November 2019
Your monthly news & updates
The Muskegon Millage Minute is your source for regular updates on programs and services funded by the Muskegon County Senior Millage, which was approved by county voters in August of 2016.

Members of the Muskegon County Senior Activities Committee (MCSAC) make recommendations for programs and services to the full board of commissioners. MCSAC members are: Commissioners Marcia Hovey-Wright, Ken Mahoney, and Rillastine Wilkins; Sharon Ackerman, Judy Kell, Nancy McCarthy, Janet Perreault, Greg Scott, and Pat Shafer.

Senior Resources of West Michigan, the area agency on aging for Muskegon, Oceana and Ottawa counties, is the administrator of the funds, and produces this monthly newsletter update. If you have questions about the Muskegon County Senior Millage, please contact Karla Betten at Senior Resources, 231-733-3593. Contact Lisa Tyler, communications director, at ltyler@seniorresourceswmi.org, if there is something specific you'd like to see covered in a future newsletter.
Orchard View hosts senior dinner dance
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Orchard View Community Education hosted a senior dinner dance recently and a Thanksgiving dinner while honoring veterans. Michael Baauw from the Muskegon County Veterans center came and received a donation of $619 from those attending, for the Muskegon County Veterans center. He is shown below with Jenni Bowen from Orchard View Community Education.
County commissioners award funding for snow removal and lawn care

The Muskegon County Commission recently approved $80,000 to Living Word Church for the provision of snow removal and lawn care services to older adults in Muskegon County who are eligible for the program services.

Living Word Church will need some time to get the program up and running, and we will share a phone number when they have that established. In the meantime, CALL 2-1-1 is accepting names of people who are interested in the service. Participants must be 60 or older and a Muskegon County resident, and not have other means of removing snow (other able-bodied adults and/or financial resources). We will share more information as it becomes available, through the Muskegon County Senior Millage Facebook page and the next Muskegon Millage Minute.
Commissioners approve increased funding for programs and municipalities

The Muskegon County Board of Commissioners also approved three adjusted awards for the following programs: Muskegon Community College/Lakeshore Fitness Center Next Steps program, total of $30,000; YMCA Veggie Van, total of $55,000; and Trinity Village major home repairs (countywide), total of $56,000.

The board also approved allocating up to 25% of the annual senior millage funds to local municipalities to coordinate and provide services, programs, and/or activities for seniors in their jurisdictions. Each municipality can accept a base funding amount and additional funding based on the population of seniors in the municipality. They must present a 1-2 page plan approved by their governing entity and endorsed by the jurisdictional county commissioner(s). For more information on this, you may call 231-724-1231.

You can learn more about the senior millage at https://seniorresourceswmi.org/muskegon-county-senior-millage/. The Google calendar located on the page also lists activities throughout the county.
Your senior millage dollars at work!