by Lisa Tome
When the temperatures dropped to the single digits last week, Kim Roland began using her digits to dial the phone.
Roland, Cecilton's town clerk, and the town's administrator, Brenda Cochran, began phoning elderly and disabled residents to make sure they were ready for the powerful punch thrown by old man winter.
"We want to make sure they have heating fuel and make sure they are okay. We are getting the (town) newsletter together and we are encouraging people to check on their elderly and disabled neighbors," said Roland.
They practice what they preach.
Roland was gearing up to make 15-20 phone calls to shut in and elderly residents on Wednesday afternoon. She wanted to make sure people had heating fuel and didn't have any other needs. Roland said the criteria for the phone call is those who are elderly, disabled, live alone, and/or on a fixed income.
"The town is so small. I can look through the water and sewer bills and tell who it is (that will get a call)," said Roland.
"I say 'this is Kim from town hall.' I ask if if they know it's getting cold and if they have enough fuel to get them through. I ask if they have enough food and if there is anything else I can do," said Roland. "With the snow laying around it's hard for them to get around."
"They love that we call. Most of them still have landline phones. We've asked before for their phone numbers in case there is an emergency or if a water main breaks," said Roland. "I like to do it. It's part of my job."
She and Cochran said they were also prepared to make referrals to programs such as Social Services, local churches, or Energy Assistance if the need cropped up.
If residents were running low on supplies to get them through the cold, Cochran said that town public works crewman would help out with picking it up.
"You can't work in the town hall and not be acquainted with these people," said Cochran.
In other business from Cecilton:
• Ingerman.com is now open for those who want to apply to live in the new Parklands apartment complex. Move-in in two buildings in that complex will be occurring soon. Cecilton town officials confirmed last week that groundbreaking for the new 62-unit apartment complex is near.
The project, will feature 62 apartments when completed. It will consist of 10 buildings with six apartments each in nine of the buildings. One building will have eight apartments.
The project will also feature a community building with a 70-person meeting room. Parklands at Cecilton is an Ingerman project. That company also developed the Elkton Senior Apartments on Elkton's High Street.