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Minutes of Commission on Aging, 02/14/2018

AGENDA: Commission on Aging

RECEIVED 02/15/2018 2:10pm
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

WEDNESDAY, February 14, 2018

Commission members present:
Ingrid Heller & Karen de Friesse – Co-Chair, Jean Rexford, Jean Whitham, Rosalind Kopfstein, Hilda Rhodes and Lea Mintz
Alternates: Mary Dale Lancaster and Sarah Atwood
Angelica Fontanez – Director of Social Services
Guests: Julia Pemberton

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m.

I.  Approval of Minutes from January 2018
Motion: Minutes approved as recorded January 2018 –Hilda Rhodes, Lea Mintz. Unanimous.

II.  Director’s Report – Angelica Fontanez
Angelica gave a brief overview of services provided to clients for the month of January 2018. She explained there are problems with one CT energy assistance case but she is making headway. Eversource assistance is now online for hardship cases and Mary Dale asked what “hardship” entailed. Angelica explained there is a lower fee but that it must be paid on time.  There is also a monthly budget program with a certain percentage being forgiven as long as the client pays and qualifies.  There was a discussion about call in and client visits.  Doug Hartline raised money for the food pantry and a Girl Scout would like to match at-home seniors with High school students as part of her Gold Project.  Rosalind questioned the liability issue but Angelica pointed out the program would comply with accepted practices.

Angelica went on to talk about the budget and some concerns she had regarding paid programs where the expenses were high but not fully paid for by the fees.  Mary Dale suggested writing a letter to explain; comparing classes to attendance.   Talk about applying for foundation money to offset.  Rosalyn suggested devoting the current intern, Marisa, to researching foundations.  Sarah Atwood brought up the payment system and she felt the confusion about payment was losing attendees.  Hilda Rhodes would like to clarify payment policy and Angelica would like to get a tracking and credit card system in place.  Julia Pemberton discussed options, including looking at other systems.

The town van was discussed including some overuse by a few seniors.  Mary Dale Lancaster brought up “Go Go Grandparents” as an option and another system modeled on Ridgefield Rides.  Mary Dale to do initial research.  Julia brought up the “safe rides” run by a local EMT as another example.

III. Commissioner’s Report
Nothing at this time.

IV.  New Business
Julia discussed the budget process along with ideas by the new members on the Finance Board. The meeting was adjourned at 10:20 am.

The next COA meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at Heritage Center.

Minutes prepared by Karen de Friesse