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Senior center considered for Brookfield, Hartford and Vienna

Would serve Brookfield, Hartford and Vienna

BROOKFIELD — Officials in Brookfield, Hartford and Vienna are discussing forming a senior center to serve the three townships.

Brookfield trustees hosted a joint meeting Tuesday via Zoom to speak with Diane Siskowic-Jurkovic, senior levy administrator with Trumbull County Senior Levy Services, about what steps must be taken to create the center.

Senior citizens’ calls to trustees asking for a place to gather prompted the meeting.

An early proposal has the center open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays with a meal, social time and activities.

If a center is established, it would be governed by an advisory board of residents from each township, Brookfield Trustee Gary Lees said, as well as a center manager. Lees said the township could provide snow removal and janitorial services, and pay utility costs.

“This is what the seniors have told us they want to have,” he said.

Siskowic-Jurkovic said funding is available for senior centers in the $2.5 million generated from a 0.75-mill senior services levy, but much of the levy proceeds are spent on care-related services, including home-delivered meals and transportation.

Groups can submit proposals for center funds that are reviewed by an 11-member board. Bids and proposals need to be submitted by March 2021 for the next funding cycle.

Siskowic-Jurkovic said the three communities need to determine how many seniors the center will serve for programming purposes, utility costs and proposed budget. The communities also can look at what in-kind services can be provided for the center.

Vienna Trustee Phil Pegg said the township provides $600 per year to Fowler for the program for seniors from Vienna and Fowler at the Fowler Community Center. It’s attended by upward of 40 people. Fowler handles the cleaning.

Siskowic-Jurkovic said it is important to offer programs to bring senior citizens to the centers.

“Each senior center has its own personality. What may work in downtown Warren will not work in Kinsman. You need to find out what your seniors would like to do and what will work,” she said.

Brookfield Trustee Dan Suttles said talks are in the infancy stage.

“Brookfield has talked about this amongst ourselves and all three townships need to hold talks together. We need to decide where the center will be housed,” he said.

bcoupland@tribtoday.com

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