WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (4/24/13) - The Webster County Fiscal Court and Judge Executive Jim Townsend proclaimed the week of May 6-10, 2013 as Senior Corp Week in Webster County at Monday’s meeting, following a brief presentation from Robin Mattingly, Director of Audubon Area Community Service.
“We need your help,” she told the court. “Your students could use this program, as could your seniors. If you know anyone eligible for our programs, please let them know. Each of these programs is making a difference.”
The Senior Service Corp taps the skills, talents, and experiences of more than half a million Americans aged 55 and older to meet a wide range of local community needs through three unique programs: Foster Grandparent program, RSVP, and the Senior Companion Program.
“This program allows them to help children who have been identified as at risk by teachers and guidance counselors,” said Mattingly.
The Senior Companion Program is designed to offer services to frail, needy and home-bound elderly in an effort to prevent or to delay institutionalization.
Volunteers for both of these groups must be at least aged 55 and must meet the program’s federally established income guidelines in order to be eligible for program participation. Volunteers receive a tax free stipend of $2.65 per hour in exchange for a service commitment of 20 hours per week. Volunteers are also eligible for a supplemental liability insurance policy.
The Audubon Area RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) is a network of nearly 700 volunteer members, aged 55 or older, serving in more than 70 nonprofit organizations to address a wide variety of critical community needs. Membership is free and provides numerous benefits to the volunteers during their service. All members receive supplemental liability insurance, as well as, a life insurance benefit. Transportation or travel reimbursement is provided, if needed. This group is not required to meet the same financial guidelines as the previous two.
“My mother worked as a Senior Companion until she was 80 years old and suffered a stroke,” said Judge Townsend. “She worked with that program for fifteen or twenty years.”
Magistrates voted unanimously to approve the Senior Corp Week proclamation.
Next the court heard from Brad Schneider, the new CEO of Northwest Kentucky Forward (NWKF). For the last five years he has served as chairman of the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce.
“We’re (NWKF) here to serve Webster, Henderson and Union Counties,” he said. “I ask the court to be patient. We’re moving forward and searching for new businesses. We urge everyone to consider economic development a regional effort.”
Mary Steeley with Webster County Adult Education thanked the court for considering budgeting their program for LGEA money in the next fiscal year.
In other business the magistrates discussed county roads that needed attention. Sassafras Grove Road near Onton and 1st Street in Blackford have both been experiencing water and mud issues. Magistrate Chad Townsend also told the court that the state would be closing Highway 630 one day this week to replace a drainage tile.
Next the magistrates approved a scheduled pay raise for the county coroner and the three magistrates that will go into the 2014 fiscal year budget.
“I’m making the motion only because for the last three or four years we’ve turned it down,” said Chad Townsend.
County Attorney Clint Prow made his yearly presentation for the Bad Check Program.
“When someone who gets a bad check brings it to our office, we send the writer a letter giving them ten days to come into our office,” he said. “They must pay the person or merchant that received the bad check, and then they must pay the County Attorney’s Office. If they don’t come in, then it will go to court and they will have a lot more fees.”
In 2012 the Webster County Attorney collected $50,887 in merchant fees and $20,349,22 in Attorney’s Office fees.
“In bigger counties there has been a massive decline in the amount of bad checks,” Prow said. “Businesses have gone to electronic check transmission, so the checks are checked at the point of sale.”
The Webster County Attorney’s Office turns the excess money over to the Fiscal Court, which is not the case in all other counties.
J-E News Editor
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