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