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Advisory Council Meeting

September 10, 2009

Minutes

Held at 2573 Midpoint Drive, Ste. 108

Fort Collins, Colorado  80525

 

Members Present:

Nancy Arthur

David Born

Peggy Bowers

 

Cassie Castleberry

Helen Davis

Valerie DiBenedetto

 

Manfred Diehl

Tim Dolan

Carolyn Funk

 

Marcy Greenslit

Howard Hay

Judy Jones

 

Ellen Pihlstrom

Bill Prather

Gail Reader

 

Kristina Seth

Mary Shultz

Earl Stevens

 

Stan Ulrich

Sharon Zamora

 

 

 

 

 

Members Absent :

Caryll Cram

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff Present:

Tina Corrigan-Hugo

Margaret Long

Ruth Long

 

Katy Mason

Glen Rathgeber

Linda Rumney

 

Laura Sutherlin

 

 

CALL TO ORDER

Marcy Greenslit called the meeting to order at 1:36 p.m.

INTRODUCTIONS

The Council members introduced themselves.

CONSIDERATION OF TODAY’S AGENDA AND MINUTES OF August 13, 2009

Mary Shultz asked that last month’s minutes be amended to clarify her announcement on page 5.  Mary stated that the minutes should read that Randy Fischer and John Kefalas were meeting at New Belgium Brewery on August 17 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. to discuss transportation. The minutes were accepted as amended. 

CHAIR REPORT

Marcy Greenslit asked that Council members complete a survey regarding the Council meetings and return it to Katy Mason.  Marcy also distributed a sign-up list for members to provide the names of other organizations in which they are involved.  The Executive Committee approved its goals and objectives. The committee discussed having existing Council members meet with and mentor new Council members.

UPDATE ON OFFICE ON AGING

Margaret Long reported that Lynette started her second round of classes for Powerful Tools for Caregivers and could not attend today’s meeting.  Margaret distributed the Office on Aging Carryover plan.  Margaret needs to submit this plan to the state by next Tuesday. The plan is an explanation of the carryover and how it will be spent.  Margaret explained that a lot of the carryover in Federal funds had been planned to pay 70 percent of Laura Sutherlin’s salary.  The State notified Margaret that the ARCH grant needed to be spent before September, 2009. This change resulted in moving Laura’s salary from Federal funding to the ARCH grant funding and thus created a large amount of unspent funds.

 

The excess carryover will be budgeted for the followings activities and projects:

·  Compiling Larimer County demographics for the Foundation on Aging Summit.

·  Increasing funds to the Foundation on Aging for post summit analysis.

·  Adding $4,500 to the Foundation on Aging emergency fund.

·  Extending Katy Mason’s position to full time status for six months.

·  Funding to pay for a Statewide Strengths and Needs Assessment.

·  Purchasing training materials for the joint project with CSU.

·  Paying for a consultant to design a caregiver roadmap.

·  Purchasing training materials for either Share the Care or Powerful Tools for Caregivers. 

 

Ellen Pihlstrom moved to accept the carryover plan and Earl Stevens seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

 

Margaret announced that the Colorado Health Foundation grant proposal was accepted.  Laura Sutherlin had submitted the grant $102,000 for two years.  This funding will provide for part of Laura’s salary. 

OFFICE ON AGING PARTNER PRESENTATION:  Senior Tax Work-Off Program, Katy Mason

Katy Mason presented information on the Larimer County Senior Tax Work-Off Program.  The program started in 1981 with a $3,000 budget.  Currently the annual budget is $20,000.  Participants are paid minimum wage for their work in county departments.  Minimum wage is currently $7.28/hour, and participants can work off as much as $400 of the Larimer County portion of their property tax bill. 

 

Katy stated that this year the Office on Aging was awarded $10,000 in ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) funds.  To qualify, participants must be 60 years of age and older, own property in Larimer County, reside on that property and be at 200% of poverty guidelines ($1,733/month – 1 person household; $2,333 – 2 person household).  This year Katy feels the program will be in high demand because of the economic situation and the defunding of the Homestead Exemption Act.

 

The following charts show the number of people and hours they worked in the program. 

Senior Tax Work-Off Program

 

2006

2007

2008

2009

Applications

101

70

76

109

Workers Placed in Jobs

63

61

70

79

Total Hours Worked

2,510

1,901

2,457

N/A


Number of Senior Tax Worker Hours by Department

 

 

2006

2007

2008

 

Treasury

47

171

255

 

Planning

0

120

0

 

Motor Vehicle

223

81

0

 

Extension

126

80

93

 

Human Services

173

150

575

 

Sheriff

228

59

18

 

Corrections

226

198

131

 

Weed District

41

18

0

 

Parks & Open Lands

817

680

897

 

Health Department

60

52

33

 

Clerk & Recorder

233

88

101

 

Fairgrounds

344

159

310

 

 

The County benefits from this program in many ways.  For example, in 2008, there were 2,456.5 hours worked.  Estimating that each hour worked by a regular staff person would have cost the county a minimum of $12.97/hour, (lowest pay grade) the value of work to the county was approximately $31,860.81.

 

Katy discussed some current issues that are facing the programs.  The minimum wage is rising, the Homestead Exemption is not funded this year and it is not known when it will be funded again.  In addition, the budget is stagnant at $20,000.  Another issue surfaced last year.  A worker was injured while working with Parks & Lands and the injury resulted in a large workers’ compensation claim.  Human Services is the department that hires these temporary employees and the worker’s compensation claim came out of its budget.  Human Services has expressed concern about this liability and cannot afford to have additional claims.  Currently, there is legislative interest in changing the senior workers from a temporary employee’s status to a volunteer status which would eliminate the workers’ compensation liability. 

COUNCIL MEMBER BIOGRAPHY

Valerie DiBenedetto gave a brief autobiography.

SENIOR ADVISORY REPORTS

Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report

No report given.  Marcy will contact the chair of the Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Center to appoint a liaison from their Board.

 

Loveland Senior Advisory Board

Earl Stevens reported that the American Cancer Society is offering free mammograms and PAP tests during the month of October for Colorado citizens who qualify under income guidelines.  He added that the Board heard a presentation on transportation concerns, discussed Bridging the Gap Networking Event and discussed the October 17 conference.   Earl announced that the Loveland Senior Advisory Board is sponsoring computer classes from October though April. 

 

Foundation on Aging

Mary Shultz reported that the Foundation on Aging submitted a grant to Group Publishing for the foundation’s emergency fund.  The foundation set up the program for the January Summit and is currently selecting speakers.

 

Larimer County Commissioner

No report given.

 

Human Relations Commission 

No report given.

 

Commission on Aging

No report given.

COMMITTEE & STAFF REPORTS

Community Outreach & Education Committee

Mary Shultz stated that the committee established and reviewed their goals. 

 

Media & Public Relations Committee

Marcy Greenslit reported that Earl and Margaret gave a good interview on KRFC radio.  The committee reviewed the possibility of expanding the Dear Margaret column and has received approval from the Berthoud paper.  The committee is also working on a public service announcement for the new 2009-2010 Answers on Aging Resource Guides.  The committee finalized and approved its goals and objectives which include working on publicizing the Foundation on Aging Summit. 

 

Planning, Funding & Partnership Development Committee

Ellen Pihlstrom reported that the committee nominated Valerie DiBenedetto as their new chair.  Ellen stated that Margaret reviewed the carryover plan at the last committee meeting and the committee finalized its goals and objectives.

 

Public Policy & Advocacy Committee

Stan Ulrich reported that the committee worked on its goals and objectives and discussed conducting a survey for subsidized housing units.

 

Staff Reports

Laura Sutherlin reported that the printing of the Answers on Aging Resource Guide has started and will be ready for Bridging the Gap.  Laura stated that Taylor Cobb, the intern from UNC, is working on the MIPPA (Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act) grant and Caregiver Pampering Day with Lynette.  Laura announced that ARCH received a Colorado Health Foundation grant of $102,000 for two years.  This grant will fund 30 percent of Laura’s position and enable the county to hire a half-time long term care eligibility technician, who will with work with Laura, hospitals and long term care facilities to help streamline approval of Medicaid applications.  Laura reported that she received a purchase order for the MIPPA grant.  This grant will fund outreach to people who quality for the Medicare Savings Plans and the low-income subsidy for Medicare Part D.

 

Linda Rumney announced that Gail Reader has volunteered for the CRAC (Community Resource Advisory Committee) committee.  Gail stated that she is very impressed with the professionalism on the committee.

 

Katy Mason distributed a new committee members list.  Katy reported that two provider site visits have been completed.  Katy expressed the importance of the Advisory Council’s participation in the evaluation process.  Katy encouraged Council members to form their own opinions of the programs and the value of the program to the community during the site visits.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

There were no announcements.

 

ADJOURNMENT                                                     

Marcy adjourned the meeting at 2:58 p.m.

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