Answers are needed

This is in reference to the Wood County Senior Citizen Association Inc. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel on Feb. 6, printed an article and a picture showing the new executive director accepting a $5,000 donation from Dominion Energy. This donation was to be used for the Meals on Wheels program. The article says there are around 150 people on the waiting list. This is good that Dominion Energy gives donations to worthy causes.

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reported on Nov. 9, 2018, at a meeting with the Wood County Commissioners, the president of the board of directors Mike Seely addressing the commission said “it is important to remember the Parkersburg center, which is commissioned through state and federal funds, provides services for meals, home health care programs and transportation. We do that effectively and efficiently. The public funds and taxes are spent wisely …”

Understanding the fact the more meals served the more funds the center gets, and to get a clearer understanding how the $5,000 will be used, I presented the executive director the following questions: Since the center gets money for the Meals on Wheels, would you tell me precisely what the $5,000 is going for? How many heated bags? How many people will it add to the list and for how long? Should this $5,000 be subtracted from the amount you receive? Just give me a break down.

Since the board of directors sold two of the three pool tables the seniors used, I also asked to whom were they sold and for how much money? What is the money going to be used for?

As of today, the executive director has not answered my questions. Seems to me the answers to these simple questions should be readily available to anyone, not just to board members. So let us wait and see what the board of directors does next.

Michael Farnsworth Sr.



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