Cirque Meadows by Adam Johnson

Advisory Council Meeting

November 8, 2012


Held at 2573 Midpoint Drive, Ste. 108

Fort Collins, Colorado  80525


Members Present:

Jay Adams

Nancy Arthur

David Born


Bonnie Glass

Howard Hay

Richard Hedlund


Judy Jones

Audrey Ketchum

Ellen Lawson


Ellen Pihlstrom

Mary Shultz

Earl Stevens


Katie Stieber

David Thompson

Stan Ulrich





Members Absent :

Helen Davis

Katie Stieber

Sharon Zamora





Staff Present:

Tina Corrigan-Hugo

Ruth Long

Katy Mason


Lynette McGowan







Guests Present:

Myles Crane

Cherrie Thornton



Judy Jones called the meeting to order at 1:34 p.m.


Minutes stand as presented. 

PRESENTATION:  Video: “The Aging of America:  Triumph or Tragedy”


After reviewing the DVD, discussion followed.  A member mention that two such neighborhoods called “The Villages” are located in Denver.  One has a paid administrator to help coordinate efforts.  People who live in these neighborhoods pay a small amount per month to have access to services, social events and other activities.  Katy Mason commented that Larimer County is a prime area for this type of living concept. 


Judy reported that she participated in five interviews of potential new Council members for the four current openings.  Four people were chosen and will attend the meeting in January.  Judy noted that the December calendar stated that the holiday luncheon is at the Chilson in Loveland.  Since the calendars were printed, plans had to be changed.  The holiday luncheon will be at Jay’s Bistro in Fort Collins. 


Ruth Long distributed a copy of the goals and strategies for the Office on Aging.  The first document, gold in color, is for Year One, July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012.  Ruth asked the Council members to read it at their leisure.  The second document is about what we are planning to do for Year Two, July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013.  Specific goals and action items were discussed. 


Ruth announced that the Governor has submitted his budget proposal that includes a $2 million dollar addition to the Older Coloradoans Act, starting July 1, 2013.  Ruth warned that it could be a wash if we lose federal funding because of sequestration.  The $2 million dollar windfall will mean about an increase of $100,000 to the Larimer County Office on Aging.


Ruth ended her report by saying that the State audit was last week.  The officials visited with Volunteers of America, Loveland Meals on Wheels, RVNA and BATS.  We will get the results of the audit by November 25. 


Staff Reports:

Katy Mason distributed information about sequestration.  What would happen if congress cannot come to an agreement about cutting discretionary programs?  All discretionary programs would automatically be cut if no agreement is made.  She added that sequestration would cost Larimer County Office on Aging approximately $68,000.  Katy stated that since the Commissioners have not taken a stand on this issue, members could voice their own opinion as private citizens.  Katy finished her report by saying that Ruth will meet with the Commissioners on November 19. 


Lynette McGowan reported that November is National Family Caregiver month.  She has been raising awareness throughout the County.  The Presidential Proclamation has been read to the Board of County Commissioners, the Mayor of Fort Collins, the Town of Berthoud, the Town of Wellington, the Town of Estes Park and the City of Loveland.  Media releases have been submitted to the Loveland Reporter Harold and the Fort Collins Coloradoan.  There will be coverage in each newspaper. 


Richard Hedlund gave a brief biography.


Community Education & Information Committee

Howard Hay stated that after discussing the film festival with Weld County, the committee has decided not to pursue the project.  Ruth has come up with an idea about a senior awards program.  The Committee is working on the details. 


Grantee Management & Evaluation Committee

David Born reported that the committee discussed developing a set of procedures for handling complaints from service providers.  They also discussed possible solutions of funding if sequestration takes place.  Site evaluations were reviewed.


Public Policy & Advocacy Committee 

Judy reported that the committee is working on presenting a public forum which is tentatively scheduled for the end of March in Loveland.  The committee also discussed sequestration and a problem at Big Thompson Manor.  Judy announced that the Legacy housing project has been approved and will be built near the Northside Aztlan Center.


Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report (SAB)

Cherrie Thornton reported that the SAB had their annual social event with the City Council and the city staff on October 20.  At the November meeting, the SAB will ask Yvonne Myers to give an update on the Connecting Health transportation program.


Loveland Senior Advisory Board (SAB)

Earl Stevens reported that the SAB is reviewing procedures and histories of senior center advisory boards.  Earl stated that there are a variety of affordable housing units in Loveland, but all seem to have a two-year waiting list.  The SAB will have elections in January.


Foundation on Aging (FOA)

Mary Shultz reported that the FOA has interviewed for a part-time executive director.  They are now gearing up for a fund drive to maintain services.


Human Relations Commission (HRC)

Myles Crane sent a written report.  The   "Make It Stop: Elder Abuse Forum" had 135 people and 30 community resource exhibitors in attendance.  The panelists' written  responses will be forwarded to Dr. Martin Carcasson at the CSU Center for Public Deliberation for inclusion in a report summarizing the Forum's outcomes.   The Fort Collins Comcast Channel 97 Public Access TV is planning to air the panel discussions later this month or in early December.


Judy Jones announced that the CSU Human Development and Family Services Department is conducting a study on aging related changes.  The study is currently about 200 participants short.  If interested, contact Judy for more information.


Judy adjourned the meeting at 3:32 p.m.

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