Osceola County Board of Commissioners discusses nutrition funding

REED CITY — The Osceola County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted in favor of giving the nutrition program for residents age 60 years or older a financial boost.

The board voted during the July 6 meeting to accept $8,000 in additional funding for the Commission on Aging Nutrition Incentive Program from the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, which deals with federal and state contracts for senior care services.

The funds will support the commission’s congregate meal sites and Meals on Wheels programs. Jill Halladay, commissioner for the first district, recommended approval, which was seconded by Commissioner Mark Gregory of the second district.

The funding is expected to last to the end of the commission’s fiscal year, which is in early September.

Additionally, the AAAWM’s 2017-2019 Multi-Year Implementation Plan was approved by the board.

Other business discussed at the board meeting included potential storage and office uses of the Annex Building in Reed City. A $14,364.36 bid from VanDrie Home Furnishings for carpeting at the building also was approved. The building previously housed the Reed City Area District Library, which moved to a new location on Chestnut Street.

New positions also were filled, as the board voted to approve the appointment of County Clerk Karen Bluhm as the Officer Delegate for the MERS conference from Sep. 28 to 29.

The decision to contract Ken Clark as a fill-in plumbing inspector also was unanimously approved.