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03-22-20132 City of Las Cruces, .��.�.. ...... SENIOR PROGRAMS PUBLIC HEARING 4 March 22, 2013—Frank O'Brien Papen Center 6 Present: Marcie Loven, Marsha Burr, Pleddie Baker, Laura Roach, James Connelli, Chuck Redman, David Cline 8 Staff Present: Lori Grumet, Senior Programs Administrator; Toni Flores, Recording Secretary 10 Lori Grumet, Senior Programs Administrator, conducted the public hearing on March 22, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at the Frank O'Brien Papen Center, 304 W. Bell Ave, Las Cruces, 12 NM. 14 L. Grumet welcomed everyone to the Frank O'Brien Papen Center. She explained the purpose of the public hearing was to receive public comments on the Older Americans 16 Act federal and state funded services currently provided through the Senior Programs Section of the City of Las Cruces. All comments and recommendations received will 18 assist staff in determining services in the next fiscal year —July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. Comments will be recorded. A transcript of the public hearing will be 20 available upon request. 22 Senior Programs receives funding from the Non -Metro Area Agency on Aging (AAA) to provide services under the Older Americans Act. The Older Americans Act focuses on 24 individual who are age 60 years of age and older. L. Grumet distributed a sheet containing information about the programs and services provided through the Older 26 Americans Act grant. The services include the following: Nutrition Program which includes congregate lunch and home delivered meals, homemaker services, family 28 caregiver support, in -home respite, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support services, health promotion and disease prevention, which includes blood pressure and 30 fitness classes. 32 Those in attendance were asked to respond to the following three questions: Which services are meeting your needs? If any service is not meeting your needs, what can 34 we do to improve? What additional concerns, comments, and/or problems would you like to have entered into the record of this public hearing? 36 L. Grumet opened the floor for public comments. 38 Laura Roach: There are broken tiles in the dining room that need to be repaired. 40 Laura Roach: Hooks need to be installed for men to hang their caps and a coatrack 42 with a shelf. 44 Laura Roach: We need a way to dispose of liquids when returning the trays. 46 Laura Roach: Clean up the area and maintain the walkway and outside benches. Senior Programs Public Hearing Frank O'Brien Papen Center March 22, 2013 Page 2 48 James Connelli: I want to work, but I am having difficulty finding a part-time job 50 James Connelli: I wish there was a courtesy phone available for public use. A courtesy phone was available at one time, but because one person abused her privileges the 52 courtesy phone was removed. Why should we all not have the privilege of using a courtesy phone just because one person abused their privileges. 54 James Connelli: I have heard some people express an interest in starting a volleyball 56 league. 58 James Connelli: The food is very good. I wish they could give us a little extra. The milk containers are small. I wish we could get an extra container of milk. Milk does the body 60 good. It does not matter the age. 62 James Connelli: The new schedule for the blood pressure clinic needs to be posted. 64 L. Grumet: Beginning the 1" of April we have an advertising contract with Las Cruces Radio and our advertisements for our programs and services. The advertisements will 66 appear on four different radio channels for the months of April, May, and June. The activities that they will focus on are the Title III D activities because we need to increase 68 the units of service. Advertisements will include information about the enhanced fitness, Tai Chi, Yoga, and the aquatics classes. 70 James Connelli: Some people play spinners after lunch. A few more table games 72 would be a nice addition. 74 James Connelli: I would be interested in out-of-town trips to Carlsbad Caverns, Roswell, Gila National Park, Museums, art excursions, and site -seeing trips to Santa 76 Fe, NM including the State Capitol. 78 James Connelli: Transportation to local areas is not a problem during the day. However, there is a problem if an individual needs transportation services after 6:30 80 p.m. on weekdays and after 5:30 p.m. on weekends. The transit system should have extended hours. 82 Laura Roach: Carpooling is also an option. 84 Marcie Loven: Solicit sponsorship for trips from service organizations for those 86 individuals who cannot afford to pay for the trips. Senior Programs Public Hearing Frank O'Brien Papen Center March 22, 2013 Page 3 88 James Connelli: I would like to see a bicycle tour —a 5-mile out-of-town course. It is good exercise. A bicycle tour in a designated area in another county would be nice. 90 James Connelli: A trip to see a World Series game for baseball fanatics would be nice. 92 The baseball games at Apodaca Park are enjoyable. The stands needed some repair work. 94 L. Grumet: There are bicycle groups her in Las Cruces. We will get the information on 96 these groups and include the information in the newsletter for people who are interested in joining the group. 98 James Connelli: More fitness classes at Frank O'Brien Papen Center. 100 L. Grumet: Senior Programs is expanding the fitness programs. Tai Chi and Yoga will 102 be offered at the Benavidez Center Monday through Friday in the morning. 104 Marcie Loven: Make sure the exercise classes are senior friendly. I cannot get up as quickly as other participants. I cannot jump up and down. 106 Laura Roach: Chuck Redman will be celebrating his 90 birthday in July 2013. He 108 walks every day and exercises every day. He attends the Academy for Learning lecture series every month. 110 Marcie Loven: Lecture series focusing on topics of interest to seniors should be 112 scheduled at the centers. Examples of lectures could be on such topics as hearing aids, how to talk to your doctor, medication analysis, etc. 114 David Cline: I gave seven different suggestions last year and nothing has been done. 116 David Cline: There is a lot of bullying going on at the center. It has been going on for 118 about a year. 120 L. Grumet: Can you please explain. 122 David Cline: An individual interrupts my conversations. He intentionally bumps and/or taps me on the shoulder, and he invades my privacy. It has been reported, but nothing 124 has been done. Senior Programs Public Hearing Frank O'Brien Papen Center March 22, 2013 Page 4 126 David Cline: Another problem is that our cars are getting keyed at the Center in the parking lot during the lunch hour. 128 David Cline: People take cuts in line. I'm disabled and when people cut in front of me, 130 that's an insult to me. There is another individual who is handicapped. She uses a walker and is unable to get her tray. Some days she is the last person to get served, 132 unless she waves to me, and I will bring her tray to her. On other occasions Cici, the hostess, or Bill will take her tray of food to her. We're the only people who care about 134 her. 136 David Cline: I come to the center early so I can be the first in line. I don't like it when people come in late and they expect to cut the line and get fed first. It is not fair, after 138 I've been waiting for 30 minutes in line to get fed. 140 Chuck Redman: We have nice people here at the Center. I don't think that anyone is treated unfairly. 142 David Cline: Another concern is people parking in the handicapped parking space who 144 should not be parked there. They are not handicapped or do not display their handicapped parking placard. Someone should monitor the handicapped parking to 146 ensure people are legally parked. 148 L. Grumet: I will talk to staff to monitor the handicapped parking spaces more closely. 150 Chuck Redman: I want to thank the City for all the services they provide to seniors. The services are wonderful. 152 Marsha Burr: Chuck the next time that you write a letter to the editor, you may want to 154 write about the importance of the meal program contributions. 156 ADJOURNMENT: Meeting adjourned at 10:50 a.m. 158 Respectfully s bm�iift d,, 160 /'/ Toni G. Flores, Recording Secretary