Senior Levy funds shared

WARREN – Thirty-five thousand Senior Levy dollars not spent by SCOPE Inc. of Trumbull County to open a senior center in McDonald will be redistributed to six other centers in Trumbull County.

And $23,445 more that has gone unused by Coleman Professional Services for adult daycare will be reallocated too, divided between Antonine Sisters Adult Daycare in North Jackson and Easter Seals of Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana Counties of Youngstown.

The Senior Services Advisory Council, following a review of 2014 contracts, is recommending to county commissioners to OK the changes, which is nearly certain to happen when the three of them meet today.

Commissioners also seem prepared to award Trumbull Transit $100,000 more from Senior Levy proceeds that went unspent in 2013 to help the countywide bus system.

”It will definitely help us,” Star Spangler, director of the senior center in Farmington, said of the $4,524 more it will receive.

The money will be used to prop up a thin budget and let the location continue to offer its nutritional and social programs through the rest of the current funding cycle, which ends in July, and help replace a furnace that stopped working Tuesday, she said.

Diane Drawl, senior levy administrator, said SCOPE, taken over by Ravenna-based Family and Community Services in October, was given a contract last year to operate a center in McDonald, but issues with the building caused the location to never open. None of the money was spent.

Other centers in line for additional funding are Warren, $5,750; Howland and Niles, $6,325 each; Lordstown, $4,600; and Johnston, $7,475.

Drawl said the shift away from Kent-based Coleman to the other adult daycare providers is because the agency could not establish a client base in Trumbull County. Easter Seals will receive an additional $7,033 and Antonine Sisters, $16,411 more.