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June 30, 1988

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San Miguel Basin Forum, Thursday June 30,1988 - 3 John Maldonado director of the State Housing Division, an- swers questions about ways to get senior citizen housing in the West End. Area agency on aging honors three local senior citizens here On June 20 Harvey also receive the thanks of Griffith, the coordinator all the Senior Citizens for of the Area Agency on their years of service. Aging in Montrose, visitedThis is also a reminder the Naturita Meal Site to to all the senior citizens in the area that each is wel- present awards to three people who have done vol- unteer work for several years. Those being recognized were Irene Houser, Ruth come to attend the meal site for fellowship and lunch each Monday, Wed- nesday and Friday. This is also to serve as a Burns and Walt Burns. The reminder that there is a award~ w~rA nr,,enf#l free legal service available ..... ":-'- " .......... to senior citizens. A repre- the rec,pvents through the ........ office of Govenor Ro" sentatwe wlu De at the Romar Y meal site soon to explain ""-" how the service can help Irene, Ruth and Walt .- ,,,,,/1,' "ARE YOU SURE YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO ROTATE THE WHEELS ON A TRACTOR?" As a result of a meeting on June 17 between John Maldonado, director of the Division of Housing for the State of Colorado through the Department of Local Affairs, and about 25 civic representa- tives, the possibility of housing for senior citizens, in the West End, is once again strong. The Montrose Housing Authority, which was represented at the meeting in Nucla by Sue Merett, Art Schmalz and Margaret Pottorff, plans to pursue the proposal as a result of the interest raised at the meeting. Mr. Maldonado outlined for the group the func- tions of his department- such as providing assist- ance to local governments serving as the regulatory agency for the State con- cerning the manufacture of mobile homes and rec- reational vehichles, chanel- ling the weatherization programs ($19 million state wide through 23 agencies), and sSection 8 (low and moderate in- come) housing - and gave an overview of some past projects. He also described the necessary steps to take in order to establich Senior Citizen Housing. Maldon- ado stressed the need to work through either local government, non-profit organizations, or a housing authority. As the Montrose County Housing Authority had developed plans sever- al years ago for such housing, the Authority will proceed as the func- tioning entity to establish Senior housing here. Initially a survey must be made to validate the need. If such need is estab- lished - and the viabilty of such housing is shown - the Authority will then review the previous plans to see if any alterations or adjustments are necessary. Then funds will be sought. A first source, sug- gested by Maldonado, is Farmers Home Admini stration which is the only department available to "small areas only (under Bible School The Trinity Baptist Church invites the public to their vacation Bible School set for July !! through July 15. The school begins at 9 am and runs through |2 noon and includes ages 3 years old through sixth grade. 10,000 population)". He added that Farmers Home Administration has the best provisions "to provide rental units'"and the Di- vision of Housing can fill the gap between what FmHA can loan (about 90%) and the remainder of the building costs. As the Montrose County Housing Autority is already familiar with the area, and already has pre- liminary planning done much time can be saved for the eventual construc- tion of any housing for senior citizens. Replaced (Cont. from pg 1) home-base L, education, and on Ute manner of teacher c ' tification by the State. ..... The b fd accepted Victor Bov< 's resignation as night cl stodian at the high schoo{and approved reassigning Freddie Smith to that position, effective June 24. The next regular meet- ing of the board will be held July 19. I =1 II I I SAN MIGUEL BASIN SWIMMING POOL BOARD INVITES THE PUBLIC TO ATTEND I I Mondays 8:00 p.m. July 11 Norwood Community Building July 18 Reclvale Church July 25 Nucla Moose Lodge August I Naturita Town Hall Wednesdo.y 7:30 p.m. August 3 Paradox Fire Hall Information regarding the establishment of the swimming pool district will be covered. There will be time for questions and answers.