Commissioners OK continuation of Senior Wheels program

BARLOW – Senior citizens around the county will continue to have the opportunity to get out of the house when they need to.

Washington County Commissioners on Thursday evening approved a continuation of the RSVP Senior Wheels Program during a regular session at the Barlow branch of the Washington County Public Library.

The commissioners on occasion move their business meetings to a location out in the county. Since the first of the year, they have conducted meetings in Waterford and Lowell.

“I think it’s neat they would come out here and involve Barlow Township in the county business,” said Elizabeth Silvus, 50, of Vincent. She was the only resident to attend the meeting. Also in attendance were Barlow Township Trustee John Hannan and Fiscal Officer Jack Marks.

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program’s Senior Wheels Program operates with volunteers 55 or older from across the county who provide rides to medical appointments and even to a hair salon when needed for eligible seniors. It’s funded by the senior levy and a federal grant. The program reimburses the volunteers 55 cents per mile to provide the service, Commissioner Tim Irvine said.

The volunteers use their personal vehicle and must take a defensive driving course. In addition, the Ohio Highway Patrol will conduct a background check on each volunteer and inspect the volunteer’s vehicle, Irvine said.

In other business

  • The commissioners accepted a bid for $32,048 from R.C. Construction to repair a landslip on County Road 76 in Adams Township.
  • Irvine reported the Washington County Fair Board formed a committee to work on the new Rabbit and Poultry Building. Fire destroyed the previous building April 29. The committee has met with David Haught, the architect for the project.The commissioners expect Haught to present the plans during the next Thursday regular session. Irvine said the board hopes to have the new building completed by the end of the year.
  • Commissioners approved the application to the Ohio Public Works Commission for funds to repave Federal Road (County Road 26) in Little Hocking. Federal Road runs west from the community, next to Little Hocking Elementary School and across Ohio 7.
  • Irvine was selected by the commissioners to serve on the OPWC Round 28 Local Committee. The committee is comprised of the Washington County engineer, a Washington County commissioner, a township trustee, a mayor and an at-large member.

The committee reviews all county public works projects, such as bridges and roads, and prioritizes them for funding.