Cirque Meadows by Adam Johnson

Advisory Council Meeting

October 14, 2010


Held at Medical Center of the Rockies

Loveland, Colorado  80538


Members Present:

David Born

Peggy Bowers

Melissa Buckskin


Helen Davis

Carolyn Funk

Marcy Greenslit


Howard Hay

Judy Jones

Ellen Pihlstrom


Bill Prather

Earl Stevens

Bob Tholl





Members Absent :

Jay Adams

Nancy Arthur

Dean Cunningham


Kristina Seth

Mary Shultz

Debbie Tellez


Stan Ulrich

Sharon Zamora






Staff Present:

Tina Barker

Monica Becker

Tina Corrigan-Hugo


Ruth Long

Katy Mason

Linda Rumney


Laura Sutherlin




Marcy Greenslit called the meeting to order at 1:33 p.m.


Minutes were approved as presented.


Marcy Greenslit reported that the Executive Committee discussed the planning of the November 18 meeting.  (Reminder:  This meeting will not be on November 11 because the county is closed for Veterans Day.)  The Committee also discussed program evaluations of the Office on Aging service providers.  Marcy invited members to attend the next Executive Committee meeting to review them.  Marcy signed a Statement of Resolution that opposes Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101.  A letter urging the commissioners to also oppose these legislative proposals was sent to Commissioner Donnelly.


Ruth Long thanked everyone that participated in Margaret’s reception.  Ruth described our re-organization.  The Office on Aging is part of the Department of Human Services.  Previously, the Office on Aging had been part of the Adult & Child Supportive Services division.  This division has been eliminated.  There are now three divisions within the Department of Human Services:  Benefits Planning; Children, Youth and Family Services (CYF) and Accounting & Business Operations.  The programs that were originally under Adult & Child Supportive Services division are now scattered throughout the other divisions.  Options for Long Term Care and LEAP are now under Benefits Planning.  Adult Protection will now report to the CYF division.  Child Support and the Office on Aging will now report to the Accounting & Business Operations division manager, Ed Rutherford.  Ed is also the Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Human Services.  Moving the Office on Aging under this division makes sense since we are a grant-funded program and have a difficult accounting process.  Ruth stated that as far as physical moves go, the only program that will move at the moment is the Adult Protection program.  It will be moving to the CYF building at 2555 Midpoint sometime after January 1, 2011.  


Ruth discussed the county budget.  All departments must submit their budgets for approval by the commissioners in September.  This year, we were asked to prepare two budgets.  Plan A was to budget with current revenues, and Plan B was to budget in case Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 do pass.  Although most of the Office on Aging funds come from federal and state money, we will still be impacted.  Under Plan B, the Senior Tax Work-Off Program would be eliminated because it is completely county-funded.  These are other programs that would be affected:  Benefits Planning would lose 12 staff members, the Adult Protection program would lose 3 staff members and the General Assistance Fund contract with the Salvation Army for after-hours emergency money would be eliminated. 


Ruth announced that the state had found an error in its budget.  The state did not allocate $91,000 needed to use as match to qualify for federal funds.  The state has requested that the AAA’s reduce their budgets to offset the match.  Our portion of the $91,000 is $4,700.  The state has allowed us to revise our budget for this purpose.  Earl Stevens moved to accept the revised budget and Bob Tholl seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.


Staff Reports

Katy reported that the site visits are going well and have been very educational.  It is important that the members understand where Office on Aging funds are allocated in case cuts must be made.  The November 18 Advisory Council meeting has been scheduled to last four hours.  Committee reports, updates and biographies will not be on the agenda because all the time will be used to discuss funding with one exception:   Lynette and Katy will do a short presentation on their programs. 


Laura stated that Monica Becker, CSU Social Work Intern, is filling in for Lynette while she is out of the country.  Laura reported that the ARCH program received some good news about funding.  The State Unit on Aging had written four grants and received all of them. 


Linda Rumney and Tina Barker reported that they are preparing year end reports to submit to the state.  Their fiscal year just ended on September 30. 


Bob Tholl gave a brief autobiography.

OFFICE ON AGING PRESENTATION:  Tina Barker and Linda Rumney, Ombudsman Program, and Laura Sutherlin, ARCH Program

Laura Sutherlin gave a presentation on the Office on Aging’s Adult Resources for Care and Help (ARCH) Program. 


(See the attached PowerPoint presentation for details.)


Tina Barker and Linda Rumney gave a presentation on the Office on Aging’s Ombudsman Program.


(See the attached PowerPoint presentation for details.)



Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board (SAB) Report

No report given.


Loveland Senior Advisory Board (SAB) Report

Earl Stevens stated that the SAB reviewed City updates and discussed results of the Bridging the Gap Networking Luncheon.  He also announced that there will be a computer class for seniors in November and in February through May at the Loveland High School computer labs.  Earl stated that 35 people attend the Loveland Forum on Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101.   


Foundation on Aging

No report given.


Larimer County Commissioner

No report given.


Community Outreach & Education Committee

Carolyn Funk reported that the Committee discussed its goals.  The members also discussed distribution of the Special Needs Registry flyers and the Answers on Aging Resource Guides.  A large number of people have registered for the Special Needs Registry.  The large increase could be a result of the mass distribution of these flyers and an article in the newspaper.


Media & Public Relations Committee

Bob Tholl reported that the Committee added tasks and timelines to their goals. 


Planning, Funding & Partnership Development Committee

David Born reported that the Committee finalized their goals. 

Public Policy & Advocacy Committee

Helen Davis stated the Committee spent a lot of time discussing the Loveland Forum.  She added that Marcy Greenslit had signed a resolution that opposes Amendments 60, 61 and Proposition101.  There will be a Soapbox article written in the Coloradoan



Marcy adjourned the meeting at 3:25 p.m.

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