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Director serves details about Meals on Wheels

September 12, 2012
By LEVI PASCHER , The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - The director of the Fulton County Office for Aging, Andrea Fettinger, spoke to the Common Council regarding the Meals on Wheels program and how it involves senior citizens within the community.

The Common Council recently agreed to contribute $3,000 to the program.

She told the council that Gloversville is the primary city that benefits from the Meals on Wheels program, which has served approximately 23,700 meals to senior citizens in the city at a cost of nearly $125,000. The program has a meal site available in the city at Forrest Hill Towers.

Fettinger said the $3,000 that will be granted by the Common Council could possibly pay for 600 meals, 80 hours of nutrition counseling, or materials for nutritional education.

"I just want you to think about your neighbors," said Fettinger. "If some of these people didn't have a meal, they would either have to have someone at home, might have to go to an adult care facility, or might get really sick and even be hospitalized."

There is no cutoff income level for the nutrition program and they only ask for a $3 donation. If a family or person is unable to pay the donation, they will not be denied and the meals can be home delivered if the citizen is disabled, Fettinger said.

In other business at the meeting:

Mayor Dayton King was granted permission by the council to reinstate the position of administrative police sergeant, which has been vacant since 2010, when John Sira was promoted to captain.

Fourth Ward Councilwoman Ellen L. Anadio suggested the city require garage sale permits. She said Gloversville should consider a fee of $2.50 and a limit of three sales a year.

Gloversville Transit System bus fares for people who are between the ages of 5 and 17 will be lowered to $2. The previous fare rate was $2.25 for all people ages 5 and older.

According to the resolution, the council hopes the change will increase bus travel by youths within the community.

"This will hopefully expose young students to public transportation," King said. "It will also allow low income families to transport their children at a lower rate if they don't have personal transportation available to them."

The council granted the city Department of Public Works the right to exchange a 1974 Caterpillar Model 12 road grader with the Fulton County Department of Solid waste for a 2003 International truck. According to the resolution, the two vehicles were deemed equivalent in value.

The council recognized the service of retired Police Officer Tracy Green, who retired effective Aug. 21. He was not in attendance. Chief Donald Van Deusen also introduced new Police Officer Michael Shang.

King announced the proclamation for Sept. 11 Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in Gloversville. He presented a plaque that will hang in City Hall.



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