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Montross Town Council has mixed views on supporting TRIAD

Montross Town Manager Brenda Reamy provided a handout to the Montross Town Council at its meeting on Aug. 27, and briefly explained how the Virginia TRIAD organization involves protecting its elderly residents from scams. Reamy asked the council if they would consider a donation to the cause, but there was some opposition from council to contribute.

Councilman Robert Zimmerman asked, “Why wouldn’t it be funded by the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia?” Reamy responded, “Because it is a volunteer program. The salt part of it is.”

Triad is not an acronym. The term refers to the three founding organizations: The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA).

The Triad concept originated in 1988, when the three entities agreed to establish a partnership to arm senior citizens with the information they need to keep from being victimized by criminals. The first Triad partnership in the country was established in 1989, at St. Martin Parish, LA, and was brought to Virginia in 1995 by Attorney General Jim Gilmore, who established a state Triad-coordinating section in his office.

A Triad is not a program, but a partnership between senior citizens and law enforcement, who make up a group called Seniors And Law Enforcement Together (SALT), who share information on how seniors can avoid becoming victims of crime and enhance the safety and quality of their lives.

Triads have been very successful when implemented, and many law enforcement agencies have reported reduced crimes among the elderly, where the partnership has been established.

Zimmerman said, “I don’t think it’s our place to fund their program.”

Councilman Larry Wheaton said, “I think it’s a good program.”

Vice Mayor Joseph P. King, who chaired the meeting in the mayor’s absence said, “Anything we can do to help support it- if they need somewhere to meet, we can allow them to use the town office. I think that would be a good idea.” King suggested to Reamy to make some copies of the handout for the community.

Wheaton offered to explore it some more. He said that he would check with Bay Aging to see if they endorse TRIAD, and what involvement they may have.

Wheaton continued, “I understand the issue of not necessarily supporting the Office of the Attorney General, but I think it would help to at least show some financial support to get them off the ground.”

Zimmerman, referring to the Attorney General’s Office, said, “It’s their program, let them support it.”

Wheaton agreed it should be supported by a government agency, but said, “With the economy the way it is, it may not be possible to get government support.” But he did feel that the protection for seniors was a worthy cause to support.

After a short discussion, all council members agreed to table any contributions until they could become more familiar with the organization, and attend the Sept. 18 signing ceremony at 10 a.m. at the A.T. Johnson Building. All Westmoreland County citizens are welcomed to attend.

In other news, Reamy reported that VDOT is clearing the drainage ditches of grass growth and debris. The work will be done in time for the Montross Fall Festival in early October.

Councilman Terry Cosgrove made a motion to appoint Leonard Carlson to the Facade Committee, and council approved unanimously.

Revitalization
Cosgrove reported that the revitalization committee is waiting for streetscaping and actual facade drawings of businesses or properties. There are 26 properties that are on the list for the facade program. Once the drawings come back, an informational package will be turned over to the facade committee to decide which projects will have priority.

Cosgrove said, “This is what we have been working on for three-plus years. It’s exciting to see people already making improvements to their buildings.”

Wheaton said, “It’s all going to come together. It’s going to be very complimentary for the town.”

Many businesses in town have already begun working on their facades, including the Bank of Lancaster and The Art of Coffee.

Reamy commented that it was exciting to see people helping each other to get projects going.
Cosgrove commented, “I’m very happy about this.”

Linda Farneth

 

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