Commissioners consider bids for paving

WOODSFIELD – Bids for a street paving project in Stafford were eyed Monday by the Monroe County commissioners, who also issued a proclamation urging residents to wear purple June 14 to increase awareness of the need to protect elders.

Mary Jo Westfall, Extension office associate, presented two bids received for paving Mill Street in Stafford. Estimate for the project is $49,800, and bidders were Shelly and Sands, Marietta, $46,645, and Parnell and Associates, Cambridge, $40,280. The bids were taken under advisement, and Westfall plans to discuss them with Stafford Mayor Edgar McVay.

There is a possibility the contract for the work might be issued next Monday.

Jean Ackerman, Betty Weber and Arlene Winland from the Monroe County Senior Center talked with commissioners about the elder abuse awareness proclamation.

Pointing out the Monroe County Council on Aging is asking individuals to wear something purple June 14 to help in raising awareness of the need to protect elders, it was noted: “Throughout the world, abuse and neglect of older persons is largely under-recognized or treated as an unspoken problem. Unfortunately, no community is immune from this issue. Advocates remain concerned that for every one case that does get reported, five others go unreported.”

Elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of the elderly are growing problems, according to the council on aging. A U.S. Administration on Aging study found that 1.5 million people over the age of 60 are abused or neglected each year.

In other matters, commissioners were informed of a community cookout held today at noon to celebrate the completion of the Stafford Community Center. Among those attending were Doug O’Brien, United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development acting under secretary, and the Crystal Broadband Network Team. The Crystal Broadband Networks Inc. was awarded a USDA rural utilities service grant in 2011, amounting to $570,000, to bring wireless broadband to Stafford.

The meeting adjourned in early afternoon.