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Advisory Council Meeting

July 8, 2010

Minutes

Held at 2573 Midpoint Drive, Ste. 108

Fort Collins, Colorado  80525

 

Members Present:

Jay Adams

David Born

Peggy Bowers

 

Melissa Buckskin

Helen Davis

Carolyn Funk

 

Marcy Greenslit

Howard Hay

Judy Jones

 

Ellen Pihlstrom

Bill Prather

Kristina Seth

 

Mary Shultz

Debbie Tellez

Bob Tholl

 

Stan Ulrich

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members Absent :

Nancy Arthur

Valerie DiBenedetto

Earl Stevens

 

Sharon Zamora

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff Present:

Tina Barker

Tina Corrigan-Hugo

Margaret Long

 

Katy Mason

Linda Rumney

Laura Sutherlin

 

 

 

 

Guests Present:

Larry Roos

Gary Thomas

Cherrie Thornton

CALL TO ORDER

Marcy Greenslit called the meeting to order at 1:34 p.m.

CONSIDERATION OF TODAY’S AGENDA AND MINUTES OF March 11, 2010

Marcy stated that Lynne McClelland’s name was spelled incorrectly.  Minutes were approved as corrected.

CHAIR REPORT

Marcy Greenslit reported that the Executive Committee planned the new member orientation meeting.  There is still one vacancy on the Council.  The Council would prefer to get someone who lives in Estes Park or Berthoud. 

UPDATE ON OFFICE ON AGING

Margaret Long reported Larimer County decided to change its email system from GroupWise to Google Mail this week.  It has been very difficult.  Margaret added that the CASOA (Community Assessment Survey for Older Adults) that had been mailed out has received a 53% return rate in Larimer County, the highest in Colorado.  The assessment results will be used to help Margaret complete the four-year plan.  OOA should have the results by September.

 

Margaret distributed a funding sheet describing our costs and contracted amounts, and a sheet describing our approved funding.  Margaret mentioned that the four-year plan (July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2015) is due at the state level by January 31, 2011.  OOA and the Council should look at and prioritize the needs and available funding.  She would like the Council to look at the projected plan of $1.3 million for each year.  The Council also needs to keep in mind that a back-up plan is needed.  What would happen if the state funding was cut in half?  What if we lose state funding completely?  Margaret would like to be contacted if there are any ideas. 

 

Staff Reports

Laura Sutherlin:  Since Lynette has been out of the office, Laura has been filling in for her with her caregiver clients.    

Tina Barker/Linda Rumney:  Tina and Linda attended training on evaluating the ombudsman program in June.  The ombudsman program is fortunate to have some very good volunteers that were able to help Tina during the five weeks that Linda was out for medical leave. 

Katy Mason:  Katy distributed a new committee sign-up sheet.  At their next meetings, the committees will select secretaries and chairs and then will set new goals. 

COUNCIL MEMBER BIOGRAPHY

Linda Rumney gave a brief autobiography.

OFFICE ON AGING PARTNER PRESENTATION:  Gary Thomas, Executive Director of SAINT

Gary Thomas stated that his presentation will be about the bigger picture of transportation.  His definition of transportation is moving people around and the definition of transit is the actual public vehicle. 

 

Gary described three main factors that change the price of transit services:  fuel prices, climate change issues and an aging population. 

 

Fuel prices are based on oil availability.  Currently the U.S. consumes about 20 million barrels of oil daily, but only produces about 6.8 million.  There is less oil available right now, and it gets more expensive the harder it is to drill. 

 

Climate change isn’t about weather.  It’s about the carbon footprint and ozone layer.  There have been limits placed on driving because of the ozone problem.  Reduction of the carbon footprint will be dependent upon transportation. 

 

There are 78 million baby boomers who are used to getting their own way.  These folks are living approximately 10 years longer then their ability to drive. 

 

There are several things going on locally:

  • The Colorado Department of Transportation has formed a new Transit and Rail Division. 
  • Amtrak is considering operating the Pioneer Train service between Denver and Seattle with a possibility of a stop in Larimer County. 
  • There is a feasibility study being conducted about developing a high speed rail system. 
  • Fort Collins and Loveland have completed their first ever consolidated Transit Strategic Plan and is looking at combining the two bus systems. 
  • The Mason Corridor Bus Rapid Transit line is funded and design work is underway. 
  • A new FLEX route to Longmont is up and running, but the bus between Greeley and Loveland is shutting down. 
  • A circulator bus route between McKee, Medical Center of the Rockies and the Rehab facility in Johnstown is under consideration.
  • The I-25 Environmental Impact Study calls for commuter rail into Denver and Bus Rapid Transit along I-25.

 

Transportation has problems with funding.  The City of Fort Collins’ budget looks bad and it is likely that Transfort will have to shut down some bus lines.  A sales tax is under consideration; this would be a one cent, or less, sales tax to use for police, parks and transit.

 

For the future, Gary described the Transit Oriented Development idea.  This is a mixed-use development plan that will be built around transit centers.  Plan Fort Collins has a strategic plan for transportation and will incorporate the proposal into its overall plan.  Another idea is to consider transportation as a utility, something we have to have.  In this way, it could be funded more appropriately.  A typical bus cost is about $80 an hour.

 

Gary concluded his presentation with facts on SAINT.  The average donation that SAINT receives is $1.10.  SAINT takes people anywhere they want to go and not just to medical appointments.  They do not travel between Fort Collins and Loveland. 

 

SENIOR ADVISORY REPORTS

Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report

Cherrie Thornton reported that the SAB is working on Bridging the Gap Luncheon and transportation issues.

 

Loveland Senior Advisory Board

Judy Jones reported that the SAB had a vigorous discussion on marijuana outlets. 

 

Foundation on Aging

Mary Shultz reported that the Communications and Program Committees of the Foundation on Aging are going over established goals and making sure there aren’t overlapping roles.

 

Larimer County Commissioner

No report given.

 

Human Relations Commission 

No report given.

COMMITTEE & STAFF REPORTS

Community Outreach & Education Committee

Mary Shultz reported that the committee discussed the fraud study.  During the month of June, seniors were encouraged to drop-off mail that they considered fraud at three different locations.  This program was not very successful. 

 

Media & Public Relations Committee

Marcy Greenslit reported that the Committee was successful in getting the Senior Blue Book to respond to errors in the book and their website.  Marcy had sent an email to Margaret about all the errors in the book.  Margaret carbon-copied the publisher in her response to Marcy.  The Office on Aging has offered to go over their proof for Larimer County resources before they go to press.  Marcy stated that the interview with Margaret, Earl and Deni on KRFC is set for October 13.  Another Margaret article will appear in this Sunday’s paper. 

 

Planning, Funding & Partnership Development Committee

Ellen Pihlstrom reported that the Committee dealt with the medical transportation problem for heart infusion patients who had to drive to MCR.  Poudre Valley Hospital has now opened a heart infusion facility in Fort Collins.  The Committee is working with the Fort Collins Senior Advisory and Foundation on Aging Boards to create a plan to present to Plan Fort Collins. 

 

Public Policy & Advocacy Committee

Stan Ulrich reported that the housing survey is on the Foundation on Aging website and the Committee has met all their goals this year. 

 

Stan announced that AARP will contribute $1,000 for the educational fiscal forum in Loveland on October 2 or 9.  This forum will spend time specifically on amendments 60 and 61 and proposition 101.  Margaret has to wait until the commissioners take a formal position on these proposals before the Council can be a sponsor for the forum. 

 

ADJOURNMENT                                                     

Marcy adjourned the meeting at 3:15 p.m.

Background Image: Rocky Mountain National Park by Sue Burke. All rights reserved.