COA to investigate non-profit status

June 30, 2016

By Rosemary Horvath

The advisory board for Osceola Commission on Aging will investigate how to establish a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit entity that would be separate from Board of Commissioners oversight.

COA director Scott Schuyler asked commissioners to allow the group to at least look into the option.
A nonprofit group would focus on raising funds through grants and special events to do such things as upgrade COA buildings and buy vehicles, for example. This would allow the main governmental entity to focus on providing senior programs, Schuyler said. Donations can be tax deductible.

Mecosta and Montcalm senior programs have nonprofits. “The 501 board would do the work because it is its own entity,” added the director.

County Coordinator Susan Vander Pol pointed out “a lot of hurdles” are involved. The county’s liability partner, the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority, will not insure a nonprofit and the BOC will lose control, she said.

Board chairman Larry Emig asked to have the number of commission on aging programs with nonprofits.
The county’s newly hired veteran’s affairs officer, Edward Maldonado, will get some relief. Vander Pol is looking to hire an on-call part-time person who could handle certain tasks if the director is out of the office, although it would not exceed eight hours a week.

Regular office hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 9 to 5 p.m. at the Reed City office at the Michigan Works! building on East Church Street. Maldonado may set up appointments at other times.
Vander Pol is looking into having an intern from Ferris State University who may qualify to work with the director.

Meanwhile, Maldonado will spend a week this October in Peoria, Ill., training to acquire federal accreditation. Cost of the trip will come before the board at a later date.
In other business, commissioners:

LEARNED the Marion location for a Commission on Aging meal site will need to be tested for lead and asbestos. The architect made the request during renovations when replacing the roof exposed asbestos.

APPROVED purchase and installation of a hearing assistance system for Circuit Court. Cost is $3,451 from Central Interconnect Inc.

APPROVED a list of expenditures for EMS and a new mission statement. TransCanada has given EMS a $10,000 grant towards an equipment purchase.

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