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10-22-2013SPmtg2 City of Las Cruces nrrn rrrrnr n u SENIOR PROGRAMS' ADVISORY BOARD 4 SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES October 22, 2013—Munson Center 6 PRESENT: Chair Pleddie Baker, Vice -Chair Dianne Jordan, Fred Cantonwine, 8 Christine Courtney, Marcie Loven, Sandy Sigel, Sharlene Wittern, 10 ABSENT: Secretary Felix Vega, Ben Longwill, and Laura Roach 12 PURPOSE OF MEETING: Discuss and determine what should be included in the Senior Programs Advisory Board Presentation to City Council for October 28, 2013. 14 MINUTES: The meeting was started at 1:35 pm, and the necessary quorum of Advisory 16 Board Members was present. 18 The City Council Working Session meeting will be held Monday, October 28, 2013 in the Council Chambers of City Hall. 20 The Senior Programs presentation is third on the City Council's Agenda. 22 Ms. Grumet will present a Senior Programs overview first, followed by the Senior 24 Programs Advisory Board presentation. (It was later found that Mr. Dollahon will present the Senior Programs overview). 26 The following were discussed and agreed upon for presentation: 28 1) The Senior Programs Advisory Board Chair will make the presentation. He will call upon other Advisory Board Members to answer questions as required. 30 2) Seniors will be invited, but not asked to speak. 3) A flyer will be created and distributed at our Senior Centers inviting our Seniors 32 to attend to show their support for the Program. 4) The Chair will address the following 34 a) Our objectives in requesting this opportunity to present to the City Council. b) Senior Programs is a very good program, the best in the state, with the 36 only Accredited Senior Center in the state. c) Thank the City for its support of the Seniors of Las Cruces. 38 d) The Advisory Board is committed to support Senior Programs and will work to strengthen and expand it. 40 e) The Advisory Board would like to see the other four centers become Munson -like mini centers, as much as possible. 42 f) The Advisory Board is committed to work in a more effective manner with Parks and Recreation for the benefit of Las Cruces Seniors. 44 5) However, Senior Programs Advisory Board has several concerns: a) We do not know what the City's short- and long -tern objectives are for 46 Senior Programs. b) We do not know what the City would like to see as the Advisory Board's 48 function, which is currently identified as Advisory. Senior Programs Advisory Board Meeting Minutes October 22, 2013 Page 2 c) We are unsure how the Advisory Board is suppose to advise IF: 50 0 We do not know what the City's short and long-range objectives are for Senior Programs. 52 0 We do not know what the City's plans are for meeting those objectives and what they see as the major obstacles or challenges. 54 0 We hear about very few of Senior Programs' problems. 0 We generally hear about things after the fact or when we are able 56 to run down a rumor we heard: • Personnel and functions being moved from Senior Programs 58 to Parks and Recreation Department • Selection of the new Senior Programs Administrator 60 Relocation of the Long Term Care Manager and personnel from Frank 0. Papen Center to Munson Center 62 Relocation of the Nutrition Manager to East Side Center • Relocation of the Senior Programs Facility Manager to 64 Benavidez Center • Benavidez being transferred to Senior Programs 66 d) We don't understand why there is slip, after slip, after slip of the opening date for the Sage Cafe. 68 e) We don't understand how Senior Programs, with no increase in budget, is supposed to support the operation of Benavidez and Sage Cafe for seniors 70 without reducing other services to seniors. f) We lack the necessary data to determine if Senior Program activities are 72 actually decreasing? 0 Retirees, who moved to Las Cruces because of its Senior 74 Programs, feel so, as do many other seniors. g) Munson's re -accreditation is due in 2015. It is not a simple process and 76 the loss of this prestige could possibly lead to loss support at the state level for State funding for the Program. 78 h) Voluntary donations by seniors for meals have been decreasing while cost of food is increasing. 80 i) Seniors not aware of just how good the Las Cruces Senior Programs are. 82 The meeting was adjourned, as these were the items to be conveyed to the City Council. The Senior Programs Advisory Board Chair will prepare the presentation. 84 ADJOURNMENT: Meeting adjourned at 3:00 p.m. 86 Respectfully submitted,88 f 90 Pleddie Baker, Board Chair