LIMA — A new pilot program that will assist elderly customers at the pump is set to start next Monday in Lima.
The initiative, started by Juliet Johnson and supported by Lima Councilor Dr. Derry Glenn, provides full fueling service to elderly and disabled customers. The program will first be tested at the Marathon station on the corner of Market and Metcalf streets near downtown Lima.
Glenn said that there is a need for the service. He said people in the community reached out to him, saying they would benefit from being able to fuel up without getting out of their cars and struggling with walkers or without fear of asking for help from strangers. The program could be even more beneficial as the winter months approach.
“We still see a lot of elderly people that still want to drive,” Glenn said. “That’s their right. We should not handicap them because they cannot get the fuel to drive their cars with, so this is great. It’s a win-win.”
Johnson said she hopes the Marathon in Lima is just the beginning and that awareness and solutions for full service for those who need it continue to expand. She also said she wrote Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine about the issue, and he responded with a letter of his own, saying that he would refer the issue to his cabinet.
“It’s not only an elderly thing, it’s for disabled and handicapped. Everybody should realize that we need this. We need this so bad. I mean, down the road, I’m going to need it. Sometimes I feel like I need it now,” she joked. “It’s a no-brainer. I shouldn’t be the only one that’s seeing this.”
If positive results are seen from the pilot program, Glenn said the two have plans to expand to other area gas stations and hopefully bring enough awareness to the issue for it to be taken up by the state legislature.
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