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County to weigh new hires, senior services

April 10, 2012

Offering lunches five days a week at local seniors centers is a service that has traditionally been administered by the Inyo-Mono Area Agency on Aging. County leaders will consider today submitting a proposal to the California Department of Aging that outlines how Inyo County will take over sole administration of senior services for both Inyo and Mono counties. File photo

Inyo County leaders will meet today to discuss creating a local Area Agency on Aging, public safety realignment and mandatory recycling laws that will be implemented this July.
The Board of Supervisors, which is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. in the County Administrative Center in Independence, will also consider a number of new hires in the Public Works Department, Water Department, Probation Department and Health and Human Services Department.
After considering the various requests from department heads to fill budgeted vacancies within their departments, the board will convene at 10:30 a.m. to consider a proposal for Inyo County Health and Human Services to become a designated Area Agency on Aging for Planning and Service Area 16, which includes Inyo County.
Back in December, 2011, the Inyo Mono Area Agency on Aging informed the California Department of Aging of its intent to discontinue administering regional Area Agency on Aging, citing a dispute with Mono County over administration costs for a two-county program. At that time, the county expressed an interest in creating its own Area Agency on Aging.
The CDA responded by requesting a detailed proposal outlining how the county can provide a seamless transition without impacting local senior programs.
The proposal also says the local senior program will revert back to the two-county regional program, where Inyo County Health and Human Services employees provide direct services to Mono County seniors.
If the board chooses to submit the proposal, and the CDA accepts it, all former IMAAA funds would begin flowing directly to Inyo County for senior programs beginning July 1, 2012.
Following that discussion, the board will meet at 11 a.m. with Chief Probation Officer Jeff Thomson to discuss a Community Corrections Partnership Plan in accordance with the Public Safety and Realignment Act of 2011.
SB 678 allows each California County to establish a Community Corrections Performance Incentives Fund and authorizes the state to allocate money to the fund annually.
“Over the last several months, the Community Corrections Partnership and Partnership Committee worked with members of the public and other county and private agencies to discuss and evaluate the new responsibility placed on the county” under Senate Bill 678, Thomson explained in a memo to the board.
Today, the board will consider the plan organized by page
the Executive Committee of the Community Corrections Partnership Plan, which addresses the roles, responsibilities and activities proposed for county agencies, the courts and law enforcement as realignment is implemented.
At 1 p.m. the board will meet with representatives from Integrated Waste Management to discuss how Inyo County will work to comply with a mandatory commercial recycling program that will go into effect July 1.
Under AB 341, the county will be responsible for implementing a number of recycling programs designed to help reduce the amount of waste going into the state’s landfills. Part of the bill is a requirement for all “multi-family dwellings,” which include apartment buildings and trailer parks, to provide a bin to residents to encourage more recycling.
This meeting is open to the public and time will be set aside for residents to make comments to the board. Offering lunches five days a week at local seniors centers is a service that has traditionally been administered by the Inyo-Mono Area Agency on Aging. County leaders will consider today submitting a proposal to the California Department of Aging that outlines how Inyo County will take over sole administration of senior services for both Inyo and Mono counties. File photo

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