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OFFICE ON AGING ADVISORY COUNCIL

Unapproved Meeting Minutes

April 8, 2004

1:30-3:30 PM

Held at 1501 Blue Spruce Drive

Room 135B

Fort Collins, Colorado† 80524

 

 

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Members Present:

Paul Bell

Bill Benton

Steve Budner

 

Peggy Haller

Gerry Hinks

Elnora McCloughan

 

Tom Nix

Barbara Nuss

Carol Rehme

 

Karen Reinhardt

Lloyd Spawn

Earl Stevens

 

Ken Tharp

Stan Ulrich

 

 

 

 

 

Members Absent

Rita Dykstra

Carolyn Funk

Johanna Inman

 

Ray Martinez

Mary Shultz

Hal Wilson

 

 

 

 

Staff Present:

Ruth Coberly

Stacy Duenwald

Margaret Long

 

Katy Mason

Glen Rathgeber

Melanie Wolf

 

 

 

 

Guests Present:

Tom Bender

Marjorie McTaggart

Leighanna Grupp

 

 

CALL TO ORDER

Lloyd Spawn called the meeting to order.

 

INTRODUCTIONS OF GUESTS

Lloyd recognized Marjorie McTaggart as a guest to the council meeting.

 
OPEN DISCUSSION/COMMUNITY INPUT

Marjorie McTaggart stated that she serves on the TRIAD Board of Directors. Marjorie explained that TRIAD is a partnership comprised of law enforcement, emergency services, senior service agencies, and seniors working together to address crime prevention and safety awareness for older adults. TRIAD is currently involved in giving programs about Homeland Security in various locations throughout the county.

 

TRENDS AND ISSUES

No trend or issues were discussed.

 

ADJUSTMENTS, THEN MOTION TO ACCEPT MINUTES OF March 8, 2004

Earl Stevens requested that the minutes be changed under the Biography section. He served in World War II, not World War I. Earl made a motion to accept the minutes. Barbara Nuss seconded the motion. Minutes accepted as submitted with corrections.

 

CHAIR REPORT

Lloyd Spawn pointed out that there was an article in the Coloradoan regarding the job fair that recently took place.

 

Lloyd also announced the resignation of an Office on Aging member, Melanie Wolf. Melanie plans to pursue her RN/BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) at the University of Northern Colorado. Lloyd commended Melanie and said that the council has appreciated all of her efforts.

 

Paul Bell presented the article out of the Coloradoan regarding the Academic and Athletic All Stars graduating from high school this year. Laura Mason, Katy Masonís daughter, was one of the candidates selected for the award.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Paul Bell discussed his Scottish heritage. Paulís great, great, great grandfather, Moses Austin, negotiated the first contract with the nation of Mexico to settle the white colony of Austin, Texas. His ancestors settled in the Austin, Texas area. Paulís mother was born in Waco, Texas. His father was born in Hereford.

 

Paulís father was an electrical engineer and after ten years of marriage, his parents began †a family. Paul was born in Dallas. His father joined the military and the Korean War took his family to Arlington, Va. They then moved to San Luis Obispo, California and back to Hereford, Texas. When Paul was 4, they moved back to Dallas. He spent most of his childhood in Dallas. His father passed away when Paul was 15.

 

Paul attended Southwestern University in San Antonio, Texas where he met his wife, Patty, in 1971. He graduated from Trinity and then attended Purdue University for graduate school. He interviewed at Colorado State University after graduate school and in 1975 took a position as a professor in the psychology department. Paulís wife was a highly recognized band teacher at Shepardson for many years. She is now retired, but still teaches part time. They have been married for 32 years.

 

In 1979, Paulís mom was diagnosed with dementia of progressive origin. She was 65 at the time. This was just after her retirement. Unfortunately, several members of Paulís family have suffered from dementia and it seems to be passed on generationally. Paul has been very active in the Alzheimerís Association for over 20 years.

 

UPDATES ON OFFICE ON AGING

Margaret announced that Mary Shultz was attending the state science fair today and thus unable to attend the council meeting.

Margaret updated the council on the current status of state funding for senior services. The Joint Budget Committee restored one million dollars in funding and the legislature passed a bill that restores another half million in funding. If the funds remain, the percent of the funding cut will be 33 percent instead of 66 percent.

 

Margaret reported that Commissioner Bender conducted the review of the Advisory Council last week. Both Margaret and Chairperson, Mary Shultz, were present at this review. All commissioner appointed commissions/boards are reviewed every four years by the County Commissioners. Margaret asked Commissioner Bender to comment on the review. Commissioner Bender stated that the review did not find any problems with the LCOOAAC. He added that the council and its committees are performing the jobs they were established to implement. During the review, it was noted that the Advisory Council committee meetings should be posted in order for the public to attend the meetings. Margaret agreed to follow-up with the request.

 

Margaret also added that when the commissioners advertise for new council members, the description of the duties of an Advisory Council member will include that this position will take at least four hours per month. This is due to the additional hours required for council members participating in the council committees. Tom thanked Margaret and the council for all of their volunteer efforts on behalf of the seniors of Larimer County. Lloyd added that 600 volunteer hours per year are provided by the council.

 

COMMITTEE & STAFF REPORTS

Education Committee

Steve Budner reported that the job fair was held on Wednesday, April 7th, at the Fort Collins Senior Center from 12-5:30 p.m. 530 people attended the event and 21 different booths were presented. The only recommendation Steve had was to shorten the length of the job fair to 12-4 p.m. instead of 12-5:30 p.m. He said that most of the booths start packing up early and the participation drops off by that time. He thanked Margaret, Mary, Stan and Barbara for volunteering their time to help out with the job fair.

 

Steve also added that he and Carol Rehme attended and presented at the recent speakerís bureau speaking engagement. There were 14 people in attendance at the event. It was held on Thursday, April 1st at noon at the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Collins for the Interdenominational Senior Citizenís Group. Lloyd mentioned that there were copies of speaking engagement request forms available at the meeting if anyone needed a copy.

 

Executive Committee

No report was provided.

 

Health Committee

Gerry Hinks discussed the dental program that the Office on Aging currently funds through the Womenís Center. She visited the facility and interviewed them regarding the details of the program.

 

Membership Committee

Stan Ulrich stated that there had not been much change regarding the committee. He is currently working on a new slate of officers for June. The committee plans to meet again on Friday, May 21st around 11:15 a.m. following the Executive Committee meeting.

 

Nutrition Committee

Margaret briefly reviewed that over a year ago the Nutrition Committee brought together all the senior nutrition providers in the county. That group is now known as the Nutrition Coalition. The coalition met frequently during 2003 and will continue to meet at least several times each year. The coalition has been looking at different ways to raise money and different ways of doing business more efficiently in order to utilize the funds provided in a better way.

 

The most significant outcome to date from the coalition is the creation of a successful partnership between Fort Collins Meals on Wheels, Volunteers of America (VOA) and Poudre Valley Hospital.

Margaret then introduced Leighanna Grupp who is the director for the VOA seniorsí nutrition program in Larimer County.

 

Leighanna reported that VOA is changing how they are providing meals to clients in Larimer County. As of Monday, March 29th, the VOA site located at 909 North College Avenue in Fort Collins is no longer producing meals for distribution to congregate meal locations. The kitchen at the site was closed down and cooks were laid off. Poudre Valley Hospital, PVH, is now producing the meals out of their kitchen. The cost of meals through PVH is $3.75 per meal. Leighanna explained that, in the short run, this change does not save money but in the long run, VOA will come out ahead. She stated that kitchens cost a lot of money to maintain and the overhead is really expensive. By contracting out the food preparation, VOA will be able to match programs costs to available revenue thus assuring the ability to maintain senior nutrition services during times of uncertain funding.

 

Leighanna also added that some of the congregate meal sites will be closed once a week, possibly Wednesday of each week, depending on the location. Rural meal site locations will remain unaffected by the cuts. VOA is consolidating some meal sites like Silverleaf I and II. These sites are across the street from each other. This will also help reduce costs.

 

Leighanna discussed a possible new meal site voucher program.† Under this program, seniors would be able to go out to a restaurant and use a voucher instead of attending a meal site for a meal. Leighanna would work directly with local restaurants to ensure proper USDA nutrition standards are met. She also added that the suggested donation may increase due to a higher increase in cost per meal if this were to take place. She said that the meal voucher program is working successfully in other areas of Colorado.

 

Senior Attainable Housing Committee

Peggy Haller reported that Fort Collins was chosen as an ambassador for cities from the National Board of Realtors. Only seven cities were chosen nationally. An event will be held in honor of the award on Thursday, June 3rd at the Canyon Room at the Lincoln Center by the City of Fort Collins and the Fort Collins Board of Realtors. The focus of the event will be on networking and educating builders, realtors and contractors about Practical Housing for All and affordable housing.

 

The Practical Housing for All committee is currently looking for members. The committee meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at City Hall from 10:30-12:00 p.m.

 

Discussion ensued.

 

Transportation Committee

Bill Benton was not able to attend the last Transportation Committee meeting.

 

Marjorie McTaggart asked if Smart Trips might be able to come and speak to the Transportation Committee. Bill said he would check into the possibility.

 

Tom Nix received a copy of a letter that SAINT wrote to the Interfaith Council regarding the need for senior transportation in Larimer County. The council assured him that he will be speaking to the council either this month or next month.

 

Discussion ensued.

 

OOA Staff

Stacy Duenwald announced that she will be getting married on Saturday, April 17th in Hoven, South Dakota, her home town. Her married name will be Stacy White.

 

Katy Mason passed out a summary of the numbers of the Senior Tax Work-Off Program. The program had 109 applicants compared to 80 the previous year. Only 63 were placed in positions due to program budget constraints. 46 people were turned away. The senior workers provide the equivalent of 1 Ĺ employees to the county at the cost of only $20,000 dollars. Katy expects more applicants in the future and hopes to increase funding for the program next year. The participants are selected by level of income first.

Katy emphasized that First Call should be the initial point of contact for information and referral calls. Their number is 2-1-1. She encouraged council members to have seniors inquiring about information to contact First Call first before contacting the Office on Aging.

 

Ken Tharp complimented the staff on all of their hard work and dedication.

 

LIASON REPORTS

Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report

Marjorie McTaggart reported in place of Dean Miller.

 

The Slightly Older Adult Players will be performing on Friday, May 7th at 1p.m. and 7p.m. and Saturday, May 8th at 2p.m. at the Fort Collins Senior Center. Price of admission is $4.

 

Creative fiction for an anthology is being requested at the Fort Collins Senior Center. The deadline for submission is Tuesday, June 15th. Call Katie Steiber for more details.

 

On Friday, February 27th, the board prioritized the most important issues that would affect seniors: the expansion of the Fort Collins Senior Center, the rose cemetery irrigation, the Fort Collins Museum and cultural center, the Pedestrian Park and park improvements.

 

Loveland Senior Advisory Board Report

Earl Stevens reported that there will be a computer class in the summer running 3 hours a day for 5 days for two weeks.

 

He reminded the council of the upcoming Bridging the Gap luncheon that will take place on Friday, September 24th at The Ranch in Loveland. Cost is $18.

 

The Seasons Club is up and running as of April 1st. The club already has 500 members. †

 

The senior prom is planned for Monday, April 26th from 7-10:30 p.m. at the Chilson Senior Center. Thompson Valley High School is sponsoring the event.

 

The Community Pancake Breakfast and Plant Sale is scheduled for Saturday, April 24th from 8-11 a.m. The cost of the event is $4 for adults and $2.50 per child (12/under).

 

FOUNDATION ON AGING REPORT

No report was provided.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

No announcements were provided.

 

ADJOURNMENT

Lloyd Spawn adjourned the council meeting.

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