a $19,000 increase for his department.
He said an employee is retiring and the majority of funds are needed for the employee's buyout.
Zoeller suggested getting more information from each department concerning salaries in comparison to similar-sized counties before adding more funding to both departments.
The board also discussed a resolution increasing the lodging tax from 2 percent to 3 percent. County Administrator Stacy Wilson said the board can rescind the resolution if it is not beneficial for the county.
Bed and breakfasts will not be affected by the new tax.
Board President Jeff Wagner said that although it would not affect Seneca County residents, visitors would still have to pay the tax.
The resolution passed 2-1.
The board also approved a resolution allowing for the purchase of Chamber Bucks from the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services as a token of appreciation for county employees.
The funding was from a private donation to improve the efficiency of the county.
"I think we have a very hardworking workforce and they've helped us to operate efficiently," Commissioner Holly Stacy said. "I think that's why the funds didn't get used through the original thought of finding more efficiencies out there. They've already done that."
The board meetings at 10 a.m. Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 have been canceled.
In new business, the board approved:
An appropriation adjustment of $11.05 within the SFY14 Community Corrections Fund of 2013.
A decrease to the permanent appropriation of $291,404.59 for the Moving Ohio Forward Fund.
A decrease to the permanent appropriations of $34,696.69 for the Community Housing Improvement Program FY11 Fund.
A supplemental appropriation of $1,020 for the Poll Worker Training Grant Fund.
A supplemental appropriation of $3,810.42 within the Sheriff's Community Corrections Grant Fund.
A supplemental appropriation of $920.84 within the Sheriff's Community Corrections Grant Fund.
A supplemental appropriation of $1,236.45 within the Community Corrections Grant.
Supplemental appropriations of $1,570.30 within the FY13 Community Corrections Fund for 2013.
A supplemental appropriation of $20,823.41 for the Seneca County Sewer District.
An appropriation adjustment of $5,460 within the General Fund.
An appropriation adjustment of $3,056.31 within the General Fund.
A supplemental appropriation of $800 for the EMA Fund.
A decrease of $217,338.38 to the permanent appropriation for the Safe Havens Fund.
A decrease to the permanent appropriation of $34,696.69 for the Community Housing Improvement Program FY11 Fund.
A supplemental appropriation of $15,000 for the Workforce Investment Act Fund.
A resolution authorizing fund transfers of $200,000 be made to the Children Services.
A resolution authorizing fund transfers of $100,000 be made to the Public Assistance Fund.
An appropriation adjustment of $3,950 within the General Fund.
A supplemental appropriation of $500 for the Juvenile Court Community Services Fund.
A supplemental appropriation of $3,000 for the Delinquent Care and Custody Fund.
An appropriation adjustment of $1,611.80 within the General Fund for 2013.
An appropriation adjustment of $500 within the Delinquent Real Estate Tax Fund.
A reduction to permanent appropriations of $7,500 for the EMA Attica Communication Project Fund for 2013.
A reduction to the permanent appropriations of $108.15 for the Citizen Corp Program Grant Fund for 2013.
A reduction to the permanent appropriation of $17,179.43 for the Homeland Security Fund for 2013.
A resolution authorizing the 2014 Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards Contract between Julian and Grube Inc. and Seneca County on behalf of the Seneca County auditor for 2014.
A resolution amending the reappointment of Bryan Rannigan to the County Law Library Resources Board term expiring Dec. 31, 2019.
A resolution authorizing the sewer district and administrative contract service agreement between Seneca Regional Planning Commission and the Seneca County commissioners on behalf of the Seneca County sanitary engineer.
A resolution authorizing Seneca County commissioners to sign a satisfaction of mortgage for Larry and Charlotte Burkett for the satisfaction of mortgage loan with the Seneca County commissioners for work done through the Community Housing Improvement Program.
A resolution reappointing Paul Harrison to the WSOS Community Action Commission for a one-year term commencing Jan. 1 and expiring Dec. 31, 2014.
A resolution authorizing an amendment to the contract with M&B Asphalt Co. Inc. for the CR 20/ CR 36/ CR 62 pavement resurfacing with the change order.
A resolution authorizing an addendum to the agreement with Resource Solutions Associates on behalf of the Seneca County Emergency Management Agency ending Dec. 31, 2014.
A resolution authorizing the VIP Software Update with Software Solutions.
A supplemental appropriation of $1,000 for the General Fund.
A resolution appointing Holly Stacy to the WSOS Community Action Commission for a one-year term, commencing Jan. 1 and expiring Dec. 31, 2014.