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Minutes of Commission on Aging, 12/12/2018

AGENDA: Commission on Aging

RECEIVED 12/17/2018 10:13am
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

WEDNESDAY, December 12, 2018

Commission members present:
Ingrid Heller & Karen de Friesse – Co-Chairs, Janet Metzger, Jean Whitham, Hilda Rhodes, Sarah Atwood, Jean Rexon and Mary Dale Lancaster

Angelica Fontanez – Director of Social Services

Ruth Moran – Senior Center Program Coordinator

Michele Grande, Town Clerk, Lina (intern), Ken de Friesse and Cathy Brandt

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

Approval of Minutes from October 2018
Janet Metzger, Hilda Rhodes – unanimous

I. Michele Grande, Town Clerk
Michele came to talk about the regulations regarding the Commission on Aging. Specifics included: 5 members and 1 alternate appointed in even years, 4 members and 2 alternates appointed in odd years; candidates are recommended to the First Selectman who then appoints the new member, service is for 2 years beginning July 1 and a need to have minority representation. A discussion on how to get Republicans involved with Jean Whitham offering to talk to Michael Thompson. Jean also tendered her resignation effective March 2019. Cathy Brandt asked to have the by-laws emailed and offered to look them over as a lawyer.

II. Senior Center Program Coordinator – R. Moran
Ruth discussed the current programs and attendance noting a renewed interest in Spanish with the new teacher. Ruth noted that several entrants into the Mark Twain Library Art show took classes at the center and was happy the show was well attended. Ruth also noted that her intern will be leaving to concentrate more on her course of study and Angelica noted that another part time position may be added to help Ruth
Ruth informed the committee that new chairs would be purchased to replace those in the Arts and Crafts room but no information as to what was being done about the broken chairs in the closet.

III. Director’s Report – Angelica Fontanez reporting
Angelica talked about her monthly report – 14 applications for energy assistance have been approved due to diligently following through on the applications. She noted the donations received including church groups, Meadow Ridge and R.E.S. gift cards.
She has spoken to the Brunnisen Trust regarding financial support of a monthly mailed newsletter and they will review with council. Janet brought up the need to get more information out about the food pantry; Hilda suggested the PTA and Ruth felt a booth at certain venues might work.
Angelica said that the budget is still being worked on and she will email when she receives the draft.

IV. Commissioner’s Report
Nothing at this time.

V. New Business
Mary Dale Lancaster updated the committee on transportation saying she has received a comprehensive survey from Ridgefield. Jean Rexford wants to invite Will Haskell to the meetings and Karen will follow through. Janet informed the group that the Danbury Y will be converted into a youth venue and will reopen the pool during the day for seniors. A vote was taken on the 2019 meeting dates: Mary Dale motioning, Janet Metzger seconding, unanimous.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:01 am.

The next COA meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at Heritage Center.

Minutes prepared by Karen de Friesse

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