Senior Commission seeking new members, hears updates on senior center

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With the recent resignation of Carl Treseder, the Winters Senior Commission on Aging is again encouraging the community to apply for one of the openings of commissioner seat or alternate position.

While the Senior Commission adheres to discussing the unique needs of senior citizens in the community, one does not need to be a senior citizen to hold a commissioner seat. Commissioners serve as an advisory board to the City Council and perform a number of functions for the benefit of seniors residing in the Winters area.

Mayor Wade Cowan reported the City Council had approved the creation of the Fundraising Committee for the Winters Senior Center Furniture and Fixtures at the Oct. 6 meeting. The goal of the committee is to assist with fundraising efforts for the upcoming Blue Mountain Senior Center (Winters Senior Center) which will be built adjacent to the Blue Mountain Terrace Senior Apartments.

Cowan said membership of the committee is open to all community members. He is hoping members of other local organizations will apply.

“We’re hoping that we can make sure we get representation from all the different senior groups within the community on that commission,” Cowan said.

Cowan said committee members will be tasked to raise funds, do research on products for the building and purchase them prior to the senior center opening. They will also be tasked to find a director for the building.

Details on how to apply for both the fundraising committee or available positions on the Senior Commission can be found on page 6.

To address concern of how items would be purchased, Interim City Manager Shelly A. Gunby told senior commissioners a separate fund for the senior center fundraising committee would be set up. Once decisions are finalized, the fundraising committee would let the city know what needed to be purchased and the City would purchase them.

Gunby and Cowan also confirmed the type of items the fundraising committee would need to fund including interior furnishings like fixtures, chairs and tables. But, would also include miscellaneous items that weren’t already included in the build plans, as well as some of the kitchen equipment.

Gunby reported the City has been in discussions with Valley Clean Energy regarding solar panels and to help work with another agency to get funding for the panels.

The goal is to get a solar panel system with battery storage installed so if the power is shut off the center will be able to run off the back up battery.

With Veteran’s Day falling on Wednesday, Nov. 11 this year, the senior commissioners opted to change the date of their next meeting to Thursday, Nov. 12 at 5:30 p.m.

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