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Okay Re-Opening Plans For Elderly Meal Sites

Issue Date: June 24, 2021

Elderly Services meal sites in Marinette County will be re-opening one at a time over the next several weeks, starting on Thursday, July 1. At the quarterly Committee on Aging Board meeting on Wednesday, June 16 Elderly Services Director Pam Mueller Johnson told the committee she has been in contact with other counties that have been re-opening their meal sites to get ideas on how to proceed. In addition, the plan was reviewed and discussed with Marinette County Health Officer Molly Bonjean.

Mueller Johnson and Nutrition Coordinator Lindsey Rysewyk shared the plan to open one site at a time starting on July 1. After discussion of details, committee members voted without dissent to accept the Elderly Services reopening plans for the meal sites.

The board meeting was held at the Northwoods Senior Cafe & Center on Hwy. 141 in Crivitz. Members present were Al Sauld, Rick Downs Joan Rocque, Debbie Baumgart, Mike Behnke and Chair Don Phillips. Also on hand were Director Pam Mueller Johnson, Assistant Director Olivia Cherry, Nutrition Coordinator Lindsey Rysewyk, Elder Benefit Specialist Angie School, Transportation/Special Projects Coordinator Vicki Nelson and Office Coordinator Shelly Menger.

After being informed by Mueller Johnson that Mary Holley was interested in filling a board vacancy for the Coleman/Pound area the committee had a brief discussion and then agreed by unanimous vote to recommend that County Board appoint her to serve out the current 3-year term for the Coleman/Pound area being vacated by Colleen Risner.

On recommendation of Mueller Johnson the committee agreed to keep the price and contract for the 2022 budget request to Marinette County the same as last year.

Mueller Johnson had previously advised the committee that she will retire on July 1, and will then consult for 4 to 6 months, and after brief discussion the committee formally approved her proposal for filling that role. â€It's been challenging and there have been a lot of changes,†Mueller Johnson told the board. There was discussion on other retirees in the Agency as well. She said in the past two months there have been seven new staff members hired for various positions.

Mueller Johnson introduced Vicki Nelson, the new Transportation/Special Projects Coordinator and Angie School, the Elder Benefit Specialist.

Nelson shared that she has been with the agency for nine years and that she has been enjoying working in her new position, and reported on what is happening in the transportation program at this time. There was a brief discussion.

School shared that she has been with Marinette County Elderly Services for three months. Before coming to this Agency, she worked as the Oconto County Elder Benefit Specialist. She gave a report to the board on both the Family Caregiver and the Elder Benefit Specialist programs.

The Board was advised that the Volunteer Banquet was cancelled for 2021, as was Flavors of the Northwoods. The agency will be looking at new venues to hold that event next year.

There was discussion on the upcoming Golf Fund Raiser event that is set for Friday, July 16.

Cleanup and maintenance work was done at approximately fifteen homes throughout Marinette County in the annual Chain Reaction Day this past spring. The 89 volunteers worked a total of 136 hours, which equals $2,720 â€In-Kind†dollars.

After brief discussion on some changes that were made to the personnel handbook, the meeting was adjourned.

The next meeting is set for Wednesday, Aug. 18, tentatively in Goodman.


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