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Minutes of Commission on Aging, 07/11/2018

AGENDA: Commission on Aging

RECEIVED 07/16/2018 11:37am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018

Commission members present:
Ingrid Heller & Karen de Friesse – Co-Chair, Jean Whitham, Rosalind Kopfstein, Sarah Atwood, Julia Pemberton
*Alternates-Mary Dale Lancaster
*Ruth Moran-Senior Center Director
*Angelica Fontanez-Social Services
Guests: Doug Renfield-Miller (public)
*Anita Taylor, Meadow Ridge

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

I. Approval of Minutes from June 2018
Motion: Minutes approved with changes noted below, June 2018
Motion: Ingrid Heller, Jean Whitham (second), Unanimous

II. Community Participation/Housekeeping
-Commission discussed the future of the commission and members. Rosalind Kopfstein clarified the regulations regarding number of seats on commissions etc.
-Jean Whitham commented the website page for The Commission of Aging is out of date and needs to be updated. Commission agreed.
-The meeting for September will be held in the Arts and Crafts room.
-Anita Taylor reported that a food drive is taking place at Meadow Ridge.

III. Senior Center Program Report – Ruth Moran
-Ruth distributed Activity/financial sheet, a brief discussion ensued looking at the Revenue Statistics.
-Ruth explained the special events for June 2018. The manicurist event wasn’t well attended; Ruth commented that the event will probably be cancelled.
-The bus trip to NYBG was well attended with 20 participants and the event was successful.
-Two “Art Talks” took place at the center, the presentation wasn’t well presented/conducted. Ruth will look into hiring a different instructor to facilitate this class.
-Money workshops focusing on finances will begin to take place at the center at no cost to participants.
-Meadow Ridge has invited the center for lunch. A lunch and learn talk will take place regarding “Pain Management”.

IV. Director’s Report – Angelica Fontanez
-Angelica distributed her monthly report and discussion ensued.
-Food pantry visits decreased for June 2018.
-Angelica reported about an elderly protective service case involving the police. Angelica explained the severity of the case and is still in contact with the family.
-Angelica attended a “Disaster Planning” with different departments at the police station.
-A seminar was attended regarding Seniors and the Opiod crisis.
-Eviction cases were high this month. Angelica explained the process and procedures for this.
-Van service needs decreased this month, as many residents travel.

V. Commissioner’s Report
-Nothing at this time.

VI. New Business
-Commission continued to discuss the senior transportation issue. A plan needs to be put together with numbers, to make a case for increased budget allocation for transportation.
-Mary Dale Lancaster explained the need for a concrete policy regarding van usage.
-Julia Pemberton suggested inviting the new police chief to a COA meeting.

Motion to adjourn: de Friesse, Heller (second), unanimous.
Meeting was adjourned at 10:04am.


Minutes prepared by Kimberly Keil