Friday, September 22, 2023, 10:00 am until 11:30 am
Town Hall
A meeting of the Council on Aging (COA)

COA AGENDA FOR: Friday, Sept. 22nd, 10 am

1. Meeting Preliminaries

• Open Meeting / Take Attendance

• Approve Minutes from August

2. Old Business

• Treasurer’s Report (JR) if I have time…

Newsletter delivery. New “blurb” for Leverett Connects

• Friday Luncheon ~ Serve Safe update (S

• How Leverett Seniors get help paying Real Estate taxes: see New Business

• Grant for FY 24 Community Transit Program (John)

• COA sponsored Tech Day at Leverett Library with GCC Tech students

3. New Business

• How Leverett Seniors get help paying Real Estate taxes: Shirley Thomas and Barbara Carulli at 10:15 AM

• RFP’s (Requests for Proposals) for our Navigator Position, etc. (MCOA/AARP)

• Any updates on Community Foundation Grants (Tom)

• Internships? (Newsletter?) (Jya)

• Newsletter info due Oct 1: Linda’s article

• Village Neighbors ~ meet with a rep in October: Nancy Spittle or Jeannette Stockton

• Montague Reporter – Senior Center Activities…..Leverett update?

4. Announcements

Discussion if needed

5. Next Meeting Friday, October 20th at 10 am ?

6. Adjourn Meeting.

Meeting of Council on Aging (COA)

Members: (Quorum)

  • Present: Judy Raphael, Treasurer, at 10:00 AM
  • Present: John Szczesny, John Szczesny,Member, at 10:00 AM
  • Present: Sue Nagy , Member, at 10:00 AM
  • Present: Judi Fonsh, Member, at 10:00 AM
  • Present: Jya Plavin, member, at 10:00 AM
  • Present: Linda Hoer, member, at 10:00 AM
  • Present: Tom Wolff, member, at 10:00 AM

Also Present:

  • Shirley Thomas from Tax Relief Group

See original Agenda Approved Meeting Minutes

Meeting opened: 10:00 AM

Meeting closed: 11:30 AM

  1. Meeting Preliminaries

  2. Meeting Preliminaries:

    • - - Open Meeting/ Take Attendance

    • - Approve Minutes

      General Discussion...
      JR motioned to accept the minutes of the August 18, 2023 minutes as amended. Tom seconded. Motion passed.

  3. Old Business

    • - Treasurer's Report (JR)

      General Discussion...
      Chair Yoga has paid for it's self with $12 back to the Revolving Fund.
      COA Expense Balance $342
      COA Salary Balance $4,049
      COA Revolving Balance $689.68
      State COA Grant $16,865.39

  4. New Business

    • - Finding out how Leverett Seniors get help paying Real Estate taxes

      General Discussion...
      Shirley Thomas -, Representing Tax Relief Group spoke to the members about their program to assist qualifying seniors.
      Tom, of the COA with take on the task of advertising/publicize this 'benefit' to town seniors.
      Possibly the COA working with Tax relief group.

    • - Grant for FY24 Community Transit Program (John)

      General Discussion...
      Possibly coordinating with Village Neighbors on Grant Applications

    • - Interfacing with Village Neighbors

    • - Chat bench (Judi)

    • - Grant Conversation:

      MOTION, moved by Judy Raphael, seconded by Linda Hoer: Motion to meet on October 12, 2023 @1:30 pm to discuss grant opportunities. .

      Pass: Aye: Judi Fonsh, Sue Nagy , John Szczesny, Jya Plavin, Judy Raphael, Tom Wolff, Linda Hoer.

  5. Announcements:

    • - Affordable Housing Trust

      General Discussion...
      Jya discussed with the members a program in Carlisle, Massachusetts's were funds from their Affordable Housing Trust is used to fund a Navigator Position in Leverett. Jya will do further research on this program.

  6. Meeting Wrap-up

The listing of matters is those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.

Minutes prepared by Susan Nagy

Minutes approved on Wednesday, Jan 17, 2024