PRRD seeks to support aging seniors with new bylaw

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The Peace River Regional District is seeking to support seniors in the Peace, voting in favour of a services bylaw at the March 25 board meeting.

The bylaw services function would offer healthy meals, housekeeping, social supports, and yard maintenance.

Titled the ‘Seniors Aging In Place Support Services Establishment BylawNo. 2444, 2021’, the function must pass a public referendum before final approval. The referendum will be held on July 17, 2021.

A feasibility study was authorized and completed in 2019, at a cost of $100,000, splitting the funds evenly between Area D and E residents, who the services will be offered to.

These areas will be taxed to provide partial funding for the services, to a property tax limit of $1.9 million or 66 cents per $1,000 for the first year.

Area D Director Leonard Hiebert noted requests for proposal would have to be put forward for a contractor to deliver the services, same as the pilot program.

“The way the pilot program was set out was that we contracted it – we supplied the money, we had a contractor deliver the services within that budget,” said Hiebert.

The Dawson Creek Society for Community Living handled the pilot program, identifying seniors in need of assistance, preparing and delivering healthy meals to their homes in the rural area.

They continue to provide assistance, with an additional $100,000 in funding secured last April through the PRRD.

Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative, Alaska Highway News