The Commission on Aging and Special Needs Citizens is the creation of Mayor George Steele and the City Council of Grayson, Kentucky.  It first met on Tuesday, 23 October 2018 in the Grayson City Building.  Initial members of the Commission are:

Anna Bayes

Helen Rose Dowd

David Dowd

Rick McDavid

Joyce Pearson

Shadow Skaggs

Cindy Slone

Mike Withrow

         The Commission usually meets on the last Tuesday of each month at 6 pm in the Grayson City Building.  These meetings are open to the public and interested persons are encouraged to attend.

The Actions and Decisions taken by the Commission

      A meeting of the Commission was called for Tuesday, 27 November 2018 at 6 pm in the Grayson City Building.  Commission Members attending were:  Shadow Skaggs, David Dowd, and Helen Rose Dowd.  Also in attendance were:  George Steele, Mayor and Duane Suttles, City Councilman.

     Due to the absence of other members and the lack of a quorum, the meeting itself was not held.  It was decided that the Commission would not meet on 25 December, Christmas Day.

     The Commission is scheduled to meet next on 29 January 2019 at 6 pm in the Grayson City Building.  These meetings are open to the public and interested persons are encouraged to attend.

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     A meeting of the Commission was called for Tuesday, 29 January 2019 at 6 pm in the Grayson City Building.  Commission Members attending were:  Shadow Skaggs, David Dowd, Helen Rose Dowd, and Rick McDavid.  Also in attendance were:  George Steele, Mayor, Duane Suttles, City Councilman, and Vicki Green of FIVECO.

     The Commission discussed the proposed project of having the Grayson Police ‘check in’ with elderly residents.  Seniors will have to call the City Hall to Opt-in to the program.  It was decided to start with a trial run at Chapel & Friendship House.  It was decided that senior citizens that participate in the ‘Neighborly Visitor’ program would be:  homebound, within the City limits, and live alone.  It was also recommended that visits would not occur on the 1st or 5th of the month.

     The Commission is scheduled to meet next on 26 February 2019 at 6 pm in the Grayson City Building.  These meetings are open to the public and interested persons are encouraged to attend.

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     A meeting of the Commission was called for Tuesday, 26 February 2019 at 6 pm in the Grayson City Building.  Commission Members attending were:  Shadow Skaggs, David Dowd, Helen Rose Dowd, Vicki Green, Anna Bays, and Rick McDavid.  Also in attendance were:  George Steele, Mayor.

     It was decided that, in addition to the criteria for participation in the Officer Visit program, the senior citizen must be unable to drive and no one in the household be able to drive.  It was also decided that handouts be developed to assist referrals for problems encountered.   It was recommended that the Fire Department could also do fire prevention surveys as a part of this program.  Shadow Skaggs reluctantly agreed to serve as Chairman of the Commission until another member can be cajoled into so serving.

     The Commission is scheduled to meet next on 26 March 2019 at 6 pm in the Grayson City Building.  These meetings are open to the public and interested persons are encouraged to attend.

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     A meeting of the Commission was called for Tuesday, 26 March 2019 at 6 pm in the Grayson City Building.  Commission Members attending were:  Shadow Skaggs (Chair), David Dowd, Helen Rose Dowd, Vicki Green, Anna Bays, and Rick McDavid.  Also in attendance were:  Duane Suttles, City Councilman, Roger & Mrs. Dunfee of the Commission, and Jaime Martinez representing St. Claire Hospital.

     Reba Henderson of the NE KY Community Action Agency presented on their transportation programs.  They take citizens to various places in the county and beyond.  Medicaid will pay for their services, otherwise riders are charged a fee.

     Paige Smith of the Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities presented on their program offering and provided handouts for various other programs.

     The Commission is scheduled to meet next on 30 April 2019 at 6 pm in the Grayson City Building.  These meetings are open to the public and interested persons are encouraged to attend.

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     A meeting of the Commission was called for Tuesday, 30 April 2019 at 6 pm in the Grayson City Building.  Commission Members attending were:  Shadow Skaggs (Chair), David Dowd, Helen Rose Dowd, Vicki Green, and Roger & Joanne Dunfee.  Also in attendance was:  Duane Suttles, City Councilman.

     David Dowd presented the initial form for the Commission website.  A proposal that the Commission not make recommendations regarding specific services described on the site was presented and approved.

     The Visiting Police Project was discussed and feedback from those involved was received.

     Vicky Green reported on her conversations with N.E. regarding their transportation offerings.  Interest in working with them to offer services in Grayson and Carter County was evident.  Further discussions were requested.

     The Sensory Garden discussion was postponed due to absences.

     Roger Dunfee presented on his sidewalk proposal.  Great interest was evident and continued development was encouraged.

     The Commission is scheduled to meet next on 28 May 2019 at 6 pm in the Grayson City Building.  These meetings are open to the public and interested persons are encouraged to attend.

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     A meeting of the Commission was called for Tuesday, 28 May 2019 at 6 pm in the Grayson City Building.  Commission Members attending were:  Shadow Skaggs (Chair), David Dowd, Helen Rose Dowd, and Rick McDavid.  Also in attendance was:  Duane Suttles, City Councilman.

     Shadow Skaggs noted that he had spoken with Reba from N.E.  She noted that Grayson would have to match the money required to provide a fixed route schedule for our transportation needs.  Efforts will be made to have Reba at our next meeting.

Officer Thomas Perkins reported on their visits to Chapel House.  He and two other officers were doing the visits.  He agreed that a handout of community resources would be helpful.  These could also be distributed at Doctors offices, etc.

     The Commission is scheduled to meet next on 25 June 2019 at 6 pm in the Grayson City Building.  These meetings are open to the public and interested persons are encouraged to attend.

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     A meeting of the Commission was called for Tuesday, 26 June 2019 at 6 pm in the Grayson City Building.  Commission Members attending were:  Shadow Skaggs (Chair), David Dowd, Helen Rose Dowd, Rick McDavid, Roger & Joanne Dunfee, Vicky Green, and Anna Bayes.  Also in attendance was:  Duane Suttles, City Councilman.

     Rep. Kathy Hinkle was at the meeting.  She noted that she was working on a bill to provide jury duty excuses for people over 70 years.  She said she would consider adding special needs people to the bill.  Concerns were raised over any definition of Special Needs contained within the bill.

     The Friendly Visitor Program was discussed.  It seemed that few police were involved in making the visits.  It was noted that background checks should be done for anyone volunteering for doing the visits.  It was suggested the visitors should go in pairs and the visitors would have to show up consistently.  It was suggested that Meals on Wheels recipients would be less in need of visits.

     Discussion took place of the needs of the homeless aged.

     Recommendation was made that the Kentucky Precription Assistance Program should be investgated.  The Commission approved David Dowd as the contact for this program.

     The Commission is scheduled to meet next on 30 July 2019 at 6 pm in the Grayson City Building.  These meetings are open to the public and interested persons are encouraged to attend.

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     A meeting of the Commission was called for Tuesday, 6 Aug 2019 at 6 pm in the Grayson City Building.  Commission Members attending were:  Shadow Skaggs (Chair), David Dowd, Rick McDavid, Roger & Joanne Dunfee, and Vicky Green.  Also in attendance was:  George Steele, Mayor, Nathana Hall a Nurse Practitioner, and Karen Coburn representing the US Census.  The meeting was originally scheduled for 30 July, but was canceled due to a scheduling conflict with the Chamber of Commerce.

      Karen Coburn presented data about the upcoming 2020 US Census and solicited support for it locally.

     David Dowd presented some printed material regarding the Kentucky State Certified Retirement Community Program, as well as the AARP Age-Friendly Community Program.  It was suggested that these programs may provide a framework for the goals and activities of the Aging Commission.

     The remainder of the meeting was taken up discussing items that should be on a handout to be made available to assist citizens in getting their needs met.  It was suggested that this handout could provide basic information and then refer to the Commission Website for further details.

     The Commission is scheduled to meet next on 24 September 2019 at 5:30 pm in the Grayson City Building.  These meetings are open to the public and interested persons are encouraged to attend.

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The Commission on Aging

         and Special Needs Citizens

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06 August, 2019