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Council on Aging Minutes 02/09/2011
Minutes of meeting held on February 9, 2011

The meeting was opened at 10:16 a.m. by Chairman Sue Sanders

PRESENT:  COA members: Diane Balderelli, Lowell Nixon, Olive Nixon, Brad Noble, Jack Reed, and Susan Sanders.  Others: Senior Center Director Margaret Crock, Outreach Worker Deb Tierney, Manager Don Sanders, and Linda Artruc.

ABSENT:  Earl Johnson.

MINUTES:  Motion by Diane to accept the January 5, 2010, minutes was approved.


OUTREACH WORKER – Debbie Tierney distributed her report.  We received word about our grant request.  We can receive money to increase our fitness and exercise budget, but not for equipment.  It will have to be spent by October 2011.  Mileage money for Lois will also fall into this category for doctor visits for seniors.  Supplemental Butterworth fund of $150.00 is available for twenty households.  Enhanced 911 survey is almost ready.  There will be a spring Elderlaw seminar which I plan to attend in April.  COA members welcome.  Deb will try to get fabric for valances and new tables through different funding.  She also expressed an interest in starting Zumba classes.

SENIOR CENTER DIRECTOR: Margaret Crock.  In January, 702 contacts were made and 98 seniors were served.  252 attended the Center, 72 attended congregate meals.  The balance Includes: Intergenerational activities (105), COA meeting (9), blood pressure/AVADA (0), senior tax work off (6), cards & games (28), exercise (38), dance class (16), meetings and other activities (28), stained glass (28), speakers (16), crafts (), computer (8), phone calls (90).

SENIOR TAX ABATEMENT PROGRAM: Margaret Crock - No report due to snow days.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE:  Regular programs:  Lunch is served every Monday as well as on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month – reservations, please.  Monday Veterans Services Agent at noon – reservations needed; Mah Jongg at 10:00 a.m.; Tuesday Stained glass classes from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Fee: $15. /month; craft class at 1:30 p.m. with Linda Artruc. Wednesday 10:00 a.m. Arthritis Foundation exercise program with Eva Pittsinger; COA meeting on the 1st Wednesday at 10:15; Tai Chi at 3:00 p.m. with David Masera, $3. per class (note time change); Thursday Computer classes at 10:30 a.m. with Linda Artruc – internet access, flower pot painting with Bunny Paquette, craft classes with Linda from 1:30 to 2:30, and Cribbage from 12:15-3:00 p.m.  Weekdays:  Card games, scrabble and puzzles available daily.  We have some activities after 3:00 p.m. to accommodate those who work.  We have exercise equipment available Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  No fee.  On Monday Valentine luncheon and the drawing for the quilt donated by “The Material Girls” of Holland.  Proceeds benefit the Holland Library and our Senior Center.  On Wednesday 2/23 at noon, Officer Jeff Forcier will discuss a safety program.  Monday, 2/28 at 1:00 p.m. John Porcino, musician/storyteller entertain us.  We were informed we could not supplement the Cultural Grant, but John will work with the grant for payment. Monday, 3/14 at noon, Linda Galarneau from GSSSI will address seniors’ concerns about sodium in our diet and other nutritional concerns.  On Monday 4/4 Richard Clark with perform “Great Scott/Andrew Carnegie.  

FINANCIAL:  Brad Noble, Treasurer - December report includes:  Receipts: GSSSI $630.00 and gifts totaling $75.00.  Expenditures: Telephone $64.11, water testing $15.00, trash pickup $53.84, National Grid $64.04, Citizens Security $75.00, stamps $44.00, Osterman propane $631.92, and salaries $1908.60.  

MANAGER:  Don Sanders –The purchase of two carts for serving meals will be funded by the Friends of Holland Seniors.  The borrowed cart has been working out well.  Don will try to get our shaky older tables welded as we were not able to get funding for new.  The back door closer was repaired.  Heating/cooling filters arrived at no charge.

Motion by Brad to accept the above verbal and printed reports was approved by the Council on Aging.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:   As reported, cart service for meals has worked out well.  The use of dinnerware did not take place due to time and expense.

NEW BUSINESS:  Requests for use of the Senior Center reviewed and approved.  Adjustment to Facility Manager’s work hours in fiscal 2011 explained, as well as increase in Facility Manager’s payroll for FY 2012.  Also reviewed was an increase in the fiscal year 2012 budget for outside services of well testing and well-related items.  

CORRESPONDENCE:   Letter sent to Janet Crock and Betty Berniche for their donation of Christmas goodie bags.  Letter to the Red Cross is pending.

Motion made by Brad to adjourn the meeting at 11:49 a.m. was approved.

Submitted by:  

Susan Sanders, Secretary  

cc:     Selectpersons
Town Clerk

Meeting on March 2, 2011
Call to Order at 10:15 a.m.
Approval of minutes of February 9, 2011
Outreach Worker, Senior Center Director
Program Committee, Senior Tax Abatement
Finance, Facility Manager
Unfinished Business, New Business, Correspondence

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