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Aging Commission to remain city entity

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Lisa Dunlap Photo Members of the city of Roswell Commission on Aging meet in March at the Senior Circle on North Main Street. From left are Monica Duran, Bonnie Montgomery, Chair Bob McCrea, Marifrank DaHarb, Renee Swickard and Lynne Ybarra.

The city of Roswell Commission on Aging will continue to function as an entity of the city government.

“We made the decision to remain affiliated with the city of Roswell,” said Bob McCrea, local lawyer and Commission on Aging chairman.

He chose not to make any further comment or answer additional questions.

The commission made the decision at its May meeting. The group now meets bimonthly at the Senior Circle. It has six members, who are chosen by the mayor and approved by the Roswell City Council.

Commission members first raised the possibility of becoming an independent group during the commission’s January meeting. No vote was taken at that time due to lack of a quorum.

According to discussions by the members at that time, they were concerned about being able to meet the city rules concerning timely availability of minutes and agendas.

The Commission on Aging is described in Article II of Chapter 14 in the city code of ordinances. That article states, among other things, that the minutes from meetings will be filed with the city clerk’s office within 10 days of the meetings and that the agenda will be available and publicly advertised or posted prior to meetings.

“The Commission on Aging remain(s) a citizen commission for the city,” said City Clerk Sharon Coll, “and as such remains obligated to follow the open meeting requirements as regulated by the city. The City Clerk’s Office will continue to assist every board and commission in meeting those requirements.”

Coll said that the group does not have an official City Council liaison at this time, but City Councilor Judy Stubbs attended the January meeting when the issue of separation was discussed to give her perspective on the situation.

Stubbs encouraged the group to consider the benefits of affiliation with the city. She said it means not only that the group can utilize city resources for publicity and disseminating information, but also enable members to be a voice for the elderly regarding city policies,  priorities and funding decisions.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.