Storm shelter for fire department in need of additions

Amanda Krehbiel, Assistant Website Editor

WSC junior and criminal justice major Joe Ernst was approved by the Council to the Wayne Volunteer Fire Department last night.
The Leadership Wayne Class, represented by Heather Reinhardt, has requested to install park equipment at the Summer Sports Complex in the northeast quadrant.

The $5,000 storm shelter that was donated to the Wayne Fire Department recently is in need of additions to hold more people than the current six. According to Wayne Fire Chief Phil Monahan, 11 people were able to pack into the shelter. Discussion is progressing on where to put the shelter, but the Council awarded $2,030 from the fire department budget for additions.

Penny Vollbracht, director of the Wayne Senior Center, gave numbers for the Center’s projected meals for its coming fiscal year, July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016.

The meals that the Center provides must include one-third of the recommended daily allowance for consumed food. Chartwells has been the meal provider in the past, but this year has bid to raise the prices for each meal 26 cents for home delivery and 22 cents for congregate, or meals eaten at the senior center.

Because seniors are on fixed incomes, Vollbracht expressed her disappointment that prices will be increased.

In order to comply with the Older Americans Act, the Center cannot charge per meal, but must have a donation box. Because of this, with the average that the seniors pay for their meals—over the suggested amount for home delivery, under for congregate—the city picks up the remainder: a projected $36,300 for the Center’s coming fiscal year.