On Wednesday, April 6, at the Common Council Youth & Aging Committee meeting, Henry outlined her plan to make the Senior Center, which has yet to open at the Galvan Armory, self-funding within two years. The plan, which involves hiring someone part time--20 hours a week--with "direct experience in running a senior center and the necessary computer skills to provide the metrics we need in order to apply for outside funding," requires an additional commitment from the City of $11,657.75. The resolution to appropriate the funds requested is expected to come before the Council on Tuesday, April 19.
Meanwhile, at the informal Common Council meeting on Monday, April 11, before the brouhaha over accepting or spurning a $10,000 donation from the Galvan Foundation got underway, Alderman Abdus Miah (Second Ward) distributed to members of the Council and the audience copies of a letter from Kevin McDonald, administrator for the Columbia County Office for the Aging (OFA). The letter revealed that Miah and Supervisor Bill Hughes (Fourth Ward), who has asserted that the majority of Hudson seniors live in his and Miah's wards, met with McDonald the day after the Youth & Aging Committee meeting to discuss OFA establishing a meal site, sometimes called a "Food & Friendship Center," at the Hudson Senior Center. The letter outlines what OFA might offer:
The OFA could provide a meal program which would be open to all seniors age 60 and over free of cost. The OFA is mandated by NYSOFA to offer participants in all programs an opportunity to make a free-will donation. The meal program has a current suggested donation of $3 and participants are not denied services based on inability or unwillingness to make a contribution. Meals are nutritional and meet USDA recommended daily intake requirements. During the Summer/Fall, the OFA works with local farmers in a "Farm-to-Table" effort to provide locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables.The letter also mentions a dietitian who can provide nutrition counseling and guest presentations on such topics as Aging with Low Vision, Medicare Savings Plan, Fall Prevention, and Flu Shot Clinic. The program, run by a site manager hired by OFA, would be available for four hours every day, Monday through Friday. The letter indicates that "the program allows participants to engage in their own activities such as playing cards and games, completing jigsaw puzzles, socializing and other similar activities."
What would Evelyn Greenslade and Muriel Donnelly think of that?
Because a site manager for a meal program in Hudson was not included in the County budget for this year, hiring someone to fill the position would have to be approved by various committees of the Board of Supervisors as well as the full board. A contract between the City of Hudson and Columbia County would also need to be approved by the Common Council and the Board of Supervisors.
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