by Kristin Casale
Munroe Falls -- City Councilmember Dave Bertsch said as the city's elderly population grows, it is important to keep them in mind as the community evolves.
With that in mind, Bertsch said he would like to form a committee to determine the needs of the elderly population in Munrow Falls.
"It's something that I've always felt strongly about," he said. "My exposure in the community has really shown me some areas of the community that need some attention.
"There are always some people on Council asking how [legislation] is going to affect people on fixed incomes," said Bertsch, adding he believes many of those questions can be answered through a committee.
Bertsch said he would like a resident-member group to meet regularly for approximately six months to determine the needs of senior citizens and make a report to Council.
"Our population is getting older, and that affects all kinds of things," he said. "I think we need to investigate where they need help. Once we have a consensus on the most important areas, we can look at what the city can do."
Council President Mike O'Donnell said he is unsure whether such a group would benefit the city, but added he would like to hear more information.
"I think it's important to consider everybody that's affected by legislation" he said. "You have to recognize everyone has different needs."
Bertsch said he hopes to research commissions in other cities and bring a proposal to Council during its next Community and Economic Development Committee meeting, scheduled for July 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Munroe Falls City Hall.
"Hopefully, on July 10 we can establish a mission and a timetable [to form the group]." he said.
Those interested in joining the committee are directed to contact Bertsch at 330-686-0509 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior citizen's group based in Stow
The Stow Senior Citizen Commission offers programs and information to the community's elderly population.
Seniors can visit the group's center during open hours Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 3 p.m. at the group's office at 4301 Kent Road in the Stow-Kent Shopping Center. For more information, call 330-686-1325.