Advisory Council Meeting

September 9, 2010

Minutes

Held at 2573 Midpoint Drive, Ste. 108

Fort Collins, Colorado  80525

 

Members Present:

Jay Adams

Nancy Arthur

David Born

 

Peggy Bowers

Melissa Buckskin

Carolyn Funk

 

Marcy Greenslit

Howard Hay

Judy Jones

 

Kristina Seth

Mary Shultz

Debbie Tellez

 

Bob Tholl

Stan Ulrich

Sharon Zamora

 

 

 

 

Members Absent :

Dean Cunningham

Helen Davis

Ellen Pihlstrom

 

Bill Prather

Earl Stevens

 

 

 

 

 

Staff Present:

Tina Barker

Tina Corrigan-Hugo

Neil Gluckman

 

Margaret Long

Ruth Long

Katy Mason

 

Lynette McGowan

Linda Rumney

Laura Sutherlin

 

Laura Walker

 

 

Guests Present:

Monica Becker

Elaine Boni

Cherrie Thornton

CALL TO ORDER

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

CONSIDERATION OF TODAY’S AGENDA AND MINUTES OF August 12, 2010

Marcy Greenslit recommended an addition to the Public Policy & Advocacy Committee report:  Mary Shultz had been reappointed as the secretary for the Public Policy & Advocacy Committee.  The change was approved.

CHAIR REPORT

Marcy Greenslit announced that the Advisory Council meetings for October and November have been changed.  The October 14 meeting has been moved to MCR, 2500 Rocky Mountain Avenue, and the November meeting date has been changed to November 18 because the county is closed on Veterans Day (November 11).  The time for the November meeting will be from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.  The extra time will be spent on discussing the four-year plan.  Marcy reported that the committees have finalized their new goals.  The Executive Committee had discussed future presentations which will focus on the Office on Aging and its upcoming funding planning.  Marcy stated that the commissioners’ survey was completed by Council members and submitted to the commissioners.  The main concern was the lack of communication with the commissioners’ office.

UPDATE ON OFFICE ON AGING

Margaret Long reported that the November meeting time has been expanded so that we can discuss planning for the four-year plan.  Margaret suggested that the Council create two plans, one if we get the same amount of money, and the other plan if the Office on Aging receives a 30-50% cut in funding. 

 

Staff Reports

Katy Mason reported that the site visits are going well.  The visits have been extremely educational.  Katy distributed a flyer on the upcoming Advisory Council meetings.  There is no agenda for the November meeting yet, but we will be discussing the four-year plan.  Katy announced that the distribution of the new 2010-2011 Answers on Aging Resource Guides is underway.  Katy had some boxes of guides with her and encouraged Council members to take some guides and keep them in their cars to distribute to community service people.    

 

Lynette McGowan reported that she had a lot of clients during the months of July and August.  The Caregiver program started in 2003 and since then has been averaging 8-12 clients a month.  For whatever reasons, July had 22 clients and August had 32.  Lynette is in the process of trying to figure out if this is a blip, and if not, what is the cause?  Is this a trend?  Lynette introduced Monica Becker, a new MSW (Masters in Social Work) intern through the CSU Hartford grant.  Lynette will be taking some time off in October and Monica will be able to fill in.

COUNCIL MEMBER BIOGRAPHY

Margaret Long gave a brief autobiography.

OFFICE ON AGING PRESENTATION:  Tina Corrigan-Hugo and Margaret Long

Margaret and Tina gave presentations of their duties.  (Please see attached PowerPoint Presentation.)

 

SENIOR ADVISORY REPORTS

Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board (SAB)

Cherrie Thornton reported that the SAB is discussing transportation issues between PVH and MCR.  She stated that a Board member took the connecting bus and it took her one hour to travel one-way that included two bus changes.  This is not an ideal answer. 

 

Loveland Senior Advisory Board (SAB)

Judy Jones reported that the SAB received a report about the impact of Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101.  These ballot issues will be discussed at a meeting in Loveland on October 9, and in Fort Collins on September 13.  Judy reminded the Council members that Bridging the Gap is coming up on September 22.  Thus far, they have received 134 reservations. 

 

Foundation on Aging

Mary Shultz stated that the Foundation has set up a new procedure for emergency grants and has appointed a new treasurer. 

 

Larimer County Commissioner

Neil Gluckman reported on behalf of Tom Donnelly.  Neil updated the Council on the Senior Tax Work-Off program.  This program was in jeopardy because of a Workers’ Compensation claim.  This year, because of new legislation, the county will buy a separate insurance policy.  The county has received a bid and found a policy that will cost only $500. 

 

Neil stated that the commissioners have not passed a resolution on Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101.  Stan Ulrich stated that it is really important for the commissioners to take a position as soon as possible so that the Council can voice its opinion.  Marcy asked if it would be appropriate to write to Commissioner Donnelly to request that the commissioners take a stand as soon as possible.  Howard Hay moved that Marcy should write to the commissioners urging them to take a stand on the initiatives as soon as possible.  Stan seconded.  The motion was passed unanimously. 

 

Neil stated that on behalf of the commissioners, he wanted to thank Margaret for her eight years of service to Larimer County.  She is held in high regard among her peers and well-known at the Capitol. 

 

Human Relations Commission 

Elaine Boni reported that the Fort Collins City Council had announced some proposed budget cuts.  The City Council urges passage of the sales tax amendment to offset budget deficits.  Elaine stated that the Poudre School District is also backing a property tax increase.

COMMITTEE & STAFF REPORTS

Community Outreach & Education Committee

Mary Shultz reported that the Committee is working on delivering the Special Needs Registry flyers to medical supply agencies.  One of the new goals for the Committee is to distribute these flyers to independent living residences.  Mary read a letter from United Way 211 which stated that the registration for the Special Needs Registry has increased from 17 to 147 people. 

 

Media & Public Relations Committee

Kristina Seth reported that the Committee is working on goals and assigning tasks to members. 

 

Planning, Funding & Partnership Development Committee

Melissa Buckskin reported that the Committee reviewed the medical transportation issues between PVH and MCR.  The CASOA (Community Assessment Survey for Older Adults) has been completed.  Larimer County had a 54% return, the highest return rate in the state.  Melissa stated that the Committee will be looking at different models for providing legal services.  Nancy Wallace has announced that she will be retiring within the next two years.

 

Public Policy & Advocacy Committee

Stan Ulrich reported that the Committee completed its goals.  The Committee is also working on the Loveland forum on Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101, and Stan asked the members to help distribute the flyers for the event.  Stan announced that the local AARP chapter will have a program on the two amendments and one proposition on Thursday at 9:15 a.m.  The League of Women’s Voters will be conducting the presentation. 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Laura Walker distributed information on where to find the county budget on the internet.   

 

Since this Margaret’s last Council meeting, Marcy personally thanked Margaret for all the work she has done. 

 

ADJOURNMENT                                                     

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