Herald-Star: Senior services levy on ballot

(Our thanks to the Herald-Star and reporter Linda Harris for covering next week’s vote on the Prime Time levy. You can read her report in its entirety here.)

STEUBENVILLE — Primary election voters in Jefferson County are deciding the fate of a 1.2-mill replacement levy to fund programs and services for residents age 60 and older.

Election day is March 19. In-person absentee voting is available at the Jefferson County Board of Elections in the Tower building on Market Street from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. today; from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

On March 19, polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Trudy Wilson, manager of senior adult services for the Prime Time Office on Aging, said seniors across the county benefit from the levy, which pays for meals and transportation services and offers legal referral services for seniors and helps pay for out-of-court services, up to $500 annually.

“There are seniors who receive our home-delivered meals who may not see any other person during the day, except for the meal delivery driver,” Wilson said. “(And) there are seniors who receive our home-delivered meals who may not have another nutritious meal that day. Our meal delivery drivers check in with their clients to ensure (their) safety and good health.

“We also provide transportation services — a way for clients to get to their doctor appointments, dialysis or cancer treatments, or get to medical testing or other minor medical procedures,” she continued. “We also provide rides for seniors to buy groceries, get to their pharmacy or get their hair cut. We have wheelchair-accessible vehicles that can take clients directly to their destination without ever having to leave their wheelchair. We provide transportation to seniors in Jefferson County as long as it is beneficial to their health and well-being.”

(Read the rest of the article here.)


Trudy Wilson (R), Manager, Senior Adult Services, Trinity Health System, poses with a couple attending Prime Time Center’s St. Patrick’s Day party last year.