Cirque Meadows by Adam Johnson


April 13, 2006


Held at Harmony Library

Fort Collins, Colorado  80525


Members Present:

Paul Bell

Amy Farnsworth

Beverly Hageseth


Gerry Hinks

Elnora McCloughan

Janet Montera


Barbara Nuss

Karen Reinhardt

Mary Shultz


Lloyd Spawn

Earl Stevens

Stan Ulrich


Don Venneberg

Hal Wilson

Sharon Zamora





Members Absent

Nancy Arthur

Steve Budner

Carolyn Funk


Olivia Larry

Ellen Pihlstrom

Carol Rehme





Staff Present:

Tina Barker

Ruth Coberly

Tina Hugo


Joey Kerns

Margaret Long

Katy Mason


Lynette McGowan

Linda Rumney






Guests Present:

Marcia Litchfield

Mark Shelton



Lloyd Spawn called the meeting to order.


Lloyd Spawn introduced Mark Shelton from the Colorado Commission on Aging and Marcia Litchfield, gerontology student. 


There was no open discussion or community input.


There were no objections or changes to the agenda.

CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES OF March 9, 2006                           

Corrections suggested to page 4, under Education Committee, Carolyn Funk should be changed to Carol Rehme.  Under Membership Committee, the planning of the new member orientation should be under the Executive Committee.  Also there is a correction to Page 5, under Staff Reports, third paragraph, change spelling of Chilsen to Chilson.  Lloyd recommended the minutes stand with corrections.


Lloyd Spawn discussed a few articles in the Coloradoan and suggested the council write to the Coloradoan and thank them for articles regarding senior issues.  Janet Montera volunteered to write letters if given the approval from the council. 


Margaret informed the council that there is good news regarding state funding.  Margaret explained that because of Referendum C the Office on Aging should be receiving approximately $12K which must be spent by June 2006.  Margaret stated that the Federal funding is still not set and will most likely be flat.  Margaret stated that Senator Reisberg’s bill for funding stabilization looks like it will pass.  The Long Bill that had another million added by the Joint Budget Committee (JBC).  This may mean approximately $100K in additional funding for the Office on Aging.  Margaret proposed to use the new funds to increase Katy Mason’s hours from ½ time to ¾ time and Linda Rumney’s hours from ¾ time to full-time.  The Caregiver Program funding was cut earlier this year.  Margaret suggested using some of the additional funding to increase respite grants.  The $12,000 supplemental will be used to fund congregate meals.  Margaret proposed that general contracted services not be increased until the 4-year plan is completed along with Request for Proposal’s (RFP).  Earl Stevens moved to support the increase personnel and respite, Stan Ulrich seconded the motion.  Motion was carried.


Margaret asked Mark Shelton to introduce himself and give a brief report on the Centenarian event.  Mark stated that he is a recent appointment from Congressional District 4 to the Colorado Commission on Aging.  Mark stated that the commission is non-partisan.  Mark described the Centenarian event which will take place in Greeley on May 26th starting at 10:00 a.m.  Mark stated that Eva Jewell, the AAA Manager for Weld County, has been working with the Evans Community Center on the event.  Mark asked the council to let him know of anyone who is 100+.   

Medicare Part D Update: 

Katy reported that Nicole Fay’s position ended on March 31st.  Andrea Loftus will continue with the Office on Aging until the end of May.  Katy stated that Andrea has been working on complicated issues and continues to troubleshoot difficult problems.  Lloyd Spawn asked if anyone had reached the “donut hole” and what will happen when they do.  Katy responded that yes people are starting to reach the gap.  Katy commented that there has been discussion regarding consumers who were on pharmaceutical plans and cannot afford medications.  There have been no solutions brought forth.


Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report

Marjorie McTaggart was not present.


Loveland Senior Advisory Board

Earl Stevens reported on the Loveland and Berthoud inter-city cooperative on transportation.  Earl stated that there were a lot of issues discussed.  Because of Berthoud Areas Transit Services move to the town administration, Loveland decided to wait until Berthoud is settled before continuing the discussions. 


Earl reported that the Bridging the Gap planning continues and reminded the council that the Job Fair is on April 20th. 


Earl reported that effective April 5th, the Senior Advisory Board will no longer be a volunteer station for Volunteers of America (VOA).  This change was made because of the new requirements for the reporting of volunteer hours.  Margaret Long stated that her understanding was that the changes were made because of new federal requirements.  Margaret and Mark Shelton will discuss this issue further after the meeting.  Lloyd Spawn suggested that the Executive committee take possible action. 


Earl reminded the council that there will be a 32-hour computer class at Thompson Valley High from 8:30 – 12:30 on June 5-8 and June 12-16.  There is limited enrollment and the cost is $100.


Foundation on Aging

Mary Shultz reported that they are offering a no cost computer class on May 1 – 2 at the Poudre Valley High school.  Mary stated that the Foundation is looking for ways to provide case management for people who cannot afford to pay for it. 


Larimer County Commissioner

Karen Wagner was not present.


Human Relations Commission

A representative from the Larimer County Human Relations Commission was not present. 


Donald Venneberg gave a brief biography of himself.


Education Committee

Mary Shultz reported on the education committee.  She asked the council members for donations of red hats and/or Bingo prizes.  Anyone with donations should contact Carol Rehme.  Mary stated that she had touched base with Linda Ekblad from United Way 211 regarding the community calendar.  Mary reported that the Fort Collins Visitors and Convention Bureau will be compiling a community calendar in June.  Janet Montera reported on the Older American’s Month.  Janet met with the Publisher and Executive Editor of The Coloradoan.  Janet reported that The Coloradoan will contact Margaret to kick off the Older American’s Month.  Hal Wilson will contact the Estes Park Gazette and Carol Rehme will handle the Northern area press. 


Executive Committee

Lloyd Spawn reported that the committee discussed the Aging & Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC).  Lloyd reminded the Membership committee that they will need to have a slate of Officers by the May meeting.  The committee also discussed having a liaison from the Fort Collins Human Relations Commission join our council.


Health Committee

Katy Mason reported that the committee is continuing to help distribution the Senior Yellow Pages.  Katy also discussed the Old Age Pension (OAP) Dental Program and Medicare Part D. 


Membership Committee

Elnora McCloughan reported that the committee has recommend Earl Stevens for Chairman and herself as Co-Chair for next year.  Elnora asked for any other nominations and none were received.


Nutrition Committee

Margaret Long reported that she and Diane Stobnicke from VOA are interviewing a couple caterers in Fort Collins to take over congregate meals.   Margaret reported that they received a formal letter from Loveland Meals on Wheels stating that they considered doing the cooking, but felt it would compromise the growth of their program.


Housing Committee

Stan Ulrich reported that the housing committee attended other housing related meetings and they are approximately halfway through the survey of mobile home parks.  Stan commented that the committee continues to follow legislation, such as Bill 1333 regarding tenants’ rights.  Stan stated that the Homestead Act will be renewed this year to be effective in 2007 but may not be at 100%.  


Transportation Committee

Karen Reinhardt reported on the changing of the COLT bus route.  Karen stated that there are plans for a Transportation Summit once Richard Guest from Health and Human Services is ready.  Until funding is settled no one can make any reasonable decisions.  Karen suggested that the council begin collecting stories about senior transportation problems and forward them to the transportation committee. The committee will use these stories in their advocacy efforts.  The committee is looking for potential volunteers to create programs similar to SAINT in outlining areas such as Laporte.  Gary Thomas is available to assist with the set up of new programs and has offered to sell the SAINT computer program for $1K instead of actual cost of $21K.  Karen asked the council if they knew of anyone willing to run a new program and if so, let the transportation committee know. 


Staff Reports

Tina Barker reported that the ombudsman will continue to work on Medicare Part D with Nursing and Assisted Living residents.  Tina announced that the Office on Aging was awarded a grant for a free laptop computer which comes with 6 months of free Verizon wireless service and a printer.  There are no restrictions attached to this grant.  Tina announced that the interns, Joey and Anna’s last day will be May 5th.  Tina stated that Laura Krider a UNC Gerontology student will intern this summer with the ombudsman program. 


Linda Rumney reported on the Northern Colorado Culture Change Coalition.  Linda stated that culture change is a basic change in mindset and revolves around resident/patient directed care.  The meetings take place on the second Wednesday of every month from 11:00 to 1:30 at Hospice of Larimer County.  It is a brown bag lunch meeting with informative and inspirational speakers.  Linda stated that some facilities have already made changes and other facilities are very serious about making changes. 


Lynette McGowan reported that a grant request was submitted at the end of March to the Rosland Carter Caregiver Institute.  Lynette will know in a couple of months whether or not we received the $40K grant.  This grant includes seven partners, with the Office on Aging as the lead agency. 



Mark Shelton commented that Senator Salazar has been appointed to the Committee on Aging.  Senator Salazar will be at the Lincoln Center in April.  Mark stated that there is proposed legislation at the state level to pass a bill called the “Silver Alert”.  This Alert is similar to the Amber Alert for children but will be used for persons with Alzheimer’s or dementia. 



Lloyd Spawn adjourned the meeting.


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