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Officials take car of elderly's meal, ride problems


Published: Thu, September 29, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.


A Fowler woman's parents will be served by Mobile Meals.
By ED RUNYAN
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
WARREN -- Trumbull County officials were able to solve an elderly Fowler couple's meal problems last week, and an elderly man's transportation complaints were resolved Wednesday when he, too, approached county commissioners.
Earl Casterline, of the Riverview Apartments on Tod Avenue Northwest, complained that he has been using county Office of Elderly Affairs transportation -- but was told that service is being cut off.
He told commissioners he was being treated unfairly by the agency -- and is forced to walk to many places.
In a letter from Gary Engstrom, Elderly Affairs director, Casterline was told his transportation would be cut off Oct. 1. Engstrom said one reason is that Casterline often fails to show up for the ride; also, he usually asks for the transportation with short notice.
Engstrom said he talked with Casterline after the commissioners' meeting, and then to a caseworker in the Department of Job and Family Services. The resolution is that Casterline's future transportation will be provided by New Valley Transport, also known as Deluxe NVT, which has a contract with J & amp;FS.Casterline told commissioners his conflict with Engstrom stemmed from his using services as a "short-term taxi" for trips to doctors, for example. Engstrom said the New Valley Transport can handle trips on short notice.
Commissioner Daniel Polivka told Casterline about a senior citizens levy on the ballot this fall for services such as rides and meals, explaining that county budget cuts this year affected the Office of Elderly Affairs.
Mobile Meals in Fowler
Meanwhile, a Fowler woman who needed meals for her elderly parents has been told to expect meals from Trumbull County Mobile Meals, 280 High St. N.W. It charges a nominal fee or uses a sliding scale based on ability to pay, and receives some income from charities.
Julie Green, a Trumbull County Planning Commission staffer and member of the Trumbull County Housing Collaborative, said she made a call to Mobile Meals on behalf of Kathlyn Czako.
Czako told commissioners last week that her parents were turned down for delivery of meals to their home because Fowler does not have a high enough concentration of people who need meals to justify trips there.
Engstrom said it turns out the woman lives a short distance from Cortland, and Mobile Meals was willing to extend its route a short distance.
Tax abatement
In other business, the commissioners approved a tax abatement for Niles Building Products, 1600 Hunter Ave., Niles. The company will get 75-percent tax abatement for 10 years on real property taxes on new construction.
The majority of the abatement is a 20,000-square foot building to cost $550,000 to $650,000. The total project is estimated at between $1,010,000 and $1,181,000. The company plans to hire two new employees within one year of project completion.
Bid rejected
Commissioners rejected the only bid received on a sanitary sewer line project on Bedford Road in Brookfield because it exceeded the sanitary engineer's estimate by more than 10 percent.
Sanitary Engineer Gary Newbrough said consultants Fok & amp; Associates will look at the estimate again to "see if there was something we missed."
He said he believed the reason why only Kirila Contractors Inc. of Brookfield offered a bid was because the project would have ended just across state Route 82 from the company's property -- and might have caused other contractors to assume Kirila would be able to offer the lowest price.
The line would run along state Route 7 in Brookfield Center to near the intersection of Wood Street, south to state Route 82 and east to Bedford Road.
The commissioners also honored Champion Local Schools for being the only district in Trumbull County to earn a rating of excellent in the most recent state report card.
runyan@vindy.com


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