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Task force looks into delegating senior programs

Heidi Rice
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

A task force to decide the future of Senior Programs is focusing on getting an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) in place between municipalities and Garfield

County to develop a budget to operate the programs.

In a report to Rifle City Council members, city manager John Hier said the task force is looking at placing the administrative functions of the senior nutrition and Traveler

programs with the county and contracting with the Roaring Fork Transportation

Authority for transportation services. It is also considering coordinating the Regional

Service Volunteer Program with Colorado Mountain College.

CMC in May 2007 announced that after 30 years, it wanted to unload the programs,

which include the senior nutrition program, the Traveler van service and RSVP.

After CMC made its announcement, it was thought Garfield County might take over

the programs. However, county commissioners wanted more information before

agreeing to put the programs under the umbrella of the county.

“The task force has been meeting since last year and we continue to meet about

once a month,” Hier said. “We’ve hired a consultant to try and help us find a solution

for long-term arrangements.”

The goal of the task force is to develop a strategic plan and transition the programs to

other agencies, according to Doris Dewton, chairperson of CMC’s board of trustees.

The task force includes representatives from the cities of Rifle and Glenwood

Springs, Garfield County, RFTA and CMC. Hier said it expects to have a complete

report ready in the next two or three months to present to the various governmental


CMC has agreed to keep the Senior Programs until mid-2008.

Along with the county and RFTA, municipalities from Carbondale to Parachute were

asked to contribute money to hire the consultant and fund a study to decide the future

of the programs. Rifle contributed $5,000.

What everyone has agreed upon is that the Senior Programs will not go away.

“At the present time, the most pressing needs are to develop an IGA with Garfield

County and all municipalities and to develop a budget,” Hier said.

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