The board members of the Coalition for Senior Citizens met on September 27 in the County Commission Chambers at 4:00 p.m. for their regular bi-monthly meeting. After approving their regular business items, the board considered an in-town board retreat proposed by Chairwoman Jill Manha, as a workshop for the board members. Councilwoman and board member Karla Kent asked, “Getting us all together for a four-hour meeting could be difficult, so could we meet in two sessions of two hours each? That would give us a chance to think about all of the things brought up and then address them.” Manha agreed with this suggestion and the board voted to schedule the first retreat meeting for October 22 from 3-5:00 p.m. in the County Conference Room.
Social Services Director Shannon Ernst and Pennington Life Center Manager Jamie Lee provided the board with updates on activities and programs at the center. “Meal services have increased in the last three months. In the congregate setting we served 1,205 meals in June, 1,460 in July, and 1,529 in August. Meals on Wheels delivered 5,476 meals in June, 5,466 in July, and 5,157 in August. The Homemaker Program is undergoing contract revisions but did still provide 612 units (hours of service) in June, 130 units in July, and 85 in August,” Lee reported. Ernst added, “The Homemaker program cost per unit will be going up to $25 per unit hour from about $15 per unit today as we contract those services out. The State of Nevada will reimburse the county for those services at one hundred percent because the program is being implemented statewide. The funding for this program will go from about $80,000 to about $220,000, with eligibility being extended to include 18+-year-old disabled individuals of which there are nine in Churchill County.” She also went on to explain how to grant finding has changed, saying “The county submitted all of their grants, and all grant funding has transitioned from the Coalition to the county for this time period. But they are now on a federal schedule meaning we had to take them over from July to September, then submit new ones from October forward. One hundred percent of the grants have been approved.”
Financial reports for July and August prepared by Brenda Moore of the Life Center were accepted by the board. Ernst requested that the Volunteer Reimbursement account currently held by the Coalition, be brought over to the county, “So that we can keep that program funded. This is a community-wide program that partners with many non-profit businesses here, reimbursing mileage for about 20 volunteers a month.” The Board discussed the mechanics of transitioning the account, which Moore thought contained about $9,000, and agreed to add this item to a future meeting agenda.
Kent then asked Moore if the audit of the Coalition's books had been completed. Moore was unsure. Mahna said, “I thought the county would be doing that, and was going to ask Shannon if there had been any movement on that.” “We are not overseeing that audit. That would be County Manager Jim Barbee and the Comptroller's Office. I believe they have contracted with an outside company for this and others. I Will try to get a report to you about it for the next meeting,” Ernst responded. The Board closed the meeting by thanking Lee and Moore for their “exceptional support” through the transition and acknowledging the great job that they continue to do.
The next meeting will be held on Monday, November 22 at 4:00 p.m.