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SENIORS DISCUSS FINANCES WITH CITY TEAM 11-12-14 LMS

During its November 12 meeting the cityís Finance Team hosted a delegation from the Senior Center who were there to talk about the centerís finances. Meirianne Trewilliger, James Monroe and Arla Boots were in attendance with Boots acting as the spokesperson.

On-going meetings between the team and the seniors have also focused on yearly renewal of a city agreement allowing seniors to use the Senior Citizens Center portion of City Hall.

Boots presented documentation from the center which showed a loss of $16,000 between the months of April and October 2014. The question was raised as to how many seniors using the center are from the county and how many are from the city. Boots said she would look into that.

Boots went on to say the county maintains the vehicles used for transporting seniors to the center and for the centerís Meals on Wheels program. The city maintains the rooms in which the Senior Center is located and also pays for the power, water, sewer, restroom facilities and janitorial services used by the seniors. City Finance Director Amy Fealko will calculate a dollar value of what the city provides to the seniors.

It was stated that the Senior Center does not recover the total cost of providing meals to the seniors. The center does receive funding through grants and donations but not enough to cover the steady drain on center resources. A suggestion was made to research any available grants. The discussion will be continued.

Finance Team Chairman Jim Bockelman said the 2014 budget close-out was discussed in terms of how best to review any discrepancies and make sure that plans made during the budget process are initiated. If they are not, an explanation as to why not should be made available.

In order to address individual time-frame needs of organizations which have agreements with the city, City Clerk Mary Benton will put together, for approval, a calendar indicating when each renewal is due and then assign review of the agreement to the appropriate team. It is a Finance Team goal to make sure agreements are reviewed annually.

Bockelman said the Finance Team also talked about financing options for the Island Park Bridge replacement. It was explained that allocations will have to be budgeted for engineering costs, which no grants will cover, along with permitting costs, any matching funds agreements and other contingencies. The permitting process can take up to a year therefore unless quick action is taken the bridge wonít be built in the 2015 season. The team passed their suggestions on to the November 19 meeting of the full council where the bridge issues were discussed at length.

The next meeting of the Finance Team will be December 17 at 11AM in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room.


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