Local News

March 3, 2010

Agency on Aging contribution issue arises again

OSKALOOSA — The city of Oskaloosa’s contribution to the Mahaska County Agency on Aging, or lack thereof, is still on the minds of a few local residents.

Jimmy Carter, a board member on that agency, is one of those people.

As he had done at the previous city council meetings, Carter used the audience comments portion of Monday’s Oskaloosa City Council meeting to voice his opinion. Once again, Carter requested a $1,500 donation for the Mahaska County Area Agency on Aging, which they had received each year stretching back as long as the early 1990s.

This year, the city budget did not include money given to the agency.

“Our request for the $1,500 is still very much needed and I’m just one board member pleading, I guess,” said Carter before acknowledging the city’s budget is smaller than in past years.

Carter said the agency serves around 2,200 meals a month to area residents in need.

“We do a lot for the community,” said Carter, who is also a former long-time Oskaloosa City Council member. “It’s a quality of life that we’re trying to present.”

He went on to note that the city has given funding to other non-profit organizations like the Stephens Memorial Animal Shelter and the Oskaloosa Area Chamber and Development Group.

Carter asked the council if they had reconsidered giving the agency $1,500.

Oskaloosa Mayor Dave Krutzfeldt answered by saying there have been discussions about it, but no formal talks about providing money to the Agency on Aging have been made among the city council.

Carter went on to address the roof repair issue brought up by Krutzfeldt in a recent Herald story. He said the city of Oskaloosa paid for the repairs, but were reimbursed when the agency sold their building. Carter added, CHI repaid those costs to the city.

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