ROSCOMMON COUNTY – The Roscommon County Commission on Aging has temporarily closed the Roscommon Center due to the termination of the head cook.
In a Sept. 23 letter to commission board members, Director Tom Petite said, “In case you haven’t heard, I have ended employment of the Roscommon Center cook. We are an “at-will employer”.
“To add to the problem, their assistant cook has asked to take a sick leave for acute medical reasons. She will still work when she is able … I do anticipate some resistance to my decision and your support is appreciated. We will get Roscommon Center reopened as soon as possible.”
Petite emphasized the closure will be temporary. Roscommon’s “Meals-on-Wheels” will be prepared at the Houghton Lake Center and the Roscommon Center will be closed until new kitchen staff can be hired and adequately trained. Eighty percent of the commission’s funding is for home-bound services.
The Roscommon center director will work out of the Houghton Lake Center during the closure.
I n a release today (Sept. 27), Petite said the commission will take advantage of the closure by repainting the center, as well as stripping and waxing the floors.
For seniors the are not able to drive Petite said the commission is offering a free shuttle service from Roscommon to the Houghton Lake or St. Helen centers starting Oct. 1.