More information forthcoming in Tri County closure


Utility assistance, weatherization still available

Further information emerged Wednesday about the operation of Tri County Community Action and the mounting debt that led to widespread layoffs this week and closure of the Meals on Wheels program.

Tri County ceased operation of its senior nutrition program and laid off an undisclosed number of workers on Tuesday after the board learned that it could not meet a $38,000 payroll obligation. The Ohio Developmental Services Agency has withheld recent grant payments to the local agency because of improper accounting for the money.

The agency’s board of directors has scheduled a meeting for 2 p.m. today at the 315 W. Auburn Ave. transportation facility to further discuss the issues and plan for the future.

While Tri County had overseen numerous community services programs in the past, responsibilities for some of those programs had already been taken away and given to other agencies.

Meanwhile, the state is working to identify emergency service providers and improve Tri County’s fiscal management practices.

“We understand how important these services are to members of community and want to make sure they still have access to them,” DSA spokeswoman Penny Martin said Wednesday.

“We’ve been working with Tri County Community Action to improve their fiscal management practices to ensure that quality services are provided and that taxpayer money is accounted for. But we are responsible for taxpayer money and we have to have documentation to release those funds. We are working to do that.”


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