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Advisory Council Meeting

March 13, 2008

Minutes

Held at 1501 Blue Spruce Drive

Fort Collins, Colorado  80524

Members Present:

Nancy Arthur

Roger Bailey

Steve Budner

 

Cassie Castleberry

Helen Davis

Rene DeMattei

 

Marcy Greenslit

Elnora McCloughan

Janet Montera

 

Barbara Nuss

Ellen Pihlstrom

Mary Shultz

 

Earl Stevens

Barbara Tuttle

Stan Ulrich

 

Don Venneberg

Sharon Zamora

 

 

 

 

 

Members Absent:

Jim Barlow

Manfred Diehl

 

 

 

 

 

Staff Present:

Tina Corrigan-Hugo

Neil Gluckman

Margaret Long

 

Ruth Long

Katy Mason

Lynette McGowan

 

Laura Sutherlin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guests Present:

Roger Hoffman

Mark Shelton

 

CALL TO ORDER

Elnora McCloughan called the meeting to order at 1:35 p.m.

INTRODUCTIONS

Neil Gluckman, Roger Hoffman and Mark Shelton introduced themselves.

CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES OF February 14, 2008

Earl Stevens moved to accept minutes as presented, Stan Ulrich seconded motion.  Motion was carried.

CHAIR REPORT

Elnora McCloughan inquired about the Economic Stimulus Payments and how that would affect seniors with subsidized housing.  Nancy Arthur stated that it is not reportable income.  Margaret Long stated that the Director of 211, Tracy Hayes reported that this rebate is also exempt income for various types of public assistance programs.  Margaret also stated that SSI will not count toward the income of $3,000 required to file for the payment. 

 

Elnora went on to report that she had received Matt Jackson’s resignation from the board. 

REVISION TO CURRENT FEDERAL ONE-YEAR PLAN

Margaret Long reported on some necessary changes to the Federal One-Year Plan.  The plan was submitted and approved last July.  Margaret reviewed the changes with the Planning, Funding & Partnership Development Committee last Friday.  Changes are as follows:  Increase to the Wallace & Kling contract by $5,000; increase in funds available for the Family Caregiver Respite program by $10,000; and an increase in funding to Information and Assistance for the ARCH program.  Margaret explained that there were additional funds put into the Ombudsman program in order to hire a temporary employee to fill Tina Barker’s position during her maternity leave.  Beth Allen, the current intern, has accepted the temporary position.  There were also increases in Title III, Part E, Family Caregiver Program for material aid and an addition of $1,500 for the Larimer County Alliance for Grandfamilies.  All of the increases were funded from carry-over funds.  Margaret reported that there is still a substantial contingency fund remaining.  Roger Bailey moved to accept the changes to the Federal Plan.  Earl Stevens seconded the motion.  Motion was carried.

UPDATE ON OFFICE ON AGING

Margaret Long reported that there are continuing efforts to look at meeting room alternatives.  The stipulations for the meeting space are a comfortable room with enough parking, and space to accommodate everyone around the table.  First considerations will be for those places without fees.

 

Margaret reported that she and Katy Mason attended an upbeat meeting on Oral Health sponsored by the Health District of Northern Larimer County.  They found a great willingness among providers to work on this issue for low income people.  The Office on Aging has some funds set aside in Title III Part D to help fund program development.  The Health District’s plan is to develop a dental program model using the Connections Mental Health program model.  Margaret reminded the council about the upcoming Mission of Mercy dental day at the Ranch in July.  The event needs 500 volunteers. 

Margaret reported that currently the Office on Aging is working on four separate partnerships with CSU.  The partnerships include the Colorado Trust grant for the Caregiver Program; a mini-grant addressing staff training for mental health issues and needs assessment in assistant living facilities; a Friendly Visitor program, and the Hartford Grant Foundation which is a grant to expand MSW interns exposure to jobs in the aging field.  In addition, the Larimer County Alliance for Grandfamilies has a heavy CSU representation. 

OFFICE ON AGING PARNTER PRESENTATION:  Roger Hoffman.

Earl Stevens introduced Roger Hoffman.  Roger has participated on various committees regarding transportation.  Roger gave a PowerPoint presentation on regional transportation in the 21st century.  Roger explained the role of the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization (NFRMPO), which includes Fort Collins, Greeley, Loveland, LaSalle, and Berthoud.  The NFRMPO is involved in transportation planning over a 25-year period.  NFRMPO will be incorporating opportunities for local transportation planning to be included in regional transportation planning.  Roger explained that Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is the lead for the North I-25 corridor and looks at Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) and fiscal constraints.  Statewide, the need for current projects is $100 billion.  The NFRMPO is looking at $4.6 billion and anticipating a shortfall of $3.5 billion.  Roger discussed the issues of mobility, land use, air quality, global warming, and Peak Oil. 

 

In conclusion Roger stated that there is a need for a source of funding for the allocation of scare dollars.  Roger went on to state that voters will likely need to approve an increase in taxes in order to pay for the expensive nature of transportation. Even then, we will not be able to keep up with transportation needs only by building more roads; we need to invest in transit.

SENIOR ADVISORY REPORTS

Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report

Stan Ulrich reported that since Matt Jackson resigned, Stan will be the new liaison between the Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board and the Office on Aging Advisory Council.  Stan reported that the board met at the new Northside Aztlan Center.  Stan stated that the Board will discuss with the City Council issues outlined for the next year.  The Board discussed “BOB”, Building on Basics for the senior center expansion plan and the creation of a 501-3(c).

 

Loveland Senior Advisory Board

Earl Stevens reported that the Board met with the Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board and they are selecting their liaisons for other senior boards.  Katy Mason did a presentation on 211.  Earl reported that the Federal government has proposed cuts to Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements which could result in a reduction of $787 million in medical funds in Colorado.  This year there could be a $200 million cut which could result in the closing of Denver General and another hospital.  Earl urged the council members to contact their Federal representatives.  Earl stated that the Board is redoing their brochure.  They want to reach seniors that are isolated.  Earl reported the creation of a refrigerator magnet that will be delivered by Loveland Meals on Wheels. The board is preparing a report on veterinarians that offer discounts to seniors.  It was confirmed that COLT will take an animal if it is caged.  Earl announced that the Loveland and Thompson Valley High Schools will be providing two beginning computer classes for seniors.  The first class will take place in April and second class will be some time this summer.  Earl also announced that there will be a Community Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, April 19th.  If you buy tickets now, they are $4; otherwise tickets will be $5 at the door. 

 

Foundation on Aging

Mary Shultz reported that the Foundation has three new board members.  The Board met with representatives from JVA Consulting on creating a vision statement. 


Larimer County Commissioner

Neil Gluckman reported on behalf of Randy Eubanks.  Neil commented that Randy just returned from Washington DC at the National Association of Counties meeting.  Randy is lobbying for Human Services needs.  Neil reported that there is a current legislative discussion on allowing incarcerated prisoners to have Medicaid benefits.  This would save the County a lot of money.  Currently the County is lobbying against a proposed $15 million cut to Medicaid. 

 

Human Relations Commission 

No report given.

 

Commission on Aging

Mark Shelton distributed a copy of the Colorado Commission on Aging’s annual report.  Mark stated that it has been a very busy legislative session with HB1108 passing the house.  Mark reported that HB1108 is currently in the Senate.  Mark urged the council to contact Steve Johnson in support of HB1108. 

COMMITTEE & STAFF REPORTS

Community Outreach & Education Committee

Mary Shultz reported on the issue of pedestrians crossing College to get to the Northside Aztlan Community Center.  The committee passed the issue to the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee.  Sharon Zamora reported that she had attended a Dial-A-Ride Advisory meeting and Transfort has extended the crossing signal by two seconds.  Mary reported that she and Katy Mason attended lunch at the Northside Aztlan Center.  Katy spoke to the group on how to apply for the Economic Stimulus rebate.  Mary stated that the Job Fair flyers have been mailed.  Mary reported that Carolyn Funk gave a presentation on the Friendly Visitor program. 

 

Media & Public Relations Committee

Marcy Greenslit reported that the committee is working on what they will be focusing over the next year and beyond.  The committee asked Deni LaRue to attend their next meeting to discuss ongoing media issues.  The committee is in the process of trying to get a local column devoted to age-related issues.

 

Planning, Funding & Partnership Development Committee

Steve Budner reported on the approved increase to the Senior Law Project of $5,000.  Steve stated that Nancy Wallace is tracking her services.  During the first part of the fiscal year, most of her services dealt with spousal medical concerns and general planning. 

 

Pubic Policy & Advocacy Committee

Stan Ulrich reported that Nicole Hahn, a scheduler with Transfort, is continuing to look at the issue of bus riders having to cross College to get to the Northside Aztlan Center. 

 

Stan announced that HB1108 passed in the House and is on its way to the Senate for a vote.  Stan urged the council to call senators Bacon and Johnson for support.  Stan stated that HB1124 is still in the finance committee.  This is the bill that would offer alternatives to Medicaid clients offering them 70% of the money they would spend during the rest of their lives.  The bill is very vague.  Stan noted that 19 house members and 8 senate representatives have signed it.  It appears that there are several bills proposed to change the Homestead Exemption, one would allow one move within county; the other would allow one move within the state.  If either of these should be passed they would appear as a referred amendment to the constitution at the general election this fall. 

 

Staff Reports

Katy Mason announced that we may have to cancel or reschedule the committee meetings on April 4th because many of the attendees will be meeting with JVA Consulting and the Foundation on Aging.  This meeting is a strategic planning session.  Katy reported that she will be attending the three JVA training’s in Greeley. The training will help in the submission of the grant application for JVA to provide technical assistance to the Foundation on Aging over the next three years. 

 

Katy reported that the Larimer County Alliance for Grandfamilies is a new group that addresses the needs of grandparents who are taking care of grandchildren.  Katy noted that this population is quickly rising.  Katy stated that the Office on Aging offered the group some funding in order for them to hire a staff person to assist grandparents in finding and accessing needed services.  This position will be housed at the Namaqua Center.

 

Laura Sutherlin reported on the small transportation grant.  This grant is for people that need medical transportation.  Laura gave an example of a client who needs to go from Fort Collins to the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland for a specialized heart treatment three days a week.  The grant can pay for gas reimbursement if the client can find someone to drive them or a taxi through Shamrock.  Laura also noted that Options for Long Term Care, Catholic Charities and Disabled Resources Services also have some money for medical transportation from this grant. 

 

Lynette McGowan reported that the VOA Caring Companions program, funded with the Colorado Trust grant, now has twenty matches for the two hour a week visits.  The Colorado Trust grantees are in the process of going through a strategic planning session. 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Stan Ulrich distributed information regarding a free Healthier Living class at Oakbrook I starting on Thursday, April 10th.

 

ADJOURNMENT

Elnora adjourned the meeting at 3:58 p.m.

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