Senior Services board appointments expected Monday

The Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission will consider appointing four citizen members to its Senior Services advisory board at its meeting Monday night.
The agenda also includes staff reports on the Oak Knoll Golf Course, the department’s budget and the seasonal Rotary Centennial Ice Rink.
The commission voted to revive the Senior Services advisory board after an ad hoc committee recommended in February that the board should be made up of citizen members, a park commissioner and a city councilor.
The parks department received four applications between Feb. 28 and March 28, according to a staff report.
Two former ad-hoc committee members — Mary Russell-Miller of Southern Oregon University and Robert Casserly of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute — applied for the spots. Parks also received two applications from Senior Center patrons Michael Hersh and Saundra Theis.
Russell-Miller, an SOU professor, holds a doctorate in adult development and aging and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, according to her application. She served on the ad-hoc committee that produced 34 recommendations to reorganize the Senior Center.
Casserly is currently the program manager of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at SOU. According to his application, Casserly has worked with senior citizens for most of his career through a number of nonprofits. He was also on the ad hoc committee.
Hersh states in his application that he has been involved with the Senior Center for 15 years through Food and Friends program at the center. He also participates in Ashland as police volunteer, member of the emergency food bank and Science Works volunteer, among other things.
Theis is chair of the Senior Advisory Committee for the Rogue Valley Council of Governments and a member of OLLI Council. She holds degrees in nursing and served as the administrator at Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing in Southern Oregon and at the statewide campus.
If appointed, the applicants will start on the advisory board immediately, according to the staff report. Staff have said the board will be consulted in the hiring process of a new Senior Program Superintendent.
The commission will also get an update on summer programming and maintenance projects from the golf course coordinator and maintenance superintendent at the meeting.
Parks Director Michael Black will provide a quarterly budget update to the commission. According to the staff report, parks is spending 8 percent less than it has budgeted for the second quarter — at 66.65 percent compared to target expenditures of 74.97 percent.
Black wrote that divisions are “frugal” in spending due to budget constraints and noted that the department is not fully staffed. He also said parks is anticipating increases in expenses in upcoming months.
Parks is taking in close to its budgeted revenue at 72.03 percent, staff report reads.
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Council Chambers, 1175 E. Main St.
—Reach reporter Tran Nguyen at 541-776-4485 or Follow her on twitter @nguyenntrann.

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