Commissioners reflect on Marion COA vote

November 23, 2016

By John Raffel

Two members of the Osceola County Board of Commissioners, who voted on opposite sides of the Commission on Aging Site in Marion have explained their positions on the issue.

At least week’s board meeting, by a 4-3 vote, commissioners approved the Commission on Aging’s renovation project for a Marion site.

With the approval, work will begin on the facility in Marion for a meal site and activities.

The commissioners narrowly accepted the bid from Steve Jones Construction with suggested deductions for the County’s Commission on Aging Marion building renovations for the amount of $273,721 minus any obtained grants.

Commissioners Jill Halladay, Mark Gregory, Larry Emig and Roger Elkins of Evart voted yes and Commissioners Jack Nehmer of Marion, Alan Tiedt of Sears and Pam Wayne of Hersey voted no.

“Some time ago, I was leaning against that based on the cost and I had several people that are in that demographic or senior meal sites called and they were hoping the county commission would pass it,” Elkins said. “There’s no question in my mind on the value of it. It’s more than just a meal site.”

Tiedt said he favors a COA presence but was concerned with the cost.

“I felt like it was lot of money to justify it,” he said. “I’m not mad that it got passed, I’m for it and we’ll get it done.”
The cost came down about $40,000 from a previous submitted figure, Tiedt said. “But that’s still about $100,00 more than what we anticipated. I’m glad we’re moving on.”

Please follow and like us:
Error, no Ad ID set! Check your syntax!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *