Elderbridge tells Scranton council eat-in meals must increase

Contract may not be renewed if numbers don’t improve

The Scranton city council was advised by Elderbridge Council on Aging that eat-in meals at the Scranton congregate meal site must be increased by June 30 if the annual contract is to be renewed. Kristen Senior from Elderbridge explained the situation to the council at its Jan. 12 regular meeting.

Currently there are numerous meals delivered in the city of Scranton but the number of residents or guests who eat at the meal site on a daily basis has dwindled to a handful. It is not an efficient use of funding to continue in the same manner.

Senior noted that anyone is welcome to eat at the meal site but they must pay the actual cost of the meal. Senior citizens pay whatever they can afford with a suggested minimum donation.  Meals must be reserved a day ahead because the food is prepared in Jefferson and delivered to the Scranton site Monday through Friday.

The council held the annual meeting with the township trustees on fire protection services. Chief Doug Duff gave his annual report and the 2016/17 budget was presented. No action was taken.

A public hearing was held to vacate an alley in Block 18 of the original town of Scranton. No comments were received and the council voted unanimously to proceed with the disposal of the property.

Reports were given by David Dideriksen on the library including training, purchases, circulation, operating hours, grants, policy work and accreditation; Dawn Rudolph on the Community Center including programs, rentals and projects; and Chad Kirk on public works discussing loader and truck repairs, water meters, garbage collection and monthly reporting.

Non-action items discussed were HVAC checks, trim repair, signage, grant projects, return to work policy and response to IMWCA recommendations. ~The Scranton Journal

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