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Trumbull's Senior Citizen Commission Starting Over

There were reports of numerous issues at the Trumbull Senior Center. Also, there is a new chair of the Trumbull Senior Citizen Commission.

Trumbull's Senior Citizen Commission is happy it's a new year after dealing with numerous internal issues.

With a new chairwoman at the helm, the commission, which deals with senior issues and the town Senior Center, is reviewing its finances and trying to correct past issues. Rachel Yahwak is the new chairperson.

First Selectman Tim Herbst raised several problems, including patrons using Senior Center doors that are not considered entrances and disarming the alarm system. After the first offense, anyone caught doing so will be charged with vandalism, town officials said.

Regarding finances, Town Treasurer John Ponzio said all monies generated from senior center activities must be properly accounted for. A subcommittee was formed to bring back recommendations to the full commission. Ponzio added he was talking to all boards and commissions about proper accounting procedures.

"Without proper controls, there is a chance of misappropriation of funds," he said. He added that he also addressed other boards regarding the matter, including the Golf and Library commissions.

"Funds have to be completely accounted for," Ponzio said.

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Finally, Senior Center continues its efforts to use a state grant for getting its snack bar kitchen up to code and training staff to use it.

The snack bar offers low cost food and a place for seniors to mingle. It is a popular venue, a "hub of socialization," whose absence hurts senior center attendance, said Senior Center Director Jean Fereira.

According to Fereira, a senior center membership survey indicates there are 616 members, of which 172 are registered as non-residents and 439 as town residents.

Another subcommittee was formed to deal with the snack bar.

"We still have a long road ahead of us," Fereira said.

KG January 08, 2013 at 11:53 AM
They still need to deal with transportation as well. They need to bring back door to door service. My mother in law can't make it all the way down the driveway by herself, hence she pays but doesn't attend.
Steven Castro January 08, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Are not proper accounting procedures the responsibility of the Finance Director; not the Town Treasurer? The Town Charter is set up with specific responsibilities.
TrumbullSr January 09, 2013 at 02:05 PM
And a new Drama begins!
Ctyankee203 January 10, 2013 at 10:28 PM
How can this happy commission make decisions for its community when several members have no idea what the center offers and compares its center to different centers? I welcome the new commission but it would be nice not to have the current administration take it over like it has with all others. I understand that the meetings are now held at town hall. Is this to cater a commissioner who works for the town? Can someone please post the time and location of next meeting.
Linda Ciocci January 11, 2013 at 01:26 AM
According to the Chair, Easton is the best senior center. Also as far as changing the location of the meetings, they are holding the meetings at Town Hall figuring the seniors will not come. Nice huh? This way we are not included. This isn't about the seniors - it's about control.
Linda Ciocci January 11, 2013 at 01:37 AM
Yes, a new Drama will begin. How dare this Aaron Leo post "After reports of numerous issues at the Trumbull Senior Center, the chair of the Trumbull Senior Citizen ommission has beeen replaced". How dare he insinuate that I was fired and replaced for mishappenings at the center? Who did he get his info from? My term was up in December and the FS chose not to appoint me again. That's okay with me - so sick of dealing with most of the commissioners and their egoes.
Ctyankee203 January 11, 2013 at 03:37 AM
Who decides the commission members? This new chair seems not to be in the interest of Trumbull or its seniors. Was she elected through one of the FS famous close door meetings?
Ctyankee203 January 11, 2013 at 03:42 AM
For the kitchen not being up to code. Who was supposed to check that, also how long has it not been up to code? Aaron. Can you please inform?
Joe Smith January 11, 2013 at 09:34 AM
Interesting story. Any update on the $68 million THS renovation?
Linda Ciocci January 11, 2013 at 11:13 PM
KG The transportation service is not door to door. It is curb to curb. The drivers are suppose to just drop off at the curb and pick up at the curb. So sorry your mother in law has a problem. Maybe you can work something out with Jean.
Linda Ciocci January 12, 2013 at 01:21 AM
The recommendation committee (probably appointed by Tim) . I think Tim makes the final decision.
Linda Ciocci January 12, 2013 at 01:23 AM
Yeah Aaron. Why don't you find out that info from your "source" and then come to Patch and find out the truth!
Trumbulltruth January 12, 2013 at 12:02 PM
Not too certain but know there are overages. We had a brand new leaky roof, I would hate to have patch research the inefficiencies in controls that were made by our administration.
TrumbullSr January 12, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Once again Attila the Herbst weighs in on a board or commission. Beyond that the implication by Mr. Ponzio that the boards and commissions playing fast and loose with funds demands proof. The Golf Commission, The Library Board? The Senior Commission. I thought the Director of Finance was responsible to see that all records are routinely audited. No? Yet another kerfuffle from Trumbull's own Drama King.
Trumbulltruth January 12, 2013 at 11:11 PM
I can see being on a conservative kick. The economy is bad and trying to account for every penny. But. Your bonding like its candy, buying cars, giving you administration a raise. I believe an idol of the FS, Chris Christie would save when you can and not spend more than you need. FS can yourself, alias, or friend please respond.
Linda Ciocci February 23, 2013 at 07:01 AM
The commission meetings are held on the 4th Friday of each month at 10:00 a.m. The meetings are being held at town hall where it is really (sarcastic) convenient for the seniors to drop in and listen. The seniors don't even know what is going on at the meetings anymore. I missed one meeting and found out this a.m. we have "new" by-laws and 4 year terms for the commissioners. Isn't there some kind of process to institute these changes or does it just "happen" at the whim of the commissioners?
Linda Ciocci February 23, 2013 at 07:43 AM
Most of the commissioners have never even been down to the center. They are having a meet and greet I believe March 15th at the center around 11:00 a.m. Not sure of the date my notes are still in the car. I am sure Jean will be posting the info. at the center. They are also recommending re-structuring the membership fees and each instructor will charge for classes. The snack bar is still being "talked" about. We've been "talking" about this for close to 2 years now. If you read the minutes of last month Amy Dezenzo estimated about $100,000 to purchase appliances and renovate kitchen. This a.m. Allen White thought approx. $50,000 maybe using used appliances and counter tops. I believe he is more in line. I suggest if you are interested in what is going on at the center, read the minutes and watch channel 17. Better yet, come up to town hall and listen. Not much room there though.
Aaron Leo (Editor) February 23, 2013 at 11:56 AM
Sorry this reply is late. I will check on that for you.
Linda Ciocci February 26, 2013 at 09:52 PM
The health department.

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