MCDD levy supporters address Morrow County Retired Teachers

By Phylis Miller

April 22, 2014

The Morrow County Retired Teachers heard from four speakers urging support of the Morrow County Board of Developmental Disabilities levy when they met for lunch April 7 at Trinity UM Church. The levy will be on the May 6th ballot. Speakers included. Nancy Foglesong, Whetstone administrator; Diane Farahayrepresenting Community Partners and Walter and Doris Lavan, parents of a Whetstone client.

The speakers stated that Morrow County has the lowest voted millage in the state for support of DD services and ranks 83rd out of Ohio’s 88 counties in per capita spending for DD services. Due to the failure of renewal levies over the last ten years, local support has declined from seven mills to only 1.5 mills. Many needed services have been suspended. The levy will cost the owner of a $100,000 property about $4.85 per month.

New member Mary K. Myers was welcomed by Angie Hamilton, president, as she opened the business meeting. Vice president Pat Rinehart reported on the successful Retirement Planning Seminar held last month and thanked members who hosted the event and provided food.

Jan Riddlebaugh was complimented on the MCRTA web site. Linda Ruehrmund extended an invitation to the Edison Tomorrow Center’s History Day and told of upcoming Happy Wanderer trips. A thank you note was read from Mary Lloyd Allen for the group’s Christmas remembrance. Nancy Burdsall spoke in support of the renewal levy to support the Extension Office services which include 4-H.

A lemon meringue pie baked by Pat Rinehart was auctioned with the proceeds added to the scholarship fund. The top bidder was Marilyn Pierotti. Members are asked to bring craft and baked items for auction at the June 2nd meeting, at which the speaker will be Mt. Gilead resident Dennis Richardson, who is retired from the Secret Service Uniformed Division.

Cookies for distribution during Teacher Appreciation Month are to be brought to the Executive Committee meeting at the Edison United Methodist Church on May 5 at 10 a.m.