ELDER AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

NOVEMBER 9, 2006

COUNCIL CHAMBER

Convened: 6:07 p.m.

Adjourned: 7:17 p.m.

 

Present were:††††† Chairperson Councilor Gary Rosen

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councilor Barbara G. Haller

 

Also: †††††††††††††††††† Director of Elder Affairs Amy Waters Vogel

††††††††† †††††††††††††††††† Chairperson of Elder Affairs Commission Elaine Wrubel

††††††††† †††††††††††††††††† Assistant Director Elder Affairs Betsy Connell

††††††††† †††††††††††††††††† Senior Center Coordinator Patty Hainsworth

††††††††† †††††††††††††††††† Acting Commissioner HHS James Gardiner

††††††††† †††††††††††††††††† City Clerk David J. Rushford, clerk

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER

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1.†††††† Relative to option to protect elderly from being displaced from housing.

††††††††† #9B CM October 26, 2004

Recommend File

 

2.†††††† Regarding myriad multicultural programs and services available to our senior population.

††††††††† #9A CM May 31, 2005

Recommend File

 

3.†††††† Relative to the results of a survey conducted at the Worcester Senior Center.

††††††††† #9C CM May 31, 2005

Recommend File

 

4.†††††† Request adoption of four resolutions to file and accept the following grants; the Council of Aging Formula and Service Incentive Grant, the Corporation of National and Community Service Grant, the Senior Service America, Inc. Grant, and the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging Health Promotion Grant.

In City Council April 25, 2006 #20A CM†† 4 Resolutions adopted.

In Committee for informational purposes only.

Recommend File

 

5.†††††† Request consideration of report, finance item and order related to the build out and leasing of third floor space at the Worcester Senior Center.

††††††††† In City Council August 29, 2006 #21E CM†† Order Adopted 8-0.

In Committee for informational purposes only.

Recommend File

 

6.†††††† Request City Council adopt a resolution to accept a lease of space at the Senior Center.

††††††††† In City Council August 29, 2006 #21B CM†† Order adopted.

In Committee for informational purposes only.

Recommend File

 

7.†††††† Relative to the recent closure of the Age Center of Worcester.

††††††††† #21D CM August 29, 2006

Recommend File

 

8.†††††† Recommend that Twelve Thousand Dollars ($12,000.00) be transferred from account #04C702, Auditorium Rehabilitation and Eight Thousand Dollars ($8,000.00) be transferred from account #14C717, City Hall Elevators, and appropriated to account #34C702 to pay for a preliminary design study for the development of the third floor of the Worcester Senior Center.

In City Council August 29, 2006 #34L CM†† Order adopted 8-0.

In Committee for informational purposes only.

Recommend File

 

9.†††††† Relative to crimes committed against Worcesterís senior citizens.

#17A CM September 12, 2006

Recommend File

 

10.†††† Relative to the results of the Worcester Senior Center satisfaction survey.

††††††††† #21A CM October 17, 2006

Recommend File

 

ORDER

 

11.†††† Councilor Michael C. Perotto and Councilor Gary Rosen request review state legislation (S433 and H1491), which recognizes the need to expand facilities and programs for the growing senior population. These bills would create a mechanism to provide state funding to aid cities and towns in the planning, reconstruction, construction, design, acquisition of real property, renovation, preservation, rehabilitation, demolition, expansion of a facility to be used as a municipal senior center

††††††††† #61 CC March 14, 2006

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager provide the City Council with a report on the state of elder evictions in the City and how we respond to them.

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager request the Executive Director of the Worcester Housing Authority provide the City Council with a report concerning the availability of housing for seniors at their properties and issues regarding the availability and affordability of other housing options for our seniors.

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Clerk provide the Director of Elder Affairs with copies of the most recent demographic reports compiled from vital recordings in the City of Worcester.

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager provide the City Council with a report concerning the future potential of the community room space at the Senior Center.

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager provide the City Council with an updated transportation report highlighting the solutions that have been implemented getting seniors to and from the Senior Center as well as any challenges that still exist in the regard.

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager request the Division of Elder Affairs provide the City Councilors with their Senior Support Team pads.