Funding sought for Delaware County guardianship program


Delaware County is pursuing funding for a program that monitors people placed in guardianship.

Karen Wadkins, Delaware County Probate and Juvenile Court fiscal coordinator, approached the Delaware County Commissioners seeking permission to submit an application for a one-year grant for SourcePoint that would fund the Guardianship Visitation Program.

“We have 523 persons in our guardianship currently in Delaware County,” Wadkins said. “This program sends a visitor out to review the cases to be sure the wards are safe.”

The grant total, if awarded to the county, is $17,905 and would be used to ensure the safety and prevention of exploitation those in guardianship. Wadkins said this is the first year to request funding that exceeds $10,000.

Wadkins said the second part of the request is related to the Chores Program, an initiative in which children assist people over 55 with yard work and other chores that people of that age can no longer do for themselves.

“Last year we served 117 clients and completed 2,000 service hours,” she said.

Commissioners approved submitting the application.

Wadkins also asked commissioners to approve submitting an application to the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for a grant in the amount of $51,716 for the county Family Treatment Court Program.

“It supports our Treatment Court coordinator,” Wadkins said. “Last year we graduated three adults and 12 juveniles through the program.”

Commissioners gave Wadkins permission to file the application.

In other business commissioners, approved sewer improvement plans for Orange Point commercial parcels along U.S. 23.

“This was one of the last parcels that didn’t have sewer,” said Michael Frommer, Sanitary Engineering and Development director. “We needed to bring it across (U.S.) 23.”

The commissioners accepted one permanent sanitary easement and two temporary construction easements from Nelson Farms Associates LLC.

“The easements are needed for the Liberty, Sawmill truckline,” Frommer said. “These are easements the developers are giving us to make that improvement.”

County commissioners also approved a resolution of necessity for the purchase or lease of an automobile for use by Delaware County Code Compliance.

“Many of our vehicles are recycled sheriff’s vehicles and many of those are getting older and higher mileage,” said Fred Fowler, Code Compliance Supervisor. “We would like to replace a 2005 model that we have in our fleet with a newer vehicle.”

By D. Anthony Botkin

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D. Anthony Botkin may be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @dabotkin.

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