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Page 12 Area Seniors Angry Continued from frontpage Wednesday, July 18, 2012 The Adams County Record competition could have the opposite effect:' served at the senior centers--the effect of funding of -- As you will see, it didn't exactly work out the cutbacks vary somewhat according to senior citi- that way. how many days per week they serve meals, zen services This map shows the 6 Areas on Aging in A new bidder (See the chart.) Because the Cambridge works should Idaho. The agencies that oversee the financ- Long story short, the Canyon County Senior Center only serves meals two days go to this web ing and accept bids for services are as follows, Office on Aging (CCOA) decided to bid on per week, their percentage of loss with site: with their associated agencies in parentheses. the contracts. CCOA has been involved in CCOA is much higher: 43.7%. They will http://www. 1. Area Agency on Aging of North Idaho weatherization and a few other programs, be cut from 21 hours each per week for legislature. Idaho College). 2. North Central but has no experience with nutrition pro- center coordinator and cook to 12.5 hours/ i d a h o. g o v / Idaho Area Agency on Aging (Community grams. (There are three contracts in the wkeach, ope/publica- Action Partnership) 3. Southwest bidding process: nutrition, activities and More profit? tions/reports/ Idaho Area Agency on Aging (Idaho transportation.) Some of what seems so outrageous may r 1 1 0 2. h t m Council on Governments) 4. Office Meanwhile, EOA, in spite of the Obvious be caused by CCOA'S lack of experience and read on Aging, Area IV (College changes in the bidding situation, and in with nutrition programs, but it has been "Evaluation I of Southern Idaho) 5. Area spite of being told for the past several years pointed out that AAA should have more Report #11- Agency on Aging for Southeast that federal and state funding might be specific guidelines for contractors to adhere 02," February Idaho (Southeast Idaho Council reduced, put in a bid for the nutrition con- to. An issue that is central to the bad feel- 2011:' of Governments) 6. Area VI tract that was significantly higher than they ings is the percentaLge of the money that I apologize Agency on Aging (Eastern had ever bid before. Some people got the CCOA plans to keep from what it receives for the wrong Idaho Community impression that EOA was trying to make a from AAA. CCOA appears to be plan- number that Action Partnership) statement about what it actually cost them ning to keep more money that they get was in last to oversee the programs, from A_AA than EOA did. AAA limits the week's arti- CCOA put in a bid that was identical amount that contractors can retain to 10% cle. Cindy at " h, to past EOA bids, but since EOA had bid of what the contractor (in this case CCOA) Council Floral  l iiiiii: :  iiiii 1211i higher this time, CCOA won the contract gets from AAA. This issue is complicated, is & Garden got  . ..... for nutrition and activities programs, still in flux, and may or may not be resolved a ton of calls .... ......... It's mostly about hours soon. Stay tuned for updates on this. about the One of the things CCOA is doing is pay- Benefits Senior Center ing for only 3 hours per week of driver time Another issue that seems to be significant b e c a u s e, __ for home-delivered meals (aka Meals on for senior center workers is benefits added somehow, her N Wheels). This is regardless of the size of a to the low wages they earn. Employees number was B senior center's number of delivered meals, at thethree centers in our area currently mistakenly Emmett currently uses 35 hours a week for receive 18% in benefits. Those would be listed. The a meal delivery, and Weiser uses 23 hours, reduced to 13.73%. number for but like everyone else, they will be cut back As the dust settles the Council to only 3 hours per week. This makes no Contracts with CCOA were supposed Senior Center sense to most people, to have been signed by July 1, but they is 253-4282. :=,,:==,=:, To further complicate the picture, EOA are being flexible on this. As of July 17, won the bid for the contract to pay for Cambridge was still negotiating and had senior center bus transportation. For not signed. Apparently July 23 is the final "l-his chart shows how much each senior center was receiving from instance at Council, this contract paid Don date by which a contract must be in place if EOA and how much they will get from CCOA. Dollar totals are Mello to take folks to Ontario occasionally-- a center wants to go w14th CCOA. based on $7.90 per hour for center coordinators, $7.40 per hour allotting Don about 8 hours per month. But There are only two alternatives for senior this contract does not cover home meal centers at the moment--either sign the for cooks, $7.25 per hour for drivers, and were rounded to the delivery. With CCOA's drastic reduction of CCOA contract after negotiating the few nearest whole dollar. hours allotted for home meal delivery from issues on which they might compromise, 26 hours a month to only 12 hours. (See or become an "independent" senior center, chart.) supported by donations and fundraisers, EOA CCOA Each senior center will have to make etc. Council Senior Center (3 meal dacs/wk) its own decision as to whether to accept It seems most senior centers are resigned Coordinator 21 hrs/wk 18.75 hrs/wk CCOXs offer for home delivery of meals, to the fact that some money is better than The Cambridge center has been deliver- no money, so they will sign with CCOA for Cook 27 hrs/wk 18.75 hrs/wk ing meals to 5 folks on a 50-mile loop, and the time being, but they are NOT happy Driver 6.5 hrs/wk 3 hrs/wk (combined with kitchen help) because of cost, does not want to accept it about it. (but may hold its nose and do it anyway). A future alternative Total hrs 54.5 hrs/wk 40.5 hrs/wk New Meadows delivers to only two and will Even though senior centers have to make Total $ $25,331 $]8,252 continue to do so with the CCOA fund- a decision right now, after the CCOA con- ing. Right now, Council is still up in the tract expires next year, there is an alterna- Cambridge Senior Center (2 meal days/wk) air on everything. In spite of statements five. When  opens bids again, any Coordinator 21 hrs/wk 12.5 hrs/wk made last week, the Council Senior Center senior center can contract directly with is not going to close. I think in the confu- AAA. Although the figures may change by Cook 21 hrs/wk 12.5 hrs/wk sion and distress of the coming changes, the next bidding period, based on Council's Driver 6 hrs/wk 3 hrs/wk (combined with kitchen help) the Board of Directors were a little hasty in meal count for 2011, if they had contracted their announcement. Also, the idea of an directly with AAA ey would receive $11, Total hrs 48 hrs/wk 28 hrs/wk economic advantage by becoming a com- 620 for congregate meals, and $8,686 for Total $ $22,384 $12,597 munity center seems to have been a mis- home delivered meals, for a total of $20,306. understanding at this point. The board met At this point, it is too late to contract direct- .New Meadows Senior Center (3 meal days/wk) on Tuesday (17th) to try to make some ly with AAA, so to get any money senior Coordinator 21 hrs/wk 18.75 hrs/wk progress on a decision, centers have no choice but CCOA, in As far as "congregate meals"-- meals which case Council would receive $18,251 Cook 27 hrs/wk 18.75 hrs/wk total. They got $25,334 last Driver 0 hrs/wk 3 hrs/wk (combined with kitchen help) year from EOA, so that's a Special business seruices aeailable cut of $7,079 or 28% less Total hrs 42 hrs/wk 40.5 hrs/wk af The Adams Ceun/y Ilecerd... from CCOA. 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